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Review: 76200 Bro Thors New Asgard

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So this is the end of my slog of prepared reviews to post.  I got a plethora of new sets from the Summer release, so I’ll probably look into reviewing those in the coming days, but there’ll be more time needed so it won’t be like I’m spamming the blogs too much.  Not that I think anybody’s really noticed or worried about that, anyway; it is kind of interesting that I used to gripe about all sorts of stuff here and now I mainly just stop by to post set reviews.  I do miss the days when there was a ton of content in the blogs, but alas times are changing and people are moving to other social networks.

And I’m just as guilty of it, especially because I’ve been taking these mini blog reviews and reposting them on BrickSet.  I haven’t posted reviews on BrickSet in 8 years and they have a new system and everything. . . and yet I can skirt moderation because I posted so many CMF reviews (that were marked as helpful) there 8 years ago that I’m listed as a trusted reviewer.  I still plan to do the big in-depth reviews on BZPower when I have the chance. . . which I ended up doing for the Ninjago Hydro Bounty last week.  But I also like to give quick snippits on other sets without going the full mile I do for a front page review. . . and honestly nobody is seeing them here in my blog, but they might reach an interested audience on BrickSet, who’s inventory of sets remains one of the best on the web.  (Their opinionated member base in news comments. . . that’s a different story.)  Too bad they don’t seem to allow embedded Instagram photos, which is where I’m posting most of my picts for now.

Of course, here’s the main event…

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265 pieces, $29.99

More photos on (where else?) Instagram!

This was not a scene I was expecting to be made into a set.  But given that Korg and Miek don’t really show up a whole lot of places, so it’s hard to find a set for them to fit in.  Something from Ragnarok, like the jail cells or rainbow bridge battle?  Boring or already done in a previous set.  They showed up in the final battle of Endgame but were basically just cameos, so if you’re going to get them in a set, might as well be in the one scene they were solely featured in.  And so thus we get Thor’s messy room, also known as “it doesn’t look that bad compared to my place, heck you can even see the floor in places!”

First the figs.  You get three characters that are all exclusive to this set: Bro Thor, Korg, and Miek.  Bro Thor / Fat Thor shows him without a shirt and with a big belly, whose printing overlaps onto the hips (although the coloring isn’t great.)  It’s about the best you can do to showcase a chubby stomach in printed form; I would be tempted to suggest that they’d actually make an additional molded piece to create a 3D belly, like the fat-suit that Chris Hemsworth had to actually wear. . . but I guess that would be going a bit far for a humanoid minifig.  The head and hairpiece are reused from the other Thor figs in sets this year. Next up is Korg, who is wearing a festive tan skirt with his rocky abbs visible beneath it.  I think the headphones he comes with are supposed to be because he’s a gamer now.  His rocky hair piece is exclusive, I believe, and does a good job of recreating this character as a fig.  Miek was a bit more abstract of a character, so he only gets a printed minifig head atop a few studs.  The flower studs give him some added texture, but he remains quite simple.

The main room is pretty cluttered for a LEGO model but has a lot of fun details hidden around it.  Pizza boxes litter the house, you have stuff like a frying pan, a whip, a pitch fork, an ore, and a shovel stashed on the walls.  There are seem to be two boat models; one on the shelf above the couch and one above the fireplace.  (Maybe they’re supposed to resemble something else, but I see them as mini sail boats.)  Strangely, there’s a barrel next to the fireplace that contains trans yellow tiles.  This is obviously supposed to be ale, but I find it kind of weird that alcohol is included in a LEGO set in such a way.  Maybe officially it’s labeled as lemonade?

The couch is the most interesting build of the bunch, featuring a few SNOT techniques to create the cushions.  And then you have a lot of detailed stickers hidden around the model.  The TV (nicely placed at an angle) showcases the video game, where Korg seems to be a playable character due-wielding Stormbreaker and Mjolnir.  Noobmaster is making some comments on the side, and you even see the stud score at the top of the screen, representing many LEGO video games, even if that’s not exactly what they were playing in the scene, heh.  (It was Fortnight, right?  I dunno, don’t really have the time or budget for games like that.)  I don’t know if the number for the score means anything, it’s too long for the set number anyway.  A newspaper clipping is included talking about the blip. . . obviously New Asgard is old school if they’re still using print newspaper.  Somebody needs to build them a website.  The best sticker is the photo of Thor, Valkyrie, Korg, and Miek attached to the wall, a nice memento of their previous adventures.

Once you’ve removed all the clutter, the room itself is extremely basic.  The walls use a mixture of different textured bricks to give it a rustic look, and there’s a little stove in the corner.  A fun bit of the design is cookie tiles and pizza slices are placed on the floor under other items like the couch, showing just how messy Thor has let his place become.  The exterior looks remarkably plain, but the door does open to let you in, even if the ale barrel blocks you from entering too far in.  There’s also a small signpost for New Asgard that’s supposed to be set up outside the room.  (Full disclosure; in the photos you may notice I’m missing one of the dark tan windowsill pieces.  It felt to the carpet while I was building, my dark tan carpet that it blends into too well, and for the life of me I cannot tell where it bounced off to.  So, alas, I moved forward without it.)

I think the minifigures are the main draw to this set, and the other pieces don’t necessarily excite me.  There are a few fun sand green elements in the couch, and the walls used a lot of SNOT and masonry bricks which could be useful.  Oh, plus the angled door frame is here, which isn’t new but I still believe it’s uncommon.  The printed pizza tiles and game controllers are also a nice touch.  I could’ve gone without the treasure chest however; I’m not a fan of getting the bottom half but not the top half.

It’s a solid display piece that captures a lot of nice details from the movie with some easter eggs hidden around.  The characters are great, but there’s a pretty big lack of action features here, so not really a set for playability.  I feel this is probably aimed to an older audience who want to collect the figs, but I’m sure any Avengers / Thor fans will appreciate this set for what it is.  And honestly, at $29.99, it’s on the cheaper end of things too.  I wouldn’t say that this is the set to represent the EndGame movie, but it will do a good job of supplementing your Avenger collection.  (And besides, we all needed an Korg fig even if we haven’t admitted it to ourselves yet.)

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