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Today we discover the official visuals of the LEGO Marvel polybag 30652 Doctor Strange's Interdimensional Portal, a bag of 44 pieces which allows you to obtain the minifigure available since 2022 in the sets 76205 Gargantos Showdown (29.99 €) and 76218 Sanctum Sanctorum (249.99 €) with its plastic cape and accompanied by a small handful of parts to assemble an interdimensional portal.
This new sachet is currently available for sale at JB Spielwaren for 3.39 €, so you have no reason to pay more or too much for it via the secondary market.
Today we are quickly interested in the content of the LEGO Marvel set 76244 Miles Morales vs. Morbius, a small box of 220 pieces which has been available at the public price of €24.99 since January 1, 2023. This set raises in me, and no doubt in others, some questions concerning the consistency of its content: Why Miles Morales leads- he a supercar? What is Morbius doing in this box? Two questions that probably find their answer in the office of the marketing department of the Danish manufacturer more than in the Marvel universe itself.
Miles Morales obviously does not need a vehicle to move around and even less a supercar with an aggressive and not very discreet look. But LEGO knows that to sell its products, rolling or flying vehicles are a strong argument when children wander the shelves of toy stores.
We are not going to complain about having something a little substantial to build in this box, the vehicle in eight studs wide is in the spirit of those of the Speed Champions range, the ultra-accomplished finish less. There are still some good ideas to achieve the proposed result, the youngest should find some inspiration there to create their own vehicles. There are no stickers in this box, the pretty symbol on the front cover is therefore stamped.
The vehicle is flanked by two Stud Shooters not exactly discreet, but you can remove them without dismantling everything if you intend to display this supercar alongside other models. Miles Morales carries two paint cans in the trunk, they are easily accessible and the wink is appreciated. The blue flames on the back can also be easily removed if you feel the build is taking up a little too much space on your shelves as it is. Everyone knows it, Miles Morales drives alone, he never has a passenger and the minifig is therefore centered in the cockpit of this vehicle which is a little too big for a figurine.
What is Michael Morbius doing in this set? Someone at LEGO will have felt that the character did not deserve a dedicated box and that it would be wise to discreetly associate it with a popular superhero to offer collectors the possibility of obtaining the minifig without risking being accused of market a children's toy based on an ultra-violent character. The recently released film will not have marked the history of cinema, but it has restored popularity to this pissed off vampire who until now was not really a leading character.
The two minifigs provided in this box do not seem very inspired to me: Miles Morales is content with a pair of neutral legs and the head already seen in the sets 76171 Miles Morales Mech et 76178 Daily Bugle around a very correct new torso but which breathes the minimum service. As it stands, the minifig still doesn't compete with the exclusive and detailed version offered by Sony in 2021 on the occasion of a competition.
Morbius does not benefit from a finish up to what the official visuals promised us with a white area that becomes gray on the chest. The problem is recurrent, LEGO should not even try to solve it anymore because I see no other valid explanation in the face of so much negligence. The head of the character is well executed with its two faces but it still borders on the generic vampire of the defunct LEGO Monster Fighters range.
The hair provided, already seen in the set 10292 F⋅R⋅I⋅E⋅N⋅D⋅S Apartments on Gladys' head, is not in the best taste. LEGO could have done something more successful by integrating, for example, the character's pointed ears. It's not Jared Leto anyway and collectors will have to settle for this "juniorized" comic version, they will probably never get better. For those wondering, the two vials provided embody the human blood and the blue synthetic blood that the character consumes. LEGO also throws two bats in the box, it's always taken.
In short, this box is a small tote set that allows you to fit a nice car and two characters, one of which is very popular with the youngest and the other was briefly in the cinema news a few weeks ago. . The recipe is confusing but it brings together enough arguments for sales to be there. Not enough to get up at night, but at 25 € all, we will make the effort.
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at 16th January 2023 next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate. Your participation is taken into account regardless of your opinion.
