Motorcycles have become a recurring feature of the Marvel Super Heroes theme, originating with 6865 Captain America's Avenging Cycle that was launched in 2012. It therefore seems appropriate that Captain America should return with another motorcycle in 76123 Captain America: Outriders Attack from Avengers: Endgame!
This set contains an exclusive Captain America minifigure, featuring a new helmet element, along with three marauding Outriders. Its price of £19.99 or $19.99 therefore appears fairly reasonable, although the motorcycle seems slightly bland in official images. Hopefully that aspect of the set might exceed my expectations.
Please note that this review is spoiler free.
Several different Captain America minifigures have been produced since 2012 and the latest version certainly represents the most significant update. The dark blue helmet is now formed using a separate component which features wing emblems on either side and a distinctive 'A' on the front. This element resembles that found on Ultron minifigures but is actually unique and I think it looks fantastic.
Unfortunately, the head underneath is less impressive. LEGO has repeatedly struggled when printing flesh tones against dark colours and this example is particularly egregious. I do like these determined and smiling expressions but this aspect of the printing process requires urgent improvement. I should also mention that official images show a more realistic skin tone which is deeply frustrating.
Nevertheless, the white armoured suit is exceptionally detailed and appears accurate when compared with the movie, including some red highlights beside the Avengers symbol. Captain America wields his classic shield which now consists of a pearl silver component with printed stripes across the front. This flamethrower can serve as a minifigure accessory but it looks better when connected to the motorcycle in my opinion.
Army building minifigures have appeared in several Marvel Super Heroes sets and the Outriders are certainly my favourite. This set contains three such creatures which feels quite generous and they look superb, wearing metallic gold armour on their head and chest. The textured detail is similarly appealing but does not continue onto the legs.
Two minifigures include additional arms on their back and they are tipped with golden claws. The third features pearl dark grey shoulder armour that is only available in three other sets and pearl gold claws are fitted to its hands. Both variants look intimidating and appear faithful to their onscreen counterparts, despite the traditional proportions of a minifigure being very different to those of the Outriders.
The Completed Model
Captain America appeared with a motorcycle in 6865 Captain America's Avenging Cycle but his new vehicle is considerably bigger and more detailed, measuring 14cm in length without the flamethrower elements. The dark blue colour scheme corresponds with its rider and three stickers further represent the connection between this motorcycle and Captain America, as well as the Avengers.
The model is simply constructed around a Technic frame so it feels exceptionally sturdy and there is substantial ground clearance, allowing the motorcycle to lean sideways which is brilliant for play. The beefy tyres are excellent, although one side is hollow so appears slightly odd. I also think the Technic structure could be concealed more effectively.
Red pieces are visible towards the rear and they activate twin disc launchers. These weapons function perfectly and create an unusual profile but they overwhelm the motorcycle to some degree. I prefer the flamethrowers which are situated beside the front wheel and some trans-orange Power Burst elements are provided to represent shooting flames. Both weapons can rotate or detach to serve as accessories, as demonstrated above.
There is adequate space for Captain America to sit behind the handlebars and ride into battle, placing his shield on a clip above the rear wheel. I like how a black bullbar element has been integrated with a headlight in front of the driver and the stickers on either flank look marvellous, featuring the same wing emblems that appear on Captain America's new helmet.
Pearl dark grey exhausts are fitted around the rear tyre, emitting enormous flames which seems quite dangerous! They look fantastic but obstruct access to the disc launcher triggers, unfortunately. That is no longer a problem once the flame have been removed though. The model also incorporates a basic kickstand so it can be displayed easily.
76123 Captain America: Outriders Attack contains an exclusive Captain America minifigure and that alone might be enough to entice some Marvel Super Heroes fans. His new helmet definitely appears faithful to the source material and I love the updated shield as well. However, the head design is very disappointing so I hope LEGO will resolve these printing difficulties soon.
There are no such issues with the Outriders though and Captain America's motorcycle is reasonable, featuring a couple of interesting functions and some attractive details. Nevertheless, vehicles like this one are extremely common and I would therefore only recommend the set to those who are particular fans of Captain America as others, such as 76125 Iron Man Hall of Armour, are more exciting.
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