Review: 76094 Mighty Micros: Supergirl vs. Brainiac

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The Mighty Micros subtheme is now entering its third year and provides a perfect opportunity to collect a selection of popular characters from DC and Marvel, albeit in a very comic style, at a relatively reasonable price of £8.99 or $9.99.

I have been looking forward to several of the new sets but none more so than 76094 Mighty Micros: Supergirl vs. Brainiac. Not only does it include two of DC's best known characters but the set also comes with a printed accessory representing Kandor, the capital city of Krypton which was stolen and miniaturised by Brainiac in a famous comic book storyline.

Minifigures

Four previous sets have included Supergirl but this version is very distinctive, featuring a medium blue torso and the short legs which are typical of the Mighty Micros series. I like the simple belt printed on both sides of the torso and this bright shade of blue makes a welcome change from earlier designs. The blonde hair piece looks great too and is very rare, having only appeared in 41314 Stephanie's House before now.

76094 Mighty Micros: Supergirl vs. Brainiac

Supergirl wears a short cape which is made from a soft fabric, ensuring that it will not become creased when the minifigure is placed in her vehicle. The face is highly stylised and features large eyes as well as an enormous grin. I think it works well in the context of this set, although an alternative face with a more traditional expression would have been ideal.

76094 Mighty Micros: Supergirl vs. Brainiac

Brainiac is equally stylised, wearing a black suit with some metallic silver armour and pink tubing on both sides. This looks fairly simple but is faithful to the villain's traditional design and I love how the pipes bulge in an almost comical manner, as though they are coursing with energy. Brainiac's angry expression is fun too and both sides of the head are printed with some pink electrodes to match the torso.

76094 Mighty Micros: Supergirl vs. Brainiac

The minifigure from 76040 Brainiac Attack is much more detailed than this one, as expected. Even so, I am pleased that such a popular character has appeared in another set, allowing those who missed the 2015 figure to add him to their collections now. Hopefully a more threatening version with standard legs and a little more detail will soon be forthcoming.

76094 Mighty Micros: Supergirl vs. Brainiac

However, the highlight of this figure is definitely his accessory. Kandor was Krypton's capital city before being captured, miniaturised and placed in a bottle by Brainiac. The city is printed on a 1x1 round brick and looks quite accurate to the comics, featuring towering buildings and a silver plaque that shows the name of the city on the base. Furthermore, Supergirl comes with a functioning magnifying glass so she can peer into the bottle!

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The Completed Model

Kara Zor-El's vehicle appears to take inspiration from the spacefaring pod in which she was delivered to Earth. The dark azure, red and yellow colour scheme is quite attractive, loosely resembling that of Supergirl herself and featuring three fins set around a pair of trans-orange rockets. I like the El family emblem which is printed on a slope at the front and the pearl silver radiator underneath looks good too.

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The model rests on four narrow wheels so looks fairly sleek. Another printed slope is placed inside the cockpit and there is just enough room to stand a minifigure behind the controls. Some Mighty Micros look rather odd with a figure in the cockpit as their arms need to be raised above the bodywork on either side. Fortunately, this model has no such problems as Supergirl stands slightly higher than the minifigures in many other sets.

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Brainiac's spacecraft is definitely the more interesting of the two cars, featuring an unusual bubble canopy and an impressive skull decoration. This design matches many of Brainiac's vessels but still maintains the distinctive Mighty Micros style as its proportions have been dramatically reduced while several recognisable features remain intact. I particularly appreciate the skull printed on the front and the trans-bright green eyes are very striking, although they may look even better if they were positioned a little higher.

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The trans-clear bubble canopy hinges open to access the cockpit, revealing a simple steering wheel and a slot for the minifigure. Brainiac does partially obstruct the cockpit canopy, although not nearly as much as I was expecting and I think the vehicle looks superb with or without a figure in place. I like the uneven wheel sizes too, suggesting that the rear tyres are extremely powerful.

