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The 2016 Spooky Town/Halloween Village Thread

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Guess it's time to start a new thread for the new year. In just a few months we should see the 2016 Lemax releases for Spooky Town.

I'm currently trying to figure out how to keep my one cat out of the display. I have a permanent set up in the basement and it has never been bothered until a couple weeks ago. I have some clear pvc bordering it but it's only a bout a foot tall. Guess I'm going to have to figure something else that's higher. She already broke one piece and I really don't want to take it down.
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Hello all. New to the Board. Long time collector and fan of Lemax Spooky Town. :)
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Excited to buy my first...would love to know which ones you guys started with.
My first piece was Greaves Manor from back in 2000.

Well, after yet another "mishap" with the cat, wife and I took down the display before we lost something expensive. We're currently discussing options. Leaning towards doing shelf displays with individual scenes.
Shadowbat - I've seen your videos on Youtube of your Spookytown display. Very impressive :cool:

Unfortuante that your cat was starting to mess with it. I may run into a similair issue as one of my bigger displays is on my tv stand that is about 2 ft high (tv is mounted to wall), and have a 5 month old who will be 14mo by next October and it will be within reach. May have to figure something out.
I'm not a fan of the carnival motif, either for Spookytown or Xmas. I prefer the more gothic looking stuff.
I agree. Although some of the carnival pieces are kinda neat, I am not into making a carnival scene either.

The gothic looking pieces are cool. I am thinking about picking up the Gothic Haunted Mansion if I can find one in good shape at a decent price.
Some cool stuff. The Nightmare Before Xmas Carousel is really neat. Pricey though.

I'm excited to see the new 2016 Lemax stuff next month.
Shadowbat is that train completely new? I know I've seen a train in the Lemax lineup before.
The R.I.P. Railroad train set was a Michael's Exclusive from 2011. Instead of releasing it to the regular line the following year, Lemax waited until this year for some reason.
I think what's really disappointing is the fact that they keep redoing the same things over and over with just a few changes but the similarities are so striking that unless your set up is huge why would you want to buy it? The Zombie cafe-zombie eatery. The coffin cafe- graveside diner. Grisley's greenhouse-Hemlock's nursery. I have the witch countdown. They then did a reaper version last year and this year it's ghosts. My haunted grove looks exactly like the cave of skulls with a reaper looking ghost inserted instead. The haunted belfry has at least 6 different strikingly similar same size, look, and shape versions. I could go on and on. I understand there is only so many things you can do but it seems like they are redoing over and over and each time it is becoming less and less detailed. The biggest reason I purchased Banshee's BOO-B-Traps last year was because it was actually a new and different building. Most of the older buildings are easily found, much better done, and usually cheaper than their new pieces so even new collectors have a choice. I love my Spooky Town collection and add to it every year but have to admit the older stuff is what got me addicted.
Shadowbat, I did notice that house on their 2016 preview banner and tried to zoom in on it but can't read the sign. Wonder if it may have gone the way of that warlock building that never got produced a couple years ago. I was actually excited for that one. The video looked more like the multi motion detail of the past but it was taken down and never seen. I don't think they would have included any Michael's items that will be out this year. Those will be "new" next year. LOL
I agree. Another similair one is Forgotten Souls Cathedral-All Hallows Cathedral. Forgotten Souls from 2010 is better. The older Lemax stuff from say 2005-2012 is just better and more creative. There have been a few cool pieces in recent years, but not comparable to the older lines.

The warlock piece that was supposed to come out was Blackroot's Wizard Academy in 2014. Can still find the video of it on youtube. Very cool, creative piece. Had multi-motion. Disappointing that it got cancelled.
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