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niteangel posted a topic in LEGO LicensedMany people looked forward to the new Superman movie <Man of Steel>, but were much disappointed when the movie was not something that they expected. However, I think the first part of the movie about Krypton, the home world of Superman, is quite awesome. The organic high-tech kind of design looks very interesting without being too overwhelming or too different from human's world. Too bad that Lego's Man of Steel series only have the dropship and escape pod, and I think the awesome attack ship by General Zod should also be included. This time, like I did The Bat last time, I bought the movie book to study what this plane really is before starting the brick building. I couldn't believe that it only had one page about this ship, with only this blurry image: This type of ship only appears once in the movie, in which General Zod came to Jor-el's place to stop him from sending Superman to Earth. I have trimmed that little bit of the movie, and see if it helps you recall what I am going to show you. After nearly 2 months I finally completed the model, and it was featured too in the recent Hong Kong Lego exhibition "Bricks Adventure 2013". Now, here is the overall view of what the Man of Steel series should be! Close-up of the cockpit. There is no glass, and with the Krypton technology, why do you need to see the outside? Haha! Also, check the guns at the front, which can be adjusted for different angles. They are the weapons blowing off Jor-el's place... Inside the cockpit, one Kryptonian can be fitted in. The attack ship is basically a bigger dropship, transferring warriors to the battlefield. The center part is empty, and you can fit around 8 soldiers here... The most complicated and difficult part is the wings, which is also the prominent feature of this ship. I guess they take the idea from insects. Each side of the wings have 3 members, each can then be rotated to adjust flight position. I fixed the innermost two parts, leaving only 4 of them being adjustable. Also, the 3 members can be opened outwards or packed together. The concept for all these rotated blades of engines is for the control of flight direction. If the plane is moving forward, the engines along the blades (green parts) will face backwards. If it needs to slow down, the wings will flip to the front, like this: (you can see that in the clip above too) If it needs to stay in the air, the engines (green parts) will face downwards. This is a shot of the back, which features a pair of engine too. Different rows of engines will be turned on depending on the moving direction of the plane (as you can see in the clip) Okay now you know how the wings work. Time to land and find Superman! There are quite some design considerations during the development. I decided to keep the same kind of color and form that the original Lego series had set up, but at the same time I had to follow what the movie had designed (the dropship was not completely like the original!). It is quite a struggle. In the movie, there is no green color, but I prefer what Lego did with the green color, since it is what Kryptonite is like in the comics. Also, I keep the details from the dropship: tan base plates, shooting missiles...etc. The hardest part is the pair of wings. I have redesigned it four times, trying to keep the same design and form but making it lighter so that the hinges can withstand the long blades. Now it is slightly supported too by the top part of the plane, which is okay for now. I may improve it by using some Technic pieces later. Now everything is set, the Kryptonian war begins!
After seeing getting the exclusive Jor El figure and seeing Man of Steel, I thought I'd add my own decal for Jor El's Robe that he wears most in the movie, for better realism. I won't spoil the movie with where you will find this in the movie, just thought I'd share this version of him with you, see what you all think. This will not be one of the prints coming up for my Phoenix Custom Bricks figs, so no issue here, feel free to use but not for your own profit without permission. Update: there's an issue with my usual picture sharing site, so for now, I'll just provide links to my Flickr pics of the torso designs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/79156616@N03/9484653588/ - Torso Clear Decal version http://www.flickr.com/photos/79156616@N03/9484653570/ - Torso Flesh Face version Legs for these will be added soon, hopefully, to complement it, for anyone looking to use these.
