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Episode 84 · 2 months ago

LEGO Marvel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Journey back to Wakanda with the latest wave of LEGO Black Panther sets! 

Featuring a wave of new sets from the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and a couple of sets based on the original movie, join LegoLee as he examines these products and their accuracy to the Marvel films. 

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whenever wherever you are listening, Thank you so much for making me a part of your day. My name is Lee. Party might know me as Lego Lee or Lego Lee three to nine From Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Patreon, name it, I'm all over the internet and this is the brick Ology Podcast, the Study of small plastic Bricks. If you hear any jingling in the background, my cat, Yoshi has decided to come inside my room for today's recording of brick Ology. Even though I thought I closed the door, he's somehow managed to open it. And honestly, you know what, it's fitting having a cat in the room for today's episode of brick Ology, because we're talking a cat centric lego theme. Yes, of course, today's episode is about Black Panther Wakonda Forever. But first let's get some random logistics out of the way here real quick. Obviously, I have an uploading episode in a couple of months, and I keep making these empty promises saying brick Ology is gonna be back, baby, and then I just don't do it. I have had an absolutely hectic past couple of months. I went to a number of weddings. There have been some medical issues within my family. I don't need to get into my personal life. I don't think you guys need to hear it. That would bore everybody. But it has been a frankly, for lack of a better word, a hellish past couple of months. I have been stressed, I have been busy, and I just have not been able to find time to sit down and actually record a full episode of brick Ology. Lego is my Catharsis, so I always build Lego through any and all business and trauma, but recording a podcast is a little bit separate from that. So I haven't gotten around to it, and I'm sorry for that. But look, things are calming down. Work is, you know, a little bit more chill now. We had a busy season, and we have a bout of magazine drops. It's gonna be busy as well. And by the lot, by the way, I have a byeline didn a Geek magazine. The next issue coming out next month. I have a byeline and it's an article about Lego. So please go to dinner geek dot com, Slash magazine, subscribe to Dinna Get magazine, and help out your boy because one. It's Lego articles, so so it's directly correlated with brick ology, but also you'd be helping out my company and you'll be helping me out. I'm really excited about that, so go check that out. But of course, you know, I had to write a full article, so that kept me busy for a while as well. So a lot of things have been going on. It has been kind of a crazy time for your boy. But I'm back and I'm gonna try my best to record at least a few episodes before the end of the year. I'll probably do some sort of Avatar related episode for the original Avatar movie sets that came out a couple of months ago, and then if I get some of the Way of Water sets, I might make an episode on that as well, kind of like I did with Black Panther. Now, before I begin today's episode, let's add some additional context to the situation here. So I already did an episode about Lego Black Panther, the sets based off the original Black Panther movie and the other sets that the character of Black Panther appeared in at that point in time. I uploaded that episode right after the shocking and tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, which was somehow over two years ago. I mean, Kobe Bryant and then Chadwick Boseman both died in was already a terrible year. But those are like probably the two most sad deaths celebrity deaths that I myself experienced. Like there's two icons legends...