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Two more trans-bright green 1x1 slopes represent tail lights. These really stand out against the muted black and light bluish grey bodywork and balance the colours at the front of the model very effectively. The trans-pink thruster is also rather nice, matching Brainiac's tubing. It can be angled up and down, perhaps allowing the vehicle to hover for short periods or make a rocket assisted jump.

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Overall

I have enjoyed the Mighty Micros range very much over the last couple of years and 76094 Mighty Micros: Supergirl vs. Brainiac is a marvellous addition to the line. Both minifigures are suitably stylised but still include some nice detail and the two vehicles definitely reflect the character of their respective drivers. Brainiac's car is particularly impressive, including an unusual canopy and a great skull design which matches many of his spacecraft in the comics.

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However, my favourite aspect of the set is the Kandor accessory. This tiny bottled city looks magnificent printed on a 1x1 round brick and having such a famous item from the comics in LEGO form is an absolute delight. Ultimately, Mighty Micros are not for everyone but I think this is an excellent set and would certainly recommend it.

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20 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Not my favorite of the new wave, but still pretty good,

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By in United Kingdom,

Supergirl's face looks awful - even having other sets in this series and knowing that they're very stylised, this looks like a misprint!

Love Kandor, though...

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By in United Kingdom,

I know the faces are usually a bit kid-like but that Supergirl one is just plain terrible.

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By in United Kingdom,

The printed skull piece might be nice for a Halloween build...

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By in United Kingdom,

Lego please make Arrow vs Deathstroke, TV show style..
Or black canary vs live wire,
I only have two mighty micro sets.

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By in United States,

I think I’d like these better if the Minifigures matched the rest of the DC line like Microfighters does for Star Wars.

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By in United Kingdom,

Lego is now creating 'accessories' to tempt us into buying sets - smart move. The Hover Board in the Back to the Future Lego Dimensions set was the reason I had to buy that one too!

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By in United States,

Super girl can fly faster then a speeding bullet...so of course she needs a jet car

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By in Canada,

I wished LEGO would make a micro fighter line for superheroes as well

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By in United States,

@dRevan I don’t think that a Micro Fighters line for Superheroes would work. The Micro Fighters are based off of actuall vehicles from the Star Wars films and TV shows. This gives them an endless number of battle craft to choose from. DC and Marvel on the other hand don’t have many recognizable vehicles. Besides the Batmobile, Batwing, Batboat, Javelin, The Invisible Jet, and the Quinjet... there aren’t many vehicles that LEGO has to choose from for a Micro Fighters line. Unless they choose to go weird and use the Flash-Mobile, Spider-Mobile, SpiderCopter, and other campy vehicles that wouldn’t fit a Micro Fighters lineup. I really enjoy the Mighty Micros, there a fun alternative to the seriousness of the regular superheroes theme.

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By in United States,

Gotta get it! I love how the magnifying glass is positioned in front of Supergirl's eye. Did Huw take the photos?

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By in United Kingdom,

It looks like Supergirl has a moustache!

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By in United States,

Good set, but I would say it is the weakest of this year's DC Mighty Micros.

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By in United States,

A black panther vs. killmonger mighty micros would be great!

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By in United Kingdom,

@LuvLegos_Cool_J - The photos were taken by me but I thank you for the compliment!

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By in Spain,

It's an interesting one with the heads on this - the Brainiac head is actually very good and could be easily passable for a regular minifig. However, the Supergirl face's mouth looks like it was printed about 3mm from its intended position

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By in Russian Federation,

skull print can be very useful

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By in United States,

I picked up the set recently and was very pleased with it. The excellent photo here not withstanding, I love the idea of giving Supergirl a magnifying glass that allows you to better see the detail on the very tiny Kandor accessory. Very clever!

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By in United States,

You had me at Kandor.

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By in Australia,

I don't care for these Mighty Micro sets at all ... but gosh, the bottle city of Kandor makes this one awfully, awfully tempting.

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