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LEGO Super Heroes 2012

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2012 was the official launch of the LEGO Super Heroes Theme. Fans would finally see their favorite characters from both Marvel and DC comics come to life in the LEGO universe. For legal reasons, they are broken into subsets of LEGO DC Super Heroes and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. However, I doubt that will stop fans from joining these worlds together.

*The following sets are divided up between their superhero or team affiliation.

(Avengers, Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, X-Men, DC Universe, Marvel Universe)

Avengers

Not only did LEGO Launch their Super Heroes theme, but the Avengers movie would be released in theaters and become a blockbuster success.

Captain America

Item #: 4597

Universe: Marvel

Ages: 6-12

Pieces: 44

Minifigures: N/A

This is an Ultrabuild set and was designed to be a buildable action figure. To make Captain America both buildable and have pieces work with other Ultrabuild sets, he was put in an armored suit. He still has his iconic star and stripe shield, but the costume itself was bulkier. This is particularly noticeable with the large pauldrons on his shoulders. When assembled, the figure is over 7” tall. You could combine this set with Iron Man 4529 and build a Captain America with even more powerful armour.

LEGO Ultrabuild Captain America 4597 Box

LEGO Ultrabuild Captain America 4597 Box

LEGO Ultrabuild Captain America 4597 Assembled

LEGO Ultrabuild Captain America 4597 Assembled

LEGO Ultrabuild Captain America 4597 Iron Man Combo Assembl

LEGO Ultrabuild Captain America 4597 Iron Man Combo Assembl

Captain America’s Avenging Cycle

Captain America’s Avenging Cycle

Item #: 6865

Universe: Marvel

Ages: 5-12

Pieces: 72

Minifigures:

  1. Captain America
  2. Chitauri General
  3. Chitauri Foot Soldier
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This building set was inspired by the end battle sequence from the Avengers movie, but takes a lot of liberties from the Chitauri invasion.

Captain America did not use the Avenging Cycle in the final battle, but drove a regular black motorcycle. LEGO made Captain America’s Avenging Cycle black with a dark red shell. The bike has a clip in the back, to store Captain America’s shield.

The movie also did not have a ground weapons platform for the aliens. However, LEGO felt they needed one and equipped it with a flick-fire missile. To make the platform more deadly, the flick-fire missile could be angled up or down using a hinged piece in back.

Although air vehicles were used by the invading Chitauri, LEGO gave them a slightly different design. This single passenger craft had wings that could fold up and down. It was also armed with a flick-fire missile underneath.

Despite having three separate pieces, this would be the smallest non-promotional building set from both the DC and Marvel line. It was the only non-promotional LEGO set based on the Avengers movie, that did not include a Loki minifigure. However, it did contain two exclusive figures. The Captain America and Alien General designed for this set were not available anywhere else.

LEGO Captain America’s Avenging Cycle 6865 Box

LEGO Captain America’s Avenging Cycle 6865 Box

LEGO Captain America’s Avenging Cycle 6865 Assembled

LEGO Captain America’s Avenging Cycle 6865 Assembled

LEGO Captain America’s Avenging Cycle 6865 Minifigures

LEGO Captain America’s Avenging Cycle 6865 Minifigures

Hawkeye With Equipment

Item #: 30165

Universe: Marvel

Ages: 6-12

Pieces: 24

Minifigures:

  1. Hawkeye

This promotional polybag set was given away in the May issue of Donald Duck Magazine and the Sunday edition of The Sun newspaper. The set came with a Hawkeye minifigure and his equipment rack. The rack held a fire extinguisher, binoculars and a walkie-talkie. Oddly enough, the rack does not have a spot for Hawkeye’s signature bow.

LEGO Hawkeye With Equipment 30165 Bag

LEGO Hawkeye With Equipment 30165 Bag

LEGO Hawkeye With Equipment 30165 Assembled

LEGO Hawkeye With Equipment 30165 Assembled

LEGO Hawkeye With Equipment 30165 Minifigure

LEGO Hawkeye With Equipment 30165 Minifigure

Hulk

Item #: 4530

Universe: Marvel

Ages: 6-12

Pieces: 39

Minifigures: N/A


When Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk, he towers over most other characters in the Marvel Universe. To make him into a 7” tall Ultrabuild LEGO set was an easy decision. The Hulk is wearing blue pants, instead of his classic purple, and for some reason was given gray pauldrons. It could be a reference to World War Hulk, or maybe LEGO didn’t realize Hulk is practically indestructible. With possible limbs, builders can make sure “Hulk Smash” all the other LEGO minifigures in his way. The set could also be combined with Iron Man 4529 and Captain America 4597, to have the Hulk morph into an even bigger monster.

