The one constant about Tony Stark is that he’s always working on upgrades; portable suitcase armor, Hulkbuster add-ons, nanotech. And now it seems he’s helping his friends armor up with a line of Marvel Mechs from LEGO. Miles Morales, Thor, and Cap already got in on the fun, and now Wolverine and Black Panther are joining Tony in a new wave. Does mech armor make the hero as much as clothes make the man? Or are these largely extraneous accessories for what are already Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Let’s find out with a closer look at 76202 Wolverine Mech Armor (142 pieces, US $9.99 | CAN $13.99 | UK £8.99), 76203 Iron Man Mech Armor (131 pieces, US $9.99 | CAN $13.99 | UK £8.99), and 76204 Black Panther Mech Armor (125 pieces, US $9.99 | CAN $13.99 | UK £8.99), which are scheduled to drop on April 1st.
The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with early copies of these sets for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.
Jarvis, give me a link where people can click to read more about this. Attaboy.
Spoilers ahead! If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of Maevel’s “What If…?” on Disney+ then you’ll want to avoid checking out this awesome Killmonger drone from talented TBB alum Simon Liu. Otherwise, come take a look with us!
Originally designed by Killmonger as a school project, the Liberator combat drone reached its full potential in the hands of Tony Stark. The drones saw action against the armies of Wakanda but were ultimately defeated.
Simon must have built this quickly since the Liberator drone has only been seen on screens since Wednesday. This drone makes excellent use of dark green with white highlights. I love the shaping of the torso and arms, as they look pretty accurate to what we saw in the episode. That red eye is so intimidating and shows that you don’t need a super complex LEGO building technique to pull off a cool effect.
I woke up this morning to hear of the sad and devastating news that Chadwick Boseman had passed away after a four-year battle with colon cancer. While he may be most well known for his portrayal of King T’Challa in Black Panther and the Avenger tie-in movies, he shall also be remembered for his exceptional portrayal of Jackie Robinson in 42 where his performance was praised by the industry and film critics. In honour of his passing, Andreas Lenander has created an image of our hero walking into the distance.
An exceptional man who not only understood the struggles of the black community but also set the stage to inspire others, just as he was inspired before. One of his most powerful speeches was his acknowledgment of standing on the shoulders of giants at last year’s American Film Institute awards. I’ve watched it countless times and always marveled at how his humility shines through. Let it be known that you too, Chadwick Boseman, a true king in your own right, have set the path for future generations that would be inspired by you, and stand on your shoulders of success.
Gone but never forgotten, rest in peace, King Chadwick Boseman.
Many people seem to have more time on their hands recently, with much of normal life disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. And as a result, contests are popping up out of the woodwork to give LEGO builders some inspiration, whether it’s Reverse Engineering or Alphabet Starfighters. Included in that is one called Style It Up, where the rules dictate color choices and style rather than content. Since the first week’s challenge is to build something with only one color, jnj_bricks went straight to black. As in black panther. Now, if you have ever tried to photograph LEGO, you know it can be a challenge to get the lighting right. When your build is black, it gets about a billion times harder because it reflects everything. Yet this cat is perfectly captured mid-step, standing out against the black foliage.
A lot has gone into the panther, with teeny tiny parts giving it an organic shape. I see flippers, a mohawk, and a cap, to name a few. But minifig arms and gobs of horns for the grass add further details, and the scene as a whole is both dynamic and vibrant, despite being monochrome.
Feel inspired? There is still time to hop over and get some entries in.
The first two sets to be released for the upcoming Marvel blockbuster, Black Panther are available for pre-order at both Amazon and Walmart. Rhino Face-Off by the Mine (76099) is is priced at $19.99 and the Royal Talon Fighter Attach (76100) is priced at $29.99. Both sets are due to be released on the first week of January 2018.
You can support The Brothers Brick by pre-ordering your sets via the Amazon links below:
Rhino Face-Off by the Mine (76099)
The Royal Talon Fighter (76100)
See more set images and a comparison of Black Panther minifigures