I like toys. Recently, when I saw the New Exclusive Mega Super Duper Yowza LEGO kit announcement, my inner Monster Kid did a jig. I wanted to share my squeaky enthusiasm with the werld but I had some reservations about posting this here. Too childish? Too, I don’t know, plastic? Luckily, I remembered that Zaftig is also a very talented LEGO enthusiast and probably wouldn’t mind. Coming out in September, take a look at this new addition to the Monster Fighters Collection!
Playing with toys like this helps inspire/energize/encourage/foster daydreams of my ideal Old House. Similar to Zaftig, I have fantasies about a gorgeous old treasure filled with workshops, secret gardens, animal playground, a monument to hard wood floors and high ceilings. But I very much insist that my old house be haunted. I mean, most houses are haunted (or will soon be) because houses take on the personalities of their inhabitants. You can strip the wallpaper, you can refinish the floors, you can firehose the entire place with methylene chloride but you can never remove the shades of the lives lived within Its walls.
I would like my house to be inhabited by cast of characters like the above. Here are the specs from the LEGO website:
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
Like I said, I love toys. Miniatures, models, I am a bonafide, genuine lifelong member of the Monster Squad. I never get tired of “The Monster Mash” song. I’ve seen James Whale’s 1932 The Old Dark House about a million times. And, like these things and the Universal Monsters, LEGO makes me happy. I’m sure you’ve seen lots of examples of outside-the-box MOC designs folks do. Some of them are just phenomenal. My favorite and a theme that fits here comes from Mike Doyle. He does the exquisitely detailed, lovingly decayed Victorian mansions. ALL LEGO!
About this piece, he says,
“I really love seeing things under or through other things. There is a certain magic to it. Here, we have rotting, degrading substructure under the shingles (which have fallen off). This is a cause and effect technique. I’m a big fan of showing (or implying) before and after in a natural way. It’s story-telling, really. It also is engaging – it draws the viewer in to ponder what has happened. Now, this technique is different than showing the action or act. The action is implied (in this case, gradual decay of house through winds and harsh weather).”
Visit his WEBSITE for more awesome photos of the rest of his abandoned series, “making of” details and other assorted fun stuff.