Ratings and Reviews for 76002-1: Superman Metropolis Showdown

76002-1: Superman Metropolis Showdown

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  • First Impression Feelings after first look? 7.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 6.33
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 7.67
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 8.33
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 8.33
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 5.33
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 7.67
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 6.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 5.33
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 7.33

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Review from: Lenjon
Reviewed on: Apr 29, 2014
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When it comes to sets that are at a lower price point it is often the case that some have features that can only truly be appreciated once they've been built and/or played with personally, while other sets may seem like a good buy but are sorely disappointing once constructed. Thankfully 76002: Superman: Metropolis Showdown is a solid build and lands safely in the former field of appreciation. Even though it's a small set 76002: Superman: Metropolis Showdown has enough interesting play features to make it a worthwhile purchase and even though the wide availability of the figures bring down the potential for an above average investment the fact that this is the cheapest set to include both these figures will probably set 76002: Superman: Metropolis Showdown up for moderately good potential return. 



The selected parts for this set, most of which are tans and greys for the rubble and yellow and black for the car, are quite nice with only a few notable parts which is expected in a small set. The largest and most notable pieces are the antenna tower and dark grey car chassis both are pieces that are always nice to have more of.





There are also four black 1X4 bow plates and two yellow 2X4 bow plates used to give the vehicle a sleek appearance but could also be put to good use when used to add smoothness and colouration in a custom build.



The minifigures included in this set are Superman and General Zod (without his armour, cape or gun) and are as usual for a licensed theme (particularly the Super Heroes theme) very well detailed, even moreso since they're based on characters from a live-action film and they are probably the main draw for purchasing this set, though the rest of the set itself is made well enough to warrant purchasing even if one isn't a fan of the figures.




As can be seen above Superman's Man of Steel suit has very fine detailing. His hair with its classic "S" curl and his main face are the same as all other versions of the minifigure however the alternate face shows an enraged Superman baring his teeth and preparing a heat-vision blast in his eyes. His cape is normal red like the comics version of the figure which is fine though a dark red cape would have made for a better pairing with this version. Supes' front printing shows where his cape attaches on his front shoulders with a bit of his collar showing in betwen them as well as a stylized dark red "S" laid over a gold diamond shaped shield to form his famous emblem, the rest of the printing is of his muscles along with silver and gold highlights near the edges of his earth blue torso and legs. The only thing missing on this superbly detailed figure are his red boots which seems odd to exclude since the legs were already printed along the upper sides and therefore it probably wouldn't take much effort for the figure to have had a bit of extra print near the bottom of said legs.



Unfortunately I accidentally stained the back of my copy of Superman with a bit of red ink hence the weird marks (I'll think twice next time I handle minifigures after using a pen). Otherwise the back detailing of Superman continues to be great with the printing showing more silver and gold highlights along with back muscles.


General Zod uses a black combed/greased back hair piece first introduced in the Harry Potter theme in 2010 and while the hairpiece isn't a perfect match for the figure it's understandable since The Lego Company probably doesn't want to make a custom hairpiece for every licensed figure. Zod's double sided head is even more accurate to the movie than Superman's, with his brown goatee, bushy eyebrows and scowling face translated almost perfectly into minifigure form, the only thing missing is a bit of grey on the goatee. His alternate face is also like Superman's with bared teeth and heat-vision eyes. The rest of Zod's printing is very precise and almost identical to Superman's with the only differences being that his emblem looks like a sideways "U" instead of an "S" and the colours are all silver and grey on black. The only thing "wrong" with General Zod's minifigure when compared to his movie version is that the silver detailing on the figure is much more bold than it was in the movie, of course this is a minor quibble and probably shouldn't be cause for dismay.



 Again the detailing on Zod's back is identical to Superman's save for the different colours.


For a set at the lowest price point available in the Super Heroes theme (CA $15.99/ £11.99 / US $12.99) 76002: Superman: Metroplis Showdown has a remarkably high playability factor especially when compared to a set like 76008: Iron Man vs. The Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown. Even with a small and simple build this set has features which work together with the figures perfectly when they're battling each other. The car has some nice sidebars that allow the figures to pick it up and throw at each other while the the rubble has a little seesaw-like apparatus that can be used to flip said car and the antenna tower has a little setup at the bottom that can be used to pop it out or it can simply be picked up by one of the figures. 

The build is very simple with some pretty standard sloped bricks used to form rubble around the antenna tower and there isn't anything special about the car though it is extremely wide.




Though it's a small set 76002: Superman: Metroplis Showdown is nonetheless a solid little little set that has pretty good potential to become a worthwhile investment in the future.

Listed below are the average prices from recorded sales of the last six months as well as the average for current listed items for each minifigure from Bricklink.com.

Figure Last 6 Months Sales (Avg) Current Items for Sale (Avg)

CA $5.47

US $5.13

GBP 3.88

CA $6.20

US $6.51

GBP 4.31

General Zod

CA $3.92 

US $3.28

GBP 2.27

 CA $3.86

 US $4.58

GBP 3.05


When parted out on average the two figures have sold for a total of CA $9.39, US $8.41, GBP 6.15 with each average equaling about two thirds of the MSRP for the set as a whole. So while not a superb return for your money if you plan on parting this set out you still get quite a bit back and of course it's always a good idea to look for a sale which would greatly boost the return here.