LEGO Ultrabuild Hulk 4597 Box

LEGO Ultrabuild Hulk 4597 Box

LEGO Ultrabuild Hulk 4597 Assembled

LEGO Ultrabuild Hulk 4597 Assembled

LEGO Ultrabuild Hulk 4597 Iron Man Combo Assembled

LEGO Ultrabuild Hulk 4597 Iron Man Combo Assembled

Hulk

Item #: 5000022

Universe: Marvel

Ages: 6+

Pieces: 4

Minifigures:

  1. Hulk (Comic Variant)


The comic book variant Hulk minifigure was given away free to customers who bought a minimum purchase at the LEGO Shop. The promotion ran in the United States from May 16-31, 2012 and required at least $50.00 in merchandise to be bought. The United Kingdom promotion was from May 16-31, 2012 and customers needed to spend £25. While many of the Hulk minifigures at this time were much larger in design, this minifigure had pieces similar to the standard LEGO minifigure. His muscles were drawn on and he is wearing his recognizable torn purple pants. To help show the Hulk’s anger, he was given black eyes with white pupils and his mouth was formed into an expression of rage.

LEGO Super Heroes Hulk Minifigure 5000022 Polybag

LEGO Super Heroes Hulk Minifigure 5000022 Polybag

LEGO Super Heroes Hulk Minifigure 5000022

LEGO Super Heroes Hulk Minifigure 5000022

Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout

Item #: 6868

Universe: Marvel

Ages: 7-14

Pieces: 389

Minifigures:

  1. Hulk
  2. Hawkeye
  3. Thor
  4. Loki

This building set was inspired by the scene from the Avengers movie where a mind controlled Hawkeye destroys the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. In the escalating chaos, Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk, Loki escapes and Agent Phil Coulson is killed.

The set came with two main models. The first section represents rooms within the helicarrier. Several areas were combined to create one scene. The glass prison holding Loki was attached to the lab where Dr. Banner and Tony Stark were studying Loki’s staff. Since this set is about the Hulk breaking out, it’s important to add some features to help “Hulk SMASH!”. There are 4 fuel tanks that can be launched from their storage rack. There is a small command center placed above the prison cell. One of the computer screens in the command room has a Space Invaders sticker on it. This is a reference to the easter egg in the movie where a S.H.I.E.L.D agent in the background is playing Galaga.

The second model is the S.H.I.E.L.D. fighter jet. It measures 7” long, 5” wide and 2” high. The jet has an opening and closing cockpit, so that a minifigure can be placed inside. To highlight its use as a fighter, there are four flick-fire missiles under the wings. To make it more desirable for collectors, the Hulk Avengers variant was exclusive to this set.

LEGO Super Heroes Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout 6868 Box

LEGO Super Heroes Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout 6868 Box

LEGO Super Heroes Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout Assembled

LEGO Super Heroes Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout Assembled

LEGO Super Heroes Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout Minifigures

LEGO Super Heroes Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout Minifigures

Iron Man

Item #: 4529

Universe: Marvel

Ages: 6-12

Pieces: 44

Minifigures: N/A


The Iron Man Ultrabuild set was able to take advantage of Tony Stark’s advanced armour and gadgets. The model takes it core design from the classic red and gold suit. This design has Iron Man equipped with a large shoulder blaster, but the long ammo belt attached to the cannon makes it look like something more appropriate for War Machine. The blaster can me moved to replace Iron Man’s hand. Sticking with the LEGO tradition of interchanging parts between sets, Iron Man’s pieces were designed to be combined with the Captain America 4597 and Hulk 4530 Ultrabuild sets.

LEGO Super Heroes Ultrabuild Iron Man 4529 Box

LEGO Super Heroes Ultrabuild Iron Man 4529 Box

LEGO Super Heroes Ultrabuild Iron Man 4529 Assembled

LEGO Super Heroes Ultrabuild Iron Man 4529 Assembled

Iron Man and Captain America

Item #: LCP2012

Universe: Marvel

Ages: N/A

Pieces: 8

Minifigures:

  1. Captain America
  2. Iron Man


125 lucky people at the 2012 New York Toy Fair were able to get their hands on this extremely rare Marvel Super Heroes promotional giveaway. The two minifigures were both based on the comic books, instead of films, and exclusive to this set. This would be the only Iron Man minifigure to include a printed helmet. The design for Captain America’s shield was unique to this set.

