Major Maniac here reviewing the battle of Avenger's Station set. As I continue to critique sets, I want to be clear as to how I critique them and what I am looking for in a set. For instance, with a set featuring a vehicle like the Quinjet, I look for room for all of the intended minifigs, compartments or places for their accessories, and special features of that vehicle. For a set featuring a building like this; I look for function of the building, design, and special features. For both types of sets though, I also look for overall playability. So lets take a look at the Avenger's Station.
The function of the station is fairly well balanced. It has a two story building with a fully functional garage attached to it. Just like I'd expect from a super hero compound, the entire building is packed with defensive systems which add to the playability. There are also nice features like the rotating communications dish, the front gate, and the tool station next to the garage. From a design perspective though, there are a few misses. The interior of the building has a conference room which is just boring. The coolest thing about the conference room is the rotating wall/door that leads to the bridge to the garage. The first floor features a since lab which is just a single computer station and a weird room that stores the infinity gauntlet. Again, there is nothing exciting about that. The garage portion however is really cool because the design incorporate a helipad on the top of that building. It also serves as kind of a front gate for the compound. Overall, special features are seriously lacking. What do I mean by special features? This is supposed to be a big battle scene, where are the exploding walls? We've seen that in past buildings. Why are there only two infinity stones in the gauntlet? Why is there only one outrider with Thanos. There are literally five avengers and only two bad guys. All of these items add up to the playability. As a kid at heart, the vehicles, minifigs, and stud shooters are great, but what takes the playability over the top are special features. Why not have a science station on the first floor featuring the quantum tunnel that has a trap door? A kid can pretend that the avenger on the platform just time traveled as it falls through the trap door. That's a special feature which allows a kid to build a story. Why not have the exploding walls as Thanos attacks? That again helps to build an imaginative story. When it comes to the playability, the bad guys are seriously over powered by the good guys. Having an outrider or chituari tank attacking with Thanos, would have made this set so much better. Add a few more bad guys. This is it, this is the endgame; make this the epic battle scene we need and want as kids and collectors.
I could literally write a small paper on how I would have created this line of Endgame sets differently. Overall, this is still a good set. There are cool features that a kid will love. I think there are missed opportunities though that would have made it better. I give it a four because the building is still cool, the features are great, and you do get a lot of minifigs. It would have been a five if we at least had gotten more bad guys or an attack tank or something to help balance the good vs evil powers.