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LEGO Marvel Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On the latest Marvel episode of Brickology, LegoLee explores the newest corner of the MCU in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, articulating his thoughts on the film and the LEGO sets from it, along with the issues that have plagued these and many more LEGO Marvel sets over the years. 

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whenever wherever you're listening. Thank you so much making me a part of your day. My name is Leeparn. Might know me as Lego Lee or Lego Lee preaching. I and from facebook, instagram, twitter, Youtube, Patreon, you name it, I'm all over the Internet and this is the brick Ology podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. How are you doing today? I sincerely hope you're having an absolutely fantastic day. It's now fall in two thousand and twenty one. I can't believe we have made it this far. I love the fall. I love September, October weather. This is like peak weather and my opinion, and it puts me in a good mood. Also, I record my podcast in my closet in my apartment and during the summer there's no like vent in this closet and it gets hot in here. I mean seriously, it gets so hot in here and I break a sweat pretty quickly. So fall winter is definitely more ideal podcast recording time for me because I won't be completely drenched in sweat after recording an episode of brick ology. And enough random crap out of the way. I need to address the elephant in the room, which I say in pretty be much every single episode of brick ology these days. I suck. I am horrible. I am so bad at uploading these episodes. It's been, I think, like three and a half weeks since my last episode of Brick Ology and I keep making these promises like, guys, they'll be a new episode out next week and then I don't upload for about another month and I am so sorry. I sincerely apologize and I do mean that. However, no more promises. My Friend Ryan, he called me out on this and he says you keep promising and I'm like, you...

...know what, you're right, no more promises. I can't promise you of the next episode of Brick Ology will be next week or be in two weeks. I do really want to hit that biweekly schedule like I have alluded to in some other episodes of this show, but I can't promise you because I've been busy and honestly, it's a blessing in the curse being busy, because one my work is going great. I've picked up some new responsibilities, which is awesome. I'm going to FREAKING NEW YORK COMIC CON in a couple of weeks. Like I can't wait and I am loving how my job is going, but I'm a busy boy. I am pretty much packed every single week day. I do work from, you know, nine hundred to five, sometimes six or later, and then I eat dinner and I am dead tired and just watch TV for the rest of the night and I don't want to record podcast when I'm super tired and I kind of want to try and do these episodes on the weekend, but it seems like every single weekend for the past few months for me has been Jim pack. People are coming to visit me. I'm not going to like ditch my friends to go and record a podcasts. You know, like I said, it's a blessing in the curse. I have a good social life, I have great friends and a great job and I'm loving my life right now. But at the same time, I really haven't bought a Lego set in a while and I'm planning on getting, you know, a bunch of Lego sets on October first. I'm not sure I'm will actually have time to sit down and build all those said Lego sets because I just have so much going on at the moment and, of course, at all comes at the expense of making these episodes of brick ology. Now, hopefully I will be able to get back on a somewhat more consistent basis, but I'm not going to make any false promises that they'll be a new episode out in two weeks. I can go ahead and tell you there actually won't be a new episode out in two weeks because I'm going to comic con. So three weeks is probably the likely Anoun of time before the next episode of brick oology. Who knows, maybe I'll put some time in there and recording episode next weekend, but in all likelihood, look out for...

...the next episode and hopefully, fingers crossed, three weeks now. Before we jump into this week's episode, of course I need to shamelessly play myself here for just a second. Go find your boy online on instagram. Can Follow me at Lego lead here to nine. Same thing on twitter. Also, subscribe to my Youtube Channel, like my facebook page and, if you really love me, consider donating to my patreon page. Any small amount helps me make more awesome content like this, so thank you so much to like my six patreonsup borders. I really do appreciate it. Also, I have some other podcasts and there's one podcast in particular that I think would be beneficial for you. If you're listening to this episode of Brick Ology, definitely go check out my entertainment and pop culture podcast called are you not? I review all sorts of movies, TV shows sometimes music over there. Definitely go check that out and I'll explain which episode of that podcast in particular you should listen to. That will go along with the episode of Brick Ology today. So no more dilly dalling. All those announcements and excuses and apologies out of the way, let's jump into the next episode. Up Brick Ology, another lego Marvel Super Heroes episode. Today we have Shaun Chi and the legend of the ten rings. Raise your hand if you're an uncultured swine and you refer to this movie as Shang Chi for the longest time, up until you actually saw the film. That was me. I kept calm. At Shang Chi in is Shaung Chi, and actually the way they say it in the movie is more like Shun Chi. It's kind of hard to say. I can't quite nail that particular accent and it does have kind of the ridiculously long subtitle of Shaun Chi and the legend of the ten rings. I am not going to refer to the movie by its full title. That is way too many words in my opinion. I'll just be referred to the movie as Hung Chi for the...

