Stop the hearse and retrieve the Vampyre's moonstone!
The Vampyre and his faithful servant the zombie driver have the moonstone and are making a getaway in the black hearse. Can Dr. Rodney Rathbone catch them on his motorcycle and steal the moonstone? Or will Vampyre launch a surprise coffin attack and send the doctor spinning out of control? You decide! Includes 3 minifigures: Rodney Rathbone, Vampyre and the zombie driver.
Includes 3 minifigures: Dr. Rodney Rathbone, Vampyre and the zombie driver
Vehicles include the Vampyre's Hearse and Dr. Rodney Rathbone's motorcycle
The Vampyre's Hearse features coffin with catapult function
Accessories include moonstone and 4 weapons
Stop the Vampyre's Hearse!
Dodge the Vampyre's catapult attack!
Retrieve the moonstone!
Measures over 4” (10cm) high, 3” (7cm) wide and 7” (19cm) long
Dr. Rodney Rathbone's motorbike measures over 2” (6cm) long
I was going to get a Marvel set, preferably the Spider-Man one since he's the most appealing of their heroes to me. I could already see the direction the review would take...I was going to complain about so many things. I didn't have my mind made up on the set. What I mean is The Ultimate Spider-Man TV series, the Marvel Universe, (probably DC too,) and go on a journey inside myself...and have some fun with Spider-Man. Well, something else obviously caught my eye. I don't like to make uninformed decisions, but I did. So, I bring to you, my review of 9464 The Vampyre Hearse.
As soon as I was old enough to realize that monsters weren't real, the only ones that ever scared me were vampires. I mean, the way the world is, how can I be so sure some illegal alien won't bite my neck and drink my blood? Maybe I should be afraid of zombies the way the world is too (you know, like a naked man eating another naked man's face off), but I never was. :P
Anyway, that said:
Artwork of a nighttime scene. Reinfield is driving the Hearse while Lord Vampyre looks out of the sunroof. Dr. Rathebone is driving his motorcycle without any hands, I'm sure that's how he lost his leg, he should have learned by now. Not much else to say here. I don't care about the box. Rather superficial thing to grade if you ask me.
The instructions have pretty much the same image, and seemed easy to follow. I didn't find any mistakes, not that I have an eye for that sort of stuff. I did end up with two extra 1x6 plates though, so it seems like I did make a mistake somewhere.
314 parts is okay for a set of this size I guess. It's better than 6863 Batwing Battle and even 4644 Marina though. What stood out to me were the motorcycle covering, Rodney's legs and bowler hat, the foil, Lord Vampyre's sword, the moonstone, both pieces of the coffin, the two transparent windows (the kind that doesn't slant), and the large black ramp. Nothing terribly new, other than the moonstone and Rodney's legs, everything else has been somewhere else at one point, though this is my first time getting all of these pieces in at least the color mentioned.
The pieces were a lot of plates and black bricks, and I'm sure you could expect, nothing terribly useless, but it wouldn't make a good parts pack. I can even think of a use for the moonstone. It might not be explained well, but it wouldn't look out of place in the Batcave.
Three minifigures is again a decent amount for this set. I won't ask for more, though I wouldn't mind a Manbat or another zombie. Anyway, in more detail now:
Dr. Rodney Rathbone gives me nostalgia. He looks a lot like Johnny Thunder to me, if only he didn't have the beard the face would be perfect for an updated version. Otherwise, it's good to have another bowler hat, and one without printing, and the torso is very well done. I really like getting torsos from this era, being and Adventurers fan. I don't like the legs as much, mostly because of the robotic leg. It's nice, but I don't like that it's there. I do like having it though, so I'm not taking points off. He has a foil, my first, it's a nice part, a revolver (the same old one), and dynamite (the same old newer one).
