Review: 75810 The Upside Down, part 2

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In part one of the review I opened the box and discussed the minifigures. Now I will build the house and look at the completed model.

In the preface to the instructions, designer Justin Ramsden states that they chose to recreate the Byers' house -- where Will, the boy who goes missing, lives with his mum and brother -- because it's 'such a focal point for the series'.

The set contains not one, but two versions of the house, a normal version and an upside down one. How are they constructed and joined together, and how is the completed model made stable enough to display? Find out after the break...

Construction

Jim's car

Police chief Jim Hopper drives a 1980 Chevrolet K5 Blazer finished in a two-tone light brown and white livery. It's the first thing to be built and as is often the case with 6-wide vehicles it's way over minifig scale.

Its large size has however allowed good level of detail to be included and I particularly like the fractional plate height difference of the centre of the bonnet.

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Inside there's room for Jim to sit at the front and for a pumpkin to be stowed at the back. The pumpkin part (6267125) is not in our database so I'm not sure where it was first used but judging by the number it's a relatively new piece.

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The right-way-up house

Normally one would start building a large model at the bottom but that's not the case here: we start in the middle, the base of the right-way-up version of the house.

It's 2 or 3 layers of plates deep, irregularly shaped and surprisingly sturdy. The ball sockets around the perimeter of the base provide a clue as to how the two halves of the model are connected.

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One side of the house is built first, inside and out. Note the alphabet and fairy lights on the wall, the missing poster on the table and details in Will's bedroom.

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The exterior is almost entirely built from bricks with studs on their sides which will be used to attach plates that represent planks of wood.

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The other side of the house is added and the exterior clad with light grey tiles.

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Inside, there are lots of little details for fans to get excited about: a hole in the front of the wall, windows covered with newspaper, boxes of Christmas lights by the chair, a snare and axe by the door, wall-mounted phone, and a book of rules for the dungeons and dragons game the boys play on the floor.

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Once the porch and roof has been added the right-way-up version of the house is complete.

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Fairy lights are strung across the lounge ceiling and a light brick with a printed transparent panel in front of it projects spots onto the alphabet on the wall. Not particularly well, I have to say, but it's a neat touch nevertheless.

There's a video camera and a rather nice purple wizard's hat under the eaves which is a reference to something yet to be revealed.

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The upside down house

The building is put to one side and work commences on the upside down version of the house. You definitely get a sense of deja vu while you're building as it's largely identical to what you've just built, albeit in a much darker colour palette and the other way round.

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However, there are vines and branches and other dangly bits to make it look spooky, and enough small differences to keep things interesting.

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Connecting the two together

The upside down version of the house has been built as a mirror image of the right-way-up one so that the two can be married at the base. The two halves are joined using eight Beam 1M With 3 Balls Ø5,9, some of which are disguised with small limb elements, appearing here in dark brown for the first time.

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The trees/supports

Finally, we come to the most time-consuming and uninteresting part of the build: the trees that on either side of the house that help join the halves together via ball joint connectors, and provide support to enable the completed model to be displayed.

Don't you just hate it when you've finished building a complex sub-assembly, only to notice '2x' at the end so you have to build it all over again!

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The tops of the trees are clad with tiles, or inverted tiles, for stability, because they will effectively be the legs of the model. Overall they stand about 32cm tall.

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The large limb element is new in dark blue in this set.

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Many of the limb elements are attached using clips which enables them to be positioned organically and this has to be one of the most ingenious uses of a sausage I have seen!

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A missing - Barbara Holland poster is affixed to the side of the tree.

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The completed model

As you can see there has never been a LEGO set like it!

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The trees provide more than adequate support for the model and it does not topple over easily.

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The pin sticking up from the rocks at the front of the house can be used to attach Hopper's car which keeps in place when you turn the model upside down

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Here are some close-ups of the interiors which, as you can see, are a mirror image of each other. In the show that is not the case but it's understandable why they've been made that way here, to enable the two halves to be joined more easily.

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Verdict

If you've never seen the show I can imagine that the set will not be appealing to you at all. However, if you have an opportunity to rectify that I encourage you to do so because (a) it's a great series and (b) you'll gain a whole new appreciation for this set.