...heroes of mine that's tragically passed away out of nowhere in their forties, like they were so flipping young. So that really shook me and I actually, at that point in time, I had not yet committed to doing any Marvel episodes of brick Ology. I didn't really know what to do because there's just so much lego Marvel superhero content. And then when you have boats and passed, I was like, well, okay, do a Black Panther episode man like honors legacy. It's the only Brickology thumbnail that's not in red. That one is in black. So yeah, I did that episode all the way back. I believe it was like August September of twenty twenty, and now we're doing the sequel episode to the sequel of the movie Black Panther. Of course, this is Black Panther wa Konda forever. Now I need to add some context again about the situation of this particular movie. Again. I mean, we all know, like I said, Chat with Bows been tragically passed away, and that completely changed the entire course of this film and its production. The script of this movie was already done. It was written with T'Challa, our main character, of course, played by Chadwick Boseman as the lead. And then he passes away, and all of a sudden, and then all of a sudden, Marvel Studios, Kevin Figy, Ryan Coogler, the director of the Black Panther films, they have just an impossible decision to make. How do they move forward with the Black Panther franchise? Do you recast to Challah? Which you know actors have been recast before, like Harry Potter, which I've done a number of episodes of ecology about. Richard Harris died. He was the guy who played Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films, and he was replaced by Michael Gambon for the remainder of the films. And you know, I think it was actually a fairly seamless transition in a rather tragic time. So would they go that route and replace to Challa, keep the character, but replaced the actor. And honestly, that was my initial thing, is like, just replace the actor. But then I started thinking about it. What actor would want to fill the shoes of Chadwick Boseman. I feel like he was already such an icon. He got an OSCAR nomination the year after that for his performance on Marini's Black Bottom. I mean, this was like an A List amazing caliber actor, not somebody easily replaced at all. So I'm not really sure what, you know, actor of a similar age would want to try and fill those shoes. So they didn't go that route. They ended up writing him off in the movie as well. And I'm not going to spoil the movie here today, but I am going to give like little plot specifics to the scenes the Lego sets are representing. And I think everyone already knew this, but the character to Challa does die, of course in the film, like Chadwick Boseman died in real life, which is an absolutely heartbreaking thing to watch on screen, and I think they actually handled it quite well. So the production this movie completely changed, and honestly, the production of this movie beyond just Chadwick's passing was not good one. They filmed this entire movie and a little thing called the pandemic that I'm sure you've heard of, and it completely affected everything about the production of this film. But to one of the main stars of the movie, Letitia Right, she had like a horrible injury that apparently was like actually considered life threatening at one point that stalled the production of this movie for like a number of months. Really scary stuff. This movie was only pushed back about six months or so. I'm kind of surprised they were able to hit their release date. And I've already seen the movie twice, and my review for the movie is there is obviously a Chadwick Boseman sized hole in the middle of this film that just couldn't be filled. There's no way it would be filled.

But give them the horrible circumstances of this movie's production, I thought the film was a triumph. I really really liked this movie. I plan on sing it again. It's definitely I would say upper tier Marvel one of the best, definitely one of the best Marvel entries in Phase four. I really thought this movie was wonderful, especially given the horrible circumstances, so what kind of forever. I think it's a big win of a movie. I know some people are kind of on defense about it. I personally quite liked it, and I'll talk about some of the scenes from the movie when I talk about the Lego sets based off the film. Now a little bit more context for how Lego has handled Black Panther and other Marvel films in the past, because I have a number of Marvel episodes up to this point, and I continue with this strange point that Lego is so inconsistent with the number of sets each Marvel movie gets, like it really doesn't make a whole lot of sense. For example, Eternals, which has the lowest opening weekend of any Marvel movie. I believe since the original ant Man back into thousand and fifteen, that movie got four sets. It got a full wave of sets, bringing from ten to ninety dollars. Very weird because it was, you know, a complete set of weird, unknown characters. Very odd to me that that movie got such a heavy focus. Meanwhile, Black Widow, which of course was a spinoff film for a beloved character with one of the you know, biggest actresses in the world, and Scott Johnson at the lead only got one like real set and then some comic con stuff. So Lego has been so inconsistent with a number of sets they give for Marvel movies. The original Black Panther, if you listen to my episode of by Ecology for a couple of years ago, that movie just two sets, two sets upon release, and they were relatively small sets. One was twenty, one was thirty. That was it. Oddly enough, all the new sets from Wakonda Forever are bigger and at least price point than those two Black Panther sets from two thousand and eighteen. Black Panther, though, I mean, I think everybody knows this, it has the biggest solo opening of any Marvel movie ever besides Spider Man No Way Home, another movie that literally only got like one Lego set, even though it's one of the biggest Marvel movies ever. Black Panther absolute sensation took the world by a storm, super popular, so I wasn't surprised to hear that Lego was going to do a slightly bigger wave for Wakonda Forever, and they actually released five Black Panther sets this October, three of them which will be talking about today are from Wakonda Forever. The other two are based off of the first Black Panther, and then one is kind of multiple things. So those other two sets, let's talk about them here real quick, because I feel like I should mention them even though they aren't technically part of Wakonda Forever. I've already talked about every other Black Panther ish set in the last episode I did a couple of years ago. So let's talk about those two Black Panther sets here first, and then we'll transition into the Wakonda Forever specific sets. So the first set is a ten dollar four plus sets called Suri's Lab. It has fifty eight pieces and I actually just built this set a couple of days ago. I was at Target getting groceries. Stopped by the Lego island. I was like, what don't I have? Oh, I don't have this four plus Lego Marvel Superhero set. Let's add that to my cart. Yeah, definitely not a set meant for me, But look, I bought this set for just a couple of reasons. One the mini figures. Now, the Sherry Mini figure included with this set is the exact same one that came with the dragon Fly Flyer set from the Infinity Sago Wave last...

