LEGO S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier

There have been an escalating thread of discontent running through the LEGO fan/collector/maniac/whatever community over the past couple of years. The hardest of the hardcore have been bemoaning the lack of big, show-stopping, intricate, massive, “wow factor” sets. The incredible Super Star Destroyer was released for the holiday season in 2011 and since then … nada.

Those people stopped their bitching en masse today. Boom.

Photo of the LEGO S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier

The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier set (LEGO 76042) is 3000 pieces of pure awesome. It will be available for your gift-giving (or self-gifting) pleasure on March 1, 2015, but you can get it two weeks early if you are a LEGO VIP member. You can also power the rotors and add navigation lights by adding the LEGO Power Functions battery box (LEGO 88000), M-Motor (LEGO 8883), and Light kits (LEGO 8870). And really, after dropping 350 bucks on the model itself you would be a fool not to put down another fifty and make this a true showpiece.

It’s worth repeating: Wow.

CODA 1: If you don’t want to plunk down the 350 bucks and you happen to have 23,000 of the appropriate bricks hanging around, you can make this yourself. This set was inspired by a home-built – and much more massive version – created by an Average LEGO Joe as part of the LEGO Ideas initiative. He designed it using the awesome LEGO Digital Designer software … if you ever wanted an excuse to download the program and start playing around, this is definitely it.

CODA 2: While the great unwashed masses might see $350 as stupidly expensive for a box of LEGO, this is actually a really sweet deal. The amount of bricks you get, the hours of building fun, the playability and display value are all well above other sets of this ilk and in this price range. This set is also going to be an excellent investment – if you have to means to buy one or two extras and put them away as sealed boxes, do it. The Super Star Destroyer was released less than four years ago at 400 dollars and now that the set is retired unopened boxes are fetching upwards of 900 bucks on-line … it’s more that safe to assume this set will equal or surpass that with ease.

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