Word has been floating around for a while that we’re getting a super-sized Sanctum Sanctorum in May, which is rumoured to be based on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and come in at 2,708 pieces for $209.99. It’s also said to be designed in a similar format to the LEGO Group’s in-house Modular Buildings Collection, as a three-storey corner building.
That in itself seems strange (if you’ll forgive the pun), given 10297 Boutique Hotel – another three-storey corner modular building – has only just hit shelves. But we know the LEGO Group isn’t averse to having similar sets available at once (there are currently three different minifigure-scale Batmobiles sharing shelf space), and the two separate themes may be enough to distinguish both those buildings.
The plot has now thickened considerably, however, as fresh reports suggest that a $499.99 model of Avengers Tower could be on the way later this year. That price point has been banded around the superhero theme since December 2021, initially attached to product number 76210, though it wasn’t clear whether it would belong to a Marvel or DC-focused set.
Instagram user brick_clicker now claims that 76210 will actually be the rumoured Hulkbuster, coming in at roughly 2,500 pieces for $299.99, while the $499.99 set is 76215 – and could either be a Helicarrier or Avengers Tower. If it’s the latter, it seems only logical that the LEGO Group would design it to connect to 76178 Daily Bugle and the rumoured 76218 Sanctum Sanctorum, encouraging Marvel fans to buy and display all three sets.
That would mean launching two Marvel modular buildings with incredibly high price points in incredibly quick succession, however, and require them to share shelf space with 76178 Daily Bugle, which isn’t due to retire until December 2023 at the time of writing. If you were to hop on board the Marvel modular train by the end of 2022, you’d need to pony up more than $1,000 for the complete collection.
We wouldn’t put anything past the LEGO Group at this stage, but it’s hard to imagine an Avengers Tower arriving so soon after 76218 The Sanctum Sanctorum. And if we really are on course for three direct-to-consumer Marvel sets in a single year, it would make more sense for them to follow the path established by Harry Potter’s first three D2Cs, providing three completely different expressions.
Where the Wizarding World has so far delivered a microscale display piece, a minifigure-scale play set and a collection of buildable objects across 71043 Hogwarts Castle, 75978 Diagon Alley and 76391 Hogwarts Icons Collectors’ Edition respectively, LEGO Marvel could bring us a display-scale Hulkbuster, a minifigure-scale Sanctum Sanctorum, and a microscale Helicarrier in 2022.
As an assortment, that feels far more likely than another huge skyscraper in Avengers Tower, so soon after both 76178 Daily Bugle and the rumoured 76218 Sanctum Sanctorum, should that set materialise as expected. But as with all rumours, any and all of these reports could yet turn out to be false – we’ve already seen a couple of superhero-themed rumours proven wrong this year, after all.
For now, take any word of a new Avengers Tower or Helicarrier with a healthy pinch of salt – but if you do want to get in on the ground floor of the Marvel modular buildings just in case they do take off, make sure to pick up 76178 Daily Bugle when it’s back in stock at LEGO.com.
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