Not every Marvel LEGO set has to be a tense action scene. A recently revealed set, 76200 Bro Thor’s New Asgard, captures one of the quieter moments from Avengers: Endgame with tons of movie-accurate details and some very interesting exclusive minifigures. This 265 piece set can be pre-ordered now at LEGO.com, and will be generally available starting August 1st for US $29.99 | CAN $39.99 | UK £27.99. Come along as we take a deep dive into the unique squalor of this Marvel Man-Cave!
The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.
The box and contents
Packaged in a thumb-punch box, this set features Infinity Saga theme styling. Thanos’ visage stares at us from the right corner, but the rest of the box art features a much more domestic scene. A photograph of the town of New Asgard is set off in the blurry distance, with the interior of Thor’s home the main focus. Normally you’d expect to see stud-shooters blasting as heroic characters take on some cinematic baddies, but that’s not the case here. It’s a refreshing change to see the characters just sitting on a couch enjoying pizza and video games.
Admittedly, the back of the box does have an “action shot” of sorts as Thor slices some pizza with his mighty Stormbreaker axe. It’s also worth pointing out the semi-adorable change of “Movie Thanos” into a LEGO version on the right.
I’m in favor of LEGO using stickers to enhance a set with graphics that wouldn’t otherwise be cost-effective to include, and this set has a bunch of really great artwork to spice things up.
There’s a fun group shot of Thor, Valkyrie, Korg, and Miek, presumably taken during the events of Thor: Ragnarok. There’s also a copy of the local newspaper, “New Asgard Times” that introduces a bit of a continuity error to this set. The headline is “5 years after the blip” – an accurate time frame for this set, but with bad terminology. The problem is that “The Blip” refers to the time span from when half the population of the universe disappeared at the end of Avengers: Infinity War until their return in the later half of Endgame – an event that hadn’t yet happened. At this point in the movie they had no idea anyone would be coming back, so the paper really should be titled “5 years after the vanishing” or something like that. Or maybe the New Asgard Times has an oracle on their staff. Comic book movies. Logic need not always apply.
Less problematic, and a lot more funny, are these three pizza boxes. “Storm Baker’s Pizza” is a great pun, and the slice of pizza incorporated into the axe is just *chef’s kiss* sweet. The set also comes with a 2×2 round printed pizza tile and four printed pizza slices on 1×1 quarter-circle tiles. (Our review copy had six slices, but the official part count lists only four.)
In terms of “general parts”, 2021 is really the year for sand green. The 21327 Typewriter came with a ton of elements in that color, and this set also has a decent amount in a wide range of shapes.
The build starts off pretty simple with a sign that welcomes you to New Asgard. This is a recreation of a sign that’s seen in the movie, and the translation to brick form is pretty accurate. That’s all the set includes from the larger “New Asgard” world, though. From here on out, we move indoors to where the action(?) is.
Thor’s home is a pretty straightforward build, but it still manages to be engaging. This is due mainly to the huge amount of detail the designers were able to pack into the roughly 14×14 stud footprint. The very first steps include little touches like a cookie and pizza slice mushed into the floorboards, and a chest full of empty bottles (and a fish!) set waaaay too close to a lit fireplace.
Another small detail that made me smile is that LEGO decided to include some 1×1 transparent yellow plate to represent beer in the floor-mounted keg. While on display it’s unlikely anyone will ever see these plates, so it’s a little Easter egg just for the set builder.
The exterior of the home isn’t neglected, either. The door has a small stone stoop with round tile “stones” adding texture.
All of the sand green elements we mentioned earlier are used to make this comfy couch. The use of 1×1 dome brick for the armrests works really well, and the overall shape is very nice. It’s wide enough to sit three minifigures comfortably, and it’s a design that could easily be re-used in custom builds.
As the interior starts to come together, you can see that the walls have some visual interest with exposed brickwork and that the window is open to (hopefully) get a little fresh air into the cramped, and probably not-great-smelling, space.
Another enjoyable mini-build is the TV and game console. A sticker provides a view of a LEGO-ized Fortnite game, with an incoming chat from “Noob.M” – presumably the infamous “Noobmaster69”. If you’ve forgotten that moment from the film, Noobmaster was bullying Korg in-game, leading to one of the best Thor quotes ever: “Noobmaster, hey, it’s Thor again. You know, the God of Thunder? Listen, buddy, if you don’t log off this game immediately, I am gonna fly over to your house, come down to that basement you’re hiding in, rip off your arms and shove them up your butt!”
Words to live by. Don’t be a jerk online. Or in general. M’kay?
Anyway. Once the walls are up, the rest of the set dressing can happen. There are tons of little things to catch your eye, ranging from a dark blue micro-fig trophy (that in my head-cannon is a Captain America action figure), a pitchfork, a model ship, an oar, and a wealth of bottles and pizza boxes.
The finished model
The completed build has plenty of room for the three included minifigures to relax in, with easy access to pose them as you see fit. There’s even a clip on the wall behind the TV for Stormbreaker to hang on.
The only “play deficiency” is that while there’s a front door, there’s really no way for the characters to use it. The couch and beer keg completely block the entrance into the main room. There is a tiny place for a figure to stand, though. So maybe Thor just hops over the arm of the couch to greet the pizza delivery guy.
This set comes with three exclusive minifigures. (Well, two minifigures and a head.) We get shirtless “Bro Thor”, video game enthusiast Korg, and tiny purple bug friend Miek.
Bro Thor is the highlight of the set for me. He has a new dual-sided print for his torso, and an exclusive leg print. His face and hair are new for 2021, matching Thor’s appearance in other Infinity Saga sets.
While it seems possible we’ll see the overweight torso print appear again in the future, it seems likely that these plaid pants with belly-overhang print will remain forever exclusive to Bro Thor.
Thor’s friend Korg is also full of unique bits. Other than his plain tan slacks, all of his parts are exclusive. (Okay, his accessories aren’t new. This color of headphones also appeared in 76384 Harry Potter Herbology Class, and the video game controller appeared in the series 19 Collectible Minifigures) We’ve seen other members of the Kronan race appear as “Big Fig” style characters in the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 video game, so it’s sort of a shame we didn’t see Korg get that upscaled treatment here. Still, this smaller version is better than not having a Korg at all.
Korg has a new hairpiece in sand blue, and all-new dual-sided torso and head prints. He also has dual-molded arms in tan and sand blue.
Miek, the diminutive insectoid alien companion of Korg, was apparently a bit of a challenge to translate into brick form. We get a very minimalist approach of just a standard minifigure head stuck on two round 1×1 plates. Yet…somehow…it works. As that’s a new head print, that makes Miek an exclusive minifigure, too. Well, at least a portion of one.
Conclusion and recommendation
This is a LEGO set I never expected to see, and I’m not ashamed to say it filled me with a level of delight to build it. At $30 US for 265 pieces, the price-per-part ratio is just over 11-cents-per, which is maybe a little high, but something I feel is completely offset by the exclusive minifigures and wealth of interesting parts. The build is fun, quick, and engaging, there is an abundance of great movie-accurate details, and it’s not yet another Marvel fight scene. I think this is a set that will fill a previously unnoticed void in many collector’s displays, and will also work as a small parts pack for those who aren’t looking for a slice of Asgardian life (or pizza). Make room for Bro Thor in your heart, and also in your LEGO budget. You’ll be glad you did.
LEGO Marvel Infinity Saga 76200 Bro Thor’s New Asgard can be pre-ordered now at LEGO.com, and will be generally available starting August 1st for US $29.99 | CAN $39.99 | UK £27.99. It may also available via third-party sellers on Amazon and eBay.
The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.
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