Here we see Professor Hale greeting heroes Jake Raines and Helena Skvalling as they return from their latest adventure in their powerful convertible car. Mechanic Mac McCloud prepares to tinker with the car; the Professor's native assistant Ahmed Sleet tends the thirsty camel, and his housekeeper Frau Katzendogz watches from the balcony.
Set 10xxx: Professor Hale's Oasis Hacienda
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Join Jake Raines and Helena Skvalling as they meet at Professor Hale's beautiful Oasis Hacienda to discuss their adventures and plan their next expedition! This ultimate Pharaoh's Quest set features several fully detailed and furnished rooms, all with exciting play features.
- Main hall features a Power Functions fireplace, treasured artefacts, mummy statue and billiard table that doubles as a dining table!
- Kitchen contains a sink, work table, stove and beer barrel
- Professor Hale's study has a bookcase, treasure chest and desk where the Professor can scrutinise his newly-acquired artefacts
- Bedroom contains a bed, dressing table and a trap-door access to the roof
- Tower contains Amset-Ra's sarcophagus and a look-out point
- Sports car seats two and has a real folding roof
- Contains 9 minifigures and a camel: Professor Hale and Jake Raines in evening dress, Helena Skvalling, Mac McCloud, the Professor's handyman Ahmed Sleet and his housekeeper Frau Katzendogz; Anubis, mummy and Amset-Ra in his sarcophagus.
The building has a modular construction, allowing easy access to the various areas for play. Here the roof has been removed, showing the main staircase and landing.
Helena and Jake play billiards whilst waiting for dinner to be served.
Now the entire upper floor has been removed. The billard table converts easily to a dining table, so Jake and Helena can regale the Professor with the tales of their daring deeds. Note the Power Functions fireplace! Hope that mummy doesn't come to life....
Frau Katzendogz prepares the next course of dinner in the kitchen. The kitchen features a stove, sink, work table and a barrel of ale. The other room is the Professor's study, and contains a desk, bookcase and treasure chest. In this view, you can also see the pattern of the tiling on the veranda, and the clear waters of the oasis waterfall.
An alternative view of the main hall, showing some more of the Professor's artefacts:
Helena and Jake make use of the bedroom to take the Pharaoh's Quest love intrigue to the next level
The entire building has modular construction, allowing easy access to all areas:
Here you can see the Anubis statue in the landing alcove, the trap door allowing access to the roof, and the (unoccupied) bed in the Bedroom. The roof section has a rotating fan on the underside, and a small roof garden which Frau Katzendogz tends when she's not busy keeping house for the Professor. In the tower module (bottom right), you can just see what Professor Hale did with Amset-Ra's sarcophagus. Was it wise to bring the ancient king's remains here, Professor?
Here's a close-up of the sporty convertible car:
The car seats two comfortably side-by-side, and has opening doors. The roof folds up and down with ease, protecting the occupants from the dust storms that terrorize desert travellers. You can see the roof folded down in the first photograph, or here.
For more pictures, see the Flickr slideshow.
I don't MOC very often, and this is by far the biggest and most intricate MOC I've ever done. My goal here was to create a true 'dolls' house' playset, whilst keeping within the theme, and maintaining a reasonable size and part count. The architecture is a deliberate fusion between North African and Spanish colonial styles, and I thoroughly enjoyed adding the little details, especially the tiled floors. I'm particularly pleased with the light-up fireplace, and the folding roof of the car.
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I've enjoyed building and presenting it! Please let me know what you think.