...year, so that figure non exclusive whatsoever. And I mean, yeah, it's a cheaper way to get her, but that set wasn't only twenty bucks, so it's not like, oh, now we get her in a much cheaper set, So that is not a hard to find figure, but it is a very good figure. However. You do get Black Panther, or at least a Black Panthers suit in this set, which appears to be the like O G. Black Panther ish kind of suit, and I think it's a great looking figure. Again, I wish these figures had more leg detail, but the face and torso look fantastic and it's a completely exclusive variant in a ten dollar set, And honestly, I'd probably paid ten dollars just for that figure, so everything else is a bonus. You do get a skateboard because that's in the movie. I mean, there's reference to hoverboards in the first Black Panther, but I have no idea why else there would be a more in this set. You get a weapons rack that features an Iraqai sword very bizarre, and a spear with a gun gan shield of a print on it which actually looks pretty accurate to some stuff from Black Panthers, so I'll give that a pass. And then the main build is this wall, which has a really cool printed piece that actually would be very useful if you were going to mock up Sherry's lab with some you know, more advantad building techniques. There's some nice transparent pieces, and then there's a disc launcher where you can launch some gold discs and knock over the pillar piece. Yeah. I don't know why that's in the movie. I guess they do some tests in the movie, but not really in this regard. Yeah, I mean, the bill of this set is not very good. It's also a set made for four year old and it's only ten dollars, so I really don't think I should complain too much, and I don't regarding it literally just to get that one Black Panther figure and a very cool printed brick. That is the ten dollars set they released based off the first Black Panther movie. The other Black Panthers said they released is a little bit bigger. It is a three hundred and fifty dollar direct to consumer eighteen plus set called Just Black Panther. It has two thousand, nine hundred and sixty one pieces, and it's a bust. Lego does not really make busts all that often. They did Darth Maul bust like twenty ish years ago, and they've been doing the Helmet series recently, which is almost like a bust, but doesn't have a course of shoulders like a bust would. This is a full on bust of Black Panthers helmet plus his necklace. Plus you also get his hands that are doing the Waconda Forever pose, which is kind of a separate build and similar in style to like the Infinity Gauntlet and the Nano Gauntlet they did in the past couple of years for Marble Superheroes. Now, this is a set that is just horrifically overpriced. Obviously, if you've been following Lego the past few months, Lego has really increased the prices of their sets, unfortunately because of inflation and everything. Like I understand that our reasoning, but the same time, Lego was already too expensive, so there's been something already too expensive but more expensive, and all these sets are starting to feel like rip offs. And you'll hear more about that when I talk about the Wakonda Forever sets. Three hundred and fifty dollars for a bust is crazy. Doesn't even have three thousand pieces. This would be, in my opinion, a good deal if it was about two fifty three fifty is horrible. And I actually was like, I'm never gonna purchase this set simply because of that price. And then I bought this set last night. It's the time of recording this episode. The reason I bought it last night is one for Lego v IP Weekend that it is a special deal where this set was sixty dollars off. If you were deemed just one v I P points sixty dollars off, MAK you get to ninety, which is still not a great deal, but it doesn't make it about ten cents per peace. And then I also had a hundred dollar Lego v...

