76081 The Milano vs. The Abilisk Review!

76081 The Milano vs. The Abilisk

There were many complaints when the set was revealed due to how scaled down the Milano was compared to the previous one.

But let’s not forget the price is “scaled down” too. At $49.99 in the US, £44.99 in the UK, and $99.99 in New Zealand, how good is the set in relation to the price point? But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s check out the minifigures first!
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No, you don’t get two Star-Lords, it’s a picture of him with and without his helmet. I’m not a fan of his new helmet printing, the eyes look rather strange as they are like white suns on red printing.
Gamora doesn’t look too bad, and I like her hairpiece. Interestingly, Gamora bucks the trend of female minifigures having printing to show that it is a female torso; rather, she shares the same torso piece with Star-Lord.
Drax wears blue pants, unlike his other Guardians. His printing is the same as the 2014 one, but the lines are thicker, lacking the intricacy of the previous one. This is intentional, but I do not know why. Maybe thinner printing rubs off easier over time?
Nebula is a nice minifigure. She is exclusive to this set, but doesn’t look too different in her overall look compared to the previous version.
Also, we get a baby Groot without his outfit, so he’s technically… naked. Never mind! He’s very cute-looking but I think he looks too fat, however, this is because his base has to fit on a stud. His hands are bars and thus can be held by clips.

Now let’s move on to the builds!

We’ll start with the smaller build in the set, the Abilisk. It’s rather small and looks awkward to me as a result, especially because of the grey base.

Here’s a comparison between the actual beast and the LEGO one:
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Sand red might have looked a bit more accurate, though it does look slightly pinker in the trailer. Also, the pink adds a welcome splash of color to the set. I’m not a fan of the exposed gears, however they are needed for the play feature.

Turning any tentacle causes the other tentacles and the Abilisk’s head to move, creating a cool look. You can see it in action in the video review I will put at the end of this review. Minifigures can also be placed on the tentacles as if they have been caught by the Abilisk.

Now that we’ve settled the Abilisk, let’s go on to the titular Milano.
Despite being scaled down, it’s nonetheless still a very beautiful LEGO model, thanks in no small part to the a ctual ship this set depicts. 4 minifigures can be seated in the cockpit, it’s a bit of a squeeze, but definitely possible due to clever positioning. However, there is no room for any more Guardians.
It looks good with the stickers but looks fine without them as well. The cockpit has Star-Lord’s player at the back but unfortunately that is a sticker as well. It uses an 8×6 printed round cockpit bubble piece, which is far more accurate than the blue canopy used in the 2014 one; the front of the ship also uses a Nexo Knights angular piece to good effect. There are two stud shooters on either side of the cockpit, but they are easily removed.

The build of the Milano was pretty good. The wings were slightly repetitive due to the fact that they are mirror-imaged, but the clever system of hinges to achieve the angular front definitely wow-ed me.

There’s a cool stylised “Milano” word on the left wing, and it interestingly resembles the Ninjago logo. I am not sure if the word appears on the movie ship, but it looks very cool.

There is a bomb-dropping feature as well. Check it out in THE BRICK SHOW’s review here:

The new ship is, as you can see in the above review, quite a bit smaller than the previous Milano.

All in all, by itself, I think this is a very good set. The price is good for what you get in the box: good ship, decent minifigures, and a nice Abilisk.

Unfortunately, the new Milano fails in comparison to the 2014 one. If you can pick up the old one I’d probably recommend it over this one, but the new one is still a good model and a fun ship. Definitely recommend to those who don’t have the 2014 Milano set.

Minifigures: 4.5/5
Builds: 3.5/5
Playability: 3.5/5
Price: 4.5/5
Personal Rating: 4/5

TOTAL: 4.0/5

Thanks for reading this review! Let me know your thoughts about the set in a comment below! See you in the next post! 🙂

VaderFan2187 out! 🙂


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    1. Yep! Against the 2014 Milano it fails, but I think if you look at it on its own merits then it’s a pretty good set.

      Plus, at $79.99 AU and $99.99 in NZ, it is the same price as the Rogue One AT-ST, which makes it a far better set in terms of value indeed.


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