Lego often make fun, cute sets that use clever part usage and are entertaining. My first set for review is not that. 40493 Spider and Haunted House is a frustrating little design that after many rebuilds, as elements flung off, finished off as disappointing ornament 2 pack that I wouldn’t care to display for Halloween.
Even the elements were disappointing and didn’t inspire any ideas for MOCs.
It was so disheartening I didn’t bother opening the second set until tonight. about 2 weeks after the release.
I opened the 2nd set, not too excited after the spider encounter, and spilled the elements out onto a tray. 40497 Halloween Owl admittedly has a wonderful selection of very useful elements – and a lot of them. 228 useful elements is an uplifting sight compared to 132 less useful in the Spider/Haunted House set.
The building style is very much brickhead. Not my preferred style, but the transformation from block to owl was cool, and the base was a nice addition and opportunity for Lego to add extra cool elements.
Would I add these to my cart? Definitely not the Spider and Haunted House. But the Halloween Owl could get me over the line for free shipping as it does come as a nice parts pack.
These two in particular I will be giving away randomly tomorrow at the Minifigapalooza. See you there.