Black Widow finally gets a release date – and sets a new record for LEGO

Marvel’s Black Widow spin-off movie finally has a firm release date – and it’s effectively set a new record for the LEGO Group.

The long-awaited (and constantly-delayed) solo flick for the last of the original on-screen Avengers will launch simultaneously in cinemas and on Disney+ on July 9. That’s just over 16 months after its accompanying LEGO set, 76162 Black Widow’s Helicopter Chase, arrived on shelves.

By our count, that represents the biggest window between the release of an official set and its source material to date. (In that order, anyway – we’ve obviously had plenty of LEGO sets based on decades-old movies.)

LEGO Marvel 76162 Black Widows Helicopter Chase Box

It’s also a consequence borne out of the very specific and unprecedented circumstances we’ve all been living in for the past year, though, so don’t expect that record to be shattered any time soon – especially given the LEGO Group seems to have been better prepared to delay its planned Eternals sets when that movie shifted from February to November.

All that remains to be seen now is whether the company will extend the planned shelf life for 76162 Black Widow’s Helicopter Chase. According to our sources, it’s still on track to retire at the end of 2021, but that would mean pulling it from shelves mere months after we’ve finally watched the film it’s based on.

We’ll let you know if the planned exit date for 76162 Black Widow’s Helicopter Chase changes. If you don’t want to risk missing out, the 271-piece Marvel model is available right now from LEGO.com.

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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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