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Review: 76004 Spider-man: Spider Cycle Chase

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Review: 76004 Spider-man: Spider Cycle Chase

Postby Staff » Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:26 am

76004 Overview

I've said before that I'm no real fan of the Ultimate Spider-man cartoon, but I'm a huge Spider-man fan in general. Seeing last year's Spidey set got me quite excited, but in the end it failed to impress me and was a real disappointment. 2013 promised two new Spider-man sets in the first half and this one in particular caught my eye the right off, but I've been hurt before. I needed a set to come along and make me feel again.

Preferably one with Nick Fury.

76004 Box Front76004 Box Back

Oh Yay! All those Avengers sets last year and no Fury? I felt a bit ripped off since they even included him in the poster. Luckily, the Ultimate Spider-man's resident super spy is influenced by the movie version which was based on the one from the Ultimate Spider-man comic that this show bares little resemblance to... and that Fury was modelled on Samuel L Jackson who ended up actually playing the character in the movie. Since I'm already on the subject of Fury, let's look at the sets figures.

76004 Figs Equipped

Staying with Fury, I think it's a good figure overall. I'm not sure why they went with his dark blue tactical suit since I think it's been on screen for about 30 seconds tops, but a plain black torso is easy enough to come by so this is much more useful and it is the standard SHIELD look for the movie and cartoon. If they aren't going to make an actual cloth trench coat, I'd usually have none rather than it be printed all down the torso and legs. The front and back printing of the holster strap and utility belt harken back to the characters classic design and I enjoy and appreciate that. The face is perfect for the cartoon and while it doesn't have the scars from the movie version, I think it looks better without it and no one seemed to notice or complain when he went scarless on the Avengers poster.

76004 Figs Front76004 Figs Back

Spider-man is the same figure as the one from the Doc Ock Ambush, but also from the other set this year. I'm glad they put him in this cheap, non-exclusive set, but Spidey needs some new threads. I know he hasn't had many costume variants in the show yet, but we've seen him in the symbiote suit and the Iron Spider. Let's face it, continuity is not LEGO's strong point so why couldn't the Iron suit be in this set, since the word is Symbiote Spidey probably won't show up in any sets. Booooo. You know what variant has showed up in nealy every line of Spider-man toys? Battle damaged Spidey and Venom is one villain who loves dealing our hero some damage.

76004 We Are Venom
76004 Along Came A Spider76004 Get Over Here

Lastly we have the man in black, Venom. He's quite a bit different in this cartoon, but the basic idea remains the same. The figure is a great match for the show and reminds me of Todd MacFarlane's take on the character all those years ago. When the neckbrace is added to attach the tentacles he looks a bit odd, but we should all be used to that set up by now and honestly I prefer him without them because it lets you see the great back printing too. He also comes with two little tentacle ball things that represent when the symbiotes shoot pieces of themselves off as a weapon. They're mostly useless, but my five year old enjoyed throwing them at the figures and the parts can be more useful individually. Call them a win.

So far, this set has my favourite figures of the year. They aren't perfect, but I love them just the same and isn't that what we look for in any relationship? Well, with figs this good the rest of the set must be really bad. C'mon, a flying bike and spy car, seems pretty stupid right?

76004 Spider Cycle Web Slinging Spidey
76004 Spider Cycle Wheels Out76004 Spider Cycle Wheels Out Side

Of course they're stupid, but they're a lot of fun too. I mentioned in my review of Wolverine's Chopper Showdown that I didn't feel like the set had as much playability as some sets, like Shelob Attacks and this set. This set is great fun. The Spider Cycle is a totally foolish concept and Spider-man even brings that up in the series until Fury and Doc Conners explain the advantages of having such a ridiculous contraption. Once you get past that it makes for a fun little toy. In the cartoon it can do pretty much everything Spider-man can. Drive on walls. Shoot webs and drive on them. Leap great distances which it does by splitting the tires. I think that's the implication the set is going for, but it comes with a flying car and it's made for kids. Voila! The bike, she flies!

