Of the three LEGO Marvel Summer 2016 sets that we’d heard about from Nuremberg and London last month, there was one set that definitely sounded less interesting to me than the others. And so, I made it a point to take some time snapping a ton of hi-res photos at the New York Toy Fair 2016 this weekend to see if giving the LEGO Doc Ock’s Tentacle Trap 76059 a little bit of attention would make me fall in love with it…
So when I heard yet another Doc Ock set was to be released as part of the Summer 2016 LEGO Marvel Superheroes wave, I audibly groaned. But having spent some time hanging out with the set at the 2016 Toy Fair this weekend, I have to say: this set is really pretty neat–especially for the price.
Until I saw the box up-close, it never clicked in my mind that this isn’t “just another” bipedal mech robot–it’s a four-legged, sea-faring “octopus” mech. That epiphany definitely put a more interesting spin on things!
The Tentacle Trap mech has a lot of features built into it, including a pair of multi-stud shooters and tentacle arms with several points of articulation. It’s a shame that this mech suit can’t float, because this looks like it would be wicked fun to play with in the bath tub.
On the villain front, we’ve got a classic Doc Ock Minifigure and the first Vulture Minifigure. I’m disappointed that Doctor Octopus seemingly doesn’t include any regular robot arms that can attach to him, but I always prefer these colors for Ock.
I love the head and torso prints on her, and the “cat ears” and ponytail are cleverly implemented. The White Tiger minifig is a winner, and a character I’m shocked and overjoyed to see getting a release.
That said, the brick-built police boat with searchlights on the sides and stud-shooter up front is pretty neat for a little build.
The LEGO Spider-Man Doc Ock’s Tentacle Trap 76059 set is scheduled to be released in July/August 2016, and will retail for $39.99. I was quite surprised by that low price–that’s less than 9 cents per piece for the 446 pieces that comprise this set! Solid value here!
Now that you’ve seen it up-close and semi-personal, what do you think of LEGO 76059 Doc Ock’s Tentacle Trap set? Is it actually the weakest of the three Summer 2016 Marvel sets, or do you have a new appreciation for it? Will this set be joining your collection this summer?