Recent rumours suggest 76218 The Sanctum Sanctorum will be launching later this year, and the price and piece count – $210 for 2,708 pieces – place it firmly in direct-to-consumer territory, alongside 76178 Daily Bugle. But what if the Doctor Strange set (which may or may not be based on the Multiverse of Madness) also matches last year’s Spidey skyscraper in style, too?
That’s the hypothesis we’re running with at Brick Fanatics, if only because we’re incredibly keen to see the LEGO Group adopt its modular building format to the Marvel universe. 76178 Daily Bugle can connect to 10297 Boutique Hotel and 10278 Police Station, and we’d love the same to be true for 76218 The Sanctum Sanctorum (if that set exists at all).
And if it does – and therefore opens the door to all sorts of iconic Marvel locations to be brought into one single street that completely ignores continuity (no, the Bugle isn’t next door to the Sanctorum in the comics or movies) – there are plenty more buildings we can think of to keep the series going for years to come. Here’s just five…
5 – Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters
This is an outside shot, which is why it’s slotting in at fifth place, but with the right budget, we reckon it’s doable. Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters (or the X-Mansion) is home to the X-Men, and a super-wide building in the vein of 10255 Assembly Square could be the perfect excuse to flesh out our superhero minifigure rosters. It’s also a beautiful building in its own right, and would no doubt make for a captivating and rewarding build.
4 – Peter Parker’s apartment
The LEGO Group has already thrown geographic accuracy to the wind in 76108 Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown, which pairs Doctor Strange’s lair with Peter Parker’s apartment. Now the former half of that set is reportedly getting its own dedicated build in 76218 The Sanctum Sanctorum, we’d also love to see Peter Parker’s apartment block getting the spotlight. It might not be the most exciting build, but it would serve double duty as a brilliant addition to a non-superhero LEGO city, too.
3 – Fisk Tower
We’re now a full decade into the LEGO Marvel theme, and we still haven’t had a LEGO Kingpin minifigure (or bigfig!). The LEGO Group could easily remedy that with a huge version of Fisk Tower, the building that acts as a front for Wilson Fisk’s legitimate business operations and criminal ventures alike. It’s another skyscraper, yes, but it would be the perfect comic companion to 76178 Daily Bugle, no doubt boasting its own dazzling cast of characters.
2 – Avengers Tower
When you think of superhero buildings in (Marvel’s fictional version of) New York City, you think of Avengers Tower. If 76218 The Sanctum Sanctorum is based on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and can connect to 76178 Daily Bugle, the LEGO Group and Disney must be happy to mix source material between comics and movies – and that could therefore create the conditions for a huge, direct-to-consumer version of the Avengers’ MCU NYC base. We’ve had a couple of LEGO playset-scale versions already, so there’s clearly an appetite out there for the location…
1 – Baxter Building
While we’d love to see an X-Men school in this format, condensing it into even a 32×48-stud footprint might be doing the iconic location a disservice. Perhaps more likely to fare better within the constraints of a modular is the Baxter Building, home of the Fantastic Four – and therefore another treasure trove of highly-requested (and never-before-seen) characters.
With one of Marvel’s most famous superhero teams confirmed to join the MCU in Phase Four, the stage is set to bring them into the LEGO fold for the first time – and what better way to do it than in a huge, direct-to-consumer set? It’s yet another skyscraper, but the interior alone could help to set it apart from 76178 Daily Bugle, let alone the minifigures.
It should be noted throughout all this that the very concept of a LEGO Marvel modular building series is not – at this moment – confirmed, and nor is 76218 The Sanctum Sanctorum. But that won’t stop us from dreaming about what might be…