One of the best things to come out of Queens, NY, is Peter Parker, AKA Spiderman. Bitten by a radioactive spider and given an array of powers, Parker is the perfect example of a great character to be adapted into Uncle Milton’s Marvel Science toy line. Parker used his super abilities and merged them with his already genius mind, and created something to make him much more like a spider – webbing. With his sticky fluid created and handy web shooters on his wrist, Spidey can successfully swing overhead from building to building across the New York cityscape. Uncle Milton saw this, and made the “Spiderman Web Creator Lab”, which allows kids to make their own spiderwebs and live the dream of being Spiderman, minus being bit by a live arachnid. Lucky for us, we have our very own superhero, Foodie Boy from the Foodie Tots blog, to help us review this kit.
Inside the attractive cardboard box for this web creator lab, the kit has everything you need besides hot water and manpower to get started. We have a few different molds to make either flat webs or three-dimensional web balls, the press to make your molds, a few bags of “sticky stuff” in red and blue to create the webs, an injector for the web fluid, a small red spatula (with spider webbing on it) to scrape your web free from the mold, and a test tube to do your measuring.
The mold reminds me of a panini press, and is very well designed for both form and functionality. Retaining the classic Spiderman colors of red and blue, adorned with webs, the mold makes for a cool paperweight when it’s not being used.
Like all Uncle Milton Marvel Science kits, this one comes with a poster of the real-life application of the toy. In this case, we get a comparison of Spiderman’s powers next to a real spider and how they use and create their webs. Pretty cool stuff, and lacks any shots of the arachnids that little kids might get scared by.
Here is a shot of the “sticky stuff”, the special goop to make your webs. Resembling taffy, the colors are a bit more neon than the tones of Spiderman’s uniform, but look pretty sweet once they are done, as you will see later.
The sticky stuff is added into the injector, then you open the frame lock and place the chosen mold in the circle and lock the frame. After that, you place the injector into the small opening on top of the mold and open the bag that has the goo in it. Pour hot tap water up to the line and place the goo back in to prep it, then wait for it to melt. The goop needed a larger container to hold the packet with the goo inside, and hot tap water just did not cut it. The instructions should either have the goo stay in the water longer, or it might need some seriously boiling hot water to make it work easier.
Pour the melted goo into the injector and push it down, which we will see in the next pics. The frame lock of the mold is incredibly tight and was difficult to open and close it. It needs to be snapped into place, and it’s hard to push down on. This might be because it’s new, but it was problematic and something to consider.
Here are the hands of Foodie Man, AKA Foodie Boy’s dad, injecting the sticky stuff into the mold, via a small hole on top of it.
Although Foodie Boy would not be outdone, and had to try his hands at injecting the brightly colored substance into the mold to show his own super-strength.
In reality, these photos were put in this post out of order, as our intrepid young Foodie Boy had difficulty squeezing the goo into the mold, and needed parental help to get it all down. There was some leftover web fluid stuck in the injector after, which was a bit of a pain to get out due to its sticky nature.
And thus began the waiting process…
And more waiting…
At last, Success!
It takes 30 minutes for the web fluid to solidify after it is heated and put in the mold. Combined with the 10 minutes it ended up taking for the fluid to get soft enough to begin with equals a torturous eternity for a kid in the single-digits age range.
Opening the mold hatch was not easy, but we think this may have been because it was brand new. It was not closed properly after the molds were placed in the frame, which led to a little bit of goo not going into the mold. It didn’t look the prettiest, but it didn’t ruin the web. I don’t know if it was because of the improperly closed frame lock or because of how it was set up, but there was a little bit of goo that popped up out of the injector hole, which created a little bump in the web. There were also some bubbles in the goo.
Despite some cosmetic flaws, the web itself still looks pretty great and functioned nicely.
Foodie Boy is using the diminutive spatula to pry the web free from the mold, which popped out with relative ease. The web is not too fragile, so you don’t have to worry about tearing it when you remove it (unless you start clawing at it).
Clearly, Foodie Boy is happy!
And here is the final product in hand… literally.
Overall, Foodie Boy loved it. He didn’t care what the web looked like, he was just happy to have a web that he created. The instructions for the toy were very easy to understand, and despite requiring a great deal of patience, the end result looks pretty sweet, and was sticky as promised (though not to the point where it will become a household nuisance).
You can order the Uncle Milton Marvel Science Spider-Man Web Creator Lab on Amazon.com for $16, while it is normally priced in stores at $30. It is worth purchasing at either price point, but especially at this rate. This is a toy that will get a lot of use, despite a few flaws, and the fact that it is reusable means it helps save you money in the long run. However, out of all the Uncle Milton Marvel Science toys that we reviewed, this is the one that needed the most help from parents to make the magic happen, so be ready to get your science on if you buy this item.
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