Jump to content

  • Log in with Facebook Log in with Twitter Log In with Google      Sign In   
  • Create Account

Welcome to BZPower!

Hi there, while we hope you enjoy browsing through the site, there's a lot more you can do if you register. Some perks of joining include:
  • Create your own topics, participate in existing discussions, and vote in polls
  • Show off your creations, stories, art, music, and movies
  • Enter contests to win free LEGO sets and other prizes
  • Participate in raffles to win LEGO prizes
  • Organize with other members to attend or send your MOCs to LEGO fan events all over the world
  • Much, much more!
Enjoy your visit!


Set Review: 76008 Iron Man vs The Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown

  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#1 Offline Hapori Tohu

Hapori Tohu
  • None
  • Heart of BZPower

  • 16-July 01
  • 3,964 posts

Posted May 19 2013 - 11:39 AM

Posted Image

Once again, it's time for another review. While it's still in theaters, we thought it might be good to take a look at another Iron Man 3 set, this time Iron Man vs The Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown. Ta-metru_defender has picked up this smallest set from the lineup and is ready to share his thoughts on it with you all. Read on to see how ultimate it is!

From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.

Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image

It's a small, square box. Obviously. The art on the front has the Heartbreaker Armor fighting The Mandarin, the top has the actual size Iron Man fig, and the back has the features. It's fairly straightforward. Interestingly, the back has The Mandarin zooming out of his vehicle. Because everyone's gut response to fight Iron Man is to get out of the thing that might be your advantage.

Posted Image

Open the box! Two bags, instructions, and a loose Mahri-esque tube. No stickers or comics to be found here. So hey, let's build this set.

Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?

Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image

The Mandarin's vehicle, which shall henceforth be known as Trevor the Tractor of Destruction, is not a complex build. It comes together quickly. Like with most LEGO sets, it gives you that pleasant little zen-like feeling as you put it together, but it doesn't last long since it's, y'know, a simple set.

Set Design
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.

Both minifigs here are exclusive to the set, so let's take a look at them.

Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image

The Heartbreaker Armor looks fantastic. It's a cool armor in the film and the LEGO representation is great. The faceplate's blue eyes, silver chin, and little red arrow on the top bears special mention for just being so darn detailed. It's a great minifig. We get the same head from the Avengers set last year, as opposed to the new Tony in the other Iron Man 3 sets.

The Mandarin has the same head as in Malibu Mansion Attack, but a very different and far more guerrilla looking torso that will certainly be useful for anyone wanting to make a military MOC. His legs aren't printed which is a bit of a shame. Another bummer is that his beard obstructs his torso printing. Makes you wish LEGO had printed the beard on his face and/or given him a smaller plastic one. Oh well.

Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image

On to Trevor the Tractor of Destruction. It's not a bad piece of construction by any means. We get details like a bumper and taillights (even Tractors of Destruction observe some semblance of road safety). Trevor's flamethrower is a little... oddly placed, seems The Mandarin would get really hot in the driver's seat, guess he figured, 'convection schmonvection.' Trevor's also got flickfire missiles and a pistol and signal light thingy on the side too.

The other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with?

Let's talk about Trevor for a second. It's... well, like the speedboat and helicopter in other Iron Man 3 sets, it's nothing terribly amazing. The flickfires flick, but not nearly as well as in the speedboat. That said, you can always push it around.

The real fun comes in making Iron Man fight The Mandarin. It is the Ultimate Showdown, after all.

Posted Image
Behold, after Trevor falls Iron Man prepares to fight The Mandarin with the Signal Light Thingy of Destiny!

Posted Image
One night only, Trevor VS Dummy! Flamethrower VS Fire Extinguisher! Tractor of Destruction VS Barely Competent Robot!

Final Thoughts
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?

Posted Image

What's to like?

  • The Heartbreaker Armor
  • Cool 'figs, as usual
  • Trevor isn't a total failure

What's not to like?

  • $13 is a bit steep
  • Though not a total failure, Trevor doesn't really do much

The main problem with Iron Man vs The Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown, besides its unwieldy name, is its price. I think $10 would be far more reasonable for the set, given its 91 pieces and, well, lack of anything terribly exciting. It's hard for me to recommend it since Trevor just doesn't stick out all that much. Maybe if we had another set of armor (Silver Centurion, please) the $13 would be worth it. As it stands, though, I'm glad we got the Heartbreaker and not another Mk. 42.

Having seen the film twice as of this writing, I love how it ties in to the movie. Any discussion related to that can be directed to the Talkback, with the appropriate spoiler tags.

In any case, the main reason you (and by you I mean me) would buy this set isn't for Trevor or The Mandarin but for the Heartbreaker. Because what's life if you can't have an army of Iron Men?

Posted Image
Everyone needs a hobby

As always, I'll be answering questions and taking picture requests.

Thanks to Ta-metru_defender for taking the time to put this review together. As he says, you can ask questions or leave your comments in the Talkback. And don't forget to keep checking back for for more LEGO set reviews and news, right here on BZPower!

View the full article

  • 0

#2 Offline Dual Cee

Dual Cee
  • Outstanding BZPower Citizens
  • Fluidic Master Nuva

  • 22-October 12
  • 1,306 posts
  •   Outstanding BZPower Citizen

Posted May 19 2013 - 02:03 PM

Looking forward to this set, which totally did not come in the movie....

