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life in plastic: LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES – Iron Man vs. the Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown (76008) Review

January 16, 2015 by  



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“LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES – Iron Man vs. the Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown” is a set one can find cheaply but it does feature IRON MAN in a cool suit of armor, while Mandarin’s vehicle has parts that probably can be reused to make something more different.  It’s a simple set and even better if you can find it under $8.


LEGO SET: LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES – Iron Man vs. the Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown

ITEM #: 76008

PIECES: 91

PRICE: $12.99

AGES: 6-12


From the LEGO website:

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Defeat the Mandarin with Iron Man!

It’s a Mandarin Face Off at the Miami dockside in the final battle between Iron Man and the Mandarin. Take on the ultra-tough armored car and its rotating flamethrower with dual flame flick missiles! Fly circles around the bad guy and don’t let him scorch this super hero! Includes 2 minifigures and a weapon: Iron Man with Heart Breaker Armor and the Mandarin.

• Includes 2 minifigures and a weapon: Iron Man with Heart Breaker Armor and the Mandarin
• Features the Mandarin’s armored car with rotating flame thrower with dual flame flick missiles and large wheels
• Weapons include a pistol
• Rotate the flamethrower!
• Fire the flame flick missiles!
• The Mandarin’s armored car measures over 5″ (13cm) high, 3″ (9cm) long and 2″ (6cm) wide


THE REVIEW:

With each Marvel Super Hero film comes a LEGO tie-in and for “IRON MAN III”, LEGO released “LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES – Iron Man vs. the Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown”.

With this set, it’s more about creativity and something for the children, rather than being movie accurate.  But let’s take a look at this set but first, let’s start off with the minifigures!

Included in this set is Iron Man and the Mandarin.  Iron Man looks cool with his blue pulsars and the blue (flame) emitting from his feet should look like he is in flight.

The costume for Iron Man looks very cool as it is printed on both sides and the same can be said for the Mandarin.

Removal or lifting of the facemask reveals a ticked off Tony Stark, while the Mandarin…I have to admit this is one antagonist, bad guy LEGO minifigure that I don’t dig.  His green outfit… while having printing on both sides is quite boring.  His slicked back hair and long black beard doesn’t look right.

In fact, it would have been cooler to give him the Mandarin robe, the long moustache and make the character look much more menacing, but instead he looks like a hillbilly.

Meanwhile, to make the Mandarin much cooler is to give him a HYDRA flame-shooting vehicle that shoots out flames and other weaponry to capture IRON MAN!

I know other AFOL’s feel the vehicle is silly but I look at the children who probably would dig this for its vehicle and flick missiles.

The vehicle is the most time consuming part of the set but one probably can build this entire set in a half hour.

While you get a few extra LEGO building bricks and special accessories as well!


I know many people may have purchased this set when it was sold for $7 on Amazon.  It’s a simple set with two minifigures with cool IRON MAN and not so cool looking Mandarin.  But the set makes up for creativity, especially in coming up with weaponry that gives Mandarin command over his rivals.

Overall, “LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES – Iron Man vs. the Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown” is a set one can find cheaply but it does feature IRON MAN in a cool suit of armor, while Mandarin’s vehicle has parts that probably can be reused to make something more different.  It’s a simple set and even better if you can find it under $8.

RATING: *** (3 stars out of 5)






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