It's packed with little details that fans will enjoy noticing and recalling why they are there and the episode concerned. Perhaps most importantly, it feels complete. This will almost certainly be a one-off Stranger Things model so if a key minifigure was missing it would have been very disappointing, but that's not the case: everyone who needs to be included in it is.

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Despite initial appearances it's a sturdy model that can be displayed either way up and I particularly like that there are no loose odds and ends that are separate to the main model: Everything, except the minifigure stand, can be attached -- securely -- to it.

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Other than the few niggly comments about minifig hair I raised in part one I really have no other complaints at all. It's one of designer Justin Ramsden's finest. Even the price of $199.99 / £179.99 / 199.99€ feels very reasonable for a 2,287 piece model with eight minifigures.

It's not a bad parts pack, either: there are lot of earth and dark toned pieces and many new ones, too. We'll have a full appreciation of exactly what's new once LEGO has published the inventory on June 1st.

Bottom line, if you're a fan of the show you'll love it, but if you're not you'll probably wonder what the heck it's supposed to be and probably won't see any appeal.

So... is Stranger Things a good fit with the LEGO brand? If you'd asked me that after I finished watching it I would have said no given it's fundamentally a horror show aimed at older teenagers and adults. But, having thought about it more, I've changed my mind. It's not particularly scary or gruesome; there's not a lot of violence and the fact the story revolves around adolescents somehow helps make it more 'kid friendly' and appropriate for LEGO to indulge in.

LEGO's core demographic won't be watching it, that's for sure, but those on the edge of slipping into their dark ages may well do. This set might just prevent that from happening.


The set can be purchased from shop.LEGO.com now via these links:
USA | Canada | UK | Germany | France

Thanks to LEGO for providing the set for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

71 comments on this article

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By in United States,

It's like huw has been sitting next to his computer all day for the press release so that he can then immediately post the review...

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By in United States,

It sure looks strange.

Stability factor doesn’t seem like it would make the lego cut. I dunno. Perhaps it won’t topple over like it looks.

Yeah. The 2x is the worst. Only thing worse is 4x or 8x. Yuck.

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By in United States,

It's a spectacular set, but I don't feel like the minifig cast is complete without Steve, Jonathan, Nancy, and maybe Barb. I'm also curious about the long term stability and clutch power of all those parts hanging inverted from the center plate sandwich. It may be a sturdy build now, but could you leave it on display for five years without it falling apart?

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By in Australia,

what an interesting set! though I would perhaps include a different attire for Eleven with the hospital gown look. it is a fantastic series (awesome soundtrack plus that Luke Million remix) and certainly pays homage to the 1980s horror genre. the creativity shown by the designer team here is fantastic and certainly opens to many possibilities for an 'upside down'/alternate universe of all lego sets.. (thinking city in the upside down.) well done lego and thanks Brickset for the review.

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By in United States,

I've never seen the show and really have no desire to, but this looks interesting and would be great for parts, I think. Also, the Chevy Blazer looks nice, though bearing several similarities to City or Forest Police vehicles of similar (though unstated) types

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By in United States,

I have already tried the link to purchase it but no go for some reason. Sad.

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By in United States,

@Your future president, the review specifically mentions the stability and that it won’t topple over easily.

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By in Canada,

The pumpkin part is new, and was probably created for the new Hagrid's Hut set where it also appears.

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By in United States,

"If you've never seen the show I can imagine that the set will not be appealing to you at all."

I've never seen the show and it's quite appealing! Love the monster. The head could be repurposed for more than a few kaiju.

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By in Australia,

No, I've never seen the show, and honestly, the review doesn't really make me want to.

The set is well-designed, though. The fact it can be flipped upside-down, I mean, that's pretty clever design, right there.

For the record, the slingshot that one of the kids is holding? It's new, but the same slingshot piece (in a different colour) comes with either Hewey, Dewey or Louey in the Disney Minifigs line.

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By in United States,

This looks amazing! probably a first day buy for me!

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By in United States,

As someone who could care less about the show, I see quite a few interesting parts. And for sure, I'm Bricklinking the Blazer cone in this set. I really like the techniques used in the house, from the cubby near the door, to the planking on the windows, to the tiled bed. I mean, it's just ingenious!

The only thing that worries me is parts like the Demogorgon head which have NO use outside this theme; and if this set sells poorly, there goes a lot of money down the drain for TLG.

