"I got this superb Ultra Agents set with the "Winter Soldier with $75-or-more purchase" deal, so I will give my thoughts on both products.
It's great to see Lego letting the general public get their hands on this minifigure, since he hasn't been an official Marvel set thus far. I like both faces on his head (One's his comic-book inspired eye-mask, with a menacing grin, and the other is a mask that HIDES his mouth), he has outstanding bulletproof vest printing on his chest and back, and even has a pistol-holster decal on the side of his right leg! I like his robotic arm, but sadly, only the arm is a metallic color; His hand is a normal light grey. Also, I kind of wish he had come with a rifle, but I suppose most people will have a few spare firearms in their Lego collection to give him. This minifigure is only available this June, and if you have your eye on a $75-or-more Lego set, GET IT NOW so you can also have this exclusive figure.
This model includes many extra components, some of the most notable being a silver Bionicle/Technic tube, a white "lightsaber" handle, many round studs that can act as reserve ammo, and a third translucent-red missile! Astor City Guard: Most people would've probably preferred this minifigure were replaced by another Ultra Agent, or more bricks that go towards the main build, but I don't mind getting a minifigure like this every once in a while. His torso is a relatively good piece, and I like his face (It was first featured in the older Dino series). Caila Phoenix: Not the most interesting minifigure here, but still decent enough. I like the switch face, one side showing her de-activated visor, and the other with it turned on. I like the attention to detail on her back, and I really like her standard ponytail hairpiece in pink. Psyclone: Cool name, cool costume. He too has a switch face, and while I think the one side that shows his to be an older looking fellow is a strange choice, the other one has probably the coolest printed minifigure mask EVER! I also hope they use his breathing apparatus headgear for feature sci-fi Lego lines. His razor-propeller/flight pack... thing... is simple and neat. Jack Fury: His hairpiece is the main thing I like, but his face, suit and enormous gun are all really sweet! His jetpack could've been much more complex, I think. Motorbike: A bit taller and bulky than I initially thought it would be; I think Lego could've made it a little sleeker and low to the ground. The wheels don't roll that well, but I suspect most children will have it in it's flight mode more often than not, anyway (You can turn the wheels sideways, to make it look like it hover). The stud-shooters function without an problem, and the stickers shouldn't be a huge problem for you. Psyclone's aircraft/flyer/mech: I'm not sure it could've been designed any better than it is! The bricks and shapes are great, the cockpit is easy to access, and it includes a LOT of weapons. The turbines actually do spin with the turn of the rear engine (There's a really neat new Lego piece in each of the aircraft's wings that make this feature possible), and I've found you can actually store the three "money" tiles in the translucent-dark-green compartment/flap that's located behind the pilot's seat. It looks a little less cool when you convert it into it's walker/mech mode, but it's nothing terrible either.
Ultra Agents is one of the best Lego themes out there right now, and I think any fan of Lego, young or old, whether you plan to play with or just display your sets, will be very pleased with the Hurricane Heist. It's got some tricky building techniques, and a great overall selection of parts."
I almost didn't get this set... I'm sure glad I did! FOUR very good minifigures, an awesome U.F.O, and rare EXTRA pieces (Like a yellow antennae and a translucent green tube), in a $25 set? Definitely worth the money in my book.
Supergirl: This one doesn't seem like it would've been a challenge to design, but it still looks wonderful, mostly due to the great detailing on the legs, and even the back of the torso. Not a huge fan of the new cape material, but it's not a big deal. Brainiac: He may look plain, but his torso and face are really cool! It's a shame he didn't come with his hand-held shrink-gun, so I built a custom one for him easily enough. Martian Manhunter: Probably the main reason why most people would want to purchase this set... And understandably so! Manhunter looks epic in Lego form. I thought he would've had printing on his pants, but you hardly notice, because of his sweet, two-piece cape. Superman: Same old Superman. Can't say much about him. I would've preferred a DC superhero we hadn't seen before like Blue Beetle, or Red Tornado (Or better yet, a villain like Reverse Flash, since Brainiac is obviously outmatched, with Martian Manhunter and two Kryptonians fighting him). Of course, asking that ALL FOUR minifigures included be totally new designs would be a bit much to ask. Brainiac's U.F.O: Neat skull face on the front, cool engines with pink thrusters on the back. The silver tentacles are fun, and the green canopy over the control center just rocks. The only thing that brings this vehicles down a bit is the easily-detachable cannon, which falls off so effortlessly because you're meant to launch one of the three heroes into it with the super-jumper, disabling Brainiac. That feature works just fine, and if you'd rather have it attached tightly, it only takes the switching of a few Technic pins to keep it firmly in place.
One of the best sets from the Superheroes line (Marvel or DC) to date! I'm very pleased with this purchase."