I P rewards, I got over thirteen thousand Lego v I P points and I was able to get this set for an additional one hundred dollars off while still getting the v I P Weekend promos. So I paid one hundred and ninety dollars for this set plus over eight hundred pieces and those promos for v I P weekend. That's a great deal. Obviously, a hundred n bucks this set is a fantastic value. So I'm excited to get this set and build it. I think it looks pretty solid and it's actually quite large. I saw it on display the Lego store and I was like, dang, that is actually a pretty big, humongous build. It's about one to one scale, I would say, So I am excited to get this set. It's a horrible price, but for the price I paid, I am stoked to get it and add it to my Marvel Superheroes collection. So those are the two Black Panther sets they released this year. Now let's talk about the Wakonda Forever specific sets. So when total this October, Lego released five Black Panther specific sets, which of course is a lot more than the two we got from the first movie. Three of them are based off of the sequel film Black Panther Wakonda Forever, which I'll probably just referred to as Wakonda Forever throughout the rest of this episode. And like I said earlier, oddly enough, every single set from this line is actually more expensive than any of the original Black Panther sets. The biggest Black Panther set from two thousand and eighteen was the Royal Talent Fighter, which was a thirty dollars set. The smallest set from this wave is King Namoard's Throne, which is thirty five. Now, I think this King Namore Throne set probably would have been a thirty dollar set if it weren't for the Lego price increase apocalypse. So let's talk about this set now, and that is King Name Moore's Throne thirty five dollars, three hundred and fifty five pieces, and look us apart ratio is not the end all be all for Lego value, but with how expensive Lego has gotten, if a set is ten cents for peace or under, I think that's a win. Regardless, we should always cherish having at least a good price to part ratio. This set does, and it is something I cannot say about the other two sets in this wave. Unfortunately, this set does not have a single exclusive mini figure. It is the cheapest way to get all three of these figures, but none of them are exclusive and two of them are quite inaccurate. So the first mini figure included with this set here is Princess sure E. I like her torso and like print, but she does not work this out from the movie, Like literally, this is not an outfit we ever see in the film. I got nothing else to say. In this scene, in particular, she is wearing like a gigantic scuba suit, which would have been a very cool Lego figure to get. And underneath that scuba suit she had like a very ornate pretty dress from Talcan, which also would have been a cool variant to get. But no, we just get Surey in this completely inaccurate suit that she does not wear in the movie at all, So that is unfortunate. However, great face print, amazing hairpiece. First off, I love the way Leticia writes hair looked in this movie. That did an amazing job with her hairstyles, and Lego did a great job giving us a super cool hairpiece for SHREI. So I like the face, like the hair. The rest ain't so good. On the flip side, you get the tentionlar character of this set. Of course, King Naymore what it's called him Namore for this steake and for those of you who aren't aware of name More, nay More is like the O G original like before Captain America, before Marvel was even called Marvel nay More was like their original character. Him and the human Torch, who's not even like the normal...

Johnny Blade is fantastic for Human Torch. Naymore is one of the o G Marvel characters, and it took so long to get him on film, and unfortunately for Naymore, even though he came before Aquaman, I feel like most people kind of look at nay More as an Aquaman rip off, and they obviously share some similarities, most importantly being the King of Atlantis. I think Marvel made a very calculated and very smart decision to make nay More the King of Telecan and not Atlantis in the movie, and they changed up some things about his back story. He's no longer, you know, kind of like obviously Atlantis is kind of like from Greece mythology. He's no longer from that. He's more from like an Aztec Mayan, you know, Mesoamerican mythology, which is very very cool, and I think they did a great job with all of that in the film, and I thought to know tut how The actor who played nay More was fantastic. He is one of my favorite parts of the move He has an s tier Marvel antagonist. I think nay More is fabulous in the film the lego figure, he's really close to being great. His torso print is great. His leg print is exquisite. It looks brilliant to me. He has side leg printing with the ankles on his wings, which is one of his most important characteristics. And I gotta say, the way that he flew around in the movie with his ankle wings was so cool. I loved all of his powers in the movie, So that's great. His hairpiece they use like an Elf hairpiece with the ears, and it's got little earrings printed on there as well. Awesome. So everything so far really good. And then you got his face. His face looks a lot like nay More from the comics, a different skin tone, but besides that, like it really looks like nay More from the comics. He's got the intense eyebrows, he got the expression, he's got the cheekbones. It looks like comics name More to me. However, in the movie he's got a beard. In the movie, nay More has a very very noticeable beard. This lego version is completely clean shaven. Now my theory, and it's something I had pointed out in other Marvel Superheroes episodes of ecology is that Lego was probably given concept art of name War and everything was probably about accurate to what you know. They actually name More looked like in the movie, but they decided to add a beard later on, and that's unfortunate. That's not really legos fault, But at the end of the day, you have this name or figure that has a beard, and other toy companies like for example, Funco has their name more Funco Pop that came out on the same time as Lego sets, and the name or Funko Pop ain't ain't got you know, a clean shaven face. It's got a beard. So I'm not really sure what's going on there. So that's really unfortunate because otherwise this would have been an absolutely fantastic figure. It's still a very good figure, and if you just want a Lego name more that looks pretty similar to the one from the comics, I think this will do as well. But it is unfortunate we did not get a beard on this character. Finally, for this set, the last figure here is a Tuma, one of nemours like right hand men in the film. Great figure Love all the printing, love the face print, love the crazy hammer head shark headdress piece. That is all great. This figure is fantastic and is actually quite accurate to the film. So at least one of the figures in this set is accurate to the movie. But now let's move on from the figures and talk about the builds of this set. Are the builds accurate? Yes, actually, the builds are quite accurate. I would say of the three sets from One Condo Forever, this one has by far the most accurate builds. First off, you get a very small submarine for sorry. In the movie, the submarine one is piloted by...

