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Fantastic fun with the undead!
on September 6, 2012
When I was growing up, zombies toys (well, really zombie anything) was hard to come by. I remember having a Ghostbusters zombie when I was quite young and just as I was entering highschool Toy Biz began releasing action figures based off of the Resident Evil video game series. These days, however, zombies are everywhere, and that includes Lego sets. One of the newest releases in the Monster Fighters theme is simply titled "The Zombies" and is a mausoleum playset with 3 zombie figures, 1 human monster fighter, and a massive truck armed with giant hammers to brain any of the undead who stand in your way. As you can tell, I'm pretty excited about this set. Here's why:
Piece Count- 447 pieces, 1 instruction manual
Minifigures included- Jack McHammer, Zombie Bride, Zombie Groom, Zombie Driver
* First of all, I gotta say that the minifigures are really, really cool. The Lego zombie from the 1st series of individual minifigures is really rare and quite expensive: here's a chance to gra three zombies in one go. The zombie bride might be one of my favorite minifigures ever, as she is very detailed and manages to be both cute and creepy at the same time (not many girls pull that off well). Her head is doublesided as well, giving her two distinct facial expressions: a hopeless, open mouthed stare and a slightly evil smirk. The Zombie groom, driver, and Jack McHammer are all excellent minifigures as well, although Jack and the driver are available in other sets.
*The graveyard set is a very atmospheric piece that would would good outside of your Vampyre castle, Haunted House, or any other slightly spooky Lego set. I love sets that add environmental touches to a Lego display and this mausoleum is well designed. It features "broken" steps flanked by torches leading up into the mausoleum, vines growing around the outside of the unkept crypt, a "stained glass" window, ornate details on top of the stucture, and a pedestal for the Zombie moonstone. Really nicely desinged build.
*The set features some fun play features that work well. When you pivot the moonstone on it pedestal, the two tombs flanking the mausoleum spring open allowing the zombies inside to "rise" from their graves. Spooky stuff! There's also a cauldron of bones and other stuff (little translucent green bits) that sits inside the mausoleum. With the push of a lever, the cauldron can go flying covering any trespassers with a nasty concoction. There's a glow in the dark spider, too.
*Lastly, let me say that the hammer truck is beyond cool. It doesn't work the way you expect it to (the hammers seem to rotate the opposite way of how you would imagine them to rotate) but it still produces a very cool effect. The truck is nicely designed with a killer engine and a plow on the front to wade through zombie hordes. There's also a gunners station in the bed of the truck which features four of the flick fire missiles which Lego has been using lately. One of the neatest vehicles in this series!
*My only negative in this set is that the zombie bride cannot properly fit in the tombs because of her dress and hair and the zombie groom can only fit if you remove his top hat.
Overall: I'm loving almost everything Lego offers in the Monster Fighters series and the zombies might be one of my favorite sets yet. I love how good all these sets look together so I'm excited to see if Lego producs more offerings in this theme. I hope they do, because if the zombies proves anything, its that Lego can really do some fun things with the legions of the undead.