Update : The winner was drawn and notified by email, his nickname is indicated below.
|LouisJ24 - Comment posted the 07/01/2023 at 18:56|
It's January 1, 2023 and LEGO is marketing a very large handful of new sets from today on its official online store with an assortment that covers many in-house or licensed ranges.
As usual, it's up to you to see whether to crack without waiting by paying the full price for these boxes or whether to show a little patience and wait for the inevitable reductions that will be offered in the boxes. weeks and months to come at Amazon, on FNAC.com and at a few other resellers.
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Today we are quickly interested in the content of the LEGO Marvel set 76248 The Avengers Quinjet, a box of 795 pieces which will be available from January 1, 2023 at the retail price of €99.99.
The Quinjet is a chestnut tree from the LEGO Marvel range, you always need one in the manufacturer's catalog. Different versions have succeeded since 2012 and collectors certainly remember the sets 6869 Quinjet Aerial Battle (2012) 76032 The Avengers Quinjet City Chase (2015) or 76051 Super Hero Airport Battle (2016) 76126 Avengers Ultimate Quinjet (2019) et 76127 Captain Marvel and The Skrull Attack
With this 2023 version of the ship, it is still not an exhibition model in the literal sense of the term, this product is indeed a simple toy for children to which LEGO had the good idea to add a presentation support . I often complain about not having on hand enough to display a flying machine correctly, I feel like I have been heard this time.
I might as well tell you right away, I'm a little annoyed by this product. On the one hand, it combines excellent ideas and a very acceptable finish and on the other, it suffers from many more or less annoying flaws that remind us that LEGO is making less and less effort on the details. In terms of form, the designer is doing quite well with a ship that is more or less faithful to the reference model and without, however, overbidding the parts that would have affected the retail price of the product. The set is on arrival sufficiently detailed and functional to be both a very elaborate toy and a model that can be proudly stored on the corner of a shelf between two play sessions.
We take advantage of an easily accessible interior space, whether at the level of the cockpit or the seats placed at the rear, the canopy of the cockpit benefits from a nice finish with the addition of two side bubbles which give it a little roundness, this Quinjet is equipped with retractable landing gear which prevents it from resting on its cabin and the whole looks rather proud from almost all angles if you don't look too much at the wings with their revealing space the turbines which are sorely lacking in finish. In any case, you should not expect a perfectly faithful and refined reproduction of this product down to the smallest detail, there are necessarily some aesthetic shortcuts, especially on this scale. I simply regret the lack of pad printing on the different windows, just to correctly embody the uprights that frame these different glazed surfaces.
The presentation support provided is simple but it allows some fantasies, it can accommodate the Quinjet in different positions without the stability of the whole being affected: nose forward, take-off phase, etc... it's you who choose and you can even stow the three landing gears in the cabin to get something believable.
The vessel is unfailingly solid with its internal structure based on Technic beams and its side uprights held by plates which cross the cabin in its width. Nothing comes off during handling, but this Quinjet is also not equipped with any machine launchers. Children will have to deal with it, those who will acquire this product to display it will probably not complain.
Things get tough when LEGO highlights the product's customization functionality with two separate sticker sheets. The idea is not bad, for example I chose to apply the set of stickers on the theme of SHIELD to obtain a Quinjet identical to the one seen in the movie Avengers (see photo above). The result is aesthetically very successful with pretty logos and less intrusive mechanical details than on most stickers of the Avengers version.
Unfortunately, it will be impossible to easily reverse course afterwards, LEGO not providing the handful of parts necessary to transform the SHIELD Quinjet into a spaceship in the colors of the Avengers. It's petty, it was enough to throw the ten parts concerned in a bag and the proposal then immediately became more attractive and really exploitable. As it stands, a choice will have to be made and any subsequent change of mind will necessarily involve the purchase of the various necessary parts via the official store or a third-party reseller.
This product does not escape the problems that have become usual with LEGO: the canopies are all more or less scratched, you have to install a Plate dull and ugly with its big injection point in the middle of the back of the ship, one of the bags of the copy I received contained a part that had no place there and there was a missing part essential to the assembly and background of the stickers does not quite match the gray color of the cabin. And that's without counting on a defect that affects more and more minifigs with unsightly burrs around the eyes.