Scarlet Witch: Really great attention to detail on the outfit... Her head is the same as Supergirl's, which I suppose isn't so bad, but the hairpiece isn't the right hue or shape, if you're going by the movie. Her accessories confuse me... Why aren't they red, like her power is supposed to be? Ultron Prime: This one is actually better than I thought! The body decals are good, just not very eye-popping. His face is the real impressive part, with the neat red accents weaving through the metallic grey face. I even like the neck/chin piece, but I wish Lego had found a way to make him taller than normal minifigs, like he should be. Hulk: I honestly don't like this version of him any more or less than the one in the previous Avengers sets (I wish Lego had used their Big-Fig resources to give us Abomination or Lizard in a real set, rather than creating Hulk THREE times over... And don't get me started on Ultimate Green Goblin). I guess, though, that the new hair and expression on his face are neat. The skin tone is closer to the movie, too. Iron Man (Mark 43): Most of this armor isn't as flashy as previous Iron Man suits, but I do like the detailing on the mask. Same old Tony Stark face underneath, so, yeah... Hulk Containment Unit: Looks cool from the front, but it's really very open and spacious; You have to use your imagination a little to believe this thing can hold a green gamma monster. The clear rod function on the back works well (You're supposed to knock the Scarlet Witch over with the super-jumper. Be advised, when using the device, keep Iron Man's rocket boots between him and the super-jumper: You can crack the minifigure's legs if you attach him directly to it). Hulkbuster armor: Seriously brilliant, all around. It's sort of awkward how the wrists and knees don't bend or twist, but it's still very articulated. I like the dome piece with the printed-on Iron Man face, and the Hero Factory parts fit in surprisingly well! The arm-mounted stud-shooters work okay, too. Just one thing I had to make note of... Those flaps on the shoulders almost always hinge up when you move the arms, so, that can be weird.
I can certainly see why this set has repeatedly gone out of stock... If you're even remotely interested in this one, get it before it's all sold out!"
"I bought this set while the Spiderman Super Jumper "$50 or more" offer was still going on, so I will review both.
Spiderman Super Jumper:
This mini-build has three extra pieces: A round translucent lime-green stud, a light grey robot hand, and a silver scythe blade/hook. Spiderman: I would've hoped Lego had put another version of Spiderman in this small, limited-time-only set, like Spiderman F.F, or Iron Spider, since we already have so many small sets with this classic one. Spider Drone/Enemy: Pretty decent robot design. I like the silver scythe head pieces on the legs, and the silver domes are cool too.
Avengers Quinjet City Chase:
This set comes with SEVERAL extra pieces, like spare translucent studs that are ammo for the jet's guns, as well as some other rare and useful bricks, like short white rods and an antennae. Vision: Sad to say, I don't enjoy this minifigure as much as I thought I would. The torso and legs are the best parts, but the new cape material is too flimsy for my taste, and I don't think Lego should've made his flesh hot pink; It's just a normal light red in the movie. Black Widow: The best character in the set. Good new hairpiece, awesome printing... The overly-recycled gun molds don't even bother me very much. Ultron: Certainly not bad, although I have two minor criticisms: First off, the trans-orange face is cool, no doubt about it, but his face really ought to still have red pupils; In the movie, Ultron still has defined crimson eyes as Ultron Prime, not just orange energy. Second, his height. Lego could've bulked him up a bit... Maybe made a chin-piece that also has enlarged shoulders, as well as give him a new, longer leg mold. Captain America: Like Vision, not what I expected. Lego has apparently UN-solved the problem with Cap's flesh tone, so he now has brown skin again (A past version of Captain America and a Cyclops figure have both been produced with the correct light flesh tone, so I don't see why this problem turned up again). The decals on the back of the head and uniform are actually better than the stuff on the front, I think. Also, I don't know if this was just my set that had this error, but the red on his vibranium shield seemed to have merged with the white areas, making it a little... pink. Iron Man (Mark 43): Iron Man... Again. Not that this minifig isn't well made, but, c'mon, Iron Man is in WAY too many sets... In the Age of Ultron film, Tony Stark isn't even in this scene. This minifigure, as cool as it is, SHOULD've been replaced by Hawkeye, who not only WAS flying the Quinjet in the movie, but also only has ONE appearance in the AoU line. Cho Truck: Smaller than it is in the film, but that's alright. It's nice and sturdy, even with the exploding function (which works fine). The part that lifts up so Ultron can get taken out with the super-jumper is odd, though, and Vision's cradle doesn't always fit correctly. Still, it's decent enough. Quinjet: A spectacular vehicle for Lego's Marvel theme. Obviously, once again, this one is downsized from it's movie-form, as it can only house about three minifigures inside. What can I say? The cockpit is roomy, the Captain America/Black Widow motorcycle is great, as are the doors that drop it out from the Quinjet's belly. The stickers actually did give me trouble momentarily (The ones on the wings, mainly), but whatever they're made out of, they "un-adhere" from bricks with little to no problem, so you can fix any mistakes. The drop-down rope feature doesn't always work properly, but even so, a rope for your superheroes to swing around on is cool enough. The rear door is neat, but a normal minifigure cannot actually stand straight up in the room. The wings are all pose-able, and while the stud-shooters work fine, I actually don't prefer them to flick-fire missiles... Call me nostalgic.
