The first wave of Mighty Micros sets seemed to prove very popular when it was released last year and the second looks to be even better, containing a tremendous range of new characters as well as some innovative vehicle designs.
76072 Mighty Micros: Iron Man vs. Thanos offers perhaps the best of these yet. Both of the minifigures look splendid and Thanos' unique vehicle, based on the famed Infinity Gauntlet, is absolutely delightful.
The Mighty Micros minifigures tend to divide opinion but I enjoy their outlandish designs and this version of Iron Man appeals to me a great deal. It most closely the resembles the Model 2 armour which originated in 1963 but is simplified to match the style of other figures in the range. The yellow arc reactor is placed at the centre of his chest and there is some subtle printing underneath to represent a division in the armour.
This continues onto the back of the torso and I like the sharp contrast of red and yellow very much. The helmet is brand new and does not feature an opening faceplate, although you can remove it altogether to reveal Tony Stark's face underneath. The head is printed with a nervous grin and a black hair piece is also included along with a pearl silver wrench, reflecting Tony's penchant for mechanical tinkering.
Thanos has only appeared once before, in 76049 Avenjet Space Mission, although he will surely be seen again in 2018 as Avengers: Infinity War - Part I is released. This minifigure consists almost exclusively of blue and pearl gold, with a some simple printing on the front and back of the torso which matches the large shoulder armour element and the Infinity Gauntlet, represented here by an existing glove component in a new colour.
I would have loved to see some printing to represent the gems on the top of the Infinity Gauntlet but am satisfied even without them as we will probably see a brand new gauntlet element next year. Thanos' cunning grin is printed on the head and his skin is lavender in colour which looks great. It must have been very difficult to capture the majesty of Thanos in the style of the Mighty Micros but I think the graphic designer has done an excellent job.
The Completed Model
Iron Man's vehicle is reminiscent of the Flash's racer from 76063 Mighty Micros: The Flash vs. Captain Cold. I would have appreciated some greater differentiation but the model looks great, with a sleek design from the front and an attractive colour scheme which matches that of its driver. I like the consistent width of the tyres and the smooth finish is ideal for racing. The only notable improvement which could have been made to the front of the vehicle is perhaps the addition of a printed arc reactor on the 1x2 slope.
The rear is totally unique, with four repulsors which can be angled on hinges for maximum manoeuverability. These relate directly to Iron Man so are perfectly suited to his car and they look brilliant, with yellow cowling around the trans-light blue thrusters. As usual, there is room for a minifigure with short legs to stand behind the steering wheel.
A successful Mighty Micro should be recognisable as belonging to a particular character and Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet vehicle is perhaps the best example of that yet. The shape of the glove has definitely been captured and the colour scheme is excellent, with a combination of pearl gold, metallic gold and dark tan which replicates the chrome of the gauntlet quite well. Each finger is individually articulated so the model can be clenched into a fist to punch opposing Mighty Micros.
The back of the vehicle simulates the rounded cuff of the gauntlet and features four new macaroni tiles as well as six metallic gold 1x1 slopes which are exclusive to this set. It is nice to see so many new elements in this small model and I will certainly be looking to purchase another copy just for the parts included at some point over the next few months.
Five of the Infinity Gems are mounted on the back of the gauntlet. Unfortunately there is no room for the red Power Gem but most of the others can be easily identified as being the Time, Mind, Reality and Soul Gems. The pink stone is unusual but is presumably intended to represent the purple Space Gem which allows the user to manipulate spacial positioning and can even be used to achieve omnipresence!
This is by far my favourite Mighty Micros set to date. The minifigures are tremendous and the vehicles are equally impressive, with Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet racer representing the character perfectly while Iron Man's car includes a detailed repulsor structure at the rear which I like very much despite the familiarity of the rest of the model.
The distinctive style of the Mighty Micros does not appeal to everyone but I recommend giving this set a try even if you have been hesitant in the past. At the very least it includes a marvellous selection of parts and I think it represents the very best which the subtheme has to offer.
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