Today’s set, 5002145 Rocket Raccoon, is kinda like last week’s Hulk figure because you get a sticker sheet accessory, but turned up to 11.
Because that sticker sheet is designed to add some additional details to 76021 The Milano Spaceship Rescue, making an already excellent set even better. Rocket Raccoon was notably absent from that set, so here he is with Sapling Groot and a giant sticker sheet for the Milano.
The instruction sheet to put Rocket together doubles as a guide for adding the extra stickers to the ship.
Makes me think that whoever designed the Milano set really, really loved the set and wanted to include all of the stickers. But the bean counters stopped that from happening so as a compromise, they stuffed it inside this polybag. It was the only way to get Rocket* in the matching red uniform, and given that he was widely available at Toys’R’Us stores, it was a no-brainer to pick him up to add to the crew.
Rocket is nicely detailed. I still don’t like the one-piece head-and-shoulders element but what are you going to do? I also like the gun. It looks exactly like something he would engineer together using scrap metal and bionic body parts.
Sapling Groot is probably my favorite version of him other than wooden airbag ball Groot that saves the crew from what would have been a fatal impact with a particular planet.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
When 76021 The Milano Spaceship Rescue, fans cried foul when it seemed to be missing a few key Guardians. But in the end, to get Rocket in a polybag with an additional sticker sheet for the ship, seemed like a brilliant way to get the best possible version of the ship. Keeping red uniform Rocket exclusive to this polybag* ensured that fans who cared enough to seek it out would be rewarded. The synergy between the two sets is something LEGO has rarely pulled off with as much success. 5002145 Rocket Raccoon is just great.
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* – Rocket in the red uniform was also in a 2014 San Diego Comic Con exclusive set, Rocket Raccon’s Warbird, but those are nearly impossible to get compared to the polybag.
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