Review: 76051 Super Hero Airport Battle (1)

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76051 Super Hero Airport Battle has undoubtedly been the most anticipated of the three Captain America: Civil War sets released so far as it includes many of the most significant characters as well as some impressive models. However, I think few would dispute that the greatest draw to this model is Giant Man, the first large scale figure of its kind and one which has been executed brilliantly!

High expectations for a set can sometimes hamper its success so I hope this one will prove to be as impressive as it seems on the box. The first part of this review concerns the mini (and not-so-mini) figures. Part two will be published tomorrow along with another exciting article revealed at the end of this one.

Minifigures

Six minifigures are included in this set, only two of which have appeared elsewhere, along with a nanofigure and the brick-built Giant Man which will be discussed a bit later. This version of Iron Man in his Mark XLVI armour is exclusive to this set and looks fantastic, maintaining the high standard of detail which the previous Iron Man minifigures have offered.

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His helmet features metallic gold printing and a faceplate which can be raised on a hinge to reveal the standard double sided head used for the majority of Tony Stark minifigures. It would have been nice to see the injured face from 5002946 Silver Centurion appear to add some variety, although that would slightly reduce the appeal of the exclusive polybag.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

War Machine has only appeared once before, in 76006 Iron Man: Extremis Sea Port Battle. That minifigure is primarily grey whereas this one wears an almost entirely black suit which looks marvellous. The red highlights contrast beautifully with the black and the colour scheme is pleasingly consistent between the legs, torso and helmet, all of which are printed with a splendid level of detail.

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The shoulder cannon mounted on the minifigure's back fires a stud and there is also a clip for a 3L black bar which represents the baton he is seen using on the packaging for this Hot Toys figure among others. Clearly the detail of the weapon is hardly replicated by this simple bar but it offers some additional play value and is easily removed if you do not like it. Like on Iron Man the helmet can be flipped open and Rhodey's double sided head is shown underneath.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

The Captain America minifigure has not been updated since the Avengers: Age of Ultron sets were released last year, contrary to his uniform in the film which has been revised for Captain America: Civil War. However, this is a satisfactory compromise in my opinion as the changes to the movie suit are relatively minor and this is an excellent figure, with an impressive level of printed detail on the head, torso and legs.

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Unfortunately Captain America's shield is still red rather than the more accurate dark red shade which was used in the first wave of Avengers sets in 2012.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

The Winter Soldier has only been seen once before in 5002943 Winter Soldier, a promotional polybag from last year. This version of the character is clearly distinguisable from that as the printing has been altered significantly and the legs are now without printing altogether which is a shame. However, the torso looks great on the front and back and his metal arm has also been updated to include some weathering.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

This figure shares the same head as Star Lord from the Guardians of the Galaxy range which is understandable since both characters have a stubbly beard. On the other hand, it would have been nice to see a new design created specifically for the Winter Soldier since he is obviously very important to the film and deserving of a truly perfect minifigure. With a new head which is more faithful to his movie appearance and the leg printing seen on the earlier version of the character, that could have been achieved.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

The first Scarlet Witch minifigure was released in 76031 The Hulk Buster Smash but was totally unsatisfactory in my opinion and this one is an enormous improvement. It features a much more accurate hair piece, a new fabric skirt and trans-pink dishes which represent her powers. Her torso is new as well, printed with a dark red jacket on the front and back.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

The only piece which has survived from the last Scarlet Witch minifigure is the head which has a smile on one side and an angry expression on the other.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

The sixth and final minifigure is Agent 13. This is a simple figure but her hair looks very faithful to the style seen in the film and I like the torso design. In fact, this torso might be appropriate for an improved version of the Black Widow minifigure in 76050 Crossbones' Hazard Heist as the blue piping seen on the official figure is completely inaccurate to her appearance in this film.

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Agent 13's legs look a little bland without any printed details but her attire is similarly plain in the movie so I can have no complaints. She is armed with a single pistol.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

Ant-Man first appeared as a minifigure in 76039 Ant-Man Final Battle and this nanofigure version looks equally fantastic, despite its tiny size. The printing is impressively detailed on the front while the back is left blank. I hope to see many more of these nanofigures in future as the designs are only going to get better!

