Review: 76051 Super Hero Airport Battle (2)

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The second part of our review of 76051 Super Hero Airport Battle focuses on the models included. These are often the weak point of Super Heroes sets so my expectations were relatively low prior assembling the set, although the results are a pleasant surprise.

You can read part one of our review here.

The Completed Model

The smallest model in this set is the baggage cart and this is also the least interesting, although it serves its purpose. Construction is very simple but I think it looks fairly realistic as there is space for a driver to control the vehicle and an area to place the three suitcases included. These suitcases are decorated with stickers and each one has a different design featuring luggage tags for Sokovia, Wakanda and Billund, the homes of Scarlet Witch, Black Panther and LEGO respectively! I love spotting humourous touches like these and this set is absolutely packed with them.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

A pair of direction batons are fixed to the back of the baggage cart and there is a hidden compartment underneath the rear flatbed truck which can be used to store some more suitcases or even the tiny Ant-Man! Alternatively, this can be used to simulate an explosion as slamming down on the lever will throw luggage into the air.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

Airports have been a popular subject matter for LEGO sets since 1970 and every one has included a control tower. This set is no different but the control tower is better than most as it looks fairly impressive from the outside while also being laden with play features on the inside. The base of the tower is connected to a pallet of precariously stacked boxes and these are also decorated with stickers which make reference to Stark Industries, Hammer Industries and AIM, three companies linked by their appearances in the Iron Man films.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

To the right of the crates is a fence, the shape of which can be altered freely so you can choose how you want to display the model. Behind the fence is the door to the control tower and this is emblazoned with a warning which reads 'authorised minifigures only,' another nice touch by the graphic designer!

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

A loading room occupies the ground floor but this seemingly inoccuous space hides a secret as you can push the Ant-Man nanofigure through a little archway and cause the boxes stacked outside to be knocked over. I have not seen a play feature quite like this one in any other sets but it works brilliantly so I hope to see some similar functionality appearing in others soon.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

The next level houses a computer and some empty cabinets along with yet another play function. By pushing down on a lever outside you can cause the front wall to collapse in two parts and this looks quite authentic as the wall is built so it will divide with jagged egdes.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

The control room at the top features three angled windows which provide superb visibility for a minifigure sitting in the swivel chair. There are two computer monitors in here along with a printed control panel. On top is a rotating radar bar and some communications equipment which completes the tower nicely.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

The final model is another Quinjet, the third one released to interact with minifigures and the second in a year following 76032 The Avengers Quinjet City Chase! This model is significantly smaller than earier designs and this might put off some potential buyers, although this was inevitable given that only approximately a third of the 807 pieces in this set are used for the Quinjet.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

Despite its small size, this model captures the shape of the Quinjet very effectively and it includes plenty of fun features. By twisting a dial on the top a pair of stud shooters are revealed from beneath and these occupying much of the space in the fuselage.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

However, there is just enough room to stand a minifigure in the cargo area. This is protected by a hinged loading ramp and a string is placed inside which can be used to lower a minifigure to the ground without landing.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

Another two minifigures can be seated in the cockpit beneath a hinged canopy. This is decorated with a sticker which is unfortunate as trapped air bubbles and dust are particularly visible on clear elements. More stickers are used on the wings but these are less bothersome in my view as they are applied to opaque pieces. The wing profile can be adjusted as the tips are on hinges and this allows the wings to fold up for landing as they do in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

6869 Quinjet Aerial Battle is still my favourite Quinjet model but this is excellent as well and is better suited to being flown by smaller hands due to its lighter weight.

Overall

Super Heroes sets typically provide huge play value by virtue of the minifigures alone but this is a truly extraordinary offering. Not only does the set include plenty of characters with a range of different powers and scales but the models also contribute to the playability and are a great improvement over most Super Heroes models which are little more than a backdrop for the minifigures in many cases.

76051 Super Hero Airport Battle

We will be publishing an exclusive interview with LEGO Super Heroes set designer Justin Ramsden later today, so stay tuned!

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

18 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Thanks for the Review Captain! I was trying to decided which big set I should buy over the summer and I think I might just chose this one over Heroes of Justice, Sky High Battle.

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By in Australia,

I get the feeling that, like the Hulkbuster set last year, this is gonna be one of those must-have sets. And probably not all of that is for Giant Man, but I'd imagine a lot of it would be, yeah.

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By in United States,

Great review CapnRex101! This is really an awesome set, one of my favorites of 2016 (so far). Really beats the last Quinjet by a large margin... that one was too big, had too much wasted space, only seated two figures, and none of the features worked properly. This is a much better collection of builds, with a lot of fun features, more and awesome-r minifigures, and Giant-Man.

The Quinjet looks a bit odd, though. That's OK... it's just, it doesn't look as shapely as previous versions.

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By in United Kingdom,

Any Quinjet is a good quinjet? Source of Dark Blue plates and bricks?

I feel the Airport set would benefit from the Quinjet parts being used for other Airport buildings or minifigs? Without the Quinjet parts the Airport could have been sold as a £25 set.

The Quinjet could have been sold separately as a smaller £10-15 model?

Although this small design may double up as the small Quinjet, which lands on Director Colson's new Flying base of operations, in the Agents of Shield TV series?

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By in Puerto Rico,

A neat set with a lot of value for money.

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By in Russian Federation,

The first quinjet is truly the best one

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By in United States,

@SHuN23 But here not only do you get a Quinjet, but you get more minifigures and models in the set!

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By in United States,

I'll be saving my money for this one! Iron Man, War Machine, and the Ant/Giant Man are must haves.

I don't know how I feel about the Quinjet; since I own the spectacular "Shield" version released in 2012; and this one is a tad small. I am considering modding it to make it bigger and open up the interior for storage.

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By in United Kingdom,

I really want this set, I was so disappointed that only one Lego Ant Man set was released for the Ant Man film so this is a must buy for me. Roll on my birthday in July...

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By in Viet Nam,

The exploding boxes feature was used on several of the old Western theme sets twenty years back. There, a 1x2 tile with a dynamite print would be pushed into a hole causing a bank vault or horse drawn wagon to explode. Nice to see the technique being used again.

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By in United States,

Any chance we could get close ups of all the minifigs? I'm really interested in Scarlet Witch, Black Widow and that mini Ant Man!

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By in United States,

Ha, and of course I just found the other review! Never mind! ;-)

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By in United States,

Nice your just making me want the set more. ;)

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By in Poland,

Giant-Man is epic. Quinjet is nice. The tower is expendable. Still a good set, but I'd rather see a larger, single model instead of 3 smaller ones.
Thanks for a review!

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By in United Kingdom,

Another excellent review, thanks!

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By in Australia,

This review is a great summary of the set. I own it and I am pleased with it. The Quinjet looks a little clunky from underneath but it's great in front and on top. It's obviously not as cool as the large model from the first Avengers movie, but it's still pretty good for its size. The cockpit sticker on mine did end up with airbubbles. Every other part of the set is great, from the three scales of superhero to the funny and detailed stickers on the luggage and crates.

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By in Australia,

I've found that any set with the clear-backed stickers will usually have the air bubbles and fingerprints disappear from under the stickers in a short amount of time, so don't worry too much.

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By in Costa Rica,

I think the set is great! love Giant -man... I think the only missed detail was not adding some citizens in the scene... like an air traffic controller or a Baggage handler a lot of heroes and nobody to protect

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