Let’s just deal with the major issue right away. When the official reveal for set 76281 hit, you could practically hear the collective gasp from LEGO fans around the world. An average of ten cents per piece tends to be the benchmark for judging the value of a set, but the X-Men’s aerial transport clocks in at nearly twenty-five cents per piece. I saw a lot of comments online from people writing the set off because of the price alone. So, exactly what is it that’s commanding such a lofty price tag? Back in the 90s, superhero cartoons were all the rage, and one of the most popular was X-Men. And Disney+ is about to debut a new animated series called X-Men ’97, a direct sequel to that previous animated adventure. And a new series means new merchandise, including a LEGO tie-in set featuring four of the most popular mutants as well as the X-Men’s main mode of transportation, the X-Jet (aka The Blackbird). We got our hands on a copy and we’re determined to give it a fair shake. So, for now, put thoughts of price out of your head and let’s find out if the X-Jet can soar or if a crash landing is inevitable. 76281 X-Men X-Jet comes with 359 pieces and will be available on January 1st for US $84.99 | CAN $109.99 | UK £74.99
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.
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The G.I. Joe Wolverine was one of my favorite toys as a kid, and Big Easy Bricks is giving it the love it deserves with this near 1:1 brick recreation. Every slope and vent and piece of greebling from the original toy is accounted for and, thanks to a set of reproduction stickers, you’d almost be forgiven for thinking this was a picture of the vintage vehicle. There are even some upgrades on this version, like a pull-out storage rack for extra missiles. The Wolverine feels oft forgotten about in discussions of 80s nostalgia. Maybe it’s the unfortunate mutant-shared name. Maybe it’s the fact that it came with a female driver in the early 80s boy-toy market. But I’m happy Big Easy Bricks has let us know the Wolverine still has some fans out there. Because, after all, knowing is half the battle…
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.
Juggernaut and rampage are two words in the English language you don’t want to hear together and yet here we are. This particular Juggernaut is in reference to the X-Men baddy whose schtick is using his bullet-shaped head as a battering ram. For some reason when I try the same thing the results are less than optimal. Here we see Wolverine either trying to stop him or going for a ride on the massive belligerent brawler’s back. Either way, this portion of the X-Mansion is surely about to turn into rubble. This fun X-Men LEGO diorama is brought to you by The Brothers Brick alumni Tim Lydy. I really like Juggernaut’s running stance and Wolverine’s leap lines created with clear flex tubes are a nifty touch. It appears as if Wolverine was tasked with mowing the lawn just as the big bruiser came barreling through.
This epic LEGO diorama sees Wolverine squaring up against impossible odds; somehow you know your money’s still going to be on Logan though. Builder Joshua Morris notes that this sense of scale and danger was the inspiration behind the model.
The use of the knee-high walls and the devastated street do a great job of framing the scale and power of the three sentinels. Lower the lights and the menace–factor increases, the glowing eyes and chest plates setting the mood; looking to the entire world like the very best comic book illustration.
Wolverine and his claws, for some reason is a very popular Iron Builder Subject. I’m not sure why, maybe he’s the rough and tumble guy we all love, or more likely we all made the SNIKT! sounds as kids with knives in our hands. And in true Iron Builder form Letranger Absurde (vitreolum) brings us another iconic Wolverine build:
In particular the hair is masterfully done, particularly the iconic sideburns and pointy tips.
I couldn’t decide which I liked better. I really couldn’t. The heat is on between Andrew Lee and Simon Liu with this most recent Iron Builder. I (along with many other girls my age) really find Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine easy on the eyes, so there’s a point there. But the GRID is just so stunning.
I don’t envy the judges.
Although many fans of the X-Men can’t abide 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I have a special fondness for the film. When I was layed up in the hospital for a week it played every 6 hours or so on the limited selection of cable TV channels, so I got to know the film quite well. Timed perfectly with the interval of my morphine drip I found it very entertaining, with memorable lines like “I think there’s a naked man in our barn”, “Activate the Deadpool!” and my personal favorite “Wow. Koo-koo-ka-choo got screwed.”
Moving along, Project Azazel brings the films central moment to life with an outstanding diorama he simply titles: “The Wolverine”.