When LEGO Marvel first started in 2012, a line of sets based on The Avengers was released, including 6869 Quinjet Aerial Battle. This was the first major iteration of a LEGO Quinjet but it wouldn’t be the last.
Over the next 10 years, LEGO Marvel adapted to new building techniques, elements and levels of accuracy, eventually resulting in the new 76248 The Avengers Quinjet. Though there are 10 years between their release, these two LEGO Marvel models are surprisingly comparable.
In terms of size, 6869 Quinjet Aerial Battle and 76248 The Avengers Quinjet are nearly the same, matching with the scale proportionate to minifigures. The wingspan, length and height are notably similar despite the differences in their shaping.
The biggest difference between 6869 Quinjet Aerial Battle and 76248 The Avengers Quinjet is the colour scheme. While both feature grey and transparent blue in at least some form, the multiple shades of grey, black and blue in the 2012 build look more visually appealing than that of the 2023 creation.
However, this design is a lot less accurate to the source material, not just in colour scheme but shape too. The hole in the wings, all-grey design and everything down to the shape of the engines is a lot more accurate to the Marvel Cinematic Universe vehicle in 76248 The Avengers Quinjet.
As a LEGO set though, 6869 Quinjet Aerial Battle undoubtedly has more play features. From moving wings, an angled cockpit and a drone launching mechanism, 76248 The Avengers Quinjet is arguably focused more on display than play than the 2012 creation.
While 76248 The Avengers Quinjet has a display stand that doesn’t get in the way of its massive interior, the main feature of 6869 Quinjet Aerial Battle is a lot more intrusive. The drone launching mechanism takes up a third of the vehicle’s interior, though it decorates its lesser interior space a lot more than 76248 The Avengers Quinjet, complete with readouts and armrests.
Compared to the six brown seats and tool racks in 76248 The Avengers Quinjet and the 2012 model have made better use of the available space, even in the cockpit.
76248 The Avengers Quinjet isn’t a definitive improvement over 6869 Quinjet Aerial Battle and it’s not an evolution of the vehicle in bricks. The 2012 set has a stronger focus on play but still makes great use of the more limited interior space. However, the 2023 model is more accurate to the source material and the included display stand is an excellent addition for display purposes.