The Milano vs. The Abilisk

Suggested Age: 7-14
Pieces: 460
Casual Build Time: 2 hours
Dimensions: Milano – over 3″ x 7″ x 14″ / Abilisk – over 2″ x 3″ x 7″
Brand: Marvel Super Heroes

This is another one of those sets that I’ve been eyeing up for months – pretty much ever since I saw the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie. In case you haven’t seen the film, the kit is designed around an early scene in which the Guardians battle a tentacled alien beastie.

The kit includes all the pieces that you need to make Peter Quill’s customised Ravager vessel and the voracious Abilisk. It also includes four minifigures – Star Lord, Gamora, Drax and Nebula – and a selection of accessories including weapons, handcuffs, jet packs, Annulax batteries, a speaker and Baby Groot.

Here are some better pictures of what came in the box and the build process:

This kit was a pretty nice and straightforward build. The brightly coloured bricks made a change from the blacks and greys of the Star Wars spaceship sets, and the only stickers that gave me any grief were the diagonal ones that had to be placed across the nose of the craft. While there was a bit of repetition to the build as the ship is almost symmetrical, I did have fun putting it together and don’t think it’ll give young master builders too much trouble.

The finished ship looks pretty damn awesome. It does a great job of capturing the look of the one in the film and feels very sturdy. It’s also a surprisingly large build and so bear in mind that you need a good amount of shelf space if you want to display it. Yet, it is totally worth it. In my opinion, this is one of the best looking spaceships that I’ve put together and is a great addition to my fleet.

 The Milano boasts an interesting selection of weapons. In addition to the standard stud-shooters that you find on every spaceship, there are also four red mines attached to the underside of the wings which you can drop by pressing the grey buttons on top. However, I would advise taking a little care when doing so. The front flaps of the wings snap off quite easily so you really need to hold the ship from behind or it has a tendency to fall apart when you press the button.

Yet the thing that I like most about the Milano is the size of the cockpit. Unlike most LEGO vehicles, you can actually fit all of the minifigures inside this one. It’s a bit of a squeeze and they have to leave all weapons and jetpacks behind but look at them! All ready to save the galaxy.

Yet as cool as the spaceship is, the Abilisk has stolen my heart. It shares some similarities with the Portal Beast from the Sanctum Sanctorum kit, but is a lot more poseable due to the fact that it’s not attached to a wall. The gears enable the monster to spin around and the jaws open far enough to allow it to grab hold of an unsuspecting minifigure. This means that you can have Drax attempt to fight it from the inside, just like in the movie!

The set also has fantastic selection of minifigures and the detail on them is incredible. I mean, just look at Drax’s tattoos and Nebula’s augmentations. Gamora and Star Lord also have two different facial expressions to choose from and Star Lord naturally comes equipped with his mask, which replaces his hair piece for when you want him to look more awesome. Baby Groot has one little nubbin for a hand, which allows him to hold onto the batteries and other small pieces.

The only real disappointment here is that you don’t get the full rota of Guardians. If you want to augment your collection with Rocket, Yondu and Mantis, you need to buy a further two sets. While both of these are cheaper than the Milano kit, it still is a bit frustrating to have to fork out close to £90 if you want to have the full team at your disposal.

However, the Milano set is a lot of fun as both a toy and display item. If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic universe like I am, this kit is certainly a must-buy.

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