Doctor Octopus is among Spider-Man's most menacing foes and started his criminal career during The Amazing Spider-Man #3 from 1963. The devious scientist has accordingly appeared in minifigure form on multiple occasions and the latest design is found in 76134 Spider-Man: Doc Ock Diamond Heist.
The new 4+ range been created for a younger audience than most Marvel Super Heroes sets, although some of the models in this set look quite appealing. Of course, the exclusive Doctor Octopus minifigure may entice many older fans so I am hoping that it will prove to be the definitive comic version of Doctor Octopus!
An updated Spider-Man minifigure has been produced for the latest wave of Marvel Super Heroes sets, featuring a red torso with blue highlights and a new spider emblem on the torso. This figure represents a great improvement over the version from 2012, especially on the mask where Spider-Man's eyes now feature metallic silver details, but this minifigure lacks dual-moulded legs. The hero comes with a strand of web fluid and a large web.
Super Heroes sets rarely include civilians but this Dock Worker is an excellent addition to set, offering some additional play value. The orange jacket is relatively common and features metallic silver stripes on either side along with a radio which is placed in a pouch on the worker's belt. However, the reddish brown head is only available in one previous set so is extremely rare.
Doctor Octopus has appeared in nine different sets and the latest incarnation is unique. Its green and yellow colour scheme takes inspiration from the Spider-Man comic books and Otto wears a dark bluish grey and metallic silver harness around his abdomen, securing the robotic arms. I love this design and think it looks even better than the version from 76059 Spider-Man: Doc Ock's Tentacle Trap which can be directly associated with the villain's earliest comic book appearances.
Unfortunately, this minifigure does not include dual-moulded legs but the head is decorated with two expressions, one of which appears delighted while the other seems slightly concerned. However, the most notable feature of this Doctor Octopus minifigure is the mounting for his robotic arms. This piece was originally created for the Outriders in the Avengers: Infinity War subtheme but it works very nicely here. The pearl silver arms look rather short but could easily be upgraded for greater articulation.
The Completed Model
Spider-Man employs a selection of vehicles in the current wave of Marvel Super Heroes sets, many of which seem unnecessary given the hero's innate abilities. This aircraft is a notable example and I think it appears fairly dull as both wings and most of the fuselage are formed using a single blue component. The resultant model is therefore very sturdy but its proportions look strange in my opinion.
There is plenty of room to place Spider-Man inside the cockpit and the wing-mounted disc launchers are excellent for play, although they look out of place. Moreover, the aircraft lacks a vertical stabiliser which is disappointing. On the other hand, I do like the printed 4x4 curved slope towards the front of this model and the hand grip at the back could be useful, as though Doctor Octopus is desperately clinging to the plane!
Doctor Octopus is also equipped with a vehicle, featuring his classic green and yellow colour scheme as well as two robotic arms on the back. These are comparatively short but their articulation is superb and the arms can grip accessories, including the trans-red jewel and sack which are both included. A 2x4 tile towards the bow of the boat is decorated with Doctor Octopus' emblem and there is space to place the minifigure inside the cockpit.
Furthermore, you can store some accessories in an area beneath the robotic arms. This hull element has not appeared in green and yellow before so it could be useful for other creations, although these lurid colours are not particularly versatile! Nevertheless, I think this boat looks good and appreciate the inclusion of an unusual vehicle for Doctor Octopus.
However, the dockside crane is probably my favourite of these three models. The structure is simple but would not look out of place in a City set, presumably because LEGO cranes frequently include the same large components when designed for any age group. It is constructed on a dark bluish grey base so feels sturdy and the boom can rotate in conjunction with the cab. The boom makes ingenious use of a yellow roller coaster track section which has not been manufactured in this colour before.
A short ladder allows minifigures to travel between the water and the dockside but there is no ladder for the dock worker to access the crane. A flaming cylinder rests on the wharf along with a larger container. This is decorated with a printed diamond which seems unwise as advertising the valuable contents has evidently inspired Doctor Octopus to steal them. However, only two jewels are included and their trans-red colour is unusual. Red diamonds do exist but a trans-clear element may have been more suitable.
The most appealing aspect of 76134 Spider-Man: Doc Ock Diamond Heist is undoubtedly the brand new Doctor Octopus minifigure and that does not disappoint. I love the updated torso design and the bracket which supports the arms is marvellous, even though the arms themselves could be improved. In addition, the dockside crane and Doctor Octopus' boat both look pretty good on the whole, despite their basic construction.
Spider-Man's aircraft lacks detail though, especially towards the rear where a vertical stabiliser should have been included. This set costs £24.99 or $29.99 so I think it offers good value for younger Marvel Super Heroes fans. Those who only wish to collect a new version of Doctor Octopus should probably focus upon the secondary market and purchase that minifigure separately.
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