It’s been 8 years since the last Spider-Man set was released from LEGO for the Spider-Man 2 movie but in 2012, the wait is over. On July 23, the Spider-Man’s Doc Ock Ambush (6873) set was introduced. The set retails for $29.99 and consists of 295 pieces which is about $0.10/piece. There are three number bags, one instruction booklet, as well as comic book #5 in the Marvel Super Heroes series. The set is loosely based on the “Me Time” episode on the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon on Disney XD. One major difference between the set and the show is that Spider-Man was the one who was captured, not Iron Fist.
There are three minifigures in the set, Spider-Man, Doc Ock, and Iron Fist. Spider-Man has some nice front and back printing but there were also some minor issues with him. The first issue is his head printing. There is both front and back printing but the sides of the head were blank. It would’ve been nice to have a fully printed head. The other issue I had with the figure is some of the torso and leg printing, or a lack thereof. In the cartoon, Spidey has red on the shoulder and red boots but on the minifig, it’s blue, maybe a little too much. Other than that, he looks pretty good. He also has a web/rope accessory which you can hang him off the the ventilation shaft.
Doc Ock is a pretty interesting figure. Again, based on the tv show, he has long, black hair and is in his gray Octo suit. He also has both front and back printing as well as a double-sided head which shows his shades flipped up. The main part Doc Ock is obviously his tentacles. They can be angled in many different positions and he can look pretty menacing if positioned right.
The final minifigure in the set is Iron Fist, aka Danny Rand. He is in is green costume and has front and back printing. He could’ve used some back head printing to make him not look like just a regular yellow minifigure head. LEGO could’ve also added some pieces for his hands to make him have his superpowers. Other than that, he looks ok.
The first bag has the parts for Doc Ock’s vehicle and the Spider-Man and Doc Ock minifigures. The car, as LEGO describes it, is a really simple build. Although there was no vehicle portrayed in the cartoon, it is nice pointless addition to the set. Doc Ock stands in the middle which spins a full 360 degrees. There’s no steering feature and it makes me think that the car is controlled with his mind. The instructions tell you to take off Doc Ock’s tentacles and attach them in the back where the ball joint is. That doesn’t make sense since he is able to stand on top with them attached to his body. The vehicle also has two flick-fire missiles because no vehicle would be complete without those trusty flick-fire missiles. Finally, there is a sticker in front of the car.
For the second bag, you get to build the middle, main section of Doc Ock’s laboratory as well as the Iron Fist minifig. This is part is really simple aside from those annoying stickers which represent computer consoles and monitors. The section features an examination table that rotates but does not tilt up. There is also a a x-ray dish that hovers right over the table to get readings on Iron Fist.
The two sides of the lab, a containment cell and a air vent shaft, are in the final bag. The instructions show you how to build the air vent shaft first. There are two stories to this part of the build since it won’t make sense to have a one story shaft. The play feature here is to have Spider-Man crawl under the fan and peek below to the lab. You can also have him swing in on his web.
For the final piece of the set, you get to build the containment cell for the Doc Ock’s lab. The front part of the cell opens down to put Iron Fist in. Below that is a screen with a reading of 54. After the cell and the shaft are built, you can attach them to each side of the main section of the lab with Technic pieces.
Overall, Spider-Man’s Doc Ock Ambush is a pretty good set for the value. All the minifigures are exclusive to the set until next year when we’ll be getting Spider-Man in a couple more sets. The build was extremely easy and there were also a few nice spare parts. The set has some very nice playability features to it but Doc Ock’s vehicle seems out of place. I would suggest picking up the set because just the three minifigures almost make up for the $29.99 retail price, plus it’s fun to have Spidey swing around with his web.