NEW LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES GAME, FALL 2013

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (2012-) is a licensed theme based on the heroes and villains from across the Marvel multiverse. The theme incorporates characters and stories from Marvel Entertainment’s cinema, television and comic book franchises. Click for reviews, sets and more about the theme.

Warner Bros., TT Games, LEGO and Marvel have announced that a new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game is in the works, to be released on PC, major consoles and handhelds around Fall 2013.

According to the press release, the game will feature over 100 unlockable Marvel characters and “[offer] an original storyline in which Nick Fury calls upon Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Wolverine and other heroes spanning the Marvel Universe to save Earth from such threats as the vengeance of Loki and the hunger of Galactus, Devourer of the Worlds”.

Game Informer put together a  quick preview of the upcoming game:

Based on the success of previous LEGO games, this entry in the franchise is certainly not unexpected and will no doubt satisfy fans of the light-hearted video game franchise. Click below to for other LEGO games.

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ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (2012-) is a licensed theme based on the heroes and villains from across the Marvel multiverse. The theme incorporates characters and stories from Marvel Entertainment’s cinema, television and comic book franchises. Click for reviews, sets and more about the theme.

LEGO Spider-Man Minifigure

Spider-Man, aka Peter Parker, is a fictional super hero created by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby. Spider-Man first appeared in Marvel Comic’s Amazing Fantasy #15 and remains one of Marvel’s most popular and commercially successful characters.

An orphan raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, a 15 year-old Peter Parker took on the Spider-Man moniker and a range of spider-like super powers after being bitten on the hand by a radioactive spider at a science exhibition.

Spider-Man and Peter Parker minifigures previously appeared in the 2002-2004 LEGO Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 themes which were based on the movies of the same title. This variant comes from the 2012 Marvel Super Heroes theme, and is based on Spider-Man’s appearance in the Ultimate Spider-Man (2012-) cartoon.

In terms of design, this variant is a bit of a mixed bag, despite being a reasonable representation of the cartoon version. The suit design on the front, imprinted over the standard muscular structure, is pretty cool. The head has a web print on the back which is nice. Also, the black spider logo and carefully shaped eye pads are spot on.

The use of negative space on the bottom corners of the front and back torso doesn’t work as the belt extends the full width of the torso, undermining the effect. Inherited from the cartoon, the logo on the back is a bit odd. A black outline around this logo might give it more depth and minimise the colour clash. He could also do with some red boots or knee markings to make the legs a little less blocky.

As with all the super hero characters, this figure is worth getting, simply because of the character he represents, if not for a fantastic design. I got my figure in Spider-Man’s Doc Ock Ambush but he is also available on the Bricklink for a reasonable price if you are not interested in the set.

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HAWKEYE

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (2012-) is a licensed theme based on the heroes and villains from across the Marvel multiverse. The theme incorporates characters and stories from Marvel Entertainment’s cinema, television and comic book franchises. Click for reviews, setsicon and more about the theme.

Hawkeye (Clint Barton) is a sharp-shooting superhero from the Marvel Comics universe. He is best known for being a long-term member of the Avengers roster. Whilst Hawkeye does not have any super-human abilities, his archery skills are second to none. Hawkeye first appeared as a villain alongside the Black Widow in Tales of Suspense #47 (1964), created by Stan Lee and Don Heck.

HAWKEYE

This minifigure is based on Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye from the 2012 Avengers film.

Hawkeye is fitted out with a black and grey armour suit with red and silver trimmings. He has light-flesh coloured arms, one black gloved hand, black hips, legs, and a light brown hair piece. The head is printed on both sides, one side showing an angry, open mouthed expression whilst the alt has a closed mouth expression with silver and red goggles.

The front torso design features various protective armour plates over dark-red zippered under shirt. A dark-grey strap with silver buckle extends across the front and back of the figure. The back is printed with more armour plates and a quiver with three arrows. The legs are printed with leg straps for holding accessories.

Overall this is a well designed figure with lots of detail and careful use of highlight colour. The red print on the chest has a sparkly, silver-flecked texture which is awesome. The quiver print is particularly detailed, if not a little out of proportion. The asymmetrically placed straps on the legs are a nice touch.

From the neck down this is a nice figure. Disappointingly, he doesn’t resemble the comic book character to any great extent, and he is only a so-so match for the film version. The hair piece is a little sad and doesn’t really reflect Hawkeye’s charm. The facial expressions are all wrong, and the goggles wouldn’t look out of place on a certain purple-haired Dame.

