There are two main differences in the suits: first, the newer torso has waves of shaded grey expanding from the Arc Reactor area, and second, the newer legs show some increased detailing on the lateral aspect of the knee area. Most of the time with large special edition sets we see concept artwork, designer information or design-related information in the instruction manual, but this set sticks to just the building guide with no added bonuses. Tony Stark's hot rod is instantly recognisable but feels out of place here and the fire extinguisher, which is larger in scale to match the Hulkbuster, could have been excluded too. There a few new parts that are either exclusive to this set or included in just one other set so far. It is certainly no replica search for Hot Toys Hulkbuster if you want to see how it ought to look and even with the limited poseability it does not feel 100% stable although it probably is. The Platform adds to the displability of the set and features a flip-up Hulkbuster information plate, plus 8 alternative attachment points for 2 posable robotic construction arms and a desk with 2 attached computer screen elements and space for the buildable hotrod car and buildable Veronica satellite that deploys all the attachments and plates.
Furthermore, the articulation is limited which is an inevitable result of the Hulkbuster's impressive size but makes it quite difficult to create dynamic poses. You can do one with more articulation but it would've made it a much more expensive model. A simple display stand for the Mark 43 armour is also provided. A dark bluish grey platform and two robotic arms can also be attached on either side of the stand using Technic pins. They are flexible, as two ball joints allow a good range of movement to provide alternative angles. When you put everything together, you end up with a trigger cover that only needs the lightest touch to activate. Detailing an expert level mech is much like sculpting with layers added to the exposed studs on the already built skeleton.
This set's existence never made sense to me. This is a very nice Dark Red parts pack! The lack of articulation is due to size and weight. The third method is to build a semi-rigid cover for the light-brick. . Limited quantities available for pre-order.
The ankles include ball joints and rubber tyres are placed inside the feet, ensuring that the Hulkbuster will remain completely steady on flat surfaces. The second method is more of a gravity fed technique. Another interesting 2018 part is the with rounded ends. Hmm not impressed with this set. My point in including the Ideas version is to illustrate just how much better that one looks as a display piece. Who was the intended customer for this? The transition from the legs to the torso is also done much better than on the smaller models. Although we have already discovered the presence of a sticker sheet, fear not! Switch on the chest light, attach the jackhammer arm and activate the punching function.
This feature of the set is really well done. Two further glowing pieces are found on the front of the legs but are now shown in the image below. This is kind of a recipe for disaster if you think about it. Stickers are applied on either side of the cockpit, providing some additional golden accents. There are two mobile robot arms — one for each side of the platform — which can be moved between 8 alternate attachment points. I think they could have just splashed a few extra coins on getting it to the level that many of us have been wanting. Moreover, a black display base is included for the Hulkbuster.
Their proportions could be improved though as the upper arms appear too narrow in relation to the Hulkbuster's design in the movie. The plaque can fold down into the base or face forwards, as demonstrated below. The model's dark red and pearl gold colour scheme looks fantastic though and many of the smaller details are excellent. This design matches the source material reasonably closely but the space between the three armour segments is larger than would be ideal. This would have been a perfect time to go back and release unreleased figures.
When I first saw this I thought 'Wow, I'm getting this when it comes out, that would look great next to the Helicarrier'. Have you tried building your own mech before? If you compare it against the movie version, the head is tiny in comparison with the body. When building the joint, the main concern is to make sure that it is strong enough to handle the weight and size of the mech. Feels like a weird oversight that we get a instead. There a couple of two hinged panels though which conceal additional thrusters. Even if you are new to mech building, or you never built something this big, you have nothing to worry about.
Invisible has taken over the suit! Whichever method you choose will depend on what you would like the light to do. The Pearl Gold portion of the armour is actually very flat in shaping rather than the bulkier gold portions seen on the actual Hulkbuster in the movie. The set also looks great on display. I was hugely disappointed by this set. Dark red curved slopes form the chest armour which protects the front of the Hulkbuster.
I feel like in the earlier set the shaping of the feet was done better, although I do appreciate the articulated toes on the new one. The jackhammer arm fascinates me. None of the three sets replicate the look of the real Hulkbuster faithfully, although they each have some sections that are very well done. However, there is something wrong with the shaping of the torso — especially the shoulders. I have included a shot of the film incarnations of the Hulkbuster suit for you to make your own opinion. I'm left entirely uncertain if the reviewer actually likes or loathes the model, but I am now privy to all of it's highlights and shortcomings. Build and Play helps you compare hundreds of different Lego sets from dozens of online retailers.
I think bulking up the shoulders would significantly improve the look of this model, although that may also limit the posability. And what do you think of the techniques we discussed here? This does not provide structural support but it looks marvellous, featuring a lovely information plaque which resembles those from the Ultimate Collector Series. When all these components come together, the display base appears sturdy with the added details for interest, should it simply be placed on a shelf. It seems the fire extinguisher must belong to the Hulkbuster as it is huge and really only in scale with him. After seeing some in-person views of the Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition at last month, like many of you we were keen to get our hands on as soon as possible.