Hello friends, and welcome to my newest Lego set review! Today for your perusal we have set number 76019, aka the Starblaster Showdown!
I'll start the review off with a front shot of the box. The box is similar to all the other Marvel Superheroes sets we've got, but with obviously different graphics in both of the left corners because this set is based on the upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie.
The printing behind the image of the set is nice too, some kind of sci-fi city that I do not know the name of! I assume some form of battle will take place here, as we see several other Starblasters(?) behind the main one, and there is an abundance of laser fire. This is the European box design, so we don't have the piece count, which is something I've never understood, but hey ho.
Here we have a top shot of the box. One interesting thing to note is that this is the thin box type, whereas all of the other £20 price point Marvel sets have had the thick boxes. This doesn't bother me, but I have heard some people on youtube get very angry about it.
The back of the box shows us the set number again, as well as having some nice action shots, showing some of the play features including the opening fins and flick fire missiles on the Starblaster, as well as...those weird wing things on the Nekrocraft, or whatever it's called.
This is the entire contents of the box; two bags, one manual, a sticker sheet, and a "comic book".
Here's a random shot from the comic. While these things continue to be naff, I do think the stories in them have improved slightly now that Lego have begun incorporating all the sets into one longer story.
Now here are the contents of bag one. In case you couldn't guess, bag one builds the Starblaster, as well as the Nova Corps Officer. There's a nice assortment of pieces here, especially in dark blue and yellow.
Random shot from the instructions. One complaint I have about these is that the blue pieces all seemed to meld into one, making it hard at times to tell what pieces had been added, but in the picture that doesn't really come across.
Here's a (slightly blurry, sorry) shot from the build of the Nekrocraft, from bag 2, which also builds Star Lord and the Sakaaran.
This shot's blurry too, sorry! It's the last one! Here we can see the full contents of the set. Three figures, a spacecraft, a tablescrap, and some spares.
Here are our three figures, Star Lord, The Sakaaran, and the Nova Corps Officer.
Star Lord is the only figure of the three that is not one you'd want to army build, but his pieces are still reusable, so that's good. The printing on the torso and face are very good, and look a lot like Chris Pratt, but the printing on the legs is slightly off. His new gun pieces are nice too, and can be used in many space settings.
The Sakaaran is, again, a figure with very detailed printing, but that doesn't extend to its legs, so the whole thing looks a tad weird. The head and torso could easily be re purposed into a medieval, fantasy setting. This guy would also be good to army build, since I assume there'll be a lot of them in the movie.
And lastly, the Nova Corps Officer. Again, I expect there will be a lot of these in the movie, so he'd be good to army build. His printing is nice and, as you will see later on, a nice evolution of the earlier Nova printing.
Here's the meat of the set, the Starblaster. It's good, nicely designed, but I can't comment on its accuracy to the movie yet. The tail fins fold out well, but you can't set it down with them folded out because, yet again, it has no landing gear, which is disappointing. Very swooshable too, in either mode.
And here's the tablescrap. Honestly, I kinda like this little thing. It's kooky, makes no sense, and weirdly designed, but I still like it. Wouldn't want to fly is anywhere, mind, but still.
So, in conclusion, I really do like this set. At £20 it feels like good value for money, with two exclusive minifigs to sweeten the deal. If you're a fan of Marvel, or just a fan of space and sci-fi, I'd recommend this set.
Now that's done, here is a shot of The Nova Corps Officer next to Nova. I believe these guys are similar to the Green Lantern Corps from DC, in that they are basically outer space police, with one character getting a minifig just named Nova because he is the Earth's protector, while the generic soldier of the corps gets a more militarized look as opposed to a more spandexy one.
And finally, I'd like to announce a new comic series I may or may not be starting, set in the universe of the Fallout series of video games, called Fallout: Anarchy In The UK. On Monday of next week I'll be bringing out the pilot episode of the series, and if that does well I'll continue and do the rest.
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