LEGO Super Heroes Iron Man and Captain America Minifigure LCP2012 Box

LEGO Super Heroes Iron Man and Captain America Minifigure LCP2012 Box

LEGO Super Heroes Iron Man and Captain America Minifigure LCP2012

LEGO Super Heroes Iron Man and Captain America Minifigure LCP2012

Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape

Item #: 6867

Universe: Marvel

Ages: 6-12

Pieces: 181

Minifigures:

  1. Hawkeye
  2. Iron Man (Mark 6)
  3. Loki

This building set recreates Loki’s attempt to steal the Tessarect from S.H.I.E.L.D’s underground base. The model has a lot more fun features than, the pickup truck used in the film. To increase its offensive capabilities, there is a flick-fire missile on both sides. The floor in the bed of the truck can be tilted, to launch Loki out the back. Although Iron Man was not in this scene of the movie, Robert Downey Jr. claims that his character was included in the original script. During the New York Toy Fair, LEGO was calling the prototype of this set Loki Escape.

LEGO Super Heroes Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape 6867 Box

LEGO Super Heroes Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape 6867 Box

LEGO Super Heroes Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape 6867 Assembled

LEGO Super Heroes Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape 6867 Assembled

LEGO Super Heroes Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape 6867 Minifigures

LEGO Super Heroes Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape 6867 Minifigures

Quinjet

Item #: 30162

Universe: Marvel

Ages: N/A

Pieces: 33

Minifigures: N/A

The Quinjet has been a staple vehicle in the Marvel Universe since 1969. It has gone through many upgrades and alterations since its creation by the Wakanda Design Group, but it is still recognizable by comic fans. It was a great delight for fans to see the Quinjet brought to life in the Avengers movie. Since this airship is very large and capable of carrying several passengers, LEGO released a mini building set. Now fans could enjoy this classic vehicle and not lose an entire shelf to put it on display.

LEGO Super Heroes Quinjet 30162 Polybag

LEGO Super Heroes Quinjet 30162 Polybag

LEGO Super Heroes Quinjet 30162 Assembled

LEGO Super Heroes Quinjet 30162 Assembled

Quinjet Aerial Battle

Item #: 6869

Universe: Marvel

Ages: 7-14

Pieces: 735

Minifigures:

  1. Black Widow
  2. Iron Man (Mark VII)
  3. Thor
  4. Loki
  5. Chitauri Foot Soldier

Although it was Black Widow, Hawkeye and Captain America who flew the Quinjet to New York in their attempt to stop the Chitauri invasion, Black Widow was the only one to make it into the building set.

This set gave fans the chance to build a Quinjet that is an impressive 15” long. Beyond size, it also has a lot of fun features to play with. There are two opening cockpits for minifigures to sit comfortably in, but only one of the hero minifigures included can’t fly on her own. I guess you will just have to buy another LEGO Super Heroes building set. LEGO really should have thought about this ahead of time. To simulate aerial combat and landing, the wing tips and jet engines could be moved into different positions. There is a prison in the center that could squeeze two or three minifigures inside. There is a movable boarding ramp in the back of the jet, and a minijet can be deployed from the bottom by pushing a button located on top. The model was also equipped with 4 flick-fire missiles.

It would not be an aerial battle without another ship to fight, so the set also included the much smaller flying chariot. The front part of the vehicle contains the weapons and is where a Chitauri controls the ship. The back was a simple platform for a minifigure to be carried around in style. The two sections were attached by a slanting piece that could be raised or lowered.

LEGO Super Heroes Quinjet Aerial Battle 6869 Box

LEGO Super Heroes Quinjet Aerial Battle 6869 Box

LEGO Super Heroes Quinjet Aerial Battle 6869 Assembled

LEGO Super Heroes Quinjet Aerial Battle 6869 Assembled

LEGO Super Heroes Quinjet Aerial Battle 6869 Minifigures

LEGO Super Heroes Quinjet Aerial Battle 6869 Minifigures

Thor and The Cosmic Cube

Item #: 30163

Universe: Marvel

Ages: 6-12

Pieces: 25

Minifigures:

  1. Thor

This polybag set was available in the UK as a promotional give away in a July issue of the Sun newspaper. However, U.S. customers could purchase it at their local Toys “R” Us store. This mini building set was based on a deleted scene from the Avengers movie. The scene had Thor attempting to smash the portal machine, only to be foiled by its shield. This set might not contain a lot of pieces, but LEGO still managed to squeeze in some fun features. A TECHNIC axle inside the rock formation was connected to a lever that could be pushed down, so the rock would wall fall apart and reveal the Cosmic Cube.

