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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.
Forward for a new promotional offer valid on the official online store and in LEGO Stores: LEGO offers from today and in the best case until September 30, 2022 the CITY reference 40578 Sandwich Shop from 90 € of purchase and without restriction of range. This small box of 110 pieces valued by LEGO at 14.99 € does not revolutionize the world of gifts offered on condition of purchase, but it does at least allow you to add an additional construction in the streets of your city dioramas.
On the program, a stand selling sandwiches run by a young woman whom we will call Karen and who wears the torso of the bather from the LEGO CITY set 60328 Beach Lifeguard Station, a ham and butter delivery man on his green bike, a road sign with the associated finishing elements and a small sheet of four stickers. Nothing new at the level of the two minifigs provided, all the elements are already available in other sets already marketed. Too bad for the full-face motorcycle helmet on a cyclist, we are at the limit of irrelevant.
It's up to you to see if this offer justifies paying for products at full price, the offer can in any case be combined with the one that currently allows you to obtain the VIP polybag 40515 Pirates and Treasure VIP Add On Pack (103 pieces) from 50 € of purchase without restriction of range.
(The link to the shop redirects to the version of the official shop for your country of connection)
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at September 26, 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 Ideas set 21336 The Office, a box of 1164 pieces which will be available at the public price of €119.99 from October 1, 2022. The announcement of this new box inspired by the idea posted on the LEGO Ideas platform by Jaijai Lewis, had logically divided the fans of LEGO, with on the one hand the unconditional fans of the series who will offer themselves this derivative product to take advantage of the numerous references and minifigs provided and on the other those who will remain indifferent to an open space not very inspired and has a large handful of figurines with banal outfits.
This product is therefore aimed at an audience who will have watched and enjoyed the nine seasons of the American version of the series, and I think that LEGO does not disappoint overall with a major playset and an almost perfect cast despite some architectural shortcuts and some miniatures that would have deserved the extra effort.
Out of context, the subject treated does not a priori have what it takes to offer a high-end assembly "experience", unless you like to build rather crude office furniture on an assembly line and mount a few sections of wall. The premises of the Dunder Mifflin company are nevertheless rather well reproduced here, even if the fans know that a large part of the open space is missing, including the accounting offices, that the conference room has been reduced by half and that the kitchen goes down the drain.
It's hard to blame LEGO, the playset is already very large with a surface of 30 cm long and 25 cm wide and the compromise seems acceptable to me. Unlike other sets inspired by sitcoms, LEGO has chosen not to convert these offices into a film set via the possible addition of a few projectors and that's good. I'm buying Dunder Mifflin corporate offices, not a television studio.
We will especially remember the few good ideas that will eventually allow those who are looking for how to furnish workspaces in their Modulars with for example a very convincing photocopier, rows of books that are easy to reproduce and cluttered desks but of a very simple design and therefore easy to duplicate to possibly complete the playset by adding the missing part of the open space. The slightly corny side of the locals is there, it's in the spirit of the series.
The office floor is exposed studs and some might have preferred a smooth surface. The relative lack of finish is almost justified here by the need to be able to stage the fifteen characters in the different spaces available. I'm not a big fan of this gray stud-based texture, but I can understand the desire to allow fans the freedom to organize their staging without being limited by the number of studs available. I will spare you the list of the various details hidden in or behind some of the office furniture, there is no point in spoiling the best references to the series integrated into the product.
It's almost unfortunate to have to admit it, the interest of the set lies mainly in the sixty stickers to stick during assembly. Many references are suggested there and it is during the installation of these stickers that we think back to the different scenes evoked or to the emblematic details that all those who have watched the nine seasons have necessarily retained. As usual, I have scanned the sticker sheets delivered in this box, simply hover over the images if you don't want to spoil the pleasure of discovering the many references that are there.
I note in passing that LEGO does not even go to the effort of stamping the telephone keypads or the blinds on the windows of the office, these elements could however be easily used in the future in other boxes. Some of the stickers serve as alternatives to others, such as those that replace the TV in the conference room. the parts necessary for their installation in replacement of other stickers are provided.
