The Marvel Super Heroes line continues to be as popular as ever and recent sets based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe have given us some of the best sets yet not to mention some pretty cool Minifigures. Later this year the Marvel universe takes a step into the cosmic zone with Marvel Studio’s Doctor Strange. Ahead of the films release this October, the honour of the first piece of merchandise to hits stores, goes to a LEGO set. It’s officially released on Monday and we have been lucky enough to track one down. But how does it shape up? Here’s our review of set 76060: Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum.
Banish the portal beast from Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum!
Team up and expel the portal beast from Doctor Strange’s mysterious headquarters with some super-heroic supernatural action! Fend it off with Doctor Strange’s mystical artifacts, and evade being captured by the portal beast’s tentacles using the cape of levitation. Send in Karl Mordo to battle the beast with his quarterstaff, and help The Ancient One strike with the powerful magical fans at her fingertips!
- Set Number: 76060
- Minifigures: Doctor Strange, Karl Mordo and The Ancient One.
- Piece Count: 358
- Price: £29.99 / $29.99
- Dimensions: Sanctum Sanctorum measures over 4” (11cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 7” (18cm) deep.
The set is made up of three sections each of which make up a wall of Doctor Strange’s Sanctum. As you build it feels like the sections are really weakly connected but as you progress through the build this is soon rectified with other elements. The focal point of the set is the large window section in the central wall, which has been quite prominent in most of the early promotional material. The detail of the window is cleverly achieved with four large sword blades, they look a little odd to start with as they are slightly misaligned due to the shape of the element but once the surround has been build around them it’s works really well.
The right-hand section of the build features a portal to another dimension and from within it a monstrous beast is trying to break through. This has a little gear system built into the back of it which allows for the beasts mouth and red tentacles to be turned around with a twist of handle. But this isn’t the only ‘play’ feature in the set, the designer has gone to great lengths to include a host of magical abilities, from a couple of clear rods, hinged into the wall, to allow Minifigures to ‘levitate’ in the air. There’s a also a ball on the wall on which you can place Strange’s cape and wiggle it around as it had a life of its own.
The rest of the build is mainly set dressing, but this is where the build gets quite fun. The bookshelves make great use of elements and build techniques to create the finished article. You’ll find many text books filled with ancient spells and various props connected to the character, such as a top hat, magical crystal, and a couple of candles on the table. I really like these, they are simply made from a couple of goblet elements, 1×1 round bricks and a couple of flame elements. There’s a number of flat tiles in both 1×2 and 2×2 formats included, oddly these are a mixture of printed and stickered. The printed ones are older elements which have appeared in previous sets, but at least stickers are easy enough to apply. These elements do offer a couple of fun easter eggs including a letter from Stark Industries and the Wi-Fi password.
There are three Minifigures included with the set each one based on the MCU version of the characters. Of course the best of the bunch is Doctor Stephen Strange, who we’ve previously seen in Minifigure form in the LEGO Marvel video games. The version included here is a little different from the digital one but is just as cool. Doctor Strange is played by Benedict Cumberbatch so if you’ve ever wanted to own a mini Cumberbatch now is your chance. He includes a funky new cape element which is a little tricky to fold correctly in order to achieve the iconic collar the character is known for. Collared capes are nothing new but previously they have been achieved with two separate pieces of material. Strange’s hair is a new variant of the Joker hair, now in black with white streaks. The head element has a double-sided face, both equally beardy. The Minifigure also makes use of a new 2016 element dubbed the ‘Stud with knob’ it’s basically a 1×1 round stud with an additional bar which is the perfect size to fit a Minifigures hand. These are connected to a couple of ‘bin lid’ disc which are transparent with print detail. It’s a fun way of trying to portray Strange’s magical abilities and I’ve have liked to of seen a few other coloured discs to represent different magical spells.
The other Minifigures represent Tilda Swindon’s The Ancient One, a bald magical mystic who mentors Stephen Strange in the ways of ancient arts. The Minifigure is a OK recreation of the character, with print detail around the entire head. But the legs and torso are a little questionable, they are mainly purple and pearl gold coloured on the Minifigure but from what we’ve seen of the character in trailers etc, this outfit doesn’t match with anything seen so far. In fact the outfit looks more like Mads Mikkelsen’s character Kaecilius. That said the pearl gold colour does go quite well with the purple. The Ancient One also includes two fan elements complete with gold detail to represent eldritch calligraphy. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Karl Mondo fairs a little better, but feels the plainest of the included Minifigures although it looks more like the on-screen character. He includes a double-sided head and a quarterstaff weapon.
The set has some fun detail and I really like the way magical elements have been built into it. The mixture of printed and stickered elements is a little annoying. Most of the flat tiles which have stickers could quite easily have been printed. But I guess if it’s a toss up between having a couple of stickers to allow for more elements, it’s a warranted compromise. The walls could of been a little taller and the one which hold the cape, a little wider, so parts of the set don’t overhang as much. The Minifigure have plenty of nice detail but for most the only real draw is Doctor Strange, his two counterparts are quite plain when you compare them to other Marvel Minifigures. But all in all its a nice unique set, from an equally unique Marvel movie.
76060 Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum
- Parts & Pieces
A unique little set, filled with fun features and ace little nods to the character's history and the wider Marvel universe.