Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Lego Monster Fighters


Lego Monster Fighters is a series of Lego playsets of various sizes and scales all based around one central theme, horror movie monsters and the badass dudes who hunt them! This toy line first hit shelves in May of 2012 but clearly seems the most at home here, during the spooktacular season of Halloween.

I picked up the Swamp Creature set, one of the smaller in the series. This one was only $6.99 and contains 70 Lego pieces. Monster Fighters rang anyplace from dirt ass cheap to incredibly expensive. The largest of the bunch being the $180 Haunted House setup, including a massive 2064 pieces and five different monster themed mini figures.

Swamp Creature
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These sets may have been out for a couple months now but I have not found them in my area until recently. I call this the 'pushover effect' in which items that are not technically Halloween related, suddenly become more visible during this time of year and sort of piggyback off the holiday. When the item is as neat as Lego Monster Fighters, I've no problem with it showing up right now.

As you can see from the front of the box, if this isn't technically a Halloween item it is clearly the next big thing. The spooky font, the green swamp monster, the full moon set in a dark night time sky... Lego might as well stamped the word 'HALLOWEEN' in big bold letters on the front of the box....
Swamp Creature
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Once opened, this is the contents of the box. One pile of 'special pieces' and the other includes your basic building blocks. Instructions are normally a thing which I would throw to the side but in the case of Lego's ... it is sort of mandatory if you want your set to look anything at all like what it is supposed to.

Side Note: Don't ever dump Lego's directly onto a board that has fake cobweb stretched over it. It may make for a good photo but it is a literal bitch to pick the smaller pieces out of.

Swamp Creature
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The star of the show is clearly the included Swamp Creature, an obvious play on 'The Creature from the Black Lagoon'. I don't know why Lego didn't just go the extra mile and get the proper Universal Studios trademark for the classic characters that clearly inspired this line. Other figures include Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, and a zombie or two.

Folks, we have ourselves a strong contender for 'Best New Halloween Item: 2012" sitting right in front of us. Proof by the fact that this set includes a dead Lego fish! That item alone is well worth the price of admission.

We should not discount the aforementioned Swamp Creature either. Just look at him! Look! He has gills, a spear, evil bright red and yellow eyes... gills, I cannot stress enough how awesome those gills are. I would have been perfectly complacent spending the $6.99 on just this set but Lego went ahead and gave us more. Fuck Christmas, Halloween is the season for giving.
 
Swamp Creature
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Each kit comes with a 'human hunter'. This specific figure looks like a cross between Bruce Campbell and Kurt Russell... in other words the coolest Lego figure that I currently own. And that is saying something, I own Yoda dressed as Santa Claus.


Our monster hunter figure would not be very good at his job if he did not have some sort of ultimate, badass killing machine to drive around... therefore fan-boat. This is the biggest piece in the set and the one you'll spend the most time building. In any other set this fan-boat, which comes complete with dual rocket launchers, would probably be the star of the show. Here it takes second best to the included Swamp Creature. Lot's of things take second place to the Swamp Creature, though.

Lego has really managed to capture both the look and feel of an old 80's B-Grade horror flick with this Monster Fighter line. Everything here just looks like it belongs on the set of an old Roger Coreman produced film. I can give Lego Monster Fighters my clear stamp of approval and easily put them into
 the running for best new item of 2012, a contest that I have officially decided to start doing!

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