Hawkeye comes in two great sets, Hulk’s Hellcarrier Breakouticon and Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escapeicon.

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LOKI

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (2012-) is a licensed theme based on the heroes and villains from across the Marvel multiverse. The theme incorporates characters and stories from Marvel Entertainment’s cinema, television and comic book franchises. Click for reviews, setsicon and more about the theme.

Loki is a fictional super-villain and powerful sorcerer based on the Old Norse god / jötunn of the same name. He first appeared in Venus #6 (1949) and was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby.

Within the Marvel Universe(s) Loki is the adopted brother and archenemy of Thor. Due to his diminutive size, Loki was shamed by his father, King Laufey of the Frost Giants. Upon Laufey’s death, an infant Loki was adopted by Thor’s father, Odin. Loki grew to resent his adoptive brother and father, and his plots to overthrow Asguard and bring about Ragnarök earned him the title of God of Mischief, Madness and Evil. Loki is the primary antagonist in both the Thor (2011) and The Avengers (2012) films.

LOKI

This pint-sized god was released in April 2012 and has appeared in three sets so far.

Loki wears a dark-grey and earth-green longcoat with diagonal gold strips. Under the coat he wears a several straps and a dark-grey chest-plate with silver and gold markings. The coat extends down the front on both legs and incorporates some sneaky crosshatch detail. See gallery below for the design on which this figure is based.

He wears a standard size earth-green cape and a pearl-gold horned helmet. The face shows a worn, determined expression with white-pupilled black eyes and frowning mouth. The back is not printed.

This is a pretty good translation of the film costume and shows a high level of attention to detail. I count five or six layers of clothing on the torso which is pretty impressive given the size of the figure. The gold and silver highlights give this figure a regal appearance befitting a god. The helmet is oversized but somehow this works anyway.

Overall this is a pretty good figure. Not sure why they did not give him a back print, as other figures have been back printed even when they have a cape. I think a black, rather than dark-grey base colour would give this figure a more menacing look.

You can pick up Loki in Loki’s Cosmic Cube EscapeQuinjet Aerial Battle, and Hulk’s Hellcarrier Breakout.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (2012-) is a licensed theme based on the heroes and villains from across the Marvel multiverse. The theme incorporates characters and stories from Marvel Entertainment’s cinema, television and comic book franchises. Click for reviews, setsicon and more about the theme.

Captain America (aka Steve Rogers) is an archetypal hero from the Golden Age of comics. He first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (1941), created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

Having been refused entry to the US Army, a fragile Steve Rogers agreed to take part in Operation: Rebirth. After an injection of super-soldier serum, some idealism and a healthy dose of ‘vita-rays’, Rogers became ‘Captain America’: epitome of human fitness, strength, speed, and agility.

Visit here for more on Captain America’s in-universe biography or if your interested, this book explores the more academic sides of the good Captain.

CAPTAIN AMERICA

A limited-edition variant was exclusively given out at New York Toy Fair 2012.

This variant comes with dark-blue torso, hips, legs, and head, with dark-red gloved hands. The torso and head is printed back and front whilst the legs and hips are not printed.

The head is covered with a dark-blue mask which has black outlines on front and back. The mask is emblazoned with a white ‘A’ and has openings for his eyes and mouth. He has a ‘determined’ expression.

The torso depicts a dark blue suit with black outlines and a white five-point star centred on the chest. The midriff is printed with small zipper, red and white striped belt, and blue and black utility belt with pockets, silver buckle and silver highlights. The suit and shoulder blades are outlined on the upper back and the utility and striped belts extend across the lower back of the figures torso. Silver shoulder straps tie the front and back together.

Its Captain America! And…the torso design is pretty good too. The asymmetrical black outlines of the suit and head are pretty unique and a little better than the standard musculature outlines. I particularly love the way they have outlined the helmet and kept the standard shape, unlike a certain Avenger minifig’s offensively oversized head.

I’ve been a fan of Captain America longer than I have been a fan of LEGO so I had pretty high expectations of this figure. Whilst I was not wholly disappointed, there were a few omissions that should go into future variations. Firstly, the boots – sometimes minifigures can look a little odd with boots but in this case, Cap’s boots are pretty iconic. Secondly, no wings? I suspect this is a limitation of the head printing process but still…little white wings on the helmet would be nice! Lastly, no leg printing? Many of the other Marvel Super Heroes minifigures have leg details so Cap should too!

This austere little guy was released in April 2012 and is available in Captain America’s Avenging Cycle.

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