LEGO Thor Love and Thunder 76208 The Goat Ship [Review] – The brick of the brothers


In July, with the release of Thor love and thunder, Thor becomes the first individual in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe to get a fourth feature film with his name in the title. But just because the Avengers aren’t around doesn’t mean Thor is flying solo. Her longtime love, Jane Foster, will return to wield Mjolnir herself. Alongside them are fan-favorite Korg and the king of New Asgard, Valkyrie. And they’ll all be up against Gorr the Butcher God who I’m guessing will be looking to slaughter gods on himself. This is bad news for our favorite Asgardians. The good news is that Taika Waititi is back in the director’s chair, and it’s a safe bet he’ll bring the same mix of action and fantasy he delivered in Thor Ragnarok. Who else would make a movie with a setting as bizarre as LEGO 76208 Goat Boat? But weird might be just what the doctor ordered after countless MCU link-up sets featuring mostly SHIELD vehicles and starships. This 564-piece set will be available April 26 from the online LEGO Store for $49.99 | CA$64.99 | UK £44.99.

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.

Unpacking Parts and Instructions

The set comes in a large hallmark style box. The front of the box depicts the Goat Boat flying through bifrost energy which is a trademark of the Thor franchise. The included minifigures are highlighted at the bottom, as usual, and Thor and Jane Foster in her powered up form appear as promotional artwork on the right side.

The back of the box shows the Goat Boat having landed on what appears to be the moon, as the included goats walk around and Jane-as-Thor engages in battle with Gorr. An inset image shows the hinged roof of the cabin section of the Goat Boat.

Inside the box are six individually numbered bags, a sheet of stickers, a perfectly bound set of instructions, and a loose 16×8 plate in dark tan color.

The parts

There are a few unique/rare pieces in this set, mostly in the form of eight 3x4x3 curved panels, available for the first time in dark beige. Two reverse curved slopes unique to this set are printed with the faces of the goats, one in white and one in reddish brown. There are also Technic ½ pins in red and a white 1x1x2/3 brick. These two items are not exclusive to this set but are still relatively rare.

building

Bag 1 of the build focuses on Toothbarer and Toothgrinder goats. These are presumably the MCU versions of Marvel comic goats Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder which are, in turn, based on the real Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr from Norse mythology. (The set, unfortunately, gives no indication as to which is which.)

In mythology, goats are known to pull Thor’s chariot through the sky like magical reindeer do for Santa Claus. But in this set, they’re pulling a Viking ship with enough room for Thor and several of his pals. The bodies of both goats are made from an identical construction, only the colors changing. The heads use slightly different techniques to give the white goat a set of droopy ears and slightly thicker horns. The final goats are surprisingly articulate. Their heads can turn from side to side and lift up and down at the neck. Considering the rarity of die-cast LEGO goats, these two could make an effective and economical snack for any T-Rex you might build.

Bag 2 is dedicated to the stern of the Viking ship, using lots of Studs Not On Top bricks, onto which wedges and curved slopes are attached to create that classic Viking ship profile.

Bag 3 is devoted to the forward half of the ship, which is constructed very similarly to the stern. Bag 4 adorns the front of the ship with its twin dragon heads and brings the two halves of the ship together.

Bag 5 fills the center of the ship, using these dark tan colored curved panels to fill in what’s left of the hull. This is also where we start building the ship’s cabin, which hides a few more accessories inside. Inside the cabin is a map of New Asgard, a bottle, a gemstone, a golden scepter, and the fire extinguisher that has become something of a hallmark of these large MCU-themed sets.

Once the cabin is built, you attach it to the center of the boat to bring the whole boat together, nice and sturdy.

Bag 6 covers the cabin roof and the harness that Toothbarer and Toothgrinder use to pull the ship. The cabin roof is constructed using multiple Studs Not On Top elements to create a frame which is then covered with multiple plates, wedges and tiles. The identical roof sections are then clipped onto the top of the cabin in a beautiful criss-cross effect.

