Okay, okay. I know that The Avengers has broken box office records and it’s not the number one coolest thing to keep on talking about, but one can’t deny the nerdly catharsis of seeing our heroes on the big screen, or the fact that we nerds need a bit of time to decompress. I just happen to decompress with LEGOs. Specifically, set 4529 from the Super Heroes line: LEGO Iron Man.
I’ve written about these big guys before (Captain America, Batman and The Joker), but there’s never been a more appropriate guy to turn into a blocky, armor-y, robot-y form than Iron Man himself. While the others never felt completely correct in their approach, this is the guy that nails it, from the streamlined, angular face to the modular armor pieces.
If you’ve played with LEGO’s Super Heroes line before, you know the drill: they give you all of the parts for a pretty solid hero, instruct you to put it together a little backwards and with extra battle-ready super-accessories, and you eventually figure out that if you switch this piece with the other piece and remove all of the mega-guns and ultra-blades, you have a standard, almost-comic-accurate superhero. While I can’t argue with the neatness of Iron Man’s luminous, blue shoulder cannon, it’s definitely something which would suit a recolored War Machine more accurately. But this is also Iron Man: a guy known for accessorizing the living heck out of himself. A laser cannon on Shellhead is more forgivable than Batman’s body-sized, cerrated death sword.
LEGO Super Heroes Iron Man is doubtlessly the best LEGO Super Hero there is, if only by virtue of the character’s predisposition to robotic shapes. While I shudder to think about what LEGO’s mecha-bodies would do to Wonder Woman or Black Widow (while I simultaneously long to complete my heroic teams), this guy is completely where it’s at. See how he measures up with his Mega Bloks Techbot counterpart!