With the third Avengers film now less than three months away, it's time for Disney and Marvel to start releasing the official merchandise - and with it may come a slew of spoilerific materials. While these sets might have leaked just after Christmas, Lego has now officially unveiled six sets to accompany the film.
All UK prices are to be announced, but we do have the price in US dollars. It's probably safe to assume there will be a $1=£1 exchange rate, as that's the way these days. I've reached out to Lego to clarify, and will update when I hear back.
While licensed Lego sets have a history of deceiving people with their contents, that doesn't mean there aren't going to be spoilers stowed away within the following images. You have been warned.
Thor's Weapon Quest, $20
We know Thor meets up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and that following Ragnarok he's without a weapon. It looks like he'll be getting a new one in the film, and from the Dwarven realm of Nidavellir. Presumably this is where Peter Dinklage's still-unnamed character gets involved in the film.
As you can see it comes with Thor, Thor's axe (now basically confirmed as Stormbreaker, Beta Ray Bill's Mjolnir-like ham-axe), Rocket Raccoon, Teen Groot, and the purple Power Stone.
The Hulkbuster Smash-Up, $30
A moment glimpsed in the Infinity War trailer, which means this set takes place in Wakanda and adds further evidence that Black Panther has the orange Soul Stone. It also seems to confirm rumours that Bruce Banner is the one piloting the Hulkbuster instead of Hulking out. The Hulkbuster hasn't really improved from the version released for Age of Ultron back in 2015.
It also comes with Falcon, Thanos's henchwoman Proxima Midnight, and one of the Outriders that makes up Thanos's army from the trailer.
Outrider Dropship Attack, $15
This one is pretty explanatory, featuring the drop pods from the trailer, two outriders, Captain America (with some sort of claw weapons that are quite different from his new shield), and Blonde Widow. It also has the blue Space Stone, currently held by Loki and no doubt moments away from Thanos's clutches.
Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown, $100
We saw a bit of this in the trailer too, except Bruce Banner was there. Not in the Lego version it seems Instead we have Iron Man, Dr Strange, Kull Obsidian and Ebony Maw of the Black Order, and what looks a hell of a lot like the Iron Spider costume from the comics. It also has the green Time Stone, held by Doctor Strange.
Ebony Maw here makes sense, since he's the only member of the Black Order with the skills to take out the Sorcerer Supreme, but the Iron Spider is a bit of a surprise. A lot of people likened the upgraded spidey suit to the comics armour (also built by Tony Stark), but so far it seems more like the suit that debuted in the Worldwide arc back in 2015. No doubt the new suit has more secrets hiding away, but where are the big-long arms hiding?
Thanos: Ultimate Battle, $70
This is probably from towards the end of the film given the title, and the fact it features the Avengers and the Guardians fighting against Thanos. It comes with another version of the Milano (which makes sense given the four year gap since GotG 2), a mini-skiff-type thing with room for two minifigures, Iron Man with some sort of jetpack-type-thing, Star Lord, Gamora, Thanos himself, and the Infinity Gauntlet. Also included is the red Reality Stone, which is currently held by the Collector on Knowhere.
Corvus Glaive Thresher Attack, $40
This one might be a little different to the film, based on what we saw in the first trailer, which shows why you can't use Lego sets as reliable spoiler material. The trailer makes it look like Corvus Glaive (another one of the four-person Black Order) is attacking Vision in Edinburgh, whereas this is clearly in Wakanda. I guess we'll have to wait for the film to come out and see.
Included are Corvus Glaive himself, Vision, the yellow Mind Stone, Black Panther, his sister Shuri (complete with energy-blasting gauntlets from Black Panther), and another Outrider.
There isn't much here that wasn't in the original leak, but now it's all nice and official so we can see exactly what's to come in great detail. Can we deduce some plot points from them? Maybe, but you can never be too sure. Lego does have a history after all, and it could well be deliberate misdirection on their part. No doubt the biggest spoilers are being left for new set that might arrive after the film is out, if The Lego Batman Movie is anything to go by we could even be seeing new ones this time next year.
That said there is a fourth Avengers film arriving next May, so maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. [The Brothers Brick]