Lego SHIELD Helicarrier Cost & Set Comparison

A Side Of Ham's Lego Set Comparison 2015

Lego recently revealed the massive SHIELD Helicarrier (76042) will be almost 3,000 pieces, with a $349.00 price tag. It can be really difficult to imagine the size of the larger Lego sets, and the box artwork doesn’t help. Chris McVeigh (Powerpig), of A Side of Ham, has created a really nifty comparison between the Helicarrier and some of the other large Lego releases. So in the end, it looks like the Helicarrier = 3 Modulars wide. Whoa.

Check out the full size set comparison chart over on A Side of Ham: http://powerpig.tumblr.com/post/109770763981/the-reveal-of-legos-76042-the-shield-helicarrier

The Massive SHIELD Helicarrier (76042) Is Ready For Take Off

Lego Super Heroes, The SHIELD Helicarrier 76042 Box
There have been rumors for a few months that Lego would be releasing a SHIELD Helicarrier (and many huge Lego Ideas projects). It is not a rumor anymore, Lego has just announced the Lego Super Heroes, The SHIELD Helicarrier (76042) from the Avengers film will be released soon. The biggest problem about such a set is the scale, it is just so large that what everyone wants is just not a feasible release. It would be either too big or too small. What we get here is an amalgamation of a few scales in order to best represent the massive flying fortress. Interestingly, there is a whole set of Minifigures, and Microfigures (Mini-Minifigures).

The Helicarrier will include 2,996 pieces, and will retail for about $349.99. It will be available on March 1st. Just in time for the Avengers: Age of Ultron film in May.

Lego Super Heroes, The SHIELD Helicarrier 76042 Profile

This thing is huge.  It is 2 1/2 feet long (31″ or 80cm) long and almost almost 1 foot tall (11″ or 29cm). The included Quinjets are a nice touch; even if they are way out of scale. The tinnier Fighter Jets fit in much better but are less recognizable. This seems like a good compromise, by including both Lego is giving you options for how to display this.

Lego Super Heroes, The SHIELD Helicarrier 76042

Even though this is not the typical kids playset, Lego has still included a handful of play features. The engine rotors are internally connected and can be turned with just one handle movement. The top deck, runway, can be removed to reveal a fully featured bridge. Both of these features can be connected with the Lego Power Functions, which will light up the interior and spin the engines automatically.

Lego Super Heroes, The SHIELD Helicarrier 76042 Open

One of the coolest details is the fully detailed bridge. With the Microfigures it is looking semi-accurate to the film version.

Lego Super Heroes, The SHIELD Helicarrier 76042 Bridge

There are 12 Microfigures! 4 of the main heroes and 8 SHIELD agents. These are a great way to incorporate the characters into the Helicarrier without being too far out of scale. Interestingly, the two female characters that are included as Minifigures are not represented as Microfigures. The good news is that SHIELD Agent Maria Hill gets an exclusive Minifigure here. Hopefully she won’t stay exclusive for too long…

Lego Super Heroes, The SHIELD Helicarrier 76042 Mini Minifigures Lego Super Heroes, The SHIELD Helicarrier 76042 Minifigures

Build and display the huge SHIELD Helicarrier!

Take on the challenge of building this awesome LEGO® model of The SHIELD Helicarrier. Construct the flying aircraft carrier with 2 runways, microscale Quinjets, fighter jets and ground support vehicles. The set also comes with many of your favorite LEGO Marvel Super Heroes minifigures, plus 12 microfigures to display on deck and within the highly detailed interior. Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill, plus an iconic SHIELD eagle stand to display them on.
  • Features 3 microscale Quinjets, 3 fighter jets, a gasoline truck, 2 forklift trucks, 2 runways, 4 road blockades, armored exterior with translucent elements, detailed interior, plus 12 microfigures (Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Captain America, Iron Man and 8 SHIELD agents).
  • Also includes a detailed runway.
  • Weapons include Hawkeye’s bow, Black Widow’s gun and Captain America’s shield.
  • SHIELD Agent Maria Hill minifigure is new for spring 2015!
  • Includes a plaque with facts about The SHIELD Helicarrier.
  • Add lights and spinning rotors to the Helicarrier with the 88000, 8883 and 8870 LEGO® Power Functions sets (sold separately).
  • Rotors can also be turned manually.
  • Includes a display stand.
  • Helicarrier measures over 11” (29cm) high, 31” (80cm) long and 17” (45cm) wide
  • Each Quinjet measures over 1” (3cm) high, 2” (7cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide
  • Minifigure stand measures over 4” (12cm) high, and 2” (6cm deep) and 6” (16cm wide)


