40334 Avengers Tower celebrates the climax of the entire Infinity Saga and is currently available with qualifying purchases at shop.LEGO.com. An impressive rendition of the Avengers' distinctive headquarters is included here and the Iron Man minifigure is unique, hence this set has inspired significant praise from many Marvel fans.
Hopefully this attractive set will prove worthy of such high expectations following its completion.
Numerous versions of Iron Man have been released but the latest example is unusual, featuring a suit which has been partially assembled. LEGO describes this as the Iron Man Mark VIII armour, although the metallic silver highlights appear more akin to the Mark VII armour. However, the Mark XLIII armour does appear in an incomplete form during Avengers: Age of Ultron, loosely resembling this figure.
Regardless of its possible source materials, this minifigure looks great. The torso is intricately detailed, especially on the back where some metallic silver armour is visible. I like the differing arm colours and the clothing underneath resembles that found in 76007 Iron Man: Malibu Mansion Attack. There is no printing on the legs, unfortunately, but that corresponds with Tony's earlier appearance too.
The minifigure includes a tousled hair piece and a helmet with an opening faceplate. Both sides of the head can therefore be used, although I prefer the pale blue heads-up display. Repulsor pieces are not provided but Iron Man does carry a trans-light blue 1x1 round brick, providing somewhere to place the helmet when it is not being worn.
The Completed Model
Exclusive minifigures are always welcome but the primary focus of this set is certainly Avengers Tower itself. Its elegant silhouette has been accurately replicated here, making good use of 3x6 wedge plates which are connected to bricks with studs on the side within. The entire model stands on a curved base that appears rather simple, although its internal structure is remarkably colourful.
The base further increases the height of Avengers Tower, reaching 20cm. It therefore looks wonderful on display and I love the combination between different textures, although the curvature of the smooth dark bluish grey section should be more pronounced. Two printed tiles featuring the Avengers emblem are attached on each side. Their position does not correspond precisely with the films but works nicely for a model of this scale in my opinion.
Layered 2x6 curved plates form the landing platform which is accompanied by a miniature rendition of the Quinjet. This tiny vehicle only contains nine pieces but is instantly recognisable, making ingenious use of Star-Lord's Quad Blasters to replicate the angled wings. A trans-clear aerial connects this craft to Avengers Tower for display while the roof is cleverly constructed using 1x2 grille slopes.
LEGO has produced several interesting promotional items during the last couple of years and 40334 Avengers Tower is certainly among my favourites. The model looks fantastic when compared with the movies, closely resembling its onscreen counterpart and incorporating impressive texture which helps to break up the predominantly grey colour scheme.
The exclusive Iron Man minifigure is slightly disappointing, although I appreciate the attempt to include something unique rather than reissuing an existing minifigure. I would therefore recommend this set to collectors of the Marvel Super Heroes theme and it might also interest LEGO Architecture enthusiasts.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.
Thanks to MeganL for the photos in this review.