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Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

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Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby Staff » Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:25 am


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As far as the DC portion of the LEGO Super Heroes line goes, this is the flagship set to get.

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Weighing in at 207 pieces, the set's MSRP is $19.99, hitting that golden ratio that seems to be harder and harder to come by these days, licensed theme or not. You get three fantastic minifigs on top of that: Superman, Wonder Woman, and Superman's arch nemesis, Lex Luthor.

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Superman has his signature spit curl hair piece adorning a double sided head. I'm glad they didn't go with a smirk or smiley face, both expressions are serious with one baring an open mouth grimaced look. He features back printing which is pretty standard these days. Even though you won't see it, it was nice that it was included.

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Wonder Woman's hair piece has a printed tiara and is curly in the back. I suppose there wasn't any other way to feature it but how cool would it have been if it were removable for some nifty boomerang action? Still it looks great on top of her double sided head. One has an angry expression, the other a bit of a smirk. She too features back printing on a red torso. Her torso has printing on a red torso instead of what I thought would have been printing on a flesh-colored one. I think having the latter would have looked a bit more accurate to the character with only the lower half of the sides of the torso under the arms being the wrong color. Instead, what we get is a torso having the upper half of the sides and the top being inaccurate which is a lot more noticeable. It's not really much of a complaint or a negative mark in the least, just wishful thinking on my part. Moving on, the printed blue hip element is perfect. The legs are red with printing, and I think this is the best solution for this piece because had it been flesh with printing, there would have been issues with the tops of the toes so I'd leave the legs alone as is.

Her Lasso of Truth is comically short. It is a new element and it is in pearl gold making the color accurate, but I was kind of hoping it would have been the old Western style lassos instead. I guess Wonder Woman's real strength of being a super heroine is her hand to hand combat skills since she doesn't have a boomerang to throw at a bad guy or a long enough lasso to loop around anything more than an arms length away. Yes, I sound annoyed but I'm not, just an attempt to be funny. Despite that, LEGO did an excellent job with her and I couldn't be happier.


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Lex Luthor is as simple as can be. Black suit, bald head, not much else to really point out.



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If you've ever built a LEGO mech set, like some of the Exo-Force sets, or specifically Power Miners 8957 Magma Mech, the Power Armor mech isn't much different. There's no knee articulation, nor mid thigh rotation either. There are ball joints on the shoulders, elbows, hips, and ankles. The hips are the only ones that have the ratchet joint. The feet are ugly as sin but standard for a LEGO designed mech. The way it appears on the box art, I was under the impression that the canopy piece was trans-clear in color, but it is trans-black. The back of the mech shows two cylinders with kryptonite which I assume powers the mech and the gun that's held in the right hand. The gun design features a chamber with a piece of kryptonie inside. It's actually locked into the arm with a Technic axle and there's still a grip for the hand to wrap around. It's a great design to help the mech point the gun where you want it to since the fingers don't provide enough clutch for a secure hold.


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One thing that should be noted is that the ball joints seemed much looser than ones used in previous sets. Not owning a single Hero Factory set, I don't know if it's a design change that's more prevalent or if this is just an isolated incident with the copy that I have or for the set itself. The few Bionicle sets I've owned, the ball joints were much stiffer. I wouldn't be surprised if this was a permanent change to help little kids assemble the joints with less force much like how the tolerances of the lever base were changed. They're not so loose that they can't sustain a pose. However, the ankle joints will buckle far more easily than what I am used to with previous ball joints. I wasn't attempting any extreme poses either, and this is where a knee joint would have come in real handy to help distribute the center of gravity back between the feet. Despite the loose ankles, you can still pull off some pretty awesome poses. It's inherent playability as a giant action figure isn't lost in the least and kids and adult alike will really dig this set.

Other than the mech and the minifigs, you also get a comic book showcasing some of the other sets as well as telling a short story of the set the book was included in. There's no words or dialog. Since every set in the line up is a good guy vs. bad guy set, the comic depends on the artwork to tell the story of the super heroes overcoming the villains.

What I liked: Everything. You get three fantastic, unique minifigs that so far don't appear to be in any other set. The mech design The price is perfect for the number of pieces that are in the box. And it makes a pretty nice parts pack as well and wouldn't be too bad for a parts draft.

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What I disliked: There's only one thing about the set that I have issue with but to be fair it's not really an issue with the set itself, it's how improbable the scene portrayed on the box art is. It's not too much of a stretch of the imagination to assume that the Power Armor mech suit that Lex dons would be powered by kryptonite, or maybe even have kryptonite armor plates; he is Superman's arch nemesis after all. So how in the world would Superman be able to rescue anyone let alone Wonder Woman being held captive by the mech? He gets weak just getting near the stuff. If anything, it should be Wonder Woman coming to the rescue of Superman. Now THAT is a scenario I can really get behind. Must the minifigs play their gender role stereotypes? Does Wonder Woman really have to play the damsel in distress? They might as well have tied her down to some train tracks. It's just an unlikely scenario that shows how little thought and care went into creating a comic factual scene. This is how the set should have been presented:


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Verdict: Rant aside, it's a GREAT set not only for the minifigs but the parts selection as well.

As of this writing, it's only available at Toys'R'Us. The price is marked up $2 from MSRP which isn't terrible. I enjoyed this set so much I honestly forgot I even paid the markup. Keep an eye out on the front page for news where this set will be available next. I'll be updating the link in this review once that happens.




