http://www.brickshel...n.png_thumb.jpg http://www.brickshel...3.png_thumb.jpg http://www.brickshel...n.png_thumb.jpg http://www.brickshel...2.png_thumb.jpg http://www.brickshel...n.png_thumb.jpg http://www.brickshel...n.png_thumb.jpgI apologize for the light glare going on in some of these pics.The inside is pretty awesome, too. I think my two favorite rooms are the bedroom and the attic, since I feel they have the most going on in them. The stuff all being piled up in the attic is exactly as an attic should be; the only thing that would complete it is if there a couple of cobwebs floating around (rather than in the kitchen ). I've already talked about the other two stories, so no need to beat a dead horse.Let's also take this opportunity to look at the minifigs this set has to offer. Some of them you've seen already:
http://www.brickshel...e.png_thumb.jpg http://www.brickshel...k.png_thumb.jpg http://www.brickshel...e.png_thumb.jpg http://www.brickshel...k.png_thumb.jpg http://www.brickshel...t.png_thumb.jpg http://www.brickshel...e.png_thumb.jpgThis is the third set in which you can obtain Lord Vampyre, and if you don't want to grab Vampyre's Castle, this set gives you an alternative to obtain his bride as well. The ghost is the same as those in the Ghost Train save for the fact that he doesn't have traditional minifig legs, but instead a 1×2 plate on top of a 1×2 brick, making him one plate shorter than a normal minifig (the Ghost in the polybag promotional is the same). You get two of him in this set.This set also comes with two exclusive minifigures:PlayabilityThe other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with?While this set is geared toward AFOLs, it also has great potential for playing. You can make it the setting of a spooky LEGO story, like a bunch of kids breaking in and trying to prove they're brave by spending the night in the house, or as another battle site for Rodney Rathbone and his Monster Fighters to prevent the total eclipse of the sun.Or you could do what I do and pull the lever that makes the attic's stairs come down; the sound is so rewarding.Final ThoughtsOnce it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?If you have the cash, go and buy this set. It's 180 USD, but for over 2000 pieces and an awesome Halloween decoration that you spend hours building, it's a good treat (or trick).ProsWhat's to like?
- It's beautiful
- Seriously, just look at it
- Amazing detail
- Cool minifigures
- The price (justified by how ginormous it is)
- The back is bland (but who looks at the back?)