Tuesday, May 8, 2012

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: The Avengers

WARNING: The images related toLink this article contain recreations of scenes from the movie. Sure, they are done with LEGO, but they may be considered spoilers none the less. You've been warned! Spoilery pics will be after my notes toward the bottom, so you can read a bit before you bail.

LEGO gave us a heaping helping of DC Super Heroes with an emphasis on the adorable, pudgy world of the Batman, and now, it is time for the MARVELS!! Taking advantage of the Avengers film release, LEGO busted out 4 building sets torn straight from the film (mostly). Here's the lineup (from largest to smallest)...

Quinjet Aerial Battle (6869) : Defeat Loki and his forces with the super fast Quinjet in this LEGO Super Heroes Quinjet Aerial Battle (6869) buildable playset! Stop Loki as you go after his chariot with the function-packed Quinjet in an awesome 5-MiniFigure finale!

Loki is up to no good and is planning to destroy the earth! As he flies into battle on board his chariot, help the Avenger's defeat their nemesis using the supersonic Quinjet! Fire the missiles, release the mini-jet and imprison Loki in the prison pod! With the high-tech Quinjet, the Avengers can't fail!

This set comes with 5 MiniFigures: Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Loki and an alien foot soldier, the Quinjet and Loki's chariot! The Quinjet features adjustable wing tips, 2 opening cockpits with space for 2 MiniFigures, detachable mini-jet, 4 missiles, prison pod and rear door. Chariot features dual flick missiles and control platform that raises or lowers. Weapons include Loki's staff, Thor's hammer and Iron Man's thruster flame. Launch the mini-jet! Fire the missiles! Rotate the Quinjet wingtips 360 degrees! Open the cockpits! Load the captured bad guys into the Quinjet's prison pod! Quinjet measures over 5" (15cm) high, 15" (39cm) long. Chariot measures over 2" (6cm) high and 5"(13cm) long. CLICK HERE to order!

Hulk's Helicarrier Breakout (6868) : Help the heroes stop Loki from breaking out of the Helicarrier in this LEGO Super Heroes Hulk's Helicarrier Breakout (6868) buildable playset!

The Hulk and Thor have Loki captured on board the Avengers' awesome Helicarrier. Use the exploding containment cell function to bust Loki out and then use the function-packed jet fighter to get away! Can the Avengers keep Loki locked up and out of trouble?

This set comes with 4 MiniFigures: Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye and Loki, a Helicarrier playset and a jet fighter. Action in the Helicarrier setup includes a containment cell with exploding function and fuel canister holder with firing function. Jet fighter features 4 flick missiles and opening cockpit with cockpit blast function. Accessories include 2 canisters, Loki's staff, Hawkeye's bow and arrow and Thor's hammer. Launch the fuel canisters! Fire the missiles! Blast the jet fighter's cockpit! Helicarrier measures over 5" (13cm) high and 14" (35cm) wide. Jet fighter measures over 2" (6cm) high, 7" (18cm) long and 5" (14cm) wide. CLICK HERE to order!

Loki's Cosmic Cube Escape (6867) : Seize the stolen cosmic cube from Loki in this LEGO Super Heroes Loki's Cosmic Cube Escape (6867) buildable playset! Fly after Loki with Iron Man before he can escape on the function-packed off-roader with the cosmic cube he stole!

Loki is escaping from S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters with the powerful cosmic cube. If he succeeds, he could use it to wreak havoc on the world! Can Iron Man take to the skies in his amazing armored suit and chase down the speeding off-roader or will Loki escape with the cosmic cube? You decide!

This set includes 3 MiniFigures: Iron Man, Loki and Hawkeye, and an Off-roader with 2 flick missiles and tipping function. Accessories include cosmic cube and Loki's staff. Iron Man features opening mask and thruster flame elements. Fly after Loki with Iron Man! Fire the missiles! Use tipping function to blast Loki off the off-roader when Iron Man attacks! Off-roader measures over 3" (8cm) high and 5" (15cm) long. CLICK HERE to order!

