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“To-to-to be or not to-to-to be, that is the question…"
This classic line, stuttered by a parrot, from the ‘Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot’ adventure story is one that all fans of “Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators” will remember, be they fans who grew up reading the books in the 60s, 70s, 80s or even 90s, or German-speaking fans who maybe fell in love with the series thanks to the radio plays that are still produced there today!
“We investigate anything!”
Welcome to the world of 'The Three Investigators' and to the Jones Salvage Yard, home to their secret headquarters – an old 30-foot mobile trailer, hidden among the piles of junk and transformed into the centre of operations for the three young detectives! Their HQ contains secret exits, a small lab and darkroom, an office and a purpose-built periscope to monitor events outside! The adults have forgotten about the trailer and only The Three Investigators know it’s there. They keep it a mystery by using secret passageways to enter and exit the trailer, including Tunnel Two, an entrance that runs from their outdoor workshop, beneath some junk and under the headquarters, entering through a trap door!
Based on a highly-popular series of books “Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators”, created by Robert Arthur Jr. in 1964, this set includes the teenage sleuths - Jupiter Jones, Peter Crenshaw and Bob Andrews - as well as Jupiter’s Uncle Titus, owner of the junkyard. The boys live in Rocky Beach, California, a town on the Pacific Coast a few miles from Hollywood and use their spare time to solve any mysteries that come their way. The boys use different coloured chalk to sign their trademark “?” as a sign for the others or to mark their trails. As Jupe himself says, “The question mark is the universal symbol of something unknown. We are prepared to solve any puzzle, riddle, mystery, enigma or conundrum what may be brought to us”. Indeed, no case is too strange or mysterious for them, including art thieves, whispering mummies, green ghosts, vanishing treasure, screaming clocks and much more! The boys are aided in their adventures by having the use of a vintage gold-plated Rolls-Royce and chauffeur, Worthington, which Jupiter won the use of in a contest!
In the ‘Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot’ adventure the boys follow the trail of seven missing parrots and attempt to solve the clues that lead to a missing treasure! Along the way they must pit their wits against a series of mysterious characters, including Mr. Cladius and the infamous Huganay, who will stop at nothing to find the parrots first! Jupe and the others are helped in the mystery by Carlos, a local boy who knows about the parrots. What better way to rediscover this great adventure than to relive it in LEGO?!
The set includes The Three Investigators HQ and its many secret entrances:
- Red Gate Rover leading through the multi-coloured fence surrounding the yard and painted by local artists. This part of the fence depicts a great fire in San Fransisco and the latch to open up the fence panel is hidden next to the painting of a dog!,
- Green Gate One and its sea scene, leading to Jupiter’s outdoor toolshop and the boy’s rebuilt printing press and then through a secret panel and into Tunnel Two,
- Easy Three, a false door leading into the front of the trailer and that can only be opened with a key, cleverly hidden in a box of other keys in the yard!
The trailer roof can be removed for easy access and playability and two swing-out, hinged panels at the back of the trailer provide a view inside the detective’s hideout!
Also featured in the idea are The Three Investigator's famous vintage Rolls-Royce and chauffeur and friend, Worthington and the yard pick-up truck, as well as items of scrap and junk from which the boys regularly transform and rebuild their equipment, including personal radios, a tape-recorder and their HQ phone and loud-speaker system.
You hope that you like the idea and we look forward to reading your comments!
- NLR Creations
If you like this set idea you might also like to have a look at some of our other LEGO ideas, including an original Story Carousel idea inspired by Charles Dickens classic tale “A Christmas Carol” - https://ideas.lego.com/projects/55939cef-7959-4411-8d6e-e0237122ecef or the medieval-themed minigolf course from the children’s book and indy game “Knights and Bikes” - https://ideas.lego.com/projects/da125024-4b08-45f5-b976-123f9a2377a7!