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LEGO Super Heroes 2017 summer sets review

The new wave of LEGO Super Heroes sets that was released at the beginning of the month is quite small, so I thought we will take a look at both the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes (three new sets), and the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (two new sets) at the same time. While this is a small assortment, there are some interesting details and minifigures worth checking out. So let’s take a closer look at each of the five new sets. 🙂

#76085 LEGO SUPER HEROES BATTLE OF ATLANTIS: Like in many of the smaller LEGO Super Heroes sets, it is very obvious here that the main focus is the minifigures; Aquaman, a couple of Atlantean guards and a Parademon. LEGO graphic designers went all out on all four of the minifigs, with finely printed, delicate designs. While there is not much more besides the minifigs, I appreciate the fact that LEGO used sand-green for the small structure, which makes it a lot more desirable. Overall, a nice little set if you are into Aquaman, golden minifigs, and sand-green pieces. Here is the official description: Team up with Aquaman and the Atlantean guards to stop the super-jumping Parademon stealing the Mother Box in this all-action LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Battle of Atlantis set. The underwater Atlantis scene features a grand arch to knock over with the Parademon’s Super Jumper. Also includes the Mother Box and four minifigures with assorted weapons: Aquaman (with new-for-August-2017 scale armor decoration), a Parademon, and two Atlantean guards. 197 pieces. Price: $19.99 – BUY HERE

#76086 LEGO SUPER HEROES KNIGHTCRAWLER TUNNEL ATTACK: Batman vehicles are always fun, and the all-terrain Knightcrawler is an excellent example of interesting building techniques, great play-features, and lots of options for convertibility. Nice minifigs too, especially The Flash, who only appeared in a couple of other sets previously. Here is the official description: Drive and crawl with Batman’s all-terrain vehicle and reclaim the Mother Box from the evil Parademons, in this exciting LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Knightcrawler Tunnel Attack set. The Knightcrawler features 4 posable limbs, each with 2-wheel tracks, plus dual 6-stud rapid shooters and an opening cockpit for Batman. Includes four minifigures with weapons: Batman, The Flash, and two Parademons. 622 pieces. Price: $49.99 – BUY HERE

#76087 LEGO SUPER HEROES FLYING FOX: BATMOBILE AIRLIFT ATTACK: Yet another really fun Batman vehicle, or more accurately, two vehicles! The Flying Fox is a very sturdy carrier for a great little Batmobile. Make sure you watch the video-review below to see how it all works. There is also a nice selection of minifigures, plus a large, brick-built figure that also looks excellent. Here is the official description: Team up with the Justice League against Steppenwolf and the Parademons to claim the precious Mother Box, in this exciting LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Flying Fox: Batmobile Airlift Attack set. The Flying Fox features a 2-minifigure cockpit with a lift-off canopy, 2 spring-loaded shooters, 2 stud shooters and space inside for the Batmobile with an opening cockpit, 3 stud shooters and adjustable wings. Includes six minifigures with weapons: Cyborg, Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and two Parademons, plus a Steppenwolf big figure. 955 pieces. Price: $129.99 – BUY HERE

#76084 LEGO SUPER HEROES THE ULTIMATE BATTLE FOR ASGARD: While this set is only 400 pieces, it manages to include a great little spaceship, a brick-built wolf, and six minifigures! Lots of play-value here, and the minifig all come with brand new prints. Here is the official description: Fly the Commodore spaceship and team up with Thor, Bruce Banner and Valkyrie to take on Hela, her Berserkers and the Fenris wolf in this exciting LEGO Marvel Super Heroes The Ultimate Battle for Asgard set. The Commodore has 2 dual stud shooters and a minifigure-drop function, while the buildable Fenris wolf figure features posable joints for different battle poses. Includes six minifigures with assorted weapons: Thor, Bruce Banner, Valkyrie, Hela, two Berserkers, plus a buildable Fenris wolf figure. 400 pieces. Price: $49.99 – BUY HERE

#76088 LEGO SUPER HEROES THOR VS. HULK: ARENA CRASH: The large Hulk figure is really the highlight of this set, although the other minifigures also look nice. The arena itself doesn’t seem to add a whole lot of play-value however, so it may not be worth picking up this set at full price. Here is the official description: Role-play an arena duel between Thor and Hulk and then team up with these two old friends to topple Grandmaster. This awesome LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Thor vs. Hulk: Arena Clash set features an arena with a sliding gate, secret weapons rack, 2 toppling pillars, smash-function wall and an opening prison cell. Use Thor’s super jumper to knock Grandmaster off his throne and Loki off his seat. Includes four minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: Thor, Loki, Grandmaster, and a Sakaarian Guard, plus a Hulk big figure. 492 pieces. Price: $59.99 – BUY HERE

LEGO Super Heroes sets are known to be expensive, so it’s best to consider carefully which ones you want to get. If the set has great play-value, a good selection of parts, and collectible characters, it’s usually worth getting them at the regular price. However, if you are only interested in a couple of minifigs, you might consider buying them separately on the secondary market, or wait until the sets go on sale. I have to add here that LEGO graphic designers definitely did a stellar job on all of the minifigures in this wave. Even the supporting characters are fully detailed from head to toe! To help you make a decision about what to get, you can watch the video-reviews of all five sets in the play-list above.