...rest of this episode of brick ecology. Now, what is this movie, you may be wondering. Well, this is a new marvel film set in the marvels cinematic universe and kind of like how Black Panther was the first marvel film with, you know, a black lead and a pretty much majority all black cast, this is the first marvel film with an Asian lead character and the majority that cast is Asian actors. And Look, I love this movie. I have seen this movie in theaters three times. I actually saw it last night at the time of recording of this episode, just kind of remind myself about what happens in the movie so I can talk about the Lego sets in detail here today. I would love to go again. I probably won't end up going again just because I'm kind of hard on time right now and venom, let there be carnage comes out in less than a week, so it's probably the last time I see it in theaters, but when it drops on Disney plus, and I believe, like November twelve, I can't wait to re watch this movie over and over again and, like I was a looding to just a few minutes ago, check out my episode of my podcast. Are you not about Shunche? Actually can see this movie a couple weeks early for an advanced critic screening, which was super exciting. Go check out that episode of are you not to hear my full breakdown of this movie? It's like an hour long episode of me talking about how much I adore this film. It's such a great movie. Also, one thing I do need to address. I will be alluding to some specific scene details in this episode when I'm critiquing the Lego sets that we got, and especially the bigger set itself, is actually pretty much the third act of the movie and kind of a spoiler itself. Now, I'm not going to spoil any of the major reveals, besides one in particular, which I will give a thorough warning now. The movie, I believe, is in its fourth week in at the box office, so I think if you're really dying to see the movie,...

...you probably would have already gone. Now. I do understand there are some listeners around the globe or people who live in more remote areas who don't have good access to movie theaters, and I apologize you have not been able to see in the movie at this point in time. I won't be spoiling like the epic huge reveals of the film, but I will be talking about some smaller, specific plot details and one reveal in particular that makes the sets a little bit more inaccurate. I'll give through a warning for that. Bell be towards the end of today's episode. So if you want to avoid all spoilers in this movie, Don't let this episode until you have actually watched the film itself. Anybody who has seen the movie. Let's dive in and talk about the Lego shunk cheese sets. Now, like most marvel movies, with the exception of a few the way, eve is very small. It's slightly bigger than black widow. It's actually twice as big as the black widow wave because black widow got one like real set. This got to real sets. Oddly enough, the eternals, coming out here very soon, has four sets, which is interesting to me. And then spider man no way home technically just has one set, but then it has two other sets coming out the same time with the same packaging, but those are actually based off other spider man movies and not specifically no way home. It's all very confusing. But lego marvel mcu stuff, with the exception of pretty much the actual avengers movies, usually get around one twenty three sets, depending on the film. This movie in particular, kind of going back to the Black Panther connection. That movie got two sets. This movie got two sets and a small polly bag. And let's talk about these smaller of the two sets here first, and that is escape from the ten rings. This is a thirty dollar set with three hundred and twenty one pieces. First off, that is a great price to part ratio. We love to see that. It include the figures here of Shoun Chi, who is played by see Meulu in the film one. If...