Review: 5001623 Jor-El Polybag Hello, and welcome to my very first Eurobricks review! Sadly, because of his dark colors, it's fairly difficult to get all the tiny details photographed without over-exposing the edges. But hopefully that won't detract too much from this review. And don't ask about the funky number, that's just what Bricklink and Brickset said. Set Number: 5001623 Name: Jor-El Theme: Super Heroes Subtheme: DC Universe Year of Release: 2013 Pieces: 5 Minifigs: 1 Price: N/A (Free Polybag with $75 purchase.) First, the packaging, which is typical for a polybag. The front has a picture of the completed minifigure, and the back is covered in copyright notices and warnings. The image is probably of Krypton judging by the red sun. But other than that, it contains few details. Jor-El is highlighted by an unusual white glow, and as was noted back when the figure was leaked, it's lacking any character design in the upper right-hand corner. After opening the bag, I was shocked to see that the cape is loose, with no cardboard protecting it against unwanted bending/creasing. Elrond's cape may have been done the same way, but it's still something to consider. Thankfully, there was no damage to any of the parts, and they all look great. Once built, the great printing really begins to shine. Like most polys, Jor-El is a Chinese-made figure, with the arm stamps and ever so slightly reduced quality. But the face printing quickly puts away any doubts regarding his worth. There's some back printing, and it's identical to Superman's, but sadly there's not alternate face print. Probably because the hair piece wouldn't be able to cover the beard in back. Now, as were many people, I was surprised to see that the Jor-El minifigure is considerable darker than the Kal-El/Superman minifigure. Of course, part of it is the cape, as Jor-El uses dark brown as opposed to Kal-El's bright red. As you can see, the cape makes some difference but even so, Jor-El's plastic is a few shades darker. Here's a nice family picture...Plus Zod. Sadly, Jor-El's darker printing doesn't show up very well, and this allows the sheer awesomeness that is Zod to stand out. Also, the armor doesn't look nearly as cool on Super-Daddy. Results: Design: 4- It's a great print, and filled with details. He may not have a second face, and the printing may be nearly identical to Superman's, but it's still "Super." Value: 3- I didn't have to pay for it, but the listing price on Lego.com is $5. It's a bit steep for one minifigure and no build, but it's a rarer figure, and unlike the CMFs, you know what you're getting. Playability: 3- It's a minifigure...With no accessories, no flick-fire missiles, no tiny useless build, and no ADU gun. On it's own it's got a certain degree of playability, but needs more to live up to it's full potential. Overall: 4- It's the perfect choice for a poly. He's a bigger player in the movie, but isn't big enough to be in any of the other sets. He's desirable, a great design, but this isn't robbing a different set of an integral character. (Looking at you Iron Patriot.) "Kneel before Zod." -SteampunkDoc
Name: Superman: Black Zero Escape Setnumber: 76009 Theme: DC Superheroes Year: 2013 Parts: 168 Minifig: 3 Price: €26,99 Last monday the new Superheroes sets were added at the german Shop@Home site including all three Man of Steel sets. Without hesitation I ordered the middlesized set because of the three main characters and the nice selection of parts it seems to include. Here is my review. Enjoy. First of all the box. Front with action filled scene of the complete set. The side shows the new Superman figure in all its detailed glory. At the back you get another view of the set with some explanations of the main playfeatures. The sliding door was a little surprise for me. The content of the box. Two numbered bags, one comicbook, one instruction booklet and a small DSS. The DSS. I didn't apply the stickers so don't look for them on the complete model. The comicbook with random page. A lot of action in it and I think it contains a few spoilers for the final film. The instruction manual. Some picture as the box front. Also a random page. Contents of bag one without minigfigs. Nice part selection. The new gun. Cool piece. A great addition to every minifig arsenal. The two figures from bag one, Superman and Zod. Both figures got backprinting and doublesided faces. Notice the similarities on both bodies. A nice touch to show their same birthplanet. Zods body armour. Great pieces and usefull for any sci-fi themed figure. Really lovely. Full suited. The build of the base? I don't know where this place is located (inside a ship/spacestation?) but I hope the film will give an explanation. Very plain in my opinion with unexciting features. Spare parts. Nothing special. Contents of bag two without minifig. Again, very nice selection. Pieces of interest. SNOT! Nuff said. Lois Lane. Nice printig on both sides and a doublesided face. The hairpiece is ok, but I think there would be a more accurate piece for the character. More on this later. Now onto the escape pod. Pretty simple build with some nice snotting. The overall look is ok but there are a few big gaps at the front. Base Main body One of two sidepanels with nice details, but wait... ... its all covered up by two slopes as you can see on the model. Why? Shameless waste of pieces. The back of the pod with lots of thrusters. Complete pod with Lois. Spare parts. Again nothing special except the trans 1x1 round plate. The complete set with minifigs. All figures together. Sweet lineup. Comic and Movie version comparision. Notice the identical face. Now to a little bonus feature. Both, Superman and Lois, got hairpieces that didn't fit their movie versions well. For example Supes didn't sport the "s" curl in the movie. Here I tried a few alternate looks for both characters. Supes Lois, more movie accurate. Lois, comic version. Final thoughts Playability: 5/10 A few playfeatures but nothing exciting. Without the movie there is not much to see and the set feels a little plain. Where is it? What is it? Questions which hurt the score. Minifig: 9/10 The three main characters with great details and looks. Only the choice of hairpieces could have been better. Parts: 9/10 Great selection of parts in nice colours and the fantastic body armour and gun makes this set interesting. Price: 6/10 It is a little bit high for such a mediocre set. There is some shameless part use which could have been used better or cheapen the price. Total: 31/40 Score is better than imagined but the sellpoint to it are the minifigs, the armour and gun. As a parts pack it is ok, as a set to display it lacks excitment.