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Today we quickly go around a set that has at least the merit of leaving almost no one indifferent since its announcement: the LEGO Marvel reference 76215 Black Panther with its 2961 pieces and its retail price set at €349.99 which will be available from October 1, 2022 on the official online store and in LEGO Stores.
I'm not making a drawing for you, this is about assembling a 1:1 scale bust of the character and this format is a first at LEGO (we forget the Darth Maul from 2001) which was content so far to offer us more compact versions of helmets and masks of various and varied superheroes or characters from the Star Wars universe. I make it clear for all intents and purposes, this is not a disguise and you will not be able to put on the mask or buildable gloves here for Halloween.
One wonders what justifies the marketing of a model of this scale knowing that LEGO is generally confined to a more compact and less ambitious format when it comes to reproducing the head or the gloves of certain emblematic characters. The November release of the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, who died in 2020, who until now embodied the character and the opportunity to stage the movement of the hands crossed on the torso are arguments that can justify the debauchery of parts and the somewhat grandiloquent side of this model.
Difficult at this stage to know if LEGO intends to decline a whole range of busts in this new format or if it is an isolated product, only the future will tell us. In the meantime, you will have to make room on a shelf to be able to display this Black Panther, 46 cm high, 52 cm long and 29 cm deep. The advantage of the format is that the designer had plenty of room to refine the silhouette of the character, include details that generally pass by the wayside on masks and other helmets at 60 € and comfortably work the angles to achieve something faithful thing.
It was also necessary to fill all that with stacks of pieces and I must admit that I had at times the impression of assembling a large BrickHeadz figurine based on DUPLO bricks. This feeling is to be tempered, I went from the LEGO Ideas set 21336 The Office with its micro-furniture to this model and the sudden transition between these two very different products has something to do with it.
The character's costume being black with some metallic edging, the designer decided to bring a little (a lot) of color inside the model. The designer explains in the first pages of the instruction booklet that it was a question of referring to the material that makes up the costume, Vibranium. Why not.
Do not expect a series of amazing or revolutionary techniques under the mask and gloves, it just feels like everything has been done to limit expenses with very large elements that allow you to quickly gain volume and a lot of empty space. The stability of the model is not affected by these many perforated areas but we cannot say that the experience is of a very high level. Things get a bit more interesting when it comes to building the various sub-assemblies that make up the model's shell. I do not voluntarily spoil these steps for you, only that will remain really interesting and the pleasure of discovery should be left to those who will spend 350 € in this box.
If you follow the chronology of the photos that I propose to you here, you will have understood that we assemble this model from the bottom up, alternating between the sequences of stacking colored pieces and the application of black pieces which allow the costume to take shape. Even with over 2900 parts, it all comes together very quickly and the progression is quite entertaining. You don't get bored and the placement of the different assemblies around the face is interesting with sections that are, for example, only fixed on one ball joint and which easily find their final location on the model by simply leaning on another section already installed.
The few purple pieces slipped between the different layers of black perfectly embody the usual "glow" of the costume which stores kinetic energy to then release it. This effect is very interesting, beyond bringing a little color into the interstices, it also creates purple reflections on the rest of the model depending on the lighting. The designer has obviously worked on his file and we feel that he tried to find the best compromise possible to offer a sufficient level of detail without penalizing the solidity of the whole too much. It will still remember to grab the object by the base to move it to avoid any incident.
One could debate the interest of integrating the two hands of the character in "Wakanda Forever" mode in front of the construction, but thanks to a relative modularity of the model, LEGO leaves the possibility of exposing the bust alone if these attributes seem to you too bulky for your shelves or if the gimmick does not convince you visually.
The base that allows the hands to hold in position is indeed removable and it can be removed to then place the section with the sticker directly on the base at the foot of the character's torso. It should be noted that the two hands are only fixed to their support via a simple ball joint, gravity then allows them to fall perfectly into place between the curved elements placed at the four corners of the support.
I prefer this last option even if the shoulders with a slightly abrupt finish are then uncovered. I find the hands a little too messy and cumbersome, but that's a matter of taste. The fingers with their metallic claws are however well made with realistic knuckles and but I find the outer surface of the hands much too flat to be credible.
