It’s time to blast off for out final review of the LEGO Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy sets. Today we take a closer look at the mid-range set 76080: Ayesha’s Revenge. Just like the last set we looked at it features two brand new Minifigure appearing for the first time in a LEGO set, along with a variant version of Peter Quill and another Baby Groot microfigure. But how does the the set compare to The Milano vs. The Abilisk and Ravager Attack? Pop on a mixtape and read on to find out.
Stage a cosmic battle with this action-packed Guardians of the Galaxy set featuring Ayesha’s Golden Drone spaceship with two stud shooters, and Yondu’s Laser Drill spaceship with a spring-loaded missile, sliding minifigure cockpit and opening side panels. Includes three minifigures and a Groot figure in Ravager costume.
- Set Number: 76080
- Minifigures: Yondu, Star-Lord and Ayesha, plus a Groot figure with Ravager decoration.
- Piece Count: 323
- Price: £29.99 / $29.99
- Laser Drill measures over 3” (9cm) high, 6” (16cm) long and 2” (6cm) wide.
- Golden Drone measures over 1” (5cm) high, 2” (7cm) long and 3” (8cm) wide.
- Planet cliff section measures over 2” (6cm) wide and 2” (6cm) deep, and under 1” (2cm) high.
It seems the Guardians of the Galaxy sets have a bit of a running theme – ships, and this particular set features two. A Laser Drill craft and a Golden Drone, with the build beginning with the latter. The Golden Drone is the small remote-controlled craft used by Ayesha, the Golden High Priestess of the Sovereign People, to attack the Guardians and cleanse the galaxy. This little drone uses some nicely coloured elements including a couple of pearl gold pieces, including a rather rare 2×2 curved flat tile, which has only appeared in one other set so far. Those gold and medium nougat coloured elements are coupled with some trans-blue elements, to give the drone an interesting look. It also features two ‘arms’ which are mounted on ball-joints allowing them to be posed and a couple of stud shooters, well it wouldn’t be a super hero set which out those now would it. The first section of the build also includes a red rocky outcrop, which hides an exploding section, powered by an odd Technic element. This has only ever appeared one other LEGO system set from my beloved Ultra Agents theme. This is activated by pushing down on a stud-topped Technic pin.
Once you’ve built the Golden Drone and the section of planet cliff, you move on to the sets main build, Yondu’s Laser Drill craft. The unique looking build is achieved with a handful of equally unique LEGO elements, including a newly re-coloured cockpit piece, which makes up the top of the craft. This is mounted on a couple 1×4 sliding pieces, allowing it to be slid back so you can pop Yondu in the pilot seat. It’s a fun element that continues to be used in unique ways and can’t wait to see how it will be used in more sets. The only bad thing about it is the need to add stickers to it. Due to the parts curved surface, you must make sure you place them correctly or they will pucker slightly. It’s a shame these details weren’t achieved with print, after all most recent uses of the part have had print details on them.
The sides of the Laser Drill feature a large round plate element, which thankfully does have print detail. It features the Ravagers leaf-like insignia, along with a little other a simpler detailing. These are hinged to the main body of the craft so can be opened out and hide a few little details including a wrench, fire extinguisher and a handy cupboard.
Thanks to the way you access the pilot seat, which sits nicely in the transparent domed cockpit, the front of the Laser Drill can feature some neat detail. Without having to take into account an area to connect a hinge for the dome to be opened, much of the front of the craft is all enclosed. It also features a 2×4 area which includes a clear dome piece, that I assumes represents a spotlight, along with a few black elements, which are to represent the laser driller.
The underneath of the craft also has some simple detail, there are six trans-blue parabolic elements. These not only act as the crafts thrusters but also allow it to sit neatly on a flat surface. There’s also a spring-loaded flick missile, this is mounted on the left-hand side of the craft. Usually there’s only one, which isn’t a bad thing. The rear of the Laser Drill is a little ugly, not as bad as the Milano, but still the red Technic axle could of been hidden a little better.
It’s a great little build, it may not look like it from the large parts seen on the outside, but within the crafts innards, there are some cool build techniques in place. I really do love how the shell of the craft can be slide back to access the inside, it really helps to give the Laser Drill a cool, slick appearance.
The set includes a trio of Minifigures – an updated version of Star-lord, plus new faces Yondu and Ayesha. The Star-lord included in this set is different from the one featured with the Milano. It uses the same ‘Chris Pratt’ face, that also includes two different facial expressions, the new wavy hair element and a jetpack. Peter is also sporting his funky 80s type jacket, this is a little less detailed than the versions seen in the first collection of Guardians of the Galaxy sets, but it’s basically the same outfit. I’m not a fan of the plain black trousers, especially since all other version of Star-lord have detail on the legs.
The new faces in the Marvel Minifigure line-up are some of my favourites, in particular Yondu. His Minifigure perfectly captures the character, mainly thanks to the cool Mohawk-style hair piece, coupled with the great print detail across the torso and legs. Yondu’s long jacket and flight suit is some of the best print detail of all the Guardians of the Galaxy line-up. You also get Yondu’s deadly mind-controlled arrow.
Ayesha has been seen briefly in the GOTG Vol.2 trailer, in it she completely gold – gold skin, gold hair and gold clothing. Yet in this set she’s sporting a blue and yellow jumpsuit, although she still has a golden skinned double-sided head and gold coloured princess hair piece. As the exalted leader of the technologically advanced race of golden beings known as the Sovereign. She may appear a peaceful and diplomatic Minifigure, but she is soon facing off against the Guardians, making her one of only two bad guys across all three GOTG Vol.2 playsets.
Baby Groot is created with a completely new element, which is slightly smaller than the recently introduced Baby microfig. Just like in the Milano set, Baby Groot comes complete with a Annulax battery. This Baby Groot also have different print detail to his Milano version, he’s wearing an adorable little Ravager uniform and a far more menacing expression. He may be small but no-one messing with Groot, no matter his size.
See more of the new Baby Groot microfigure in our Growing Up With Groot feature, where we also take a look at Groot’s different forms from across the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy sets.
The set may not be has fun to build as the Milano, but the finished model is great. I really do like how it has been put together and its use of unique parts. The additional pieces are a little less exciting as the Laser Drill but it is nice to have something in addition to the main part of the set. The Minifigures are pretty cool, especially Yondu and now he’s a member of the Guardians, this set is a must I if you want the full line-up. Of the three sets we have reviewed, I certainly say this offered the most pleasing end result and a fine additional to your LEGO Marvel Super Heroes collection.