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click for largerLEGO's Spider-Man II
4856 Doc Ock's Hideout

by Lando da Pimp

Warning: This article contains images and photos from the LEGO playset based upon the upcoming film Spider-Man II. We have done everything possible to help warn you about spoilers.

With the release of the new Spider-Man trailer, the excitement is brewing for everything Spider-Man. LEGO is following up with a number of Spider-Man II sets including set 4856 Doc Ock's Hideout. (SPOILER ALERT!!! Highlight the following text to read.)<<< In the movie, Doctor Octopus, has taken Mary Jane captive in an abandoned pier where his fusion device is hidden. Spider-Man and Harry race to her rescue. Oh, and Darth Vader is his father. And Kevin Spacey was there, wearing a fedora.>>>

click for largerOk now you can continue to read without the worry of my spoiling the movie. With all LEGO sets I always want to get as many LEGO figures as I can. This set comes with five characters. The coolest figure is Doctor Octopus. The arms work really well and have 360° of articulation. The arms connect using a LEGO piece that fits around his neck. You can have the arms grip a number of things including Mary Jane. The inclusion of both Peter Parker and Spider-Man gives you the ability to mix and match the body's and heads to have Spider-Man with his mask off. The set also comes with Mary Jane, Harry Osbourne, and a really cool little rat! With the mini-mate craze so strong, I think that the LEGO versions of these characters are a lot cooler and interesting than the other mini-mate's on the market.

click for largerThe set itself comes with a blue water platform. The abandoned pier has the broken down look and feel. Inside the building is Doc Ock's Fusion Device. The device opens up allowing the energy ball to spin around with the arms of the device branching out. The side of the building opens, as does the roof of the building. LEGO put a lot of details in to this set. The windows have transparent stickers that give the windows a pier look. Also included is a boat that Harry rides to the pier with; and a buoy that bobbles, giving the appearance that it's floating. Spider-Man uses his catapult to get to the pier. With a spiderweb in front of the catapult I can easily assume that in the movie he uses his webs to propel him long distances much like he did in the first one. The catapult easily shoots Spidey all the way across the room. My cat loved it.

Overall this set is sweet and will appease any and all Spider-Man / LEGO fans. The inclusion of 5 figures is a nice touch. The more figures a set has, the more likely I am to buy it. I am more excited for this Spider-Man movie than the other and the release of Spidey 2 merchandise just fuels this excitement.

click for largerDoc Ock's Hideout will retail for $49.99 (USD) $69.99 (CAD). Available in May 2004.

  • See our coverage of LEGO at the 2004 International Toy Fair.
  • You can check out the official Spider-Man II trailer here.
  • And visit the LEGO web site.

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