LEGO Review – S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier
I know that I’m supposed to have nothing but great things to say about this set because it’s so cool, right? Well guess again. For as much money as I spent on this set, can I just say: LEGO, print the runway tiles instead of using stickers.
I know that’s a common complaint among adults that build, but let’s face it. The stickers cause an unnatural gap in the runway. The shine on the stickers are also different than the dull texture on the large runway tiles. It would be nicer (visually) if they matched more. Also, the sticker doesn’t go to the edge of the tile on both sides.
This second complaint I feel is a bit more serious. In the instruction manual, there are pages where the colours change, which is hard to cope with because of the 2 shades of gray and black. Then after several pages, it reverts, then changes again. There are also several instances where the model should be rotated in the picture to make the instructions easier to understand on a set this large. I know there’s an “expert” label on this set, but I had to pull out some ninja moves on some of the pages.
After buying the set, I knew I should get the Power Functions because hey, it can light up! And spin!! The Power Functions turned out to be awesome once they are installed, however, you don’t have access to the button that turns it on which is sad. In fact, we’ve had to leave the panel covering the button only partially attached to gain access to the button. I made the mistake of fully attaching it, and almost wasn’t able to release it.
Interestingly, when I got the first item connected, the spin speed was amazing. However, once all four were connected, as one can expect, it was much slower. I would have much rather had two Power Functions installed so they could spin faster.
Overall, truth be told, I almost regret the set. I know I shouldn’t, but I do. I like the modular sets a lot better in general and now I see why. In terms of play-ability, I don’t know if there’s much since I put it on a high shelf because I thought the kids would break the model. Actually, one of the back thrusters fell off when they were “looking” at it.
If you’re a huge Marvel fan, then this is a good set to get. I feel like my fingers hurt after making this, but it sure does look nice put together.