Super Heroes is one of the most popular themes currently available and is no doubt aided by the recent and ongoing movies and cartoons. Even with the polarizing "love it or hate it" opinions among fans regarding Man of Steel it was popular enough for the studios in charge to start filming a sequel. 


76002: Superman: Metropolis Showdown is available for all retailers to sell an therefore isn't an exclusive.

PACKAGING | Score: 6

The box is pretty standard size and shape for a set at this price point CA $15.99 (£11.99 / US$12.99 / €14.99) and shows some of the play features along with General Zod throwing a car a Superman.


By taking a look at the Brickset ratings and Bricklink prices of this along with the other sets of the same price point in the Super Heroes theme one can gain an understanding of how 76002: Superman: Metroplis Showdown may continue to appreciate and also how it's been doing among the other sets like it.

Set Number/Name Year of Release Pieces  Brickset Rating  Avg. Price (BL)
6865: Captain America's Avenging Cycle  2012  72  4.12/5 CA $23.70 
6858: Catwoman Catcycle City Chase 2012 89 4.11/5 CA $22.14

76008: Iron Man vs. The Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown

2013 91 3.08/5 CA $15.19
76002: Superman: Metropolis Showdown 2013 119 3.63/5  CA $12.62

Now even though 76002: Superman: Metropolis Showdown is the lowest performing set at the CA $15.99 price point in the Super Heroes theme it is important to note that the sets sitting higher on the graph, along with being rated better, all have at least one or more exclusive figures, with the two highest sets have all exclusive figures with the exception of the alien foot soldier in 6865: Captain America's Avenging Cycle. So while it probably won't become insanely popular in the future 76002: Superman: Metropolis Showdown will probably experience moderately good growth. However one last important factor to consider is that if the Man of Steel sequel and the future DC movies are popular this set could also experience a bit of a boost in popularity in a few years but of course that all depends on how those movies are received by audiences and the media.


In terms of display and visual appeal this set (aside from the figures) is pretty good with the car and antenna tower giving a chance to set up a fight scene vignette between General Zod and Superman, but other than that there isn't a whole lot to show.


76002: Superman: Metropolis Showdown does very well as a small playset with some basic but entertaining play features which go along well with the figures. Unfortunately as an investment it doesn't do very well due to the lack of any exclusive minifigures or above average pieces and while it's always a risk to invest in sets based on films that only got moderate-good reviews it's not so bad if you stick with a good, cheap set since it's better to have a small dud than a large one.


Final Analysis76002: Superman: Metropolis Showdown will probably only do okay as an investment once it reaches EOL.

Review from: mikeur86
Reviewed on: May 12, 2013
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The smallest and cheapest set that follows the new Superman movie. Comes with two really cool mini-figures and a small vehicle that seems unimpressive and a tower that really doesn't have much purpose. The main reason of purchasing this set was for the two mini-figures.


This set comes with two mini-figures:


Superman - Found in three other sets

General Zod - Found only in this set and is unique!

Some other unique pieces are: 


-Lattice Tower 2x2x10

-2x4x1 Brick With Wheel Opening

-2x2 Plate with 1 Knob

-2x4x2/3 Plate with Bow


There are a few other pieces that aren't found in that many sets but otherwise there seems to be quite a few generic pieces.


Here is the description from Lego.com:

Stop General Zod with Superman™!

General Zod is wreaking havoc in a downtown Metropolis Showdown against Superman™. Stop General Zod from trapping Superman under the collapsing antenna tower by blocking it with the cool yellow car. Battle as you take Superman up the tower, flip him through the air with the catapult function and swing him on the antenna. Includes 2 minifigures: Superman and General Zod.

• Includes 2 minifigures: Superman™ and General Zod
• Features antenna tower with a catapult, collapse function and a yellow car with easy-to-grab handles
• Also includes base with flip and explode functions and mast with antenna and dish
• Flip the car into the air with the catapult function!
• Collapse the antenna!
• Lift the car with easy-to-grab handles!
• Car measures over 1" (3,5cm) high, 4" (11cm) long and 2" (6cm) wide
• Antenna tower measures over 5" (15cm) high, 2" (7cm) wide and 2" (7cm) deep


The build experience for this was very very simple. It took about ten minutes to piece everything together. One of the easier smaller sets and once it was built I had to question the playability of it all. The vehicle is nicely build and holds together well. However, the tower falls apart fairly easy and the bottom base is just a random assortment of pieces put together that really don't serve much purpose. I know I am being a little harsh and maybe this has some purpose with the other sets, but I haven't paired them yet.


