"If you are fan of LEGO and Overwatch, you will want this set for display for certain as it capture the charm of the Dorado maps with a very minimal setup.
As some of have noted, the biggest problem and disappointment for OW fans is the McCree figure - it is a travesty that while we got a unique arm with printing for the Winter Soldier in multiple sets, we got nothing for the cybernetic arm for McCree ..... add to that is a head piece that desperately needed some ingenuity to have both hair and a hat.... a new mold with a combined hat/hair or a little add on ring with "hair" to go under the hat is needed. At the very least, hair ON the head would work. As with other LEGO OW sets, its a bit of hit and miss - some details are spot on, some are just strangely dialed in, like the McCree minifigure as a whole.... let's not even discuss the problem of soldier's hair, which is otherwise a very good figure....
That all being said, its something special to OW fans to actually _see_ a payload and hold it... hard to explain, but if you play OW, you will know what I mean... beyond those issues, a good set that has more presence in person than the box or website would suggest."
"What you see is what you get, and let me say the vehicle while somewhat bland looking and generic on the box is actually quite nice to look at in person on display. The mini-figures have been really hit or miss in this series: Reaper is perfect, along with Pharah, and so are Tracer and Widow from the small set with them (get it, you will want the smaller ship to attach to this one per the box - much more impressive together).
The only downsides here are Winston and even worse, Mercy. The face on Winston is just too long and not wide enough, and frankly too human looking. Even worse, is Mercy's face printing that everyone is complaining about, it really is that bad. I replaced it with another female head and it works, but it loses a good bit of the look - and should not be necessary. Its just disappointing - I even can see variations in the printing between Reaper in the smaller Dorado set and this one.... what's up with that?!
Fans will want it for display, the problematic Mercy head is a real problem though - the printing is terrible, and looks like a knockoff product. My recommendation to LEGO - supply either a new head for proof of purchase, or at the very least, create a face sticker we could put on to cover the terrible print.
I would give a 5 here - but due to the printing issues and Winston, I had to knock one off."
"I'll not bore you with the same old details - its got a nice set of minifigs, and a way to display some extra Iron-man figures easily by removing some of the pieces and making them freestanding like the mixer... theoretically you could four or even five more figures to bays by slight modification, and this brings me to my only real gripe. The little silver slotted angled pieces used to flank the feet of the figures - it would have been a good move to include enough to allow use of ALL the bays. As it is, you will have some without it, or have to add in the flat gray ones commonly found. A small quibble, but given how many folks will move to use all the bays for figures, its kind of disappointing as just four more would have been perfect. As others have mentioned, the design of the bays lets them be put into a straight line, a ring facing out or in, or a slight curve, and the set pairs nicely with the Malibu mansion set from Iron Man 3.
The other item I will mention is Igor - for me anyhow, he looks twice as good in person as the pictures make him out to be - this is unfortunately the case with some LEGO designs - you just need to see them to get the full effect, and he falls into that category. He's easily modifiable if you want to add some parts, but the upside is he's very pose able and breaks the set's static feel up quite a bit. If you have the Hulkbuster and/or War Machine Buster sets, it just looks fantastic here as well alongside Igor, giving the set a nice set of relative proportions.
I can easily see kids spending hours with this, and afterwards it making a great display set, its already going in permanent display in my home office!"
"As an AFOL (Adult fFan of Lego) I am drawn particularly to sets that are good display pieces, and the Doctor Strange set delivers in spades. With three unique minifigs, a little more edgy concept (an interdimensional portal beast - in LEGO no less), and all the details needed to portray the good Doctor's inner sanctum it's definitely going to be a unique set on any shelf. What stands out here is the detailing on all the figures, particularly the fine gold symbols on Strange's energy discs and the Ancient One's fans... over the top for LEGO. The other detailing is in the placement and labeling of the various letters and tomes spread about.; LEGO took the time to add items that add to the atmosphere of the set. A letter from Shamballah for instance, how awesome a touch! This set to me is more for AFOL's as a collector set than one for kids as Doctor Strange is not as well known as other Marvel franchises, and the set is clearly designed for display first and play second.
The build is fun and goes quick, but the pieces are often small and require attention or a child could easily misplace a few, and in a few cases the structure of the set can breakdown until its fully assembled. That being said, I really wish LEGO would do more of these diorama setting sets, they go so far to capture the feel of a concept.
If I could change anything it would be to add a component behind the window, like a printed card. Just placing the set at random on a shelf, the view through the window actually disrupts the flow of the set; I would advise finding something like a nice city-scape at night post card to place behind the window to flesh out the scene. Without question, probably alongside the Airport Battle with Gi-Antman are the best 2016 LEGO Marvel sets to be sure, however Doctor Strange's is an instant classic..
On the question of villains in the set, Mordo is technically an arch enemy of Strange's in the comics, however this one is from the movie and so far indications are he is an ally (for now). By including him the set lets you imagine him either way, hero or villain alongside that pesky portal creature."
"I won't waste your time telling you how good the parts of this set are, you can already see that! Points I think that aren't apparent are that the Bat-Sled will actually balance on it's own, but with Batman holding the grips and legs bent back, will actually balance well especially if he has the flippers on. This makes a good display piece but the fins will come off with children playing.
