LEGO has released numerous Marvel Cinematic Universe sets featuring Spider-Man but the web slinger's joyous friend, Ned Leeds, has not been available previously. 40343 Spider-Man and the Museum Break-In is therefore an appealing set, despite only containing 49 pieces, as it includes the first minifigure depicting Ned!
Furthermore, this pack features an exclusive head for Spider-Man and an updated Maria Hill minifigure, albeit one that consists entirely of existing parts. On that basis, this should prove to be a satisfying counterpart for the larger Spider-Man: Far From Home sets.
Many different Spider-Man minifigures have been created since 2003 but the figure introduced during 2017 is definitely my favourite. This design is incredibly detailed, featuring an intricate webbed pattern along with an appropriate colour balance between red and dark blue. The decorated arms are brilliant and I love the dual-moulded legs which look perfect in relation to the source material.
Spider-Man's standard head is provided along with an alternative, presumably depicting the character eating some pizza or the churro mentioned during Spider-Man: Homecoming! This is a fun design but offers limited use elsewhere. Nevertheless, unique parts are always welcome and I appreciate Spider-Man's web accessory, represented by a printed 2x2 dish.
Maria Hill originally appeared in 76042 The SHIELD Helicarrier, wearing her SHIELD agent attire. The new minifigure appears more casual, featuring Bruce Banner's torso from a couple of recent sets. I like this torso design but it does not accurately reflect Hill's upcoming appearance in Spider-Man: Far From Home. This double-sided head looks good though and the pizza tile is superb, despite seeming slightly out of place here!
The most appealing minifigure in this set is definitely Ned Leeds and he looks marvellous, featuring a dark brown hair piece that was designed for Professor Flitwick but suits Ned perfectly. The torso piece originates from the Harry Potter theme too, although it now features medium dark flesh hands. Its dark red and dark blue pattern does not correspond with the movies but looks wonderful, perhaps hinting at a connection with Spider-Man.
Ned's medium dark flesh head is new, including a smile on one side and a worried expression on the other. I love the subtle printing around his chin and these expressive designs appear fitting for Spider-Man's closest friend. Unfortunately, no accessories are provided with Ned but this is still an enjoyable minifigure.
The Completed Model
Museum exhibits are often targeted by super villains and that seems to be the situation here. This set contains two such exhibits, focusing upon a pearl silver suit of armour and a trans-light blue gem. The plinths are simple but fulfil their purpose and I like the trans-clear dome that covers the gem, although the same building technique has appeared on past occasions.
The robbery is evidently being perpetrated by a drone, presumably controlled by the same mysterious character as those from 76130 Stark Jet and the Drone Attack. Its tri-rotor configuration is unusual but looks great and the rotors are fixed on articulated arms, enabling dynamic displays. The model stands on a trans-clear base to represent hovering.
40343 Spider-Man and the Museum Break-In comes with an excellent selection of minifigures and is therefore an enticing pack. This version of Spider-Man has appeared previously but is only otherwise available in 76130 Stark Jet and the Drone Attack at the moment while Ned is entirely new and I think he looks great, despite reusing some pieces.
Maria Hill also incorporates several existing elements but they are less effective, failing to capture the agent's militaristic appearance from the trailers. Moreover, the price of £12.99 or $14.99 seems expensive given the small size of each accompanying model. Nevertheless, the exclusive minifigures will probably justify that price for many Marvel Cinematic Universe fans, as they did for me!
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