Review: LEGO Marvel 76209 Thor’s Hammer

Be ye worthy to wield Mjölnir, the mighty hammer of Thor? Harken, good warriors, for I bring thee a review of LEGO Thor’s Hammer!

The latest LEGO Marvel display set released March 1 is Thor’s Hammer. This hefty and wieldable weapon is human-scaled, intended for adult fans and collectors of all things Marvel. Unlike most BrickCentral reviews which are centered on the toy photographer, this one will be more for those who like to collect Marvel memorabilia. If you’re a toy photographer who mainly photographs minifigure scenes, feel free to skip this one, as this set is not suited for minifigure-scale photography.

Thor’s Hammer was provided for review by LEGO on BrickCentral, but the opinions are my own.

The Set

The Thor’s Hammer set is 18.1 in. tall and 11.6 in wide when fully assembled. It has 979 pieces with a human-sized build of Mjölnir, a base to sit the hammer on, a Thor minifigure, mini-builds of the Tesseract, Odin’s Fire, and the Infinity Gauntlet. Minifigure Thor comes with a small Mjölnir and a cape.

The Build

The hammer is very sturdy, with staggered connecting long pieces that run through the shaft of the entire weapon.  The build itself was not difficult. There were many repeating sections, which were a bit tedious. (Is this the 7th repeat? 8th? I lost count!)

Long staggered pieces run along the shaft of Mjölnir, attached to L-shaped brackets.

There are 96 brackets (L-shaped pieces that allow you to have studs on top and on the sides) as well as 59 bricks and plates with studs on the side that appear throughout for the S.N.O.T. (stud not on top) technique. All of these smaller pieces add up quickly, which explains the high cost of the set. It seems like a very complicated technique to build a rectangular box with a long cylinder sticking out of it.

The slope pieces along the beveled edge.

The bevel on the edges of the hammer is accomplished with slope pieces commonly used for roofs.

The display tag is printed and is the only indicator that this is Mjölnir.

None of the pieces to build Mjölnir is uncommon, and you may already have many of them. The pieces that stand out are the 18 6×6 light grey tiles, the printed Mjölnir name tag on the base, the Gauntlet, and the Tesseract/Cosmic Cube that has no stud on top.

The base is three larger plate pieces laid side by side, attached with a slight overhang. Six smaller plate pieces give shaping to the base.

While the hammer was sturdy, the stand that supports it is not. There are multiple plate pieces that are connected together with a few studs on a second layer. This causes the base to fall to pieces as you’re attempting to build it. Even after it is finished, the base has to be handled carefully or it will separate. I would suggest building a sturdy platform for the base, to save yourself aggravation.

Normally, it is recommended that you move a set by sliding your hand underneath the bottom. Doing so with the support base for Thor’s Hammer will cause it to separate on the sides.

Behind the Scenes

Photo of Thor throwing Mjölnir that will be projected very large on a wall.

For the behind-the-scenes for Mjölnir, I came up with this admittedly silly idea of a gigantic LEGO Thor. It involves using a previously shot photo as the screen background. Antman fits any scale so I recruited him to help the story make sense, and Wasp will keep him from going splat.

The first shot was of Thor throwing Mjölnir, which I lit blue underneath and gold light from the left. The light positioning is important to replicate, or the two images won’t combine seamlessly.

For the second shot, I then projected a giant image of Thor onto my wall and set up the big Mjölnir. Making sure the lights are the same colors and position, I then added a flash with a softbox overhead to make Antman and Wasp stand out. Antman and Wasp were stuck to Mjölnir with poster putty.

Poster putty and kinetic sand to get my subjects into position.
Wasp: “Scott, when you said you got us a private flight to the Bahamas, this wasn’t what I imagined.” (Antman and the Wasp are not included in the Thor’s Hammer set, nor is Thor life-sized… though life-sized LEGO Thor to go with the hammer would be awesome.)

Is it Worthy?

The main reason you’d want this set is because of the very sturdy structure of the hammer, and the well-done bevels that give the weapon shape. The value of this set sits mostly in the understructure of the hammer… which is not visible when it is displayed.

The shaping of the hammerhead is a combination of roof slopes, one-sided wall pieces, and large tiles, all in grey.

It’s too bad the same amount of care wasn’t taken for the stand, for any attempts to move it will risk it coming apart.

The instruction booklet has the inscription that is on the original comic book Mjölnir, the movie Mjölnir has runes that circle the top that translates close to the original inscription.

Now I’ll bring up a few nit-picky points about the cosmetic appeal of Mjölnir. LEGO Mjölnir is plain light grey, with no inscription or decorative engraving. The Infinity Gauntlet that was previously released was gold, this one should be silver.

The instruction booklet even shows the decorative engraving that is on the movie Mjölnir.

For a $99 set, there should be something about it that makes it collectible, with rare parts or printing. A printed tile or even a sticker stating, “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” would make this stand out as a collectible. Or perhaps printed tiles for the three-sided triquetra, runes, decorative knotwork? Any decoration at all that indicates that it is no ordinary hammer would make this special, instead of something that you could build on your own.

Would these cons be deal breakers for you? Have you already preordered it and don’t care that it’s not perfect? How many of you would like this better with silver, or an inscription?

This set is not for me. I have a Marvel display, but this doesn’t fit in it. I prefer minifigure scale, and it’s also plain and grey, so it doesn’t look like a collectible. No, I don’t think this set is worth the retail price. I would rate this set 3/10, giving points for the hammer’s sturdiness, accurate shaping, and nice minifigure.

This set was listed on the LEGO website for preorder on February 1, 2022 for $99 USD, it is available for purchase March 1, 2022.

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