The star of the set is no doubt the Penguin and his items, the only downside here is the lack of wheels on the Duck-tank itself; this is inspired by the Duck out of 1991's Batman Returns which had three pair of wheels underneath. One thing about this Penguin and Duck is they are a great addition to the Fun-house Escape set - the Duck and Penguin fit right in along with the robot penguins. The Penguin himself also has a better printing with his fur coat compared to the one in the Arkham Asylum set in my opinion. Another nice touch is that the eyes of the Duck vehicle are actually printed on, not stickers!
LEGO continues to work wonders with these small first level sets, and its a shame really that they haven't seen the light and released two or three per round of releases as I think they would easily sell and not cut into purchases at a higher level."
"LEGO has really been stepping up the game with these small sets for theme's lately, and this one for the Lone Ranger collection is near perfection. Although a collector for display purposes, I wasn't even inclined towards the Lone Ranger theme until I saw the sets themselves... each and everyone is a great play set and equally good for just plain display. This set is replete with detail and done in very nice color theme... even the soldiers each get their own faces, not just a generic one. The cannon, camp details and of course the minifigures all lend themselves to inspection and spark the imagination, not a dull part in the set. This set could easily have been dull, but LEGO has put in enough details like pouches, guns, fire, etc that all spike the imagination. Makes me wish I was 8 years old again :) If there is any criticism, it is that Tonto is missing. He's in every other set, but for the kid who can only get one this is a stinging miss. Otherwise, it's great LEGO design and oddly for an intro set, it could easily become a collector's item in it's own right one day!"
"LEGO greatness pure and simple - at a great price you get a set that serves equally well for play or just display purposes, and looks unique compared to all the other sets. With nothing but good minifigures, all stars in their own right, no other current set compares except the mighty Arkham Asylum. I daresay the play design and originality of this set actually outdoes the Arkham set for it's size and number of pieces, and is a must for any collector or imaginative child of all ages ;)
if there is any downside to the set, it's only two things, the number of stickers and the Bat-cycle. The stickers are well designed but will fall off and crack as all do in time; enough said. The Bat-cycle just doesn't feel quite right, and needed all-black pieces instead of the grey to even begin to fit the role. In conjunction with other set pieces like the Bat-mobile from the Two-Face Chase or the Bat-cycle from the Bat-cave set, it does however give Robin a nice vehicle that fits in with another vehicle for the Dynamic Duo (perhaps the full intention of the designers).
As the only set with a full Harley Quinn costume, there is another bonus with not one, but two Riddler heads complete with hats (one body though), so you can use your imagination here... perhaps he ends up in one of those cool orange jumpsuits the Joker wears in Arkham Asylum or finer attire ;)
Do yourself a favor and get this set, just don't lose the pieces as it's surely going to be a collector's item one day."
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"As one of the first premier Marvel sets, this set looks about as good as it can be on the box, with a raging Hulk leaping toward piloted by Hawk-eye in Jet with everyone watching in awe. Of course this never happens in the movie exactly but this is LEGO. Being LEGO, we expect certain things, like well thought out scenes, great minifigures, and a synergy for play. The scene elements here don't leave much to the imagination which is part of the problem, the Hulk which is the star minifigure here is decent enough, but without a jointed waist ends up limiting the poses and becomes more of a background piece than a contributor. What is sorely missing from this set are two figures that for the steep price would have made the set worthwhile, namely Agent Coulson with a cool techno-rifle, and perhaps most importantly, a Bruce Banner figure. The set has it's good points, it does give a good backdrop for the characters, the Jet is one of the nicer designs to emerge lately from LEGO. To contrast this set with a good example, see the DC Universe Batman: Funhouse Escape, which has a solid set of figures and a playset that even adults will have fun poking at.
The Avengers set on the other hand, needed more gadgets to engage with in the set itself, and the plane feels like an afterthought next to the rest of the set. On the upside and LEGO's recognition of this see the Iron Man 3: Malibu Mansion Attack. As a collector you'll like the set, but it is only worth getting at say USD $39.99 or less."
"For $12.99 USD this set is a steal, as the unique "Heart-breaker" armor variant for Iron-Man comes with very good printing, and the cool figure of the Mandarin (despite the overdone beard) alone make it worth the price of admission. The picture of the vehicle might give one pause as it looks rather odd and frankly a little weird in it, but once assembled it is much cooler to see in person and suddenly comes alive with the figures and actually makes one look forward to whatever actually shows up in the movie that it represents. Considering the Mandarin and Iron-Man variants, plus a rather cool vehicle with some very useful parts for fans, this set is definitely one to pick up!"
"The key to understanding this set is that it is inspired by The Dark Knight Returns but is not actually a direct scene. Rather, it feels like it would have been something from an animated series referencing elements of the movie. With that in mind, the set does what it sets out to do - give us a representation of The Bat aircraft, albeit with some blue highlights not in the movie (including a grey batman). The camo-tumbler is smaller than figure scale unfortunately, and had LEGO made the kit $50 USD for a larger tumbler I think this set would be better received by older folks and collectors. Still, it can hold a figure for play and mock battles are easily done with smaller hands - which is what I think LEGO was striving for, so that combined with a very good minifigure set combines to make a good set. With a price tag of $60 USD combined with a larger Tumbler, Black Batman and lack of blue highlights this would have moved more with the collector set, but lets not forget - these are first and foremost toys for kids and need to be judged in that light. Collectors but may be disappointed, but AFOLs and kids will still find this set very nice to have and use!"