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LEGO SHIELD Helicarrier press-release

The long-awaited and highly anticipated #76042 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Ultimate Collector Series SHIELD Helicarrier has been officially announced this morning by The LEGO Group. They have been keeping this set well under wraps until the last minute, so it’s wonderful to see it finally in its full glory. So let’s take a look at all the details. 🙂

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Here is the official description: Build and display the huge SHIELD Helicarrier! 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.

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  • 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)
  • Ages 16+
  • 2,996 pieces
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Amazing, isn’t it? It was definitely worth the wait! Below are some more pictures with some close-up details so you can see all the features better. I particularly like the runways and the interior!

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In the video below LEGO designer Marcus Bessa shares even more details on the set and also shows you how the rotors can turn.

Here is some other info about the release:  #76042 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Ultimate Collector Series SHIELD Helicarrier will be officially released on March first, with LEGO VIP members getting early access to the set from February 17th to the 28th. Prices are as follows: US $349.99 – CA $399.99 – DE 349.99€ – UK £269.99 – DK 2999.00 DKK (Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing). As this is a LEGO exclusive set it will be available only at official LEGO stores and under the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes section of the Online LEGO Shop.

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So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes UCS SHIELD Helicarrier? Is it better or worse than what you expected? Do you like the features? And what about the minifigs and microfigures? Are you planning to get the set when it becomes available? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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  • James January 29, 2015, 9:08 AM

    I won’t be able to afford the Helicarrier at $350, although I think it is worth that price.

    But I really hope I can get those microfigs somewhere in a cheaper set! My son loves microfigs. I buy them off of Bricklink whenever I place an order there. These microfigs have a new design, and they are fantastic!

    • admin January 29, 2015, 10:04 AM

      James, please note that these are not the microfigs we know from various LEGO Game sets. Just wanted to make sure that’s clear. These are the tiny-little, itsy-bitsy figures that previously appeared as trophies and are usually referred to as nanofigures – I’m not sure why LEGO used microfigures in the press-release. They are about 3/4 the height of microfigs and are super detailed (like the legs have simulated holes at the back, etc.). They are super tiny but very cute. 🙂

      • admin January 29, 2015, 10:42 AM

        Just added the designer-video, there you can see the nano-figs better. Also some awesome features of the Helicarrier. 🙂

  • Giuseppe Benincasa January 29, 2015, 9:24 AM

    Very disappointed. This is a MICRO Hellicarrier with only 5 minifigures. Ridiculus price 350€ –

  • Darth Weevil January 29, 2015, 9:45 AM

    I can’t remotely afford it, but think it looks pretty awesome. My one critique (beyond Giuseppe’s comment about it not being a lot of minifigures for such a large set) is that it really should have include Agent Coulson, who is more the public face of SHIELD than Maria Hill. Don’t get me wrong—I also think the set should include Hill, but it should have both of them, especially before another movie Hawkeye, who is easily available in a much less expensive set.

    Okay, one more comment: I like the maskless Steve Rogers. We don’t get heroes out of costume too often, so it’s nice to see that here.

  • Micho January 29, 2015, 11:05 AM

    I hate to be a negative nancy LOL, and usually if I don’t have something nice to say I keep it to myself. But since this combines3 of my favorite things in life, movies, comics, and LEGO I have to say a few things. “And…here…we…go!” (Insert Joker from The Dark Knight movie here)…

    That nano scale does not warrant a $350 price tag. That’s not cool man! Microscale/and now nano scale take away both from the after-market AND the play value. The only good thing about this set is the SHIELD stand with the minifigures. Anything LEGO micro/nano scale does not build up value, but I bet some of the exclusive minifigures will go up in value anywhere form $20 to $30 even in the first days it comes out! In my opinion they should have maybe done half of the Helicarrier or even 1/3 at the minifigure scale just like the scale they did with the Death Star, then release the other half or the other 2/3 whenever a new Avengers movie came out. Just my humble opinion.

