Spoilers below. If you are reading about Avengers: Infinity War without having seen it, you have only yourself to blame.
I remember way back in 2014, right after the Guardians of the Galaxy came out there was huge fan demand for anything Baby Groot related from that less than 1 minute dance number at the end.
Alas, nothing was available at the time not due to lack of foresight but as not to ruin that particular story element. As director James Gunn explained in Vulture–
“While we were still shooting the movie, I brought up putting Dancing Baby Groot out as a toy,” he said. “The reason it didn’t happen is because you have some control in the film industry over secrets getting out there, but the people you don’t have much control over are the toy people, unfortunately. Those toy designs get out, always! And people definitely would have gotten ahold of the Baby Groot if we had started manufacturing it in time for it to come out after the movie, so that was the biggest reason we didn’t push on that particular element.”
Given that, you’d think Disney would be very selective regarding how much its merchandise reveals about its smash hit Avengers: Infinity War. Back in Febuary, Funko unveiled its initial line of Infinity War merchandise. Much like Funko has done in the past like the aforementioned case of Baby Groot, it was a safe assumption that Funko would eventually produce more Infinity War figures once the film was released worldwide. However, I don’t anyone expected an announcement to come less than a week since Infinity War hit theaters. Moreover, it’s a potentially major plot point.
In case the first warning wasn’t enough here be SPOILERS!!!
Announced today by Funko, additional Infinity War figures including the mysterious guardian of the Soul Stone, the Stonekeeper. Kudos to Funko for at least concealing the real identity of the Stonekeeper. But I think it’s fair to say that any Marvel fan worth one’s salt can deduce this classic Phase 1 villain.
Additionally, there’s a Hulk bursting out of Hulkbusters 6″ figure. Of course, as those who’ve seen the movie have realized though Bruce Banner dons the Hulkbuster armor, there is no scene where he bursts from the armor. In fact, the Hulk isn’t even in the final battle. It will be interesting to learn what was the original plan for the final battle in Wakanda and what other potential changes occurred.
Take a look at the additional Infinity War figures from Funko below:
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