Review: LEGO Super Heroes – 76057 Spider-Man: Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle
The Spider-Man: Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle LEGO set is not only the highlight, but the belle of the ball when it comes to the LEGO Super Heroes summer releases and we’re lucky enough to be reveiwing that set today! The new Super Heros sets include three sets from Marvel properties all focused around Spider-Man and two new DC sets based on Batman.
Full disclosure: All of the views and opinions in this review are that of my own but I was provided with this LEGO set for free for the purpose of this review.
In total there are two new large sets (DC/Marvel), two medium (DC/Marvel) and one small set (Marvel) to fill out the summer LEGO Super Heroes releases. You can find an overview of all the LEGO Super Heroes summer releases here..
The LEGO Super Heroes: (76057) Spider-Man: Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle set has as it’s centerpiece a large bridge full of traps and destroyable walls, Green Goblin’s glider, a taxi figure, a police ATV and seven minifigures with accessories. The minifigures are Spider-Man, Scarlet-Spider, Spider-Girl, Scorpion, Kraven the Hunter, Green Goblin and Aunt May.
This set has an rrp of £89.99 and contains 1092 pieces at a very reasonable cost of 8.9p per piece. You can find an overview of the entire set below alongside the official description from LEGO.
Swing into a bridge battle zone and team up with Spider-Man, Spider-Girl and Scarlet Spider
to defeat Green Protect Aunt May from Green Goblin, who has a flaming pumpkin bomb and a Goblin Glider with stud shooters, along with Kraven the Hunter and Scorpion’s venomous tail! Press the bridge’s flag to launch a net to trap the villains, or launch a Super Hero from the side of the bridge and swing into action to save the day! The set includes a bridge section, trap door, web prison, Goblin Glider, taxi, police ATV and a Spider-Man, Spider-Girl, Scarlet Spider, Aunt May, Scorpion, Kraven the Hunter and a Green Goblin Minifigure.
We will review the minifigures and accessories first, followed by the bridge, then my overall views on the set as a whole.
Minifigures, Green Goblin’s glider, Taxi and Police ATV
The majority of the minifigures are of the same great standard you’d expect from LEGO, high quality with great printing. Kraven and Scarlet-Spider being stand out examples of this due to the use of metallics on Scarlet-Spider and all of the animal prints covering Kraven the Hunter. Aunt May, Spider-Girl and Spider-Man were all of a good quality, but nothing exceptional about them, you could even say they were somewhat boring.
Spider-Man, Spider-Girl and ultimately Scarlet-Spider come with a few web accessories that they could all share. There are two web shots, which are rigid accessories you clip into their hands and there are two flexible (rope like) web swings which can be attached to single studs on the bridge and the minifigures can hold onto the web swings solid sections.
The worst minifigure by far is Scorpion and this is all to do with his massive backpack accessory, which serves as the Scorpion’s stinger and venom glands. The backpack piece is so bulky it prevents the minifigure’s arms from going all the way back and due to it’s size it makes the figure off-balance. Scorpion is exceptionally prone to falling over.
I also beleive LEGO really missed the ball with Scorpion’s stinger by making it a rigid piece, if it had some amount of articulation it would add heaps of functionality to the model and ultimately help alleviate the bothersome off-balance issue.
Green Goblin’s glider is a beautiful little build with bright green and purple coloured bricks. Overall it’s a little build but adds a lot of playability to set, it comes with two stud shooters and poseable wings. With some luck you can secure the glider to some of the exposed studs on the bridge’s suspension cables, making it appear as if Green Goblin is doing a flyover.
I must say I immediately lost a stud projectile, but luckily they give you extra studs to cover dumbass mistakes such as mine.
The taxi was was the biggest vehicle build, however it is beset with stickers, something I am never a fan of. All of the details, barring the lights and bumpers, are all acheived with the use of stickers. The taxi itself doesn’t have any additional functionality other than your standard working wheels
Of the included vehicles the Police ATV was the smallest and went together in a few minutes, all in all it’s relatively basic figure even lacking stickers. However the saving grace of this ATV is that it’s destroyable, that’s right, you can rip this thing in half like the brute you are. It simply clicks back together using the central hinge joint. Due to the handles at the front of the ATV you could even pose one of the villians with the front half of the vehicle!
This set is the bridge and the bridge is the set, there’s no going around it, if you’re buying this set most of your money will be going towards this bridge and that’s a good thing, as this bridge doesn’t dissaspoint.
