Monster Fighters: 9461 The Swamp Creature [Review]


Here’s the second of the sets I picked up on Friday, 9461 The Swamp Creature, from the new Monster Fighters line. Given that this is such a small set, with only 70 pieces, this will be a short review. The Monster Fighters theme looks fantastic as a whole, though, with lots of classic movie spooks getting a bit of showtime.

9461 Box ContentsThis is a simple set, with one of the Monster Fighter heroes riding an airboat, and the Swamp Creature protecting his little spot of terrain. The box is nothing special, though nicely designed. The back includes a little comic showing the Swamp Creature giving–or perhaps being forced to give, as he doesn’t look too happy about it–his green swamp crystal, one of six rainbowed crystals, to the Vampyre Lord, presumably to activate some nefarious device which is included with 9468 Vampyre Castle. Inside the box are two little baggies, and the instructions, comparable to any other similarly sized set. Oddly the instructions include no advertisement for the rest of the sets in the Monster Fighters line.

Jack and the airboatThe build is quite simple, with no surprises. The airboat is nearly identical to many others that have been produced by LEGO, except that this one is armed with flick-fire missiles, which I’m still unimpressed by. The little square of swamp is about as simple as it gets, but you can’t expect too much from a set this size. The inclusion of a frog is always nice, but I’m not sure if the fish is dead, or just kept swimming away, because he’s clipped to the base.

The Swamp CreatureClearly the highlight here are the minifigs, which are terrific. The Swamp Creature is a lovely design, obviously imitating the infamous Creature from the Black Lagoon. I really like that LEGO has gone the extra step and included printing on the creature’s head that isn’t even visible with the fishy headpiece in place. Similarly, the hunter (Jack? He looks like a Jack to me) has a great torso print of a leather bomber jacket overtop a dirty white tee. Nicely enough, both figs have back and leg printing. I’m thinking that LEGO is realizing that minifigs are a huge selling point in their sets, and we all love super detailed figs. So I’m guessing that detailed front and rear prints and leg printing is going to become the rule, rather than the exception, with sets from here on out. The Swamp Creature is pretty sparse on new pieces, aside from the aforementioned crystal, and the Creature’s headpiece. A quick Bricklink search tells me that the propeller, which was new to me, has actually been around for a while. Of most interest to me was Jack’s leg piece, which is in the new olive green color. It’s basically a greenish shade of dark tan, and is really going to be a fantastic color for both foliage and military models.

The full setAll in all, it’s a fun little set, but with Jack and the green crystal included in other sets in the Monster Fighters line, the Swamp Creature is the only thing really unique to this set.

9 comments on “Monster Fighters: 9461 The Swamp Creature [Review]

  1. Siabur

    I love the figs even the rest of the set is okay. The biggest issue I have is that the “ugly” monsters are the bad guys and the “humans” are the good guys and the need to take their stuff or territory is okay. It’s the same with all the themes really.

  2. Andrew

    ^ That’s open to interpretation. ;-) The “Free Squiddy!” response to Space Police was a good indication that any theme’s built-in storyline can be reinterpreted.

  3. Daedalus

    I keep seeing this complaint year after year, line after line and I don’t get it. I think the “take their stuff or territory” angle is overstating it; they’re monsters, not Native Americans. As for the “bad guys” being ugly or non-human, It’s not new to Lego, it’s a common theme in other toys and entertainment, and it sells well.

    These are broad concepts that are common to plenty of toys lines, not to mention cultures. I can understand the desire for Lego to be above the fray, but they’re also out to move product. It’s also worth pointing out that these arguments only come out when Lego releases a new line, not when well-regarded builders do the exact same thing on an entirely different scale.

  4. joaocorreia

    I don’t know about you, but looking at the monster all i see is Merman from the old Masters of the Universe toy line. []

    I always wanted to do a lego version of those figures, and with the snake figures from the ninja sets, it is possible to do almost all the original minifigs without using non-lego parts. Neat.

  5. murphquake

    FYI the Olive Green Legs aren’t new, aside from the new printing, there are several pairs in the Dino line, however the Olive Green Hips are a new piece and have never been available before. For people obsessed with monchrome minifigures/miniquins you just need an Olive body from the Dino line and the new version of Nute Gunray from Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor for Olive Hands & Head ;-) -bill

  6. Chris Post author

    @ murphquake: Ah, I had somehow missed that olive green had been introduced with the Dino line. Ah well, can’t keep up with everything. Thanks for pointing that out, though.

  7. Sarah

    There is no rule that you have to play out the themes the way they are designed. When I was a kid, I had the Blacktron being the good guys fighting against a corrupt Space Police. Even now, I look at the green dragon knights as the good guys. Based on this box art to me the human kinda looks a jerk so the monsters will probably be the “good” guys in my house.

    Its Lego, the whole point is to use your imagination. Nothing says you have to build or play how it is on the box.

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