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Being a total fanboy for the Skottie Young Marvel Animated statues series by Diamond Select Toys isn’t exactly one of my best-kept secrets, so I was delighted this winter to finish off a team in the line for the very first time. While the Fantastic Four is coming in fast, the FF were beaten to the team-completion punch by one of the zaniest teams in the Marvel Universe, the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Marvel Animated Drax statue is shipping now and completes the movie roster. Here’s my review…
Gentle Giant kicked off the Marvel Animated Guardians of the Galaxy lineup way back in 2016 with the Skottie Young Star-Lord mini statue. At the time I never dreamed the line would be as expansive and successful as it’s become, and it never crossed my mind the team might ever be completed.
Animated Rocket & Groot showed up in early 2017, and eventually Gamora followed in 2021. And now, over 7 years after its inception, the now-iconic GOTG movie roster is complete with Drax in glorious resin Skottie Young statue form.
Like every piece in the line, Drax comes in a colorful cardboard box with pretty photos on the sides and a character bio on the back. It’s nothing fancy, and it doesn’t need to be.
Since this is a resin figure, Drax is safely nestled in styrofoam within the box, with his authenticity certificate card right inside the lid. Drax is limited to 3000 pieces like most of the line.
As soon as I opened him up, I was struck by what a bright, fun shade of green Drax’s skin is. Whereas Gamora’s colors are darker and more muted, the Drax Animated statue really pops on a shelf or even out in the wild.
Drax’s magenta and green color scheme is a real eye-popper and a great fit for this style of art and collectibles. The blue shading on the pants breaks up all the black nicely as well. While there’s not a ton of detailing on this figure, Drax’s tattoos have been painted on cleanly and look terrific. All the paintwork on this mini statue has been applied masterfully.
Although he’s a bit bulkier and heavier than most other statues in the Marvel Animated series, DST wisely kept the price on Drax below 60 bucks. Any more than that and I suspect a lot of potential buyers would really raise an eyebrow skeptically at this 5” Drax.
Despite the size, this Drax has a nice amount of heft to it and feels like a quality resin product and not a cheap Funko Pop Vinyls figure or what-not.
Drax is a hand-numbered limited edition statue like all the other items in this line. He’s limited to just 3000 pieces produced.
Overall: While he’s not a character I was dying for a little statue of (beyond wanting him to complete the GOTG on my shelf), I’m surprised how much I dig this piece. Vivid colors and fun proportions really make this feel like Skottie Young artwork come to life. I feel like the addition of Drax elevates the whole GOTG series. Excellent.