2015 Play Box Haunted House set (which I have and which might show up this year, too) but don't be fooled as the Take Along Haunted House is a completely different and much larger set. I love the often bizarre charm of Playmobil and every few years I seem to return to it to pick up a few items that interest me and, believe me pals, a haunted house playset definitely caught my attention. I originally considered making this the review for Halloween, but I believe I have something even spookier awaiting you. Any questions? Ok then! Let's get ready to tour the Take Along Haunted House...
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 5 inches Closed, 16 x 8 1/2 x 5 inches Open
Includes: House, three figures, and a ton of accessories
Non-Scalper Price: $40 dollars
* Here's the outside of the spooky old house. As you can see it has a very colonial feel to it. The lanterns are separate pieces although the light effect is just a sticker wrapped around a tube-like piece. The broken wood planks above the door are also simply a sticker. I do love the eyes peering out, though. The door and windows are simply a facade and, sadly, they do not actually open.
* The set is actually hinged on both sides and it can open either way. From here you can see the rear of the set, which is completely blank. The roof is nicely shingled and there is a convenient carrying handle for kids (or collectors, no judgment) who may want to carry this around with them.
* Once you open the haunted house you'll need to put down the two floor tiles to create your play area. Inside you have the two halves of the house and lots of floor space to play around in.
* On the left side/ front of the house is the front door (part of a cardboard backdrop that fits into the frame) and a loft.
* On the loft are two very cool grotesques of a sort and a torch. I'm not sure they quite fit the style of the house but I can appreciate their presence here all the same. The torch is removable from its holder and can be carried around by any klicky who needs a light. The flame is even removable so it can be carried around as an unlit torch, too.
* Here is the loft! It's a bit cramped up here but it has a working trap door so klickies can access it or be dropped down from it.
* The right side/ rear of the house seems to makeup the sets laboratory complete with lots of charts and a blackboard. Like the front of the house, most of these details are simply a cardboard backdrop held on to the frame.
* This spider and web is an actual piece, though. The web hangs from a clip up in the top of the house. The spider has a little hole in it that can fit on a few small pegs on the web. It takes a few tries to get the absurdly large and bright spider on the web but, once on, she stays put quite well.
* Here is the scientist's directions for building a monster. As you can see, the directions show a monster that looks like a klicky. Kind of a cool little feature.
* On the left are a bunch of chemistry related scrawlings on a blackboard.
* Let's start checking out the residents of the haunted house, shall we? First up is this spooky vampire. I have a few Playmobil vampires but not this one. I love his blood red cape, pinstriped vest, and curly... mustache? Yup, this vampire is dapper as all get out.
* Next up is this colonial looking fellow. Again, Playmobil does some strange mixing of parts so have no clue when and where this set is supposed to take place. The 18th century, maybe? This guy looks like he should be riding down the street warning is that the British are coming but, instead, he is chilling out in a haunted laboratory trying to make monsters. That's cool, too. I love his vest and the little bat trinket hanging off of his tricorne hat.
* For when stuff gets messy this unshaven inventor can throw on his apron. It is guarantees to keep off monster guts and other nasty substances.
* Last, and not least, is this really unusual looking monster. He is definitely not a traditional looking Frankenstein styled creature. He's more zombie-like. He's green, wrapped in bandages, bald, and is wearing... a headband? Maybe this set takes place in the 1980s? I am so confused. I dig the set, but I'm just confused.
* To keep this guy under control he comes with some manacles. They're made from plastic (I actually had a Playmobil ghost as a kid that had a real metal ball and chain) but they seem quite durable.
* What good is a haunted house without some haunted furniture, right? First up is a coffin for the vampire. The front of the coffin has a spooky sticker on it showing off a skull and crossbones, a bat, and the Roman numerals 1017. Wait, so is this a new coffin and this set takes place in 1017 (which can't be right) or has this vampire been around since 1017, over 400 years before the birth of Vlad the Impaler, the historical Dracula. What is going on? Wait, wasn't that Bohr's model of the atom on the blackboard? That wasn't conceived of until 1913. This set takes place in the 1900s?
* Open up the coffin and there is plenty of room for this ancient vampire to chill out in. There are also four handles so that four klickies can act as pallbearers and carry the coffin around.
* To keep some of the lab equipment and writing implements in place the inventor has this nice shelving unit. It has two shelves and a nice image of a bat on top.
* There is also a really cool little chemistry table. It is made of four parts and my 5 year old was very, very proud that she built it herself without looking at the directions.
* There is also a very cool matching...chair? Is this a chair? Yup, I think so. It's quite cool and it looks great by the door. That way the monsters have somewhere to sit when they take their shoes off.
* This set comes with the full chemistry set: Alembic with stand, burner with flame, a funnel, an Erlenmeyer flask, and a volumetric flask. The pieces are really nicely colored to stand out. I loved these pieces as a kid and I'm kind of glad Playmobil is still using them. These accessories just interact really well together as the funnel and the alembic spout fit in the bottles while the burner fits underneath the alembic's pot.
* Maybe the coolest thing in this set is this collection of four jars with mysterious labels. What do these include? It appears they are filled with beetles, spiders, frogs, and snakes. Definitely a bit of something icky brewing up here. The caps are removable (my set actually came with five caps) but you can't actually put anything inside of the jars.
* To write correspondence with other mad scientists or to fill his journals with insane, arcane ramblings, the inventor has a quill and an inkwell that can sit on the desk.
* What is in this mysterious greenish black bottle? Some ancient elixir? The secret of life? Hooch? Who knows!
* Even when you're living in a haunted house you gotta keep the place clean. Otherwise you'll get ants. To help, the set comes with an eerie bucket and a broom that once belonged to someone accused of being a witch. Oooh!!
* Here's an open book filled with the ramblings of the mad inventor. Lots of unusual scrawling on how to build a person out of random body parts. If anyone here studied much biology, can you tell me if this is fairly accurate? I need to know. For science.
* Every haunted house needs some rats and a skull and, believe me, Playmobil doesn't leave you hanging. Want a skull? Bam. Here's your skull. Want rats? Boom. How about two!
Here are a few more shots of the inside of the house!
And one more of the Vampire!