The final model

The Last Goat Ship is an impressive Viking ship that would feel right at home in LEGO’s castle sub-line, but for a few MCU-specific details. There are trans-light blue round tiles on the bottom of the ship, implying that it has some sort of stationary jets. And an “Asgard Tours” logo is present on the front, suggesting that this boat was mainly used to entertain tourists before Thor and his friends involved it in their adventure. The ship is beautiful and sturdy, and twirling it around is surprisingly satisfying.

The cab roof is hinged and opens easily for access. Two clips at the rear of the cabin can be used for weapon storage.

A droid arm between the dragon heads can also be used to mount Thor’s Stormbreaker axe. It might just be a storage solution, but it’s more like a reference to the movie that we don’t know about yet. Maybe those twin dragon heads are really a head split in two by the axe, and it gets stuck between them? Or maybe the Stormbreaker plugs in to power the aforementioned hover devices on the bottom of the boat? Whatever the reason, it snaps on easily and nicely.

The figurines

The set includes five minifigures – Jane Foster (shown as “Mighty Thor” on the box), Thor, King Valkyrie, Korg and Gorr. They’re awesome, with each character sporting newly printed torsos. And there are also several new colors and molds to use. Let’s take a close look at each of them.

Jane Foster – the Mighty Thor – appears as an action figure for the first time, though she’s been in the MCU since 2011. Jane reuses a head with printing on both sides that has served as several movie characters in the past, including Black Widow, Jyn Erso and Vikki Vale. But Jane sports a new double-sided torso and printed legs that represent her Asgardian armor. Her accessories include Mjolnir, a cape, and a new winged helmet. The helmet is double molded, silver with blonde hair flowing from the back. He has a mask part that covers the top of his face like a hood, and the minifigures’ eyes are easily visible through the holes. There is also a copper symbol printed on the front.

Thor returns with his double-sided head from the Avengers Endgame sets, but with brand new print on his blue torso and legs. He also sports the “long hair pulled back” mold that originated with Qui-Gon Jinn, cast in dark tan for the first time. His accessories include a cape and his Stormbreaker axe, constructed slightly differently from previous versions.

As befits a king, Valkyrie is an all-new figure. While Valkyrie has appeared in sets related to Thor Ragnarok, none of these parts are reused here. His head, legs, and torso all feature new prints, and even his hair is a brand new piece that I believe is exclusive to this set, for now. She sports a cape and a Roman sword as accessories.

Korg, the adorable rock alien we met Thor Ragnarok, also sports new misfires. His goat head belt buckle leads me to suspect he is the captain of the Goat Boat. Which means what looks a bit like barbaric gear could actually be a tour guide’s uniform. He also wears a fluffy collar and a mace. His head appears to be the same as the one included in the 40525 Endgame Battle set.

Gorr is the main villain of the film, but he is the least interesting of the miniatures on the board. His torso features a new mummy-like rag print, but his legs are the only unprinted ones in the set. His head is also double printed, but features an expression on only one side. It’s a decent figure, but in this set it’s a bit short. I know licensed figures are limited by their source material, but if we couldn’t get more of an impression of him, then another accessory, like maybe a balaclava, would have really helped him feel more complete compared to others. He comes with a black sword which I assume is his Necrosword from the comics.

Conclusion and recommendation

The Goat Boat is a refreshing change of pace for superhero movie sets. The Viking Ship will appeal to fans of medieval LEGO scenes in addition to superhero fans, and the new minifigures will be hard for collectors to resist. Plus, 564 pieces for the price is a really decent value for a licensed set. If this set appeals to you even a little, I don’t think you’ll regret picking it up.

76208 The Goat Boat contains 564 pieces and will be available from April 26 in the online LEGO Shop for $49.99 | CA$64.99 | UK £44.99. It may also be available on Amazon and eBay.

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.

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