Hello out there you ghouls and goblins. It is October and that means Halloween is fast approaching like a witch on her broom. This is one of my most favorite times of year so I usually celebrate with a big Lego build. Last year you may have seen my Lego Haunted House display. This year I wanted to take it up a notch and decided to build a whole haunted castle. And not just any haunted castle, but DRACULA”S CASTLE!
I had a lot of fun with this one. I looked at some Transylvanian castles and buildings for inspiration. But in the end I took a lot of liberty. For instance, I knew I wanted to have a ship in the scene too. So I made it a seaside castle even though Transylvania is pretty land locked. Just imagine that this castle can appear anywhere it wants to like the castle in that old Count Duckula cartoon show.
Anyway, here’s the story behind this scene. These two fishermen see the lights of a castle and dock at it in hopes to sell there fish and wares.
But the fishermen soon discover that the castle is inhabited by Count Dracula and his undead skeleton army. So it won’t be the fish that the Count will feast on, but the fishermen themselves. bwahahaha. spooky isn’t it?
You can see the dock leading up to the castle.
Here’s the man himself, Count Dracula! You know what’s in that glass, don’t you? Here’s a hint, it isn’t Clamato juice. hehe
The Count doesn’t mind uninvited guests who stumble upon his castle. In fact, he looooves them. What he doesn’t enjoy are attacks from would-be Van Helsing types coming to harsh his mellow. So his castle comes fully equipped with dual cannon turrets. Not only can his skeleton minions handle a blade, they are also have pretty good aim with a cannon. So watch out.
Every Transyvanian castle needs a pointy capped observation tower.
Here’s the backside view of the castle. Hope you enjoy the shoreline water effect because I was kind of jazzed about how it turned out.
Here’s the beachfront entrance to Dracula’s Castle. Doesn’t it look inviting? The skull over the door is the universal symbol that says “welcome,” and “y’all come back now, y’ hear?” The hooded skeleton door keeper may not be much to look at but he has a charming personality and a lovely singing voice.
Those poor fishermen, little do they know this will be their final delivery. Oh well, vampires gotta eat too, don’t you know.
Here’s the back view again. I think the castle definitely has a central European feel to it.
I imagine this main floor is a large ballroom where the Count hosts his huge gaudy parties for he and all his spooky pals. They all end the same way though. The wolfman knocks over some priceless vase and the mummy gets wasted and passes out in the punch bowl.
Behold an aerial view of the castle. I love building walkways in my Lego MOCs. Here you can see the skeleton soldier strolling around on patrol.
Well this was my big Halloween Lego MOC for 2011. I hope this helps you get more into the Halloween spirit. Stay tuned to x-tropia Lego blog this month because I’ll be reviewing the new Lego Halloween building sets and much more.