After all, what’s more appropriate for the season than a haunted house?
First off, this sucker became the biggest set in my collection by leaps and bounds.
Normally the large sets in series are between 300-400 pieces, this sucker as over 2000 pieces. The building actually isn’t too complicated, there weren’t any weird piece arrangements and the instructions were actually really nicely organized. The pieces all came in numbered bags and the manual divided the building up into sections based off of the numbers. And for each step it would not only show what pieces would be added next, there was actually a key that said specifically how many of each piece was needed so you could gather them before trying to build things.While it seemed a little daunting at first, it was actually very simple as long as you didn’t get ahead of yourself. The large reason for taking so long isn’t just the amount of pieces, but all the detail work. A lot of sets include wall pieces that are about two and a half inches tall to fill in large solid sections, in this set you’re building every wall brick by brick. The box the set came in was over 2 feet high and 18 inches long. The ghosts and the vampires’ heads glow in the dark for a nice, spooky touch. The figures, like the rest of the set, are very detailed with the vampire bride and zombie chef having printed decorations on both sides of their bodies, and the vampire having detail even on his legs.
The bottle over the fireplace has a ship printed on it, the furniture is built to have real spun legs and crown molding and the phonograph player is even built with a needle. Some of the windows have stickers that imitate cracks and spiderwebs and many of the windows are barred with boards with nails and woodgrain printed on them. The finished set has the real impression of a dilapidated old mansion with exposed bricks and worn fixtures. While this set is awesome in many ways, there is one giant chink in an otherwise perfect toy: the damn box. It’s actually going to take a bit of rearranging to have this thing fit in my closet with the rest of my collection. It’s huge with lots of great detail that will eat up a lot of your time and provide you with lots of great pieces for original concepts. The mini figures are cute and it’s a beautiful finished model. Just be aware that your manual may have some color issues and have a plan on what you’re going to do with the box before you get started since it will be underfoot because of its size and illogical closure.