One of the most exciting things about a fresh season of LEGO sets, is when they release a small set with lots of minifigures in them. We may be a bit biased as LEGO Minifigure collectors, but this set is a fun one. Four minifigures!
Uk RRP £11.99, you usually can’t expect a lot from the mini-sets. Previously, we’ve seen a Batman and The Penguin mini-set as well as an Iron Man vs The Mandarin set, but this one is a bit of extra special. While the previous mini sets have either a craft or vehicle – this set makes the most of the four minifigures and makes the flyer vehicle out of the minifiugres. An unusual move on LEGO’s part, but creative enough to allow them to essentially sell four minifigures for just over £10. Accounting for the extra bricks, it’s safe to view this product as a four-minifigure purchase (at the Collectable £2.49 rate).
But is it worth it? It appears as though the Iron Man suit IS actually unique to the set. Although the larger Age of Ultron sets seem to be consistent in featuring the MK43 Iron Man, this set seems to be the only one currently to feature the MK45 suit (not unlike the style of the previous Iron Man vs The Mandarin set which contained the unique and arguably the best Iron Man suit, the “Heartbreaker”). Equally, it appears as though the standard Ultron drones in this set are exclusive to the set. Assuming no further sets are released, this is the only set that contains the basic Ultron drones that appear in multitudes throughout the film (based only on the trailer at the time of writing!).
This means two things. Collectors will need to either purchase this set to gain one of the basic Ultron minifigures or acquire them through other means. But would need to purchase this set anyway to acquire the MK45 Iron Man suit. On the other hand, this is an ultimate set for battle-building scenes, as you get three identical Ultron figures which is a quick and efficient way to build up a large number of them.
The set build itself is understandably simple, using both the torsos and the legs of the Ultron minifigures as parts of the larger flying drone vehicle. They are creatively integrated into the vehicle in ways I’ve not seen in previous LEGO sets, so it’s quite a fun and unusual set to build. That said, at the end of the build I immediately dismantled the craft to re-assemlbe the minifigures.
It’s also the first time that the 2015-introduced ‘Super-Jumper’ brick (that enables minifigures to be spring-bounced around) is included into a set that’s under the £20 price mark (previously the DC Green Lantern set).
All-in-all, I can see this set being an instant fix to any child who comes out of the 2015 Avengers film and wants to play around with the characters in LEGO form. It’s not a complicated build, but does come with four great minifigures. It was a must-buy for me in order to get the Ultron drones – but to be honest – I would say it was worthwhile purchase and good value for what you get. If nothing else, you will get an abundance of blue LEGO studs! Any LEGO gamer will know – that’s an instant win!