The Celestials are an ancient race of entities that possess vast power and have played an important part in the Marvel comic storylines. The MCU has touched upon these cosmic beings, mainly within the Guardians of the Galaxy films. Knowhere is a severed head of a dead Celestial, The Collector tells the story of Eson the Searcher and Peter Quill’s father is Ego the Living Planet. Beyond these mentions, this powerful race of beings will play a central role in Marvel Studios Eternals. They are responsible for creating both the Eternals and the Deviants. This particular set is a little different to the smaller Eternals sets, as it focuses on the Celestial Arishem. The set also includes a smaller Deviant creature and four Minifigures, including two exclusively found in this set. So as Eternals hits cinemas, it’s time for another LEGO® Marvel set review.
Combine all the fun elements of the Marvel Studios’ The Eternals movie in one awesome LEGO® playset. In Arishem’s Shadow (76155) brings 4 Eternals, a Deviant and a Celestial together in a superhero confrontation kids will love.
Recreate Marvel movie action
Kids join forces with 4 Eternals to defeat a Deviant bat. The Eternals have cool powers: Ajak is the only one able to communicate with the powerful extra-terrestrial beings, the Celestials; Sersi transforms matter into whatever she desires; Ikaris has superhuman strength; and Kingo can blast terrestrial energy. The set also includes a posable Celestial figure that can hold an Eternal minifigure in its hand. And, if you’re buying for a minifigure fan, this awesome LEGO playset is the only one to feature the Ajak and Kingo minifigures!
- Set Name: LEGO Marvel The Eternals In Arishem’s Shadow
- Set Number: 76155
- Theme: Marvel Super Heroes
- Pieces: 493
- Minifigures: Ikaris, Sersi and exclusive Ajak & Kingo
- RRP: £59.99/$59.99/69.99€
- Measurements: Celestial figure standing over 11” (30cm) tall
- Availability: LEGO.com, LEGO Stores & LEGO Retailers
Although the focus of the set is the Celestial Arishem, the set also features a Deviant creature. It’s the smallest of the Deviants and is very similar to the winged beast featured in the Aerial Assault. As with the other mutated beasts, it shares similar features and colouring. With a heavy focus on gold elements and more of those pearlescent wavey elements. It also uses a printed piece for the bat-like creature’s head, the same one used on the Aerial Assault’s Deviant.
The rest of the build is focused on the towering Celestial being known as Arishem. In the comics, Arishem is known as the Judge and is also one of four Celestial Leaders of Earth. In the MCU Arishem has a similar role, with the Celestials appearance being slightly updated for its MCU debut, whilst still being inspired by Jack Kirby’s original design. In LEGO form, it carries a similar style to many other mech-like builds. However, due to the slender frame of Arishem, it features an unusual pair of feet. In order to stay true to the appearance of the Celestial, a frame-like stand has been built into each foot. These use Technic beams to give the build some stability.
Although these stands certainly help with keeping the Celestial upright, it doesn’t look the best. There has been an effort to partly hide it, with a couple of dish elements fixed onto the base of each leg. This has been recoloured in the same shimmering colour as the various feathery elements featured on the Deviants and is currently only found in the Eternals sets. The rest of the build uses a mix of grey and black click and ball joints. As these are only found in these muted colours, they only stand out like a sore thumb in some sets, but here they pair really well with the dark red elements used for much of Arishem’s outer armoured body. There are also a few stickered pieces, which add an extra bit of detail. I especially like the use of NEXO shields on the legs.
One detail I really like is the recoloured nozzle elements used within the head of the Celestial. They appear here in shocking pink and work perfectly to create Arishem’s eyes. I’ve glad a sticker wasn’t used here as the combination of the pink and dark red elements offers a much better finish. Another hidden detail is a light brick element nestled in the chest of Arishem. It’s been nicely incorporated into the build. As good as the front of the set looks, the back is a little messy.
As the set steps up in size, the number of Minifigures also increases with this set featuring four of the Eternals, two of which are exclusive. First up is the leader of the Eternals, Ajax, played by Selma Hayek. Unfortunately, she is another Minifigure that doesn’t fare too well compared to the source material. Ajax wears an ornate headdress, which is completely missing from her Minifigure. Thankfully her outfit more than makes up for it, with the blue and gold blend across the torso and legs being one of the best of all the Eternals. She’s joined by Kingo, portrayed by Kumail Nanjiani, whose cheekiness is nicely captured through his two face prints. His outfit is a little more colourful than it appears to be in the film, but as with all the Eternal Minifigure, the print detail is amazing.
The final two Minifigures can be found in other Eternals sets and include Ikaris and Sersi. Although Sersi is a decent representation of Gemma Chan’s character, Ikaris uses completely the wrong coloured hair. It’s far too light and what’s more annoying is the character seems to be the face of the Eternals sets, appearing in three of them. Unless Richard Madden’s character dabbles with hair dye at some point in the film, it seems like an unfortunate oversight.
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This set was requested by BricksFanz.com and provided by the LEGO Group for purposes of review. The thoughts within this review are that of BricksFanz.com and do not reflect those of the LEGO Group or Marvel. Providing the set for free does not guarantee a favourable opinion of the set.