Hey guys! Today I have a review of the LEGO Ant-Man and the Wasp set – 76109 Quantum Realm Explorers! This is a 200-piece set with three minifigures and a retail price of £19.99 (UK), $19.99 (U.S.), $39.99 (Aus), and $49.99 (NZ). I covered the press release before, now it’s time to check out the set itself!
Let’s start out by checking out the minifigures.The first minifigure is Ant-Man himself. This minifigure has been updated from his 2015 release and I think he definitely looks better. His torso and leg prints have been updated and look very detailed, with nylon-style printing. His helmet has unfortunately not been updated from the 2015 minifigure, and thus still has the inaccurate open-mouth design. Still, it’s a nice dual-molded element even if it’s inaccurate. His head has been reused from Henry in 71042 Silent Mary, and while it’s definitely more accurate than the Ezra Bridger head that the previous one had, it’s still not fully accurate and I don’t know why LEGO is so reluctant to give Ant-Man a new head print. Ant-Man comes with a shrink gun and another accessory which I’ll talk about later. The second minifigure is Wasp, and my gosh this minifigure is abominable! She has to be one of the worst LEGO Marvel Superheroes minifigures in history. Instead of a new helmet mold, LEGO made an insane, cost-cutting choice of giving her the Invincible Iron Man helmet mold. Wh… what…? Why?! It doesn’t look anything like the Wasp helmet in the movie. That LITERALLY does not look ANYTHING like the helmet in the movie. The translucent blue wings look kind of cartoony, the torso print is too bright, and the choice of dark blue as the base body color is completely wrong, but all those bad choices aren’t even comparable to the dreadful helmet. Seriously! It’s such a terrible minifigure overall and I’m really disappointed. I honestly think Wasp and Ant-Man deserved a new helmet mold that could be used for both of them as their movie helmets are very similar. I mean, one of Dryden Vos’ monkey enforcers with limited screentime gets a new head mold but Ant-Man and Wasp, main characters of their own movie, don’t get new helmet molds? C’mon!
Oh yeah, and Wasp’s head print is the same one as Agent 13 in 76051 Super Hero Airport Battle and Leia’s in 75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium and 75159 UCS Death Star – I don’t think that looks like MCU Janet van Dyne at all but that’s a minor grievance in the big picture.When placed side-by-side, these minifigures don’t look as alike as the movie characters do. At this point, I would have even settled for a recolor of the Ant-Man helmet for Wasp. The final minifigure is Ghost, the antagonist of the movie. I think this minifigure is fine – her head and torso prints are very nicely detailed (especially the torso design) despite the unprinted legs. I just wish the hood piece was light grey instead of dark grey. Ghost has two translucent light blue Power Blast pieces. Her alternate head print shows her real face. A couple of accessories are included which do not have a side – a golden trophy and a translucent red container. The golden trophy looks nice and the gold looks a bit yellower than usual but Brickset’s inventory says it’s the same gold color so I dunno. I’m not sure what purpose it serves in the set but I don’t mind it as it’s a cool piece. I’m also not sure what the translucent red container is supposed to represent as the set description does not mention it at all, but I do like the translucent red 1×1 round brick and the printed 1×1 round silver tile, a piece that has appeared in 9 other sets so far. By right, this minifigure selection should be fantastic – the two lead protagonists and the lead antagonist in a cheap set of this size. Unfortunately, the Wasp minifigure is absolutely atrocious and drags down the overall quality of the minifigure selection.The build in the set is a Quantum Vehicle.
We saw the ship in the trailer, and got a new still of it released the other day. From these images, the LEGO set build looks rather accurate. Ant-Man can be placed in the pilot seat. He gets a black seat and two joysticks, along with a clip for his shrink ray gun behind him. I like how the bubble cockpit is built up — it’s very nicely shaped using three different cockpit elements, and looks very round. The two side glass panels are printed. In front of the cockpit is two small arms. These have clips at the end and can be used to grab stuff, though they are a little flimsy. The back of the Quantum vehicle has three mufflers represented by barrels. There’s some greebling in between the mufflers and the cockpit, with some golden rollerskates and bucket handle pieces. The back also has a couple of engine builds. These have nice greebling on them, with three pipe elements and two silver rollerskates. They are mounted on mini ball joints so can be rotated and posed as you like. The Quantum vehicle also has a couple of skis. These skis have sticker detail and a stud shooter. The stud shooters have clear 1×1 round studs and can be fired off. A helicopter chassis piece is actually used in the model but it’s not very obvious, and I appreciate that.
All in all, I think this set is decent. The build is very detailed and seems accurate to the movie ship, but it’s not a particularly iconic or amazing ship and it would have been nice if both Wasp and Ant-Man could fit inside — minor quibble though. The playability is good with the inclusion of three figures, and the price is a little bit on the high side but not outrageous. By right, the minifigure selection should be fabulous and considered the strong point of the set, but that terrible Wasp minifigure just pulls down the overall rating for me and reduces the attractiveness of the set.
- Builds: 3.5/5
- Minifigures: 3.5/5
- Playability: 3.5/5
- Price: 3.5/5
- Personal Rating: 3.5/5
- TOTAL: 3.5/5
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VaderFan2187 out! 😀