So... Yeah, I think I actually was actually just a hair disappointing with this one, even with all it's pros. Maybe it could've used more color... Maybe it could've done more with the minifigures... I recommend getting this one if you just mainly want the Quinjet (Which makes sense) and the Black Widow and Vision minifigures... I think, though, that with this one, you can wait 'till it goes on sale."
"I did not get all of Series 13, but of the ones I received, I would say it was a decent-enough wave.
Goblin: This is the one I definitely HAD to get from S13. His dark brown sack is really cool, his new cap/ears piece is nice, with the sewn-on patch decal (They are using a recolored version of this brick for a Marvel Green Goblin minifig in the future!) The face and vest are actually not as impressive as I had thought before I bought him, but I still recommend this guy. If you want him, feel for his sack and his cap through the bad; They are practically unmistakable for any other accessory.
Disco Diva: Got this minifig on accident, but she's still really great. The white roller-skates aren't new (Diner Waitress from S11 had them too); However, the torso piece is very original, and the sleeves' have good detailing. Her giant hairpiece is easy to feel for, and on top of that, this character is VERY common to find, just like the Sherriff and Carpenter. Speaking of which...
Carpenter: My mom actually got this one, but I'll review it. It's neat that they re-used and re-colored that Hard-Hat Emmet hatpiece, now with dark tan hair and an orange-yellow hat. The rest of the minifigures is sort of plain, though. Once again, he's easy to find, even though his parts don't stand out amongst others.
Unicorn Girl: I wasn't trying to get this one either... It's fine for what it is, I suppose. I can imagine a lot of people would want this one, but I don't think it's anything amazing. The tail brick that slips between the torso and hips is inventive, but the rest is bland. Unicorn Girl is moderately rare, but the head, detachable horn, and tail are all easy to recognize through the bag.
Hot Dog Man: Apparently, everyone really liked this one too (I'm more partial to Chicken Suit Guy, Demolition Dummy and Space Alien). Not that I don't think it's creative or well-designed, but if you take away the hotdog costume, he's a pretty generic minifig: Plain grin, light tan shirt, blue pants... This minifigure is SUPER rare. When I was at the Lego store, an employee brought a whole other box for me to root through, and I found ONE Hot Dog Guy in the entire thing. If you happen upon a S13 Minifigure box with some bags missing, chances are that he's already been found by someone. But you'll know immediately when you DO find him, thanks to his gigantic costume.
Paleontologist: Most likely the SECOND-most rare minifigure of the series. I like that Lego is giving us more and more minifigures with shorter-sleeve shirts and hat-hair combination pieces. The Paleontologist has BOTH! The head accessory is harder to find than you would think, but the awesome flat-round stud with a printed-on shell fossil is the only one in the series, and because it's so small, it slips to the bottom of the bag, along with the dinosaur bone. You can't miss it!
Evil Wizard: I felt obligated to get this one, because he's just too over-the-top to ignore. The enormous cape is absolutely great, with the sweet fire design on the inside. He is right in the middle of rare and common, but his dress, fire staff, and awesome beard are all exclusive to him in S13, so you won't have to much trouble locating him.
Fencer: He looks plain, but I'm glad I got him. His epee often gets stuck between the baseplate and instruction sheet, so you won't be able to feel around for it easily, and his face guard isn't too outstanding or recognizable through the bag. However, he shows up a lot in any S13 Minifigure box. And his facial expression is so great, I actually use it for my signature minifigure now!
Way to expensive for my taste. When the first series of minifigs came out, they were 2 bucks. I know they have codes for Lego Minifigures Online, but that's no excuse for them being 4 dollars each now. And I won't review these minifigures in the LMO game, sorry. I don't like the game, and I think it's a disgrace towards Lego Universe, it's far-more superior predecessor."
"I was so glad when the Batman Lego theme returned in 2012, and ever since, I'd been hoping the Arkham Asylum set would be redesigned. The original was decent enough, with Scarecrow, Poison Ivy and Riddler as villains and Nightwing, Batman and two guards to fight criminals. This newer version, however, is even better!