I'm not particularly fond of zombies, I find this whole obsession with them trivial, but Reinfield is fine. That's a bit of an understatement, but compared to the Zombie Bride and Groom, he isn't as impressive. His rarity doesn't help either, since he comes in about four sets (and is reused in the Haunted House) making him the second most common figure in the line, topped by the Ghost, but I'd rather have more of those. Anyway, he's printed nicely and serves his purpose. I can think of a few uses for the face, even though I'm not a zombie person.
Now, Lord Vampyre. I like the hair, but it doesn't feel as vampirific (new word :D) as his predecessor. Actually, let's compare him to his predecessor. Look at those demonic, red eyes and the cruel smile with his fangs sticking out of his mouth...I find it rather creepy and much prefer Lord's cartoony face. I also prefer Lord's costume, but this is 10 years after the other so that's a bit of a given. I don't really understand why his head glows in the dark, but it does and it still looks white so it's fine. I thought that vampires sparkled in the day...but even if it doesn't make sense, it explains his plan perfectly. He wants to shroud the monster realm in darkness so that he and is wife can glow 24/7. Yeah, that's it...
Back to the figure, my only real problem with him is the lack of his cape. I love the sword though.
You start off with the minifigures, then the motorbike, then the hearse. Nothing too challenging or new, appropriate for a set this size. Parts when it was black on black made it a bit harder though. The hearse was made a bit more interesting though since it's out of scale with most LEGO vehicles.
The Completed Model
Wow, the hearse is tilted much more than I thought. It's not really a bad thing, just strange. Anyway, it looks just like I guess it should: vampirific and stupid. The good kind of stupid though. Like Patrick stupid. Not really, actually. But it's still stupid and fun. I like the bones on the hood, and the moonstone makes an excellent hood ornament, I forget it's there at times. Another good thing is that the front of the car can comfortably seat Lord and Reinfield, which is what is good about this scale of vehicle. The coffin catapult (which I honestly didn't know about until I built this set) is a nice idea, at least better than flick-fire missiles (which were another thing I was going to make fun of in that Marvel review). It didn't always work well though, but when it did it was very entertaining. If you don't like it though, it's easy enough to remove and then another three or four minifigures could be seated comfortably in the back. Speaking of the back though, I don't like that it's wide open. There is a little fence, presumably to keep the coffin from falling out, but it's open. That would make Rodney's job so much easier (throwing a stick of dynamite in, that is). Oh, and that sticker on the roof glows. I actually don't like it and think it would look better without it, but whatever. Again, it's stupid. This time it actually is Patrick stupid too.
The car is much larger than usual as I already mentioned, at ten studs wide. Just like the Batmobile. What is it with Bat-people and their overly large, black cars anyway?
The motorcycle isn't special, but it's a motorcycle. Of all of the simple ones we have this year, it's probably my favorite. First of all, it actually fits the character and then it has some color. The rockets on the sides are kind of funny I thought. Good funny though. Campy.
And just one more small thing to touch on is Lord's coffin. It's so much better than the old Studios one, which was a bit disturbing and even scarier than the Vampire. Don't call it stupid though, it's totally normal for non-Egyptians to have their bodies carved into their coffin. At least that's how I'm getting mine.
Well, if I can recommend it for anything, it's the hearse. It's not a must buy, especially if you can afford the castle (unlike me), but if you're considering it, it has my recommendation otherwise.
Building Experience: Sorry what? It wasn't challenging at all, but it wasn't patronizing either.
3 / 5
Parts: Well, there are those bones and a bunch of black pieces. Everything has some sort of reuse without too much imagination, except possibly the coffin lid and moonstone. This is not a parts pack though.
4 / 5
Playability: Umm, well with cars and a motorbike there is always chasing. There is also the coffin catapult which as long as it works is good fun. Lord and Rodney can duel too, I suppose.
3½ / 5
Minifigures: Rodney gives me nostalgia, Lord is the main baddie, and Reinfield serves his purpose. My only problem really is that Lord doesn't have his cape.
4½ / 5
Value for Money: I didn't feel cheated at all and even looking at the price per piece ratio, it's hard to do much better these days.
