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LEGO Marvel Gargantos Showdown 76205 Monster Building Kit with Doctor Strange, Wong and America Chavez for Ages 8+ (264 Pieces)

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This set comes in a “thumb punch” style rectangular box. The front image depicts the three included minifigures in battle against a multi-armed, one-eyed monster as they all progress up the side of a city skyscraper. This seems to be a running theme for this franchise, as 76060 Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum also pitted three of the film’s characters against a tentacled foe. Photos of the film’s cast are present on the right-hand side of the box, and this set includes three of the four featured characters. Scarlet Witch gets left out, but she was available in the latest Marvel Collectible Minifigure series if you want to complete the band. Interestingly, trying a digital build as well, Stud.io doesn't throw up a collision warning, even though the parts clearly overlap visually."

You did the right thing, Huw. It's possible, and very important, to call out these quality issues in an objective but kind and human manner. Like others I think this article does a much better job of that. LEGO does want to know about these quality issues. Maybe they cancelled 40489 because they caught whatever issue it was just in time. (I've heard rumors to something entirely different but I'm not going to quote them here.) Just because these issues come up post-production doesn't mean LEGO has fallen off as a company or they stopped caring altogether. It just means even the most stringent of processes isn't 100% foolproof. Stephen's double-sided head looks perfect though, including cheerful and determined faces. Both minifigures wield energy shields, known as Tao Mandalas, which are represented using 2x2 dishes. Their differing colours are interesting, but I am disappointed that the printed pieces from 76060 Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum have remained exclusive to the 2016 set. There has also been concerns about decreased part quality following the introduction of plant based plastic, especially with transparent pieces."The aforementioned scaly design becomes especially apparent when viewing this model from behind, where various slopes and wedge plates are employed to splendid effect. The resulting shape looks great and avoids interfering with the articulated tentacles because those ball joints remain relatively exposed. Well, there's nothing stopping the comments from proclaiming doomsday, but this article was written exactly as it should have been, so credit to that.

It can be forced, but as you can see the parts are still at odd angles, and the pieces do not connect flushly.What do you think -- Is this a problem that would worry you, or doesn't it matter? Should we continue to bring issues like this to your attention?" Just a question- what attaches to the female joint? If it’s the male equivalent then you could swap them over, and the fault would probably lie with the instructions. I am assuming though it’s a pin to attach the tentacles, but you know what happens when you assume…."

Oh, and let's not forget that Der Held regularly presents unlicensed sets on his channel: an Italian sportscar that looks exactly like a Ferrari, a German sportscar that looks like a Porsche, a massive Star Wars set that doesn't mention Star Wars anywhere, etc etc... Chinese brands do this regularly, since no expensive license means cheaper prices, and it is very difficult for the companies who hold the design licenses to do anything about this." I think we might have to be a bit more forgiving of issues like this. We've all been through a tough time the last 20 months and it's had an effect on us all, not least the LEGO company, as is now becoming apparent." Panke ist the best known, true. He's very polemic, also true. But he's not the only one reviewing off-brands; others do that, too, and in a much friendlier manner. I'd agree, I don't actually have an issue with the AT-AT set. A construction method that requires a degree of skill to disassemble I feel is fine for a large complex set and the intended audience for it. Had the collision been accidental, with the expectation that the parts would sit flush with one another, the designer probably would not have left such a large "buffer zone" between the reversed plates and the tiled surface beneath them. In fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised if an earlier sketch model had used 2x2 jumper plates to fill that space, which were removed once the usual quality assurance tests made it clear that this would stress the parts beyond their natural tolerances.

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We asked LEGO to comment and received a response from Super Heroes design lead Jesper Neilsen: "We're happy you made us aware of this and we're looking into it." Had the collision been accidental, with the expectation that the parts would sit flush with one another, the designer probably would not have left such a large "buffer zone" between the reversed plates and the tiled surface beneath them. In fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised if an earlier sketch model had used 2x2 jumper plates to fill that space, which were removed once the usual quality assurance tests made it clear that this would stress the parts beyond their natural tolerances."

I don't know if it's just me, but I have the feeling that while many people are rightly complaining over this (and other issues with LEGO), only German commenters bring up how off-brand have better standards/cost less/are catching up with LEGO, etc. " Plus this isn’t complaining about a set being innaccurate to a movie, not including X character, or something that’s more up to preference. This highlights a possible problem with the building experience - which is the main draw to buy LEGO over other toys. While the AT-AT issue is annoying, it's merely very difficult to disassemble. A poor design choice perhaps, but at least everything fits together as designed.

Publishing this was absolutely the right thing, and you should not be more forgiving on this. These are standards Lego has set for themselves (and they are a good thing, since they try to prevent the pieces from braking/ making connections that are really hard to separate). As a consumer I absolutely love this stance and I expect my product to not have these kinds of flaws. We have good youtubers covering off brands. So I decided to give several of them a try and see for myself. Some are crappy and some are honestly on par with Lego, at least quality-wise -> they offer similar products of LEGO quality but for a lower price. At the same time, Lego employs a very aggressive Frankfurt law firm to intimidate retailers of off-brands and exploits loopholes in German customs processing as well as the rather slowly moving legal system here. This led to a decrease of the popularity of the Lego COMPANY in recent years in Germany. It's just about preferable that they know about it now so remedial action can be taken before widespread release, if it's deemed necessary, rather than first hearing about it via complaints to customer services in January.

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