...you have not followed to see Mulu on instagram lately he's been posting some great content. All these memes involving him and the stock photo shoot he did like almost a decade ago are hilarious. And this guy his from the show Kim's convenience. He is great in that show. That is a fat nebulous Sitcom. I definitely recommend everybody watching. It's currently on Netflix. I love this man and he absolutely killed it as hunch. As for the Lego mini figure presentation of him, like a lot of marvels mcu lego figures, it's a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to this character. Now, now he has a great torso print, an undeniably fantastic looking torso print. It could have been on a slightly darker red however, I think would have been really hard to see the finer black details on a dark red. So I understand why Lego went with the kind of normal red shade for this torso print. Also, dual little arms would have been really appreciated with this particular figure. Again, though, I get that Lego doesn't include that sort of specialty thing with every single small scale Lego set. For the most part, I think this torso looks fantastic front and back. He uses the Superman hairpiece from the Batman be superman, like Poe Dammer, and they've using a hair piece for quite some time and that air piece is fine. It's not my favorite hair piece in the world, but I think it works out okay for this character in particular, no real big complaints there. His face is reused. The skin tone is the normal fleshy skin tone and he obviously is a Chinese actor and I kind of feel like they should have used a slightly darker skin tone. And that can be said about pretty much every character in these sets besides one. So very odd choice with the skin tone in my opinion. It doesn't quite feel accurate to me and the face doesn't really look like him at all. It's a very youthful looking face. Does not have any stubble, which he clearly has stubble in the film. Not a big fan of...

...the face print here. Also, he has no leg printing, which honestly, is fine. That's fairly accurate. However, the outfit he is wearing in this set is not the outfit he is wearing in this scene in the movie. At this point in the film he is not yet received his, you know, special superhero costume. At this point in time we should have gotten him and more of a streak clothes asque design. So not an entirely accurate torso and leg printing combination for this scene in particular. And the same thing goes for the next figure in this set, and that is Katie, played by Aquafina. Also, if you count the riot and the last dragon sets and the angry birds movie two sets, she actually has three different lego characters now, counting voice acting performances, which is very interesting. Now, as for this figure in particular, it's okay. The Torso and leg printing actually looks absolutely fantastic, but again not accurate to this scene. She gets this outfit later in the movie and I would really love to have seen her and her green pants as she wears in the movie. V They actually have a line movie where one of the other characters is like, I like your pants. Really cool outfit she wears in the film. That, I think could have made for a good lego figure. Also, the face and hair. Again, the hair is reused, but I think it's fine. In the face print doesn't fit AQUAFINA at all. I'm sorry, it does not look like Aquafina. In my opinion, not a great looking face print for this character. However, this character is completely exclusive to this set in particular, which is nice, but I think they could have done a slightly better job with this character and again, not entirely accurate to this scene in the film. Next up, another exclusive character to this set here is razor fist, who's one of the company's side Hinchman villains of this movie. This figure is not very good. It's honestly kind of an awful looking figure. They...

...use the Poe damner in face with the thin hair, which doesn't work at all for this character in my opinion. The torso print is new but has very little detail. The actual razor fist just re uses a generic kind of spike piece and in the movie the actual razor fist has some very clearly transparent elements and Lego just did not represent that at all here, so that's lazy. In my opinion, this figure feels like an absolute waste of a figure, complete throw away. They did not do a particularly great job with this figure. I think this could have been way, way better and like a kind of dropped the ball here. is also, though, is the only character that is Caucasian in the film, so his torso and face, all that stuff actually matches up with his real skin tone. So that is slightly a plus. It's compared to the rest of the figures from this way. But besides that definitely a miss of a figure. And finally, for normal minifigures, here we get whin Wou, who is also known as the Real Mandarin in this movie. Not The weird fake Mandarin that we got in the third iron man film. This is the Real Mandarin and I love this character in the movie, played by a legendary Chinese actor, Tony Lulong. Great, great character in the movie. So I'm happy to get him as a Lego figure and his torso and leg printing absolutely brilliant. Again, not really accurate to this seem the movie. Actually, he's not really in this particular moment in the movie, but it is accurate to an appearance later on in the film and it looks great. Again, a generic hairpiece, but actually this hairpiece really fits the character, if you ask me. So I have no complaints about the hair of this figure. And then again, the face. Lego just can't make new faces for these marvel characters. I guess it's very, very weird. In my opinion, it's one of the most generic faces I've ever seen. It's the same face I believe they used for like...

