The LEGO Super Heroes theme has improved dramatically since its inception, and whereas once upon a time most collectors were only buy the sets for the minifigs, the builds are oftentimes just as desirable as the minifigures these days. But if there was one set that 99% of collectors were going to buy in 2017 solely for the figures–this would probably be it: the LEGO Marvel 2017 Hulk vs. Red Hulk 76078 set has now been fully revealed!
I was… not exactly in love with this full set when it was first announced, but I’ve had four months now to mull it over. Has my opinion of this set improved? Let’s take a look…
LEGO 76078 includes four minifigures, of which three are all-new and the other one is slightly tweaked from past releases.
The two most surprising inclusions are two modern Marvel characters: Red Hulk (General Thunderbolt Ross) and Red She-Hulk (Betty Banner). I’ve actually grown really fond of both these characters over the last few years, and am thrilled to see them getting some minifigure love.
What I’m not thrilled with, however, is their “vehicle”: a crazy stud-shooting cannon-filled tri-wheel bulldozer motorbike. I don’t even know how to describe how I feel about this thing, other than “big waste of money”. Thumbs down.
Unfortunately, that means I’m also buying this wacky green and purple gatling gun-packing dune buggy (which I can promise was not otherwise on my bucket list). I cannot imagine why any Hulk would feel the need to drive around in a dune buggy, but the car gives me a fun retro cartoon vibe, so I don’t totally hate it. It’s absolutely not anything that I’d ever buy on its own, but being forced to buy it to get desirable minifigs… yeah, I’ll take it.
The Winter 2017 LEGO Marvel Hulk vs. Red Hulk set will be available online and in stores as a mass-release set and is expected to be released officially in January 2017 (although delays do sometimes happen with the typhoon of new releases that hit each January). I’ll update the Brick Toy News Facebook Page and Twitter once this set begins being found in stores so collectors will know when to start their serious hunting.
Sound off, brick fans! What do you think of the Red Hulk vs. Hulk set? Is anyone out there actually excited about the vehicles in this set? And who’s planning to purchase this set solely for the minifigs?