Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Ghostbusters Ecto 1 Set Review

October 31, 2014

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Although I built this set a while ago, I’ve been saving this for Halloween. 😉

Ghostbusters is one of my favorite Halloween comedies, has been for years — although I clearly remember being afraid of the ghosts when the movie came out, I was 7 after all. So when this set came out it was a must have! Back to the Future just didn’t do it for me, still haven’t picked up that set, but this one, yes, I needed it. Okay, needed is rather strong. Really, really wanted is more like it.

The box art is awesome
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I love the back especially, I just wish the set came with proton packs that actually glowed. 😀

The instruction booklet is really nice with a cool pic from the movie so you can see the real life versions,
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and their LEGO counterparts.
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The parts are pretty decent
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Especially the set exclusives
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Okay technically the dark red 1×1 round with hole is also in Emmet’s Construction Mech as part of Angry Uni-Kitty, but its still rather rare as a part. And all the printed elements are set exclusive as are the printed torsos for the Ghostbusters.

The figs have happy faces — sorry for the dark lighting, it doesn’t capture Winston too well
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As well as scared faces when they come upon something really scary
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The build is a nice one too with some really cool techniques like the white and red trim on the back.
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The finished model really captures the look of the movie car
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Fun Ghostbusters related fact —

LEGOLAND California used to have a Ghostbusters scene that they put out every Halloween

One of my first assignments was to rebuild the hearse that was in the New Orleans Miniland area after the original one (that was tan — why tan, I have no idea) was stolen. As I didn’t have the original one the only way I could build it was to reverse engineer the hearse from the Ecto 1 model.

Then, several years later, right before I left LEGOLAND California I built a Halloween version of the Hearse that is still used every year for Brick or Treat.

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Happy Halloween every one and may the Holidays commence!

Batty Bat — 40090 Set Review

October 29, 2014

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There’s a lot of really cool parts in this set.
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Its a pretty simple build, and really cute. Open the wings…
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And poof, a pumpkin appears! 😀
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Boo!

October 31, 2012

Boo!

Found this awesome picture by Walter Benson that’s just perfect for Halloween night.

Its a modified version of the polybag set that was available at Target.

Even without the scary lighting, the model looks pretty cool
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Just the thing to add a bit of LEGO fright on this spooky night. Happy Halloween! 😉

Curiosity

October 30, 2012

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This isn’t exactly Halloween related, but heck, its cool so who cares? 😀

Grandpappy’s robot only wants to pet the kitty, what’s wrong with that. And honest, he didn’t mean to scare the little girl so much she would lose her ice cream.

There’s so much that’s cool about this model. The little details of the fence, sidewalk, and the little girl’s face make it just plain awesome!

LEGO Haunted House 10228 Set Review

October 24, 2012

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I can’t let October pass by without reviewing the largest Halloween themed set ever. At $180 USD and 2064 parts it is hefty in both parts and price point. Yes its expensive, but with all the sand green goodness that comes in the set, I’m willing to forgive LEGO for it. 😉

As I’ve mentioned previously I’ve wanted a Haunted House model since I was a little girl and even though I could easily create my own, this one is very satisfying as a set.

I have to admit, I get bored with a lot of smaller sets now a days. There’s nothing wrong with them per se, its just that after building models that are several feet long, I look at very few of the sets as more than just parts packs that haven’t been broken up yet. Okay, I’m not that bad, but I do have a tendency to only build the set once and then part it and any multiples of the same set I get.

So, onto the review —

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Here’s what all the parts look like in their packages. Not that exciting, but its fun to go from this to a completed set.

There are two #1 bags and 3 instruction books.
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The first step is naturally to build all the figures.
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The the next step is to build all the furniture:
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You will probably notice that I won’t have any stickers on my model, I normally don’t use the stickers. Although I am very tempted with this set, as they are pretty cool.

The #2 bags is where we start the actual building.
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Now with all large builds I normally sort the parts out before I start to build. It makes it a lot more orderly to build and although it takes time at the start, it saves time in the end.
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Here’s what it looks like after all of the #2 bags are used
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Here’s what it looks like after #3
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And here’s midway through #4
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Here’s the mostly finished model, with only the roof top and gate to be built.
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Somehow I didn’t take a picture of the model finished, but trust me, it looks like the one on the box 😀

The model took me about 4 and a half hours (build time will vary depending on person and circumstances). 😉

My take on the model — AWESOME!!! It was a great build and it has some excellent parts, so much so that I’m really, really tempted to get a second one. My only criticism is that it needs more ghosts, but I can fix that.