The first metallic parts used are those of the Black Panther collar and we cannot say that the uniformity of these soft parts is perfect, at least not as much as on the very optimistic official visuals of the product. In other clubs, this type of imperfection often goes unnoticed, but on a product like this with a necklace that stands out against the black background of the costume, it is immediately more visible. And this is only the beginning of a series of aesthetic flaws that spoil the pleasure a little.
The outer texture of the mockup is made up of an assortment of black elements some of which are smooth and glossy and some of which are matte and lightly textured. The intention is commendable, this contrast is interesting by favoring reflections in certain places more than in others, but the rendering is marred by the usual scratches and other traces of injection that abound on the black parts of this box.
We are also entitled to parts whose corners are slightly deformed or damaged, a technical detail which generally goes unnoticed on more colorful constructions but which really stands out on this almost monochrome model. The metallic parts which form the border which circulates on the mask are not free from defects: we can distinguish the inside of the tenons of some of them by transparency and it is ugly.
For those who are wondering, there is only one sticker in this box and it is the one that tells us that it is indeed Black Panther. The character's eyes are therefore stamped but we are not going to cry genius, it is quite simply a minimum on a model at 350 €.
It will now be up to everyone to form an opinion about this imposing model sold for €350. The subject is correctly treated and the object has a certain exposure potential. However, there is no point in comparing this achievement with the many much more realistic busts already on sale everywhere, such as that of the company Queen Studios, the purpose of the product is the same but the purpose is significantly different with an assembly experience here. rather entertaining which will perhaps compensate for the inevitable aesthetic approximations even on this scale.
On the other hand, the technical defects encountered are inexcusable for a product presented as high-end and intended for an adult clientele. It is not enough to offer ever more voluminous and spectacular creations to justify the price, the finish must be at the level of what can be expected from the world's leading manufacturer of construction toys. That's not the case here. And Wakanda doesn't exist.
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at September 27, 2022 next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate.
Today we are quickly interested in the content of the LEGO Marvel Black Panther set 76213 King Namor's Throne Room, a small box of 355 pieces which will be available on the official online store and in LEGO Stores from October 1, 2022 at the retail price of €34.99. As you probably already know, this set is a product derived from the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever which hits theaters in November.
The objective here is to assemble the throne of Namor the Sub-Mariner (nicknamed the Prince of the Seas in France), a new character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and at LEGO. This box being a product derived from a film which takes some liberties with the comics and the physique of the reference characters, do not expect to find the Namor seen for example in Avengers Vs. X-Men.
From what we see in the trailer for the film, the character's throne seems rather faithful if we integrate that LEGO pays as often in an assumed minimalism which makes it possible to offer a set positioned at less than 40 €. The construction is therefore content with a few parts, we find the shark's jaw, dressed here with a few stickers, and the manufacturer has integrated a precious stone chest hidden in the base. To eject the thing, it will be necessary to insert in front the three discs which will make it possible to push the trunk towards the exit located at the back. The underwater atmosphere is symbolized here by the presence of a few fish fixed on blue pieces and other algae, the imagination will do the rest.
LEGO also adds the Skirmisher, Shuri's pocket submarine, which comes down to a machine of a few parts, some of which are decorated with stickers but which at least has the merit of offering enough space to be able to install a minifig on it. , even if the driving position is far from ergonomic. Of them Stud Shooters are placed at the front, just to be able to shoot the evil Atlantean Attuma. So for less than €40, there's plenty of fun here with the built-in throne functionality and mini sub.
The three figurines provided are generally successful. Shuri is not yet wearing the Black Panther outfit here, we will have to wait a little longer to be entitled to confirmation that the young girl is wearing T'Challa's costume as expected. The minifig of the young girl with her raspberry-shaped hair vaguely inspired by the new look of the character is not exclusive to this box, it is also delivered in the set 76211 Shuri's Sunbird (355 pieces - 49.99 €) just like Attuma's.
The latter is rather successful, even if regulars of children's ranges, such as Legends of Chima, have already seen this type of very colorful figurine decked out in extravagant accessories. This is rarer in the Marvel range and it should also be kept in mind here that the character is directly based on the version of the film and not on the one seen in the comics which highlight this villain as for example in Fear Itself.
Namor, a mutant who can be considered the first of the X-Men, is here faithful to the version seen in the trailer for the film. The figurine has a pretty pad printing on the edge of the legs and it is equipped with a hair integrating the pointed ears of the characters. It lacks Tenoch Huerta's mustache and some golden details on the character's legs and arms to really stick to the outfit seen on the screen, but we will have to be satisfied with this interpretation with its detailed swimsuit and wings on its legs. .
