LEGO minifigure fans rejoice; 2022 has brought us several affordable minifigure packs. One such set is 40525 Endgame Battle, which features 5 minifigures from the final battle of Avengers Endgame, including exclusive Korg and Miek figures! I wanted this set immediately when it was revealed, and now it’s here – let’s take a closer look!
40525 Endgame Battle is a LEGO.com / LEGO Store exclusive. It’s out of stock in most places, but hopefully they restock soon – with so many main Thor characters, it’s not surprising that it sold out incredibly quickly.
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40525 Endgame Battle Set Details
The set is packaged in the standard minifigure blister pack packaging, with a cute minifigure-shaped clear plastic cover and a nice printed illustration for the cardboard packaging.
Inside is one tiny instruction manual, one plastic bag with all the pieces, and the standard white LEGO cardboard box with the minifigure capes.
The first two minifigures included are Endgame Thor and Valkyrie. Neither of these figures are exclusive, but this is by far the cheapest way to get them – Thor appears in sets 76192 Avengers: Endgame Final Battle and 76193 The Guardians’ Ship, while Valkyrie also appears in 76194 Tony Stark’s Sakaarian Iron Man.
They have good head and torso printing, and unprinted legs which I think looks suitable. Valkyrie is armed with a nice long sword piece–first introduced in the Lord of the Rings theme–while Thor is armed with Mjolnir.
Surprisingly, Thor doesn’t come with Stormbreaker which is a pretty big omission in my opinion.
Both figures get rear torso printing, and Thor gets an alternate face with lightning eyes. Valkyrie does not have an alternate face print as her hairpiece doesn’t entirely cover the back of her head.
Both figures come with capes, in the newer soft cloth style. Valkyrie’s cape has a unique shape that was first introduced in the Thor Ragnarok sets.
Meanwhile, Thor uses the Juniors one-hole cape, although that isn’t an issue for me as his hairpiece keeps the cape down in an accurate position.
Here’s what the figures look like from the back. Both figures are good overall and it’s really good to get Endgame Thor in an affordable set, but this set seems like a big missed opportunity to include Valkyrie in her white Endgame final battle armor.
We still don’t have an official figure of that suit, and this would have been the perfect opportunity since this set is literally based on the Avengers Endgame final battle.
The next two minifigures included are Korg and Miek, and this is the first time getting them both in battle armor. Korg has brand new torso and leg prints which look excellent, while his head and ‘rocky’ wig piece are reused from 76200.
The core Miek figure is unchanged from 76200, but now has a brick-built exoskeleton. Miek’s design is surprisingly poseable and accurate given it’s built entirely from existing pieces, although it is slightly rear-heavy which can affect balance when posing.
Here’s what Korg and Miek look like from the back. Korg has an alternate face with a larger smile, which reflects his happy countenance. His spiky shoulder armor is reused from The LEGO Movie 2 sets.
Interestingly, I’ve found that Korg’s head piece partially covers his eyes when it’s pushed all the way down on the head, which makes Korg look a little weird.
It can be easily solved by not pushing the piece down on the minifigure head all the way, but it’s just a strange quibble with the design of the piece.
Korg is armed with a stud shooter that has a long antenna on the end for a handle, which is supposed to represent a Sakaarian laser rifle. It’s not particularly accurate but it’s good for play value I guess.
It’s great to finally get battle-accurate figures for Korg and Miek, but I still think Korg would work better as a bigfig due to his bigger size in the movies.
The final things included are a Chitauri with a Chitauri cannon, to provide a bit of enemy cannon fodder. The Chitauri is unchanged from its previous inclusions in other 2021 Avengers Endgame sets and is the most accurate LEGO design so far.
It has good torso and head printing but I think the lack of leg printing makes it look a little plain. The Chitauri has a trans-purple energy shield, while the cannon features a stud shooter that launches purple studs.
Here’s what the Chitauri and the cannon look like from the back. The Chitauri has good printing overall, but I think the cannon would’ve benefitted from a handlebar piece at the back so the minifigure could look like he’s actually controlling it.
Alternatively, you can remove the stud shooter from the cannon and let the Chitauri use it as a handheld weapon, if your Chitauri figure wants to charge into battle.
What I liked:
- Excellent minifigure selection
- Affordable way to get Endgame Thor and Valkyrie
- Exclusive Korg and Miek figures
- Relatively cheap for a set with 5 figures
What I didn’t like:
- Missed opportunity for Valkyrie’s Endgame suit
- Chitauri could’ve used leg printing
- Builds are nothing special
Final Thoughts: On the whole, this set is excellent for LEGO Marvel minifigure collectors. An exclusive Korg and Miek, along with affordable Thor and Valkyrie figures, plus a massable Chitauri with cannon makes for a good minifigure package at just US$14.99.
LEGO fans who like the build experience won’t find anything special here as this set is all about the minifigures, but apart from some minor issues, the minifigures here are excellent.
Value-wise, this set is even more impressive when you compare it with the equivalent 2022 Star Wars minifigure packs, which only include 3 figures. Overall, this is an affordable minifigure set that is undoubtedly a must-buy for most LEGO Marvel fans.
Builds: 3/5 – Cannon is really just filler but the design for Miek is quite clever. Not a set you’ll buy for the builds, though.
Minifigures: 5/5 – Really can’t complain at this price point.
Innovation: 3/5 – Nothing revolutionary, but I would like to see more 5-minifigure packs in future.
Price: 4.5/5 – Good value here
Keepability: 3.5/5 – I think this set is worth keeping, although the inclusion of upgraded versions of Thor, Valkyrie, and Korg in 76208 The Goat Boat slightly diminish the appeal of this set.
Final Rating: 4/5
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