"I am going to start this review by noting that I have both versions of this set. The original version was impressive for the time but had SO MANY ISSUES with part consistency and substitutions. It was launched as Lego was expanding operations overseas and suffered A LOT. Parts were missing, parts were the wrong color, some parts had TERRIBLE inconsistancies in the plastic color and some were flat out transluscent and it took MONTHS to get them traded out with Lego due to demand. It was an amazing set with a lot details but man was it a problem one. Mostly I bought the updated set in hopes of having a better made set. That said all the mentioned issues above were addressed and fixed by Lego. I also had none of those issues with the new release. The new version offers a lot... but isn't without issues of its own.
PROS: The biggest of these were the updates to the figures. Almost every figure has better detail and more accurate hair and faces. In every case the figures are excellent. Play feature wise this set has tons. Hidden knobs and levers let you turn and raise weapons and the death star dish and fire the cannons. The garbage compactor has a functioning trap door and crusher. There are operating cranes and elevators and shield generators. The layout was fantastically designed. Allowing scene to scene transitions that follow the movie story. The details are also amazingly well done. The most impressive thing though is just how solid the whole thing is once built. It is easy to pick up and move...but probably too heavy and awkward to do for kids under 10. It is a very stable set for the size.
So-So: This set is great as a play piece but it suffers as a display piece. It is interesting to look at but not the same way the UCS sets are. There is no "skin" to the death star so you are always looking in at the rooms. For a play set it really is good for kids but for adults the spaces are so cramped in spots that it can be tricky to access for posing and play with big hands. This is a weird set...too expensive for most kids to use in daily play and not quite pretty enough for an adult display piece. I think that means it has a narrow market compared to most sets.
Cons: At $500 this set should never have had stickers...at that price we should have gotten decorated parts that were painted. Additionally, the remake while having vastly nicer figures did not update the part count or overhaul the major design features of the DS that much. They made minor changes to reflect updates in parts and blaster mechanics but the part count is only 1 part higher than the original...but they upped the price $100 from the first release. That seems excessive given the 99% identical build of the set. Even with 8 years worth of inflation we should have only seen the price go up $20. The fact that they were still selling the UCS Falcon with 1300 MORE parts for the same $500 price when this was issued shows that value disparity as well.
Overall this is a really, really fun build and it was a really well done set. To be honest though...I'm not sure the remake was worth the extra dollars. For $100 more we should have gotten a skin to cover it with...and price per part we could have if the UCS Falcon part count was an indicator. In the end I don't regret it...but I do feel like this set was just no bargain in the end."
"Pros: Mini-Ant-Man, Nebula Figures are very nice. The base is a fair representation of the base and a couple nice build features to give it its look like the window mountings, security gate and the dining hall. Over all the base is decent and that part is relevant to the movie. It also fits well into the Lego City themes making it an easy add to your town settings.
So-So: Iron Man figure is decent but I felt like they could have given him his lightning cannon like the movie had. Also could have used an infinity glove he could wear...although that would have been a major spoiler so that is understandable. Missed chance there...it was a pivotal part of the scene and would have been pretty easy to add. The car and the helicopter were pretty dang meh. The Car is an okay build and serves as a good play feature. As such it is not terrible but it absolutely should have been the Quantum Tunnel Van from the actual movie instead. The helicopter was bad. There was no reference to it in the movie and it is just ugly...even the kids hate the chopper...should have used the parts to add more to the base or for more figures like WarMachine Mk5 or Mk 6. The vehicles were just meh.
Cons: Stickers always get a set marked down in my book. Hulk and Thanos were just disappointing. They could have at least given us Hulk in the Quantum Suit and glasses...he pretty much wore those his entire time in the movie. Thanos also needed an update to his attire for the set...and they really should have included all the infinity stones but we only got 2. I HATE the Captain Marvel figure...her hair was totally wrong and she was in the movie so little and was so unimportant to the story they should have given us Pepper Potts in the Rescue suit instead. She was a much more important player in the movie and ESPECIALLY this scene. Even Dr. Strange would have been more fitting for the scene. The minion felt unneeded. This scene had so many villain and hero figs they could have used instead they should have just given us one of those instead. Value wise this set just did not bring the heat. Should be 20% cheaper easily based on what we got...and retailers are selling it for that even during the opening weekend of the movie. In fact ALL the marvel sets are 20-30% cheaper even now at Walmart, Target and Amazon."
"So-So: This set has me torn. Its a really fun build for the figures. It just doesn't have much else going...but it does have some good parts and some unique ones too. That said I think the contents probably could have been part of a bunch of the other sets. Then again I do like the pirate build."
"PROS: This set comes with the best vehicle and the best figures from the movie. The sub actually looks very movie accurate. We finally get a Mera figure.
CONS: Stickers. This set really got overpriced by being a Target exclusive. Should have been 25% lower. Target always jacks up their exclusives and for such a big movie this set should have gotten better distribution."
"Overall not a bad concept. That said for the price is was when released it was kinda a rip off. It was not durable with the cardboard frame. At the 50% of rate it was worth it. Honestly though I think it should have had the extra display mount bringing it up to 16 like the non-Marvel version. Additionally that version came with a figure. Mostly though I would have happily paid 15 if the frame was plastic not cardboard."
"Pros: The Venom mech is a fantastic build and lots of fun. It displays well and is really playable and easy to pose. I also like the figure selections. High time we got Spider-Gwen.
Cons: Stickers. Not a fan of the Spider-Mech...doesn't look god on display and isn't as playable. Designers should have just dropped this mech and the price and made the set a big Venom vs normal figures."
"PROS: Finally more of the Ironman suits! Common Lego just make a UCS set with all 42! This is totally the set we wanted. Love the brick built MK 38 Igor. Love the MK 5 figure too as it is still my favorite Ironman. I also love the playable nature of the set and the fact it displays quite well and is modular enough that you can expand it...(hint hint lego...we want to expand it) if they make more armors. Nice details. Well made all around.
CONS: It is pricey per part...but not terrible. Stickers."