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By in United States,

I have no idea what this set is...

But it looks amazing!

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By in United States,

Hey cody6268, how much less can you care about the show?

The saying is I couldn't care less. :)

(Sorry, pet peeve. Also there is no word 'alot', it's 'a lot'.

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By in United States,

Okay, wow. I don't watch the show and thought I wouldn't care about this at all, but WOW! The build is amazing!

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By in United States,

First black bicycle in a set in 14 years.

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By in United States,

Woot! Can’t wait to pick this up. I’ll likely wait until later since I don’t NEED it now, but must own eventually.

The figures look great. Definitely need Steve with a baseball bat element.

I’m shocked they made this set, but happy they have. We will see how the future plays out with similar risqué themes.

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By in United States,

It really is incredible, but I personally don't find interest in it or the show.

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By in Australia,

I don't know the show so can't speak to the set from that perspective, but like the general concept of two worlds split like that. While it's a great idea I hope to see used again in the future, can't say it's that appealing in this set to me. Plus $350AUD for 2300 pieces, ouch! I understand there's IP costs on something like this, but still. A modular building set is usually about $200-$250AUD for around the same piece count, height and width, and feels like a much bigger build then this. Hard to say without seeing next to a common set for size reference.

Great two part review, thanks Huw and Brickset as always :)

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By in United States,

Cody 6268, don't sweat it. I know what you meant. And I make alot of grammar and punctuation mistakes as well. Thank goodness we are not graded on that here. Cheers.

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By in United States,

Got to have the new leaf colors.

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By in United States,

“Don't you just hate it when you've finished building a complex sub-assembly, only to notice '2x' at the end so you have to build it all over again!”

^ This hit deep.

Love the show and I’d love to get this set. Great review!

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By in United States,

Never seen the show and don't care to watch, but I'll admit the set's design is so creative and unique. I still don't see how the set won't fall over with just breathing over it. Creative use of parts and I love all the blue and grey,

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By in Serbia,

@Huw - is the Dungeons & Dragons book actually printed with that title? If so, this is a precedent since D&D brand is owned by Hasbro, which of course is one of TLG's biggest competitors...

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By in United Kingdom,

Fairly decent price for the U. K £180 nearly with 8 minifigs and a decent vintage police truck.. Im very interested lego,

I love the minifigs, the waffle tile, and the Dark blue & brown plant elements could also be used in lego elves & disney creations, maybe harry potter?

10/10...

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By in United States,

Honestly surprised by the amount of people who’ve never heard of the show! It’s been quite a big piece of pop culture the last few years.

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By in United States,

Very well done, but I'm still not sure who's actually buying it... what parents of Lego-age kids let them watch Stranger Things? Or is the AFOL community finally big enough that they're making stuff for us now? (In which case: bring back Classic Space!)

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By in United Kingdom,

UK S@H states its "Coming Soon on 1 June 2019"...

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By in Switzerland,

I first saw this solution in moc shown here https://youtu.be/aWvi0X8gzX8. I found it great for moc but am surprised Lego went with such odd solution for mass production. Making stranger sets (pun intended) didn't work well for Silent Marry and I don't think it will have strong appeal to anyone but great fans of series and Lego.

I believe they should went with showing some standard part of the show as this upside down house is really way too strange solution.

As for me as a fan of the show, I will bricklink couple of figures.

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By in Luxembourg,

Thanks for the great review. I am really impressed with this set. Justin Ramsden has designed some of the most interesting big sets in the past few years. I really like how the set manages to incorporate the upside down aspect of the show while also retaining play-ability with that part of the set. They have also done well with the mini-figures especially with the character selection. I do think eleven is lacking something. Maybe an alternate hairpiece so you could make the short-haired look.

But with so many amazing sets coming in the next few months (City Space, Harry Potter etc.) and a long list of recently released sets on the wanted list it could be quite a while before this one gets to the top of the pile. I could definitely see non AFOLs who are big fans of the show picking this one up and once you start with Lego again we all know where that leads.......... :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Interesting suggestion that this might be aimed at teens who are on the verge of a dark age. I guess Lego wants to avoid those years of lost revenue before people come back to the fold!

