Awkward: LEGO’s £45 Hulkbuster is better than its £475 Hulkbuster

A new LEGO Marvel Hulkbuster is on the way in 2023, at a fraction of the price of the last one – but it looks way better. This is awkward…


If your LEGO Marvel collection is somehow short on giant Iron Man mechs (maybe you’ve actively avoided them up until now?), there’s yet another opportunity to get your hands on a Hulkbuster right around the corner. January’s initial line-up of superhero sets – revealed earlier today – includes 76247 Hulkbuster: The Battle of Wakanda, a 385-piece rendition of the suit of armour as seen in Avengers: Infinity War.

It retails for just £44.99 in the UK, or less than a tenth of the price of 76210 Hulkbuster, a 4,049-piece model of the armour as seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron. And yet… 76247 is somehow the better Hulkbuster. Presumably because it’s not built around cramming a completely different set into its cockpit, the smaller Hulkbuster has far more accurate proportions than its much bigger sibling.

In fact, this is arguably the best-looking Hulkbuster to date – and given how many we’ve had, that’s no small feat. The stickers seem to do a lot of heavy lifting, for sure, but there’s clearly a lot to be said for the armour around the chest and shoulders, which minimises the gaps and gives the Hulkbuster plenty of heft.

It’s a great lesson in doing a lot with a little, especially with 76210 Hulkbuster standing right there. These two sets aren’t going to compare particularly favourably on shelves come January, but then that’s all the more reason to pick up 76247 Hulkbuster: The Battle of Wakanda. The Infinity Saga set includes minifigures of Bruce Banner, Okoye and two Outriders, and will be available to purchase from January 1, 2023 for £44.99 / $49.99 / €49.99.

Check out more images of all the new LEGO Marvel 2023 sets here.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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