  • 0

I'm back!

#3 Offline TuragaNuva

  • Premier Member
    BioniLUG Member
  • Premier Members
  • Avid Reader, Sporadic Writer

  • 19-December 08
  • 548 posts

Posted May 19 2013 - 02:21 PM

...Am I the only one who doesn't see the review here?- :t: :n:
  • 0

#4 Offline Gears The Toa

Gears The Toa
  • Members
  • Toa

  • 01-January 13
  • 107 posts

Posted May 19 2013 - 02:22 PM

Nope, I dont see it either

  • 0

Credit be to Strack for my avatar, who I WILL moc one day, the avatar I mean ........
Life is a whole lot of everything-Cleverbot
What What What.-Cleverbot
My steam name is Toa Gears  °▲Delta, add me if you wish

#5 Offline Black Six

Black Six
  • BioniLUG Member
  • BZPower Administrators
  • News Manager

  • 02-August 01
  • 13,290 posts
  •   BZP Staff

Posted May 19 2013 - 02:25 PM

Patience, padawans. We have to put it there manually and can't be everywhere at once.
  • 0

#6 Offline Nathan Evo

Nathan Evo
  • Premier Member
  • Premier Members
  • Fluidic Master Nuva

  • 24-July 07
  • 1,391 posts

Posted May 19 2013 - 02:36 PM

Yeah, come on, everyone, it takes time for Black Six to run in a phone booth and emerge as HAPORI TOHU, DEFENDER OF BZPOWER JUSTICE! FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET, MORE POWERFUL THAN A LOCOMOTIVE, AND ABLE TO PUT UP SET REVIEWS IN THE TALKBACK TOPICS WHEN THE NEWS FEATURE IS DOWN!Anyway, nice review. I can't really see myself buying the set in the future, though; licensed sets usually just don't interest me that much. I do like the Iron Man minifigs, though, so maybe I'll have to find a set with one someday.
  • 0

#7 Offline Chro

  • Premier Member
  • Premier Members
  • Kohrak-Kal Attacks!

  • 07-August 12
  • 2,880 posts

Posted May 19 2013 - 03:13 PM

Totally movie accurate!

Trevor the Tractor of Destruction


  • 0

On 10/20/13, at 9:07 PM, Voltex wrote:
> I used to be a professional assassin
> Until I tried to kill Santa Claus
> But he caught me
> I was fired and Santa Claus has been hunting me down ever since

#8 Offline Toa Smoke Monster

Toa Smoke Monster
  • Premier Member
  • Premier Outstanding BZP Citizens
  • Floating Support

  • 09-April 10
  • 11,580 posts
  •   Outstanding BZPower Citizen

Posted May 19 2013 - 03:40 PM

The Heartbreaker Armor looks great! I would get this set just for it if the price was a little lower.


But anyway, thanks for the review!

  • 0

Everyone is one choice away from being the bad guy in another person's story.



#9 Offline Labouka

  • Members
  • Tohunga

  • 04-April 10
  • 58 posts

Posted May 20 2013 - 01:59 AM


  • 0


#10 Offline Axilus Prime

Axilus Prime
  • Members
  • Mask of Light Unveiled

  • 02-March 10
  • 5,282 posts

Posted May 20 2013 - 05:21 AM

Looks like Lego is avoiding Iron Man 3 spoilers.


Iron Man vs the Mandarin? Ultimate showdown? My rear end. XD

  • 0


#11 Offline archivist_66

  • Members
  • Turaga

  • 01-April 13
  • 89 posts

Posted May 20 2013 - 06:21 AM

I like Mandarin's torso print. Excellent quality.

  • 0



"You are a Toa -- prove yourself worthy of the name!"

Onua, "Into the Nest"

#12 Offline xccj

  • Premier Member
    BioniLUG Member
  • Premier Reporters
  • Senior Staff Mask Maker

  • 17-January 03
  • 7,195 posts
  •   BZP Reporter

Posted May 20 2013 - 05:51 PM

Trevor didn't get nearly as much screen-time as he deserved.  :P


The way I see it, mediocre set with great figs.  Thanks for the pictures and review!



  • 0

#13 Offline fishers64

  • Banned Members
  • Savage Blizzard Awakened

  • 05-July 10
  • 11,025 posts

Posted May 21 2013 - 10:19 AM



As a set, there isn't much there except for a couple eye-popping minifigures, but they are pretty good. Not worth the price, though, IMO. 

  • 0

#14 Offline Madara: Mangekyou Master

Madara: Mangekyou Master
  • Members
  • Mata Nuian Protector Nuva

  • 02-April 07
  • 1,719 posts

Posted May 22 2013 - 11:58 AM

Love the Heartbreaker and "Trevor." Well-played Lego, well-played. 

  • 0



... we have cookies

#15 Offline Hitoshura

  • Members
  • Flying Force!

  • 16-February 13
  • 2,489 posts

Posted May 22 2013 - 03:03 PM

The last pic...hehe

  • 0

0 user(s) are browsing this forum

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users