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Giant Man is the centrepiece of this set and the figure does not disappoint. The designer has brilliantly combined minifigure features with authentic detailing and the model looks fantastic despite having a relatively simple structure. His legs and torso are both constructed with the studs facing forwards and these are covered with tiles so present a smooth surface just like on a standard minifigure.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find that the head includes a new printed element to represent Giant Man's mask and his mouth can be exposed by lowering the breathing apparatus. The head looks splendid with the mask up or down and can be rotated at the neck just as on a standard minifigure.

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The torso and legs are covered with stickers but I like the designs very much and they are easy to apply. The arms are mounted on ball joints so have a greater range of motion than a traditional minifigure while the hands are also fairly poseable as the hands can be rotated or moved from side to side.

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Since the figure is constructed primarily with the studs facing forward the undersides of plates are exposed at the back. This is a little unsightly but I think most people will display the figure facing forwards anyway.

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Keep an eye on the homepage tomorrow for part two of this review and an exclusive interview with the designer of this set, Justin Ramsden!

This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.

33 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow, I love all the figures, and they've done a great job with the two versions of Giant Man! I can see why people are excited about this set. Looking forward to the second part of your review. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I love that Iron Man and that War Machine!

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By in Poland,

Finally! Thank you for a review and waiting for part 2 :)
I agree, Giant-Man looks fantastic. It's also worth noting that stickers are of higher quality for this set, they're thicker. I certainly hope it will became a new standard for the years to come... unless somebody still dreams of only printed pieces like I do.

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By in United States,

Hey CapnRex, do you think this set should have included a minifig-size Ant-Man? My kid instincts are telling me that would increase the playability of the set. :P

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By in Puerto Rico,

HadI not bought the last Quinjet this would have been an easy buy for me.

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By in Germany,

Brilliant review Capt Rex and highly anticipated. All Iron Man suits are beginning to look the same even if they are updated. ...However looking foward to the 2nd part tomorrow.

My life suffers from this affliction (which in the scheme of things probably isn't all that important):

Completionist Vs Realism (money) Vs MOC possabilities Vs Realism (again) Vs Other themes (also v good) Vs Completionist Vs Realism (Yes I know) Vs GOOD GRIEF! ....THE ENDLESS POSSABILITIES!!! Vs Let's take the long term view.....and see what happens Vs Impulse Buy Ahhhhhhhh! Vs A return once again to reality.......or realism once more.....which should have adherred to from near the start............ Vs Empty pockets.....can't eat for 4 days 'till pay day :o( (Tiz a joke but has nearly happened few times)

Ho Hum.....

Does anyone else suffer from this syndrome? ...or something like it?

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By in United States,

This looks like an amazing set! I LOVE Giant Man!

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By in United States,

I was already going to buy this. (even though I got the last Quinjet... and yes, I wrote a positive review of it, but I don't really like it that much...) But dang, if this hasn't hyped me for both purchasing the set and watching the movie... I'm the king of Norway.

Problem with Giant-Man is, his arms don't look like minifigure arms. At all, really. Anyone know how I could make them look more minifig-like? The effect would be much better.

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By in United States,

Great review! I forward to getting this set.
Would be great if Lego did a Galactus figure like Giant Man size or bigger.

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By in United States,

This looks pretty epic, #really want this set

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By in United States,

Justin's the guy from the Inside Lego documentary on National Geographic. It's great to see something he's designed since getting hired, and I'm eager to read your interview with him.

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By in United States,

This article made me cave and I just got back from TRU after picking it up with a 20% off coupon. Can't wait to build Giant Man and have all 3 scale versions!

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By in United States,

I own this set and this is a splendid set. However there is a major issue in my opinion that was not mentioned. This set includes Giant-man and small Ant-Man but where is minifigure Ant-Man??!! I think it is outrageous that they did not include him. This makes the set incomplete and spoils a set that is perfect in every other way.

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By in United States,

Picked this set up a couple weeks ago, and I think Giant-Man is one of my favorite models ever. I hope to see more "figures" in this scale, like Galactus for example.

