Posts Tagged ‘76018 Hulk Lab Smash’
Playsets are always seen as a risky choice in the development of Lego stuff. They often underperform, because they’re not swooshable, and apparently kids only like buildings that can also turn into a robot (even if Tom Hanks doesn’t think so). I’m pretty far removed from doing anything as a kid, so I know that my opinions are colored by being an adult, and worse, an AFOL, but I’d hazard a guess that kids just don’t like playing with bad toys. Playsets, especially Lego playsets, are often just bad toys.
Sure, everyone likes vehicles, and they are rightfully the core of toys about doing stuff. My favorite toy as a kid was G.I. Joe, which has a whole mess of vehicles (including some spectacularly terribad ones), vehicles that were buildings (often with jets for some reason), and just straight up buildings (The Command Center was awesome). What was important with the stuff that was successful is that it made sense with the other stuff. I could put figures in the command center or park vehicles, things like that.
Lego has a tougher time with stuff like that, because sets aren’t really designed to “work” together most of the time. This is especially true for the Super Heroes line… where a lot of the stuff is thematically similar, but mostly just sits there. The Quinjet isn’t going to pick up the SHIELD truck, and no one wants to put Spider-man in any of those terrible vehicles. So how does Hulk Lab Smash, the Avengers Assemble set in the Marvel Super Heroes lineup measure up to the whole mix like that? At $50, four (or five) minifigs and only 398 pieces, there probably needs to be a whole lot of playset to make it work…
Site fan Zach wrote in to say that he saw and was able to purchase several new sets from his local LEGO Brand Retail location in Illinois. His haul included one of the two remaining
DC Super Heroes Batman sets, 76013 Batman: The Joker Steam Roller, Marvel Super Heroes set 76018 Hulk Lab Smash, Star Wars sets 75032 X-Wing Fighter and 75040 General Grievous Wheel Bike.
Chat room regular murphquake also let us know that the retail stores have been given the green light to immediately sell any new sets they receive without having to wait for the 17th or any other arbitrary street date. Happy hunting!
Over on Eurobricks, member just2good posted clean images of the upcoming first wave of Marvel Super Heroes sets for 2014 based on the Avengers and Ultimate Spider-Man cartoons airing on Disney XD. Three words: Purple Pants Hulk. My life is now complete.
The above image popped up on antman3001’s flickr stream the other day giving us the first official look at the Marvel Super Heroes sets for the January 2014 wave as well as the set names. It looks like most if not all of the sets are based on the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon that’s currently airing on Disney XD. Of course the one fig I want, Purple Pants Hulk, is in the biggest set. No matter, I plan on getting them all anyway.
January can’t come around fast enough.
After taking a close look at the pic, it looks like two out of the five sets are coming out in March with the other three coming out in April. Looks like we’ll have a bit longer to wait for these sets.