Minifigures: Scarecrow: Probably my favorite character in this whole set. The front and back of his mask/face are nicely detailed. I sort of wished he had actually been designed more like the Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Scarecrow from Batman Begins, with an actual mask piece that slipped over his face, instead of the same old witch/wizard hat, but it looks better in this new dark brown hue, rather than the old, plain black. Definitely a top-notch minifig. Joker: It's great to see Lego giving the Joker his "jail-cell" outfit, instead of the purple suit again. Still kinda want a different hair-piece for him, though. Robin/Nightwing/Red Robin?: Much cooler than I thought he would be; The bo staff, small cape and hood, and all-black pants make Robin look much more stealthy. Policeman/Guard: I know some people would like policeman in their DC sets to help the superheroes out, but I don't think they're necessary. I would've been much happier if Lego had replaced this guard with another Arkham Asylum inmate, like Hush or a new Two-Face... Even a random, unnamed inmate, or perhaps a Joker henchman. Penguin: Pretty neat design all around. The lighter purple short legs are a good rare piece, and the fish accessory is just great. Poison Ivy: I already had a Poison Ivy minifigure before getting Arkham, so I wasn't thrilled to get her again, but she's not a bad minifigure. I think the hair-piece is well done, but the face design isn't too appealing. Batman: I prefer the standard cloth cape to this non-flexible, pretty boring-looking wing piece for Batman; It doesn't cover much of his neck either, so you can see the flesh tone of his head, which bugs me. They fixed the problem of Batman's mask going too far down and not lining up with the white band on his head (At least the one I received did). Harleen Quinzel: I actually like this half-nurse, half-Harley Quinn minifig better than the complete costume, especially since it includes the blonde ponytail, a piece I've not seen anywhere else.
Arkham Asylum Van/Wagon: Fairly compact and smooth design. I'm surprised how big it is on the inside (It's not enormous or anything, but much more so than I initially presumed). I don't mind stickers, big or small, in Lego sets, but be warned the truck has some, as does the actual Arkham building. I do have a problem with the stretcher/containment unit intended for the Joker, though; the cage made up of bar pieces and "droid arms" would be extremely frustrating for a younger builder to stick together, and one of the segments on mine BROKE when I tried to attach it with a minifigure inside. So, I would either suggest avoiding opening/closing the cage all the time, or just take the two middle "droid arms" out of the build: You can still close the sides over a minifig.
Arkham Asylum Gate/Entrance: I like the twin ghoul/wraith--like statues, and the pikes and keys they each hold are cool pieces to own. I wish the fence had been a few segments longer, but oh well. The security camera is a fun addition. Ah yes, and those lanterns... They look REALLY cool, but they are a PAIN to construct. The brown, hollow tube bricks that hold the whole lantern together are nearly too thick to fit through the trans-yellow cylinder. I almost bent one trying to get it to fit; It's THAT hard to push them in place!
Arkham Asylum: A superb piece of Lego architecture! The front door is very neat indeed, with the smooth light brown plates, and another security camera mounted on a wall. The lobby has a pretty awesome desk were you could seat the guard, or Harleen Quinzel at; There's a video monitor, a big red button and a clear coffee mug on top of it. Two the left, there are duel jail cells with a sliding/locking function. The cells are meant for Joker and Scarecrow, but you can detach the prisoners' profile plates for the bars and switch them out with the other villain bios on the right side of the asylum, such as Mr. Freeze's, Poison Ivy's, Two-Face's, and Penguin's. You can turn the villain bio wall 180 degrees to reveal a secret Harley Quinn lair, with her jester cap and a mirror. Just beside all this is an iconic red BATPHONE! I think this is really clever and a great nod to classic Batman. Upstairs, you have another nicely constructed desk, with a swiveling office chair. Then there's a chemistry lab in the middle, where I normally station Scarecrow. There's a computer monitor, vial of green liquid, two other jars of unknown substances, and some weird hinged-drawer thing underneath the work table..? All the way on the left is Poison Ivy's containment unit, with vines growing through the bars, and a potted plant in the corner. The window is shattered, so you can pretend to have the villains escape (Not sure why the bendable rope piece is WHITE; It would be better in boring black, or a dark brown). And at the very top of the tower, there's a cell that appears to be designed to hold Mr. Freeze (Even though he's not in the set; Just his villain bio downstairs). Where Arkham Asylum really shines is the outside design, however! I like the roof, with the short railings and gargoyles (Who have dark grey frogs for heads, and axe-blades for wings). Best of all, you can hide Batman amongst the dark spires, or have Robin run across the slanted shingles of the roof, thanks to the studs sticking out, allowing you to attach minifigure feet. I love the windows, and the whole thing is just sturdy and well-balanced. Not one piece has fallen off or started to disconnect while transporting it, or setting up action scenes.
If you're a DC Superhero fan... Even if you're just a Lego fan... Get this set. It's got a decent amount of fun minifigures, challenging, clever building techniques, and although I mostly just like to present/showcase my Arkham Asylum set, a smaller child would have hours of fun playing with Batman, and having him save the day. Lego recently marked down the price on this set. It's still quite a bit of cash, but I think in the long run, it will be worth it."