|This article is written from the Real World perspective|
|Bait 'n' Switch|
|Release date||December 7, 2016|
Bait 'n' Switch is a short film. In it, Rocket Raccoon rescues Groot from the Collector.
In one cell, the miniaturized Groot looks downtrodden as he sits in a pot alone in the cell and sighs.
Suddenly, Rocket Raccoon pops up and looks at him laughing. Groot spots him and becomes excited. Groot bounces over to him and waves.
Just then, Collector appears on the other side of the cell scowling. Rocket looks shocked and runs away. Collector runs around the cell to follow. Groot watches him go.
Rocket runs between the cells and Collector follows. He tries to lose his pursuer but Collector stays on his tail.
Rocket leaps behind a cell holding a jellyfish and pauses. He hears Collector run by on the other side. He peaks around the side and heads back.
Rocket runs as fast as he can but is not moving. He looks around then behind him to see Collector holding his tail. He stops then slams his foot down on Collector's.
Collector screams and grabs his foot, bouncing up and down, as Rocket gets away. Rocket runs through the cells but is stopped by a wall.
He looks around for a way out then turns to see Collector approaching him. Rocket backs into the wall. He reaches behind him and pulls out a golden cube.
Collector looks at it shocked and moves in to examine it. Rocket throws it up into the air and Collector watches it go.
Seizing the opportunity, Rocket leaps through Collector's legs. Collector catches the cube and examines it.
Rocket runs back to Groot's cell and examines the cell. Groot bounces over to him.
He throws the cube on the ground and runs back to Groot's cell. He stops near the cell and finds Groot still inside. He pulls Groot out and hugs it.
Groot falls over as it is a fake doll. Collector looks down at it as one of the eyes falls off. He shakes it in anger and the other eye falls off.
Collector throws the fake doll onto the ground smashing the pot. He leaps up and down in a tantrum then kicks the doll.
Rocket and the real Groot watch laughing. Rocket holds up his fist and Groot bumps it.
- Creatures seen in the other cells include a humanoid creature that is unidentifiable, Adam Warlock's cocoon, a praying mantis-like creature, a large bird, plants, bugs, something bear sized, and some kind of worm.
- There's no reason for why Groot's box has clear glass while the others are opaque.
- Collector holds the Groot doll with the eyes towards him so he should immediately realize it is fake, but only realizes it when the audience does.
Senior vice President of Animation and Family Entertainment Cort Lane said of the series "Telling Marvel stories in the Funko Pop! aesthetic is a special kind of magic unlike anything we've ever done. These shorts are both hilarious and action-packed, and irresistibly adorable too. Really, I think all audiences will love them."
Funko Director of Marketing Mark Robben said "We hope fans enjoy these short films as much as they do collecting Pop!, and hopefully we’ll be able to create many more."
The concept of this short is based on a scene in the Guardians of the Galaxy film. In it, Collector asks if he can have Groot's remains after he dies. While Groot apparently dies, he survives in a smaller form. This short follows if Collector had taken that smaller form as they had discussed earlier.
The characters are unvoiced, relying on visuals. Those providing the laughing for the characters are uncredited.
Animation was done completely in computer imagery by A Large Evil Corporation. The characters are designed to look like Funko's signature vinyl bobblehead dolls.
The logo and look of the characters are designed after the versions seen in Marvel Cinematic Universe.