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#1 Oky

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 02:42 AM

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With Halloween only a week away, It's time for some spooky reviews! :devil:

Set name: Monsters 4
Set #: 3837
Theme: LEGO Games
Players: 2-4
Play time: 15-25 mins.
Year: 2009
Pieces: 141
Price: EUR 12.99

Let's start with the box. It has the same length and width of other EUR 10+ sets, but it is thicker/higher. It was initially sealed in a clear plastic foil.

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The back features all the pieces included in the set, some play features, and the description of the game in four different languages:

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It opens up simply by lifting up the top part of the box, just like any other board game, which is why it was sealed in plastic. A look inside reveals two bags (a small and a large one) and two booklets (building instructions and game instructions). No stickers. Yay. :classic:

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Here are all the parts that come in this set. Nothing special except for the white 1x1 round plates with a hole through the stud, the relatively new brick-high clip pieces, and of course the new die piece. The red part of the die is normal Lego plastic, the rest is rubber.

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The assembled set. Not much to show here.

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These are the left over pieces: A robot claw, one of the new round plates, some 1x1 tiles, and... a wrench? What the heck is that doing there? :wacko:  A look into the game manual tells us that they included it as a tool for removing the tiles on the die. Good move, I think. :thumbup:

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And here are the real stars of this set: the minifig heads! The troll and skeleton ones are the same as those found in the Castle sets, but the others new and exclusive to this set!

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Every head has a different slight misprint though. Pro: It adds variety to the heads. Con: Some heads look a bit messed up. The only ones that are pretty much flawless are the troll heads. Here are some best and worst print comparisons. Note that the Jack-O-Lantern heads have the pumpkin pattern all around the head!

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UPDATE: One person told me that he got completely identical heads in his set, so I guess I just got unlucky. :hmpf_bad:

As the printing inside the box shows, you can put the game inside the box without having to take it apart.

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Hi-res pics can be found in this Brickshelf folder.

Final Thoughts:
Design: Well, it's very simple, but considering that this is a board game, that's probably intended. And as a board game, it does its job pretty well. Also, I think that the spider looks rather cute and is cleverly designed. One little gripe is that the troll heads' color doesn't match their "bodies" and the color on the die. It would have been great if they would have simply printed the troll faces on normal green heads but oh well. 6/10
Parts: As I mentioned above, nothing special aside from the die and the round plates with holes. The plates could come in handy, but the die will probably not have much use aside from a die. This set comes with some neat plates and tiles for landscaping though. But the inclusion of the three exclusive minifig heads (each of which is represented four times!) are a big factor in the purchase of this set! It would have been nice if we would have gotten sand blue vampire heads (such as the one shown on the box art) instead of the old troll heads, but perhaps that would have been too much to ask. 7/10
Playability: This is where this "set" shines, I guess. I have only played the game once so far, but it's pretty fun. It's a mix between Tic Tac Toe and Connect 4, but with some additions. The die tells you what you can do in your turn. If you roll grey or dark grey, you can put or move one of your pieces to a tomb of that color. If you roll half-grey-half-dark-grey, you can put your piece anywhere. If you roll white, you can use a skeleton. The skeletons work as "Joker" pieces, meaning they're stand-ins for any color. If you roll black, you can put the spider in a section of the graveyard (a square of 4 same-colored tombs) and it will clear that section of all pieces. In order to mix things up once in a while, you can change the tiles on the die or make up new rules for them. A very interesting concept IMO. 10/10
Price: I think the price is pretty fair, at least in Euros. Normal sets which cost EUR 10 usually don't have more than 100 pieces, and this set has 141 for EUR 13. And considering the new molds and prints in this set, it seems like a steal. 9/10
Overall: 8/10. Although it looks very simple and doesn't have a lot of special parts, it's a fun game and a neat parts pack for a fair price. :thumbup:

Happy Halloween, everyone! :devil:

Edited by WhiteFang, 24 November 2009 - 12:58 AM.
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#2 ILikePi

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 02:50 AM

Great review Oky Wan!

There isn't really anything special about this set, but the minifig heads are awesome! :wub:
I can see many custom alien/fantasy creature minifigs in the future. :sweet:

I found one mistake in your pictures - for the minifig head comparison, the same pic is used twice. :wink:

Also, could you possibly show some pictures of the inside of the game manual? Or is it just a piece of white paper?