Nikia and not Surey, so that's a little bit of an inaccuracy. And two, it's a very like transparent thing in the movie. There's not as much opaque black and the movie as the Lego build would suggest. However, the shaping is pretty accurate. Lego tries to add as many windows as they can, and even though Sherry lays down on her belly inside of it and it looks very accurate awkward, that is how it works in the movie. So overall, I think Lego actually did a pretty good job with the small Wakandan submarine here. Then, of course there's the main build, a set King Nemoar's thrown itself. This is pretty much perfect, y'all. I mean, it's a big jaw of megalodon shark. It's got a great build, lots of teeth, some cool stickers to add some texture and detail around. It is very red. There's fish, there's seaweed. I think this looks great, and then Lego tries to force in a couple of features. One at the back you can pull out a hidden place for some jewels. Um. Yeah, this feels like a Lego Harry Potter play feature from like two thousand and two, very outdated and does not happen in the movie Shocker. Not a great playability feature there. Also, if you push in the jewels for there there's a disc launcher, the same exact disc launcher from that ten dollars set we talked about about ten minutes ago. Again that doesn't happen the movie. Lego really try to force those play features in. But overall this set, if it had accurate figures for sure e an accurate figure for nay more, this would be close to a perfect set because I think the value here is pretty solid and the builds are about as accurate as they can be, so overall, this set, in my opinion, is a win, but it's very unfortunate the figures weren't quite accurate. Let's jump up in price fifteen dollars to sure he's Sunbird. This set has three hundred and five five pieces. Sound familiar, that's because that's the exact same Peace count as the last set, which costs fifteen dollars less, making this set fourteen point one. Since per peace not a very good price apart ratio, we'll talk more about that price here later. Now, this set has four many figures. Two of them are the exact same figures in the last set. You get the same Sherry and the same Tuma. And look, I love this a Tuma figure. I think he's great. But in the movie nay More essentially has like two people right by his side, a Tuma, the character we got twice, and then there's Namura. Amoura is nowhere to be found this entire wave. There is no figure of Namura. There's also no figure of Queen Romanda, who is very important to the film. Whish we had gotten her because Angela Bassett is a powerhouse in the movie and delivers an amazing performance. I would have loved to have seen a Queen Romanda figure, but that's kind of besides the point. Named Maura would have made a lot more sense to include with this set, and it's just very odd to me that you just downright do not get her at all. And look, they made a brand new mold for a Tuma's crazy hammer head shark headdress. They could have made Nomura's head dress as well. They don't make Namore's head dress for when he's on his throne, which is kind of sappointing, but I understand why they didn't make it. But look, it's so weird to me that Nomura is just not included here and we get a Tuma twice. That feels very very odd to me. So yeah, same inaccurate, Sherry, same accurate, but just repetitive a Tuma figure. But you do get two exclusive figures in this set. One is Nakiaputa Nano's character and the film. Her face print epic, her torso print epic, her leg print epic, her weapons super accurate, her hairpiece completely wrong. Everything about this figure is perfect,...