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By in United Kingdom,

@chrismajor2124 - It would have been nice to see a minifigure version of Ant-Man included but that would probably have necessitated a new helmet element which presumably exceeded the budget allowed for this set.

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By in United States,

Okay Lego DC, where is my Atom figure?

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By in United States,

I bought the first Quinjet set for the vehicle. I bought the second Quinjet set for the Vision. I'll be buying this one for Giant-Man.

Note to The LEGO Group: I do not need any more Quinjets.

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By in Singapore,

Giant Man looks great as a display piece on the shelf and is a perfect eye-catching centrepiece for my table! I can feel my wallet getting lighter after reading every review on Brickset!

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By in Australia,

That photo of Giant Man looking at nano Ant Man is by far the best photo I've seen in a Brickset review.

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By in Singapore,

It's probably the best superheroes set I've seen this year (including those as-yet-unreleased ones). It's done very nicely and I can't seem to fault it.

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By in Poland,

@Capn, why do you say new helmet if one already came with Ant-Man minifig in 76039?

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By in United Kingdom,

@Alonzo Brickovsky - The helmet in 76039 is woefully inaccurate and I expect LEGO would wish to rectify that for the updated minifigure so would manufacture a new piece.

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By in Singapore,

I think the back part could use a bit of reverse slope bricks to reduce the exposed area or better yet cover with reverse tiles.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love the look of this set and will be purchasing it soon, although I have plenty of other things to build beforehand.

Thanks for the review! I'm looking forward to part two and the interview.

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By in Netherlands,

This set is just great. However, this review part 1 has already discussed the best parts of the set: a supremely excellent selection of minifigs, including Giantman and micro Antman. Giantman was the reason I bought this set, and in hand it's even better than in pictures. Somehow it feels very natural as an upscaled (approximately 3:1) minifig, including the head and even the arms.

I'll be honest, the rest of the actual builds (besides Giantman) are sort of 'mehhh'. The Quinjet is undersized, although it looks alright. The airport tower is a reasonable build and recognizeable as such, and the collapsing wall works alright, although the 'shooting' crates feature is pathetic. The bagage cart is a waste of bricks as far as I'm concerned: it lacks a sorely needed pivot axle and it can't even properly hold the suitcases. All together, it does hint at 'airport' but it's definitely the minifigs that make this set shine.

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By in United States,

Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic!

Everything is Fantastic! :)

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By in United States,

WOW! A must have this year!!

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By in United States,

THANK GOD that Giant man is covered in stickers.. I mean printed parts would have been soo much better, but heck with that. Though if the stickers really are more robust, maybe the glue is as well.

Seriously though. A bit disappointed that there is not a regular Ant-Man in this set (seeing how insanely expensive his fig is now). Also really disappointed that Giant man is not just a giant mini... err- maxi.. figure. I know it would have made the set far more expensive but a part of me thinks it would be worth it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow, TLG really is getting lazy with minifigure heads. Why is Cap smiling while fighting his friends to the death? Why does Rhodes not have Rhodes' head? Why does Scarlet Witch have Supergirl's head? Why can we never put Star-Lord and Bucky side by side (Which I'll inevitably want to do come Infinity War) and have them look sensible?

For a set that'll be selling mostly for the figures (And the Ant Mans of course) there seems to have been a bit of a lack of effort here...

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By in United Kingdom,

Brilliant set. I absolutely LOVE the Giant Man model and Antman nanofigure. Plus I don't have a Quinjet yet. I can't wait to get my hands on this!

I just need to get round the problem(s) @waylander so accurately describes! Oh, and I agree with @RareWhiteApe; that photo is FANTASTIC!!

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By in United States,

^^^madforLego. Yeah I agree. Why didn't they make Giant Man a big mini figure. Couldn't Lego just reuse or tweek the molds that they use for the big mini figure clocks.

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By in Australia,

@QWONOS those clocks probably aren't made by Lego. They're probably made under license by a different company.

I like the idea of a fully brick-built giant minifigure, because it lays the template for whatever MOC of a giant minifigure you want to make, instead of being limited to what Lego produces. Now we just need the new 4x2x2 half circle to be made in a range of colors to serve as faces!

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