‘LEGO 76047: Black Panther Pursuit’ Review
So, Black Panther has arrived! This LEGO set is the one to introduce arguably one of the most anticipated characters to appear in Captain America: Civil War besides Spider-Man. It’s a pretty good set to introduce him in too.
At $29.99 it is quite pricey for its size but if you’re after the minifigures, you probably won’t mind. As is often the case with Marvel and DC sets, the minifigures are what sell the set and they certainly don’t disappoint here.
In addition to the aforementioned Black Panther, also included is Winter Soldier and Captain America. The Black Panther is so detailed on the torso print that it makes you wonder why Hasbro can’t achieve this level of accuracy on one of their larger figures. The printing is on both the front and the back of the figure and the silver sections really make it pop. Also included is a small piece that goes on his head to give him ears. In the past, pieces like this have been made of a softer material and are prone to falling off easily. I’m happy to say this is made from ABS plastic so isn’t going anywhere.
The Winter Soldier also saw a release in the Super Hero Airport Battle. It’s the same figure. The detailing on his torso, especially his arm, is incredibly well done. On the downside, they appear to have re-used Star-Lord’s head from the Guardians Of The Galaxy range. Captain America is the main reason I personally wanted the set. It’s so nice to see them do something different with him. Usually he’s so plain but this time around they’ve released an unmasked version of him. The hair sculpt is brilliant, giving him a wind swept look so he looks like he’s mid-fight. The torso print is just as detailed as previous sets.
You get three vehicles in this set. This just makes it an even better value as usually you might only get one or two within this price bracket. Included is Black Panther’s jet, a truck for Cap, and Winter Soldier’s motorcycle. Starting with the smallest, the motorcycle is pretty standard. From the movie trailers, it looks like just a regular bike so in that respect, this is fairly accurate. Otherwise, nothing to write home about. The truck is a good design and comes with a unique play feature. There is a missile launcher hidden in the front grill that you can activate by pushing Cap’s arm down. It’s a really well thought out design that adds to the playability of the set. Also the truck has really good ground clearance so rolls along a flat surface totally unimpeded.
Rounding out the vehicles is Black Panther’s personal jet. What a marvel this thing is. It looks great. The combination of purple and black and the overall shape gives it a really sleek look. A little splash of color in the cockpit finishes off what would be a great display piece. Also, a child can hold it and play with it the jet without it falling apart in their hands which is something that can easily happen with other LEGO planes.
The build itself is good fun. There’s nothing about it that feels tedious or repetitive. The only piece that threatens to be repetitive is the jet but it avoids that by using a few interesting techniques to achieve its shape. There are quite a few smooth pieces on the jet that give it a shiny, sleek finish. The only downside with the build is that it’s over fairly quickly. It took roughly half an hour to build. On to the part of the build that people seem to find most irritating; stickers. There are about eleven stickers in the set. Six of them are on the wings of the jet. They look great when applied and I suppose it wouldn’t have been cost effective to have printed the pieces. They aren’t too fiddly on this set so don’t really cause too much of an issue.
This set is one of the better sets in this price range. Certainly better value in terms of size, than the Hulkbuster set from last year. The minifigures and the jet make this a must-have for collectors and the play features make it a good purchase for younger LEGO fans. Overall, a win for the Marvel Superheroes theme.