Lex luthor and low key all the way back in two thousand and twelve. Are you kidding me? This awesome character in the movie has just been dumped upon with a crappy face that's almost a decade old, that's not even double sided. That is horrible in my opinion. Again, the skin tone isn't great as well. Definitely a missed opportunity with the face of the character in this set. I absolutely hate the face of Whenwu here. Everything else is great about this figure, with the face is a gigantic missed opportunity. And finally, for figures, not technically a figure but more of a small creature, is Morris, who is one mold. I think he could have used a little bit more like painted on detail, but the mold is very accurate and he is very cute in this set. So it's nice to get Morris here. He's this weird like six legged, six winged, mythical Chinese creature that does not have an actual face. Very very interesting figure that is really cool in this set. But moving on to the builds of this set, there are a shockingly high amount of builds included here. Not One, not two, not three, not four, but five builds are included with this set, plus a small welcomes wreck so the weapons wreck is actually kind of a six build. I can't believe how many individual builds come with this set and I'm being honest, none of them are particularly great. So in my opinion this is definitely a quantity over quality. Ask Lego set if you ask me now that aforementioned weapons rack is our first build. Very simple. It holds two side one sword and a spear. Very simple design. Let's move on. You get to motorcycles in this set, both for the Tin Rings Organization. They are both in dark blue generic leg a marcycle piece. We've...

...been using some slight two thousand and fifteen I believe, but they do have some interesting stickers on the side with specific tin rings logos and one of them has kind of like hot pink accent details and the other one kind of has like a Turquoisy ACCs in detail. Pretty cool. They're in the movie, they're in the scene, but you don't get a good look at them. So I actually have no idea if these bikes in particular actually legitimately had like tin rings insignia on them. You can't really tell in the film. But I'm never going to complain about getting some Nice winter cycles and Lego sets. You also get two different kind of turrets in this set. Weapons placement turrets here, and one has spring loaded shooters, which is pretty cool, and the other one fires off some disc and both of these weapon projectiles are kind of molded in a blue color. They function well. They spin around three hundred and sixty degrees. A little bit Finnicky and they're a little bit wobbly, but for the most part they function nicely. Now in the film, The compound for the Tin Rings does have some let up in placement turrets, kind of like aerial defense system that you can see briefly in the film. However, they never really use in the movie. There's kind of in the background if you pay very close attention, and in this scene in particular, there are not like guns just firing at them. I'm assuming Lego just included these just to have a little bit more action in this set. Have something to fire at a different thing, which I understand for a playability sake, but they're not accurate at all and they waste a lot of pieces, which is something I'll talk about more in just a second. As for the final and kind of main build of this set, it's a car now in the movie this car is razorfist car, which is a BMW that's kind of like a blackish gun metal gray with some specific details for razor fist. It has like his name graffitied on the side and kind of like a pink and blue...

...color. The lego version here is the right shape. It's got that kind of like hatchback sedan ask shape. It's actually a pretty decent shape for the car. However, it's made out of Yellow School Bus Colors, Aka key tongoo orange for some bionical fan references out there, which is not accurate at all. The car is not accurately colored whatso bit from the outside. So that is very interesting. However, the inside is actually pretty good here, because you can fit Katie in the driver's seat, which is accurate. She does drive the car in the film, and you can put Shun Chi behind her. You can also fit Morris in the car and all three of those characters do ride in the car in this scene the movie. So I love the interior detail. Now in the movie there are four people and Morris writing in the car. But look, I get the restraints of a small Lego set. You're not going able to fit for many figures in the car. So I think this is a pretty decent compromise. So overall good value for the playability with this car, but not a very accurate build to the movie. And overall this set is such a random collection of stuff. It does portray specific scene the movie. Like there is a scene the movie where they're in a car and they're being chased by guys and motorcycles, and that's all good. Like, I think that is great, but I think this set easily could have been a twenty dollars set. Essentially, just take out one motorcycle, take out both of the useless gun placements. We don't need the weapons rack. Just have the car, one motorcycle and the for mini figures and Wallah, you have a very simple twenty dollars set. However, they throw all this random crap in with this set. And Yeah, it's a good price to part ratio, but most of the build don't have any substance if you ask me, making the value a little bit less in my opinions. So over all, a huge mixed bag of a set here that it could have been really good, but doesn't quite hit the mark. Our one...

