Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dancing Groot toy created for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Fans of Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" are getting their wish fulfilled: a dancing Groot toy.

Dancing Groot toy created for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Baby Groot dances in ´Guardians of the Galaxy.´ (Photo via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Baby Groot dances in 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' (Photo via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Fans of Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" are getting their wish fulfilled: a dancing Groot toy. 

The charming character, who is seen wiggling to Michael Jackson in the film will be turned into a collectible figure by Funko through its Pop! vinyl toy line. 

Marvel and Funko announced the bobble-head figure on Friday via their social media accounts, with Marvel saying "It's real! The first official Dancing Groot toy, from the amazing folks at Funko."

"Guardians" director James Gunn actually is the one performing the dance moves, which were then re-rendered as Groot in the final film. Vin Diesel voices the character. 

The dancing character wound up stealing the final scene in the film, which Gunn had initially planned to place after the end credits. He wound up moving up the sequence when it proved just too cute to have audiences miss, he has said in interviews. 

Since "Guardians'" release, the character's dance moves have been turned into GIFs (aided by Disney releasing the footage), while other clever fans have created their own potted versions at home.

With Marvel saying that the Funko Pop! figure will be "the first" dancing Groot toy, Disney is likely in the midst of planning battery operated versions that would have Groot dance in new ways sometime before Christmas. 

"Guardians of the Galaxy" has earned $431 million at the worldwide box office since Aug. 1. A sequel already is dated for July 27, 2017.

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