I will be told that there is nothing insurmountable here and that all you have to do is call the manufacturer's customer service to get the right part and the replacement of those that are scratched or damaged. But I have already received several testimonials from readers which lead me to believe that the tone is gradually changing at LEGO and that too many requests for replacement of damaged parts may one day lead to an end of inadmissibility. Anyway, I'm buying a top-of-the-range product, it must be in excellent condition right out of the box without me spending my time begging from more or less accommodating operators.
On the side of the minifigs supplied with the Quinjet, you have to be satisfied with part of the cast but here you escape, for example, an Outrider or a generic Chitauri without interest, that's already it. Everything is not new among the elements provided, Iron Man reuses for example the helmet seen in the set 76216 Iron Man Armory on a new torso and pair of legs rather faithfully reproducing the armor in Mark VII version. The character has additional hair that allows you to take advantage of the two usual faces, with or without the blue HUD.
Captain America reuses the mask already delivered in half a dozen products, but the two-faced head and the torso are new. LEGO still can't properly stamp the flesh color on a darker background, the result is once again frankly disappointing with a distressingly pale Steve Rogers. The copy of the usual shield, also already seen in several boxes and provided in the copy of the set that I received, is affected by a clearly visible pad printing defect, which is a shame.
Black Widow benefits from a pretty new torso with arms stamped with the SHIELD logo, it's very successful except for the pale area of the neck which should have been flesh-colored and the desperately neutral pair of legs. This lack of color on the neck reminds us once again that we should not always rely on official visuals that are a little too optimistic. The face provided is also that of Jyn Erso, Mighty Thor, Mera, Rachel Green, or even Vicki Vale.
Loki's minifig is beautifully executed, brand new from head to toe with two very compelling faces and an additional hairstyle that allows the character to be enjoyed in two different configurations. The pad printing of the torso and the legs is rather complex and the whole is roughly connected to the junction between the two elements. For those wondering where Loki's black hair comes from, it's the element already seen in Dark Tan on the head of Luke Skywalker in Ahch-To version. The golden headdress is successful, its shiny color is reinforced compared to the examples already seen in other boxes and it is now fully matched with the supplied stick. For once, the real version conforms to the heavily retouched official visuals.
Finally, the minifig of Thor is not new, it reuses the head with its slightly ridiculous smile on one side initially marketed in products based on the film Avengers: Endgame and the beautiful, extremely detailed torso delivered so far only in the set 76209 Thor's Hammer.
As I said above, this product is annoying because it is sufficiently mature in substance to make it a beautiful, almost affordable toy, but the shape is a bit sloppy with flaws that LEGO still can't avoid. It is still the main job of this manufacturer who regularly tells us that quality has a price, and yet we often have to be satisfied with various scratches and other failed pad prints. 100 € for that is a high price even if we are all more or less used to the current pricing policy which sometimes makes us forget that we are paying these few grams of plastic at a high price.
The fact remains that this Quinjet which seems to me to be the most credible version to date will obviously join my collection, but I will wait to be able to pay a little less for it at the usual dealers and I am already ready to harass customer service to obtain a product that meets my expectations in terms of finish.
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at 11th January 2023 next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate. Your participation is taken into account regardless of your opinion.
Update : The winner was drawn and notified by email, his nickname is indicated below.
|Paulixor - Comment posted the 01/01/2023 at 10:22|
If you haven't yet fallen for the two big new additions to the LEGO Marvel range (76210 Hulkbuster et 76215 Black Panther), be aware that LEGO is taking advantage of Boxing Day, a commercial tradition in some countries, to offer them today with an immediate reduction of 20% on their usual retail price.
These two big boxes that we have already talked about a lot in recent months are becoming almost attractive, and you can always get the two promotional products of the moment offered to members of the VIP program: the LEGO polybag 40512 Fun & Funky VIP Add On Pack free from 50 € of purchase and the LEGO fleece blanket 5007622 Fleece Blanket free from € 200 purchase.
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