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In a past edition of Galaxy Guide, we discussed director James Gunn joining the "Guardians of the Galaxy" film, and mentioned his affection for Rom, the action figure turned comic book hero of the 1980s. Rom's name has come up again in recent weeks, both for the filing of trademarks by toymaker Hasbro, the current owner of Rom, and for rumors that Disney, having already acquired Marvel (and more recently, Lucasfilm) may be in talks to acquire Hasbro as well.

This has led to speculation that a long-held fan dream might be realized: that Rom might once again return to the Marvel Universe in all his armored glory, a goal that has been obstructed by licensing issues to date.

Given these recent Rom ruminations, and the possibility, however speculative, that Rom might become available for use in Marvel's comics and movies, we thought the time was right to take a look back at the Spaceknight's history, and find out just what's behind this clamor for his return.


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