LEGO announced earlier today on their twitter feed the newest LEGO Star Wars UCS set, 74144 Snowspeeder. The quick deets: $199.99 US / $249.99 CA, 1,703 pieces, available on the unofficial Star Wars holiday, May 4th, 2107, and includes two generic, non-named minifigs of a pilot and gunner. But don’t let their lack of name fool you, they are still unique to this set…. at least one of them is… at least one of their helmets is…. and that’s all I can see from the pictures. I’m a bit pressed for time to do any research so you can take a look at the pictures below to see for yourself. The designer video is below the pictures followed by the official press release. Given the astronomical prices of the original UCS set on the aftermarket, this should be a welcome re-release for those that missed out the first time and will hopefully be enough of an upgrade for long-timers to want to purchase this set again.
I’m going to be honest… I had very little idea what was coming up for the 2017 Marvel lineup outside of Ms. Marvel. In recent years, I’ve avoided most of the spoiler-y information around sets. There’s something nice about wandering into the store, seeing something, and going “wow, that looks cool.” It’s fairly rare in our modern world of all leaks and spoilers all the time to get something like that. Of course, sometimes that policy ends with Ace laughing at me because I had no idea there was a LEGO Batman Dimensions fun pack featuring Excalibur Batman until yesterday. Literally.
This set was one I only knew the name of before it was shown off at Toy Fair, and once I saw the pictures, I knew I was going to buy it just because I wanted an Agent Coulson minifigure. While there’s certainly been a lot of movie-to-comic influence in Marvel stuff (movie comics from MCU invariably end up in the comics eventually), Agent Coulson has been a lasting addition after he was introduced in 2008’s Iron Man. From there, he was in Phase 1 movies (notably ending in Avengers), television (Agents of SHIELD and the Spider-Man cartoon), and now into comics.
Coulson is pretty much the reason that I’m reviewing 76077 Iron Man Detroit Steel Strikes and its unnecessarily long name; it comes with 377 parts and a nice $29.99 price tag. We get two brand new characters in Justin Hammer and Coulson, and a brand new version of Iron Man that includes his hair. I remarked how odd the mixture of sources was in the Ms. Marvel set, but I’m not sure it has anything on this weird mashup of cartoon, movie, and made-up stuff. Still, it’s got Lola, so maybe this “yet another mech” has something going for it.
It’s Women of NASA by Maia Weinstock. Congratulations to you, Maia.
Voltron is still being considered, which is very surprising to me, but I’m hoping against all odds it becomes a reality.
Most of the others were too unrealistic in their scope to ever be considered. I mean seriously, they’ve stated what won’t make it and most of the models that were rejected are the exact definitions of what would be considered an auto-disqualification.
The announcement covers the review period from May to September of 2016.
And remember, kids, you can still get the polybag promotional set of Tears of Batman and Disco Batman if you order today, February 28th 2017, before 11:59pm EST. You’ll need to order at $75 worth of merch to get it automatically added to your cart. You’ll also get free standard shipping. You can pick up the three Star Wars store exclusives easily and get free shipping and free Batman figs all in one go:
To say that I’m a fan of Ms. Marvel is a bit of an understatement. It might seem a bit strange to think that a teenage muslim girl that’s taking up the mantle of a character that was far too often known more for her costume than for all of the cool stories (seriously, Ms. Marvel / Captain Marvel was always a cool character, but since the name change, has just gotten more cool). The thing is… Kamala Khan is just this wonderful mix of awkwardness, hitting her from all sides: her Muslim heritage and family contrasting with the fact that she is thoroughly American, her deep nerdiness contrasting with wanting to fit in, the whole Peter Parker-esque teenage struggles, and trying to be a new super hero dealing with standing shoulder to shoulder with her idols.
Her series took some of the things that Marvel has always excelled at in its comics… first done by the mix of Peter Parker and later by the real human struggles of people like Tony Stark. She got hit with the Terrigen Cloud (she’s an Inhuman) after sneaking out to go to a party, only to be made fun of by the cool kids. She didn’t know how to control her powers (she’s a polymorph, meaning she can bend around, increase size, and heals a lot… she can even assume other forms, like when she appeared as the original Ms. Marvel in her classic costume). A few issues later, she’s searching for her bad guy in the sewers, and comes across Wolverine for a team up, and she nerds out in a way that I think we can all relate to, because we’d all do the exact same thing in her shoes.
This isn’t really a review of her comics, it’s just that reviewing 76076 Captain America Jet Pursuit means that I’m going to have to focus on a set that can only be described using words like “mediocre” and “disappointing” and “wrong.” Starting at the very premise of the set… Captain America flying a jet. The Captain has been many things in his long life, but pilot is not among them. Sure, he was sitting at the controls of plane thing in First Avenger, but his role in that was to crash it (the vehicles were mostly auto-pilot).
He was an Army captain, for crying out loud. The villain is probably someone most people have never heard of; I actually had heard the name, but he looks nothing at all like what you get here. In short, this $19.99, 160 piece set is all about Kamala… and I seriously hope my first impressions are wrong.
LEGO [email protected] and Brand Retail stores are now carrying most if not all of the March assortment. I listed Star Wars, Marvel Super Heroes and Brickheadz. The Brickheadz are also available but limited to VIP members. Once you sign into your account you should be able to add to your bag. I didn’t list any Speed Champions because I wasn’t sure if they were new for March 1 or if they were available since January 1.
These are the last couple of videos and they are for Marvel Super Heroes. Ms. Marvel is the one thing I am most excited for out of this theme and, like Nick, will buy at least two copies to make a regular version and arms extendo version. I have a whole video for just her, seen above, but you should see the neat GOTG sets too, seen below, and a bonus video showcasing the new minifigure firing mechanism.