I mean, sure, it comes with a helicopter with Gandalf the Black– er, Mandarin and an “Extremis Soldier,” and I guess Tony and/or Pepper are supposed to fight them, but meh. I was in this for the house. So I could play house. Science House. Imagine that helicopter is somewhere just outside the photograph, doing whatever. Going out for donuts. Sure. But SCIENCE HOUSE.
I let it be known (by announcing updates to my Amazon Wish List on twitter) that this was a LEGO set I coveted, and my pals Neal and Cindy Lindsay brought it along to my birthday, for me, to have. Because they’re basically the best. I put this effer together as soon as everyone went home. Unfortunately, the instructions started out with that dang helicopter, but it’s kind of like eating your vegetables before getting to the dessert.
There are some action gimmicks involved. One you can see in action, sort of, in the second photograph. If you pull on a lever made out of a Technic piece in the roof near the right-most window, the window panel is pushed out. Similarly, there’s a lever on the opposite side that pushes up the ground underneath the two-part, half-vacant Hall of Armor, catapulting your Iron Men upwards. I am really tempted to go fill that empty space with another Iron Man armor, but I’d have to go buy a $30 Avengers set, so I’ll have to think on that.
They also advertise that you can swap Pepper’s head into the Iron Man armor, because, duh, awesome. This set also continues the recent trend of painting a differently-expressioned face on the back of the mini-figure heads so you can choose which one you want.
and i guess the helicopter has missile launchers
oh hey remember a few years ago when lego was avoiding certain licenses because they didn’t want to be seen as too violent