  • LegoUniverse Bob January 29, 2015, 11:06 AM

    When I came on to look at the new topic today, and saw this, then I immediately thought to myself ‘Another super cool but wrongly sized set…’ but then I saw the mention of nanofigs and the extra pics and understood. Epic set! 🙂

  • CVJ January 29, 2015, 11:27 AM

    Oh wow! I think the scale is off but I doubt they could make something that looks nice in microfigure scale and keep the piece count reasonable.

  • Manne January 29, 2015, 11:35 AM

    Way to small for that pricetag..

    • Sam January 30, 2015, 10:23 AM

      Are you looking at the picture or the piece count? Because the price for plastic ratio here is reasonable. I mean, 3k pieces, so a little more than 10 cents a piece. Whether you find it useful under your own criteria is your decision. Honestly, I like all of the grey and trans blue pieces, but honestly wouldn’t take it apart for those! XD

  • BLProductions January 29, 2015, 11:42 AM

    Finally! Unfortunately, despite the printed minifig-trophies, I don’t like it very much. Way too many studs showing. I liked the smooth-ness of the Ideas version much better. And it’s still over-priced: 2996 pcs to $350 = ~11.7 cents per piece. Ok, I suppose that’s allowable. But then they tell us to spend another $27+ for Power functions, which could have been added into the set and left as optional. But never mind. The little trucks and jets are amazing, as is the interior room – they used illegal techniques! 😀 Now we can say it’s no longer illegal. And the trophy-figs are in almost prefect scale with the panels. About the minifigs: Coulson would have been better than Hill, both as a minifig and a trophy-fig. Since it’s from the Avengers, they should also have included a Loki nano-fig, and a micro Hulk. Maybe one of those little Ninjago Wrayths would do…. 🙂 That way you’d be able to recreate the scene with Loki/Coulson and Hulk destroying the Helicarrier. …… OK, I’ve said enough for now. 😐

    • BLProductions January 29, 2015, 11:52 AM

      Also, Pirates are up on LEGO Shop US, and it claims the Brick Bounty is $100! That is so overpriced. All the others are $30 and under. 😕 Mixels Series 4 is also up, coming out Feb. 1st. 😉

      • Micho January 29, 2015, 4:10 PM

        OH YES!!! I love this, I can approximately buy one each month!!! I’m starting out with Treasure Island then Shipwreck Defense.

      • Adam January 29, 2015, 9:40 PM

        Thanks for the heads up, the pricing on the Pirate sets is excellent! I can live with the $100 ship when you can get the entire line for under $200 – nice job on this one Lego!

    • admin January 29, 2015, 12:03 PM

      He-he, I was wondering about the techniques used too! I guess they can change their minds on what’s legal and illegal, after all they are the ones making up the rules. 🙄

  • gid617 January 29, 2015, 11:51 AM

    Not a Superheros/Avengers fan, but personally I think the nanofigs are super cute!

    • admin January 29, 2015, 12:01 PM

      Yeah, those little buggers are very cute! 😛

  • Chris January 29, 2015, 11:54 AM

    Looks awesome! *Looks at price* ok maybe it isn’t THAT awesome…

    • admin January 29, 2015, 12:00 PM

      I think that price is really going to turn off a lot of people. This is a great set and all, but looking at the piece-count and everything it should have been a $299.99 set. Even that is pretty ouchy, but wouldn’t be so out of line.

      • MrTotoro January 30, 2015, 9:17 AM

        Yeah, especially if you consider the UCS Sandcrawler which costs $299.99 while having roughly 300 more parts! And they’re both licensed themes.

        • admin January 30, 2015, 10:44 AM

          Yes, I was just looking at that last night. I guess Marvel has higher licensing fees? 😕

  • Tom January 29, 2015, 12:46 PM

    Not my thing but I can see these selling badly then being withdrawn early and the price skyrocketing on the secondary market.

