garraofthesand wrote:don't understand the axe as oar though.
According to Peeron
, the minifig oar didn't appear until 1989, two years after this set was released. I think the axe was just the set designers using the closest thing they could from existing pieces to approximate an oar or rudder. Just like using the flags to make a sail since there was no good "sail piece". Given the restrictions, I think this was a reasonable piece choice.* The bonus was that this also made the set a nice army builder, with two figs and three weapons (including the lance as mast), two shields and five flags in a small set. With the two different torso, helms, and shields, you could get a few of this set and have two opposing armies, or two different companies within the same army - one of axemen and the other of spearmen.
*Hmm, the Fabuland oar with ring handle
was available at the time, but I don't know if those Fabuland pieces were used in fig-scale sets at the time. The use of Fabuland pieces in non-Fab sets seems to me to be a more recent phenomenon, with things like the Fab-wrenches on the AT-AT, Hagrid with the Fab-axe, and the remade Fab-oar showing up in Viking, KKII, Jack Stone Pirate and Bellville sets.**
**Hmm, the Fab-oar with bar handle
doesn't actually appear in any Fabuland sets, according to Peeron. Hard to actually call this a Fabuland part.
- Hey, Chris beat me!