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By in United Kingdom,

Fantastic review and the coverage leading up to the review has been great. @Huw is it possible to put the house pieces back-to-back? I'm wondering how it might look on a spinning carousel too?

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By in United Kingdom,

good review

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks to the review this set has gone from one I'm not interested in to a must buy. I love the series but pictures of the set just didn't do it justice unlike Huw's excellent work here which really shows the set off. It's probably about £20 too expensive for me but certainly not unreasonable for a licenced set of that size.

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By in Germany,

I can't stomach horror content so I never really bothered looking up anything about Stranger Things but this is a really unique and interesting set. As far as a "scary building" set goes I think it's more appealing than the Hidden Side school set, though I guess it's not really correct to compare them anyway.

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By in Germany,

I love the car, plus some of the new pieces look really useful.

About the show though, that genre is so far removed from anything I would enjoy watching, that I am definitely not going to bother - let alone get Netflix first.

I can appreciate that it is a cool and interesting build and that fans of the show will probably love it.
If TLG produced a set based on some obscure show I liked, I am sure I would feel the same.

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By in Netherlands,

Lovely set. My daughter watches the show and I plan to but I just don't have the time.

Oh and this is gold:
...but those on the edge of slipping into their dark ages... LOL

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By in Hungary,

My GF is a huge fan of the show and got really excited when first rumors emerged of the set. I just started to watch the series and so far so good.
For us, it is a nice addition that the two sides can be built separately as we can share the fun and assemble parallelly without having to argue who should be the one doing it. :D

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By in United Kingdom,

That Lucas has no hair under the bandanna really doesn't gel well with me, and his hair doesn't look like hair yet alone his hair. If I can convince myself to shell out enough to buy this beauty then I'm giving Lucas the Finn hair.

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By in Germany,

I'd buy half of the set for half of the price. Seriously, you pay for what's essentially 2 times the same build =(

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By in Slovenia,

I've seen Stranger things and this set is just fantastic! I love the Demogorgon minifigure. I just wish that Eleven had different clothes and hair. The blond hair is not the hair I recognize her for. When I first saw the Eleven minifigure I almost did not recognize her and I was like: "Who is this character?" and also the skirt on her new shorter articulated leg element did not fits as good as on normal leg. But everything else in the set looks just great! Love it!

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By in Portugal,

@Kamiccolo I also don’t have stomach for horror but I watch stranger things it’s a very light horror with a lot of suspense, mystery and adventure really recommend
Such an amazing set

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By in United States,

Looking at the sticker sheet are there any printed pieces?

(Besides obviously the torsos and such.)

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By in United States,

OMG so stoked! Let's see, I've got 45.00 in VIP points and 12.00 cash... almost there? Damn.

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By in France,

I'm under the impression that if the model were just the top house with no trees for a fraction of the price, it would be rather popular among AFOLs. the level of creepyness of the upside down house is quite impressive for a lego model

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By in United Kingdom,

If only they did "Doom Manor" from Doom Patrol :p

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By in Greece,

Pure beauty and a genius work of Ramsden! Also a good part pack as stated before!

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By in United States,

The design is great, but I must say, this is one of the stranger things LEGO has made.

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By in United States,

I never finished Season 2 so I'm not crazy about the property. The set, while unique, is probably not one I will buy unless it is to stow away for a rainy day. But then again, I don't think Stranger Things is the white hot property it once was. Maybe this set came out a couple of years too late?

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By in United States,

Ha — there's another British English term I've never heard before: "fairy lights"! In American English, we tend to call them "Christmas lights" (or "string lights" in their rare non-Christmas uses). Which seems a bit ironic, come to think of it — in a lot of other contexts, we have a greater tendency to see terms like "holiday season", "holiday special", and "Santa Claus" instead of "Christmas season", "Christmas special", and "Father Christmas", since Christmas isn't quite as secularized over here as it is in the UK, and thus many people prefer to celebrate different midwinter holidays like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, and New Year's Eve.

Anyway, this set's use of Mixel joints for stud reversals is a clever trick, and shows one of the strengths of that piece compared to many other hinge types — the hinge is centered vertically on the plate rather than raised a quarter of a plate above the center line.

It's great that even with the Elves theme concluded, we are still getting a nice variety of multicolored plant elements between this set, The LEGO Movie 2, the Chinese New Year sets, etc. It definitely keeps me motivated to keep working on constructing new Elves MOCs and attempting to create my own stories in that universe!

