Building the Avengers

“Some people move on. But not us. Not us.”

When I was younger, LEGO was my favourite toy. Star Wars LEGO was my personal favourite, but I’d mix and match different minifigures together to make Marvel Superheroes, because, at the time, MARVEL and LEGO weren’t in business together.

Jump forward some fifteen to twenty years and that’s finally changed. A bit too late for my LEGO playing, mind you, but that doesn’t matter right now. Because a few years ago, my girlfriend reignited my passion for LEGO when she bought me Darth Maul’s Sith Infiltrator for my birthday. Since then, I’ve picked up the occasional new set: an X-Wing here, a Batmobile there. I enjoy the building process, and they tend to make decent display items, and the collecting aspect gives me a hobby to pursue.

So of course, with MARVEL currently dominating the cinema world, and LEGO hoping to capitalise on that, I finally took the plunge and decided to make a little MARVEL display, buying my first set – 76032 – The Avengers Quinjet City Chase.

I had decided to go for this one because it had several key Avengers; Captain America, Iron Man and Black Widow, as well as Vision and Ultron. Furthermore, it featured the Quinjet – the vehicle that has appeared most frequently in the Marvel movies. From there, I planned to collect the various other Avengers, and that would be my display.

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what it was like because the eBay seller I bought the set off sent me the wrong one. And instead of 76032, I received 76051 – Super Hero Airport Battle.

I spoke to the seller, and we agreed that I would keep the set I received (which I didn’t mind because it usually sold for a higher price). The build was very easy, with the Quinjet leaning towards the small side, and the Airport having not very much to it. The most interesting feature was the ‘giant Ant-Man’ (or Giant Man), which despite being brick-built greatly resembles a minifigure.

However, the stocky size of the Quinjet made me think that I could do better. So I sold it. And the airport background. And the Scarlet Witch figure. And the Winter Soldier figure (I regret that last part). In doing so, I made all my money back, but still had Captain America, Iron Man, Giant Man and War Machine in my possession.

I then set about collecting other figures through eBay whenever I found a deal that was less than a few pounds, and managed to rack up Thor, Hawkeye and Falcon. Then, a while later, with my Quinjet search still not yielding any promising results, I instead decided to go for a different ship after finding a decent sale on Amazon; 76107 – Thanos: Ultimate Battle.

The build consists of the front half of the Guardians of the Galaxy’s new ship, the Benatar. It features a bright orange colour scheme and some interesting techniques that make it quite unlike your standard spaceships. It also comes with a strong selection of minifigures – Star-Lord, Gamora, Iron Man and Thanos, with his iconic Infinity Gauntlet.

The build wasn’t hard; nor was it all that time-consuming. And the end result, despite its fairly high price tag (very glad I bought it on sale) felt incomplete.

Mostly because it is. But we’ll get to that later.

I continued towards my goal became collecting the Avengers, but now figured I might as well add the Guardians of the Galaxy to my collection; or at least try to collect every character who had their name in the title of a film (ie. the original Avengers and Guardians, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther, the Wasp and Captain Marvel).

I spent a fair bit of time wondering whether or not the Benatar was worth keeping, but a year later, I saw the second half of the ship on sale, and figured I may as well buy it, get the figures, and if I didn’t like the complete model I could sell the set; once again, more or less, making my money back. That second half came in 76102 – Thor’s Weapon Quest:

As you can see, this set specifically focuses on the pod that ejects from the Benatar and allows Thor, Rocket and Groot to travel to Nidavellir in the film Infinity War. Like the main portion of the Benatar, the pod was a fun little piece of kit to put together, and slots onto the back of the main ship, giving it some added length. I toyed with the fins on the back of the film to extend the length further, although I still reckon it needs some further modifications, but overall, the two sets together looked a lot better than they did apart. I later found two more good deals on eBay*, bumping my collection of heroes up to: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Hulk*, Black Widow*, Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket and Groot.

It had become a neat little collection, but it looked a bit out of place having the various Avengers assembled in front of the Benatar. By this time, word of the Avengers: Endgame sets had hit the web, and a new Quinjet was promised. I figured that soon enough, I would buy the Quinjet, thus completing the first phase of my collection, and then, maybe, sell off the Benatar.

Once the new Endgame sets hit stores, I found an eBay seller selling the Avengers jet for half-price, due to the lack of figures. Due to my already owning Thor, Rocket, Black Widow and Hawkeye, I figured it was a fair trade-off, and promptly purchased 76126 – Avengers Ultimate Quinet:

I sat down to watch Captain America: Civil War, and got to building. The first portion of the set, the body, promised a sizeable set, initially starting off looking like not much of anything, and quickly transitioning into a rather impressive body of a jet. The two wings were rather repetitive, but fairly quick to assemble, and attatched to the main portion of the ship made up the most screen-accurate LEGO Quinjet to date. Obviously, at the time of writing, I haven’t seen Endgame yet, but having recently rewatched Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the set looks like it’s been plucked directly from one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. hangars featured in that film.

However, this in turn presented another problem – the Quinjet is significantly larger than the Benatar. They’re just toys, so it’s fine. But to my eye, as a display piece, it makes them look a bit odd that a jet is significantly larger than a spaceship.

Still, I’m very happy with my assembled Quinjet. I’m still working on collecting those various figures (I got a great deal on a Doctor Strange figure that’s in the mail as we speak), with Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, the Wasp and Drax (who is being sold for ludicrous prices, considering this is just a small lump of plastic) to go, so the endgame, as it were, doesn’t seem too far off. Plus, with one of the newer trailers highlighting the continued importance of the Guardians’ new ship in Endgame, it looks like it might be worth keeping it round as part of my display for now…

I’ll need to get some stands for the two ships, but as of now, things are looking pretty good (please ignore my shoddily erected stand for the Benatar – I know it doesn’t look great):

(I don’t know why, but the quality of this picture looks great in the editor, but garbage in the preview. Once again, WordPress is against me it seems)

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