The price: £19.99 in John Lewis sale (retired product but originally £39.99)
Bricks in the box: 430 (9p a brick original price, 5p on sale)
Time to build: About an hour
What’s in the box:
This set has four labelled bags and two instruction manuals. It has a three main pieces to the set, and four minifigures.
The two instruction manuals feature scenes from the set. Manual one has 27 pages and has instructions for bags one and two. Manual two has 62 pages and covers the other two bags, as well as the instructions relating to the battery in the light brick and the brick listing.
Monster fighter one:
This dapper chap features the waistcoat seen most recently on the balloon seller man, but this guy comes with a bowler hat, rapier and pistol – just ready to take those monsters on. He’s obviously had a run in with them in the past, as he’s lost a leg and replaced it with a metal one.
Monster fighter two:
Monster fighter two is ready for action with a, quite frankly, ridiculous looking gun. He comes with a brilliant hat too (although it has a tendency to fall off a lot). This chap looks like he’s walked out of India in the 1920s or some such.
The crazy scientist has been brilliant styled. The hair (rubber) is super, and makes you think he might have just shoved a finger in a plug socket. The detail on the body piece is also excellent – scissors, vials, and pliers – ready to create his monster. He also has an alternate crazy face.
The monster here is obviously Frankenstein’s monster and comes with a great extra head piece to broaden his skull appropriately. Again, the detail on this model is lovely, with stitches and patch-worked clothing.
The build experience:
This is not a difficult set to put together, but it is a lot of fun. The bags are all labelled, so there’s no poring it all on the table together (unless you want to). Lets take a look at what you get to put together:
The car is, quite frankly, the best looking car I have seen. It is just excellent. I would drive one myself. It has all the retro-ness of the set, with added features for the fighting of monsters. This is one build that is going to sit on my self for a good long while!
The lighting tower:
How else are you going to wake up the monster without some lightning? This part of the set is done very nicely, with some technic poles and cogs used to turn on the light brick.
This is my first experience of batteries in LEGO, and I am fairly impressed – with the green shield and pole on the end, it works very well. Play is definitely enhanced by this feature and I will confess to sitting and turning it off and on for a good five minutes. Small children will love this I am sure.
In addition to the light cog, there is also a cog used to move the table up and down so the monster can receive his jolt back to life.
The lab’s prison:
Finally, there is a prison cell that the crazy scientist users to lock up those pesky, interfering monster fighters. This has a loose back so the so called good guys can make an escape.
On top the of cell is a weapon that seems to fire some kind of green glowing bricks (nuclear parts perhaps?)
Next to the cell is a little lab with a microscope, a head in a jar, and a couple of vials. The detail here is pretty nice and creates some good crazy scientist vibes.
I am very glad I found this set, especially on sale. It is spectacularly awesome, and makes me want all the monster fighter sets, if only I could get them.I am particularly pleased with the car. It’s also looking more and more like I will get the Haunted Mansion before Halloween!
For your little monsters, this set would be extra fun as the moving parts and easy scenes to play with have all sorts of neferious opportunities.
Get it if you can find it.
A little story: