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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!

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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. 😀

Scary Monsters & Super Creeps

October 29, 2010

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Here is yet another excellent example of a Halloween MOC (My Own Creation) by Andrew Lee.

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I love the roof design and the run-down rickety feel of the whole building. Great job Andrew!

The Haunted House I wish I built

October 27, 2010

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I’ve always wanted to make a truly stunning Haunted House but Tyler Clites did it first. There are so many cool features to this model and the lighting of the photo is excellent.

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The close up details draw me in and I would love to see this model in person.

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Even the back is amazing and I love the use of old and light grey for the siding. 🙂

This is such a wonderful Halloween model and I bow down to Tyler’s building skills!

Life’s a Beach

September 3, 2010

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Joshua Morris is known for his elaborate and creative MOCs (My Own Creations) and his newest is no exception. At first glance it looks like a pretty simple beach scene that he made primarily to show off all his new Collectible Minifigure Series 2 figs. But as you look closer you see the level of detail he’s put into this model.

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I love how the Pharaoh is making sphinx and the Spartan is making a sand castle. 🙂

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The wave the surfer is riding is an excellent use of a simple curving technique.

Great job Joshua!

Eurobricks Raffel and Mystery Treasure Hunt

August 30, 2010

Just like everyone else, the members of Eurobricks are searching for the new Series 2 Collectible Minifigures. But they are doing it in a fun and interesting way. A combination of a scavenger hunt and a raffle all rolled into one their newest contest is a bit of both. If you’ve been drooling to get your hands on the Pop Singer, Karate Master, Pharaoh, or any of the other figures this might be your chance.

They are systematically unveiling a figure a day and giving you a hint at where in the vast Eurobricks forums to find them. Once all 16 are revealed (they are on figure #5) you have to compile a list of the exact link of where the figures are and send it in. If your list is correct then you get put in the raffle for a chance to win one of the 16 figures.

I guess I’m not all that good at guessing the clues, I only found the first one so far and the others seem to stump me pretty good. Not that I’ve tried very hard. 😉

If you are not already a member of Eurobricks, then unfortunately you can’t enter. But if you are, this is a fun and interesting way to win one of the new figures. You can read all the official rules of the contest and then get hunting. Good luck! 🙂

Collectible Minifigure Series 2 starting to show up in the US

August 18, 2010

While Europe has had the new Collectible Minifigures for a while now, they are slowly starting to trickle over on this side of the pond.

There has been only one confirmed sighting that I know of so far, at least among my friends. Tony Sava down in Texas found them at his local Toys “R” Us. I imagine that if it is a one TRU, than it will be at many soon.

Like Series 1, this is a small production run. So if you see them, get them, as they will most likely disappear just as fast or faster than the previous set.

I don’t know what will be the “hot” figures from this set. There definitely seems to be more winners than losers in this one. There are so many fun new elements, my favorite being the tiny Minifig trophy the karate master has.

There is a very nicely done review of all the figures on Eurobricks and Tony was nice enough to compile a barcode sheet for the US.

What’s even more exciting is that Steve Witt confirmed LEGO already has up through Series 5 designed and that they will keep making them as long as they are popular.

I look forward to the hunt and good luck at finding your favorites! 🙂

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 2

May 18, 2010

Grogall of Eurobricks has provided us with the first hi-res images of the LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 2.

There are quite a few wonderful gems in this set. The Pharaoh, the Centurion, and the Surfer all look really cool. I have to say, one of my favorites is the Karate master with the trophy. 🙂

The coolest thing is that when I was at Bricks by the Bay Mads Nipper said that the plan for these collectible minifigures is to have two series a year until they either run out of ideas or they stop being popular. From the vast popularity that is already evident both on and off the internet I don’t think that will happen anytime soon. 😉