I finished building the Vampires castle last night and I must say its very fun to build. Very few repetitive builds in this set. I know its not strictly a castle set but it has some great features.
Most of the Lego castle from the castle line that i have built seem to be pretty plain and standard in construction. They generally seem to use the same formula to their build. The standard castle consists of a gatehouse, towers, small prison cell, secret wall, trap door and maybe a throne room or magicians workshop.
The vampires castle has some of these features but with a more gruesome and deadly twist added to them. This is probably the most deadly castle that Lego has ever produced even though it its from a line called Monster Fighters and seems to be aimed mainly at kids.
We have had many castles where you walk through the front gate and an axe falls down on you, but in the Vamp castle you get stabbed from each side by spikes.
The Vamps castle has a prison cell, but this prison cell has the prisoner in manacles dangling from a chain that can be raised and lowered. No chance to pick the lock if you are dangling from your wrists.
There is a map room with a trap door in the floor. There's no dropping into a prison cell in this castle... If you step onto the trap door in this castle, you fall 2 floors onto a pile of spikes.
This is an awesome castle with some great features. All it needs is an extra wall and it would be a fully contained and defensible castle.
I highly suggest that if you are a castle fan you go out and get this set. Make it the Batlords castle there's already a lab, library and cauldron ready for the resident witch.