The LEGO Marvel theme has been moving towards the adult-oriented builders more and more and the latest addition to the lineup is the Hulkbuster (76210). This set has 4,049 pieces and retails for $549.99 which by far is the most expensive Marvel set that LEGO has released but does the final product warrant that price?
The set does include one minifigure which is Tony Stark. This version of him shows him with a partial Iron Man armor. Half the the torso shows him in the Mark XLIII armor since he wears that in Avengers: Age of Ultron when Vision is born. The double-sided head has been used before with the HUD on one side.
On to the Hulkbuster itself, the finished build seems a bit off. The torso looks way off compared to the arms and legs like it has been extended a bit too much. The reason for this is to add in the Iron Man Figure (76206) that was released earlier this year. The shoulder and chest panels open up the reveal the hollowness inside with a small area to put Iron Man inside. It has to be very stiff to put it in or else something will get caught up inside. After that, the panels can easily close and the head dome can come down.
For the articulation of the Hulkbuster, there is very little. The arms are very stiff due to the amount of gear pieces used. I assume it’s to give the arm some stability when you raise it up but it’s a bit tight when you turn it.
The elbows have some bend in it and the wrists and fingers are also articulated. It seems the the Hulkbuster hasn’t worked out as the arms are pretty thin compared to the rest of the body but that is countered by the armor on the forearms.
The back of the Hulkbuster has a pearl-gold canopy going down the middle and is flanked by the thrusters that can open out. I’m actually unsure of why the openings in the back since the Hulkbuster vs. Hulk scene doesn’t show anything opening back there.
One thing that doesn’t have articulation are the legs. There is literally no movable joints besides the small armor piece at the knees above the glow in the dark pieces.
There are some electronics that are in the set including the arc reactor and the repulsors on each of the hands. The arc reactor lights up when you push the button in the middle of the chest. The light bricks on hands are activated by pushing on top of the hands.
There’s a lot of greebling details throughout the Hulkbuster to make it look more robotic starting at the lower waist and at the thighs and feet. It makes use of gray and gold pieces for various details and the look okay. I do like the use of the small robot arms for the pneumatics at the knees.
With good detailing, there’s also a lot of bad ones. The main thing is the amount of gaps in various areas thoughout the Hulkbuster. The largest one is probably the areas around the shoulder joints. It just looks pretty bad there with a huge gap at the armor pieces. There’s also some noticeable gaps around the ankle area as well which exposes how incomplete that area is.
Lastly, there’s a display stand for the Tony minifigure as well as a stickered plaque with details of the Hulkbuster.
Overall, the LEGO Marvel Hulkbuster (76210) is set that won’t sit well with many fans. It’s a set that we didn’t really need considering that The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition (76105) was a far superior set which was released just a few years ago at a good price point while this one is 4 1/2 times more expensive coming in at $549.99. One of the main issues with the set is the proportions of the Hulkbuster which is off in various areas but mainly the torso since it had make room for the Iron Man Figure.
There are some things that I did like about it, however, the negatives of the set very much outweighs the positives. It’s nothing against the designer but the Hulkbuster wasn’t something that we really needed and so far the last two adult-oriented Marvel sets are a complete miss. I’ve been a LEGO Marvel fanboy since the beginning of the them but sometimes bigger is not always better.
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