Hey everyone! I apologise for my absence on this blog, as I’ve been pretty busy and hit sort of a writer’s block. Today I have a review of 40343 Spider-Man and the Museum Break-In – a LEGO Spider-Man Far From Home minifigure blister pack! This pack has 49 pieces and retails for £12.99 (UK), $14.99 (U.S.), $22.99 (Aus), and $24.99 (NZ). Let’s check out this new LEGO minifigure pack!
The first minifigure in the set is Spider-Man. This minifigure is not new, as it is actually the same red and blue Stark suit that has previously appeared in the LEGO Spider-Man: Homecoming sets. This is fairly disappointing as this would have been the perfect opportunity to include the new red and black Spider-Man suit from Far From Home – we have yet to get that design in official LEGO form. Regardless, this minifigure is still very detailed, with head, torso, arm, and leg printing, along with dual-molded legs. This is also the cheapest set to include this minifigure.
However, there is one unique thing about this minifigure. In this minifigure pack, LEGO included an exclusive alternate head – yes, there is a second head piece included. This shows Peter Parker with his mask rolled up, which is based on this scene in Homecoming. You can see Peter’s mouth which has a smile along with a bulging cheek, since he’s happily eating.
Spider-Man comes with one accessory. He gets a clear 2×2 radar dish piece with white webbing printed on it. He also gets one of those clear bar with stud pieces to help him hold it vertically. The web piece has only appeared previously in 75950 Aragog’s Lair and it works here, but I would have preferred either one of the new web packs or the white Power Blasts from 2016.
The second minifigure in the set is Ned Leeds. Ned is Peter Parker’s best friend and this is the first time we’ve gotten Ned in official LEGO minifigure form, so it’s pretty exciting. Ned has a dark brown hairpiece with a short hair design and a central parting. This was previously used on Professor Flitwick from 71022 Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Collectable Minifigures Series but I think it works well on Ned. Ned has a double-sided head with a darker skin tone, and has two expressions – smiling and shocked/scared.
Ned’s torso has a long-sleeve flannel design. It is dark red in color with some bright red and dark blue designs. There’s also a printed greyish blue shirt underneath. This torso print is not new, but has previously appeared on Harry Potter in 75953 Hogwarts Whomping Willow. Nonetheless, I think it works fine on Ned and I’m glad that LEGO changed the skin tone of the hands to match Ned’s face. Ned also has unprinted dark blue legs.
The final minifigure in the pack is Maria Hill, or – as my Instagram friend _brickvision_ famously dubbed her, “Haria Mill”. In fact, this minifigure is so terrible that it has become a joke in the LEGO community. No new pieces are used at all in the making of this minifigure. Her dark brown ponytail hair is generic but it works; however, her head print is reused from Rose Tico (in sets 75176 and 75201) and it does not work at all. One side of the head has a serene expression while the other is angry, yet the face design does not match Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill.
Maria’s torso is reused from the Bruce Banner minifigure (from 76084 and 76104) and this is really frustrating to me, as I feel two semi-important characters in the same universe should not have the exact same torso design. Her legs are also just an unprinted dark blue which adds to the uninteresting, low-effort design of the minifigure overall.
There’s also a LEGO Pizza included, presumably for Peter Parker to eat. This is not a new print but it still looks good. Pizza time!
On the whole, the minifigures are still the main draw of the set, but they are pretty disappointing. All the other minifigure packs released this year include four minifigures for a lower price, but this only includes three which feels cheap. Furthermore, not giving Maria Hill any new pieces at all makes her minifigure feel almost worthless as it’s fairly easy to recreate using your own pieces. Ned and Spider-Man are good but it would have been a far larger draw if the set had included the red and black Spider-Man suit.
Now on to the builds for the set. The largest build in the pack is this drone. Drones aren’t exactly the most compelling LEGO builds – especially since they appear in a lot of recent sets – but as far as drones go this one is not bad. It has a nice design to it, especially with the three poseable propellers that look pretty interesting.
One good thing about this drone is that it takes itself very seriously. There aren’t any weird colorful additions or play features that detract from a serious look. The color scheme on the whole is very sleek, with black and metallic silver (along with some grey). There are three rotating propellers mounted on hinging arms, and there’s a translucent orange stud at the front which represents a camera.
Now the minifigure pack’s name is Spider-Man and the Museum Break-In, so I’m assuming that the drone is breaking into a museum to steal stuff and Spidey has to stop it. Anyway, a couple of small builds are included to give it a museum design. The first build is this medieval armor rack.
It’s a very simple build but it looks alright. The dark tan and brown base gives it a museum look, and it’s nice to get these armor pieces in silver again (it’s been a while since we got those). The stand also works pretty well.
The other build is a jewel inside a glass case. This is the very stereotypical museum robbery setup where a thief attempts to steal a jewel from a domed glass case. We’ve even seen this premise in previous LEGO museum sets!
Still, despite its simplicity, the build is alright. The inclusion of a translucent light blue jewel is pretty nice and the case is fairly easy to remove. It just would have been nice if there was an actual thief minifigure included to steal the jewel.
On the whole, I think this minifigure pack is mediocre. The Spider-Man minifigure will be a big draw for the fans who don’t have an MCU Spider-Man minifigure yet, and the Ned minifigure is bound to please LEGO Spider-Man collectors. However, the utterly lazy Maria Hill figure design and the lack of a fourth minifigure are huge letdowns for a minifigure pack. The builds themselves are nothing special and playability is weak as the drone cannot actually steal any of the artifacts. This minifigure pack costs a couple dollars more than the other 2019 minifigure packs but includes one less minifigure which is pretty unacceptable in my opinion. Furthermore, this costs as much as sets like 76101 The Outrider Dropship Attack, which included four minifigures and a much more substantial build. I think a fair bit of the budget went towards the new packaging style but that is unfortunate as I do not think the value here is very good.
- Builds: 3/5
- Minifigures: 3.5/5
- Playability: 2.5/5
- Price: 2.5/5
- Personal Rating: 3/5
- TOTAL: 2.9/5
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VaderFan2187 out! 😀