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Today we will be taking a closer look at Captain Marvel and Nick Fury Polybag set number 30453. This set came out in 2020, has 32 pieces, and was designed for people 6 and up.
The set was inspired by the first time Carol Danvers and Nick Fury met. Carol has recently crashed into a Blockbuster Video Store, is using a pay phone and reported to the authoraties as someone dressed to play laser tag. These three dated references place us firmly in 1995.
Captain Marvel / Vers
This set was all about the minifigures. Which makes sense, since it’s called Captain Marvel and Nick Fury. The Captain Marvel figure is by far what makes this set so desirable. Technically, this is not Captain Marvel. At the time, Carol Danvers had amnesia. She was known as Vers and part of the Kree Starforce. She did not remember her old identity as Carol Danvers or come into her Captain Marvel role yet. This Vers Starforce minifigure was only available in the San Diego Comic Con exclusive set Captain Marvel and The Asis 77902. This made, what was an extremely rare figure, available to the wider public. For Captain Marvel fans, this was the only figure to have her in the blue Starforce uniform. The legs piece and arms are a flat blue color, with no extra detail. The front and back of the torso piece are magnificently designed. I appreciate all the lines used to help create the texture of the costume and the colors do a nice job matching the uniform. She comes with 2 facial expressions. The first is a simple smile. The second is the stern expression of a warrior learning to control her powers and emotions. The side swept hair is the same piece used for her fellow marvel heroine Black Widow. She comes with 2 power blast pieces. These are fun playable accessories that fit great with our characters who can project energy blasts from their hands.
Young Nick Fury
This would only be the second and probably last set to feature a young Nick Fury, before he loses his eye. The other set is Captain Marvel and the Skrull Attack 76127. For Marvel fans, this is a great character piece. For MOC builders and stop motion creators, the torso piece is what makes this character desirable. The white shirt, black tie and gun holster are simple, but well designed. I appreciate that LEGO continued the printing onto the back to include the straps and buckle. With LEGO’s somewhat flexible “not make war fun” policy, to get a minifigure torso with a realistic gun printed onto it is rare. This common real world outfit, but rare LEGO printing opens up a lot of custom minifigure options. His two face printings do a great job matching the digitally de-aged Samuel L. Jackson. The small smirk shows the cool confined but not yet jaded personality of a young Nick Fury. The stern expression shows us just why Nick Fury is not a man to be messed with. For his accessory, he was given the 2 barrel pistol. This is the go to weapon accessory for LEGO.
Oddly enough, the phone booth build is the least desirable part of this LEGO building set. It looks nothing like the movie. It doesn’t even look like a phone booth found in 1995. The build itself is simple, uses no interesting techniques and the translucent blue 1X1 brick used for the Tesseract seems out of place. However, it comes with 4 printed pieces and a utensil radio. The 45 2 x 1 slope piece is used for the phone booth keypad. The 1X1 Tile digital keypad is a nice representation of the device Captain Marvel plugged into the phone booth to contact her team in space. I’m not sure what the 1X2 tile vehicle control panel is for, but I’ll take another printed piece. For me, the 1X2 tile printed like a VHS tape is my favorite. At the time of its release, this piece was only available in 3 other sets. While it might be out of place on the phone booth, it’s a nice reference to the Blockbuster Video store the phone booth was next to. The radio accessory is more for Nick Fury. Maybe he decided to put this bulky 1995 technology down, before talking to Danvers.
This is a great polybag. While the build itself is forgettable and lacks any unique build techniques, the printed pieces and minifigures make this set well worth the price and great addition to any LEGO collection.