LEGO Marvel Gargantos Showdown 76205 Monster Building Kit with Doctor Strange, Wong and America Chavez for Ages 8+ (264 Pieces)

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LEGO Marvel Gargantos Showdown 76205 Monster Building Kit with Doctor Strange, Wong and America Chavez for Ages 8+ (264 Pieces)

LEGO Marvel Gargantos Showdown 76205 Monster Building Kit with Doctor Strange, Wong and America Chavez for Ages 8+ (264 Pieces)

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This set comes in a “thumb punch” style rectangular box. The front image depicts the three included minifigures in battle against a multi-armed, one-eyed monster as they all progress up the side of a city skyscraper. This seems to be a running theme for this franchise, as 76060 Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum also pitted three of the film’s characters against a tentacled foe. Photos of the film’s cast are present on the right-hand side of the box, and this set includes three of the four featured characters. Scarlet Witch gets left out, but she was available in the latest Marvel Collectible Minifigure series if you want to complete the band. The minifigures are where the set really shines for me. There have been numerous Doctor Strange figures in sets across various movie tie-ins, but Wong is a character that’s been a little harder to come by. And America Chavez is making her LEGO debut here (and her MCU debut in the corresponding movie). Kids playing with it? There’s always the possibility that the parts weren’t fully seated during assembly, in which case the intersections may not have happened and no stress resulted. I’ve seen grown adults half-attach parts when they were in a rush or not paying attention. It’s for this reason that Master Model Builders use rubber mallets to seat the parts on glued models. Not only is it less abusive on your fingers, but the impact can help close up gaps several layers down. Well, that's three Lego lesbians, from three different fictional universes. (Tracer, Batwoman, and now America Chavez.) Wonder when they'll get around to the other letters because they've got the L covered. Although I guess 40516 could count..." It can be forced, but as you can see the parts are still at odd angles, and the pieces do not connect flushly.

Had the collision been accidental, with the expectation that the parts would sit flush with one another, the designer probably would not have left such a large "buffer zone" between the reversed plates and the tiled surface beneath them. In fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised if an earlier sketch model had used 2x2 jumper plates to fill that space, which were removed once the usual quality assurance tests made it clear that this would stress the parts beyond their natural tolerances."There has also been concerns about decreased part quality following the introduction of plant based plastic, especially with transparent pieces."

While the AT-AT issue is annoying, it's merely very difficult to disassemble. A poor design choice perhaps, but at least everything fits together as designed. We have good youtubers covering off brands. So I decided to give several of them a try and see for myself. Some are crappy and some are honestly on par with Lego, at least quality-wise -> they offer similar products of LEGO quality but for a lower price. At the same time, Lego employs a very aggressive Frankfurt law firm to intimidate retailers of off-brands and exploits loopholes in German customs processing as well as the rather slowly moving legal system here. This led to a decrease of the popularity of the Lego COMPANY in recent years in Germany. Yes, see this New Elementary interview, where they basically say the material is a work-in-progress: https://www.newelementary.com/2020/09/missing-faulty-lego-consumer-perceived-quality.html Don't assume such things as every German AFOL is a fan of Held der Steine or watches regularly videos from him! >:( I'd agree, I don't actually have an issue with the AT-AT set. A construction method that requires a degree of skill to disassemble I feel is fine for a large complex set and the intended audience for it.That said, there are very few knots that are impossible to untie once tied, provided you’re willing to work at it. Gordion knots are the only one that comes to mind. Huw's article discusses this issue in detail and I find it extremely unlikely that LEGO considers the technique 'legal'. If the flange on the wheel arch was just pushing the ball cups outwards slightly, I might agree. However, a 1x6 plate is then attached beneath those ball cups, forcing them to detach partially from the wheel arch and creating the gaps. Unless design rules have changed recently, elements are definitely required to be pressed down firmly and completely on the stud(s) underneath.

The eye is definitely the most attention-grabbing part of the model, with two mudguards forming an effective pair of eyelids. While the upper eyelid is connected by clips, the model is constructed in such a way that it remains static. Judging from the box image, I was hoping the eyelid would have some degree of movement to allow the monster different expressions. Alas, it was not to be. On the plus side, the open studs at the end of tentacles means minifigures and other pieces can be easily connected to the arms. This gives the set a surprising amount of play value, and I enjoy pitting him against the minifigures. Interesting. I did wonder whether there might be an issue like that, or perhaps another studio holding the rights to Shuma-Gorath. After all, why use the name of a little-known tentacled villain if they could have included the more famous character?" While I would agree that would be the ideal situation, it's often the case that there isn't a 'final response'. We are still waiting for more info about the postponed/cancelled mechs, for example. I don't know if it's just me, but I have the feeling that while many people are rightly complaining over this (and other issues with LEGO), only German commenters bring up how off-brand have better standards/cost less/are catching up with LEGO, etc. " What do you think -- Is this a problem that would worry you, or doesn't it matter? Should we continue to bring issues like this to your attention?The spherical body at the centre of these tentacles is considerably smaller, but offers wonderful detail. The blending of smooth and studded surfaces forms a scaly texture and olive green was certainly an effective colour choice, with occasional dark green and dark tan accents. The few light bluish grey elements therefore appear somewhat conspicuous, but they were unavoidable. I think we might have to be a bit more forgiving of issues like this. We've all been through a tough time the last 20 months and it's had an effect on us all, not least the LEGO company, as is now becoming apparent." If you can't name any, then we can assume the both of you didn't dig very much into the topic off-brands."

CapnRex101 tells me that it does not prevent 76205 Gargantos Showdown from being assembled, nor does it have a detrimental effect on the finished model, but it doesn't seem to meet the high design standards to which we have become accustomed, and of course the parts will be stressed which may result in damage over time. An illegal technique is not one that causes undue stress to the parts, but one that is _recognized_ to cause undue stress to the parts. There are tons of high-stress techniques that have never been considered for an official set, and therefore remain off the list. I created one myself, about two decades ago. It’s probably not on the list, because it’s so stressful that you almost need to use furniture to force the connections. Well, there's nothing stopping the comments from proclaiming doomsday, but this article was written exactly as it should have been, so credit to that. When you consider that a lot of 2021 and 2022 sets were designed during the pandemic, and think about how this must have affected the design teams, I'm inclined to be quite forgiving of all these recent minor slip-ups, given Lego's generally excellent quality." As a side note, in the comics Gargantos is a villain of Namor the Sub-Mariner that resembles a giant green octopus. While this model could definitely be mistaken for a deep-sea creature, some people think this set more closely resembles the Doctor Strange villain Shuma-Gorath. The set name might be a red herring to protect valuable plot secrets…or it could just be the result of Marvel shuffling old names around for trademark protection purposes. We’ll have to wait until the movie comes out to know for sure.We asked LEGO to comment and received a response from Super Heroes design lead Jesper Neilsen: "We're happy you made us aware of this and we're looking into it." Because the grey pieces are splayed inwards slightly the stud of one of them does not align with the stud receptor on the bottom of the 1x6 plate. As the movie this set is based on hasn’t released yet, this article may contain very light spoilers. Doctor Strange in this set is almost identical to the one that appears in the 76185 Spider-Man at the Sanctum Workshop set. However, this set features a new torso printing with a chest symbol that more closely resembles his traditional comic appearance. To accommodate the symbol, the Eye of Agamotto has been lifted up higher, so that it looks more like a clasp for the cape rather than hanging down at his abdomen.



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