The other LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man: Homecoming set that has been released to accompany the film is Beware the Vulture (76083). It contains 375 pieces and retails for $39.99 which is somewhat high which I’ll explain later. As stated before, there will be some spoilers as in my other Homecoming set review so you’ve been warned if you haven’t seen the movie yet.
Four prominent characters in Spider-Man: Homecoming are represented in this set: Spider-Man, Iron Man, Vulture, and Shocker.
Spider-Man is the same minifigure as in ATM Heist Battle (76082) which I’ve already reviewed. The suit is a small update from last year’s Civil War version. It does have the usual red and blue throughout but now it has updated spider logos on both sides of the torso. Spider-Man has a plethora of accessories in this set. First are the the white Power Blast pieces which represent his webbing from his shooters. Next up is a printed 1×2 tile for his cell phone as he is talking to Ned in this scene. Finally he has a web string along with a whole web which is used later on.
Iron Man makes a brief appearance in the movie and he dons a new Mark XLVII suit. It has a similar style as the Mark XLVI from Civil War but in this version, there is a lot more metallic silver, especially in the lower torso and upper legs. There’s also more of the silver on the back of the torso as well. I believe the helmet is the same as before. Underneath the helmet you would expect Tony Stark’s head inside but instead we get a tran-blue head. That’s because this suit uses FRIDAY in which the A.I. controls the suit. The accessories for Iron Man are the usual trans-blue pieces for his repulsors and thrusters.
Vulture portrayed by Michael Keaton is the antagonist of the movie and not surprisingly, he appears in a LEGO set. The torso is very detailed with his bomber jacket. You can see the fur collar as well as some printing for some belts and handles. The fighter pilot helmet uses the Invincible Iron Man helmet from the Mighty Micros set which has printing for his flight mask. The head for Adrian Toomes uses the Vulture head from Doc Ock’s Tentacle Trap (76059) which somewhat resembles Michael Keaton. The only bad part is that I wish LEGO had included a hairpiece for him as well. He does have a clear neck bracket to connect to his exo suit wings which I’ll get to a little later.
Finally, we have the Herman Schultz aka Shocker portrayed by Bokeem Woodbine. He has a different look than the yellow outfit that we’re used to seeing. In this version, he wears a black hoodie which also has printing on the back. The arms have the classic stitching that the Shocker has which is nice and the overall look is similar to what was seen in the movie. He does have a pair of gray shock gauntlets but if I remember correctly, he only used one in the movie.
The first part of the build is the Vulture’s wings and they are pretty large. They have a high level of articulation with hinges on the wings and you can get a lot of cool poses with them. There’s also a lot of details throughout the wings including dark green tiles on the end to represent feathers.
There are a couple of stud shooters on the sides of the Vulture which he can hold in his hands if you desire. I don’t believe I saw any guns attached to the suit but we know that LEGO likes to add some play features as they seem fit. There’s also some shield pieces which look nice as metallic armor but not too accurate.
On the back side of the wing suit, there are a couple of stickers to give some more detailing. There’s also a couple of turbines that are on ball joints so they can be angled in a variety of directions.
The whole wing suit attaches to the neck brace easily and it looks great on the Vulture. One downside is that LEGO did not include a stand of his landing pad so it makes him slightly hard to stand however you can position the lower flaps and turbines to do that. It’s not ideal but it works.
The Shocker has the white van where he used to try and sell some of the Chitauri weapons to Aaron Davis. It’s your standard looking van with some neat deatails and play features on it. On the windshield, there’s a sticker showing some of Spider-Man’s webbing on it. The license plate contains the letters JR which are the initials of Justin Ramsden who designed the set.
On the front and sides of the van, there are a number of stickers showing some dents and scratches as well as some webbing near the back bumper. The back panel of the van is able to fold down and it has a sticker showing “How’s my driving? Shocking!” The door, however, is somewhat of a poor choice as it leaves gaps on the sides and does not cover up the whole back.
A majority of the play features involves the rear van hatch which opens up from the sides which reveals a couple of brown crates and a large six-stud shooter. There are also a couple of pieces that are clipped to the doors to create a weapon.
For the crates, there are stickers with the DODC (Department of Damage Control) but the more notable thing here are the crates. One of them has AS02 and the other has AS46 item numbers. Comic book fans will know that these are referencing Amazing Amazing Spider-Man #02 and #46 which are the first appearances of Adrian Toomes as the Vulture and Herman Schultz as the Shocker, respectively. The contents of one of the box include what LEGO calls a tech egg which is one of the items scavenged from the Chitauri.
For the stud shooter, it is connected to a Technic arm so it can shoot over the van. You can easily shoot it by turning the gear on the back of it. Again, since this is a Chitauri weapon, it is labeled by the DODC with item TS39. This references Tales of Suspense 39 which marks the first appearance of Iron Man.
One last thing on the van’s back hatch is that you can remove it and put on the web piece to make it look like Spider-Man is hanging on it while he’s chasing down Shocker.
Overall, the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man: Homecoming Beware the Vulture (76083) is a way better set than the ATM Heist Battle (76082). LEGO has went all out on the minifigures as there are four prominent characters in the movie depicted in this set. The builds themselves are nice despite the minor flaws with the van. I didn’t really like the yellow that is shown between the hinges and on the back of the van where the hatch isn’t flush and shows more of the yellow. I know the color has an affinity with the Shocker because of his suit in the comics but it does look a little off.
Vulture’s suit is decent and actually looks good as a display piece but the gray shield pieces somewhat takes away from the look, at least for me. Maybe if the shields were dark green instead of gray, it wouldn’t have been that bad but LEGO would have had to create a new shield piece in that color. However, I do like the overall shape and design of the suit as a whole.
The price of $39.99 is somewhat high as I felt it would have warranted a $29.99 or even at $34.99 price point. Then again, it does have four notable minifigures including Spider-Man and Vulture as the main characters and Iron Man and Shocker as the supporting characters which might have factored into the price. I would recommend picking it up at a discounted price.
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