Back in 2002 there were 4 new sets in the Studio theme. Each had the LEGO minifig spin on a classic movie monster. Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman and The Mummy each have their own set. There's a hunchback, a gent, a damsel and some crew thrown in to help flesh out the living characters. Skeletons appear in some sets, representin' for the undead. I picked up the sets because of my interest in the subject matter. Seemed like a good day to take a look at the four pack of sets while waiting for the little demons to come get some.
1380 Werewolf Ambush
The werewolf set came with 110 parts for $10. There's not much to it. A so-so jeep and a tree. That's kind of weird tree with that control panel and those eyes. Oh, well, movie magic, I guess. That was the whole idea with the Studio series. Each set in the series is supposed to be part of a movie set. I picked up one when they came out and one later when they were on clearance at LEGO.com. It's a good set to get more than one of, mostly for the figures. There are three figures, the guy who turns into a werewolf, a red headed gal and a serious lookin' gent. The wolfman comes with a ripped shirt for the after transformation. The gal can look scared and the gent has a nice tan suit.
I liked the werewolf head. You also get a human head and a hat to dress up the poor sap that has the curse of lycanthropy. I liked the costume on the lady but would have preferred a slope for a dress instead of legs. Easily fixed. The lady's face is a bit simpery but she has on ok scared face and a nice read hair piece. The gent in his nice suit has a pretty good grimace on the other side of his frowny face.. Not a bad little set, there are some good brown pieces in that tree and a few useful things in the jeep.
1381 Vampire's Crypt
Here's a nice vampire and coffin in a set with 176 pieces for $20. This is more like the movie set style the series is striving for, and that sure doesn't amount to much, it seems like it's pretty low budget. Drac comes with a place for his coffin, a wall with two backgrounds, and a moving floor that lowers his coffin to the waiting cart. Then the hunchback can carry it off some where. Most of the parts are gray, light and dark, and black. There are four pillars and a few sand blue parts and other than that nothing stands out as too special except for the 2x2 white tile with the garlic printed on it. I like that piece of art and have used it in several mocs.
There are four figure in this set too, a vampire, an Igor type, the gent in that nice tan suit and a grip in a bat shirt and blue hat. This is another I got a pair of, one when it came out and one on clearance, mostly for that vampire costume. His face is a bit goofy but sometimes that can come in handy too. The hunchback has that great tooth sticking up and a brown hood. One can always use another D basket. Nothing to special about the set but one worth having for the figures and additions to the building stock.
1382 Scary Laboratory
This is the largest set with 493 pieces for $50. None of them are too exciting but still useful. There are a couple of those printed tiles that create a nice electrical arc when paired. It's got a mad scientist, and his nature harnessing gear, creating his own man-made-man in his three story laboratory. There's an array of electric devices, a platform that ascends to the ceiling to access the life giving lightning, and a gate outside for the villagers to burst storm. The back of the box shows off the gate with a tower on each side. Plenty of places to throw things at the torch brandishing villagers as they come to call. It's a hard life being a mad scientist. Sadly there are no villagers in the set. They must be in another scene. There's a lot of the gray colors and most of them add to the building stock quite well.
There's Frankie, he's kind of silly lookin' but still an entertaining character. I like his zippers and he's got a nice jacket. The gal looks great in the dress and who doesn't love that mad scientist with his manic grin. He's got a great costume, that flat top hair piece, and the back of his head has another great goofy face.
There's that gent in the tan suit again. That's the third set in a row he's been in, he must be in all the scenes in the movie. You get a director, who sort of looks like Steven Spielberg, and a skeleton. There's a ghost part that is set on a stand pretending to be a costume in the movie world of the minifigs. I always like that glow in the dark ghost. There would be a good torso on the director except for the big clapboard on his back. I guess you can always remove it or cover it up if you need to. So for the most part a good parts pack. I kept a copy of this set, and the other three, together for a while, building and tearing them down a couple of times. In the end I just parted them out and used the pieces to build other things. I have a limited amount of the old grey bricks and run out quickly unless I take things apart.
1383 Curse Of The Pharaoh
The last set is the smallest one, only 51 parts for $4. There's a bit of action as the skeleton pops out of the tomb. I guess he was keeping it warm until the Mummy got back from shambling around. Not enough parts to get excited for. It would have been a good one to get several of because you can always use skeletons and who doesn't like their mummy. I found that display picture and the gray looks very brown. There's always some weird shit out on the internet, huh. At least some of it makes me laugh. These sets did. They are just the right bit of goofy to make them appealing to me. The concept is better than the parts that made it up, except for those special few that I mentioned. They were good sets to pick up when they were new. The minifigs are some of my favorites. There are a couple of Technic ideas in the instructions that I can use for something I want to build.