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"It's Alive! It's Alive! IT'S ALIVE!"
Based on the iconic film franchise spanning the 1930s to 1950s, the "Classic Monster Collection" features iconic scenes from Universal Pictures' classic monster movies. Nearly a century after they were initially released, these movies are still relevant and the characters are beloved. Having spent many of my formative years in Orlando, FL visiting the "Monster Cafe" at Universal Studios, the Universal Classic Monsters series has always held my fascination. I'm delighted to share my take on them with Lego Ideas!
The set consists of about ~850 pieces & 6 minifigs divided into 6 connectable display stands, each one displaying a scene from their respective film. While Lego has released sets based on similar monster designs, they have never done anything with these characters in this format before! This set is certain to be extremely popular, especially for fans of the fan-favorite theme "Monster Fighters" - which influences aspects of this set's design. Once the set is built, Count Dracula can haunt the halls of his castle by candlelight. Or- you can recreate the moment when Frankenstein’s monster came to life in the laboratory. Imhotep’s tomb has a lot of treasure to uncover, but there are also dangerous critters too. The Black Lagoon is protected by the Creature, who doesn’t take too kindly to trespassers. The full moon transforms the poor Larry Talbot into the uncontrollable Wolfman in the cemetery outside the village. And finally, the Bride of Frankenstein can be found on a stormy night in her Victorian study. She seems to be writing a book - a nod to the author of the original Frankenstein, Mary Shelley. The Universal Monster Minifigs included in the set are Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolfman, and The Bride Of Frankenstein.
Each scene is built on an 8 x 8 platform with a printed tile displaying the logo of the featured film. They can be connected together in any order using technic pins, allowing for them to be displayed together or in multiple segments. Ideally, each scene would come with separate directions so that up to six people could build at once! This would be a perfect seasonal release, especially with the return of Count Dracula in Universal Pictures' Renfield.
Many thanks to the designers out there who played around with similar ideas before me. Also, want to thank the online community for helping me source files for these old parts! Please consider sharing my project, every support helps!