76004 Spider Cy7cle Side76004 Spider Cycle Top Side
76004 Spider Cycle Top76004 Spider Cycle Wheels In
76004 Spider Cycle Wheels Out76004 Spider Cycle Wheels Out Top

It looks a lot like the Batpod-esque bike from the 2012 Batcave set, but uses a couple sweet new pieces to create a deceptively simple mechanism for tire splitting. Lego really needs to make a part that allows the minifigures to straddle it like one of the actual bike molds, while also being built into more generic creations. Something like this, but taller and possibly having multiple connection points (front/back). Otherwise it's a pretty quick build that has a nice pay-off in the play department. One gripe though is the sticker on the curved slope up front. They print, they sticker, they print, they sticker. I wish they'd make up their minds on that part and that it would be printed. I'm lousy at sticker placement and it makes me sadface.

76004 Fury's Flying SHIELD Car
76004 Fury's Car 176004 Fury's Car 2

Fury's car is a very solid build and again it's short and sweet. The look of it doesn't really come together until the very end, but I like the aesthetic when it's done and even though green isn't really a SHIELD colour... meh. When I say it's a solid build, I mean this thing is sturdy. It's basically built like a semi-hollowed out brick and all the bits that make it look car-like are tacked on. It's not done as an after thought though. They used two of the 1x2-2x4 brackets for the front and back and six 1x2-2x4 brackets for the sides, so the bumpers and side panels are very secure.

76004 Wheels Down, Gun Up
76004 Top Wheels Down76004 Top Wheels Out
76004 Bottom Wheels Down76004 Bottom Wheels Out

The main function of this build is the flying car transformation and it really works like a charm. I'm sure I'm not the only one that let out a little sigh of relief when they saw this and realized the Back to the Future set was in good hands. The wheels fold down individually and are smooth, but a little stiff. That's a good thing though because I don't want them flopping up and down all willy-nilly. The car rolls well on it's wheels, but she's quite the low rider so carpets are probably out. In flying mode she's perfectly swooshable and makes you appreciate the little things like the SNOT techique that give the windshield a better profile. Sweet. I actually like the look of the sticker on the hood, mostly because I successfully put it on straight and I like the symbol. It makes me wish they'd printed the symbol on Fury somewhere, but more generic is probably better in the long run. The plates read MB 19 89 and I'm guessing that means Marcos Bessa designed this set and that he's way too young. So well done young Master Bessa, well done indeed. Grumble grumble. Interestingly, that was also the year Volume 3 of Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD began. Not his best run...

76004 Weapon System Armed
76004 Weapon System Armed Side76004 Fully Loaded

This bad girl doesn't just drive and fly around though, oh no. This lady's got some bite too. The fold out flick fire function at the rear again works really well. You can achieve the needed pressure to fire the blast a good distance and it folds in and out smoothly while avoiding a flimsy construction. This mechanism is as sturdy as the rest of the build and goes a long way with me because if it can't stand up to play then it misses the mark, plain and simple. Fun build all around.

Flying Group

What I Liked:

  • Nick Fury and Venom are great figures and hit the mark perfectly.

  • It's a well thought out set that makes for great play and a neat build.

  • Sturdy construction means you'll need to make fewer kid related "repairs".

  • 237 pieces for $20 is a great value for a licensed set these days.

What I didn't Like:

  • Same Spidey in all three sets is disappointing, but forgivable.

  • LEGO really should make a trenchcoat someday and a part to allow figs to straddle a brick built bike.

  • Dark Blue for the car would have matched the Avengers truck from last year.

  • That's all I got. It's hard for me to find fault with this set.

Vedict: Buy it, it's well worth your money. If you see a sale, buy two. Great figures, nice build and a good value, what more do you want? This is the Spider-man set they should have launched with last year and is up there with the Lex Luthor, Aquaman on Ice and Shelob Attacks sets for giving a good balance of value, building and play.
I hope they include White Tiger in the next set.