Also, make sure to watch the Lego Design Video embedded above or over here: http://youtu.be/3O422YCyzjs

The Lego Super Friends Project: 31 Custom Figures

JustJon's Custom Lego Super Friends, Superheroes

The Lego Friends figures have proven to be extremely customizable. These 31 custom figures that make up the Lego Super Friends Project prove just that. Created by JustJon, this project was revealed over the 31 days of July. In order to curate a list of possible customs figures, social media was heavily used to reach a wide audience with a wide variety of opinions. The 31 superheroes contain a good mix of characters from DC Comics and Marvel Comics. These figures were made with the use of Lego Minifigures accessories, hair pieces, and a little bit of paint. The larger size (compared to a Minifigure) makes it a whole lot easier to do custom paint work.

“I began the project surreptitiously by posing the question “Who is your favorite super heroine?” on my social networks. I took note of the characters people named and started creating a list on my white board, with the left side containing numbers for the days they were released on and the right side a list of potential characters to make. Once I began creating the custom minifigures, I made sure that each fit into the role of super heroine (as some people did request villains), that no character would be repeated in alternate costumes, and that I would release one per day for the entire month of July. I tried to vary the characters to appease to different audiences and keep things interesting for myself by using characters who were well known in the popular culture and those who were lesser known.” — JustJon

The complete roster of the Lego Super Friends Project includes: Supergirl, Phoenix, Black Widow, Sue Storm, Polaris, Storm, Batgirl, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Captain Marvel, X-23, Stargirl, Zatanna, Psylocke, Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Mary Marvel, Catwoman, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Woman, Saturn Girl, Dazzler, Firestar, Kabuki, Hawkeye, Black Cat, Gamora, Jubilee, Black Canary, Hit-Girl, and Raven.

JustJon's Custom Lego Super Friends, Superheroes, Batgirl JustJon's Custom Lego Friends Superheroes, Jubilee JustJon's Custom Lego Friends Superheroes, Hit Girl JustJon's Custom Lego Friends Superheroes, Black Widow

The creator of this project, JustJon, has opened up an Etsy store where some of these custom figures (and more) are available for purchase: https://www.etsy.com/shop/justjon

More details on the Lego Super Friends Project can be found here: http://www.justjon.net/lego/the-lego-super-friends-project/

I am Lego Groot

Almost everybody’s favorite Guardian of the Galaxy is Groot. This character has an interesting past, he started out as a villain all the way back in 1960. He didn’t reform his ways until he met Peter Quill (Starlord). It turns out that Groot is a Monarch (Floral Colossus) from Planet X. With the recent rise in popularity comes a whole lot of Lego MOCs. Not surprisingly most of them are trying to recreate the dancing “baby” Groot scene at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy. Here are just a few of the many Lego Groots out there:

Tyler's Lego Groot, I am Groot

“I am Groot” is the creation of Tyler (Legohaulic), and can be viewed over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/legohaulic/14885786161/

Sean and Steph Mayo's Lego Baby Groot

Sean and Steph Mayo created “Baby Groot” and can be found on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/legocy/15909759895/

Sparkytron's Lego Groot

There is also the super cute “LEGO Groot” created by Sparkytron over on DeviantArt: http://sparkytron.deviantart.com/art/LEGO-Groot-479615477

Chris McVeigh's Lego We are Groot

And finally, Chris McVeigh has created the awesome “We are Groot” (Brick Sketch #32), which can be found on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/powerpig/14978763016

Excelsior! A Lego Modular Comic Book Store

SargeantSasquatch's Lego Modular Comic Book Store

Lego has really got something going with their Modulars Buildings. There have been 9 full sets released since 2007, and there are no signs of this theme slowing down. There are credible rumors going around that the next official release will be the Lego Modular Detective Agency. With a release in January 2015. Even with a yearly (roughly) release schedule people can’t get enough of these. There are hundreds of well built MOCs expanding on this theme out there. See the Cafe Corner inspired Lovely Hotel, or Emma’s Place as examples. This new MOC called the Lego Modular Comic Book Store, has been built by SargeantSasquatch. It features a small comic shop, and an apartment above.

