11 June 2021

REVIEW: LEGO Marvel Avengers Helicarrier

To the skies!

It's been a damn while since we last dipped our toes into the happy world of LEGO and we're glad to be back with such an awesome set. Including several old and current characters from the MCU, we check out set number 76153, the Avengers Helicarrier.

The last time LEGO released a model of the huge in-universe Helicarrier, it was an equally mammoth set. This time round we have a far more manageable thing, with a greater emphasis on play. This LEGO Marvel Avengers Helicarrier features a scaled down vehicle comprising of 1244 pieces, seven minifigures, and a buildable M.O.D.O.K.

The carrier itself is 37cm in length, making it a hefty plaything. It is, however, still 'swooshable', and we found that even little hands could hold it a loft and whizz it around. Sitting atop the Helicarrier is a detachable mini-craft for one figure, and both vehicles have projectile shooters.

But before we get into the experience of building this thing, we need to talk about the minifigures. LEGO collectors will be drooling over this set, as it features Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Nick Fury and also versions of War Machine, Captain Marvel and an AIM Agent that all have special built-up parts. War Machine is a mini sub-build in himself.

However, most attention may fall on M.O.D.O.K. With a new (and hilarious) animated show about the villain hitting Disney+, this is a great time to get him in LEGO form. And what a form! The unique printed face, the internal 'brain' build, and the shooting missiles make him a great inclusion to the set, despite it being hard to take the character seriously since seeing the new show.

Obviously the vast majority of those 1200+ pieces of the LEGO Marvel Avengers Helicarrier go into the Helicarrier itself. A fun build, we weren't overly tested when it cam to assembling it and for the most part you can expect 'studs on top' conventional building. However, the Helicarrier features an action that sees the four rotor blades spin as you push it along the ground. To get this working requires lots of Technic parts, so kids without experience of this might find it a challenge.

And in fact, that Technic structure, with a mass of cogs and drives shafts, actually steals the vast majority of internal space within the Helicarrier. Apart from room up front in the bridge for three figures, and a special holding bay at the back for a captured M.O.D.O.K., that's your lot. Other space and figure placement and play is relegated to the top deck, which is something of shame. At nearly 40cm in length, we would have liked more space inside.

Still, with great play features like a firing cannon, the detachable fighter, and the multitude of awesome minifigures, the LEGO Marvel Avengers Helicarrier 76153 is a definite win and a worthy addition to any LEGO collection. Marvel fans will come for the characters and the play, and LEGO fans will enjoy the build and rare figures. Check it out.

Around £100

Available from amazon.co.uk

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