In short, this little derivative product will probably not change the overall perception that many fans have of the LEGO Marvel range: it is a set that many will buy for the minifigs it contains, the rest being just a pretext to justify the designation of construction toy. The throne might be displayed on the corner of a shelf, the mini sub will probably end up at the bottom of the toy box.
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at September 23, 2022 next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate.
LEGO unveils the Marvel set today 76215 Black Panther, a large box of 2961 pieces which will be available from October 1, 2022 at the public price of 349.99 €.
The product will allow you to assemble a bust of Black Panther in real size, 46 cm high, 52 cm long and 29 cm wide with his removable hands. You will therefore have the choice of simply exposing the character's mask or presenting the thing with the staging of the distinctive sign "Wakanda Forever".
Did the world really need a life-size bust of the character? Should we be afraid in the dark of this mask? Will Iron Man's helmet look absolutely ridiculous next to this mockup? We will talk about this product in more detail on the occasion of a "Review ".
The September 2022 issue of the Official LEGO Marvel Avengers Magazine sold for €6.50 is currently available on newsstands and if you manage to find a copy somewhere, it allows you as expected to obtain a minifig of Thanos in a version with his neutral legs and his helmet delivered identically in the set 76170 Iron Man vs. Thanos, but also composed of elements available in other boxes of the Marvel range.
We will especially remember that the minifig supplied with this magazine is now delivered in a paper bag which now replaces the usual shiny plastic version. It's immediately a little less sexy, but it seems that it's better for the planet.
The minifigure that will ship with the next issue of LEGO Marvel Spider-Man Magazine due out October 17, 2022 is revealed on the inside pages of the magazine, it's Carnage. The minifig in question is not new, it was delivered identically in 2021 in the set 76173 Spider-Man and Ghost Rider vs. Carnage (19.99 €).
Today we quickly go around one of the three Action Figures of the LEGO Marvel range marketed since September 1, that of the set 76226 Spider-Man Figure with its 258 pieces and its public price set at 29.99 €.
I won't repeat the whole couplet for you on the very approximate aesthetics of the thing, we already talked about it on the occasion of the Review devoted to reference 76225 Mile Morales Figure. One could also imagine that these two figurines to be built are perfectly identical, they deal after all more or less with the same subject, but this one offers some variations in the assembly which will avoid a certain weariness to those who will offer themselves the all the sets offered for sale. However, LEGO retains the same joints here and, by extension, the same limitations in terms of character mobility.
It should also be noted that this version of Spider-Man incorporates three additional pad-printed parts at the level of the pelvis and the legs and it is perfectly executed: black ink (dark) and placed on a red background (lighter) and it works. The ball joints and other gray notched joints are logically more present on this red and blue figurine than on that of Miles Morales with his black suit. I also note that Spider-man's thighs and calves seem visually oversized compared to the rest of the figurine even if the feet, here in a single color, are on the other hand almost a little more discreet than with Miles Morales then that they are identical for the two constructions.
For the rest, the back of Spider-Man's head is just as bad as with Miles Morales, the back of the character is also sketchy, it is possible to have a little fun imagining original poses which will only be limited the arrival in abutment of certain textural elements at the level of the arms or the legs and LEGO delivers a handful of white fabrics to be clipped in the hollow of the hands.
In short, the set does not really take human form and we have the impression of dealing with robots or at least with humans in armor and these figurines do not revolutionize an exercise that must be recognized as difficult . Some rounded parts try to soften the shapes in places but the figurine remains a little too coarse to deserve to finish its career as a model placed on a shelf.
The youngest will be satisfied with it, the object is solid and easy to handle and there is enough to have a little fun. Regarding the assembly process, LEGO indicates that these products are intended for children aged 8 and over, but those less experienced will probably need a little help to assemble the ball joints shoulders and ankles that are a bit difficult to build.
So there is something here to please a few children, provided they wait for these figurines to end up at a bargain price at a few overstocked retailers. Which will inevitably happen eventually.
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at September 11, 2022 next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate.
Update : The winner was drawn and notified by email, his nickname is indicated below.
|Brice - Comment posted the 02/09/2022 at 9:28|
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