Star Lord's Milano spacecraft is probably the most famous vehicle from across the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe and speculation therefore surrounds their new vessel from Avengers: Infinity War.
30525 The Guardians' Ship consists of just 69 pieces but looks great in relation to the larger version found in 76107 Thanos: Ultimate Battle, featuring a series of adjustable winglets as well as a removable escape pod towards the rear! 30449 The Milano was among the best polybags released last year so I have high expectations for its successor.
The Completed Model
The vessel has a wingspan of 13cm when completed so is larger than I was expecting, thereby allowing the designer to include considerable detail. I like the combination of orange and light bluish grey as well as the trans-purple highlights, all of which match 76107 Thanos: Ultimate Battle quite closely. We have yet to see the vehicle in promotional material for the movie, at least from the exterior, so I think our best point of comparison is the larger model.
A curved trans-clear element forms the cockpit canopy and matches the 1x1 quarter circle tiles at the nose very nicely. These are only available in orange in three other sets so it is nice to see them here. I like the light bluish grey 1x1 slopes on either side of the cockpit too, lining up perfectly with the wedge plates on the wings. This combination of light bluish grey and orange is remarkably consistent, even continuing onto the adjustable winglets.
Sand blue pieces are scattered throughout the model to break up the colour scheme which works very well and they are most clearly visible from the underside where one also finds a few more trans-purple components. These represent thrusters which are present in 76107 Thanos: Ultimate Battle but also serve an important structural purpose, ensuring that the model remains sturdy and is highly swooshable!
Wedge plates are used along the trailing edges of the wings, forming the streamlined shape for which Ravager M-ships are well known. I like the orange 1x3 tiles protruding from the rear but am even more impressed by the inclusion of a single light bluish grey 1x1 round tile on top of the fuselage, matching a similar marking found in the same place on 76107 Thanos: Ultimate Battle!
However, perhaps the most delightful feature of all is the inclusion of a separate escape pod which can be fitted to the rear of the Guardians' ship. This vehicle appears in 76102 Thor's Weapon Quest and its distinctive shape is immediately recognisable even in miniature scale. Admittedly, the M-ship does not look as good once the escape pod has been jettisoned but I am still pleased that the feature has been included.
I am very pleased with this little model. It is larger than I was anticipating and includes some impressive detail as well as an attractive colour scheme. Furthermore, the designer has found space for a couple of functions, the most notable of which is the detachable escape pod. These are a lot of fun and I appreciate the similarities between this set and its larger counterparts, 76102 Thor's Weapon Quest and 76107 Thanos: Ultimate Battle.
30525 The Guardians' Ship is currently available with Marvel Super Heroes purchases of over £55 or $75 at shop.LEGO.com and in LEGO stores. It is also available at North American LEGOLAND stores where the polybag costs $3.99.
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