Daily Bugle (76178) Review
I like superhero LEGO® sets. However, most of the time, I do not like them for the actual set, but for the Minifigures. My main beef with the Marvel and DC Comics themes has always been the lack of buildings. Sure, we get the occasional Avengers Tower or bank façade. But I want a cityscape full of modulars, not open backed or swing-open designs. This year, the LEGO® Group heard my prayers. The summer 2021 line-up includes an amazingly detailed 18+ version of the Daily Bugle (76178). As if that was not enough, the LEGO® Group also included a whopping 25 Minifigures in the set. Incidentally, that addressed another of my frequent gripes with large sets never including large numbers of Minifigures. I received a pre-release copy of the Daily Bugle to review. I am super excited to share this epic build with you!
The LEGO® Group provided this set for review. However, the provision of products does not guarantee a favorable review. I will use my usual rating system (click here for more information) and provide my honest opinion.
DAILY BUGLE SUMMARY
- NAME: Daily Bugle
- SET #: 76178
- THEME: Marvel Superheroes (18+)
- COST: $399.99 CAD
- BRICK COUNT: 3772
- MINIFIGURES: 25
- RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2021
DAILY BUGLE QUICK REVIEW
- VALUE: 84% (Great cost-per-brick, satisfactory build time for the price.)
- BUILD: 99% (AMAZING… except for the stupid Spider-Buggy.)
- MINIFIGURES: 94% (Great number of well designed Minifigures.)
- ENTERTAINMENT: 100% (This is the Superheroes set I have been waiting for.)
- OVERALL SCORE: 94%
DAILY BUGLE (76178) REVIEW
The Daily Bugle clocks in at a steep $399.99 in Canada. However, it also includes 3772 bricks. That makes the Daily Bugle the largest Superheroes set ever produced by the LEGO® Group. Currently, the only other set coming close is the 1989 Batmobile with 3306 bricks. The resulting cost-per-brick for the Daily Bugle is $0.106. Comparatively, my average across all themes is $0.138 at the moment. For Superheroes sets, the average is almost the same at $0.136. Either way, the set comes at a great value and earns 91% in this category.
I built the Daily Bugle gradually over six evenings. In total, it took seven hours and 31 minutes (451 minutes). Consequently, at full price, the cost-per-minute of build time is $0.89. That is satisfactory, though more expensive than average. Currently, my average is $0.83/minute across all LEGO® themes and $0.77/minute for Superheroes. As such, I rate the build time value at 75%. Taking the average of this and the cost-per-brick score gives a final value rating of 84%.
This is my favorite Superheroes set ever. It has everything I have always wanted from the theme. Firstly, you build a high rise consisting of four modular floors. Additionally, the ground level is complete with connection points making it compatible with the Creator Expert modular buildings. The sidewalks also match. Secondly, LEGO® designers addressed the issue of how Minifigures get from floor to floor. The obvious route is the fire escape pictured on the box. However, the set also contains elevator facades on each floor. While there is no functional elevator, the addition of the elevator doors still gives the illusion of one, leaving less to the imagination. This building comes ready to simply drop into your city layout with no modification necessary.
The Daily Bugle (76178) connects to the Creator Modular series and has matching sidewalks.
The ground floor is the lobby. It is the only floor lacking a removable wall for ease of interior access. However, the level features a blow out wall on the side for a simulated post-explosion scene. Otherwise, the lobby has a reception desk, sitting area, and décor including a TV screen, awards, and wall mounted newspaper covers. I particularly like the vending machine.
The second floor houses the newsroom. There are four desks, computers, a filing cabinet, water cooler, TV screens, and a kitchenette. Additionally, more newspapers litter the floor and decorate the walls. Up another floor is the dusty, cluttered office area of Peter Parker. It looks like a little used storage floor where the lowly photographer works. The top floor goes to J. Jonah Jameson and his assistant, Betty Brant. Finally, the rooftop comes complete with a water tower and broadcast antenna, as well as the Daily Bugle sign built from bricks.
Each floor of the Daily Bugle (76178) is modular with an additional removable wall.
As mentioned earlier, each floor is modular. They lift off to allow overhead access to the interior. However, each floor except the ground also has a removable front wall. This allows interior access from a different angle without the need to detach floor. Interestingly, one of the floors has an exploding window through which Green Goblin flies. While I have not tried it myself, the set appears to include enough pieces in the exploding portion of the window to rebuild it as an unbroken wall. You just need to follow the instructions for another floor.
