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LEGO® MINIFIGURE OF THE MONTH July 2021 | Shang-chi Marvel's First Asian Superhero

A journey to preserve a family legacy

"Shang Chi is more than just a movie – it is a celebration of our culture and a rallying cry for the forgotten, the unseen, and the overlooked. It is a reminder to take up space, to stand tall, and to be unapologetically ourselves” - Simu Liu, star of Marvel's Shang Chi

 

Who is Shang-Chi?

Shang was raised to become a deadly assassin by his father, the immortal crime lord and sorcerer known as The Mandarin. However, Shang-Chi became aware of his father's evil nature and defected after his first assignment.

The Mandarin may sound familiar to Marvel Cinematic Universe fans as he and his Ten Rings Organization have had conflicts with Tony Stark. Though we never had the chance to meet the real Mandarin as we only ever met the false Mandarin they have implanted before.

 

His LEGO Minifigure would make a perfect addition to any Marvel collection as he sports a very detailed torso showing off the unique prints of his superhero suit as well as his muscle tone definition.

What is the Legend of the Ten Rings?

Legend has it that the Mandarin, Shang-chi's father, found the Ten Rings in the Valley of Spirits, a sacred place that became the crash site of a spaceship from the planet Maklu IV. In the wreckage of the craft, the Mandarin found his Ten Rings of Power, each of which imbued him with a different ability. 

In actuality, they weren't rings at all, but receptacles for the souls of fallen Makluan (giant dragons) heroes, ferried to Earth by a Makluan explorer named Axon-Karr, who begged the Mandarin not to take them. Sensing their power, the Mandarin let Axon-Karr die and took the rings. But the Makluan souls inside soon began to corrupt him, setting him on a conquest to take over Earth in their name, and resurrect them as its rulers.

 

The characters all sport the weapons and rings that we look forward to seeing in action when the film premiers. Each character from the series has unique-looking suits that resembles signature Asian patterns. The series also include mythical creatures based on Chinese folklore such as the curious creature we currently only known as "Morris".

Hyped for the upcoming legendary film? Get the LEGO Marvel Shang Chi sets to guide you in your journey into discovering the superhero's backstory and the  adventure that awaits!