Avengers: Infinity War features an outstanding selection of heroes. In fact, there was not room for them all in the earlier range based upon the movie. Fortunately, some absent characters can be found in the fantastic 5005256 Marvel Super Heroes Minifigure Collection!
These minifigures are exclusively available here and they look superb, featuring detailed printing on almost every available surface. However, the pack has not been distributed consistently around the world which is quite disappointing, especially given the great standard of the minifigures and the popularity of these characters.
Two previous War Machine minifigures have been created, along with the Iron Patriot, but this version is certainly my favourite. The colour combination of black and metallic silver looks wonderful in relation to the Mark IV armour worn during Avengers: Infinity War and I love the red highlights between armour panels on his chest. These only become visible when his weaponry is deployed in the movie and such attention to detail is extremely impressive.
In addition, the arms feature the modern United States Air Force roundel and the Mark IV designation, corresponding precisely with the film. War Machine's helmet appears almost identical to the minifigure found in 76051 Super Hero Airport Battle, although a couple of black details now decorate the cheeks. As usual, the faceplate can open to reveal James Rhodes inside.
The double-sided head includes a smiling expression on one side while the other is covered with a red heads-up display. A similar design appeared on Iron Man in the earlier Avengers: Infinity War sets so I am glad that War Machine has a matching head. This minifigure is armed with a machine gun that fits onto a neck bracket and can be positioned over either shoulder.
Wong was introduced during Doctor Strange and appeared for a second time in Avengers: Infinity War but was absent from 76108 Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown. This new minifigure might therefore be particularly popular and he looks magnificent in relation to the film, wearing a dark red robe with a dark blue shirt underneath. His colourful belts are attractive and these designs continue onto the side of the dual-moulded legs.
This flesh head features some facial hair and appears accurate to the onscreen character, particularly given the severe facial expression which reflects Wong's typical demeanour. He carries a printed 2x2 tile that represents the Book of Cagliostro but no circular Tao Mandalas are included. These are found in 76108 Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown though.
Iron Man is available in a couple of Avengers: Infinity War sets but this minifigure is based upon Tony Stark at the beginning of the movie, before donning his armoured suit. The tousled hair looks good in relation to the source material and the two expressions are ideal, corresponding with Tony's changing mood when the Black Order arrives in New York.
He sports a hooded jacket with an unusual camouflage pattern and this design is remarkably intricate, featuring reflective highlights that are printed against dark bluish grey pieces. The orange piping looks marvellous and continues on each arm. Of course, Tony is always prepared for battle so wears a blue housing unit on his chest, containing nanoparticles to form the Mark L Iron Man armour!
Winter Soldier has appeared in three previous sets but this minifigure is unique, wearing a distinctive dark blue jacket. This appears rather bright when compared with Avengers: Infinity War but is probably the most appropriate choice in my opinion, particularly since past renditions of the character have worn darker clothing. Bucky's olive green trousers are excellent too and a holster is printed on the side of his right leg.
This minifigure includes a new head which is decorated with some stubble and two facial expressions. Both appear prepared for battle and the Winter Soldier accordingly carries a dark bluish grey gun with two barrels. However, my favourite aspect of the minifigure is definitely the new pearl silver arm. I like the metallic gold designs and this element looks perfectly accurate to the film.
5005256 Marvel Super Heroes Minifigure Collection is probably the best Bricktober minifigure pack that LEGO has produced. All four characters look absolutely fantastic in relation to the source material and I think the correct heroes were selected, almost completing the impressive cast of Avengers: Infinity War. In fact, one could consider War Machine among the most intricately detailed minifigures to date!
Such extraordinary detail is welcome but also introduces a minor issue when these figures are placed beside those from the standard sets. The previous minifigures seem plain by comparison, lacking arm printing and dual-moulded pieces. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend this pack and am pleased that it is gradually becoming more widely available.
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