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Weekly Set Review: Bandit Ambush

PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2004 3:57 pm
by architect
Join the weekly Classic Castle set review discussion. Please post your opinions on the set play ability, piece selection, design, etc. Which sets stand up to our catapult of critique and which ones crumble in shame!

This week’s set is 6024 Bandit Ambush.

Bandit Ambush was released in 1996 for the Dark Forest. This rock hideout has two forestmen, a catapult, a jail, a treasure chest with jewels, and multiple accessories.

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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2004 4:14 pm
by Athos
Not a bad little set. You get a rock piece, a few tree branches. A pot. Couple of weapons and shield. And two figures you can easily turn into peasants for your villages. My only question is, how effective is a catapult in a forest ambush situation?

Steve

PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2004 4:24 pm
by TwoTonic Knight
Additional greenery, BURP (Big Ugly Rock Piece to forestall the inevitable question), a good selection of weapons and two forestmen. Oh, and a 1x1 round catapult to put your eye out with. :wink:

I mostly considered this a good parts set (and it was available for all of $2 at KB Outlet for a while), but it was a nice addition when added to other Forestmen/Dark Forest sets.

PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2004 4:30 pm
by Webrain
A nice little set, good parts, can be really usefull for making a forest. 2 great minifigs. Nice unique face of one of them. It included a black spear which is not that unique anymore but it was my 1st one back then. As it's been said can be a cheap source for BURPs.

Nice set that fits with the overall Dark Forest concept.
Final score 9/10.

PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2004 4:34 pm
by wlister
Those figs were indeed easy to convert into peasants and later into a green wizard as well. :D I also used this as a parts set and in all I think I bought about 5-7 of them. I would have liked more, but in a one store town, large quantities and decent sales were hard to come by. I would give it a 6/10 when it came out and a 8/10 now.

Will

PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2004 4:36 pm
by Brickboy
I am trying to get this set, but to no avail. :cry:
Alan

PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2004 6:19 pm
by Mr. D
Nice little parts pack. Not much as a set (a catapult in a small hideout like that? And the ladder; come on! Who's going to walk up a ramp like that when it's much simpler and shorter to step up onto the platform), but great for parts. Nice way to get a diversity of weapons. Also, I love the green torso with maroon collar. I wonder why they used round 1x1s for jewels instead of the jewel pieces. Hadn't they been invented yet?

PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2004 7:40 pm
by Robin Hood
Nice set, I like the how it has a great amount of weapons for such a tiny set. I was so glad when they realised Dark Forest. As far as I was concerened, it ment that Forestmen were coming back!

PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2004 8:21 pm
by rogue27
Forestmen are my faction, but Dark Forest came out during my dark age. Fortunately, I purchased 20 of these a couple weeks ago, so I have some useful opinions.

This set has great parts and minifigs. I wish I was into LEGO when these first came out so I could have gotten them for a good price.

Sadly, the design of the set seems impractical. A fixed catapult attached to a rock? "Um, sir could you stand a little to the right so my immobile catapult can hit you?" Yeah. I shouldn't be surprised by how dumb that sounds since this set came out at a time when TLC was making lots of stupid things. Still, lots of great parts and minifigs.

So, great parts pack! A must have for the Forestmen fans out there.

PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2004 10:18 pm
by Formendacil
I've always liked this set, but as with so many classic gems (and not so classic semi-precious stones), I never owned it. My sister (later my brother) owned it, so I can claim to have seen it 'in the flesh'. I like the figs and the weapons' assortment, but not the design so much.

Parts: 7/10
Playability: 6.5/10
Figs/Accessories: 8/10
Design (then): 7/10
Design (now): 7.5/10
Nostalgia: 7.5/10

Overall score: 7.25/10

PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 1:00 am
by Chancellor Erik
One of my favorite sets of all time, although I never owned it. The figs are great and I love the ambush idea, though I have doubts about the effectiveness of a catapult in an ambush (I Legos inspiration questionable...). 9/10 when it was released, as I think there were better sets. But 10/10 today, as KKII is Duplo compared to this.

PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 2:07 am
by Sir Terrance
I like those leaf pieces, figs, shield, BURP, and weapons. Great little set.

PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 8:07 am
by stuifzand
Let's see.... my sigfig is in it :D
I have about 5 of these sets, great pieces in it. I don't know why, but it's one of my favourites :)

PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 12:17 pm
by doctorsparkles
I bought this set when it came out, and I regret not buying any more.The design isn't particularly great, but from it I got my first two forester people, my first ladder and my second BURP. I would love to come across more of these.

PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2004 6:21 pm
by porschecm2
Not a bad little sort of set. Nothing remarkable as a set, but it had useful pieces. Nowadays, though, this set has supurb design, and outstanding pieces. It has nice figs, and useful pieces. I'd give it a 7.5/10

Mr D: the Jewel pieces didn't come out until the original Adventurers line which was released in '99, I believe.

Cm2