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Weekly Set Review: Guarded Inn

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Postby architect » Mon Dec 10, 2007 6:46 pm

rogue27 wrote:Don't you have that backwards?


I think you are right. I was thinking of the original Lion knight torsos which had small gold dots in 1984-85. I need to find both copies of my food flags to compare unless someone else already has a photo of this.

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Postby Blue Monarch » Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:58 pm

I remember drooling over this as a kid, looking at my shop at home magazine. My mother wouldn't buy it for me and I still don't have it today. Although I would like it, I know I could just build an even better one from all my Lego pieces.

Who wouldn't want an inn?? I mean really, it is the coolest part of the Castle theme.
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Postby ottoatm » Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:52 am

I'm a bit ashamed to say that I don't have this set yet either. I have every other Crusader set as they are my favorite faction, but for some reason this one always slips between my fingers. When the re-release came out, I was in Asia and couldn't find it.

I really love this set - both for sentimental and "cool factor" reasons. It is also something of a silly dream for me to FINALLY be able to assemble the King's Castle with all of the Crusader modules in it.

The set itself is nice - it has a nice design and decoration for medieval building, and gives some sort of hint at medieval life outside of castles and knights fighting each other.

One thing that always confused me was what would happen if it rained, since there seems to be a lack of protection against the elements, but oh well. :)

Nice set - I love the modular aspect of it, as I do the somewhat civilian feel to it.
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Postby Jyp » Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:11 pm

I've always considered that it was a pity not to have a second floor with a bed under the roof (like for some 80's house sets); there would have place for that! Here exterior and interior don't match (e.g. the upper windows are useless and not accessible; it's supposed to be an inn but there's no place to sleep; etc.)

Then maybe it would be good if the building was a bit longer so that four or six soldiers could seat and eat together instead of only one or two...

Anyway, it's one of the nicest set, I really like the overall design!
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Postby Jojo » Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:03 pm

Hello!


Jyp wrote:I've always considered that it was a pity not to have a second floor with a bed under the roof (like for some 80's house sets); there would have place for that!

I agree. It’s possible, though:

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I admit there have been more comfortable beds in Legoland…


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Postby Traveler » Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:10 am

In my mind, this is tied with Forestmen's Crossing for best set ever. That's probably for nostalgic value, as those were the ones I wanted most as a kid, but never got (still don't have either... yet.)

Not much I can add, except to ask how this hasn't been reviewed before now :?:
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Postby Ben the lego king » Thu Dec 13, 2007 6:38 pm

I wish I had knowen abot this set when it came out :cry: :cry: how much did it cost? :?:
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Postby Blue Monarch » Thu Dec 13, 2007 6:54 pm

Traveler wrote:In my mind, this is tied with Forestmen's Crossing for best set ever. :?:


Really?? I too am empty-handed on both. At the time, I really wanted the guarded inn, and not so much the Forestmen Crossing. I suppose if you compare the rarity of the two sets it would be very close. I suppose you are right, though: it comes down to nostalgia.

If I had one of the two to choose from it would be the guarded inn.
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Postby DerBum » Fri Dec 14, 2007 3:16 pm

I do not own this set, but I was reviewing the instructions for it online (I am considering making a variation of it). I like the general overall feel of this set. It is a great set for kids, because there is a good blend of military and civilian playability. Who is to say that only knights can eat at this inn (of course that is back in the day when there were more civilian figures available)? On the other hand... Am I the only one who thinks that it isnt necessary for the front of the inn to open, when the back is already open? Other than that it has great play value and provides knights a place to stop and eat on their way to and from quests.
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Postby Kozai13 » Sat Dec 15, 2007 2:30 am

Jojo wrote:Hello!


Jyp wrote:I've always considered that it was a pity not to have a second floor with a bed under the roof (like for some 80's house sets); there would have place for that!

I agree. It’s possible, though:

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I admit there have been more comfortable beds in Legoland…


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LOL!! I've done that before with that little space. Never worked well.
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Postby moom » Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:53 pm

Ben the lego king wrote:I wish I had knowen abot this set when it came out :cry: :cry: how much did it cost? :?:
You can look it up on www.classic-castle.com: clik on button Sets in the left column of the page, then on Out of Production, and finally on 1986 for the original released version of the set, or 2001 for the legend re-release.
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