Beings that it’s it was that time of year, I figured it as good an opportunity as any to discuss Lego’s newish line of sets, Monster Fighters. More specifically, The Zombies set, sold exclusively at Target.
To be honest with you (like I’d lie to you? Exaggerate? Definitely. Lie? Well…), I’m on the fence about exclusive merchandise. I understand why it’s done, it’s all bout the Benjamin’s, brother. But, what if you don’t have a Target around you? And the completist in you wants the exclusive set/figure real bad? What you gonna do? Wish upon a star. Ha! Like that ever works.
Don’t think it happens? Wrong! Remember way back when in the mid –late 90’s Hasbro had those 12 inch Star Wars exclusives? One of those exclusives was Han Solo on TaunTaun available only at Target (that’s what we call “synergy” in the biz, folks). And, at the time, there wasn’t a Target within 100 miles of where I lived. I was, how the French say, screwed.
I know. I know. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: “Duh. Why didn’t you just buy it off the internets?” Look, if that’s what you’re thinking, then nuts to you! This was before the widespread use of the internets. And besides, pay all that mark up and shipping? As if.
Long story short, a buddy of mine who did live close to a Target ended up getting the Han and TaunTaun set for me. Moral of the story? Don’t have kids.
The Zombies set is a decent size, at the higher end of what your friendly neighborhood jman is willing to pay for a Lego set…$39.99 (I rambled on about all that nonsense in the article: Discussion: Lego Quinjet Aerial Battle. Check it out. I dare you!). It’s got 447 pieces, but the reason I got it? No. Not because it’s an “exclusive” and everyone knows that exclusives have short runs, ergo: rare. Further ergo: will be worth a ton of money at some future time.
But…no. That’s not why, you know-it-all. I got this set because of two words: Zombies.
Here’s the thing, though. I really don’t get (or buy into) this whole Zombie craze we’ve got going on in our society over the last few years. Then again, I don’t really get a whole lot of what goes on in our culture anymore. But, that’s probably a post for another day.
What I do get, is that these Lego zombies are pretty flipping cool. You get a bride, a groom and a chauffeur.
What else is cool about this set? I’ll tell you. This car:
It’s got these “oversized” hammers that magically attached to the car’s wheels. The hammers “smash” downward as the car moves forward or backward. Clever!
The “house” that the set is built around is…meh, at best. Probably could’ve done without it, sold the set as the car and zombies, price pointed it at $19.99 or so and called it a day.
But, there’s a reason I’m writing bout Legos on my free-for-the-taking blog and not getting paid to work at Lego. You do the math.
See more pics over on my Flickr.
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Han and tauntaun: sashasfavoritethings.ecrater.com