LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Review: Quinjet Aerial Battle #6869

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The final Marvel LEGO set is the biggest one, but instead of being the Helicarrier or some cityscape for our heroes to destroy, it ends up being the classic Avengers vehicle- the Quinjet! Part of me is still in awe that we even HAVE LEGO Avengers.

Defeat Loki and his forces with the super-fast Quinjet! 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 this set probably being some take on the final battle of the upcoming Avengers film, I figure it makes the most sense to go in order of the build itself. To give you a small warm up, LEGO lets you build Loki’s new chariot.

Loki himself is a direct repack that we’re seen twice before and I really don’t have much else to say about him. Yes, the helmet is fantastic. I love how they built his staff too. But the face really needs something to mix it up. Because frankly, he looks a lot like Lex Luthor without the helmet. If you don’t have this figure, he’s great. If you do, well I guess you’ll end up making some Asgardian guards. His gray body still bugs me slightly too.

Driving the chariot is another repack – this time from Captain America’s small set. The Alien Foot Soldier is the perfect kind of figure to have show up in multiple sets since he’s an army builder. But again, nothing about him has changed. He’s still in light gray with gold details and an oddly insect like face. It is a really good blend of cosmic and Asgardian designs that let the figure feel like he belongs in the movie Marvel universe.

The chariot is an interesting build. Similar in design and style to the Captain America set, it fits in well with the same tan, gold and purple color scheme. Constructed in two pieces and connected via a hinge, the chariot looks pretty good but LEGO failed to provide support in the back so you’ll need to get creative in displaying it. It’s a shame, because a single translucent brick would have perfectly fixed it.

With a single seat for Loki to sit in, the chariot doesn’t look like an offensive vehicle. The front looks to have purple blasters (or maybe headlights) and two spikes.  The stickers give the vehicle a face once again.

On the side of the heroes, three Avengers are included in this set. Thor returns to challenge his brother once again in another straight repack. The figure is still excellent, with a great representation of Thor in LEGO form. But a repack is a repack, so you can read all about my initial thoughts on him when I first reviewed him. Like Loki, if you don’t have him already, he’s excellent.

Iron Man returns but actually ends up getting a new coat of paint! Showing off his brand new Mark VII armor, there really isn’t that big of a difference between the two. Both are brick red and gold and feature the same helmet (and the same head underneath).

But there are some minor changes with how the black lines are drawn. The biggest difference is the arc reactor, this time it is a circle instead of a triangle. Basically, unless you’re a crazy collector, either version will be perfectly fine. Like before, Iron Man is given blue bricks and studs to represent his powers.

The only truly new figure in this set is Black Widow! Secret spy extraordinaire, Black Widow looks pretty good from the neck down but faces some odd LEGO-censorship. Like all LEGO females, the blocky look is kind of odd. To offset it, LEGO did paint some curves on her but seemed to get cold feet and gave her an undershirt peeking out from her poorly contained breasts. Or maybe it’s supposed to be exposed skin, it isn’t easy to tell.

The paint on her costume is very well done with charcoal and blue highlights. The extra straps on her legs evoke Hawkeye’s design too. For a face though, this figure doesn’t look anything like Black Widow. Sure, it’s a female but the sunken cheekbones make her look half-starved. One side shows her smiling while the other is a half grimace that looks off. Her hair is the same as the Hula Dancer but in reddish. In a depressing move, Black Widow does not come with any accessories!

While the minifigures are lackluster (provided you bought any of the other sets besides Wolverine’s), the actual build of the Quinjet is very impressive. To call this vehicle massive is an understatement. Measuring 15 inches from wingtip to wingtip, this may be the largest continual build I have ever done, since many of LEGO’s buildings are built in pieces then assembled.

The cockpit shows off a brand new pilot seat design that I’m sure many LEGO builder swill start mimicking, especially since it includes a headrest! Directly behind it is a sitting area with two matching seats. In a move I honestly can’t comprehend, another fire extinguisher is included. This is the third time one has shown up – and all of them show up in S.H.I.E.L.D. sets! Are Loki’s alien forces easily killed by them? Did Marvel make some absurd call saying fire extinguishers must be included? Why are they there?

The rear of the Quinjet features a door and just enough space for a vehicle to be stored. Or maybe it’s a launching area for Iron Man since the roof opens up too. LEGO claims that it is a prison pod but that just feels boring. But in a move that still bugs me, Captain America’s motorcycle is too big to fit in it! Luckily, Wolverine’s bike fits just fine if you want to make some awesome scene where Captain America rides a motorcycle out of a jet. You know you do. The large jet engines are adjustable as well.

The wings of the Quinjet are adjustable as well with them being able to fold down about halfway. I imagine this is so it can do vertical takeoffs with ease. The front of the wings are ratcheted as well allowing them to be adjusted. The massive S.H.I.E.L.D. logos on the wings are stickers, but look really nice. Underneath each wing are two adjustable flick missiles.

In the center of the Quinjet is a red button. Just like Hulk’s Helicarrier Escape, when you press it, something happens! In the middle of the jet is a mechanism that when pressed down releases a hook on the bottom that holds a S.H.I.E.L.D. minijet which I imagine is just like H.E.R.B.I.E. because I like typing periods so much. The minijet is just a few bricks and nothing special, but you can also use the mechanism to pick up other figures!

I really like how the Quinjet came out as a set. It is truly a massive piece and I had a blast building it. But in the back of my head, I had this nagging doubt about this set. I think it really comes down to the minifigures. Paying $70 for a set to just get an okay Black Widow just feels wrong. Including another exclusive figure would have made this feel a lot better, like Nick Fury who is oddly absent from the line.

This isn’t a bad set at all, but for the biggest Marvel set I feel like it should do more. DC got the Batcave as the biggest set (and three exclusive figures), so this just doesn’t feel quite up to par by comparison. The build is fantastic, but getting another Loki, Thor, alien and Iron Man just feels like a copout.

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 16th, 2012 at 12:00 am

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