Guardians of the Galaxy Groot Watermark

At long last, our prayers have been heard. Marvel Entertainment has confirmed that an officially licensed dancing baby Groot toy is heading to stores just in time for Christmas (or the year-end gift-giving event of your choice). And we’re not talking about another bobblehead or model kit. This one is the one fans have been clamoring for ever since Guardians of the Galaxy grooved its way into our hearts this summer.

Hit the jump for details on the official dancing baby Groot toy.

According to Mashable, which got the scoop, Marvel Entertainment and KIDdesigns will have the toy on shelves for around $14.99 sometime this December. The official dancing baby Groot toy wiggles around when turned on, and comes with a built-in speaker playing an electronic version of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” His white pot base is emblazoned with his signature catchphrase: “I am Groot.” See him in action below:

The dancing baby Groot toy became a must-have before it even properly existed. Even I was eager to get my hands on one, and I almost never buy toys or collectibles. However, Marvel was playing hard-to-get. Sure, plenty of enterprising Etsy sellers were eager to offer up their own versions, but the officially licensed toys like the Funko bobblehead or the Dragon Models kit weren’t quite cutting it.

While this one doesn’t exactly replicate the smooth moves of director James Gunn, it comes close enough. See the scene from the film below.

No wonder the Guardians of the Galaxy became such good friends by the end of the movie. Who could possibly resist the charms of a tiny sapling jamming out to ’80s pop? Not them, not me, and — no doubt to Marvel’s unending glee — not the millions of consumers who’ll be buying one of these trees to put under their own trees this Christmas.

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