LEGO Super Heroes Thor and The Cosmic Cube 30163 Polybag

LEGO Super Heroes Thor and The Cosmic Cube 30163 Polybag

LEGO Super Heroes Thor and The Cosmic Cube 30163 Assembled

LEGO Super Heroes Thor and The Cosmic Cube 30163 Assembled

LEGO Super Heroes Thor and The Cosmic Cube 30163 Thor Minifigure

LEGO Super Heroes Thor and The Cosmic Cube 30163 Thor Minifigure

Batman

Batman and his colorful rogue gallery of villains are known for their crazy gadgets and vehicles. This makes them perfect for designing LEGO sets around. Perhaps this is why Batman would have the most LEGO DC Super Heroes sets based on his comic book.

The Batcave

Item #: 6860

Universe: DC

Ages: 7-14

Pieces: 690

Minifigures:

  1. Batman
  2. Bruce Wayne
  3. Robin
  4. Poison Ivy
  5. Bane


The Batcave would be the first official Super Heroes theme building set released by LEGO. However, it is the second Batcave produced by them. The Batcave: The Penguin and Mr. Freeze’s Invasion came out in 2006, as part of the LEGO Batman Theme. This set is part of the 2012 line, but some stores got it in stock at the end of 2011. As the first set available to the public for purchase, it is important to go big. The Batcave consisted of three sections standing 8 inches tall and included two vehicles.


The smallest section of the Batcave was the Batprison. The cell was clearly designed to hold Poison Ivy. Three of the walls were made of transparent fluorescent blue pieces and the fourth used similarly colored bars. This prison style is often used to hold Poison Ivy to accommodate her unique plant biology, but the picture scan of Ivy is the real give away that this cage was meant for her. You can put any minifigure in the prison. However, the bars are made to be easily removed for a breakout. That is probably why they equipped the turret on top of the cell with flick-fire missiles and an “ALERT” sign.


The next two sections of the Batcave are taller, because they are raised off the ground using support girders. The smaller of these two structures is jam packed with gadgets. At the very top is the red Batphone for Commissioner Gordon to call Batman. Just below the phone is where Batman stores most of his batgadgets. Next to all of Batman’s gear is a large box with a computerized image of the Batsuit on front. This is actually the “changing chamber” for Bruce Wayne to suit-up in. An axle in the back of the tower activates an elevator that will lower the Bruce Wayne minifigure down into the chamber and then have the Batman minifigure lowered out of the chamber, to give the illusion of instantly changing into his costume.

The second raised platform has more space for the minifigures to move around. The top section contains the Batcomputer. The computer has a seat for the minifigures to use, three control panels and three monitors with images to set the scene. There are two large floor lamps, to help create the feeling of a dark underground cave. This section also contains another turret equipped with flick-fire missiles. The bottom floor of the structure acts as the garage/entrance. Two door halves can be opened to allow vehicles in and out of the facility. Instead of an elevator, the two levels are connected by a staircase.


In addition to the main Batcave, the set also comes with two vehicles. The Batcycle is a simplified version of the Batcycle: Harley Quinn’s Hammer Truck 7886 building set released in 2008, under the Batman Theme. The motorcycle is no longer arched and has lost the batwings in back. This sleeker design still had the flick-fire missiles on the sides. The second vehicle belongs to Bane. His red mole machine has a huge drill that spins in the front used to burrow into the Batcave and free Poison Ivy. To battle Batman and Robin, it is also armed with two flick-fire missiles.

LEGO Super Heroes Batcave 6860 Box

LEGO Super Heroes Batcave 6860 Box

LEGO Super Heroes Batcave 6860 Assembled

LEGO Super Heroes Batcave 6860 Assembled

LEGO Super Heroes Batcave 6860 Minifigures

LEGO Super Heroes Batcave 6860 Minifigures