...other Lego shun cheese set is a forty dollar set called battle at the ancient village and it has four hundred pieces. Perfect price to bark ratio. It's a forty dollar set, four hundred pieces. That is amazing. I love to see that perfect price to part ratio. That is beautiful, especially from a license theme set like Shung Chi. Now this set here includes for different mini figures, so it's also a perfect mini figure to price ratio. I love it when you basically get one figure for every ten dollars you spend. Most Lego sets don't even remotely come close to hitting that mark, which is very unfortunate. But this set does, because you do get for minifigures in a forty dollar set, which is nice to see. And the figures here. First off you get shun Chi, exact same version as the last set, and Morris does come here as well. The only difference for Shaun Chi is his weapons. He actually gets a staff and this set, which is literally just like a brown staff piece, very very boring engineeric. You also get when woo in this set, and one cool thing about Shaun Chi and when will is the outfits they're wearing in this set. In particular are accurate to the scene in the movie, which is Nice, and it is the exact same version of when Wu from the other set. However, the ten rings, which the Weapon The ten rings, if you haven't really talked about out yet, is represented in this set and one of the most unique little builds I've ever seen. Essentially, they take the ring piece from the Lord of the ring sets and the connect those onto the superhero jumper pieces that were first introduced in the DC superheroes line of clickt of minifigures, then reused for the mcu television one that came out very recently here from marvel, and the connect them together to kind of represent how the tin rings are used as kind of like a whip weapon in the movie. Amazing Build. It looks super...

...cool. I would have loved to seen the jumper pieces maybe in transparent blue to even be more of an accurate color, but overall I think it looks really good and I love what like it was able to accomplish with such a small micro build. It's very creative and very fun and definitely makes this way move figure really interesting in my opinion. As for the next figure and could do with this set, we get Shaw Lane. I believe I'm saying that correctly. I'm not entirely sure this is Shung Chi's sister in the film and honestly this might be the most purely accurate figure from this entire collection. I really don't have too many complaints with her. Her Torso print is great. Not like burning, but that's fine. The face is reused and I do again think it could have been a darker skin tone, but it actually looks like her and it has the right color of lipstick. She definitely wears kind of a bright red lipstick throughout this film, for the lipstick color is accurate here, which just not to see. And then an we get the iron a SPALCO here from the Indiana Jones sets, with that hairpiece fits this character perfectly like literally it looks exactly like her hair on the movie. So that is a great hairpiece inclusion. Really the only thing missing about this character is a weapon. In the movie she uses kind of a ball and chain, like daggers type weapon, which would have been very easy for Lego to make with this simple chain piece with kind of a blade at the end. No idea why they didn't do that in this set. Very odd in my opinion. Not sure what's going on there. So they left that out of this set. But overall, besides the lack of a weapon, this is actually one of the most accurate figures from the movie, so that is very cool. And the final figure there, because the character here and this set is the death dealer, who, honestly, I thought this character was going to be more important. He was in a lot of the marketing and has a really cool looking costume, and then in the movie he is pretty average of an antagonist in my opinion. Now he has a great torso print, no...

...like burning, could have used and like printing, but I'll excuse it. His front face print is great and then he has a ponytail that comes out the top of his head, which is printed on the back of the head, which reminded me a lot of the way they actually printed Prince Zuko's hair in the original Avatar. The last airbender set I did episode about like a year ago for Lego, doesn't look very good in my opinion. Not a big fan of how that looks, if you ask me, and I think they missed a big opportunity to actually use the ponytail hairpiece that can stick out of the Stud on top of a minifigures head that has been used for characters from Star Wars and Ninjago and some other themes. Definitely a missed opportunity for using that particular hair piece. I have no idea why Leggo did not do that here. Otherwise good printing, but could have been a better figure, and I think that's a consistent thing throughout all of these hunchy figures. The figures are almost great but a couple of small little details are holding them back from being absolutely fantastic. As for the build in this set you get one build. So the last one had like six builds. This has essentially just one build. Will technically this dragon build and it's also on a stand, so kind of like to build. And that, of course, is the dragon known as the great protector from the movie. This being in a Lego set is actually a pretty big spoiler because they don't really reveal the dragon until the third act of the movie. But it's an awesome looking dragon in the film. Super Cool to have a dragon like this in the mcu and the Lego version here is pretty phenomenal as well. There's an awesome color scheme here of red, normal red, lots of dark red and then accents of mint. What a weird but fun color scheme that I really really do like and it looks pretty accurate to the build. This thing is fantastic for its scale. Now, this is a forty dollar set. This dragon is pretty huge in the movie. It could have easily been a one hundred dollar set.

