Hello fellow BZPers and Guests!
Just a heads-up; I have never done a review before. Any and all Comments and Critricism is VERY appreciated. Also, I apologize in advance for the poor camera quality.
In the dead of night, an ominous glow catches the eye of Jack McHammer. His fears are confirmed where, upon his visit to the graveyard, he finds that new players have risen in the game of survival; the dead. Learn here the secrets of Monster Fighters newest set: The Zombies.
So, most people, from what I've seen, start with the box... because, you know, the entire reason you made this purchase is for the cardboard.
Yeah, I'm going to pretty much skip that bit this time around. However, there was one part of the box that caught my eye. I was wondering how the official story... thing... would accomodate a new moonstone in this series. Thankfully, some light has been shed on this subject:
I'm not too sure if you can make that out perfectly, but the zombie moonstone apparently replaces the mummy moonstone in the whole "block the sun with the moon" thing. =/ I am disappoint.
So, after opening the box, I decided to display all of the pieces out as I needed them. If you want to see the pictures (some of them are a bit blurry), then you can find them in the following links.
Bag One (Car)
Bag Two (Car and Graves)
Bag Three (Building Base)
Bag Four (Building complete)
So, let's take a look at our minifigs!
Yes, the Zombie Bride has a flip face. There isn't too much of a difference in her expression from what I can tell (one seems dead inside and the other is a bit more smiley. It gives me a bit of a fem-fatale vibe).
These guys have a pretty nice quality to them (like all minifigs from the Monster Fighters Series in my opinion). Not to mention I LOVE how two of these zombies are a bride and groom. Why? Well, let's scroll down a bit, shall we?
'Till death do us part? That's just silly. They look so happy and so in focus! I can just imagine their wedding day; the little children and werewolves throwing fingers and bones at the newly weds. ^^ (Or you know, that image may be different if they were alive at that point. XP)
I could have daaaanced all night. I could have daaanced all night, iiif my liiimbs were glued
So, back to business. Let's start with how the car's gear functions work (because the idea of two giant hammers smashing stuff while driving is BRILLIANT!)
It's pretty basic, but it still makes for a fun toy. Two gears and a few axels. The only issue I have with this is the way the hammers turn. When the car moves forward, the hammers do not smash into the ground like I expected. Let me try to explain with a visual:
(Hehehe... SMASH!) Now, if I were to push the car forward, the hammer there would actually turn clockwise. This would lift the hammer off of the zombie instead of squashing him like a bug. The way the hammers work actually kinda acts like a polo match; Only instead of orbs, the hammers fling zombies through the air.
Though, I suppose this might prevent the car from getting stuck (I'm not sure how easily things would go if that zombie got stuck on under the hammer).
Code Zombie... CODE ZOMBIE! D=
Onto the building!
Now, the base of the building has a cauldron that you can launch via a lever in the base. Here are a few pictures to show how this is accomplished:
In that last picture, you can also make out the trick to opening both graves at once. To do this, you simply need to turn the moonstone.
Hmm... Seems legit...
OH MY GOSH, ZOMBIES! D=
Also, here's a close-up look at the new moonstone. Now available in BRAAIIINS pink! 8D
So, now that we've got that taken care of, it's time to rate this set.
Here's what I like:
- OMG, zombies! 8D
- Three functions (Graves, Car hammers and Cauldron flinging. That's actually pretty good for just one set)
- Four quality minifigures
- Dat Car
- Jack McHammer is adorable ^^ (And he has a metal arm... That's pretty bamf)
- New Moonstone (with a zombie arm breaking through the ground. You have to admit that image is pretty bamf).
What I didn't like:
- The lack of a brains piece. =/
- The Zombie bride cannot fit into the graves because of her dress piece (annoying. =/)
- Hammers... Y U NO SPIN THE WAY I WANT YOU TO?!?!
- The price of this set is rounded up to $40 USD (by one penny. And that's a US penny too. XP. While it isn't cheap, it is also a cool set).
I should also mention the PPB (or Price Per Brick) for The Zombies. The set comes with 447 pieces. That's around 11 bricks per USD. Considering the sizes of these bricks range from moderate to small, that's pretty fair (for my experience at least).
So, what do I think overall? Perhaps this can best be explained by my associate. So, Jem, what are your thoughts?
This set is outrageous! Truly truly truly outrageous! Whoa~
That about sums it up.
If any of you have some LEGO VIP points saved up like I did and you want a moderately pricey set, then this is one I would suggest. It's one of the better Monster Fighters sets out there in my opinion (and thanks to my brothers, I have seen, in person, every single set in this line).