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Motorising the Haunted House

It's not immediately obvious from the front of the box that 10273 Haunted House includes a 'Tower of Terror'-style free-fall lift within it.

As it comes, it's manually operated, but the back of the box suggests that you can add Powered Up components to it to motorise it.

Previous fairground sets could be motorised using the now-obsolete, but low-cost, Power Functions motor and battery box, so it was possible to automate your ride for less than £20/$20.

Now, however, it's going to set you back about £75/$85. You need a 88009 Hub (£45/$50) and two 88008 Motor (£15/$17), not to mention a smart device that runs the Powered Up app to operate it. That's a significant outlay!

It's not clear what the two motors do. One will raise the lift, of course: perhaps the other opens/closes doors or something. It will be interesting to find out whether the old PF motors can be used and simply turned on and off, or whether the motors' operation needs to be synchronised which of course is only possible with some sort of programming and control. I was hoping the designer video would shed some light, but it doesn't.

Do you think this is an interesting advancement or a retrograde step?

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