Wanting a cheap set with 2 main characters; Iron Man with his MK17 ‘Heartbreaker’ Armour and The Mandarin? Then perhaps the LEGO 76008 Iron Man vs The Mandarin Ultimate Showdown set is for you!
LEGO 76008 Iron Man vs The Mandarin Ultimate Showdown Set Review
Following on from Vaderfan2187’s Iron Man Suits Guide, I’ll be reviewing the two smaller sets which Iron Man comes in (also read the 76029 Iron Man vs Ultron review). This set was released in 2013 as part of the three sets released for Iron Man 3. It contained 91 pieces. Let’s dive into the review!
This set comes with two minifigures, Iron Man and the Mandarin.
Iron Man MK17 “Heartbreaker” Armour
The Iron Man variant included in this set is the MK17, otherwise known as the Heartbreaker Armour. This is quite a nice figure which has some pretty cool gold and silver highlights as well as some awesome blue printing on the front and back. It also was the first variant to have blue eyes and featured some pretty sophisticated red and silver printing on his visor. Underneath the visor we find Tony Stark’s head, confident on one side and angry on the other. You can actually build your own full size Iron Man armour in just 2 weeks, click to find out how.
The LEGO 76008 set also includes a variant of the Mandarin. This version is sleeveless and has a dark green torso which has some nice printing and looks rather good. His hair piece is a decent match, but his beard is ridiculous! It’s just way too long but I guess without a new mould it was the best they could do. I really like the Mandarin’s head though, it’s got a neutral expression and on the other side a devious grin. Ultimately, I prefer the looks of the version from 76007 as the design of the torso coupled with leg printing and a cape makes for a more well-rounded, bad-ass looking figure.
There’s only one build in this set which is “the Mandarin’s armoured car with rotating flame thrower with dual flame flick missiles and large wheels” (from the official description). Being such a small set, the build is fairly simple. You start from the bottom up; first the base of the car, then the “armour” and then finally the flame thrower.
This LEGO Iron Man vs The Mandarin set’s main feature is the flamethrower. Due to the use of technic pins there is lots of articulation and various parts can swivel up and down. This set was released in the heyday of flick-fire missiles and two are appropriately included here to add some play features. They can be lowered to target the LEGO Iron Man minifigure if you wish. The flamethrower can also be rotated around 360° which adds to play value and the car can be pushed around on its wheels.
This set is totally inaccurate to the Iron Man 3 film. It’s become quite the laughing stock due to the fact that:
- a) The armoured car with rotating flame thrower never appeared in the film.
- b) The Mandarin wasn’t the main bad guy.
- c) Tony never wore the Heartbreaker armour.
However, all this doesn’t bother me too much.
Overall, the LEGO 76008 set is a decent. Yes, I realise that kids like to re-enact scenes from the movie, but it offers fairly good play-value and allows children to make up their own stories, which is what LEGO is all about. The Iron Man MK17 armour is a great minifigure, the Mandarin figure looks good enough and it’s nice to get these two characters in a cheaper set. Overall this set gets a 4/5.
Do you agree with me or do you own this set? Let me know in the comments! Feedback is also appreciated 🙂