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Weekly Set Review: Knight's Castle

Postby architect » Sun Apr 18, 2004 9:38 pm

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This week’s set is 6073 Knight’s Castle.

Knight’s Castle, released in 1984, was the first Black Falcon castle. It has two archer towers, a small gate tower with red bricks, a drawbridge, and a jail. The set includes two knights, two archers, two spearmen, and accessories.

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Postby SavaTheAggie » Sun Apr 18, 2004 9:45 pm

I never owned this set, though I always wanted to. It's not flashy, but it's cool IMO. Sure, it's like the illegitimate child between the King's Castle and the Black Falcon's fortress, but come on... Green flags!

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Postby Jojo » Sun Apr 18, 2004 10:43 pm

Yes yes yes!


That's been the very first real castle I owned. I got it for Christmas in 1984 so it probably caused my love to the Eagle Knights. Though it's not the best castle LEGO ever made it's beyond criticism for me, I'm quite biased... I'm getting sentimental....

The built door of the jail is really cool and unsurpassed.


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Postby doctorsparkles » Sun Apr 18, 2004 10:44 pm

As far as the design itself goes... I'm not too thrilled.
On the other hand, any set that comes with 6 Black Falcons is definitely worth owning in my eyes. Plus I could definitely make use of all of the castle wall pieces... I don't have nearly enough of them to incorporate them into any of my models.
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Postby wlister » Sun Apr 18, 2004 10:44 pm

This was my second large castle set back when I was a kid and I always liked it. Black Falcons have always been a favorite of mine and this set had just what you need to build that Falcon Army. The two shields used as decoration were great as spare shields were not common in the Black Falcon sets. Of course it is not as great as the BFF or 6080, but it was a great set. 8.5/10 back then, 9.5/10 now. Even in new gray I'd still buy at least 5 of them.

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Postby Athos » Sun Apr 18, 2004 11:04 pm

Never got this one. It is a nice little outpost castle though, and has a good little contigent of the coveted Black Falcons. Think it should be pretty easy to recreate out of spare parts. Though the green flags might be hard to come by.

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Postby lemon_squeezer2 » Sun Apr 18, 2004 11:34 pm

I love this little set. It was the one that got me interested in Lego again. I found mine with a buch of other Legos at my grandparent's house. I was able to determine what set it was by the types of pieces in the bin, and by using some instructions online, I put it together. It is solidly built and well designed. While not the fanciest or most detailed set TLC has made, it is a good one. Definatly a 9/10.
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Postby rogue27 » Sun Apr 18, 2004 11:48 pm

First LEGO I ever bought off of eBay, straight out of my dark age.

It has a good selection of figures and parts for it's size, and the brick door inside is pretty cool. However, it pales in comparison to BFF because it lacks the roof peak bricks, and I don't think corner bricks existed at the time either.

Still, definitely a good set, and I would buy at least one if it was available now. Actually, I'm rather upset that Black Falcon's Fortress is no longer available. I was only able to get 3 of them while they were around, and now people are trying to charge over $60 for them online. *sigh*

Will LEGO ever release another good castle set?
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Postby The Wolfpack Boss » Mon Apr 19, 2004 1:06 am

I always liked this set's red arch, I thought it was a nice contrast and it still stands alone as far as any castle design goes. Other than that, plain, but as everyone has noted - 6 Black Falcons and green flags, that's worth it alright. Does anyone know how much it retailed for? It couldn't have been much.
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Postby brian » Mon Apr 19, 2004 2:28 am

This was the second castle I ever owned. I was collecting Space and Castle at the time and really didn't have a tendency towards either. This castle is the turning point where Castle became the focus of all my building projects. I always had Space fight Castle as a kid, and the 6 falcons helped turn the tide. I will always love the old castle sets for the basic building you had to do to create one. Great set and being a Black Falcon set puts in over the edge. Also, the fact that it was made into a Legend also backs up it's status as an awesome set! 9/10
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Postby Teh Stud » Mon Apr 19, 2004 3:05 am

I loved to have the Lion knights siege this castle. I never thought that 6 knights were enough of a garrison, so I would pack it full of figures from other sets as well. I would usually use the 6061 Siege Tower wall and 6040 Blacksmith Shop to expand the castle. My two 6030 Catapults would belong to the Lion knights during the siege.

1984 was the best year of castle. Hands down.
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Postby Cat » Mon Apr 19, 2004 11:21 am

Also my first major castle set. I loved the Black Falcons. They would always lay seige to my brother's knights. A simple, sturdy set. Too bad they are so hard to come by now.
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Postby medib » Mon Apr 19, 2004 12:17 pm

I would say that this is a great set for the mini-figs and a good source of pieces.

Stuff I dislike, the green flags (its a bit of diversity) but c'mon green flags! :?

and the red gate. Red gate with Green flags... is this the keep of Sir SANTA? :wink:

Anyways, when I started collecting Lego I wanted this set and the King's Castle. To have the "good" guys (lions)
agains the "bad" guys (falcons)... though the roles could be reversed... the lions could be bullying the "innocent" falcons... :wink:

My last thought is that the Black Falcon Fortress is the set
that they really wanted to put out, but they didn't have time to put it out earlier. The Knights castle was put out for play with the Kings Castle (so less priority would have been used in the set design)

Just some * random * thoughts about it.

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Postby Jehkar » Mon Apr 19, 2004 1:53 pm

I never got this set (cause I wasn't alive). But its a nice set that would go great with Black Falcons Fortress. I give it a 9/10
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Postby TwoTonic Knight » Mon Apr 19, 2004 3:50 pm

It was something of a half-size 6080 for those who still wanted a castle but were on a budget. From that standpoint, it was a nice set. It's only major flaw was that it was followed by the better and more desirable 6074 Black Falcon's Fortress.
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