Halloween 2022: Oct. 17ᵗʰ – “What’s in the box?!”

Mark’s oldest kid is into Lego, but only on his own terms. Mark signed him up for Brick Loot, but the kid won’t touch them. So when Mark was doing a little housekeeping, he collected a few things and sent them home with me. One box turned out to be very Halloween friendly! Click the pic to stack some bricks!

Brick Loot is a curated Lego delivery subscription service. Each month they send a box with Legos, Lego knock offs, and enough instructions to build some things. Things every young child in 2022 can relate to, like Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, or a video rental store with a big VHS tape on the roof.

And they want you to understand that they are NOT affiliated with Lego.

So, I have to point out that Mark definitely repacked this box. If you are a Brick Loot subscriber, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the items you see here are different than what you got. As far as the Halloweeniness of these items, I don’t know if The Starry Night is Halloween friendly or not. Yeah, it’s night and there’s a full moon, but it still doesn’t feel like Halloween to me. But it was in the box, so it’s going in the article.

This a pretty compact set, so I question how much this is really going to look like the painting. Let’s compare the final model with the real thing.

Well, it’s definitely… something. I mean, I can see what they were going for. But let’s check out the rest of the box.

The box is packed in layers, which I will explore one at a time. This first layer was promising.

The comic book POW isn’t very Halloween, but the finished product looks pretty good.

This is gonna sound weird, but when it comes to being Halloween friendly, the bicycles and dirt bike definitely are. I know it may not seem like much, but as soon as I saw the bicycles I immediately thought of this.

“Nothing I can do. It’s gotta run its course now. What did ya think, it’d be easy? Neat and clean and painless? You’re a fool.”

As for the dirt bike, that’s a little more obscure. But I can’t see an old school dirt bike this time of year without thinking about Pumpkinhead. Anyone familiar with that movie knows what happens during the dirt bike scene. And you damn sure know what happened after.

Slave I isn’t very Halloween, but it’s a damned good sci-fi set. There were also assorted lighting and electronics that I’m not sure what I’m going to do with just yet, but they will definitely not go to waste. But that surprise bonus bag was calling my name.

Six white tiles. How thrilling. Moving on…

Yeah, these will definitely be incorporated into future builds. I haven’t used USB powered lights in a build before, and I’m looking forward to it.

Not bad for a mini kit. Considering the butthurt fanboy response to Disney changing Slave I‘s name, I probably should have left this thing in the bag. I’m sure someone would have paid out the nose for it. But I’d rather build than sell. This layer of goodies was fun, but it wasn’t very Halloween.

The next layer down was exciting for me, but not at all Halloween. I love the idea of having a tiny minifig display case, and a retro video store is awesome. The VHS billboard is actually really well designed. But Halloween? Not so much.

This was looking pretty pretty desperate, but there was one last layer to go. Let’s see what this thing is…

Oh, HELL YES! This is a Halloween game changer! I even love he little glossy mini-poster they included. And labelling this whole thing as a movie night box makes everything make a lot more sense.

The smaller a model is, the tougher it is to get it to look right. That was the problem with The Starry Night. Making it bigger would have made it more complex and more expensive, but it also would have looked a lot better. Hopefully “Puft Man” wouldn’t suffer from the same fate.

Just an aside, but I feel it should be noted that the “Includes 100% Real Lego Bricks” label you see above applies only to the specific individual package on which you see those words. This is not true of all the pieces you receive from Brick Loot. There are plenty of Lego compatible knock offs in this box. They’re high quality, and every piece in this box absolutely Works With Lego. I just wanted to give a heads up to the purists. Not all of this plastic is Danish.

As much as I wanted to build my little Stay Puft, I was really intrigued by the video store. And I was NOT disappointed. This thing has surprising detail, including tiny shelves of videotapes and a checkout counter. There’s even a return drop box right there in the front of the store. I don’t put stickers on my bricks, but you can check out the earlier pic to see how this thing would look if decorated as intended. The quality of this build alone makes me curious to check out more Brick Loot sets. This video store is AWESOME! But that’s not why you’re here.

“Well there’s something you don’t see every day.”

“We’ve been going about this all wrong. This Mr. Stay Puft’s okay!”

“Puft Man” is GREAT! They made this with minimal pieces, yet still managed to get the feel of Stay Puft across perfectly. I particularly love the clever use of hinge bricks to give his hat its jaunty, movie accurate angle. Brick Loot’s Puft Man gets an enthusiastic 8 out of 10 from me! And a huge thank you to Mark for the generous Halloween donation!

“One! Two! Three! Roast him!”

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