"This is a Brickhead with a couple of nice twists that make it stand out well and represent the screen presentation of the Karloff monster nicely. What more do we want? Its issue around the time when Lego regulars expect "Seasonal Hallowe'en Specials" is inopportune; I don't know the movie but, as Shelley's "Frankenstein " isn't a ghost story, this Brickhead wouldn't be suitable for a seasonal special anyway. That said, it would be a step forward for Lego to introduce the extended base to all Brickheads. It should be Frankenstein's Monster- we know that, but that ship sailed decades ago- we people who indulge in that sort of pedantry can continue to be quietly smug to ourselves."
"Just wanted to bring up the mean rating with another 5*, really. An excellent model of a distinctive and beautiful piece of machinery. Sure, the display base isn't actually necessary and must have added to the cost, but if that's what people want, then pffff... The brown on black instructions weren't as hard to follow as I'd originally feared. Now I need to get on the web & see if I can find some instructions and parts for hopper wagons. So, Lego, are you going to resurrect My Own Train or something like the Santa Fe Train? Go on! you know you want to; we'll buy them."
"I prevaricated a long time before getting this one because, like all current Star Wars Lego, it is expensive. In the end I got it from ebay (without minifigures) for less than half the original price. This set builds up into a structurally solid, swoosh-able and accurate piece of kit. The designer has used unconventional and imaginative build techniques and these have been split down into instruction steps which are admirably clear for a set with so many black pieces. As others have said, aligning technic pegs and axles is quite challenging in some of the build steps - look at step 56 or step 180/238 - but absolutely necessary to get the wingfold working solidly. Surface decoration is a real gem, including imaginative use of ice skates and front fenders. A slightly flatter wing angle when unfolded would have been great, but really not possible in Lego without compromising the stability of the opened wings or the appearance of the wing roots, So, this is a clever build, a great model and, If you want the minifigures, value for money."