LEGO Marvel Superheroes 76219 Spider-Man & Green Goblin Mech Battle [Review]

The greatest foes in comic history are always two sides of the same coin. Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man) is a scientifically minded young man; an underdog driven to use his powers to responsibly serve his city. Norman Osborn (aka The Green Goblin) is something of a scientist himself; a billionaire who only craves more power, even at the expense of anyone who gets in his way. These two have been engaged in a constant struggle on the comic book page since the early 60s. Now LEGO is bringing their battle to toy shelves once again, this time arming each of them with a giant mech suit. Mechs for these two might seem weird at first glance, but both characters regularly rely on tech like web shooters and goblin gliders. So maybe this upgrade isn’t that far-fetched. Besides, putting Marvel characters into giant mechs seems to be a formula that’s working for LEGO. But does the success of the formula repeat itself here? Let’s find out. 76219 Spider-Man & Green Goblin Mech Battle is a 296-piece set available April 1st for US $19.99 | CAN $24.99 | UK £17.99.

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with early copies of these sets for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

Unboxing the parts and instructions

This set comes in a “thumb punch” style rectangular box. The front image shows both mechs engaged in battle. Spidey’s mech clings to the wall of a skyscraper while the Goblin advances, firing one of his shoulder cannons. Comic panel-styled minifigure portraits and web detail frame the battle.

The back of the box features the mechs standing still, as the overwhelmed Goblin minifigure seemingly surrenders to Spider-Man. The comic panel and web framing details are carried over, and an inset image demonstrates the functionality of Goblin’s shoulder cannon.

The set comes divided into three bags: two for Spider-Man and one for the Green Goblin. There are also two instruction booklets, once for each mech. This division of parts and instructions will make this a great set for kids to share, as each mech can be built simultaneously by two different builders.

The parts

The noteworthy parts in this set include the printed pieces that make up the mech’s chests. Unique printings have been common in the Marvel Mech lineup thus far, and this set is no different. Spider-Man sports a mechanical spider detail printed on a red pentagonal tile. Green Goblin gets an organic, eye-like image printed on a dark purple 2×2 curved slope. Goblin’s mech also features the default mech chest piece and a dinosaur tail end section, both in dark purple for the first time.

The build

No surprises in the building of either mech here. You get a lot of mixel joints to create articulated arms and legs, which are decorated with various slopes to bulk them out. Bag 1 is devoted to the Spider-Mech’s torso and legs. Bag 2 is the Spider-Mech arms. Bag 3 is the entire Goblin-Mech. Although Spider-Man’s mech gets two bags to Goblin’s one, I don’t feel the Spider-Mech is substantially larger or more complex.

The final model

The final Spider-Mech is mostly red and blue, in keeping with Parker’s usual costume colors. Despite the bright colors, there are plenty of details to remind you of an actual spider: extra arms coming off the back of his shoulders and pointy protrusions on his feet and hands. Black minifigure ice skates make for subtle, but effective claws at the ends of his gangly mech arms.

The Green Goblin’s mech is mostly purple and multiple shades of green. There’s also a pop of orange in the ammunition of his shoulder cannons, a nod to the pumpkin bombs he famously throws in the comics. His arms end in gnarly three fingered claws that include thumbs, which give his hands more functionality than Spidey’s.

The final mech-builds are essentially buildable action figures, and there’s a lot of fun to be had pitting them against each other, if playing with action figures is your thing.

The minifigures

The two included minifigures are pretty standard. Spider-Man’s head and torso have been available in numerous other sets, and his legs are just basic blue. Goblin’s torso, hat, and double-sided head are slightly less common than Spidey’s parts, and have only appeared in two sets previously. Unfortunately, his legs lack any printing.

Conclusion and recommendation

This isn’t a set that Adult Fans of LEGO need to rush right out and buy. The mech builds are simple and the parts and minifigures are pretty standard. But there are some pluses. Two mechs really increases the playability factor over the other Marvel Mech sets. And, at a little less than 7 cents/per piece, it is an excellent value for a licensed set. I’d say that this is a solid buy for the younger Spider-Man fans in your life. If your kids have earned a treat and you spot this on a shopping trip, definitely consider dropping it in your cart. 76219 Spider-Man & Green Goblin Mech Battle is a 296-piece set available April 1st for US $19.99 | CAN $24.99 | UK £17.99.

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.