In our first 2013 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes set, we have the Spider-Man: Daily Bugle Showdown (76005) set to review. It has 476 pieces and retails for $49.99, a $0.11/piece ratio. The box contains three instruction booklets, one comic, five numbered bags, a 8×16 grey baseplate, and Spider-Man’s web piece.
There are five minifigures in the set: Spider-Man, Nova, Beetle, Dr. Doom, and J. Jonah Jameson. All of the minifigure variants in the set are exclusive to this set. The Spider-Man minifigure is the only one not exclusive and is the same as the one as in the Doc Ock Ambush (6873) and in the Spider-Cycle Chase (76004) sets. He has a web for his accessory.
Nova is in his dark blue and yellow uniform that has similar printing on both sides of the torso except for the belt. The legs are the same blue as the torso and has no printing. He has a double-sided head with a serious and angry expressions. Nova also has white shades over his eyes to make it look like he has all white eyes when looking though the helmet, which is red and yellow. He has two translucent red studs that represent his Nova-Force energy powers.
Beetle’s suit is mostly dark red and has some grey armor printing on both sides of the torso. He wears a new light brownish pair of wings and the set also comes with an extra pair as well. His head has very large green eyes and a grey mask. Beetle’s accessory is a an ADU gun.
Dr. Doom has a green torso printing on both sides with a brown belt and grey arms. He has green printing only on the front part of the legs. He sports a dark green cape as well as the rare dark green hood. Doom has a single-sided head in which he wears his iron mask. He has no accessories.
J. Jonah Jameson is the head of Daily Bugle Communications and wears a sandy blue suit and pants. He has a double-sided head with the serious/angry expressions. He has the same hair piece as Count Dooku but in dark grey. Jameson has a camera as his accessory.
In the first booklet, you build the green dumpster and the simple streetlight as well as the first floor of the Daily Bugle. The dumpster has a catapult function that you can have a minifigure jump out of. For the Daily Bugle, you have sort of a lobby area with double front doors and a side door. There is also a plant in a pot. The outside has tan bricks and a sign that says “The DBC”.
For book 2 bag 2, you build the second level of the building. In this room, there is an office with a board full of Spider-Man pictures. Next to the board is a spinning chair as well as a safe with a newspaper on top. There is a Technic pin that pushes a window out to make it seem like the window is breaking. On the outside, there are fire escape ladders on one side and a large spider web on the other.
In the third bag, you build the third floor as well as the roof of the Bugle. There are many details and features in this area. There’s an office with a computer and a lamp on a desk. On the side is another door to the outside.
On the roof there are Technic pins spread throughout the roof. One of the pins is on an air vent that can push Spider-Man over to simulate him swinging on a web. On the opposite end off the roof, there’s a pin that drops the roof of an unsuspecting victim. The last pin is one that pushes the DBC sign off from the front. There is also some tv screens in the front that shows an angry Jameson.
In bag four of the last booklet, you build the front part of the Doomjet as well as the anchor hook. There are also flick-fire missiles on each side of the jet. In the last bag, you build the tail boom and and the stabilizers for the jet. Finally, you add the turning turbines on the sides of the wings.
This 476 piece Daily Bugle Showdown was pretty fun to build. There are a lot of play features as well as minifigures to keep you pretty entertained. The building and the jet are well designed. There are also a couple of downsides of the set. One is that there are a whopping 19 stickers you have to put on. Another is there are some fairly useless builds such as the dumpster and streetlight.
Would I recommend this set? Take all of the pros and cons that I’ve stated into consideration and make your decision from there. Personally, I like it and would recommend picking it up and preferably, on a discount.