The Daily Bugle also features three smaller builds. Firstly, you put together a spinning swirl of sand and street bits for Sandman. This little build looks amazing and achieved the desired effect of making Sandman look like he is bursting through the sidewalk. His cyclone of sand easily detaches as well to reveal a clean sidewalk underneath. Second, you assemble a New York taxi. The car is also a nice build and compliments the scene well. Sadly, the cab does not have opening doors. However, it is a side build that does not detract from the main set. As such, I will not harp on that too much.
Sandman’s sand cyclone is a great looking side build.
The final side build was a bit of a “huh?” moment for me. You go through several hours of this amazing build… and then you finish the experience off with a Spider-buggy. It looks like a 4+ set thrown into an 18+ build. If it were so necessary to include a childish vehicle, why end the experience with it? This thing should have been the first thing you build so that you forget about it as the amazing set progresses. I dislike useless vehicles, especially when the characters do not actually need them. Additionally, the Superheroes theme is rife with vehicles already. Thankfully, this Spider-buggy did not cost the set detail anywhere else. Due to this buggy, I rate the Daily Bugle build at 99% instead of 100%.
The Daily Bugle comes with 25 glorious Minifigures. Some of them are available in cheaper sets, such as Spider-Man, Spider Gwen, Miles Morales, Mysterio, Sandman, Carnage, and Venom. However, many of the characters are unique to this particular set. Mostly notably, you get Daredevil, Punisher, Black Cat, and Blade. I cannot contain my enthusiasm for those characters. Additionally, the kit contains a number of civilians. Superhero sets need normal townsfolk and bystanders too. I think the ratio of comic characters to normal people is fairly good in this set.
The Daily Bugle (76178) includes many new and exclusive Minifigures.
Otherwise, all characters come complete with the standard parts, except for Spider-Ham who has stumpy, un-moving legs. Additionally, Spider-Man, Venom, Carnage, and Blade do not have any hairpieces or head coverings for obvious reasons. All Minifigures feature front and back torso printing, and 17 have double-sided faces or front and back head printing. Finally, six have either dual-molded legs or leg printing. In terms of accessories, there are a lot. I counted 84, but I might have missed some. I will not list them all, but you get some nice pieces. Notably, the set contains newspaper tiles uniquely printed for this set. Ultimately, I rate the character design and accessories at 95%. A few more Minifigures with leg printing and short/moveable legs on Spider-Ham would sway me higher.
25 Minifigures in a 3772-piece kit translates into a brick-to-fig ratio of 151:1. Comparatively, my average for the Superheroes theme is 176:1, while LEGO® sets in general sit at 167:1. Consequently, you are getting a good number of Minifigures for a set this size. It is worth mentioning that 18+ sets are generally bad for Minifigure counts. In the 18+ range, my average ratio is 406:1. Therefore, compared to Superheroes and LEGO® in general, you get a good number of Minifigures. Compared to 18+ sets, the ratio is downright excellent. I rate the ratio score at 92%. Averaging this with the design score gives an overall Minifigure rating of 94%.
Surprisingly, for a large set you get an amazing Minifigure count.
I love the Daily Bugle. This is the Superheroes set that I have been waiting for. Firstly, you get a great build that is ready to drop into any city layout. Secondly, you acquire a lot of Minifigures, including some of my favorite characters that have never before appeared in LEGO® form. This set is going straight into my city and remaining on display. Additionally, while this is an 18+ set, kids will love it too. There is so much going on and so many play spaces that it will provide hours of entertainment. The building design also inspired further custom projects. The structure and basic assembly lend themselves well to developing other custom buildings. Just change the color of the bricks and you have a whole new high rise. Change some of the exterior details and you have another one. This set is amazing.
OVERALL SCORE: 94%
The Daily Bugle (76178) is well worth the price tag. The value is good, but the build, Minifigures, and entertainment potential are great. While this is a Marvel Comics set, I think it will also appeal to a broader AFOL audience. Anyone building their own city gets a ready-made high rise building from this kit. You can choose to customize it or leave it as your city’s news agency. I have waited a long time for a Superheroes set like this. To the LEGO® Group: more please. In case someone influential reads this, an 18+ Avengers Tower, Wayne Enterprises, or Daily Planet make the top of my wish list. What are your thoughts on the new Daily Bugle set? Any other 18+ Superheroes sets you would like to see? Feel free to comment below or reach out on social media.
Until next time,
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