There is a lot going on with the bridge, a lot of details and a lot of functionality but let’s get the only bad point I had about this bridge out in the open first. I’m genuinely dissaspointed with the stickers used on the road surface of the bridge, now this isn’t my usual bitching about how printed bricks are the way forward. The reason these stickers are a let down are because they are really deep black in colour and have a high gloss whereas the road surface is a lighter black and super matte in comparison to the stickers. They absolutely stand out like a sore thumb, the contrast in materials is too much and gives the road a “cheap” appearance.
The bridge as a whole is a rather solid construction with a pleasant colour scheme, I’m a big fan of the various stone greys used with the burgundy trim and accent pieces used in it’s construction. It should noted the bridge flexes quite a bit in the middle when you pick it. The bridge measures roughly 45cm in length (to the top of the bridge, not the flagpole), 26cm in height and 11cm in width, a sizeable model all in all.
What makes the bridge stand out are the numerous details and features it has packed into it. One of the smallest details but personally my favourite, are the birds nests that sit on top of the the bridge tower. It’s a small touch but adds a lot of atmosphere to the set, it helps to sell the bridge model as an old real life bridge you could easily find in the city of New York.
The bridge’s towers have clearly had a lot of thought put into them, not only are they covered in lots of exposed single studs (perfect for attaching the web sling accessories), the tower walls are destroyable. You can knock the walls right out during play using the built in levers (which also serve as warning lights), each wall breaks into two separate peices which can easily be put back together.
The bridge tower features a web net trap, you simply push down on the flagpole at the top and it releases a net onto thebunsuspecting minifigures below. However I should point out that I never managed to get the net to properly deploy from the trap, it does fall out as expected but I could never get it to open up properly and actually trap the character underneath.
On the bridge’s road surface you have a trap door towards the front which you can drop minifigures through and they’ll fall straight into Spider-Man’s hidden camera trap (Spidey needs to pay his bills afterall). You also have a destroyable side/railing of the bridge that swings out on a pivot, allowing you to crash the taxi straight through it.
As I’ve mentioned before I’m never a fan of stickers in LEGO sets, but the stickers on the base supports for the bridge are justifiably sublime. There are four stickers in total and they add heaps of character to the set.
The first sticker is a grafitti style Spider-Man face with a love heart underneath it with the inscription “P.P + G.S” (Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy). The second sticker features a poster with the heading “Have you see this man?” and an image of the Scorpion, with the words “Which one is which” (a reference to the Clone Saga comic book series) spray painted above. The third sticker has a wanted poster for the Green Goblin and the front page from a “Daily Bugle” newspaper with the headline “Spider-menace threatens city”. The final sticker is another front page from the “Daily Bugle” with an image of Kraven the Hunter and the title “The hunt is on!”. It also features the words “Who is the clone??” (another Clone Saga reference) graffitied over it.
As a whole I honestly beleive this set is great for both collectors and children to play with, it does have it flaws, but it has so many more good points. The flaws you should be aware of are the mismatching stickers on the road surface, the use of so many stickers on the taxi model, the amount of flex the bridge has when you pick it up (which could easily lead to it breaking) and worst of all is the incredibly poor Scorpion minifigure. The Scorpion minifigure’s complete lack of balance and stinger articulation really mar the otherwise good selection of minifigures that come with this set.
The build itself was really enjoyable, it was a thick instruction book with around 160 pages of instructions yet it still managed to keep the build varied and engaging. I actually built this at the weekend while live tweeting it at the same time, this ended up taking far too lonf due to all of the extra work involved, but if I wasn’t live tweeting I’d imagine this set could easily be built in one solid evening session.
In terms of value for money, with an RRP of £89.99, I don’t think anyone is going to be shortchanged here. For the collectors this is a great vignette piece with lots of details that add to the atmosphere of this LEGO set. You have seven minifigures and three vehicles, all of which are easily poseable across the entire bridge structure. You can easily create an enjoyable snapshot scene with this set, that would look great displayed amongst your collection.
With the children in mind or those who love to play with their sets, there is so much to do with the minifigures in your imaginative play. For starters you have all of the destroyable sections of the bridge (road sign, tower walls, bridge railings and ATV) that will allow you to play out many scenarios with the Web Warriors. Then you have the all of the traps such as Spide-Man’s camera trap to play with and to finish it off you have all of the web slings which can add dynamic play into the set by allowing Spidey and his friends to swing into action and take out Green Goblin and his ilk.
In the end I’d happily recommend this set to fans of LEGO, Spider-Man and even Marvel in general, it’s a fun and enjoyable build and you’re left with an astonishing collectors piece to be proud of (and ultimately become the envy of your LEGO mad nephew).
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