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