I personally don't mind huge "2x" sections of the build, because I almost never build sets this size as a solo activity — having grown up with siblings, I find building together with another person more fun on principle than building independently.

@ra226: Probably teens and adults who enjoy the show, with a smaller subset of kids whose parents have decided they're mature enough to handle the show. After all, it has the same TV-14 age rating in the United States as rebroadcasts of most PG-13 movies LEGO has based sets on in themes like Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Super Heroes, etc.

I see a lot of people acting as if this is tantamount to getting a license for stuff like Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, but Stranger Things doesn't have nearly as explicit gore or sexuality as those series, let alone the use of rape as a plot device.

Notably, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead have a TV-MA rating in the United States, meaning recommended for viewers no younger than 17, and only broadcast during watershed hours of 10pm–6am. In United States terms, a TV-MA rating is roughly analogous to an R or NC-17 rating from the MPAA or an M rating from the ESRB. In the UK, it's analogous to an 18 rating from the BBFC or PEGI. Needless to say, a TV-14 rating is far milder.

I think something AFOLs sometimes miss is that when LEGO does make older-targeted sets in themes like Creator Expert, Ideas, Forma, Architecture, etc, they are often aimed at teens and adults in general — not just those who were LEGO fans as children or remain LEGO fans today.

In that respect they can be thought of as sort of a recruitment tool to make LEGO more appealing to people who might otherwise not pay much attention to the toy aisle, and potentially help them discover a love of LEGO that can extend to themes less strictly tailored to their non-LEGO passions.

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By in United States,

@Pengneve: I agree. I have seen hardly any horror movies aside from classics like "Psycho" and "Nosferatu". And while I've enjoyed some books and comics with horror elements like Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" and "The Ocean at the End of the Lane", as well as all types of more kid-friendly scary stories, their appeal to me often comes more from the fantasy/mythology angle rather than the horror itself.

I think part of what makes Stranger Things more palatable to me than a lot of other horror films or series how heavily it draws on a broad range of inspiration: not just more mature movies like "The Thing", "A Nightmare on Elm Street", and "Poltergeist", but also movies more appropriate for kids and younger teens like "The Goonies", "Gremlins", and "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial".

Additionally, a lot of horror films these days try to push the gore and graphic violence further and further in order to keep the genre relevant to audiences that have become desensitized to milder scares, whereas this draws more on movies like "Alien" and "Jaws" where the monster was a sporadic and often unseen threat for the protagonists to investigate and respond to.

@David1985: New Elementary has posted an overview of the new elements: http://www.newelementary.com/2019/05/review-lego-stranger-things-75810.html Besides the minifigure parts and accessories, they include the newspapered-up window panes, the printed panel that the light brick's light is filtered through to illuminate the alphabet wall, the 2x2 tile representing the drawing of Will the Wise, and the 1x1 tile represent an Eggo waffle.

@Fauch: I wouldn't be surprised if some BrickLink sellers sell the set as separate lots (i.e. minifigures, police cruiser, "normal" house, and "Upside-Down" house. As nice as any of these builds might be individually, they would be far less representative of the series' overarching premise.

@weasel-king: Maybe… but LEGO has rarely taken the risk of licensing properties when they're brand new. Most of their movie licenses launch close to the same time as a highly anticipated sequel, prequel, or spin-off to an already popular IP.

When we've seen them license an attempted franchise starter, like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Lone Ranger, or Speed Racer, I think we can agree that it hasn't gone so well for them (part of why I'm surprised the Trolls 2 license, a sequel to a fairly recent hit movie, is being treated as just as great a gamble as those).

Meanwhile, I remember people saying the same thing about Minecraft since it first passed the LEGO Ideas review, and it has had quite a considerable amount of staying power. So even if they missed the franchise's peak hype I suspect it'll still be worth their while.

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By in Netherlands,

I am curious what this would look like with the two house halves back-to-back instead of bottom-to-bottom. I think it might make a decent creepy house in my layout. For that matter, we have rows of nearly identical houses around here on some of the roads--it might be neat to just put them next to each other--one in good condition and one abandoned. (I actually bricklinked a red-brick version of the Haunted House to do something similar before). And the figures look pretty cool (some of them) even though I've never seen the show.
If only I didn't have a long list of other things (some from 2018) that I still wanted. I need a bigger lego budget...and for that, I need a better paying job.

