76107 Thanos: Ultimate Battle is not the largest of the six Avengers: Infinity War sets, containing 674 pieces, but it does represent the focal point of the entire range. This set includes several of the most important characters from the movie as well as the Infinity Gauntlet, through which the power of the Infinity Stones is channeled.
In addition, a brand new M-ship is included which borrows design elements from the Milano but also includes several new features. I have thoroughly enjoyed both previous renditions of the Guardians' original spacecraft so have high expectations for its successor. The selection of figures is similarly appealing and this should therefore be an exceedingly popular set!
At least one new Iron Man minifigure has appeared almost every year since the Marvel Super Heroes theme began in 2012 and I think they continue to improve. The Mark XLVIII armour looks magnificent, featuring an attractive mixture of dark red and red printing along with some metallic silver and gold highlights. This armour is more streamlined than many of those which have gone before and the designs on the torso and legs reflect that beautifully.
The golden faceplate can flip upwards to reveal Tony Stark's double-sided underneath. This includes a smile on one side while the other is decorated with a light blue heads-up display, much like those seen in the movies, over an angry expression. I hope to see this element on many more Iron Man figures in the next couple of years, perhaps with some different facial expressions underneath as Tony does not always appear stern during battle.
Not only does the Mark XLVIII suit look a lot more streamlined than its predecessors but it also includes more powerful repulsors and four wings, presumably increasing Iron Man's manoeuvrability. These are formed using 1x4 curved slopes so look far too large in relation to the source material, although I like the trans-light blue repulsor details and the stickers are quite attractive. Even so, I prefer to remove these additional accessories.
Star-Lord last appeared in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 range and this figure remains unchanged from that found in 76080 Ayesha's Revenge. I like the dark red jacket and dark bluish grey shirt, both of which are nicely detailed, as well as the textured hair piece that looks accurate to the movie. The medium nougat colour is absolutely perfect.
However, the head could have been improved in my opinion. This double-sided component has been in use since 2014 and was appropriate for the character as he appeared in both Guardians of the Galaxy films. He now sports a more prominent moustache in Avengers: Infinity War though and it would have been great to see that reflected here, perhaps using the piece created for Owen Grady in the new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sets.
Unlike Star-Lord, Gamora wears a brand new outfit in Avengers: Infinity War so her torso and legs are decorated with unique designs. The reddish brown jacket lines up reasonably well across these pieces and I like the textured detail around the shoulders and across the back of the minifigure in particular. The metallic silver belt printed on the legs also looks good.
Gamora's head and hair have not been updated since 76081 The Milano vs. The Abilisk was released last year but that is absolutely fine as I think the pink streaks in the heroine's hair and her metallic silver facial markings continue to look superb. Gamora is armed with two pearl silver katana. These elements are not ideal when compared with the weapons in the movies but this is probably the most suitable of the existing LEGO swords.
The most eagerly-anticipated aspect of this set for many Marvel fans, myself included, will probably be the new Thanos bigfig. I love the stark contrast between his dark blue attire and lavender skin as well as the pearl gold shoulder armour and helmet. However, Thanos has more often appeared without his helmet in promotional material so I hope to see that variant in a future set, either from Infinity War or the fourth Avengers film.
Some black, purple and metallic gold designs are printed across Thanos' chest. These are accurate to the movie and stand out quite clearly against the dark blue base colour, although it is a shame that the legs are not printed with similar detail. The villain wears a pair of charcoal grey trousers in the film and I think black legs would have been a suitable equivalent here, perhaps with dual-moulded boots on the feet.
A comic book version of Thanos previously appeared in 76049 Avenjet Space Mission and these two figures are more similar than I was anticipating. The mould is exactly the same and feels better suited to the comic character in my opinion. I much prefer the lavender arms on Thanos from the Marvel Cinematic Universe though and the level of printed detail is improved, especially on the face.
The Mad Titan is equipped with an enormous sword as well as the mighty Infinity Gauntlet. As on every bigfig, Thanos' hands are attached using Technic pins so are easily removable and you can replace his left hand with the gauntlet. The scale is perfect and I love the moulded detail of each finger. There are slots for all six Infinity Stones and the Infinity Gauntlet looks absolutely fantastic with them all in place, as shown below.
