LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Review: Ultimate Spider-Man’s Doc Ock Ambush

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Licensing for major brands must be a challenge. Right now, you can go to your local Wal-Mart, Target or Toys “R” Us and buy Spider-Man from both LEGO and Mega Bloks! This set is technically labeled as being Ultimate Spider-Man, but there really isn’t anything about it that makes me think this is based on that continuity.

Rescue Iron Fist from Doctor Octopus’ laboratory! Scheming Doctor Octopus has captured Iron Fist and is conducting experiments on him, trying to steal his superpowers. Help Spider-Man sneak in through the air vent and swoop down on Doc Ock to release Iron Fist! Then stop the wicked doctor from fleeing on his missile-firing car!

I got in the habit of watching the new Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon on Disney XD simply because it was on before the amazing Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The show is an odd mix of super heroics and Family Guy asides. It isn’t awful, but it paled in comparison to Avengers. But all of that stuff doesn’t really matter because I finally own a LEGO Spider-Man!

I missed out on the Spider-Man LEGO sets when they first came out a decade ago, so this is the first time I’ve been able to get a hold of this figure. The design is slightly different, probably to reduce costs, but there is no mistaking the webhead.

Mostly a blue figure, Spidey gets a majority of his design from decals on his torso showing off his red costume and giant spider emblem on his back. The head is similar to Deadpool’s, but crossed with a basketball. As a result, the sides of Spidey’s heads aren’t painted and his legs are just solid blue which is kind of disappointing but not a deal breaker. As an accessory, Spider-Man comes with a white vine to act as his webbing.

Since the show Ultimate Spider-Man seems like the newest version of Super Friends, Iron Fist is included. But this isn’t the cartoon version; this is just regular Iron Fist!

Wearing a green spandex suit, Iron Fist has about the same amount of detail as Spider-Man. His muscular body looks good and yellow head is well painted. It’s a great figure and the extra details on his back seem excessive. Sadly, Iron Fist doesn’t get an accessory to show the manifestation of his iron fist.

The final figure is the legendary Doctor Octopus! In rare form, Otto Octavius actually does have his doctorate (unlike Doctor Doom) and he’s no stranger to having LEGO versions of himself made – but I missed out on those too. As a minifigure, Doc Ock isn’t anything special. His suit is gray and black with some random technological junk painted on his front and back.

The double-sided head shows a deranged face. One side is covered in red sunglasses and a snarl, while the other has the lenses flipped up and shows his swallow skin and an angry half-smirk. It isn’t exactly how I picture Doc Ock, but it splits the difference fairly well. The hair is the long and works well enough, but I always think of the 90s animated series when thinking of Doc Ock.

Attached around his neck is the harness to hold his tentacles. Consisting on four pieces each, the tentacles are hinged in three places and swivel at the base and end. The “hands” are wrenches which look good, but don’t allow for the classic walking on tentacles pose.

The smallest portion of the set is Doc Ock’s missile-firing car. It isn’t anything terribly exciting but works well as a generic futuristic vehicle. The lime green and sky blue accents offer a nice color contrast to the gray and black. Two flick missiles are attached to the side.

The center section rotates allowing Doc Ock to steer, but the back section has a peg where his tentacles can be plugged in. It’s an interesting idea visually but ends up looking kind of odd.

The rest of the build is Doc Ock’s lab that is delightfully over the top. Divided up into three sections, the lab can be assembled a few different ways which is a nice touch (or LEGO is trying to convince me to buy more of them). The center section is your generically evil testing area. Thanks to an abundance of translucent bricks, this section just feels like it is ready to shoot some lasers or channel electricity into a victim

Speaking of victims, a small bed is in the middle with creepy mechanical arms to hold one down. Off to the side is a laser-lamp on a hinge that can move back and forth. Two large cables connect at the top, while a few stickers get slapped on for go techno-babble goodness.

A holding cell is provided that makes great use of the far too infrequently released dome piece. It is connected on a hinge allowing it to open and close with ease for victim storage. It’s a simple build and not too flashy, but works really well. The base has a sticker applied showing off some number – whether that is the decibel of the victim’s screams or their heartbeat is up to you.

The final part is a large tower that gives the set some needed height. You need something for Spider-Man to swing down from! The round bricks make me think it’s some cooling tower for twisted experiments. From the backside though, the tower ends up looking a bit sparse.A fan is at the top that can be pushed out of the way. There isn’t much to it as a whole, but the tower works well.

If I had any complaints about this set, it would be that it is clearly built to be viewed only from the front. The backside is completely lacking in details.

For a $30 set, this one feels pretty decent. The minifigures are excellent as always, and the lab is a delightful build that works so well for any bad guy. This looks like something Blacktron or Lex Luthor could use and that makes it great. The vehicle is rather boring, but additional bricks make this set feel like a good deal, especially given how rare some of the pieces are. For collectors and kids, this is worth getting.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Captain America’s Avenging Cycle
with Captain America, Alien Foot Soldier & Alien General
Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape
with Hawkeye, Iron Man Mark VI and Loki
Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown
with Wolverine, Magneto & Deadpool 
Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout
with Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye & Loki 
Quinjet Aerial Battle
with Iron Man Mark VII, Thor, Black Widow, Loki & Alien Foot Soldier
Doc Ock’s Ambush
with Ultimate Spider-Man, Iron Fist & Doc Ock

Written by jestergoblin

August 2nd, 2012 at 8:00 am

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