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RavaLamp posted a topic in LEGO LicensedFlameo my fellow Avatar fans, I’m a huge fan of ATLA and I need your help. Recently I have submitted a project on LEGO IDEAS, it's the Spirit Oasis from Avatar: The Last Airbender. As you might know LEGO IDEAS is a website which allows users to submit ideas for Lego products to be turned into potential sets. So If my project reaches 10.000 supporters it may become an official LEGO Product. Many Avatar Fans including me would love to purchase another LEGO ATLA Set since the original sets from 2006 are not available anymore. Check out my project: The Spirit Oasis Project on LEGO IDEAS All you need to do is press the support button and create a free LEGO Account if necessary. Thanks a lot, Every supporter counts!
Firstly I’d like to mention the biggest controversy with this set. It had been delayed for about two weeks here in the UK due to a production problem. The friction between the Technic pieces and the legs of the ant model were very loose. The updated sets have extra ‘2M Cross Axle W. Groove’ and ‘Nose Cone Small 1X1’ for each leg to make them more stable and it’s a successful change. I did try and use it without those two addition pieces (how it was originally produced) and they were not strong enough to hold the model with a little pressure on it, it would just want to get squashed. Nothing else was changed besides the instructions; the boxes are the same, without any changes, It’s hardly noticeable. I’m not sure if this is the same case for the U.S. as they have been available there since the June 1st release date. I’m not sure it they would go up in value or not. The Brick Fan has a picture of the two different instructions manuals for anyone who is still curious: http://www.thebrickf...tle-76039-issue When I first heard that that a set would be produced based on Marvel’s Ant-Man film I was shocked like many others because LEGO only releases sets based on one Marvel movie per year as shown in recent years ever since the ‘Super Heroes theme has been around . I hope that this trend continues in the future. So next year we would have an entire wave based on ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and at least one set based on ‘Doctor Strange’ around the same price as this set. It is a shame that LEGO never produced more sets based on the ‘Ant-Man’ movie, it has much more potential but I guess it could have got overloaded like the ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ sets. Packaging Once again we have the Marvel Super Heroes banner across the top of the box which has the Ant-Man picture on the top right hand corner. The artwork showing the set is great as Ant-Man comes to the rescue to stop Yellow Jacket throwing screws and LEGO bricks across the floor or table. I would just like to point out that if this is indeed the final battle in a kid’s bedroom as the trailer suggests, then why on earth are there loose screws? Sometimes designers could have poetic licence so that may be the reason why. The bottom right has the movie logo as well as showing you the Minifigures included in the set. The new addition of the super jumper graphic makes it seem like only two Minifigures are included and they are showing you the ant-man Minifigure again as an example since the Ant-Man and Hank Pym figures are very similar in design. Minifigures This set contains three exclusive Minifigures: Ant-Man, Yellow Jacket and Hank Pym. The Ant-Man (Scott Lang) Minifigure’s printing is spot on in comparison to the movie however it could have easily had arm printing. The main problem I have is the helmet, in the movie it’s completely covered hoover in this set it looks like they when between the comics and the movie with the mouth opening. I personally think it could have been how early LEGO designs these sets. Not many people know that the studios send them early concept art which is why some scenes that sets depict which don’t appear in the final cut of the movies because changes were made in the production of the movie. These toy and product designs are done way before the movie is even filmed. Another problem with this set is the reuse of existing Minifigure heads in this case its Ezra Bridger’s head from Star Wars: Rebels. The printing on Yellow Jacket (Darren Cross) again is spot on besides not having arm printing. Its problem lies with the dark silver colour chosen, in the movie its black. This time LEGO has decided to reuse typical bad guy head which has also been used in many other sets, it suits him so I cannot complain. His mechanical harness is my biggest problem, it’s great for kids with the ability to move them and to shoot the studs, for collectors and perfectionist like me I would have recommended that they should have used ‘Leg W Ø3.2 Shaft 1/2 M’ in Black with yellow printing on it. I’m currently trying to figure out the design of my own. The harness itself is really bulky and it’s annoying that they used a tan piece which does not fit will with the contemporary design of the figure. Finally the most controversial figure: Hank Pym. This Minifigure is the most basic of the three with minimal printing since he was the original Ant-Man before hiring Scott Lang. He uses the Gandalf’s head which was also reused in the new Jurassic World sets. Hank Pym also comes with an extra black head piece to presumably cover his entire face since the helmet didn’t? I believe he might have flashbacks in the movie of him as Ant-Man. This could also be a figure that never shows up in the movie as it could have just been a scraped idea during early production. I don’t believe an old Hank Pym could shrink anymore which is why he retired; we have to wait until we see the movie in about a month! The complete set took about 30-45 minutes to assemble. This set contains 2 numbered bags (1-2) you also get the pair of wings loose in the box. Thankfully mine were not creased. This set has one instruction manual, a comic adventure which features all three sets from the Summer 2015 Marvel wave. The comic for Ant-Man is nothing special other than showing the same thing as the box where Yellow Jacket is tossing