LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Review: Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout #6868

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I have one big issue with this set. They claim this is the Helicarrier. The box artwork vaguely tries to make it work but it really doesn’t. Had they just called this Banner’s Lab or something, it would have been fine. But calling it the Helicarrier means I think of this.

Help the heroes stop Loki from breaking out of the Helicarrier! 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?

Hawkeye is back again in this set and is absolutely unchanged from Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape that I reviewed just the other day. The figure works well and looks like Ultimate Hawkeye. Part of me wishes LEGO got more creative and made both a comic version and a movie version of this skilled archer. Hawkeye’s head is double-sided with one side showing off sunglasses and the other looking serious.

For an accessory, Hawkeye comes with his compound bow cast in black once again. It’s a very nice LEGO version of a modern bow but I do have one issue: there is no place to store it! The set shows Hawkeye driving a jet, but there is no place to hang up his bow!

The jet is a fine little build. Made mostly of dark blue, it matches the established S.H.I.E.L.D. colors. The style is the tiniest but futuristic, but doesn’t look too out there. The yellow highlights add some needed color, though I think white or light gray would have worked better. The jet fighter measures 7 inches long, giving it a decent amount of size.

The tailfins on the back are adjustable and four flick missiles with blue tips are included under the wings. The cockpit opens to store a regular figure comfortably and also includes an auto-eject action feature. When you push down on the yellow bar in the middle of the jet, the cockpit blasts open. It’s well done and doesn’t interfere with the build in anyway.

The big draw of this set though is the new Hulk minifigure. Well, minifigures is the wrong word because this guy is massive. About the size of a Castle Troll, Hulk is huge! Cast in green plastic, Hulk’s feet alone are the size of a 2×3 brick each! He’s almost perfect as a figure.

Hulk requires some assemble thanks to some blue pegs holding his arms in and his wrists clicking into place. For articulation, Hulk moves at the shoulders and wrists – that’s it. His neck doesn’t move since his head is part of his body. His hair is also permanently attached, so Hulk isn’t the most LEGO compatible figure out there.

Hulk’s face though is angry and full of rage, just like it should be. His black hair is messy and reminds me of Harry Potter’s. Sadly, his pants are tan instead of purple. In an odd move, Hulk’s arms are hollow on the inside, which gives them a very odd look from some angles. Hulk’s massive hands though are incredibly constructed. The thumb and forefinger are built to allow a regular accessory to fit there without issue. But the lower fingers make a large enough space to actually hold a figure by the legs – or carry a massive brick!

Loki is back again and remains unchanged just like Hawkeye. The suit color still feels too gray, but the helmet is excellent. I still wish he had a smirk on his face, like he was playing the game three steps ahead of the Avengers. But instead, Loki just scowls.

For accessories, Loki does come with his staff, but it has been taken from him. It’s the same sai and staff combo that looks very good, but Loki doesn’t get it because he’s held captive in this set. He does NOT come with the Cosmic Cube this time around.

The other new figure in the set is Thor, God of Thunder! Decked out in his Avengers uniform which is a cross between his Ultimate and classic look, Thor translates very well to the LEGO style. Wearing navy blue painted with the six circles and some ornate patterns, Thor’s costume just looks right. The gray arms evoke the feeling of his chain mail; while his red cape gives him some much needed color.

Thor’s face is double sided, but both sides look grizzled and angry which is a shame. One is closed mouth while the other is snarling. I wish there was a smiling Thor to go out drinking with Tony Stark! His hairpiece may be too blond, but is the same as Snape. It works very well. Thor’s only accessory is Mjolnir. Cast in a single piece of gray plastic, it really just looks like a hammer. There isn’t anything special about it, but it works. It’s big, hefty and a Thor requirement.

The rest of the build is the supposed Helicarrier, but I’m just calling it Banner’s lab so I don’t go into a Hulk-rage. The lab is divided into three sections that are connected via pins allowing, in theory, it to be combined with other sets possibly.

Furthest on the left is a small lab where Loki’s staff is being examined. Held up in what kind of looks like a cross between a shower and a chair, the design is decent but nothing terribly exciting. The back drop tries to evoke the hull of the ship with slanted windows but doesn’t quite hit the mark. Adjacent to it is a small computer showing off the analysis of the staff.

The middle section is the main build and features a holding cell for Loki. Large and translucent, the holding cell has just enough space to hold the trickster god in his absurd helmet. A small set of stairs lead up to it, while a drop down screen hangs off to the side outlining the not-included Cosmic Cube. A fire extinguisher is also included because it seems like that is a major concern for S.H.I.E.L.D.

Above the containment cell is a small computer console with two chairs and a few monitors. One of the monitors though just shows off Space Invaders, which is a great little Easter egg (almost as good as the bondage bedroom in Atlantis). An action feature is included as well. When the orange button is pressed, the front of the holding cell pushes away releasing the captive!

On the right side of the lab, it’s fairly empty since that is where Hulk is shown to be standing. The sloped windows mirror the other side, so the only build is the small catapult with twin barrels. I love these red, green and white barrels since they’re such a subtle way to reference the LEGO oil company, Octan. It’s simple but works so well.

As an added bonus, LEGO included one of the new orange brick separators with both the axle pusher and plate remover, but I forgot to photograph it.

The real draw of this set is without a doubt the inclusion of the Hulk and Thor. Being the only way to get these two Avengers, it’s hard not to recommend this set. But getting a second Hawkeye and Loki just feels cheap. The Avengers cast is large and the idea that Loki is in three of the starting sets and Hawkeye is in two, while Captain America only gets one just feels wrong on so many levels. Even worse is the price point since this set retails for $50. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Hulk and Thor figures but unless you really want those two, you probably don’t need to get this. Either way, LEGO did not make it easy to get all of the Avengers.

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 13th, 2012 at 12:16 am

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