Possible reason for the LEGO Marvel 2022 mech cancellations spotted

Following the reveal that the launch of three LEGO Marvel 2022 mechs has been cancelled, a possible reason for the change may have been found.

LEGO Marvel 76202 Wolverine Mech Armor76203 Iron Man Mech Armor and 76204 Black Panther Mech Armor have all been officially confirmed by the LEGO Group to be either postponed or cancelled due to a stability issue only present in these three 2022 Marvel models.

The provided statement from the LEGO Group made no mention of exactly what that stability issue was, but Instagram users pricyplasticproduct and lego_fulcrum with help from tdb.customs may have discovered the problem thanks to some experimentation.

By recreating the new hip joint mechanism that is seen in official images of all three of the new LEGO Marvel mechs, using 76202 Wolverine Mech Armour as an experiment showcased in a video, the latter user found that the strength of this connection wasn’t quite enough to hold up the weight of 76140 Iron Man Mech‘s torso and arms.

In a comment, they note that these pieces came from an Eternals set and that previous versions of the same brick held the weight fine.

The older connection featured in sets such as 76169 Thor Mech Armour used ball joints and Technic pins and was able to withstand an appropriate amount of weight without buckling under pressure

It could be that this change is why the launch of the three 2022 mechs was cancelled and that plans are in place to revert the technique ready for another release date. However, this has not been officially confirmed by the LEGO Group.

While we wait to see what awaits in the future of 76202 Wolverine Mech Armor76203 Iron Man Mech Armor and 76204 Black Panther Mech Armor, two other LEGO Marvel 2022 sets are launching soon including 76206 Iron Man Figure and another based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as three for Spider-Man.

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