I've been a fan of the LEGO-like Character Building toy line called Monsters vs Zombies for awhile now. But as they're a UK company, it makes getting these toys a little more difficult than going to the local shop. And even then, it's going to bit more on the pricey side.
Thanks to a recent clearance sale at Think Geek, I was able to snag the Graveyard playset for a good price. I've been holding on to it to do an October review.
I thought the box was a bit big for a 140 piece building set and there was some empty space when I peeked inside. The set does have some interesting terrain pieces that I don't think you'd find in a similar LEGO set.
The tan ground pieces are pretty neat, giving you some bumpy terrain and character. The top of the front left headstone looks odd because those pieces are glow in the dark. The stone in the back looks broken but that's only because I was missing the piece that is supposed to complete it! You also get plenty of plants and a couple of little rocks.
One of my favorite little details are the corners of the tomb. They could have just used regular blocks but did detailed mini-pillars instead. There's a special place in the back to stick the shovel "in the ground." The top of the tomb is cracked in a couple of places. Could something be trying to get out...
Aahhhhh! It's a skeleton with a scythe! He's also done in glow plastic but I have to say, it's nowhere near as effective as LEGO glow pieces. Articulation on the Character Building figures is different from LEGO minifigs in that they can rotate at the waist. There is one more glow piece which is a coffin with opening lid, pictured below.
While this isn't a large set, it's a cool place for my little LEGO monsters to hang out when it's party time. I do need to somehow pick up more of their minifigs though! The zombie in the back is from a blind bag series I found in Target but he's the only monster in the series.
I'm kinda meh on most of their zombie figs but I do like the more traditional monsters and Invisible Man ones.