It is a definite must buy for any LEGO, Halloween, or Haunted House enthusiast!

“What is this?”

September 19, 2012

What is this?

With Halloween just around the corner and Christmas not far behind (okay not really 😉 ) Matt Armstrong has created Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas.

Of course after he’s built it its obvious to use the new decorated face element from the The Ghost Train as Jack’s face, but then Matt has a talent for using parts in interesting and awesome ways.

The Haunted House of my Dreams

June 9, 2012

I’m sure everyone has a “MOC Bucket List” — the models you dream of making some day. I’ve had a MOC list for a very long time. Ever since I was little I’ve had certain models that I’ve wanted to make — an entire castle valley, a Miniland scale house, and — a Haunted House. (Just to name a few)

We got a brief glimpse in the Ultimate Collector R2-D2 video when the model was “accidentally” left on the table. 😉

Well now we can see it in all its awesomeness and LEGO has come up with one as good as anything I could have built!

Introducing the 10228 Haunted House

10228 Haunted House
Ages 14+. 2,064 pieces.
US $179.99 CA $199.99 DE 149.99 € UK 119.99 £ DK 1499 DKK
Enter the Haunted House at your peril!
The crooked Haunted House is home to the scariest ghosts and monsters. Tremble in fear as you open the gate, go weak at the knees as you step onto the porch and gasp in horror at the fireplace, kitchen, office, folding staircase, bedroom, potion room, music room and collection of other creepy objects. Dare you enter the Haunted House?!
• Add to your LEGO® Monster Fights Collection with the first officlal LEGO® Haunted House!
• Includes 6 minifigures: 2 glow-in-the-dark ghosts, Vampyre, Vampyre’s Bride, Zombie chef and butler
• Features unique ‘crooked’ design featuring boarded up windows and working front gate.
• Haunted House opens to reveal detailed interior with 3 floors.
• First floor features fireplace that swings open and displays a ship in a bottle on the mantle.
• Cook up a ghoulish meal with the Zombie chef in the kitchen complete with old-style stove, jars and table.
• Write letters from the Vampyre’s haunted office.
• Pull the lever hidden in the chimney to release the drop down staircase and access the top floor.
• Top floor features gramophone, records and newspaper LEGO® elements.
• Customize the Haunted House with new stickers for wall hangings, spider webs and curtains.
• Measures 15.4” (39cm) high, 9.4” (24cm) wide and 7.5” (19cm) deep

At $180 USD its a little pricey, but the sand green, interior details, and the sheer coolness of the design make up for the price. And its out in September, conveniently right before Halloween. 8)

This year is really pushing my wallet to the breaking point, but LEGO just keeps coming out with such cool sets! 😀

Tricky Treats

October 31, 2011

I was looking for something fun and unique for this Halloween post. Of course it has to be LEGO related. That’s my main rule with this blog, not that I can’t break it if I want to. 😉

But anyway, so I was looking on Flickr and found this
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And it led me to the Sugar Swings blog and how they were made. Its similar to the chocolate peanut butter bricks I made a couple of years ago.

The non-decorated ones are almost as cool
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And the final result is just plain tasty 🙂
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Happy Halloween every one and may you get LEGO and chocolate in your Trick or Treat bags. 😀

Happy Hello Kitty Halloween

October 21, 2011

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Schneider Cheung has created this adorable set of Hello Kitties all dressed up for Halloween. 🙂

I really like the Skeleton Kitty
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And the Vampire Kitty
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Not only has he dressed Hello Kitty up as Halloween Characters, but also as iconic McDonald’s characters too
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These kitties are so cute you just want to hug them! Of course as they are LEGO, they would be a little sharp, but its worth it. 😀

BrickCon, just around the corner

September 27, 2011

BrickCon 2011 T-shirt Design by BrickShirts

There are only a couple of days to go until the last US LEGO Con of the year will be under way. I know I’m excited! 😀

As I will once again be a vendor, I’ve created a lot of fun new items to sell. I’ve also got lots of new vinyl window sticker designs, some premiering for the first time and perfect for Halloween. 😉

I have to say, my favorite is the new skeleton.

I will also be showing my Remembering 9/11 mosaic, along with an updated version of my Dreyer’s Truck that was originally designed when I worked at LEGOLAND California. There may be a couple more MOCs, but it all depends on if I get them done.

If any of you are going, stop by my booth and say hi! And for all those who can’t make it, I will do my best to cover it for you.

Now, back to packing . . . 😀