...but in the movie she got long hair. Now, she did have short hair in the original Black Panther, so I understand maybe Lego, you know, I mean, like, oh, she could had short hair in that movie. Let's put short hair in this figure. But no, she has full on long hair in the new film. On the box art for these sets, you can see Nikia with long hair, but the Lego figure does not have it. That is very weird to me. The Master Morto hairpiece they used in the Sanctums Saying Torum set earlier this year, it would have been perfect for this figure, and it's very sad because it's a near perfect figure. We just don't get the hairpiece, so yeah, that's definitely a bit of a disappointment. We also get iron Heart Mark One a k a. Re Re Williams, which is another near perfect Lego figure. I love the Torso like printing of this. Honestly love the design of this Mark one armor. It's very like homemade and interesting. They did a really good job building kind of like the jet pack at her back, and her accessory ears cool as well. She also has a great face print with the goggles that looks great, and she has an awesome hairpiece. It's the same hairpiece that we got for Monica Rambeau from the CMF last year. However, that's not what her hair looks like in the movie. Her hair in the movie is like braids, Like she has like full on braids in the movie. Not this like very poofy here. It's not even remotely accurate. I just it's so weird, Like all of these hair pieces are just completely wrong. It's very bizarre. So, yeah, it's a great figure until the hairpiece. So both Nakia and the Iron Heart Mark one figures are just brilliant looking figures until you look at their hair pieces. Very bizarre, very strange situation. It's just kind of what it is. Now, let's talk about the bill of this set. There's only one of them, and that is sure We Sunbird. This is a fairly prominent vehicle in the movie. It's similar but not the same to the Dragonfly Flyers or the Royal Talent Fighter. There are a number of different recon and vehicles that fly. This is one specific to sureI, I guess, and I think Lego got the basic shape down pretty well. Like it has kind of the fins the back, it has kind of the skinny torso and in the big jet propulsion boosters in the middle. I think the shaping is decent. In the movie, the cockpit is a real odd shape, like a very odd shape that I don't think Lego would be able to make with existing pieces at this scale. They would have to make a brand new cockpit piece to get accurate, or make it much bigger to be able to break build it. So the cockpit here, while it is sealed up nicely and has a good space for the Sherry figure, it is not nearly the right shape. The middle section though, actually is pretty close to the right shape. And I think there's some pretty clever building techniques here as well. And I quite like the big jet propulsion system on bionical Exo four style ball joints. Those can move around, those have great pieces. Those are tons of fun to play with. I really like that the back wings they do get kind of the layered wing effect. They also use the gardarage door piece and kind of that sparkly transparent purple color. Very cool touch there, and I like how they can move around. However, in the movie those wings can splay out like they move up and down. The Lego ones are not like that. They're stagnant. You can't like move them up or you know, going to spread them out like in the film. I'm not really sure how Lego would have been able to do that without making it like very very fragile. So I kind of understand to an extent why Lego wasn't quite able to get that. And I actually think if you just...