    Maybe I’m wrong, just my view. And yes the mmicrofigs will be a fortune on bricklink/ebay

  • Ninja of Stealth January 29, 2015, 1:10 PM

    That is totally wicked! The microfigures are a great idea!

  • hippyman January 29, 2015, 1:10 PM

    I’ve never been into the superhero sets, but I will be getting this. I find it highly impressive.

  • LegoGeek January 29, 2015, 2:11 PM

    I won’t buy this one my version is cooler! but I probably will buy Hill and Nick and use the instruction to build the micro-jets and stuff.

  • David Tennant Lover January 29, 2015, 2:56 PM

    Very true, the price will definitely turn people away. But if your a big Avengers fan, this is the set for you! I don’t really like these micro figures but it’s cool that lego is trying something new! 🙂

  • Narrator_Bob January 29, 2015, 3:57 PM

    It think that this set is a brilliant new concept. I especially like the nanofigs. I hope they release more sets like this. I think that this set could be used for a zoomed out stop motion video, cutting to small portions of minifig scale hellicarrier Also, I think that the promotional hulk minifig from a while ago is the perfect size to be used with this set.

  • Hippie Hudson January 29, 2015, 4:21 PM

    I am sadly disappointed. I like it and don’t like it at the same time. There are definitely way too many studs showing and there are areas that to me look unfinished. It looks cheap and messy, for the price you want a wow factor that just isn’t there. I mean yeah the nanofigs are cool and the tiny vehicles are very clever but that attention to detailnseems to be lost on the overall look of the extirior of the craft. I find myself trying to like it more than i actually do. Smooth tiles would have made it look much nicer and why is there only one interior part!? Its supposed to be a big impressive thing and it just isnt, they went for cute instead of Boom! In your face…. which would have been better. I would have paid more for it if they had made it bigger and badder.

  • rainey January 29, 2015, 5:57 PM

    The price is certifiably insane!

    I wonder how big the subset of people who are into Marvel Super Heroes and have $350 jingling in their pockets is…

    • Darth Weevil January 29, 2015, 7:52 PM

      And want a Helicarrier rather than one of the other iconic Marvel locales—a bigger Avengers Tower, Avengers Mansion, the Baxter Building, or even just the fun of a brick-built Galactus. Lots of huge Marvel-related sets I’d be more excited about than the Helicarrier.

  • Adam January 29, 2015, 9:38 PM

    It’s a very beautiful, well-proportioned model, but I prefer sets that strike a balance between display & playability. A tower and control room at standard mini-fig size would have been better in my opinion, although people would have complained that the rest of the model was too small, so I guess you can’t win. 🙂

    The rumor from a few weeks ago that there was going to be a UCS Hoth Echo Base set released this year had me very excited – but now I’m worried that it could end up being nano-fig scale (if the rumor’s true at all).

    • admin January 29, 2015, 10:21 PM

      Adam, that’s a really good point about the Echo Base. Although I do like micro-figures – they are cute and all – but I certainly would prefer regular minifigs-size sets. Especially for higher price sets. And I think most LEGO fans would say the same. We shall see…

  • hippyman January 30, 2015, 11:22 AM

    Is this the same set from the Lego Ideas?

    • admin January 30, 2015, 12:05 PM

      No, this was developed by LEGO internally.

      • RenoWolf April 12, 2015, 4:19 PM

        Then what will happen to the Lego Ideas version. This one has more of a play set feel, while the one from ideas has more of collectors / display piece appearance. I know they did that with star wars where they had a play-set version and a display piece version of the Star Wars: Star Destroyer, lets just hope for the best.

        • admin April 13, 2015, 11:36 AM

          The LEGO Ideas version would have never made it as a LEGO set. It is way too big and expensive. LEGO considers this version to be an Ultimate Collector Series set, so I’m positive there will be no other version.

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