On first impressions, the 2016 LEGO Spiderman 76057 Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle set looks a lot like your standard good vs evil battle. There is a series of 7 minifigures: three heroes, three villains and one hostage to fight over. However, there are plenty of additional elements to this model that ramp up the pressure and add a whole other side to the Marvel story.
Beat up the bad guys across the bridge, but be aware of the consequences!
In this LEGO set, Spider-Man is joined by Spider-Girl and Scarlet Spider and they are all out to look for Aunt May. They know that Kraven has a lair beneath the bridge where he is joined by the venomous Scorpion, and they fear that Aunt May is captive there. To make matters worse, Green Goblin is also in the vicinity. The underlying story is your basic attack the villains, save the hostage, round everyone up and save the day affair. What make this set more interesting is that there are consequences to the actions of the heroes in this LEGO Marvel Superheroes set.
This all comes down to the structural integrity and moving parts of the main build. This battle was set in the bridge for a reason. Spider-Man and his allies may think that they are doing the right thing by blasting open Kraven’s secret lair in the pillar of the bridge via the exploding elements. It is certainly the best way of getting to him, his stolen jewels and Aunt May (if she is down there). The problem is that this could weaken the structure of the city’s most important transport route. The bridge build includes a moving road section and detachable cables. These hazards are a nightmare for the taxi and police ATV that are heading across the bridge. Now Spider-Man has to also make sure to add plenty of web traps to catch the vehicles and secure the bridge while he continues to look for Aunt May.
It is all about the details in this build and the way that these different elements enhance the Marvel story.
This can be a fiddly model to complete, with all the tiny parts and layers, but each aspect plays its part to ensure that the effort is rewarded. The battle comes down to using the accessories and environment to the characters’ advantages. For example, there are handcuffs on the ATV that Spider-Man can borrow to secure the bad guys, a selection of web blasts and ropes and there is a trigger in the flag that launches a net. The villains also have plenty of weapons and gadgets at hand to threaten Aunt May with and to use against our heroes. Kraven has his spear and a gun and Green Goblin has his glider and a flaming pumpkin bomb. There are also trash cans that can be catapulted at unsuspecting villains, those translucent diamonds, Peter Parker’s camera and traffic lights – although the purpose of the latter diminishes quickly with all the chaos.
With so much going on here, it is easy to see why this model is classed as a set for players aged 8-14. The details mean that it is a little more complex than some of the other builds, but there is still a fun story. The moving elements, layers and accessories mean that the LEGO Spiderman 76057 Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle is ideal for creative builders that want more than the typical LEGO Superheroes story.