Captain America's Avenging Cycle (6865) : Win the battle against the general and the foot soldier with LEGO Super Heroes Captain America's Avenging (6865)! Speed into battle with Captain America's Avenging Cycle to defeat the general and the foot soldier in the craft with folding wings and a flick missile!

While riding his Avenging Cycle, Captain America spots the general on his craft. Help Captain America use his indestructible shield to defeat the general and his foot soldier! Win the battle and send them back to where they came from. The fate of the world lies in your hands.

This set includes 3 MiniFigures: Captain America, alien general and alien foot soldier. Vehicles include Captain America's Avenging Cycle and alien general's craft. Avenging Cycle features shield holder. General's craft has folding wings and flick missile. Fire the flick missile! Throw the shield at the general and the foot soldier! Foot soldier's gun stand has a missile. Speed into battle on the Avenging Cycle! Cycle measures over 2" (6cm) high and 3" (7cm) long. Alien General's craft measures over 2" (6cm) high and 4" (10cm) long. CLICK HERE to order!

Reviewing LEGO sets is somewhat ridiculous unless you are a HARDCORE LEGO collector with that audience, which I and we are not. You'll want to know that, like all LEGO sets, the bits lock together nicely but are not impossible to separate when you make the inevitable mistake. They even make a tool for that! The vehicles have a nice, clean design which doesn't compromise to allow for the action gimmicks. Aside from the groovy super cycle for Captain America, the sets include bits right from the film, so you'll notice that attention to detail. Where a lot of toy companies take liberties for the sake of kid likability, LEGO sticks to the source material...mostly. That little mini fighter drone that drops out of the Quinjet may not be accurate, but it sure is cool! Note the upper right console screen on the Helicarrier set and then tell me these people don't love their jobs! As great as these sets are, there were some things missing and we were forced to fill in with a little creativity and a tiny dash of photoshopping. Here are my notes...

- No hair included for Tony Stark's helmet off look, so we borrowed Dracula's hair.
- No maskless head for Captain America at all, so we just borrowed an extra Loki head and Hawkeye hair.
- No bare arms for Thor, so we borrowed those from an extra Hawkeye as well.
- No smirking face for Loki!! I borrowed ours from a DC Super Heroes cop. For the helmet off look, I borrowed hair from Bruce Wayne.
- No Bruce Banner. Ours is made from Robin hair, a Two Face Thug's head, a Zombie body with white guy hands and Frankenstein's legs. We popped him onto Wolverine's cycle for the final battle appearance scene.
- No Agent Coulson. ~sigh~ Why do no toy lines, save Diamond Select's Minimates, show any love for SHIELD's top agent??!! We rectified this with a Lex Luthor figure and Hawkeye's hair...pushed as far up as we could before it looked like it was floating. We also photoshopped his tie black and colored in his pocket triangle. He is a SHIELD agent. They don't do fancy. I also gave him a MEGABloks HALO gun as it suited him.
- and the biggest mistake of these sets...NO NICK FURY!! I couldn't even piece one together with the meager bits I own. Severe lack of black LEGO dudes on my part...and the Werewolf doesn't count.
- The cop car is from an old MEGABloks Marvel Spider-Man set.
- I'll also note that there are TWO more Marvel sets, 1 being the Wolverine Chopper Showdown with Wolverine, Magneto and Deadpool, a helicopter and a motorcycle, and the second from Ultimate Spider-Man, which is unreleased as of this writing.

Putting together a LEGO set instantly turns you into a kid, so I can't imagine a more fun way to celebrate your favorite comics and films than with these sets. I honestly had more fun with this shoot than I do with most action figure jobs and I, as is always the case when I'm geeking out, got completely carried away and wound up with just over 100 pictures.

1 comment :

  1. Hahahahahahahaha! FrankenNomad and your genius part-piecing to right that which is wrong...gee-neeee-us.