Lego 76128, Molten Man battle is a series based on the Spiderman Far From home film set in the MCU, in which there are 4 sets available. This set focuses on the attack from Molten Man, it has 3 Mini-figures and contains 294 pieces, its RRP is £24.99.
We have most of the MCU cinematic Lego sets, and with Spiderman, we have bought the odd another one over the years, largely because Tigger and I both Love Spiderman, I’ve been a fan since I was a little boy and always enjoyed the character, especially the 90’s Cartoon, Far From Home film was a very good film and one of the better MCU ones.
The Spiderman figures as you would expect has been done countless times through the years but generally is always the blue and red outfit, however, this is different version entirely with the black and bluish grey/silver outfit (not Venom version of spiderman!). This is very true to the film version of the “stealth suit/night monkey” with the colour scheme and heavily detailed prints on the body and legs, the metallic looking goggles also look great, the only slight dilemma, the colour scheme is great but technically it’s a bit darker in the film so the blue-grey parts are a little bright, but these also a show of the detail so its perhaps a compromise. With him a selection of different spiderwebs for play combat, these tend to be ok and often supplied with certain superheroes, I do like the long web version and the short web with a hook to hang.
The set also includes a fireman, I understand that its a molten man and things will be on fire but I don’t really understand why he was chosen, this could have been a chance to add more unique characters from the film series. The design is fine as its used many pieces from the Lego city and many other incarnations, however, him being in the black is my favourite versions of the Firefighters, and with the printed red torch on the chest, it looks great. He also has an accessory of a fire extinguisher, this is red and grey finish.
The last minifigure is Mysterio, he’s in multiple of these sets but I was keen to see how they would do him, especially the helmet, its clear helmet, incases the pearl silver head, this looks fantastic and in reality, it was extremely difficult to show the gas like version under the helmet as per the film, but again it’s great. The Dark green suit and Magenta cloak also look brilliant, there is more gold in the film version which is a slight knock on the design, but still, the colours work well, in certain lights it does look a little bright but that’s fine, the only issues I have with this mini figure is there is the new swappable head, so many figures through the years do this when they have a helmet/mask etc but in the film, Quentin Beck is seen in his outfit but no helmet, more times than with the helmet.
The main part of the build is the molten man, a quick spoiler on the set, he’s essentially a mech, so if you have ever built any of the mechs in any of the ranges then the concept is the same and very similar. From the top working our way down, the head is on two ball joints allowing movement but I’m not thrilled about the choice of head with its doom feel, the printing though does look good, with the fire and gold that’s replicated several times, on the grey, however from the side it looks a little odd based on the design. The stickers behind the head leading into the body, the orange and gold lava pieces dotted around the monster come from other sets but it’s in great used here.
The body is a little all over the place in my opinion but I often find that with mechs in the lego range and I’m not a huge fan of it, the film shows the body and design much thicker with lava falling off, and the lava chains show that. The arms continue the lava and grey with one side a claw and the other stud launcher, for play value as opposed to the realistic version of the film, both arms and shoulders have scenery sticking out, as the molten monster soaks in metal things to make it stronger, lamppost signs etc. make it look different to other mechs, the chest has the front of a mini car sticking out which is awesome, the steel bar type item looks ok on a fairly plain back in comparison, though the position almost makes it very like a Warmachine gun lol.
Overall this is a good set and compared to all mech like designs this Molten Monster stand out and as a great comparison, in spider man sets this is one of the physically biggest foes as is represented well, as I’ve said there are a couple of things that could be improved, I’m surprised there was no alternative head for beck, the overall design of the monster was fine with some good parts like the use of lava, hanging lava chains, and scenery sticking out, the body looks a bit disproportional in parts but it’s still fine, but overall for the price, what you get, its a solid set.