Shortly after Ace posted the tease of the upcoming UCS Helicarrier in the store calendar, bacon 1986 gave the heads up about this Wall Street Journal exclusive and then we recieved the official press release. In the span of one day, I went from not knowing anything about this or even being sure it was real to needing it in my life.

Weighing in at 2996 pieces and with a price tag of $349 (US), it’s quite a beast in my book. It may not be as big as many had hoped, but it’s got a lot going for it. Not only does it include some very desirable figures, but some neat little minifig trophies painted as microfigs. This is being shown at the New York Toy Fair and Ace will be there to take picks, so stay tuned and let the complaining commence!

Build and display the huge SHIELD Helicarrier!

Discover a world of mystery and adventure with the awesome LEGO® Creator Expert Detective’s Office, featuring unique elements and surprises.

Take on the challenge of building this awesome LEGO® model of The SHIELD Helicarrier. Construct the flying aircraft carrier with 2 runways, microscale Quinjets, fighter jets and ground support vehicles. The set also comes with many of your favorite LEGO Marvel Super Heroes minifigures, plus 12 microfigures to display on deck and within the highly detailed interior. Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill.

· Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill, plus an iconic SHIELD eagle stand to display them on

· Features 3 microscale Quinjets, 3 fighter jets, a gasoline truck, 2 forklift trucks, 2 runways, 4 road blockades, armored exterior with translucent elements, detailed interior, plus 12 microfigures (Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Captain America, Iron Man and 8 SHIELD agents)

· Also includes a detailed runway

· Weapons include Hawkeye’s bow, Black Widow’s gun and Captain America’s shield

· SHIELD Agent Maria Hill minifigure is new for spring 2015!

· Includes a plaque with facts about The SHIELD Helicarrier

· Add lights and spinning rotors to the Helicarrier with the 88000, 8883 and 8870 LEGO® Power Functions sets (sold separately)

· Rotors can also be turned manually

· Includes a display stand

· Helicarrier measures over 11” (29cm) high, 31” (80cm) long and 17” (45cm) wide

· Each Quinjet measures over 1” (3cm) high, 2” (7cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide

· Minifigure stand measures over 4” (12cm) high, and 2” (6cm deep) and 6” (16cm wide)