It’s time for our second review of the new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 sets. After taking a look at set 76081: The Milano vs. The Abilisk we turn out attention to the smallest set in the range 76079: Ravager Attack. Although the smallest set of the three, it contains a trio of great minifigures only found in this set. That includes new member of the Guardian team Mantis. So lets see how what we think of the Ravager Attack set in our next LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy set reviews.
Stage a forest face-off between Taserface in his M-ship, featuring four stud shooters and a minifigure cockpit, and Rocket and Mantis, who are hiding in the forest setting featuring a buildable tree with branch elements. Help the two Guardians of the Galaxy build the six-stud shooter, then fire at the approaching M-ship and work as a team to fend off the Ravagers. Includes three minifigures.
- Set Number: 76079
- Minifigures: Mantis, Rocket and Taserface
- Piece Count: 197
- Price: £19.99 / $19.99
- M-ship measures over 1” (5cm) high, 4” (11cm) long and 6” (17cm) wide.
- Tree measures over 3” (8cm) high, 4” (12cm) wide and 3” (8cm) deep.
The build of the Ravager Attack set is split across two bags with the first focused on the main bulk of the M-ship and the second finishing it along with the addition of the Milano wreckage and tree section. The M-ship is a used by the Ravagers, a ravenous gang of space pirates lead by Yondu, to wage their unique brand of mischief on the galaxy. Supposedly the M-ship is the same class of craft as the Milano although as you can see it’s certainly a lot smaller in this set. The entire ship is built around a base, which doubles up as the wings of the craft. The build feels a little like a painting, as you add layers of elements, which don’t really look like much as you start out but as the additional elements are added, it really takes shape.
The ship feels quite flat and it’s not until you move onto the second bag and add more of the external detail does it really take shape. The two wing fins are quite simple to build but help give the ship a more substance, also helped by the symmetrical use of layered black and red plate elements, which help to tie them into the body of the craft. The domed cockpit cover and the disc detail on the wings, give the set a unique feel. The rear of the M-ship is a little cleaner than the Milano, although I’m not sure about the weapon randomly clipped to the rear.
The second part of the build, is focused around a small section of forest and by small I mean small, as it’s merely a single tree. This is very similar to many other LEGO trees and uses the classic combination of bricks with bows and limb elements. What makes it unique is the addition of a wing of a ship, which judging by the colour scheme and sticker detail is part of the Milano. This is mounted on a ball joint so can be angled in various ways. On the other side of the tree is a six-stud barrel shooter. This fairly new element can be fired by twisting the wheel element mounted on its rear.
One of the sets most interesting elements, are the trio of minifigures. These include two brand new faces appearing for the first time in minifigure form, namely Mantis and Taserface. Mantis has a very colourful comic book history, appearing in many forms across almost of the the major comic book publishers including DC. It’s not entirely clear how the characters fits into the MCU but from her appearance in the trailers and this set seems to suggest she is a good guy. The Mantis minifigure uses a brand new hair element, this incorporates her antennae. The actual element is a softer rubbery material compared to normal hair pieces. This does result in a tricky issue – it’s almost impossible to get the head out once fitted. I found you really have to bend the hair to get the head out. So pick one of the two facial expressions and stick with it.
Taserface is another new character to the MCU. He’s a member of Ravager crew, who leads a mutiny against Yondu. His unique look’s achieved with a fairly under used hair element, this first appeared in one of The Hobbit sets back in 2014. His outfit is very similar to the one worn by Yondu in set 76080: Ayesha’s Revenge and Star-lord in past GOTG sets. They are both great minifigures, especially Mantis and will be one of the main reasons people pick up this set. But those aren’t the only two characters included. Rocket returns and uses the same head element as seen on his previous version, however it’s been tweaked a little and now manages to capture his cockiness so much better thanks to better eyes and his sly grin. It’s a much better version of Rocket thanks to those little tweaks in design.
It may be the smallest set of the new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy range, but thanks to the inclusion of a three great minifigures, it’s certainly going to prove popular with minifigure collectors and super hero fans. The M-ship is fun to build and the whole set has an array of pop-stud shooting play features, that have become a staple of Super Hero sets. It will be interesting to see how the M-ship compares to the on-screen version, when Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 opens in cinemas next month.