First look at LEGO X-Men set raises more questions over delayed Marvel mechs

An early review of a brand new LEGO X-Men set has raised even more questions over the three delayed Marvel 2022 mech sets.

The LEGO Group originally planned to launch three more standalone Marvel mechs on January 1, including 76202 Wolverine Mech Armor, 76203 Iron Man Mech Armor and 76204 Black Panther Mech Armor. Their release was delayed at the last minute, however, over a stability issue – one that’s apparently since been rectified, given they’re now due to arrive April 1.

While the LEGO Group has never officially confirmed the precise cause of that stability issue, it’s widely believed that the problem lies in the connection between their hips and legs. Those suspicions were seemingly validated last month when images of 76219 Spider-Man & Green Goblin Mech Battle surfaced online, revealing an alternative solution for the connection between its two mechs’ hips and legs.

One product shot of the Spidey set also shows both the webslinger and Green Goblin’s mechs with the same hips as the Iron Man, Wolverine and Black Panther mechs, suggesting the LEGO Group revised the design late into production – and that the same reworking has presumably been applied to the three delayed models, even if there are no new product images or box shots to support that conclusion.

However, YouTuber just2good already has an early copy of 76202 Wolverine Mech Armor in hand, and its hips are unchanged from the initial box art and product images. The question is, then: has Justin managed to source a copy of the original (now-cancelled) set, and we’ll see a different version on shelves, or has the LEGO Group decided not to alter the design after all?

Unfortunately, Justin doesn’t reveal in the video where he found the set, so there’s no way to tell if this version of 76202 Wolverine Mech Armor is currently on sale at retail. If it is, then it’s likely that all three of the original Marvel 2022 mechs will indeed remain unchanged from their original designs – although that only makes their delay even more puzzling.

For his part, Justin says he doesn’t ‘see any stability issues’ in his build, but we’ve reached out to the YouTuber to find out more about the set’s current availability. For now, all four of this year’s new LEGO Marvel mech sets – including 76219 Spider-Man & Green Goblin Mech Battle and 76202 Wolverine Mech Armor – are scheduled to launch on April 1.

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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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