I get why Lego want to make this set, you know, a little bit more affordable, but I think this dragon looks fantastic. The shaping for kind of these Serpentine Chinese style of Dragon Looks Great in my opinion. The face has a really nice brick built look with some cool printed eyes and the UKA really good use of the flipper piece from like a minifigures. That is really great as well. Lots of articulation and movement between the different segments of the body. The arms or legs look really good as well. And how tons of articulation. This thing is fun to pose. It looks great. It's also pretty long and big for a forty dollar set and it does include a stand with some water details and additionally, to get some water sprang out of the Dragon's mouth. That doesn't really happen in the movie. It does use water and never really sprays water out of its mouth, but the stand looks pretty good and makes it easier for display. So overall, sure, this dragon definitely could have been better if it were a much larger set and I'd love to see someone do a mock of like an accurate size for this dragon. But I do think for this size of Lego set they really captured this thing over all and I think this is about as good as it gets. Her foty doll like a marvel set. Again, the figures are flawed and I would love to see more of tallow, kind of the mystical village from Hung Chi at the end of the film. There's some really cool structures there. I think it could do more with this in the future. I let to see like kind of how they're doing like Infinity Saga sets. Let me see them kind of revisit films after they come out and make more Shaun Chee stuff. That would be super cool. But overall this is a really cool set. Now there is one minifigure missing from this set and missing from the last set. He was in both scenes. Now he has a big spoiler character. So I understand my marvel didn't reveal him to be in the film before it came out, and this is a spoiler for the movie. The return of Trevor slattery from Iron Man Three, Aka the fake Mandarin, from those infamous Lego iron man three sets back in two thousand and thirteen that...

...weren't accurate all to the actual film. It would have been really nice to actually get a new trevor figure in these sets, because he's in both scenes in the movie. Would have been cool to see him in the sets and he is definitely a notable omission from the characters here. Additionally, Michelle Yo's character could have been in this set as well. She was pretty important to the third act of the movie, but she is not present here either. So there are some missing characters and some missing details and again I hope that Lego sees the popularity of this film and they go out there and they actually make more shaun cheese sets next year or on the near future when they do kind some flashback marble waves. I would love to see that. And one tiny thing. There is a polybag version of this set that is very, very small, a small the little version of the great protector himself or herself actually believe it actually might be a female dragon in the film, and you do get a shung chief figure in that set to which is nice, and it has a golden staff piece which is actually more accurate than the Brown one hit actually has in the bigger version of this set. So that, overall, is a pretty decent little polybag that Lego gave to me when I spent like forty on more marvel sets in August, I believe, and that is all she wrote for Lego Shung she and the legend of the ten rings. Not the best marvel wave ever, but not the worst. I do think the forty set, for the most part, was a win. I do think there are some flaws here and one more thing for not to mention, of course, the forty dollar set was voted as the best Lego Shaun she set. No surprise there. But what do y'all think about these LEGO shunk she sets? I think there is a lot of potential to do more stuff in the future and I sincerely hope Lego ends up doing more with this property later down the line. Thank you so much for being patient with brick oology. I hope you enjoyed me finally uploading a freaking episode of this podcast, and hopefully more new episodes will come sooner rather than later. But I'm not...

...making any promises. But I'll see you in the next one. Have a fantastic rest of your day, week, month, whatever it is for you piece out God bless but by.

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