around screws and LEGO bricks. Most people normally dread stickers but I’m so thankful for LEGO making the graphics as stickers since The ‘LEGO’ logo can be used on other colours of ‘Flat Tile 2X2, Round’ pieces since they are clear backed. Someone did mention they are not but that may be for certain countries. I defiantly need to Bricklink a couple of the sticker sheets for my upcoming MOC’s! Bag 1 features all the smaller builds and accessories including the white base with the ‘giant’ LEGO bricks representing a ‘Bright Red, Brick 1x1 and a ‘Bright Yellow, Plate 1x2’ The set also comes with the regular ‘Bright Red, Brick 1x1 and a ‘Bright Yellow, Plate 1x2’ to scale back when the figures are at their normal sizes. When pictures first surfaced of the set these quickly caught my attention. The LEGO bricks really set a scale for the Minifigures in context but you can also use them as regular Minifigures. Now it makes me wonder if the LEGO bricks will be in the movie, or if it's just a nod to the LEGO brand! The trailer does feature some simple blocks and other toys but I guess this made the most sense for a LEGO product to have ‘giant’ LEGO bricks. The screws are a very nice small build; it makes you want to build some large tools to go with them. The bag also contains two small ‘Earth Blue’ ants which are really cool. As I mentioned before, a super jumper is included. I would really discourage you using them since they chip the back of the legs. I really hope LEGO fixes this for those kids; otherwise they will have broken Minifigures within a few months of play. It also contains Ant-Man (Scott Lang) and Yellow Jacket (Darren Cross) Bag 2 features the Hank Pym Minifigure and main ‘flying ant’ build which I over looked. The model starts with building the main framework for the legs and wing attachments. The legs have very limited movement due to the large leg pieces uses. The second part is the abdomen which is defiantly the heaviest part of the build. I partially like the why the designer rendered the back as it’s so sleek. The head is the final part of the ant’s main body with its cool transparent yellow eyes and small mouth details at the front. The wings are attached last which are connected to the main body with a single ball joint each which allows for full articulation. One problem I did come across is that that the ball joint areas are besides the seating area for Ant-Man so the legs slightly rub against them when placing him in and it also limits you from moving the figure forward or backwards. It’s an easy adjustment though, you can use a ‘Cross Axle 7M’ and place a ‘1/2 Bush’ at either side before you place the ‘Ball Cup 3M Ø10.2.’ The wing pieces themselves are really cool and realistic since they have the small textures. I also dislike how the Technic beams are exposed on the wing joints; you could easily fix that by replacing the two ‘Crossaxle 3M With Knob’ with two ‘Cross Axle 3M if you are going to keep the wings tightly attached. I guess with the why LEGO have designed it gives you an option on how tight you want the wings attached. I really like that they didn’t be really lazy and included grey or black pieces for the bottom, instead the when realistic and added the ‘New Dark Red’ pieces across bottom of the entire build of the flying ant. You can also see some small amount of pink pieces which are not just there for fun, do believe they are added as realistic details. The actual build was pretty decent for its price. The model is very sturdy and nothing has fallen apart after swooshing it around for a couple of hours. Final Analysis/ Conclusion I absolutely adore this flying ant, is size is fairly small for the price of the set. Since this is a singular set from a specific movie the production value of the pair of wings and the two new helmets greatly affected how much the designer could put into the set. I’m not complaining about the size of the ant, it’s a perfect size and I wouldn’t change the size or the model, even those minor quibbles because I won’t be playing with it. I just feel it’s slightly small for the price. The addition of the ‘giant’ LEGO bricks and catapult feature, small ants, screws all set the scene and give a full sample of what you can expect from the movie. For £19.99 you cannot go wrong; it’s a great impulse buy from a movie and you don’t need to get tons of sets to get all the characters. The Minifigures, model’s and playability is all there. This is defiantly one of the best set around this price that LEGO has released in a few years. Good job designer. It appeals to me more than the current larger models on the market for sure. I got it for the Minifigures; boy was is a surprise and a successful set overall! Design: 9/10 – The design of all the elements in this set are amazing and the way they have been rendered and executed in the movie context is just outstanding! There are a few small clever details, references and jokes in this set. Build: 9/10 – The build was quite refreshing from the normal cars and boats in the Super Heroes theme. Minifigs: 9/10 – Ant-Man, Yellow Jacket and Hank Pym are all exclusive and will mostly likely never be rereleased in future sets in these variants, as Marvel is guaranteed to update and alter the designs for future movies. Playability: 9/10 – A great playset, including a ‘flying’ ant and a catapult; what else can you get for £19.99! The ant model is mostly adjustable besides the limited movement on the legs. Parts: 9/10 – This set mostly consists ‘New Dark Red’ and ‘Earth Blue elements ‘as well as a hint of dark pink. It does include one or two odd exclusive recolours and don’t forget the exclusive helmets. Price: 9/10 – The overall models feel slightly small but the price is somewhat higher due to possible costs for new helmet moulds and the wings, the fact the price is fairly low it’s hard not avoid. Overall: 9/10 – Defiantly everything a young kid would want, some small nit-picks may frustrate AFOL’s and fans of the movies/ comics. I really hope you enjoyed this in depth review; feedback and criticism is much appreciated. You can find the full album of pictures here: https://www.flickr.c...157652352125904