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 03:56 AM

Good review with good, clear pictures.

But I'm wondering, how exactly is the game played?
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Posted 25 October 2009 - 08:22 AM

Nice review, but I think you should add scans from instructions.

I'm so sad that I am not able to get one in Poland... The lego games are always so fun...
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Posted 25 October 2009 - 09:48 AM

Great Review!I like new lego games(ramses pyramide,magicus,race 3000,minotaurus),but i don't very like Monster 4.Only thing i like-heads.

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 10:05 AM

Thanks for the review Oky, I would totally buy this set if it came out here, mostly just for those sweet heads. The wolfman one especially is great, but the devil and punpkin ones are also very good. Though it does sound like an enjoyable game, I wouldn't really buy it for that.

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 10:15 AM

Wow! The game seems like nothing special, but those heads are really nice! I remember seeing them in some mocs on Brickshelf and getting really excited about making some figs out of them. This is coming out in the US I hope.

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 11:49 AM

Nice review!
The games sound interesting to play.
Good set, but I would not buy it...
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Posted 25 October 2009 - 12:12 PM

Nice review. I'm waiting for these board games to be available in Italy (Jan. 2010, yet some very expensive shops seem to already sell them).
I actually hoped for the new heads to be used in main themes.
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Posted 25 October 2009 - 01:16 PM

I've been looking at these in the shops since they came out, but haven't gotten any yet because I have other Lego priorities, and they don't make nice display models (I reckon). Some nice bits alright - pumpkin heads especially - but the ones I'd like don't warrant paying tat price for them. I'll have to check again, but I don't think it's €12.99 for me, otherwise I think I'd be more tempted. €16.99, I think. Maybe I'm misremembering.

Great review, though, and thanks for the closer look! How sturdy is the baseplate? It looks like it's held together fairly loosely.

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 03:47 PM

I just read your final thoughts, and I have to say, the game sounds really fun! If I was a young child, I would have loved to play a Connect 4 and Tic-Tac-Toe game with many twists to it. :sweet:

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 04:48 PM

Nice review! I might get the set for the heads or buy the heads on bricklink!
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Posted 25 October 2009 - 06:08 PM

Thanks for the great review!  I see this set as an excellent parts set, esp. with all the spooky heads.  I don't think the price is bad either.  I'll definately be picking up one of these.

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 06:12 PM

oh well done nice review (parts mainly). didn't realise we could review these- i'll get on reviewing lunar command tomorrow.

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 06:33 PM

If this is ever released in the US, I'm gonna snatch up a few of them. Those new heads rock!
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Posted 25 October 2009 - 09:24 PM

Great review. As you said, the only selling point if you don't want the game is the high piece count and cool heads :wub: :thumbup:

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 12:29 AM

This is one of the games that need to be released in the USA now!  I love the minifigure heads!  They are amazing!

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 06:11 AM

Great Review Oky Wan Kenobi :thumbup:
I really want those sets now :wub:
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 01:06 PM

Very cool, I'm buying this just for the heads.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 01:15 PM

Couldn't they've matched the cones with the color of the Orc heads?  :hmpf_bad:

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 03:29 PM

I was indeed misremembering the price, it's €12.99 here too. Almost got it, but I just can't spare the funds right now.

I did notice that the heads on the box are all identical, perhaps yours were just a little messed up?
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 06:43 PM

Hey Oky, I see your in the USA, where did you get this set?

I can't find it on LEGO's site.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 07:52 PM

That's the question, when are these game sets coming to North America, Xmas is just around the corner...

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 09:03 PM

Looks pretty cool, especially the heads.

View Postiminifig, on Oct 26 2009, 11:52 AM, said:

That's the question, when are these game sets coming to North America, Xmas is just around the corner...

It's supposed to come out in 2010

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 09:05 PM

View PostTheLegoBoss, on Oct 26 2009, 03:03 PM, said:

Looks pretty cool, especially the heads.



It's supposed to come out in 2010
Funny, Bricklink says 2009 and with so many copies out, I want to agree with bricklink.

I've found one on bricklink for sale as well as 2 on ebay, all come from the UK, so maybe it's out now, but not int he US.

Does LEGO usually release something in one country and then wait a whole year to release it in another?  Not from what I've experianced.



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