Great Greebles Ant-Man, Let’s Explore the Quantum Realm! [76109 Review and Competition]

In which I look at 76109 Quantum Realm Explorers and realise that not only does it have some great minifigures, but it also gives a masterclass in greebles! And there isn’t long to enter our Ant-Man Contest.

IMG_2708When the original Ant-Man film was released a few years ago, I missed seeing it at the cinema, and I missed getting hold of the single LEGO® Set related to the movie.  And as such, I missed out getting hold of an Ant-Man Minifigure.  A favourite figure amongst toy photographers, there are so many images of this figure exploring the world. A month or so ago I went to see Ant-Man and the Wasp.  It was an enjoyable film, full of humour, action and special effects.  I have finally got around to building the set, Quantum Realm Explorers.  You might have seen posts over the last few weeks, providing an opportunity to win this set in a building competition: I will come back to that later.

Quantum Realm Explorers was released in June 2018, and has 200 pieces, including 3 minifigures.  It costs $39.99AUD; or $19.99USD, 24.99€ or £19.99. 10c/part in the US, 10p/part in the UK, 12.5 eurocents/part in Germany and 20¢/part in Australia…

The Figures

Many people may be looking at this set as an opportunity to pickup the minifigures, and each of the figures included in this set are terrific. We have: Ant-Man, Wasp and Ghost.

IMG_2693IMG_2695IMG_2700They are all pretty close to their movie counterparts. They all have detailed torso printing, front and back, to match their characters, as well as double sided faces. Continue reading

Building Contest: Ant-Man And The Wasp- it’s a matter of scale

In which I go to the movies, and open up for entries for a new building challenge.

76109_alt1.jpgI recently caught up with the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) offering, Ant-Man and The Wasp at the cinema.  I really enjoyed the way that this film was far more human and lighthearted than some of the recent MCU offerings. Not the least of the reasons being the setting ( contemporary earth, immediately prior/in parallel with the events of Infinity War) and the fact that the eponymous heroes of this story are normal human beings, with powers given to them through their suits. It was also an easy film to get into if you missed the previous Ant-Man film, and had a only passing knowledge of the MCU.

Quantum Realm Explorers 76109

Unfortunately, I have missed the last few sets featuring Ant-Man (Ant-Man Final Battle 76039 and Super Hero Airport Battle 76051, featuring both the Micro scale and Gi-Ant Man Figures.) and am unlikely to get my hands on the SDCC 2018 Exclusive 75997 Ant Man and the Wasp. Fortunately, where there is a new MCU film, a LEGO set is sure to follow, and this one is no exception.  Quantum Realm Explorers 76109 features figures for Ant-Man, The Wasp and Ghost.  The vehicle build looks fun, and I am looking forward to being able to build it at some stage in the next few weeks. (There has been something BIG providing a sizeable distraction, but you will hear about that soon enough.)

Time for a challenge:

In the mean time, one of the things that I enjoyed about the film was the way that our heroes were able to change their size, from normal size, to microscopic and indeed to be just a little bigger than you might consider to be healthy.

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Have a minifigure depict a tiny character, with a huge world around them…

So… here is that challenge: build a model that exploits one of the varied scales that an Ant-Man minifigure may be confronted with: it might be a giant coffee cup, or a microscale truck or… anything. Just build it to scale with a minifgure representing either a shrunken or enlarged Ant Man.

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Or build to depict a world where a standard minifigure represents a giant…

Builds must be able to fit on a 32 stud square baseplate, but they can be smaller, and some overhang is allowed.  Both Physical and digital entries are allowed, but you should include a minifigure to help give a sense of the scale involved.  Builds do NOT need to depict a scene from Ant-Man and the Wasp. You may use any minifigure: we don’t expect you to already own an Ant-Man minifigure.

To enter:

submit a single photo to ramblingbrick@gmail.com, post it by direct message on our Facebook page ( don’t forget to like and follow it while you are there)  or use the hashtag #ramblingantman on flickr or instagram.

There will be two prizes of a copy of 76109 up for grabs, courtesy of the LEGO AFOL Engagement Team.  One for a minifigure portraying a giant character, and one for a minifigure portraying a tiny figure.

Entries will be judged according to:

  • Adherence to the theme
  • Humor
  • Technical quality of the build.

Judging will be by previous winners of contests and raffles here at the Rambling Brick. They know who they are.  Entries will close on 15th August (Extended to) 31st August  2018 at midnight, Australian Eastern Standard Time. The standard rules and conditions apply. There are two prizes on offer.  If you enter both arms of the competition, and win one of them, you will be ineligible for a second prize in this contest.

Do you have any questions? Why not ask below. In the meantime, look out for our review of this set in a few weeks.

Until next time,

Play Well