Review: 6868 Hulk's Helicarrier Breakout
Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:06 PM
6868 Hulk's Helicarrier Breakout
Price: 49.99 USD
Minifigs: Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, and Loki
Back of Box. Here we have both FAZZZZZZOW and BTOOM! Great stuff.
The Manual cover is pretty much like the box.
The Sticker Sheet. This one's not too bad. I'm definitely going to use the "Space Invaders" one, though I'm going to put it on a tile and not the little flag piece in the set. I'm disappointed that the S.H.I.E.L.D. Eagle ones are stickers. I hate applying stickers to round pieces. I can never get them lined up right. I really wish those were printed because I think they'd really add something to the jet.
We get three numbered bags and a little soft plastic prison for Hulk.
Hulk is grouped with Bag 1 in the build.
Bag 1 comes with Hawkeye, Hulk and the little jet. This bag all by itself would have made an awesome set. Just saying.
And here's the completed build. It's a sweet little jet. I love the dark blue and the build is more clever than it looks since it has the cockpit roof that can be jettisoned. The controls are simply one joystick. It's put on a technic pin that is a little loose so it doesn't want to stay in one place and flops around. *insert joke here*
Bag 2. We start on the main part of the lab. This one has Loki in it.
Bag 3 finishes the lab and has Thor in it.
Completed Lab. I like it. While not a complete building, it's a fairly decent sized playset. I don't know how anyone is supposed to make it to the computers above the holding cell, though. Maybe Hulk gives them a boost.
Spare bits. Really surprised about the extra staff. Not sure that it was intentional.
For the play features, see my complete Flicker set.
And now the main attraction:
Overall the Hulk fig is nice. My main complaint is pose-ability. Only his arms move. I would have loved to have him turn his head or bend at the waist. A turnable head would also have allowed the possibility of have a different head with a different expression which would also have been nice. His hair is also not removable. He does look impressive despite all of that. Really, I think Lego could have done a better job with this. I think as a main character, e should have more pose-ability than the old castle troll or the Wampa.
The other figs. Loki looks good. No back printing or alternate face, though?
Thor looks great. Mjolnir doesn't look as impressive as it could. I'm guessing this is because they want to reuse it for other themes.
Hawkeye looks nice. The torso printing is excellent, he even has a quiver printed in back. I really don't like his face, though. The new composite bow more than makes up for that.
Loki's face is familiar...
Not the exact same print but it might as well be. What's the point of doing a new print if it doesn't look all that different from a previous one?
My Marvel Heroes so far.
My final thoughts:
Build- Excellent. I really enjoyed the whole build process. There's a lot of nice parts in there.
Minifigures- All main characters and they look great for the most part.
Value- Price to piece ratio is pretty bad. There are some larger pieces in here though. I really think this should only have been a $40 set. I'm willing to overlook it just this once for Hulk's sake.
My Rating: 8/10
Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:54 PM
Personally, I'm not big on this set. As usual, the minifigs are nice, but the set is pretty bare-bones for the asking price. I'll be happy to skip this one (even if it means forgoing the Hulk minifigure...)
Great review as usual!
Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:53 PM
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:39 PM
Just need to see the inventory on Bricklink (of this and the other Marvel sets) and the Aussie price tag before I commit to buying any Marvel stuff.
That space invaders sticker is great, one of the best reasons to get this set (that and Hulk/Hawk-eye/Thor)
If I buy this then all I need to figure out is where to get Iron Man... :)
Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:49 PM
As for the lab itself, the pieces are very nice, that's why I rated the set above average, but again it seems like it'll be a set I'll expand upon. It doesn't seem like the parts/price ratio is very good at all, but that's what you get with a license set.
I'm on the fence with this, it's the only way (For now) to get the Hulk. I don't know whether I'll wait it out just in case TLC decide to make another set with Hulk in or not.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:37 PM
One thing I noticed in the background......Shield powered by Octan ! (the two drums on a small platform)
Pity Hulk isn't more pose-able, but the other figures make up for it.....ah, Hawkeye with that compound bow !
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:45 PM
I am not a huge fan of this set, even if the price was lower. But I agree I would definitely want to wait until a deep discount happened (who knows when that will be).
I don't particularly care for the Hulk in general, let alone this figure, but I doubt they would do him any other way. I did like the Edward Norton movie though, not sure why they excluded him from the new movie, but I digress.
This set doesn't have a lot of useful pieces, but will be purchased only for the minifigs, which is similar to a lot of people. I will probably get it for completeness sake, but I won't be happy about it. And knowing TLG they will release a new Hulk set in the coming years that will blow this one out of the water.
I am glad to get a Hawkeye figure, but I want him in his non-shield uniform.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:59 PM
I'm still trying to figure out what those trans-blue pannels are! Are they suppose to be windows or something? In which case, thats just awful.
Hulk definitely makes the set for me though! And I take comfort knowing that in three years he'll be worth as much as this set is now totally warrants a purchase! However I'm gonna wait for may so I can get the little hulk to go with him
Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:01 AM
I am on the fence with this set. On one hand we have some cool minifigs. Then on the other we have a "Home One" type set, with a central area and a vehicle. I suppose it is alright though with some nice parts. I don't think I will be picking this one up, although it would be a good chance to get that other "Hulk" promo minifig.
Overall I would rate this set at 7/10.
Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:23 AM
For me I would go for the minifigures. NEW HULK, LOKI, HAWKEYE, THOR. WOW.
The mjolnir looked ordinary though, could be better with some wordings on it, as seen in the comics.
Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:54 PM
Lex Luthor's head. Sorry for the slight blurriness.
Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:27 PM
Posted 04 April 2012 - 03:36 AM
Thanks!, I think Loki looks way better with Supermans head (despite the chin), Bruce Wayne's head is way too serious and Loki is quite a bit more of a fun character.
I think I might put gold arms on him aswell, when I get him.
Edited by deskp, 04 April 2012 - 03:36 AM.
Posted 04 April 2012 - 03:43 AM
I think I might put gold arms on him aswell, when I get him.
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