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By in United States,

I'm not familiar with the source material and while the upside down world concept is interesting, there isn't enough there to tempt me to spend that kind of money.

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By in Russian Federation,

I've heard of the show, but only it's name and that it rides on 80's nostalgia. Well, the set is... clearly a display piece.

The slingshot was 1st made for Bart.

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By in Russian Federation,

I've heard of the show, but only it's name and that it rides on 80's nostalgia. Well, the set is... clearly a display piece.

The slingshot was 1st made for Bart.

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By in United States,

I have watched both seasons of this show and it is fantastic and not really scary. It is targeted at teenagers. It is PG-13 or TV-14 level of scary. I recommend it to everyone as I assume everyone can get Netflix around the world. The set is a great representation of the show and I wouldn't change a thing except add a Barb minifigure as a joke. I think many people will regret not buying this set as they did for the 10228: Haunted House, especially if they watch the show later.

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By in Germany,

My thoughts about he whole idea of the set aside - it has been very well designed.
I will probably sell the minifigs and keep the house for parts.
The abundance of stickers is unfortunate, though.

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By in France,

Have never seen the show so was pretty uninterested at first. But having read a couple of reviews it has really peaked my interest.

New Elementary have done a good review on the new parts

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By in Netherlands,

I started watching the show because of this set and I'm already on season 2 so I'm definetely loving it! But for 200$ Jonathan, Nancy and Steve should've been included (especially since they wouldn't require new molds)

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By in United Kingdom,

After looking at quite a number of photos and a couple of reviews, I have to admit that this is quite an amazing set, both conceptually and in the detailing of the finished article. Prior knowledge of the tv show seems almost irrelevant, its a very bold set in its own right.

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By in United States,

I wish i was a stranger things fan so i could appreciate this more. This is an amazing and unique set. I wish i had the funds to afford it.

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By in United States,

The slingshot isn't a new mold; it originally was released as an accessory to the Bart Simpson CMF. It is new in this color though.

The pumpkin is new (a slight variation on what was once a jack-o-lantern mask); based on pictures it should also come with the new Hagrid's Hut set.

Despite the reviewer's comments, the Demogorgon figure without the "flower" piece actually does closely resemble what they look like in the show with their "mouth" closed, based on what I've seen in some screenshots (never actually seen the show).

Really like the design of this set, but really isn't something that would be worth $200 to me (not saying it's overpriced, just saying it doesn't have quite enough appeal to me personally to justify that price to me). I would love if I could get the Chevy Blazer separately though; it's a great little build.

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By in Denmark,

I binged the first season when I heard a lego set with it was comming. Didn't regret one minut of it. Great season. Just taking a breather before starting 2nd season...

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By in United States,

Zordboy... the slingshot was originally from Bart Simpson minifig

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By in Canada,

That's not true, there's no STEVE!!

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By in Romania,

They had to come up with something new! Now let us see how people integrate such sets into their layouts!

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By in Australia,

Via my 13 yr old daughter I was compelled to watch some "Stranger Things" just prior to her 13th birthday (my wife and her had seen the first 2 series and there was a nod to the show in the theming of her birthday) - so - I did and I got hooked and over a few weeks across Christmas and NY as well I managed to see it and it's a ripper show. The set - love it - just gotta balance out finances around this and the new Harry Potter stuff. It's tough. (1st world problem).

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow, this looks so cool! Nice to see such an inventive use of the Mixel joints; those things are still paying dividends...

Sadly it's beyond my price range, but I bet it's going to make a lot of Stranger Things fans happy.

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By in Germany,

Brickset should limit the amount of characters in the reply section.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review! I just finished the set and once I struggled, mightily, to get the tree supports attached to the two houses, lots of parts from the bottom house started to come loose. I found the final assembly very problematic because there's really no place to get leverage to push the supports into place on the sides of the houses. (Maybe I just am too heavy-handed.) At any rate, though I thoroughly enjoyed the build process up to that point, I am disappointed in the final product. Will be dismantling this quite soon, because I'm not motivated to put all the loose parts back in place. Oh well....

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