James Gunn Shares The Real Reason It's Taken So Long For A Dancing Baby Groot Toy

Since Guardians of the Galaxy was released in August, fans of been begging for a toy representing one of the film’s most memorable moments: dancing baby Groot.

There’s definitely at least one toy coming, but some have wondered why Marvel seems so slow on the turnaround. The popular theory is that Marvel simply didn’t realize just how popular the scene would be, but director James Gunn tells Vulture that’s not the case.

“While we were still shooting the movie, I brought up putting Dancing Baby Groot out as a toy,” he said. “The reason it didn’t happen is because you have some control in the film industry over secrets getting out there, but the people you don’t have much control over are the toy people, unfortunately. Those toy designs get out, always! And people definitely would have gotten ahold of the Baby Groot if we had started manufacturing it in time for it to come out after the movie, so that was the biggest reason we didn’t push on that particular element.”

Turns out, it’s all about keeping secrets.

Gaurdians of the Galaxy releases on Blu-ray on December 9.