As a theme, Monster Fighers pulled me back into Lego by combining everything I like into one terrifying package: Spooky castles? Classic monsters? Glow in the dark pieces? Cool, modified early 20th century vehicles? Zombies? Heroic battlers of the occult with some steam-punk sensibilities? Check yes to all of these. I love this theme and I love the Vampyre Castle. I'll tell you why, after the break...
While it is an expensive set (MRSP seems to run between $99.99 and $109.99 but it's getting rarer) it definitely includes quite a few pieces (949) which assemble into 7 minifigures (Lord Vampyre, Vampyre Bride, 2 Bat Monsters, Dr. Rodney Rathebone, Jack McHammer, and a Skeleton), 6 Moonstones, a net launching roadster, a gaggle of fun accessories, the vampire's coffin, and the castle which is pretty large and has a number of rooms and features. As always, here are my thoughts, both positive and negative:
|The bats can hang around!|
*The minifigures are all top notch. The vampires' faces glow in the dark. The Bat Monsters have some cool wing pieces. Both Rathebone (definitely an allusion to actor Basil Rathbone) and McHammer have a bionic limb of some kind (McHammer's robotic arm is very cool). Most figures have printed details on the front and rear of their torsos.
|Stirring up trouble for the Monster Fighters!|
|Jack McHammer opens up a secret passage!|
|Sneaking into the castle through the dungeon.|
|The ominous front gates!|
|"It's a trap!"|
|Lord Vampyre counts his jewels.|
*So far only the Bat Monsters are exclusive to this set (the Bride will come with the "Haunted House" this Fall and McHammer will come with "The Zombies" later this summer. Not a big deal, but worth mentioning.
|Jack McHammer finds a secret map!|
|A booby-trapped floor|
I love this castle. It has so many cool features and rooms that I can't stop staring at it and exploring it. While kids will surely have a blast with it, adult collectors will love the ambiance of the set and how it playfully implements many of the popular elements of classic horror films. As always seems to be the case with Lego products, the quality is exceptional. If you're interested in the castle and are able to pick it up before the price skyrockets as most Lego sets like this do about two years after they're released. You definitely shouldn't be displeased. It is a superb, imaginative set and I've actually used it as a basic to keep building a larger castle.While this is my main turret and tower, I've combined it with parts from the Hogwarts castle, Helm's Deep, and some of the older sets to create a giant castle for my Vampire to live in.
|The net launching sports car!|