So it has been a while now since I put together some actual Lego. With my find of Lepin, it is pretty rare that I have been paying Lego prices.
Sadly I think Lepin is starting to see there is more money to be made, as some of their new block-offs are getting more expensive, the new Lego Ideas Ship in a Bottle for instance is just $20 less than the Lego version, so I see very little point in buying a fake when for $20 more I have the real deal and a lot more resale value down the line.
Anyway, I digress.
So on March 2nd Lego just unleashed their new Marvel superhero set to coincide with the upcoming release of the new Avengers movie.
And in doing so created a pretty slick new UCS set for the Hulkbuster from Age of Ultron.
The set retails for $119cdn and clocks in at 1363 pieces.
This is a rather small build for a UCS, and has only 9 numbered bag and a 10th with the plat for the display and a couple other large bricks.
The main body comes with a light block in the back that can be pressed to illuminate the core of the unit.
The set goes together in 6 pieces, torso, head + shoulders, arms and legs and looks pretty great fully assembled.
One of my only gripes is the choice to use blue + connectors for the shoulder pads. I know this piece comes in red, so it seems like an odd choice from Lego to go with a bright blue brick that really stand out on a gold and red model
As a fancy display they have included a mobile platform with arms to “assemble” the suit. This is very similar to a rejected Ideas design for Tony Stark’s lab a while back. A set that eventually got produced as a Block-off from another Chinese developer.
The model does come with a second hand, in case you want a more traditional robot look instead of his laser palm one.
The full display is about 14″ high when it is on the platform.
All in all this was a very simple UCS build, there are a few stickers to apply to the shoulders and legs, but all told this set took me about 1.5 hrs to assemble.
If you are as big a fan as I am of Iron Man, then you owe it to yourself to pick this one up. It is definitely one of the better Marvel sets available to date.
A solid 8/10