In the end, it's during the construction of the playset that you really have to take pleasure in remembering the best moments of the series, the object will then be quickly put away or probably forgotten in a corner. In any case, this is the fate of many products which only have a very limited exposure potential.
LEGO has thought of everything by offering a separate module for Michael Scott's office. Those who are short on space or who only want to display a compact nod to the series will be able to do so without bothering with the rest of the construction.
Regarding the technical details of the product, I note that LEGO still cannot perfectly coordinate the color in Sand green depending on the elements. It is not the only color affected by these variations depending on the parts concerned and I wonder again and again how a manufacturer who has been in this business for 90 years is not able to solve the problem. There must be a lack of will, I see no other explanation.
I'm also a little disappointed by the choice to use a trash can to embody the pot of Chili that Kevin Malone spills on the office carpet. The format is good but the evocation of the scene deserved in my opinion a new dedicated accessory.
The endowment of minifigs in this box to the glory of a series with a substantial main cast leaves me a little unsatisfied for two reasons: some outstanding characters are missing and some of these figurines struggle a little to embody the actors concerned. It must be admitted that the various actors involved do not all have a sufficiently particular physique to justify a riot of graphic details but the figurines of Michael Scott, Pam Beesly and Ryan Howard seem to me a little too neutral.
I don't see how it was possible to do better than what is proposed, but the graphic designer was able to perfectly capture the facial expressions of Creed Bratton or Meredith Palmer and there was no doubt something to do the same for Michael Scott with for example his signature grin. We will also remember that there are no small savings for LEGO: Ryan wears the same shirt as Jim and Creed wears the same outfit as Michael...
The rest of the cast is fortunately very successful, thanks in particular to a few perfectly reproduced facial expressions, well-chosen hairstyles and outfits that easily refer to one or more episodes. Special mention for the figurine of Dwight Schrute which seems to me quite simply perfect, even if an alternative expression with the face cut out on the dummy for initiation to first aid techniques would have been really welcome...
United legs for everyone except Pam, nothing shocking about these office outfits, it's fitting with the universe concerned. More annoying, the pad-printed white areas on the dark-tinted parts become bland, a far cry from the promise made on the heavily retouched official visuals.
The absence of Andy Bernard and Erin Hannon also leaves me a little on my hunger, these two characters marked the series and two additional minifigs would not have affected the margin of the manufacturer. Andy's absence is all the more incomprehensible since LEGO has integrated the hole that the character makes in the partition separating Michael's office and the conference room... LEGO will probably never release an extension to this product. and therefore there is no chance of ever enjoying these two characters. The manufacturer may also be missing the opportunity here to offer a reference to the original version of the series with a minifig of Ricky Gervais as David Brent, knowing that the character makes a brief appearance in the American version.
As with all the other sets inspired by popular series, this box will therefore only appeal to an audience of fans ready to pay 120 € to afford a decorative playset that is a little bulky and it is not intended to be unanimous. .
Fans of the Friends series were entitled to their derivative products (21319 Central Perk & 10292 F⋅R⋅I⋅E⋅N⋅D⋅S Apartments), those of The Big Bang Theory series (21302 The Big Bang Theory) or Seinfeld (21328 Seinfeld) also, to each his favorite series and derivative products. This tribute to a series that I really appreciate convinced me, I had a lot of fun assembling the floor occupied by the Dunder Mifflin company and even if I don't really know what I will do from the construction to the arrival, I will spend the €120 requested from October 1st. Personally, I wouldn't be against another set inspired by the Park & Recreations series...
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at September 25, 2022 next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate.
Today we take a quick tour of the content of the LEGO Avatar set 75571 Neytiri & Thanator vs. AMP Suit Quaritch, a small box of 560 pieces which will be available at the retail price of €44.99 from October 1, 2022. As you have known since the announcement of this new range, the first wave of sets is not based on the second part expected in in theaters in December 2022, the five planned boxes are simply there to set the stage with a belated homage to the 2009 film. More sets will follow in 2023 with at least four releases that will logically be based on that year's film.