SargeantSasquatch's Lego Modular Comic Book Store Back SargeantSasquatch's Lego Modular Comic Book Store Side

This Lego Comic Book Store is built at 16 studs wide (1/2 the normal modular size). It features a red, tan, and blue color scheme. Which is very reminiscent of the famous Cafe Corner. The main attraction is the store. Which wisely uses the recent Lego Super Heroes theme to help populate the shelves. The details are great, with Batmans Wings above the door, Captain Americas Shield in the display window, and even costume hanging on the wall.

SargeantSasquatch's Lego Modular Comic Book Store Merch

Sitting above the comic shop is a fully furnished apartment. Which is similar to the official Pet Shop. The ground floor features a really awesome red sofa and chair. Plus a sleek flat screen television. This spiral staircase leads up to the second floor which is the bedroom.

SargeantSasquatch's Lego Modular Comic Book Store House

Check out this Lego Modular Comic Book Store built by SargeantSasquatch over on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/lego/comments/2lfcsu/comic_book_store_modular/

 

Lego Comics With The Hulk and Captain America, or “I remember when comics were 30 cents”

monsterbrick's Lego Comics, The Hulk 59

Hulk Smash Lego bricks. These Lego versions of comic book covers are the creation of monsterbricks. The Lego comic book covers are also relief sculptures. Where a 3D image/figure is sculpted in front of the background. In this case it is The Incredible Hulk breaking through the ground, literally breaking out of the background and into your face. This is even more pronounced with the Captain America cover below. These Comic-Bricks (Lego Comics) are extremely fun. The overall design is greatly supported by the typography and logos, which is difficult to replicate with Lego bricks. Here the lettering is using a combination of brick built letters, and custom printed tiles. The end result is great. Check out the custom UPCs, price tags, publisher icons, etc. These are great recreations of their real life comic book inspirations; The Incredible Hulk #59, and Captain America #109.

monsterbrick's Lego Comics, Captain America by Jack Kirby. Comic Bricks 109

Lego has had great success with their Super Heroes theme. It is a little bit weird that they have managed to license both Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Lego has been releasing mostly modern themed comic book stuff. With just a little of the classic or silver-age represented (The 1966 Batmobile). It would be awesome if Lego were to release 1 or 2 sets a year based on the golden-age or silver-age stuff. Imagine all the possibilities with Minifigures based on Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Steve Ditko, Stan Lee, and John Romita designs.

monsterbrick's Lego Comics, Approved By The Comics Code Authority

This post has been approved by the Comics Code Authority.

Check out monsterbrick’s Brick-Comics (Lego Comics) over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/monsterbrick/15408223229/

This Lego Hulkbuster Armor Is Ready To Fight The Hulk

KaLor's Lego Hulkbuster, Iron Man

Most Lego Hulkbuster Armor builds focus on size. Most of them end up towering over the official Hulk figure. Although there is a certain charm to seeing a such a massive Iron Man, having a more proper scale version is awesome. Over on Lego Ideas, Ka.Lor has proposed their version of the Hulkbuster. By not having to design a full pilot cage for an Iron Man Minifigure, Ka.Lor is able to focus on mobility and structure. The end result is a Hulkbuster that is amazingly tiny, yet still incredibly imposing. Some of the details here are great, such at the Lego binoculars being used for fingers, Minifig hands being used for various clips, and even tiny Lego pistols being used to define the chest shape.

KaLor's Lego Hulkbuster, Iron Man Back

Check out, and vote for this Lego Hulkbuster over on Lego Ideas: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/58065

There is also the Lego Iron Man: Hulkbuster Project over here: http://legogenre.com/the-iron-man-hulkbuster-project/

StarkLab: Helmet Rapair. A Slick Lego Iron Man MOC.

Vlad Hernandez's Lego Iron Man, StarkLab Helmet Repair

“Tony’s helmet had been malfunctioning lately so he brought it out to make some repairs.”

Small Lego vignettes are super popular right now. There is a certain charm about creating a tiny set for your favorite Minifigures. Vlad Hernandez took his recent Lego Iron Man themed StarkLab: Helmet Repair display to another level by adding multiple light sources. There are a total of 4 LEDs embedded in an 8×8 stud space. The most impressive is the customized Tony Stark Minifigure, where the LEDs help show off that embedded Arc Reactor. Iron Man’s helmet and 2 gizmos are also lit up. Now if only someone could take this level of care creating some sort of super Hall of Armor.

Vlad Hernandez's Lego Iron Man, StarkLab Helmet Repair 02

Check out more of StarkLab: Helmet Repair over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/futuristicvlad/15551683175/

Also, you can see a whole lot more Iron Man stuff here: http://legogenre.com/tag/iron-man/