This set only includes the red Reality Stone and you will therefore need to collect every Avengers: Infinity War set to gather the stones and complete the gauntlet. It would have been wonderful to see them all in this set alone, although spreading them across the range is a fun idea. Of course, each set comes with four of the same Infinity Stone so you can also swap them if you wish.
The Completed Model
A small stand for the Infinity Gauntlet is also included. I do not expect this to appear in the movie but it is useful for play and display, offering somewhere to keep the gauntlet while it is not being worn. Four stickers are used around the base and its predominantly dark bluish grey colour scheme really accentuates the pearl gold of the Infinity Gauntlet.
The Milano spaceship crash landed on the planet Berhert during the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 and was abandoned after the arrival of Ego and the Ravagers. The Guardians therefore appear to have taken possession of a new vessel for Avengers: Infinity War. This M-ship is rumoured to be named the Benatar and its curved profile is similar to that of the Milano but its light bluish grey, sand blue and orange colour scheme is very distinctive.
The shape of the cockpit is also very different to that of the Milano as the canopy is mounted at a steep angle. This printed piece previously appeared in 76081 The Milano vs. The Abilisk and it looks brilliant, featuring a metallic silver frame with a realistic shaded outline. I also like the curvature of the bodywork around the canopy and the mixture of light bluish grey, sand blue and orange on the hull is remarkably effective.
You can lift the trans-clear canopy to access the interior, although the seats are placed deep within the cockpit so reaching inside to place or remove minifigures is difficult. Fortunately, click hinges allow you to raise the entire forward section of the model, providing very easy access to the interior and revealing a deployable 'space scooter'. This is a simple vehicle but I rather like it, particularly since it includes some tiny trans-purple thrusters that match those found on the M-ship.
The wings are angled upwards in relation to the fuselage but are otherwise very similar to those on the Milano, even using the same building techniques to form the curved leading edge. This works perfectly in my opinion and I like the dihedral wing profile very much. Stud shooters are integrated neatly on the top of each wing and the tips split into two halves. All four winglets are fitted using click hinges so their angle can be adjusted during flight.
Powerful thrusters are fitted on the underside of the wings. 6x6 parabolic reflectors are not currently available in trans-purple to match the smaller thrusters so the designer instead made clever use of a trans-light blue dish placed over a purple one which is very effective. The orange wing supports also look great and I like the angled intakes beneath the wings.
The rear of the Milano's fuselage tapers to a narrow point but the back of this model is almost entirely flat which looks somewhat awkward to me, particularly given the flowing curves that dominate the rest of the vessel. On the other hand, the long tail fins are quite attractive and the flat rear surface fulfils an important function in the set by allowing the smaller excursion craft from 76102 Thor's Weapon Quest to dock.
76021 The Milano Spaceship Rescue received considerable praise when it was released, due in part to the efficient use of space inside. The interior detail of this M-ship falls short of that in the 2014 set but I am impressed by the seats for passengers and the rounded portal between the cockpit and the cargo area looks marvellous. There is also room to place the Infinity Gauntlet on its stand in here and this is fairly easily accessible by moving the tail fins aside, removing the roof and lowering the boarding ramp.
The escape pod from 76102 Thor's Weapon Quest fits neatly onto the back of this spacecraft and they look very good when combined as the colours and shapes are consistent. Moreover, the connection between them is incredibly rigid, allowing you to lift the entire ship by gripping the escape pod alone. In fact, the whole model feels very tactile, with or without the escape pod, so it is a lot of fun to play with.
The Avengers: Infinity War range has been very impressive on the whole and I had particularly high expectations for 76107 Thanos: Ultimate Battle as this set appears to form the linchpin of the entire subtheme. Fortunately, it does not disappoint. Certain aspects of the minifigures and Thanos could be improved upon but the Guardians' new spacecraft is delightful, including plenty of detail and numerous excellent functions.
I am also very pleased with the design of the Infinity Gauntlet and it looks brilliant when being worn by Thanos, particularly with all six Infinity Stones in place. £69.99 or $69.99 seems a little expensive for a set containing just four figures but the size of the M-ship, as well as the appeal of those figures, makes up for this in my opinion and I would definitely recommend this set to Marvel fans.
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