Capping off my reviews of the latest wave of Iron Man LEGO sets is a look at #76007, Iron Man: Malibu Mansion Attack.This 364 piece set is the largest of the Iron Man 3 movie tie-ins and carries a US retail price of $39.99. It also features several exclusive minifigures, including Pepper Potts.
What's in the box?
There are three numbered bags, two instructions booklets, a sticker sheet, and a comic book. The books/stickers/comic are floating loose in the box, so chances are they will be curled. Such was the case with mine. Thankfully, no hard creasing or other damage was done.
58846) only appears in white in one other set, and you get two of them.
How are the minifigures
Let's start with the bad guys. The Mandarin figure included in this set is very different from the version in 76008. His torso has a much more detailed printing, including leg printing. Of course, you'll never really be able to tell that because the cape and huge beard cover up most of those details.
The Extremis Soldier is pretty basic and the face is pretty similar to the one used for Aldrich Killian in set 76006. He's a nice little henchmen and pilots the helicopter just fine.
The back printing on both is pretty much what you would expect.
As for the heroes, we get a Tony Stark in casual wear and Pepper Potts, along with the Mark 42 armor with a plain white head. The armor included here is that same as what's in set 76006. As I have come to expect, the torso printing on all three is well detailed. I especially liked the gold necklace on Pepper. It's very subtle and a nice touch.
How is the build?
Let's start with the helicopter, since that's what you build first. It's a pretty standard build compared to other vehicles. I did notice right out of the bags that the base of the chopper uses the solid undercarriage that seems to be the standard approach now. I don't quite understand why this can't just be built with plates.
On to bag two, where we start on the mansion. The structure comes together in a largely modular style, with each section being snapped in to the greater structure upon completion.
Bag three covers the larger portion of the mansion, with two large windows and a work area for Tony. You get more stickers here, which create some little graphical displays. There are also stickers on the front windows for some warning signs and some exterior detailing.
The finished product is honestly a little bit crowded inside. There's really not a lot of floor space and maneuvering the figures through the floor plan is kind of difficult because of the tight angles.
The instructions are very easy to follow, considering how many pages there are where you are setting down just one or two bricks for a step.
Overall, I am not that impressed with this set. You get some nice figures and a decent sized mansion out of the deal, but it just does not feel like what I would expect for $40. If it were not for the fact that I wanted to cover all three of these sets, I would have waited for this one to drop in price before picking it up. I would probably want to hit at least 25 percent off.
On the plus side, it did get me thinking about what might be my next major MOC project. There's a ton of potential behind the idea of Stark's mansion and workshop. I just don't think this set does the concept justice.
Ultimate Showdown" provides a pretty good bang for your buck, includes two key characters, and produces a cool little vehicle. The "Extremis Sea Port Battle" is passable, but so much of what I love about that set has more to do with War Machine than the actual boat that should be the focus.