76127 Captain Marvel and The Skrull Attack has attracted significant praise since being revealed towards the end of 2018. This set contains three brand new minifigures which are appealing and the miniature Quinjet looks wonderful in official images as well, reflecting its appearance during 1995 when Captain Marvel takes place.
In addition, the set includes 307 pieces but only costs £24.99 or $29.99 so seems to offer impressive value. I am definitely approaching this review with high expectations, especially for the prototype S.H.I.E.L.D. Quinjet which looks remarkably distinctive when compared with previous renditions of this celebrated aircraft.
Please note that this review is spoiler free.
Discussion of the new Captain Marvel minifigure has focused primarily upon her medium nougat hair piece. This element only loosely resembles her actual hairstyle in the movie and a more suitable piece is available, although I am pleased to see this component in a new colour. The double-sided head was originally designed for Qi'ra from Solo: A Star Wars Story but looks reasonable here, even with reddish brown eyebrows.
The torso appears fairly similar to that from 76049 Avenjet Space Mission, albeit now featuring some additional streaks which correspond with the film. I like the metallic gold star at the centre and the red highlights look brilliant but the arms are plain, unfortunately. Dual-moulded legs would also have been an excellent addition. This minifigure comes with two trans-light blue Power Blasts.
Captain Marvel is accompanied by a Flerken named Goose. These alien creatures bear an extremely strong resemblance to domesticated cats, hence she is represented by a standard cat element. I think this looks good when compared with the movie, although medium dark flesh might be a more accurate colour than dark orange. Furthermore, a printed collar could probably have been included too.
Nick Fury has only appeared on two previous occasions and the latest minifigure represents a young version of the character, as he appeared during the 1990s. His head was introduced with Cyborg from the Justice League range but seems appropriate for a younger Nick Fury, featuring a wry smile on one side and a determined expression on the other. I think this black hair piece looks perfect as well.
However, my favourite aspect of the minifigure is certainly its torso. This component would be suitable for many different characters, featuring a dark bluish grey shoulder holster with straps that continue on the back. The simple belt and tie appear similarly impressive, befitting a junior S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Nick Fury wields a standard pistol with twin barrels.
Skrulls are among the most popular Marvel villains and are making their first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the new film. Talos commands these shape-shifting aliens on Earth and looks quite intimidating, featuring lime green skin and prominent ears. Olive green would probably have been a more accurate skin tone than lime green, although the actual colour lies somewhere in between.
Talos' ears are cleverly represented by an updated version of the Genie's head attachment from the Disney Collectable Minifigures, now lacking an earring, so a small peg hole appears on top. Some printed striations would be helpful in matching the face but I think this minifigure looks fantastic on the whole, especially given the intricate detail on his torso. A stud shooter is included with the villain.
The Completed Model
LEGO has produced several different versions of the Quinjet since Marvel Super Heroes commenced in 2012 and the latest model represents a significant departure from its predecessors. While they took inspiration from modern vessels which have appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this example originates in 1995. Its scale has been reduced in relation to the film but the model still feels substantial, measuring 31cm in length.
While the majority of earlier Quinjets have been dominated by curved shapes, this design seems more angular. That is particularly apparent around the cockpit as a trans-black 4x3x3 windscreen is attached sideways, forming the canopy. Clear-backed stickers are placed here and the S.H.I.E.L.D. emblems on each side are represented using stickers as well. The resultant designs are attractive, although I favour opaque stickers on the whole.
Removing the canopy reveals space for a minifigure inside. This seems adequate for a set containing 307 pieces, although the set description suggests that there is room for two. Nevertheless, the control panel sticker is a lovely detail and I am impressed that the designer was able to include a seat in such a confined space, without compromising the exterior.
The wings are constructed using layered plates so feel reasonably sturdy and I love the red highlights along the leading edges, complementing those on the cockpit. However, red markings are not actually visible during trailers for Captain Marvel, where the wings instead appear entirely grey. Each rendition of the Quinjet has included adjustable winglets and they return here alongside lights denoting the port and starboard sides.
Missile pods are situated underneath the wings, launching eight flick-fire missiles. These weapons are not particularly effective when compared with spring-loaded shooters and the onscreen Quinjet has no such armament, although I think they look quite appealing and the launching function works extremely well. Pushing the black container piece forward fires the four missiles together and the buttons can be accessed easily from behind.
Angled engines provide thrust to the Quinjet and these are reminiscent of 6869 Quinjet Aerial Battle. I like the red bands around each engine and two further stickers are placed on the innermost stabilising fins. Unfortunately, the stabilisers are rather fragile but I appreciate the realistic aircraft serial numbers, revealing that the Quinjet is based in Arizona . In fact, this exact number appeared on a VF-32 Vought A-7D Corsair II which currently resides at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona!
Despite being hollow, the fuselage offers limited space and is only accessible from the rear. There is enough room for Goose and you can also place a minifigure in here, although they cannot sit down or connect to any studs. Nevertheless, I appreciate the hinged boarding ramp and including a removable roof might affect the stability of the Quinjet so I understand why that was omitted.
Marvel Super Heroes was among the most enjoyable themes during 2018 and 76127 Captain Marvel and The Skrull Attack definitely maintains that high standard. This rendition of the Quinjet is relatively small but includes considerable detail and I love its distinctive angular design, contrasting with earlier Quinjet models that appear more streamlined. Moreover, the model feels sturdy and the missile pods are thoroughly enjoyable.
The minifigure selection is similarly appealing in my opinion, although I do think Captain Marvel could be improved and the consistent application of dual-moulding would be useful. Nick Fury and Talos, on the other hand, are both fantastic and this set offers exceptional value so I would certainly recommend adding it to your collection.
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