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Nightmare Before Christmas


The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie Boogie's Lair

Based on the classic Disney movie about a Christmas-loving Halloween skeleton, this LEGO Ideas project depicts Jack Skellington's final showdown with the evil Oogie Boogie. With Sally and Christmas Town's leader Santa Claus captured, it's up to Jack to stop Oogie Boogie and save them!


  • Jack Skellington
  • Sally
  • Oogie Boogie
  • Santa Claus


  • 4 minifigures, 3 of which with completely custom labels, and a brick-built robot
  • Oogie Boogie's doom wheel with spinning blades, lava pit, and deadly playing cards
  • Saw trap with ramp onto wheel
  • Oogie Boogie's "wheel of fortune" mounted on huge playing dice
  • Total 431 pieces

Minifigures~ Jack Skellington has custom head, torso, arm and leg decals depicting his skull grin and iconic pinstriped suit. Sally has a dual sided head--one face smiling, the other with a fearful expression. Sally has custom torso and front and side leg decals representing her ragdoll-like dress. These decals were very difficult to make but I am pleased with how they turned out. With Oogie Boogie, after trying many different brick-built methods, I decided to go with a regular minifigure body with the head piece used for Patrick Star in a different color from the LEGO Spongebob theme. If at all possible (at the discretion of the LEGO Ideas board) I believe it would be a great feature to make all or part of Oogie Boogie's body with glow in the dark plastic to match his appearance in "Oogie Boogie's Song." Lastly I included a brick build of one of Oogie Boogie's cowboy-like robots with a stud shooter gun. 

The Wheel~ I looked very closely at footage of the film to make this giant roulette wheel as accurate as possible. It is a very stable build that will hold up in play. The rim of the wheel is decorated with black spikes and protrusions inspired by Tim Burton's art and architecture within the film. The surface and base of the wheel has neon-colored bricks providing color that compliments the dark bricks. A very unique feature of both play and display value is the four playing cards. These cards fold down to become a part of the wheel, having decorative stickers on their backs, and when standing up have swords that can be posed in threatening positions. These cards have custom decals representing the king of spades. In the center of the wheel is the infamous 8-ball with spinning blades. These blades spin independently of the 8-ball and can fold up or down into the lava pit. 

Saw Trap~ Connected to one side of the wheel is a ramp to send a spinning fiery saw blade down into Jack. There is a pin with a red ball (see diagram above) that keeps the blade atop the flume-like ramp. Pull the pin out (1) and the saw blade will roll down the ramp onto the big wheel. There is a chain connected to a pair of handcuffs that you can use to hang a captured Sally (or Santa) at the top of the ramp.

Wheel of Fortune~ Straight from the movie, I recreated the design of the "wheel of fortune" in a decal upon a 6x6 parabolic dish. A simple crank turns the wheel 360 degrees. Included in this set is a neck bracket that can be used to attach Santa Claus onto this wheel. A faux lever is included to pretend that Oogie Boogie is controlling the spinning. The wheel of fortune is mounted upon oversized dice with decals representing Oogie Boogie's unique playing dice. A neon-yellow bat and neon-red skull are included in this setup for extra decoration and homage to the film.

Why YOU should SUPPORT~ The Nightmare Before Christmas is a unique classic with a huge following. Even over 10 years after release, Nightmare's movie and its merchandise still pack stores--especially those at Disneyland-- and a LEGO set of this movie would sell extremely well. Since LEGO already has connections with Disney, obtaining the rights to Nightmare would not be difficult. A huge reason to support is that Nightmare Before Christmas has a huge variety of audience. Kids, teens, and adults all love Nightmare Before Christmas, boys and girls alike. While many LEGO sets are aimed at boys, though some themes are aimed exclusively at girls, this set would be attractive to boys and girls alike of all ages. This set would make a great gift for Christmas, or any other time of the year. 

So click that SUPPORT button and make this happen! Thanks for reading!

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