Next in the Avengers LEGO lineup includes the big bad and two heroes. I think the reason I like this so much is when you combine it with Captain America’s Avenging Cycle set, you end up with an evenly balanced battle!
Seize the stolen cosmic cube from Loki! 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?
It’s kind of odd that the blurb about this set doesn’t even mention Hawkeye, is he that much of a second rate hero already? Since he was rudely left out, let’s start off by reviewing him! Clint Barton doesn’t actually have any super powers; he’s just a really good archer. Based off his Ultimate look, Hawkeye really looks like a product of the 2000s. His “costume” is a mess of straps, black and more straps that try to look modern without going too pouch heavy.
Instead of giving him a quiver accessory, Hawkeye’s is just painted onto his back. The strap runs across his red and black front that makes him look like he should be participating in some X-Treme game. His legs have belts painted on them too, but in different places because LEGO did everything in their power to make him asymmetrical – including giving him a black left hand!
Hawkeye’s head is double-sided. One side shows off his Cyclops-like sunglasses and a slight smirk, while the other is a standard furious face. For a hairpiece, Hawkeye comes with a reddish-blond widow’s peak, making him look a lot like Draco Malfoy. Hawkeye’s weapon is a compound bow that is a new piece and cast in black, it looks really good. And unlike most toys, LEGO figures have never been able to hold a bow properly so it doesn’t bother me the least.
The Armored Avenger is none other than the drunken billionaire – Tony Stark! Wearing his Mark VI armor (the one with the triangle reactor last seen at the end of Iron Man II), this figure has faced an uphill battle since it was first debuted. Original mockups made it look like the figure had a massive head, but now that I have it in hand, I can safely saw that while it does look a touch oversized, it isn’t anywhere as bad as the giant Batman head.
Cast in dark red plastic, Iron Man’s armor is completely painted on. The golden details, the overlapping plates and arc reactor are all just decals placed on the figure. But even if it is just paint, it still looks like Iron Man. The helmet is two pieces connected with a hinge allowing the faceplate to swing up and reveal the LEGO version of Robert Downey Jr.
A double-sided head, LEGO really missed a shot at showing off the “inside the suit” look by making one side have heads up display projected onto his face. Instead, you have two versions of Tony Stark showing off his perfectly manicured face: confidently smug and “what-do-you-mean-there-isn’t-any-alcohol” angry.
To show off Iron Man’s ability to shoot repulsor beams and fly, LEGO made a novel decision and gave Tony two translucent light blue studs and two 1×1 circle bricks in the same color. They plug into his feet and hands giving him the look of flying and glowing. The only complaint I have is that his arc reactor is white instead of blue, so they don’t match.
The final figure in the set is none other than the Asgardian God of Mischief himself – Loki! The half-brother of Thor, Loki is the big bad of the Avengers movie (probably). Wearing a gray suit with Asgardian details, Loki looks good with the gold and green trim but the overall look really could use more green. The head is single-sided and looks remarkably bland, like it could be anyone. No iconic smirk or rage, Loki just looks bored.
But accessories are where Loki really shines. His costume is finalized thanks to a bright green cape and a brand new helmet piece. Cast in gold, the sweeping horns are massive and really give Loki the proper look. For weaponry, he comes with his staff which is a genius use of a LEGO sai and Egyptian staff. He also comes with the Cosmic Cube, which is just a 1×1 translucent brick.
The build of the set is a S.H.I.E.L.D. pick-up truck. This massive vehicle looks like it is ready for any terrain thanks to the raised body and massive tires. With a cockpit with just enough space for Hawkeye to drive, the truck looks really good and feels much more in scale than some recent LEGO offerings. A handful of stickers add some character like the S.H.I.E.L.D. logos on the doors and hood and the lights on the roof.
The side doors actually open and don’t end up getting stuck on the side flick missiles which I find unnecessary and annoying, but they are easy to remove if you wish. The back of the truck has something that might be an action feature too. The back section is movable but doesn’t so much. There isn’t enough to really launch a figure, so I think it is supposed to be Iron Man’s launching pad.
Now the storyline shown off on the box makes it look like Hawkeye is an accomplice in Loki’s mischief. Could it be mind control? Possibly, but Hawkeye’s character was originally a bad guy so maybe there is more to him than meets the eye. I was concerned about Iron Man initially, but getting him in my hand fixed it completely. Retailing at $20, this is a great set. Getting three classic Marvel heroes is a plus and the S.H.I.E.L.D. truck is a fine build that would easily fit in LEGO City theme.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Captain America’s Avenging Cycle
with Captain America, Alien Foot Soldier & Alien General
Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape
with Hawkeye, Iron Man Mark VI and Loki
Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown
with Wolverine, Magneto & Deadpool
Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout
with Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye & Loki
Quinjet Aerial Battle
with Iron Man Mark VII, Thor, Black Widow, Loki & Alien Foot Soldier