Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:53 PM
The new Superheroes look great! Save maybe The Hulk, but I'll get to him in a minute.
I thought the Captain would look odd with the armor, but it looks like it suits him well. It's not overly-bulky, but it's not thin and floaty either. The kneecaps and the shield look great, and I'm glad that the wings were included on the side of his head- I almost thought they forgot to include them when I was looking at the promo pics! Great looking guy, one I really would like to pick up.
Iron Man is next, and I really think the HF system suits him(or at least Stark's armor). I don't if it was intentional or not, but the friction-cups on the legs make the legs look more proportionate to the rest of the body, and I quite like the look. The red and gold armor looks great, I'm thrilled about the torsos for shoulder armor- Not only do they provide us with two additional new, red Hero Torsos, they cover the shoulders and give that rounded feel to the armor, like in the movies, and I really like how that is. Printing for the face and torso armor is great, as is the ammo chain.. For the life of me, I can't figure out how the trans icy-blue part that looks like it's shooting energy bolts attatches. I see the red plus axle, and then..? I am confused.
Overall the set is brilliant, and is my favorite of the series.
And finally, I move on to the Incredibly Horrific Hulk.
From the front I think he looks alright. The new upper-torso armor works alright, the head looks comically-angry, like the Hulk, and he's got proper big fists to match the character. He's got blue cladding for pants, stubby green legs, and green feet, all which match the Hulk we know and tolerate. Again, not bad, our badly-tempered Hero looks okay, but then I see the metallic 'armor' used for the torso, and I have to wonder.. why? Surely the designers could have used a Breez torso without print, that would have worked better, or even just a piece of green, non-torso cladding. Here, that metallic piece looks odd, much more so than the shoulders, which I could get if they were armor (or doors ripped off cars and slapped to his shoulders), but not the torso. I mean, really. The upper arms are a bit of an issue too, again you can use an unprinted lime-green new Hero torso for the arms, you did it with Iron Man after all, why not Hulk? Again, if I try really hard, I could imagine some form of armor there, or maybe it's just that our big green buddy's been burnt or something. From the front, it's not too bad.
Then, we proceed to the back.
I had a literal facepalm moment. Not kidding. Ate a bagel, raged a little bit, then sat down and stared AT THE BACK.
It's not like there's anything wrong with having a gaping hole in the 'armor' there.. Typing on a computer, it's hard to be sarcastic. I bet kids might have complained while 'testing' the toys that the Hulk with no back makes him look (vulnerable and) weak, and I would agree with them. It just looks so empty back there. One piece of gunmetal Hero Torso cladding would have cured that up, or a Savage Planet paw piece, like used on the back of Iron Man. There is no excuse for that decision to have the back left open like that. Take away some of those bone pieces just hanging there on the back, and slap a piece of torso armor on the back. It's just that simple. I'd be fine with set as it is, with the gunmetal armor and the comical face and the lack of fingers if there was just some REAL BACK ARMOR.
Honestly. I'd buy the set for parts, but if I had to choose only two sets out of the three, I'd leave Hulk out. He's got lots of bone pieces, and recolors, but in the end it's just not worth it.
Overall, I think TLG made a good effort. A few simple improvements on one of the figures would make the set great, maybe even lessen the price, but for now it's.. okay. I do hope this isn't the end of the Superheroes series, and I look forward to seeing what Lego's got planned as time moves on.