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The Set of Haunted Electronic Horrors
LEGO makes mistakes sometimes, we all know that. But some mistakes are down right sneaky and dastardly! As a child, I would occationally be haunted by a mysterious and disturbingly creepy noise in my room at night. It was sparatic, coming and going and pulsating in volume. It sounded like a cross between an old dial-up modem and the alien sounds from "Signs". One night, I got the courage to find the source of the noise. It was none other than #4095
, which was switched off! I tried pressing the reset, turning it on and off, but I ended up just having to remove the batteries, thus losing my data! (It's all RAM based, which is why it's still powered when off, the noise faded out eerily from the capacitors when I removed the batteries too) I don't know if LEGO knew about this, or whether this was even common or my set is just faulty, but either way, I'm pretty sure creepy and annoying noises coming from LEGO sets is going to scare kids. When I get the time, I'll do a teardown. I'll post a basic overview here, but I'll be doing a detailed circuit analysis and diagnostic with an atempt at a mod or repair over on an electronics forum. (I'll post a link here if anyone is interested) Other than this fault though, the set is pretty good...except for the derpy robot on the front of the box with it's head connected directly to the reset switch so every time it tries to move it just spasms until the head falls off and it tries to run over it. (again, disturbing to kids, and also just a plain failure of design)