The review below features spoilers from the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, so if you haven’t seen them yet, scroll over the text and enjoy the pictures.
Welcome to New Asgard!
It’s Thursday, the day of Thor, so there’s no better time to post a review of the set starring the Thor himself! Even though he looks more like Jeffrey Lebowski.
After the fall of Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok and the tragic consequences of the “Blip” in Avengers: Infinity War, Thor and the surviving Asgardians settled in the Norwegian city of Tønsberg and renamed it New Asgard. And though the Asgardians have come to terms with their fate and live the peaceful life of fishermen, their leader, the thunder god Thor, broke down and holed up in a meager coastal hut, plunging into apathy.
LEGO has transformed this scene from Avengers: Endgame into a little vignette-style set. Recently, these sets have grown quite popular, looking for example at Central Perk, The Friends Apartments or the announced set from the Seinfeld series. 76200 Bro Thor’s New Asgard is a bit smaller because it contains 265 elements, two minifigures—Bro Thor and Korg, and the buildable Sakaaran insectoid Miek.
As I mentioned, the set is not too big, but rich in details. The cluttered interior of the Thor’s hermitage was rendered better than well in the brick version. On the walls hangs the seemingly standard equipment of a fishing hut, i.e. an oar, an anchor (could they be used while hunting Jormundgandr?) or a pitchfork. The neat details that are invisible at first glance include a cookie under the sofa and the mead filling a barrel, standing by the door (could it be the Mead of Suttungr?). Also noteworthy is the portrait of Thor’s crew with Valkyrie (skewed, of course!), a pizza box with very punny design featuring a slice of pizza stylized as Stormbreaker from Storm Baker’s pizzaria. However, the gem of this set is the absolutely classic Mjölnir design on the vignette of the New Asgard Times newspaper. All of these details are in the form of stickers, including the TV screen. But the pizza and pizza slices are printed.
Slices of pizza, empty pizza boxes and ubiquitous bottles are scattered between the couch, the table and the TV screen, completing the image of Thor’s fall.
In the midst of this mess, Thor feels sorry for himself and plunges into bitterness, which he tries to suppress by playing video games and gorging himself on pizza. The fall and the subsequent rise of the hero is quite a popular theme in literature and pop culture, and it was well shown in this scene and set.
This set includes two minifigures: Thor and his Sakaar times friend Korg. The minifigures are made with great attention to detail, and Korg’s well-detailed torso print and original, well-molded headpiece make a special impression. Thor, dressed only in pajama pants, looks rather pale in terms of details, especially since Thor’s protuberant belly, painted on a legs piece, differs in color from the figure’s torso. I also have ambivalent feelings about Miek. On the one hand, it’s nice that this character is designed in a scale relative to the minifigures, but on the other hand, it’s a pity that Miek is so thin. In the movie, this character is definitely more fleshy.
To sum up, however, these minifigures are really cool, but it’s like, my opinion, man…
In front of the lens
Bro Thor’s New Asgard is a very photogenic set. It measures over 3 inches (8 cm) high, 4.5 inches (12 cm) wide and 4.5 inches (12 cm) deep . And, as LEGO provides, it combines with other LEGO Marvel building sets. So it’s quite handy, and its open structure makes it almost perfect for photography. Trying different scenes, angles, ways of presenting details or, finally, ways of lighting this interior is a lot of fun and it’s easy to catch yourself saying that you will take one more shot, only one shot… and suddenly you realize that you are 10 shots further. It’s probably not bad, huh?
Bro Thor’s New Asgard is a really very eye-catching and playable set that, after a few small changes, can make any interior that isn’t necessarily related to the Marvel world.
If you only have 29.99 €/$ to spare, it’s worth spending it on a little trip to New Asgard. The set will be available on August 1.
Thanks to LEGO for providing this set for review.
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