On Saturday June 9th, I was able to meet up with some geeky friends and go see the Avenger’s Station at Treasure Island on the Las Vegas Strip. I had been wanting to visit for a while, so I was excited to finally get a trip planned.
The cost for an adult is $42, which is reasonable when you get a photo or S.H.I.E.L.D. ID card, and a commemorative ticket. I was able to get a Groupon Deal, so the cost was only $35. It can add up if you are a family, as kid’s tickets are only $10 less. Makes it more of an occasional trip, rather than going often. I guess you can say the same about most exhibits, although some do have discounts for locals. (I.E. Mob Museum)
I loved that the first thing you see is the box office and store. It set the mood being surrounded by the merchandise and awesome displays. I did buy a Hulk mug, which I absolutely love. It was the perfect size, and only $20, which is great for something that is a licensed novelty item. I do wish they had a stronger selection of merchandise. A lot of it was great, but the Black Panther, Hawkeye, and Black Widow was pretty small. I don’t even remember seeing anything for Scarlett Witch. Even the main Avengers product was pretty light, and just wasn’t as strong as it could have been. (Which could totally just be my retail background over analyzing.)
After you get your ticket, you go into a line that takes your photo. There were fun Avengers props to take your picture with, and different backgrounds. My group had a great time, and the photographer was fun and engaging. I couldn’t help but laugh when he said “Excelsior!”. That stuck out that he was a fan of this and was a part of the culture instead of just an employee. Next, we went into an elevator which took us to the exhibit. We saw a message from Agent Hill from S.H.I.E.L.D. that set the tone for the exhibit, then got to go inside.
Without giving the whole experience away, it was divided into sections. The main characters, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and Iron Man each got their own room. There were movie props, interactive displays, and character information to read. Some of the other characters, like Hawkeye, Black Widow, Scarlett Witch, and Falcon were grouped together, with costumes. I can’t even say what my favorite part was. I was running around like a kid in a toy store excited about everything. I definitely want to go back, so I can take more time and absorb more.
Overall, it was a great experience. The employees were engaged with customers, the exhibits were awesome, and I was able to look at everything at my own pace. I was able to take pictures and didn’t have to worry about being loud or interrupting anyone. I definitely recommend going with others who will appreciate it as well. My sister and niece were there, and I’m grateful this is an experience that we now share. The exhibit is being renovated next spring, and I’m looking forward to seeing what other awesome things they add. This nerd will definitely be visiting again, and to any nerd visiting Vegas, I highly recommend making time to go.