LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Review: Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown #6866

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With LEGO having the Marvel license, they wanted to make it very clear they had more than just the Avengers license. Just like how the first wave of the DC Super Heroes featured all Batman and one Superman set, the first Marvel wave reminds us that LEGO has the whole universe.

Help Wolverine to escape Magneto and Deadpool in their missile-loaded helicopter! Oh no, Magneto and Deadpool are attacking Wolverine with their helicopter. Help him to escape! Dodge the missiles and make a quick getaway on Wolverine’s Chopper before Magneto traps Wolverine with his magnetic powers.

This has got to be one of the most one-sided battles imaginable. It always weirds me out when Magneto is paired up against anyone made of metal because that’s such an unfair fight. Even with a motorcycle and helicopter, Deadpool and Wolverine are outmatched!

Since the set has Wolverine’s name in the title, we might as well start with him! Unmasked and wearing a costume that seems to be Wolverine, this minifigures works very well. I don’t know if this is his Astonishing outfit or some other yellow and blue piece, but it doesn’t matter – the look is unmistakable. Bright yellow with dark blue stripes, this is Wolverine through and through. In a completely unnecessary touch, you can see Wolverine’s mask on his back.

The grizzled head looks just like Logan with some of the most impressive sideburns I’ve ever seen on both sides of his dual-faced head. One shows him barring teeth in a berserker rage while the other is him looking dangerously serious, like he’s sniffing out some prey. Wolverine’s hair piece is equally absurd with two high points but it manages to work.

Since LEGO seems to avoid making new pieces whenever possible, Wolverine gets a creative way to have claws. Much like the Mega Bloks figure, his claws are just a weapon he holds in his hand but it manages to work. Much like the generic bad guy in the Prince of Persia set, the claws look good.

To ride around, Wolverine comes with a motorcycle. It’s the old-timey style that works so much better than the modern, bulky one that Captain America has. In fact, this vehicle would be perfect for Captain America to ride on! The cover is light gray and the bike is plain and simple without any extra flair allowing it to be used anywhere with ease.

But a motorcycle won’t save Wolverine from the Master of Magnetism – Magneto! Wearing his classic red and purple outfit, this mutant looks regal. The classic comic book costume translates perfectly to the LEGO style, allowing the red and purple to complement one another. The silver detailing shines just enough to make it feel special.

Magneto’s face is double sided as well with one side furiously grimacing, like he’s trying to crush a vehicle with his mind, while the other side is calm and collected, like he is amused by Wolverine’s continual efforts to try and attack him.

Accessories include a cloth purple cape and a round 2×2 plate for Magneto to stand on which is a fine way to represent his powers (much better than Mega Bloks’ attempt). His helmet is brand new and is absolutely perfect with the purple trim.

Flying in to save the day is the Merc with a Mouth – Deadpool! While his inclusion is blatant fan service (and printing money), Deadpool’s design works so well in the LEGO universe. He’s red, he’s black and he’s covered in straps and pouches. The paintwork is absolutely perfect, which is the norm with LEGO. But seeing touches like the buttons on pouches and the little eyes on his belt buckle just make it that much more impressive.

Unlike the other heroes, Deadpool has a regular red head with his mask just painted on. No horribly scarred visage or anything, just a red head. For accessories, he comes with a backpack that is two sword sheaths and a blaster originally seen in Alien Conquest. It’s a good fit for mercenary. The set includes two katanas, but those are also part of the helicopter.

Now I don’t have any idea where Deadpool got a helicopter in the first place. Or how he managed to have it custom painted in his own colors, but it doesn’t matter because it works. The helicopter is much larger than I expected with it being 9 inches long and 4 inches tall! It’s big and has ample space inside of it.

The roof removes with ease to allow a figure to easily sit in the cockpit, while the middle cargo hold is empty and can comfortably fit two figures. Sadly, the hole is too small for Wolverine to ride the motorcycle through. The propellers spin well on the top and tail like a good helicopter should.

The twin missile launchers on both sides are adjustable, making them great for both play and display. Four flick missiles are included along with each launcher storing a katana because Deadpool just loves weapons. The multiple wheels on the base allow the helicopter to roll around with ease as well.

If I had any complaint about this set, it would be very minor ones. Sure, Deadpool could use a half dozen more weapons and I would love to see Wolverine in a mask (they could reuse it for comics Hawkeye!), but there is so much good in this set that is kind of amazes me. You’re got three iconic figures. Every kid knows who Wolverine and Magneto are, and if they don’t know who Deadpool is, it doesn’t matter. He’s basically Marvel’s Boba Fett – too awesome to care. The helicopter is made better by the simple fact that it doesn’t have any markings on it tying it to the X-Men so anyone in any theme can easily use it too.

At $20, this set is a steal. If you like X-Men and like LEGO, you need to own this.

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 

Written by jestergoblin

April 12th, 2012 at 12:00 am

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