VIP members can already order the massive ode to Spider-Man and his friends (and enemies) straight from LEGO.com (stock pending), but whether you’re on the fence over the towering skyscraper or just don’t know what to expect from the 3,772-piece concrete slab, we’ll hopefully be able to help you make a decision.
Scroll down for five things you should know about 76178 Daily Bugle before taking the plunge on yet another LEGO set dedicated to your friendly neighbourhood web-slinger – but one unlike any other before it…
5 – It’s big. Very big
Standing an incredible 82cm tall, 76178 Daily Bugle will quite literally dwarf almost all your other sets – bar, perhaps, 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens, which is only shorter by virtue of the Bugle’s rooftop antenna. You’ll need an appropriately tall shelf space to accommodate it, but it’s maybe best placed in and among a wider LEGO city layout, if you have one.
4 – It’s a record-breaker
Not only does that impressive height make 76178 Daily Bugle the tallest LEGO Marvel set so far, it’s also a record-breaker for two more reasons: first, it has the most pieces of any Super Heroes set to date, with 3,772 elements in the box. (The previous record-holder was Batman’s 76139 1989 Batmobile.) Second, it has more minifigures than any other single Marvel or DC model ever released, with a total of 25 unique characters in the box.
3 – It’s a dream set for minifigure collectors
How long have we been asking for a Daredevil minifigure? Too long – but not only does 76178 Daily Bugle deliver on that request, it also brings us the first ever LEGO versions of The Punisher, Blade, Black Cat, Firestar and a whole bunch of obscure newspaper reporters. (What do you mean you’ve never heard of Ben Urich? Click here to get up to speed.)
2 – It wasn’t always grey
Mark Stafford’s final design for 76178 Daily Bugle sees the iconic comic building transformed into a hulking concrete slab of 1960s architecture – but it wasn’t always that way. According to a Q&A the LEGO designer hosted on reddit, he originally built the Bugle in dark tan, but switched to grey to allow the minifigures to stand out against the structure. Oh, and the sign was once yellow, too.
1 – It can connect to the rest of your LEGO sets
Well, all the ones that follow the Modular Buildings Collection design standard, anyway – which is to say the likes of 10278 Police Station, 80107 Spring Lantern Festival and 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens. Click here to see how it lines up next to those modular (and modular-compatible) sets. In short: you might need to start adding a few floors to your other buildings.
76178 Daily Bugle is available to order now for VIPs. It will go on wide release from June 1. You can support the work that Brick Fanatics does by ordering your copy using our affiliate links. Thank you!