The pieces (minus the minifigs):
And here are the figs:
That new Squidward minifigure is wonderful. The earlier one was good, but I think that, after giving Sandy a molded head, TLG saw the need for a Squidward mold. I'm very glad they did, as it captures Squidward's look brilliantly.
The set from the outside, and all its outside features:
SpongeBob's reef blower is pretty cool, and the way it's connected to SpongeBob is clever. The boat is OK, but the "marshmallow launcher" is rather dumb. The grill is nothing special. I do, however, like Squidward's beach chair--more on that later.
The house itself looks better than the last one, I think--it looks more full. This is achieved with just a few simple pieces: extra slopes to make the top look more rounded, another leaf for the top of the pineapple, and the plants/flowers that line the bottom of SpongeBob's house in the show. Though these are only a few pieces, they really add a lot to the overall effect.
Squidward's beach chair:
This set has more printed pieces than I had expected. I knew that the lifesaver pieces were printed, but I didn't know about anything else. But not only is Gary's shell printed, so is the umbrella! The design of the beach chair is pretty cool, too--it really captures the feel of an actual beach chair.
Inside the house, minus all the features:
Much better than a giant basketball hoop, I think
Here's the chair and TV:
The TV really does look like a diver's helmet, as it is in the show.
The bed, which I modified to make the lifesaver a bit lower:
Unfortunately, the door can only open this far:
I know the review was a bit scattered, but there are just so many cool features here, and they don't really follow a pattern that lends itself to easy reviewing. I was much more pleased with this set than I was with the Krusty Krab, and would recommend it to SpongeBob fans everywhere. Let's end with another picture of that wonderful new minifig, shall we?
Edited by Mariko, 06 February 2009 - 05:10 PM.