"The Haunted House is an amazing set. It is both fun and challenging to build. The fun part of displaying and playing with the Haunted House is not necessarily in its functionality (although it was a great idea to make it open on hinges), but is in its details. My daughter and I both love Halloween and the Haunted House is the perfect center piece for the Monster Fighters theme.
To add a little functionality, we modified the top spire by making the top of it rotate. For anyone so interested, here's the pieces we used:
1. One 2X2 turntable plate (which includes the 2X2 square base and round 2X2 spinner which snaps into the base). 2. One black 4X4 plate. 3. Two black 1X2 flat plates. 4. Two black 1X4 flat plates. 5. One medium grey sign post with a 2X2 base. 6. One black 1X1 conical-shaped round brick.
Build the spire exactly as directed by the instructions, except do not add the hand rails and round corner elements to the top of the spire. Instead, install these onto the black 4X4 plate which will serve as the top piece of the spire. In the center of black 4X4 plate, connect the sign post with the 2X2 base and add the black 1X1 conical-shaped round brick to the top of the sign post, this will serve as your spinner mechanism.
On top of the spire, place the 2X2 turntable plate in the center of the top of the spire, then add the two 1X2 and 1X4 black plates around the edges of the turntable (this fills in the gaps so that it looks like one solid piece).
Now attach your black 4X4 plate with hand rails, round corner pieces, and spinner to the turntable. You now have a spinning spire top that you can attach your ghosts and other flying monsters to and spin them around like they are flying around the spire of the house (particularly fun to do at night when the ghosts are glowing).
As you can see from the pictures, we also made our own Headless Horseman. Another challenge for the brave Monster Fighters to tackle!"
"This is an outstanding Lego Star Wars set that recreates the iconic opening scenes of Return of the Jedi. My daughter and I are both Star Wars and Lego fans and we built this together. The rancor set is a perfect compliment. However, when the palace section is stacked upon the Rancor pit, it leaves no platform for the guard tower section of the palace to stand on. So we had the idea of creating our own platform that would support the guard tower as well as serve as the prison level in Jabba's palace, where Han Solo is reunited with Chewbacca after being freed from stasis in the carbonite casing. We ended up using some Lego castle wall elements and other parts to build the prison platform, and although it's not really movie realistic, it enhances the play experience. We made the prison platform modular to enhance the play experience withing the prison cells. So we thought we'd upload some pictures and perhaps inspire other builders to come up with their own ideas to add to the existing sets. We find with many Lego sets that there are opportunities to add small touches to build your own additions to increase the play experience. That's the true strength of Lego building toys, and Jabba's Palace is a perfect example. Great set!"
"This is a cool little set that I purchased for my 5 year old that we enjoyed building together. For a small and simple build, the truck packs a lot of detail and is very reminiscent of a modified Ford Bronco that had the rear portion of the roof removed. Here's a few simple modifications that can enhance the building and play experience (nice that Lego provided some extra space to work with to make your own unique modifications to the vehicle):
1. The set included 2 extra translucent yellow 1X1 round plates that we added to the two empty studs below the front bumper plate as fog lights. 2. If you have a couple spare 1X2 grooved plates, they can be attached to the bottom of the truck below the side window openings to create a mini side step. 3. A coupling plate can be easily added to the rear bottom of the truck that provides the capability to add a trailer that adds to the playability of the vehicle. You'll have to use your imagination (and some spare parts) to create a cool trailer to accompany your truck. 4. We added a small antenna to the right side of the steering wheel as a stick shift, and attached a spare 1X1 printed round dial plate to a 1X1 brick with a side stud to the left side of the steering wheel (resembles a speedometer).
Some other pros:
1. The new design for the police uniform is very cool. 2. The 1X2 printed Police and Money plates are always great for creating your own designs, as is the 1X2 gold plate. 3. Red crowbar...need I say more!
No cons. Hope you find the review and the ideas we shared useful."