4 / 5
Overall: That would actually be more like a 3.8 I think, but it rounds up to 4. Anyway, see closing paragraph if you skipped to the ratings.
The Vampyre Hearse is probably the most interesting set in MF, and offers a more wide range of buyers. Three minifigures, all of which will attract a buyer.
This set is probably the best price per piece ratio in these sets, and you get your money's worth. The top of the PPP ratio is 9461, with a PPP ratio of 10 cents per piece at $7 in the US, or here, 12.99 :|. Which is what I like. The only bad thing in this set, (or could be good) is that the minifigures all appear in other sets, but if you're on a budget, or can't afford the castle, this set is for you.
The box is like the others, with the hoard of bats hovering around the MF logo, and the full moon (aroooooo) too. But that doesn't make sense to me. Lord Vampyre hasn't eclipsed the sun yet, so why is it s full moon? Or is it just a coincidence? Anyway, the box shows Rodney being a boss and driving it with no hands, which I just find hilarious. I'm probably crazy though, because EVERYONE should drive with no hands!*
I'd really like it on this box if it would give you an idea of how big the moonstones are, that'd be fantastic.
Now onto the set...
(*Please do not try this at home ;))
I have a slight feeling I got something wrong when doing the coffin launch feature, it doesn't go as high, and will take the driver's area lid with it, a bit worried.
The build is actually more enjoyable then I thought, though I did build it at 9:30 at night, with a sammich (sandwich) and a glass of coke ;).
I did like building the front, very nice, and has the nice spot for the moonstone.
3 figures you get in other sets, but an easier way.
(but without the cape)
One of the best looking figures in the theme, but not as good as The Swamp Creature. If you combined the two, you'd have an awesome combination. Gills with neck-biting thrills. Nice torso, which I'll use for my sig-fig :D. This design, without the cape, I personally feel looks better, with the cape it seems too much. A nice Glow in the dark head, glows quite well, but not as well as the ghosts. Cool double sided face, I usually don't care about double-sides, but this one is really quite nice. Good figure, and a cheaper way to get him in this set.
Another zombie, I really quite like him. Though his lack of rarity is a problem. Not as exclusive as we thought at Toy Fair. Back when he was only in one set. This set. Renfield is actually pretty cool, I personally think he's the second best zombie, first being Zombie Chef. I like his face, very cool, a lot like a zombie. Compared to his predecessor, this is a huge improvement. I have to say, his torso really should have a printed slim marks, and zombies are usually skinny, due to lack of finding a good brain. That's probably just me, but it does just look odd. His printing is good though, I like the earth blue pieces :3. I like this zombie best out of this themes zombies, so 4/5.
Dr. Rondey Rathbone
A good minifigure to own, a nice new leg piece, too. I'm not a fan or another revolver, they're overused. I just like his rapier, which looks good. I do like the bowler hat, a good addition to my collection of pieces, and good that it is unprinted. His face is a good expression, but due to the bowler hat, is so far down his head, which is a shame, really. I'd recommend this figure for the bowler hat, rapier, and new steam leg piece. He seems really Johnny Thunder-esque to me, and I used Johnny's face for my custom version of Dr. Rodney
The Completed Set
Once completed feels quite nice, and something you want to play, and has quite a bit of playability.
I, for one, was surprised on how titled it really was, I knew it would be tilted, but not that much. Not that it is a bad thing, at all. If anything, it makes it look cooler.
One of the dumbest parts of this set, is the fence piece very low down to prevent the coffin from falling out, but easily makes Rodney's explosive job a million times easier. What a stupid idea, LEGO. The story would end if five seconds if it wasn't thought through more. Very tilted at the back, seriosuly - how does Renfield get his coffin out?
Looks O/K when completed, I love the covering, but not a fan of the amount of leg room for the fig.
Nice set, decent price ($45). The only reason they made this set is so it's easier to get 2/3 of the figs, as getting Rodney in an $80 or $150 set isn't very ideal.