LEGO Avengers 76125 Iron Man Hall Of Armour [Review]
One of the benefits of being a billionaire is being able to afford plenty of storage space for all your toys. The new 76125 Iron Man Hall Of Armour set is LEGO’s take on Tony Stark’s state-of-the-art “mech wardrobe”. Marvel fans have been crying out for a set depicting this location since Iron Man first made his LEGO appearance. Let’s see if this set delivers against the anticipation.
The set has 524 pieces, features six minifigures and two robots, and is available now for US: $59.99 | Canada: 79.99 CAD | UK: £54.99 .
The box and its contents
The box artwork features the Hall in all its arced glory — a row of alcoves for storing the four included Iron Man armours (plus any you might already own), and associated maintenance equipment and control panels. There are two pesky Outrider soldiers causing trouble, and the “Igor Suit” — the Mark 38 armour seen in Iron Man 3 — makes an appearance, stomping along the Hall’s upper balcony.
The rear of the box shows the Hall in alternative layouts, and some of the set’s play features, including the ability to fit Tony Stark within the Igor Suit.
Inside the box you’ll find four numbered bags, a sticker sheet, and two thin instruction booklets.
Everything starts with the central alcove, which also features the “spine” where you’ll later attach the central podium and control console. You’ll build nine of these alcove sections in total — it’s a little repetitive, but there are some interesting differences along the way, and at least they’re quick to put together.
Behind each alcove there’s a large trans-blue panel window, adding a cool dash of hi-tech colour amongst the grey bricks. On some of these, you’ll add stickers with smart graphics, replicating computer screen displays featuring diagrams and readouts from the various suits. The sticker designs are excellent, but ensuring larger stickers are applied straight and without trapped air bubbles is notoriously tricky. As a result, adults might want to help younger builders with this part of the build.
This image of the three central alcoves from the rear gives you some idea of just how cool the stickered panels look. They’re awesome, and this goes some way to making up for them being stickers rather than printed elements. However, this raises one of my gripes about the set — as long as we’re applying stickers, surely we could have had a few more? Only these three panels are turned into display screens, and it feels like a missed opportunity not to have continued these fantastic designs across more of the alcoves.
Next up, you’ll put together the central podium. This is a simple piece of construction, but it looks great when you fix it in place. The trans-blue radar dish echoes the backdrop display panels and helps tie the whole model together. The assembly podium also gets two smart-looking robot arms whose yellow parts add a pop of colour.
Now we’re back into alcove construction, putting together four identical segments. Whilst this isn’t the most fun part of the build, it quickly fills out the model. With the addition of the final two alcoves, and a smattering of maintenance equipment, the Hall looks rather impressive.
The final scenery element is the control console. The styling perfectly reflects the hi-tech holographic screens seen in the movies, and I was looking forward to putting it together. However, there are more stickers to apply, and the silver ink struggles for visibility on the 2×3 hinged tiles used for the screens. It’s a shame, as the sticker designs themselves are excellent, continuing the theme from the alcove display panels. It would have been much better had the sticker sheet print been in white rather than the metallic ink, offering better visibility for these printed elements.
The desk can be attached to a couple of points of the model, but it feels like it makes most sense affixed to the central podium.
What’s the point of having a Hall Of Armour if you don’t have some supercool armoured suits to keep in it? The set comes with four minifigure suits — the Mark 1 from Iron Man , the Mark 5 “Suitcase Suit” from Iron Man 2 , the Mark 41 “Bones” lightweight suit from Iron Man 3 , and the Mark 50, Tony’s latest suit which appeared in Avengers: Infinity War , and (according to trailers) will also appear in Avengers: Endgame .
The suits all look great, with crisp printing on the front and rear of the torsos, and the fronts of the legs.
Whilst the Mark 1 is the only one of the four whose helmet doesn’t open, it’s my clear favourite of the suits in the set. I love the battered and bashed elements in the print, and the little oxygen bottle on the back. It reminds me of how exciting it was when Tony Stark donned his first armoured suit to escape his captors way back in Iron Man in 2008.
Three of the suits come with placeholder trans-clear minifigure heads inside. The fourth, the Mark 50, has a Tony Stark head. This features dual-printing — one side shows his in-helmet head-up display projected across his face, and the other carries his trademark smirk. The set comes with a hairpiece so you can use Tony without him having to always wear a helmet.
There are two Outrider figures included in the set. These feature intricate printing in gold, which continues on the figures’ rears despite their backs being covered by the multi-arm parts…
The robots & Igor suit
There are two robots in the set — Dum-E, Tony’s mechanical assistant, and the Igor Suit, which strictly-speaking is another armour (the Mark 38), but can also operate autonomously.
Dum-E is simple but fun, and is given a small fire extinguisher to fight two minor flare-ups…
The Igor Suit is a more significant piece of construction, requiring all of Bag 4 to complete. The suit has an impressive level of articulation, and can hold a minifigure pilot. I liked the model’s “face” (created with the set’s only printed tile), and the chunky hands and feet. However, it has to be said the model doesn’t look much like the Mark 38 from the movies, being altogether blockier in its proportions.
This isn’t a “parts pack” of a set. There aren’t many new or interesting parts in 76125. The only ones which caught my eye as relatively rare or unusual were the silver 1×2 “cheesegrater” slopes, the 2×2 inverted bow slopes, and the printed 1×2 tile.
Conclusion and recommendation
When you put all the elements together and add the minifigures and the robots, 76125 makes for an impressive LEGO playset. It brings to life a famous location from the Iron Man movies, and does so in style.
Kids who love Marvel will think this set is amazing. Its scenery elements can be laid out in different ways, it has multiple Iron Man suits to play with, a giant mech suit to stomp about, and some pesky evil-doers for Tony to beat up on.
Older fans may be frustrated with some of the quantity and ink choices made regarding the stickers, but are unlikely to find much else to grumble about. It’s a well put-together set with a bunch of cool figures and more interesting little features than you might initially expect. This doesn’t have a raft of interesting parts or unusual building techniques to attract the non-Marvel fan, but if you like Iron Man, the Hall of Armour is a must.
After all, how else are you going to create an Iron Man boyband?
LEGO Avengers 76125 Iron Man Hall Of Armour has 524 pieces, features six minifigures and two robots, and is available now for US: $59.99 | Canada: 79.99 CAD | UK: £54.99 .
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