...remove a couple of battle droid arm pieces at the end, you might be able to get some movement out of these wings. But it's not quite accurate. So overall, Shurery Sunbird is a bit of a mixed bag. It's not horribly inaccurate. Like I think it's recognizable, like you look at it, you're like, oh, yeah, that's the vehicle that sure he flies in the movie, but it's not quite the right shape. Like I don't think Lego did a great job with the shaping gear, but it's not a horrible job at the point that you have no idea what this vehicle is. And then finally, of course there's the price. The price of part issue was got awful. I don't think I had to tell you guys that. However, this is one of those sets that has a lot of big pieces, a lot of unique pieces and very interesting colors, new pieces for head molds and hair pieces and whatnot, and you get for many figures. And frankly, if you didn't tell me the piece count of this set, you just let me hold the Sunbird, I would have been like, Yeah, this feels like a fifty dollar Lego set, and it is. So this is a case where I would say the price of part ratio is not good, but the size of price ratio is actually quite good, so not a terrible value. So overall, definitely a bit of a mixed bag for this set. That's kind of what you're gonna get to here throughout this entire episode is that all of these sets have a lot of good pros and a lot of bad cons. And before I move on to the final set from this wave, I have a little anecdote I want to share about Shry's Sunbird. So during double v I P Week in October, I waited a couple of weeks to buy these Black Panther sets so I could get double v I P points, and I ordered the entire wave plus a couple of the Avatar set Scott the Halloween you know which promotion from Lego and of course the v I P bonus pack so I could get like a big haul. I opened up my package and everything looks normal. However, sure he Sunbird is just not there. The entire set is just nowhere to be found, not in my package, which you know, I've had Lego mess up things slightly in orders before, but I don't think I've ever had an entire set just completely missing from a package. So I was like, dang, now I had to reach out to a customer service. This might be a whole thing. How do they know I'm not lying that I know didn't actually get this set my package. You know. I was kind of nervous that the whole thing. So I contact Lego customer service on a Monday. I got I opened my package, I believe on a Friday. I wait until Monday. I send him an email, and I don't get an email back. I mean, I got like a thinks we received your email, will try to get to your request as soon as possible. But that was like an automated response. I did not actually get like a real response back, and I was like, huh, that's weird. But then later that day I got email from Legos saying your order has been shipped, and I was like what and I click on it just says zero dollar order Surery's Sunburn. I was like, oh, day, they just sent me the set, and then the set came the next day. Like the UPS guy came into my house the next day and I was like, wait, it's already here. My Surry Sunbird is already here one day shipping, which is crazy because I personally think Lego, especially since the pandemic has begun, has been horrible at shipping Lego. At this point, it's like seven to ten business days for the news ship Lego sets. Occasionally you'll get like the normal like three to four, but normally for me, it literally takes like if you're lucky, just a week and then sometimes well over a week for sets to come, which I think in some ways it's excusable because I ordered something off Amazon and it comes four hours later, or something i've eBay there's some random person and it comes two...

...days later. And then Lego, this huge company, the biggest toy company in the world. You order something and it takes them ten days for it to come, and I think the package with this set took like ten days to come. But I gotta sand it to Lego the customer service, even though they didn't actually talk to me, they just did it. They just sending the set and they overnight shifted it, which can't be cheap. That is amazing, awesome, wonderful customer service. So bravo to you, Lego. But also make your normal shipping better because it's taking way too long for me to get my sets. But if you want to talk about a set that is not a good value in terms of size or price apart ratio, that's the biggest set this wave, that is Black Panther War on the Water. This set is ninety dollars, so the exact same price as the biggest Eternal set from last year, which had nearly doubled. The piece count of this set, which is five and forty five. That means this set is sixteen point five since per piece, that is, that is not it's not a good price de part ratio. Man, that that is that is a hard pill to swallow. But look, sometimes sets have a horrible price apart ratio, but they use a lot of big pieces and they make a big build, so it doesn't matter. Unfortunately, this set does not. You do get five mini figures, which is in a terrible amount. And I will say one thing, I'm gonna spoil the identity to the New Black Panther. I don't know why people are considering this a spoiler. Like, in my opinion, it becomes pretty clear in the trailers who the new Black Panther is, especially if you're familiar with the Marvel comics, you can predict who New Black Panther is gonna be. So I don't really think it's that big of a spoiler, but some people, seriously, we're like talking up to the day's maybe came. I was like, who's gonna be the new Black Panther? Yeah, it's it's spoiler alert. It's sure he sure he is the new Black Panther. And you get her New Black Panther outfit in this set, which is an awesome figure to get. First off, her costume. Dope, loved her costume, loved all the gold accents, Very very cool, and I think it makes very pretty cool looking lego figure who also comes with her head and hairpiece as well, so we can assure you many figure that has an accurate torso print and an accurate head print. Yea, this is a completely accurate black Panther Shorey figure. Love that that is so so good. You also get nay more than this set, the exact same figure from his Throne set in a much more expensive set. We've already talked ad nauseum about his inaccuracies. The three other figures include this set are completely exclusive. You get a new version of a koy who has come and sets before, but she has a more ornate detailed headprint. Looks awesome. I think they did a great job with her. You also get iron Heart Mark two. Now you still get the same inaccurate hairpiece four rere, but you get a different headpiece underneath her, which looks really really good with out the goggles. I quite like that. And honestly, the torso leg and the head piece all look really accurate, even the jet pack piece at the back. I think they did a very good job making this figure look pretty accurate to the film. Not my favorite superhero suit ever. I think it looks a little Power Ranger E. But it is an accurate Lego figure, so I'll give them that. And last, but not least, we finally get im Baku. Imbaku was not included in any of the Black Panther sets. He was not included in any of the Infinity Saga sets. This is the first time we've ever gotten in Baku and Lego figure form. I think the face and the hairpiece are great. The youth is a hairpiece and black from...