What do you think? How do you like the new LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes and the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets? Do you have any favorite sets and/or minifigures in this wave? Have you purchased and built any of the sets already? Feel free to share your thoughts and own review in the comment section below! 😉

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  • brickmaster August 10, 2017, 1:26 PM

    Just not that interested in these. I think everything pales to the Ninjago Movie sets right now.

    • admin August 10, 2017, 5:09 PM

      Yeah, The Ninjago Movie sets are really awesome, aren’t they? I have been slowly going through building them, and they are a blast. Will start posting reviews next week. 🙂

  • DavidH August 10, 2017, 1:48 PM

    These smaller super heroes sets just don’t inspire me that much. I do like the bigger ones though. I guess these are more interesting to children, or those who only collect minifigures.

    • admin August 10, 2017, 5:10 PM

      Yeah, Super Heroes sets are heavily geared towards minifig collectors. I think LEGO knows what they are doing, and having an occasional big set also satisfies builders. 😀

  • Legostuff71 August 10, 2017, 2:19 PM

    I’m with you on that Brickmaster . The NINJAGO sets are so cool. In fact I am only four mini figs away on having the complete set. ( one double Kai in his kendo armor). I also noticed that the $20 set boxes are smaller than usual. I know LEGO is very good at what they use to keep the environment safe and was talk about environmentally ways to package there product. So, I guess it has gone a step further . Good for you LEGO.

    • admin August 10, 2017, 5:11 PM

      I agree that LEGO’s packaging is really good for the smaller sets. They should use a bit more substantial cardboard for the larger sets though. Many times those sets arrive mangled because the thin cardboard just can’t support all that weight.

  • Sith015 August 10, 2017, 3:02 PM

    The nightcrawler is pretty cool. And I want that Hulk bigfig! 😀

    • admin August 10, 2017, 5:12 PM

      I’m looking to get Hulk too. Very awesome! 😀

  • kingcobra August 10, 2017, 3:28 PM

    Only interested in the Hulk figure. Really nice armor. Although I don’t know why they made the shoulder pad blue. I’m thinking of painting it silver or copper.

    • Håkan August 10, 2017, 3:48 PM

      Ooww, that’s a slippery slope away from purism to customization…

      • admin August 10, 2017, 5:14 PM

        It’s actually not that bad. I regularly paint helmets and stuff. But I wouldn’t paint minifigs themselves. So the slope is not that slippery. 😉

        • Håkan August 10, 2017, 6:42 PM

          I painted a few minifigs myself when I was in my young teens… Although it could have been slightly better done…

    • admin August 10, 2017, 5:12 PM

      Hm… I might do that also. The blue is kind of out of place. Testors silver and copper paint matches LEGO’s perfectly. 🙂

      • Håkan August 10, 2017, 6:44 PM

        Seems to be enamel paint. I used other brands, but I believe that was what I was using.

        • admin August 10, 2017, 10:07 PM

          Yes, enamel paint works well for LEGO. 🙂

          • PrashBricks III August 31, 2017, 12:52 PM

            Does anyone know where I can buy palladium (orange metallic) paint? I want to paint a lego drill (the minifigure accesoire, the smaller one). Because that is my favorite drill in terraria: the palladium drill. If it turns out good, I might buy a whole bunch of drills and sell them on bricklink.

            • admin August 31, 2017, 1:02 PM

              The issue with painting a handheld accessory is that the minifig’s hand will rub off the paint very easily, no matter what kind of paint you use. So, you will need to paint the piece selectively. Meaning that you can paint the body, but not the handle. You do have the option to use dye, which bonds with the plastic, but dye comes in a very limited selection of colors (it is made for car body interiors, so it comes in car interior colors).

              For painting LEGO pieces I use Testors, which is very nice quality paint for hobby airplanes and such. It is not very expensive either, and readily available at hobby stores. Some LEGO customizers use Citadel, which is a more expensive hobby paint. I don’t remember ever seeing orange metallic in either Testors or Citadel, but you can very easily make your own metallic paint by using a regular color (in this case orange), and just mixing in either a bit of gold or silver paint to make it metallic. I think with orange gold would work better, but you just have to try and see which one looks nicer. 🙂

              • PrashBricks III September 1, 2017, 12:38 PM

                I have gold spray paint already, but no orange spray paint, I might buy it.

                By the way, completely off-topic: I am going to be interviewed by Key to the brick.

                • admin September 1, 2017, 4:58 PM

                  Sweet! Keep us posted on how your interview goes! Sounds fun! 😀

                  • PrashBricks III September 2, 2017, 6:23 AM

                    I will.

                    • PrashBricks III September 2, 2017, 6:29 AM

                      I want to try sending emojis:


                      I know it’s a bit spammy, but I just had to try it. Sorry if you don’t like it.

                    • admin September 2, 2017, 8:16 AM

                      That’s fine. I had to test them out when I first used them too. 😎

                    • PrashBricks III September 4, 2017, 3:53 PM


                    • PrashBricks III September 2, 2017, 6:30 AM

                      Great: I found out more about emojis on wordpress!!! 😀

                  • PrashBricks III September 2, 2017, 6:34 AM

                    By the way, I looked it up on their website, and according to me, you can only buy it in America, which is a bit of a problem for me, as I live in the Netherlands. Is this true? 😐

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