Suggested Age: 6-12
Casual Build Time: 20 minutes
Dimensions: Jet Flier – over 1″ x 4″ x 4″
Brand: Marvel Super Heroes
Sorry for the state of the box in these pictures. I didn’t actually buy this kit for myself. I actually ordered it as a Christmas present for someone else but it came in such a state I couldn’t gift it. So, bonus for you all, I guess!
The kit contains all the pieces required to make a SHIELD Jet Flier. In addition to this, it comes with three minifigures (Spider-Man, Carnage and a SHIELD Agent), two pairs of handcuffs and a gun. Here are a couple more photos to show exactly what came inside the box:
This kit was very quick and easy to put together, clearly designed with young Marvel fans in mind. Yet, it’s price was a little off-putting. With a kit like this one, you’re unfortunately paying for the branding. At full retail price, this kit comes to £11.99. If you compare that to the likes of the similarly priced Speed Champions kits, it’s clear that you’re getting a lot less for your money here.
The main item in this kit is the jet flier, as it’s the only part that requires any real building. To be fair, it is a pretty cool vehicle. The engines can be adjusted, the two stud-shooters on the front fire and the cockpit swings open to give you (or Carnage) easy access to the man inside. It’s stylised and does look pretty unique on my shelf, and it’s small size makes it fun to use in imaginative play. However, I could not help by feeling a little disappointed.
Firstly, the joysticks are angled in such a way that the minifigure can’t grip them, so you can’t really pose him as though he’s flying it. Secondly, the flyer is open up either side. While it looks pretty good from above, if you look at it side-on, it seems flimsy and insubstantial.
Yet I was pleasantly surprised by the assortment of minifigures that came with the kit. I love the expression of fear on the SHIELD Agent’s face and the fact that the provided Spidey is Miles Morales rather than the better known Peter Parker makes this kit stand out more. The kit also came with a Super Jumper. I talked about these a little back in my review of the Green Lantern kit and still think they’re a bit gimmicky. Maybe I’m just bad at using them but they don’t seem to work all that well.
However, if you’re intending to display this kit rather than play with it, the Super Jumper is incredibly useful. The Carnage figure is simply awesome. As you may be able to tell from the pictures, his tentacles are attached to his back in such a way to allow for rotation. The only issue is that they make him very top heavy and so he can’t stand up on his own. The Super Jumper helps to resolve this problem, nicely supporting him so that he can stand upright.
All in all, this isn’t a great kit. If you like making vehicles like I do, the Speed Champions sets are much better value for money. However, for a young Spider-Man fan this is a great stocking filler and the Carnage minifigure is a great baddie to add to any collection.