Ninjago. Very cool is Tarsa printing with kind of the gorilla chest. That is awesome. I love that detail. No leg print, Yeah, I kind of feel like they could have included some leg printing and maybe like some shoulder pauldron detail to give him kind of like a little bit more fluff. But I do like kind of his build for his staff that is pretty accurate. So not the best Embaku figure in the world, but I'm happy we got Imbaku in some regard in this set. As for the build of the set itself, this is a big old boat, which in the movie also was kind of a submarine because it does rise up from the water, and you know what, we don't really get boats all too often from Lego Marvel superheroes. I can think of a couple of examples, like there was a boat and Iron Man three. There was that big leg doc Ox set where there's a small police boat, and really that's about it. For what I can think of of boats from Lego Marvel sets, like you want to count the goat boat, but that one, of course is flying. This is a different style of build and it looks it looks kind of like the thing from the movie. It has the basic shape, especially towards the back. They got the engine detailed down very well. The front shape is decent. I think it's not quite the right color, and the movie the whole thing is kind of a gun metal gray. The Lego version is like a mix of black and gray. I think it would have been more accurate actually if it was all gray. But you know what I get why Lego wants to include a little bit more color and texture here with the layering. Lego version also has a cockpit kind of looking area at the front that has like yellow tinted windows, which isn't really something that appears in the movie, but you know whatever, it looks all right. Now. There is the deck of the boat here. You have a couple of stud shooters which move around. You have some tool racks. You've got some fire hydrants, which is standard Lego fair There is like a control station at the front. There's a trap door that opens up to reveal a prison to throw any more in. Yeah, that doesn't happen in the movie. Spoiler alert. That's just kind of a waste of space. And honestly, this is a pretty you know, it's not a small, tiny little thing, and there's a lot of space inside, and I feel like they easily could have made a more detailed interior, and like, you don't see the interior of this thing in the movie, So like, I don't know what Lego would have done here, but I feel they could have made something up and given us, like some more storage or control. There's something going on inside, but instead they just waste that space with literally just a small prison cell for one figure. At the back there is storage for a couple of dragon Flyer drones. Now, I built this set before I saw the movie. I built this set in October, and I was like, are these drones, Like they look similar to the dragonfly Flyers, but are they drones? The kind of thought they were drones, And they are stoually described as drones on a brick set in the movie. They're actually just the Dragonflight Flyers, like the actual ones that are piloted by you know, actual people. So that means that this boat here is real small because you got this micro scale kind of version of this relatively decent sized ship, and we obviously got that as a set last year in two thousand and twenty one from the Infinity of Saga sets. So if you wanted this boat to be an accurate scale to the two one set, it would have to be very, very large. So overall, this thing is just quite small when you compare it to the real thing in the movie. It has its accuracies, it has its inaccuracies. There's some pretty good playability features here. It wasn't a fun and it was a pretty fun build, and I like the mini figures here, but that price, oh my gosh, this should be like a sixty dollar set, seventy at the most,...

...with like the Disney Marble text I could see. Seventy ninety is just like unspeakably horrible. I have no idea how this set is priced so so high. So overall another kind just what I would call a mixed bag of a set. But in a lot of ways, I think this is actually the worst set from the Wave, which is disappointing because this set is based on the climax of the movie, and it is the biggest set, so you would hope it would be the best set, but unfortunately it is not. And that is all she wrote for Lego, Black Panther, Wakonda Forever. Thank you so much for joining me here today. Hopefully I can get back on the podcast Grind a little bit more consistently over the next couple of months towards the end of the year. Thank you all so much for listening. Go find me online. Have a fantastic rest of your day, week, month, whatever it is for you. Peace out, God bless Bye bye the space st.

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