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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby darth_fett » Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:29 am

This looks like a really great set, especially for the price. I'm more of a Bats fan than Supes, but the parts in the mech feet, backpack & canopy really interest me, as well as the golden lasso. Would you say the lasso is taller than a minifig if the handle is on the ground? How large is the circle of the lasso; ie could you fit a 3x3 radar dish inside it?
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby Morgan19 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:25 am

Superman has his signature spit curl hair piece adorning a double sided head. I'm glad they didn't go with a smirk or smiley face...


How come? That was actually my main initial criticism of the figure; when I think Superman, angry or pissed-off is the very last thing that comes to mind. With a tweak or two, Sups' and Lex's faces could almost be identical... That just seems wrong.

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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby sparkart » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:52 am

darth_fett wrote:I'm more of a Bats fan than Supes...


:) Who isn't? Reminds me of a Comic-Book convention costume contest a coupla years ago...

Each person was introducing themselves with the microphone, and a Superman costumed fan, who really looked the part, I mean this guy was fit, no muscle padding, had a custom costume fabricated from high-quality material, good boots, good cape, good hair...he takes the mic and starts, "I...am the greatest superhero the world has ever known-"

Someone from the audience shouts out, "BATMAN! Woo-hoo!" and the room erupts.

But back on topic - Who isn't disappointed by WW not being printed on a light torso? How often does TLG revisit the production of minifigs? I'd like to toss in a vote for a WW redo.
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby Chief » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:24 am

This set and and the rest of the Super Heroes current wave (minus the Batcave) are at Legoland CA now.
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby cas » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:01 am

I picked this set up this morning and can't wait to get it together. I could've picked up the Catwoman set as well but for $18, I don't think so.
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby batsamd » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:59 am

Morgan19 wrote:
Superman has his signature spit curl hair piece adorning a double sided head. I'm glad they didn't go with a smirk or smiley face...


How come? That was actually my main initial criticism of the figure; when I think Superman, angry or pissed-off is the very last thing that comes to mind. With a tweak or two, Sups' and Lex's faces could almost be identical... That just seems wrong.

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I agree with Margan19 100%. If they're giving Batman a smiling face, Supes definitely should have gotten one side smiling, and kept the stern look for the alternate face.

I'm hoping to eventually get a Superman with red eyes to show him shooting off his heat vision with a really angry look to his face, that would be cool.

Any info on the comic book, like how many pages it is? Maybe a page or two preview shots would be nice.

Just curious to see what these are comic books are like.
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby onions » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:36 pm

no preview shots. there's a page that shows all the minifigs and the set numbers they come in. the comic book isn't all that great, don't get your hopes up.
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby batsamd » Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:55 pm

onions wrote:no preview shots. there's a page that shows all the minifigs and the set numbers they come in. the comic book isn't all that great, don't get your hopes up.


What a way to ruin the day! :( Oh well, what can you expect for free. :)

I'm assuming it's hand drawn, was it drawn by Greg Hyland?

Does the cover of the comic match the box art or is it different at least?

Before the Joker's Funhouse set this was the only definite buy at full price for me, so I'm looking forward to it.

Hopefully the LEGO club magazine will have some comics in them similar to the Batman ones.
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby onions » Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:02 pm

i honestly don't know who the artist is as they don't provide a credits page. between the three comics i got, all the covers are the same, and they are not of any box art. it's kind of a strange comic book. there are three segments. the first and last segments are the same in all the comics, it's only the middle segment that is related to the set you bought. there's no coherence between the three parts. and no dialog either. it's just strange. the cast of characters is the most useful part of the whole thing; it can act as a checklist of sorts.
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby onions » Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:04 pm

Chief wrote:This set and and the rest of the Super Heroes current wave (minus the Batcave) are at Legoland CA now.


this is true but you can't buy online from LL
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby Chief » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:13 pm

You're right, but
"As of this writing, it's only available at Toys'R'Us."
..isn't true. That just happens to be the only place you can grab an affiliate link for right now. ;)
There are plenty of members on our forum who can and DO make local and semilocal trips to Legoland, which it would behoove them to do since Legoland's sets are MSRP, while TRU gouges.
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby ka.lego » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:17 pm

Wow. I don't know why I missed the fact that this set's $20. Not bad at all. Great review...you sold me. I love what you "disliked"...hilarious. I'm really glad that they're taking so many key characters and packing them together into these sets. Exciting.
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby CloneEmperor » Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:50 pm

This set is a must buy for me, simply because of Superman.
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby legomason » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:17 pm

So no light brick? Seems like it should have one lighting up the kryptonite canon.
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby bidoofdude » Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:19 am

What's the comic about. Can you provide some scans?
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby cas » Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:58 pm

Morgan19 wrote:Sups' and Lex's faces could almost be identical... That just seems wrong.

After see these two figs in person, I'm am completely astonished and disappointed in the similarity in the two faces. The variation is almost non-existent. How is it that the biggest difference between the faces (double-sided printing aside) is the angle of the eyebrows? Superman might not need a smirk or smile, but his stern expression needs neutralized. The least Lego could have done was lay off the copy/paste.
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby onions » Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:53 am

if anyone should have a smirk, i think it should have been lex. kind of like an evil genius kind of smirk. they are pretty similar, and i failed to mention that in the review, but once you throw some hair onto supes, it becomes a moot point imo.
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby wonderpuddle » Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:10 pm

Great review. I just got mine in the mail from TRU (shipped superquick) and I have to agree, this is a very solid set.
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Re: Review: 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex

Postby volumex » Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:14 am

I see one of the board members @ TLG still has a soft spot for EXO-FORCE. ;)
This should be a winner with kids!
A light up brick would of been a nice touch?
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