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Re: Review: 76004 Spider-man: Spider Cycle Chase

Postby Boyfromvalley » Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:19 pm

Looking at this set and its vehicles suddenly makes me think of the old 80s kids series M.A.S.K.
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Re: Review: 76004 Spider-man: Spider Cycle Chase

Postby sparkart » Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:58 pm

Is the car green in the cartoon? It's been different marques through the years, but to me, "Nick Fury's Flying Ferrari" best fits that typical "Stan Lee" alliteration.

I still remember how cool it was when Captain America fought the stolen flying Ferrari with Baron Strucker behind the wheel. Even against insurmountable odds in a fight of man versus machine, Cap still came out on top.

Green looks weird to me for the car, but the cool thing about LEGO, you can "repaint" it in whatever color you can find the parts on Bricklink.
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Re: Review: 76004 Spider-man: Spider Cycle Chase

Postby CaptainFordo » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:44 pm

I agree with pretty much all of the review, I like the green, but it doesn't match well with the SHIELD vehicles from Avengers. But hey, Fury's the boss, I guess he can use whatever colour car he gorram well pleases =P

Just a note, technically Movie Fury is based on The Ultimates Nick Fury, which is where Samuel L Jackson Fury made his first appearance (Ultimate Fury had first appeared in Ultimate X-men, but with a different appearance and hair). He of course, later went on to appear in some issues of Ultimate Spider-man, but it's the Ultimates where the very explicit SLJ likeness was used. It's a nitpcky thing that you may well have already known, I'm just pedantic about stuff like that.
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Re: Review: 76004 Spider-man: Spider Cycle Chase

Postby CaptainFordo » Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:36 am

buriedbybricks wrote:The Ultimates and Ultimate Spider-man comic are all the same universe. Any changes in appearance are at the hands of the artist, which is pretty common in comics.

Yes I'm aware of that, but I was just saying thatThe Ultimates is where Fury was first defined properly as a character in the Ultiverse and it was Bryan Hitch who first rendered him in the now iconic look of Samuel L Jackson =).

Btw, if you have the Lego Minifigures Space Marine and swap the head with Fury, you get a pretty great approximation of Ultimate SHIELD's armoured battle suits, which Fury wore a couple of times (and most relevant to this set, in the 'War of the Symbiotes' arc)


Best picture of the suit I could find. The SM helmet doesn't cover the eyes, but otherwise it's kind of close, and the blue matches the other SHIELD Lego stuff.

And just fort reference here's a shot of Fury in his first Ultimate appearance vs later appearances =) Definitely glad they changed it to what it is now.


edit: My mistake it seems that first Fury appeared in Ultimate Marvel Team-up, not Ultimate X-men.
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Re: Review: 76004 Spider-man: Spider Cycle Chase

Postby buriedbybricks » Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:10 am

I wondered if you'd catch your mistake. Doesn't really matter which title was his first appearence, his character remained the same for the most part and that title doesn't really fit in the daisy chain. They can draw him however they want in that universe, it's terrible. 1610 was built for comic book "fans" who hate comics.
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Re: Review: 76004 Spider-man: Spider Cycle Chase

Postby CaptainFordo » Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:33 am

buriedbybricks wrote:I wondered if you'd catch your mistake. Doesn't really matter which title was his first appearence, his character remained the same for the most part and that title doesn't really fit in the daisy chain. They can draw him however they want in that universe, it's terrible. 1610 was built for comic book "fans" who hate comics.

I happen to like the Ultimate Universe and the Classic 616 universe, no need to be so condescending, I was merely trying to help =/
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Re: Review: 76004 Spider-man: Spider Cycle Chase

Postby CaptainFordo » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:03 pm

Fair enough, it think it has a lot of great twists on Marvel canon though, 'The Ultimates' series especially and I was just trying add some additional information about the source of the SLJ Fury, I thought it might be of interest to some people.
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