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Lego Marvel Spider-Man review at the Sanctum Workshop

Essential info:

Price: $39.99 / £34.99

Model Number: 76185

Number of pieces: 355

Dimensions: 3 x 8 x 8 inches / 9 x 22 x 22 cm

Recommended age : 7+

The Sanctum Workshop plays a big role in Marvel’s latest Spider-Man movie, No Way Home. Buried beneath Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum is where Peter, MJ, and Ned spend a lot of time as they concoct a plan to deal with villains from other universes. And so it only makes sense that as part of Lego’s Spider-Man: No Way Home range, it creates a set that brings the location to life.

Lego Marvel Spider-Man at the Sanctum Workshop is not an adult-oriented set, so don’t expect a huge amount of detail designed for display. Instead, the set contains a basic cut from the Sanctum Workshop, packed with lots of interactive detail. There’s a couch with a video game controller, a workbench full of tools, a desk with a swivel chair, and more. Oh, and there’s a massive bug monster ready to battle Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. It may not be totally true to the movie then, but we don’t mind.

Lego Marvel Spider-Man at Sanctum Workshop_Giant Bug Monster

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Read on for our in-depth thoughts on Lego Marvel Spider-Man at the Sanctum Workshop. If you are looking for other Lego sets, you can find our best Lego Marvel sets here. Or if you want to see where Spider-Man: No Way Home fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, here’s a great look at the Marvel movies in chronological order.

Lego Marvel Spider-Man at the Sanctum Workshop review: Build

  • A simple and fast construction
  • But maybe a bit too simple

As the 7+ age rating on the box of the Lego Marvel Spider-Man at the Sanctum Workshop should tell you, this isn’t a complicated build. It’s deliberately simple to assemble so little builders can do it without too much help. There are, however, plenty of small, tricky pieces – like decorative jars and individual tools – that make this an unsuitable set for younger Lego builders. Proficient builders will have this together in just over 40 minutes, while children will no doubt need a little longer.

It’s a nice build, with no frustrating sections. Spread across three bags, you’ll start by assembling a large green and black insect monster. It’s a weird addition to the set if you ask us, but it’s a nice play piece – especially since its front claws are big enough to grab a minifigure.

Lego Marvel Spider-Man at Sanctum Workshop_Giant Bug Monster Holding Minifigure

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Moving on to bags two and three, this is where you’ll build the Sanctum Workshop itself. It’s reasonably sized – it stretches to 9 inches (22cm) – so there’s plenty of room to set up fun scenes with the included figures. We just wish there was a little more detail.

The door is surrounded by white blocks decorated with stickers and provides a focal point for the set, but the masonry at the top looks unfinished to us – two gray hinges hold the set together on either side, but they look somewhat out of place. Even just a strip of gray brick on top would have tidied this up. Again, when it comes to playsets, Lego ultimately has different priorities than it would if it were a display set.

Lego Marvel Spider-Man at Sanctum Workshop_Archway close-up

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Much of the detailing of Lego Marvel Spider-Man at the Sanctum Workshop can be found on the sides of the set. You will use gray plates that protrude at an angle to add a desk, shelves and a workshop. We had a lot of fun putting them together, and when finished, it really looks like a real living space. It’s just a shame that everything doesn’t come together with more congruence – but for a $40 playset, we can’t really expect more than we’ve got. It’s a good value set, all things considered.

Lego Marvel Spider-Man at the Sanctum Workshop review: Design

  • Some nice details in the environment
  • Excellent selection of figurines

As we mentioned in the Build section above, it’s the small details that really bring Lego Marvel Spider-Man at the Sanctum Workshop to life. This is a set full of little trinkets: a camera, a desktop computer complete with keyboard, a boombox, a well-stocked tool bench, a candelabra, a sextant, shelves full of random jars, crystals and a mysterious egg. All of this lends itself to creating the feeling that this is truly part of the Sanctum Sanctorum – a place of mystery and wonder.

However, perhaps our favorite part of the set is the four minifigures included. There’s Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, MJ and Wong – and they’re all unique to this set. Spider-Man is dressed in his black, red, and gold costume, while Doctor Strange has a plastic cape, giving him a wondrous, flowing form. It’s a nice change from the soft cloth capes that usually hang lifelessly around a figure’s back. It’s just a shame that Ned (Peter Parker’s best friend) isn’t included.

Lego Marvel Spider-Man at Sanctum Workshop_minifigures (left to right: MJ, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Wong).

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As is likely obvious just by looking at photos, Lego Marvel Spider-Man at the Sanctum Workshop is not intended to be a display set. This is an end-to-end playset, and its interactive details make it perfect. All those trinkets we’ve already talked about? They can be picked up and handled. There’s even a bike hanging on the wall that can be taken apart and a minifigure can ride. Spider-Man also comes with an array of webs to attach to his hands to create various scenes.

Should we buy Lego Marvel Spider-Man at the Sanctum workshop?

Lego Marvel Spider-Man at Sanctum_Spider-Man Workshop with Web Attachments

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For kids who love Spider-Man or Doctor Strange, Lego Marvel Spider-Man at the Sanctum Workshop makes a great playset. For its asking price of $39.99 / £34.99, this is a a loaded set that is full of details. With the minifigures, the giant bug and all the items decorating the set, there’s so much room for imaginative play.

For an adult collector, however, your mileage will likely vary. There is definitely value in all four figures given that they are unique to this set. And there are a number of interesting and rare pieces, like an hourglass and the golden sextant, both of which only appear in another set. However, it is not the most beautiful set to exhibit and it is a very easy construction. So unless you’re a hardcore Marvel fan, you might not get much out of it.

Other Lego Marvel sets to consider

If it’s more Spider-Man you’re looking for and money isn’t an issue, the best Lego Marvel set you can buy right now is hands down the daily bugle (opens in a new tab). At $299.99 / £264.99, it’s also the most expensive Marvel set, but its size (nearly a meter tall!) and number of minifigures included (25!) more than make up for it. If you want to stick with Doctor Strange, the The clash between Gargantos and Lego Marvel (opens in a new tab) The playset is a good companion to the Sanctum Workshop at just $39.99 / £24.99.

In terms of Lego Marvel sets aimed at an adult audience, we like the Guardians of the Galaxy Ship. There are enough play features to suit older kids, but the included display stand makes it a great centerpiece for adults too. Elsewhere there is hammer of thoran 18-inch (46 cm) tall replica of Mjolnir, or the Infinity Gauntlet (opens in a new tab) – but we’re pretty sure the Lego version doesn’t give you the power to destroy the universe.