The popular Marvel Cinematic Universe has drawn attention to many heroes and villains in recent years, not all of whom have always been as well-known as they are today. The Guardians of the Galaxy are probably the most prominent example of this trend so 76090 Mighty Micros: Star-Lord vs. Nebula should prove popular.
I have certainly been looking forward to this set as I think both Peter Quill and the Milano are ideally suited to the comic style of the Mighty Micros range. In fact, I have high expectations that this will be the most impressive of the six new sets from the subtheme!
Mighty Micros minifigures often take inspiration from several sources, combining design features from the comics with those from movies. Star-Lord fits that trend, sporting an attractive uniform with the Ravagers' insignia printed on the chest, just as in the comics. The dark red jacket, on the other hand, is more evocative of the films. I love the dark blue stripe around the buttons and the belt, which continues on the back of the torso, looks superb.
The double-sided head includes a grinning expression on one side at Star-Lord's mask on the other. I like the exaggerated expressions of Mighty Micros figures very much and a confident smirk definitely suits Peter Quill's personality. The sideburns look great too and match the wavy hair piece perfectly. Past Star-Lord minifigures have included a separate helmet component but this printed version looks marvellous in my opinion.
Star-Lord is equipped with a single pearl dark grey Quad Blaster and a printed cassette tape which is absolutely delightful! This is based upon Peter Quill's 'Awesome Mix' tapes from both films and is decorated with red and white bands, although it does not include the 'Awesome Mix' label so could represent a generic cassette tape in many different models.
Nebula made her first appearance in 1985's The Avengers #257 and her design has changed a great deal since then, now featuring a cybernetic left eye as well as a mechanical arm. This minifigure is based upon recent comic book depictions of the character but also resembles the version from the Marvel Cinematic Universe which does not deviate too far from the comics, featuring blue skin and a dark blue uniform.
However, the magenta stripe down the centre of the torso is unmistakably inspired by the comics and it looks brilliant, with subtle blue stripes running along the edges. I like the metallic silver eye and the arm looks good, although it would have been even better with some printing, like that seen on the Winter Soldier. Nevertheless, this is an excellent figure on the whole and I appreciate that her comic book design has been acknowledged.
The Completed Model
The Milano was only introduced in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy but has already formed the basis for four LEGO sets, reflecting its considerable popularity. The aerodynamic shaping of the vessel has been recreated very effectively and the model is instantly recognisable despite its small scale, due in part to the bright blue and flame yellowish orange colour scheme which is consistent with the source material. I particularly like the pearl silver flaps, represented by 1x1 tooth plates, along the trailing edge of each wing.
Star-Lord slots into the cockpit fairly neatly, although his arms must be held aloft which looks awkward. I like the steering wheel though and the trans-light blue windscreen fits perfectly alongside the angular elements at the front of the model. Furthermore, the wheels become wider towards the rear so reflect the shape of the Milano. This is one of my favourite Mighty Micros yet and it could be adapted quite easily if you wish to remove the wheels.
Nebula's vehicle is inspired by the Necrocraft from Guardians of the Galaxy. Its trans-red and black colour scheme looks superb and I like the pointed wings. These are attached using clips so they can move up and down, changing the profile of the vehicle and presumably assisting with the steering. The shaping of the bodywork is fairly consistent across the model, with angular edges on every side which are quite attractive.
There is room to stand Nebula in the cockpit and this includes a printed console featuring two dials. Trans-red slopes around the front and sides of the cockpit give the impression of a canopy and glow very nicely under certain light conditions, much like the thrusters at the rear. However, I do not think the different wheel sizes suit this vehicle and would rather the wider tyres had been used at both the front and back.
This is definitely my favourite of the new Mighty Micros sets. The Milano is unusually detailed for a set of this kind and its bright colour scheme looks magnificent in relation to the vehicle from the movies. I love the avian shape of the wings and the pearl silver teeth are particularly impressive, closely resembling the manoeuvring winglets which line the wings in the film.
Nebula's Necrocraft is less detailed but still looks pretty good, featuring a suitably angular fuselage and pointed wings. I like the stylised minifigures too, both of which include attractive printed designs. The cassette tape accessory could also prove very useful so I would definitely recommend this set to fans of Guardians of the Galaxy, especially since it offers reasonable value at a price of £8.99 or $9.99.
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