If you’re familiar with the LEGO Group’s existing ring element, you’ll know it’s notoriously oversized – but minifigures technically don’t have fingers, so we can let the designers off for not coming up with a ring accessory that’s perfectly to scale with their teeny, tiny hands. When it comes to Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings’s tie-in sets, however, they could easily have proved problematic.
That’s because in the comics, the Ten Rings aren’t a cult terrorist organisation (as portrayed in the MCU movies so far), but literal Rings of Power that can be wielded (much like the Infinity Gauntlet). The current LEGO ring element is appropriately sized for a LEGO minifigure to carry one in each hand, but a full set of 10 might be a bit of a stretch.
Fortunately, the latest trailer for the Phase Four movie has revealed that the in-universe rings are actually more like bracelets, clamping around the arms of the characters who wield them. That makes the LEGO versions far more accurate to the movie – at least in terms of scale, if not design (the on-screen versions definitely aren’t completely solid gold).
Of course, a minifigure can just as easily slide the rings up their arms as they can attach them to their non-existent fingers, so it’s still a moot point for play – but at least you can pick up 76176 Escape from The Ten Rings and 76177 Battle at the Ancient Village without worrying about the included rings being comically oversized next to their corresponding characters.
Both Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings sets are available to order from LEGO.com right now in the US. A UK launch will hopefully follow soon, but we’ll keep you updated.