Spider-Man Super Hero Squad Review: Bank Heist Battleground

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Growing up, I loved the concept of playsets. I still have two Castle Grayskulls and a Snake Mountain that all of my figures fought over, along with the Technodrome and Sewer for my Ninja Turtles to call home. But I didn’t always have those and fondly remember turning chairs over or turning old car seats into fortresses for Shredder and Skeletor to fight Spider-Man and Leonardo. Or when I was in the car, I remember adoring my Mighty Max sets (at least until the figures were lost forever in the car seats). So when the Bank Heist Battleground set came out, I was hoping it would rekindle my love of a contained plastic world.

Like almost every pack in the Spider-Man Super Hero Squad, this one also includes the titular hero. Instead of just repacking one of the many Spider-Man variants, this one is actually a brand new sculpt even if it doesn’t look like it. Spider-Man is thinner than most of his other figures which works well for the teenage web slinger.

Cast in red plastic, the figure looks different than other Spider-Man toys with his glossy blue paints and flat red and gray webbing. Spider-Man moves at the shoulders and waist, with one hand in a fist and the other in a grip. Overall, he’s a fine version of Spidey but not terribly exciting and seems like an odd choice for a repaint.

A good playset is well designed and includes a few figures to play in it, while an excellent playset is well designed and includes both a hero and a villain to fight it out. This set, being a bank and all, draws its inspiration from Spider-Man 2 when Doc Ock robs a bank that Aunt May and Peter are at, so they include the metal-armed menace!

Doc Ock is a repaint of his wave 2 release but it fixes a few of the issues with the figure. This version is more accurate to how Otto Octavious was portrayed in the film, shirtless and wearing a trench coat and pants. Nothing too flashed, but the simple change from making his chest bare is a nice touch but it doesn’t make any sense as to why there is a line sculpted in it. Otherwise, the paint is near identical and remarkably this version doesn’t suffer from being back heavy. Doc Ock moves at the shoulders.

The actual playset is fair well constructed and is far more bulky than the newer, pop-up playsets that have recently been released. Half of the set is a bank, while the other half seems to be a fire station-like building. It reminds me a lot of the Ghostbusters’ old haunt. The playset folds up and locks closed too, allowing for easier storage and transportation.  Though in an odd move, the playset itself can’t really be used for storing figures which seems like a mistake.

The bank half of the playset is nothing more than a wall, a roof, a safe and a door. But that’s all it takes to get the job done. The safe doors lock in place but are spring loaded so pushing down on the TNT detonator is all it takes to open it in an appropriately diabolical fashion. Inside the safe, three money bags chained together can be stored. The top of the bank is decorated with gray gargoyles with web holes beneath them for the web accessory to attach.

The fire station/hotel side of the playset is an odd assortment of parts and pieces. The lower level is a garage door and a small strip of road that easily falls off. The second level has a fire escape that doubles as a catapult, a window that revolves to knock over guys and the inside is a little apartment. There aren’t really stickers in the set, so the inside is a bit bland (but it also means this set can get wet with minimal worries). There’s a desk with a computer, a wall clock and a bed that’s also a trap door if you hit the bedpost!

But in addition to being a playset, this one also includes a vehicle! A new Spider-Man themed convertible car comes with the set; sure, it doesn’t make any sense. But none of Spider-Man’s toy vehicles make any sense. It’s a decent addition but rather unexciting. It’s just a silver car with some spider flourishes on it.

The final addition to the set is the line’s first two accessories: a strand of web and three bags of money chained together. The web looks good as a mess of different strands together, and it can plug into various points on the playset. As for the bag of money, it’s a giant bag and cast in a solid, bland color. It’s okay and works well with the set as a whole but not the most exciting.

When this set first came out, it was retailing for $35 which was a little steep. I eventually grabbed the set on clearance for only $10 and at $10, it’s a great deal! For kids, this is a fun set that matches up well enough with the second Spider-Man movie and includes enough action features to keep them occupied. As for collectors, this is probably easy to pass on unless for some absurd reason you really want a shirtless Doc Ock.

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