Marvel has taken a lot of heat for the under-representation of their female heroes in toy lines, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn has assured fans that the female heroes will each get their own toys. This news comes from a Facebook Q&A where a fan asked if he’d be able to purchase a Gamora figure for his daughter.
“I’m making sure this time around the female characters are more represented in the toy world. Not only Gamora, but Mantis, Nebula, and Elizabeth Debicki’s character as well.”
Gunn’s announcement signals a change in Marvel’s marketing department as previously Black Widow and Scarlet Witch toys were hard to come by for the Avengers films. Lucasfilm ran into similar trouble where even The Force Awakens main character, Rey, had been left out of several merchandise lines.
Marvel has also released information about toys focusing more on Groot this time around, and showed off several new products at the 2016 Licensing Expo.