Let's take a look at the other Superman sets released at this time and compare the overall price per piece and see what kind of value we have:


Superman 2013 Collection
Set Number Model Original MSRP Amount of Pieces Price Per Piece
76002 Superman Metropolis Showdown $12.99 USD 119 Pieces $0.11 USD
76003 Superman Battle of Smallville $49.99 USD 418 Pieces $0.12 USD
76009 Superman Black Zero Escape $19.99 USD 168 Pieces $0.12 USD

So comparing to the other two sets released right now we can see our Metropolis Showdown set has a cheaper price per piece ratio. While this set really doesn't hold much value in the actual build I feel with the unique mini-figure though that this has a lot of potential. 


Superman is a very popular theme and with the movie coming out this summer it definitely brings some more attention to this theme than some of the others. I think the Superman theme is going to do great!


Nothing exclusive about this set. It can currently be found everywhere.

PACKAGING | Score: 10

The box is small, which makes it excellent for shipping purposes(think after EOL)! There is ALOT happening on this little box. Superman shooting a laser from his eyes to the tower thats being lifted by General Zod. The Superman logo in the bottom right hand corner is simply Epic. The vehicle is flying through the air, the way its positioned you can get a good idea of how its built. in the upper right hand corner we can see the Lego version of Superman in his Superman stance and his cape flying in the wind. The DC Universe Super Heroes logo is well positioned next to LEGO logo. Overall one of my favorite depictions on a box that I have seen. Really a ton of eye candy here.


I think there could be some potential in this set depending on how the movie does. The Superman figure isn't unique but the General Zod character can only be found in this set which could really help drive prices. Right now the MSRP is $12.99 and I feel that it can definitely be had on discount. This set reminds me of Captain America's Avenging Cycle set. Similarly priced, same size, almost same price per piece. One of the things that Captain America's set has over this one is we all know the popularity of The Avengers. Does Man of Steel hold up to that theme? Right now we can't tell. However, by Christmas time we will know how this theme is going to do and how the set will perform in the secondary market. My advice, go ahead and wait and pick this set up in the clearance aisles in about six-seven months. Keep your eye out on the box office results of Man of Steel and critics review to see how it goes. If its like Nolan's Batman then pick up as many of these sets as you can!!


There is nothing about this set beyond the mini-figures that is worth displaying. If you are a mini-figure collector then the unique General Zod may catch your eye and that could be displayed in your case. Otherwise, look elsewhere.                                                                 


My final conclusion is to keep a close eye on this set! Make sure you also see the results of the movie whether you like Man of Steel or not see how it does at the box office and read others opinions not he film. If its popular and even a hint at a sequel then this set is going to explode in profits down the line after retirement!




-It's Superman! and Super Heroes set

-Man of Steel movie is expected to be a big hit this summer

-Small sets tend to do well in the secondary market

-small box, easy to ship!



-Hard to predict this set since we don't know how the film is going to do

-Isn't the first Superman set available.

-Other than two mini-figures this set has nothing else to it

Review from: adewar
Reviewed on: Apr 28, 2013
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With a title like 'Metropolis Showdown' you'd expect to be in for something big!  Well, you'd be wrong.  This is a solid little 12.99 set based on the upcoming 2013 Superman movie.  The tower and sharp little car standout along with the new 2013 Superman minifig.  The general Zod minifig is a dissapointment here as he lacks the helmet and cape option that appears in the other Superman sets and offers no unique printing.  Frankly any General Zod minifig that isn't bald with a soul patch is a dissapointment in my book.


The Superman minifig is great with his new unique for 2013 hair piece and updated printing.  It is the cheapest way to get Superman, so that alone makes this set worthwhile.  However, this is the same minifg in all of the other Superman sets- no exclusives here.  The General Zod is also a wattered down version of the same General Zod that appears in sets 76003 and 76009.  On a positive note the tower piece in this set is a nice inclusion and the car offers some nice parts for a small set. 


This set offers a fun and simple build.  The playability is limited to the car which is done well and the tower that can be knocked over (Shloooom!).  There is not much here, but it is a more substantial build than you get from most 12.99 sets.


With two solid minifigs, a decent build of 119 pieces, this set offers a great value for 12.99.  There is an oppotunity to part the set out and sell the minifigs, but that will be short lived as both of these figs will be plentiful.


The superheroes licensed theme has largely done well for investors.  The success of this line may depend somewhat on the success of the upcoming movie.  If the movie franchise does well then the 'Man of Steel' line should do quite well also.


This set will be widely available at all typical retailers.

PACKAGING | Score: 7

The packaging has very attractive action shots of what the set offers along with the soon to be iconic "Shloooom!"  Just wait all the kids will be saying it.


The long term growth potential is probably limited since the build is nothing unique and the minifigs are not exclusive.  The Superman minifig is very well down, but he will be the next Jack Sparrow appearring in a plethora of sets and easy to come by.  As an investment, this set offers an opportunity to flip the minifigs for the first couple of months of the sets release, but will be limited.


The only display value this set has is to add it to the top of a modular building so that Zod and Supe can duke it out over your otherwise peaceful city.


76002 is a solid little set with a great value.  It will sell well at the outset and it provides a good way to get a hold of a 2013 Superman, but it has limited investment appeal if purchased at retail.