Yesterday's children who might have been interested in these colorful playsets are now 13 years older and it will therefore be necessary to encourage the youngest to watch the first part of what promises to be an endless saga so that they understand what we're talking about. When the first rumors around a possible LEGO Avatar range began to circulate, all fans were bound to try to imagine how LEGO would get away with offering a coherent interpretation of the Na'vis. For the rest, it's no surprise, LEGO was bound to enjoy reproducing the lush vegetation and colorful creatures of Pandora.
However, we will weigh the creative enthusiasm expected around this new range by noting that everything is a bit on the economy in these boxes whose public prices are distributed between 20 and 150 €. The dose of flowers, foliage and various and varied elements that serve to flesh out the scenes a little is not enough for us to really believe it.
In this box, the "decor" offered is minimalist to say the least and it will be necessary to combine the different sets of this first wave of derivative products or to call on its stock of colored pieces to start obtaining what we could then call a jungle. . It's a bit of a shame, there are some good ideas on the side of the vegetation, in particular thanks to the presence of some phosphorescent parts, and we would necessarily want a little more.
The set in question here features the confrontation between Colonel Miles Quaritch at the controls of his mech and Neytiri who rides a Thanator. Those who remember the scene know that the mech is actually equipped with a machine gun and not just a giant chainsaw like here.
However, we cannot conclude that LEGO was only entitled to a few very preliminary artworks, the film being released in 2009, and it is therefore a deliberate choice to ignore a weapon frankly lethal to replace it with another a priori less worrying for the parents who will buy this box. The mech is stable on its legs, with no knee joints like the Ninjago line mechs stamped 4+, but with ball joints at the level of the thighs and the ankles and it benefits from a relative mobility of the arms with three articulations per member without counting the (three) fingers of each hand.
In the other hand of the mech, we find the machete with which Miles Quaritch completes the Thanator, a creature whose first appearance on the screen in a memorable scene had frightened a whole generation of spectators. The LEGO version of the animal is in my opinion on arrival just passable: it takes up all the morphological attributes of the Thanator seen on the screen but it looks more like a big blue mutant mouse and black than to the menacing creature of the film.
Once again, LEGO has its young children's audience in mind and tries to tone down a bit the bestiary of menacing creatures and the dramatic context of the reproduced scenes. The animal remains truly mobile with its six legs and it can be attached to a plant in the scenery to simulate the attack on Quaritch's mech. The result is a pretty decent little dynamic diorama for fans to eventually display.
As for the minifigs provided, we have to be satisfied here with the two characters who clash in the scene of the film: Miles Quaritch and Neytiri. The angry colonel is rather well done with a nice camouflage effect on the outfit, except for the area that should have been flesh-colored on the character's torso according to the very optimistic and retouched official visual of the figurine.
Regarding the Na'vi Neytiri, opinions will inevitably be very divided: this species which lives on the Pandora moon has a vaguely human appearance but the physique of these creatures is sufficiently different from that of the usual characters who end up in minifig format for LEGO to have to adapt at the cost of some compromises. The result is there, with figurines with long legs, big ears and a detailed but somewhat flat face. LEGO is trying to refine the head of the Na'vis by stretching it, drawing a pointed chin and lengthening the neck and we cannot say that no effort has been made to try to stick to the physique of these creatures.
Some will however find these figurines totally irrelevant while others will consider that they are sufficiently faithful without deviating too much from the usual LEGO codes. Personally, I am not convinced by this interpretation of the Na'vis and LEGO may be missing an opportunity here to highlight its other format of figurines, the mini-dolls. I would not have been shocked by the mixture of these two formats in this context, the threadlike side of the mini-dolls being in my opinion perfectly adapted to the morphology of the Na'vis.
On arrival, this little box offers a little fun with a frank opposition that does not require going back to the checkout. The youngest who will discover the universe of Avatar on the occasion of a viewing of the first part or a cinema session to discover the second will undoubtedly find their account. I will make the effort on my side to get a copy of the mech piloted by Miles Quaritch, I remember having really enjoyed the scenes with these machines and this one will finally do the trick even if it is relatively minimalist.
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at September 24, 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.
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