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Postby Azaghal » Fri Sep 02, 2005 2:12 am

Like this, Nick. :wink:

{Ahem}... This set, was for a long time, my biggest castle set, and I really like it. It also is the only set I have with a Forestman in it. Speaking of which,

Sir Garth wrote:It could've used a forestmen shield and sword somewhere hidden in the cart to give the poor forest dude a chance.


I always assumed that the bow on the back was his, confinscated when they nabbed him. :)
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Postby Graynar » Fri Sep 02, 2005 3:18 am

An old thread awoken again!

This set would sell like hot cakes today! Wow, this set rocks! A knight, a soldier, a horse and a prisoner! This beats the battle wagon to shreds!

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Postby mister_e » Fri Sep 02, 2005 5:03 am

I had this set as a child and loved it. Of course, I loved pretty much EVERY castle set back then, but that's not the point. I remember switching the position of the horses, having the knight on the white horse with the black horse pulling the cart, because I thought that the fully armored Lion/Crusader knight looked too "evil" on a black horse and I always imagined the Crusaders as the good guys. Heheh. Silly child I was. Looking at this set as an adult, I agree that it probably needs another horse and at least one or two foot soldiers. But that would have drove the price up and I think this was intended to be one of the smaller/cheaper sets. I won't assign it a numerical score because I, admittedly, cannot judge these old sets without bias.
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Postby ottoatm » Fri Sep 02, 2005 3:30 pm

The timing on this is great! I just bought this set with the Prisoner Convoy to aid my Lions in their crusade against those pesky forestmen.

I haven't gotten it yet, but here's why I bought it:

This set has 3 figs and a few horses, a real bargin for a small set (well, not off e-bay, but anyway) - and it's really got that robin hood vs. the sheriff feel to it - with the soldiers searching out and capturing the thieves (if they can).

I like the idea of it - it's kind of unique - even now, there is only one other set (I'm aware of) that is like it - the Traitor Transport from the Fright Knights... and this is much cooler.
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Postby Azaghal » Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:13 pm

There's also the brand-new 8874 Battle Wagon... interesting how it seems to be the "bad" guys getting these now -Crusaders excepted of course. 8)
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Postby ottoatm » Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:46 pm

Azaghal wrote: interesting how it seems to be the "bad" guys getting these now -Crusaders excepted of course. 8)


Nice save. ;-)

I forgot about the new set, and your right, it is the bad guys with these - the bulls have something like this in "bulls attack" too. I wonder if TLC considered Lions to be bad compared to the forestmen? Silly LEGO company. :-)
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Postby Jojo » Fri Sep 02, 2005 8:14 pm

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ottoatm wrote:I wonder if TLC considered Lions to be bad compared to the forestmen?

The Lions are the power (of government). That doesn't mean they are bad. But every government oppresses some parts of their subjects (or so these subjects feel so), if only by taxes. So rebels - and that's what the forestmen are - usually are supported by the sympathy of subjects to the government.


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Postby jamtf » Sat Sep 03, 2005 4:26 pm

Jojo wrote:Hello!


ottoatm wrote:I wonder if TLC considered Lions to be bad compared to the forestmen?

The Lions are the power (of government). That doesn't mean they are bad. But every government oppresses some parts of their subjects (or so these subjects feel so), if only by taxes. So rebels - and that's what the forestmen are - usually are supported by the sympathy of subjects to the government.


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Check out the 260 building book from 1990. The lion knights and the black falcons actually linked up as it seems they are sharing a castle (a shield of each faction is attached to the front gate). Also, some of the the black falcons legions are equipped with the red-yellow and blue black knights / black monarch dragon shields. A bit confusing if you ask me.

The forestmen are the hunted faction and they are supposed to be the outlaws and rebels. They are taken prisoner as in Dungeon Hunters set. On page 31, a bunch of forestmen have taken a crusader knight as their prisoner. The wolfpack are obviously bad guys and they are in my opinion the successors of the forestmen.

Perhaps it is like this:
Black Falcons / Crusaders against forestmen
Black Knights against Wolfpack

The Black Knights could therefore be the "new" Black Falcons.
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Postby HenrytheV » Sat Sep 03, 2005 11:54 pm

This looks like a sweet set. I like that it includes minifigs from 2 factions, some horses and 1 Euro armor. I'd love to get it, sadly all of my money is devoted to construction of my castle :( . Oh well, I'll get it someday.
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Postby wakproductions » Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:26 pm

This set had a production error in some of the sets. The piece at the very top of the door that holds the cage bars in place did not have holes at in the bottom, and therefore could not be attached. I did not have the correct piece to substitute and therefore had to leave the door without those two top pieces. The door was rather weakly held in place and it was really easy for the Forestmen guy to bust the door off and make a run for it.
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Postby Ristridin » Thu Dec 08, 2005 2:59 pm

This set is realy good, 2 horses, euro armor, 3 nice minifis, etc. I have bought thes set last month, and I am realy happy with it.

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Postby mscannell » Fri Dec 09, 2005 2:36 pm

This was my first castle set, I was mostly space before this. This set made me wish I had collected more castle sets earlier. This is one of those few sets I wouldn't try to make bigger or modify unlike the castles. It was perfect.
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Postby wunztwice » Mon Dec 12, 2005 1:59 am

I would have loved this set when it came out. Now most places it costs too much to worry about it. More swords and shields (or at least one of each) would not have been remise, but oh well. Overall, perdy solid set, decent playability and all.
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Postby jokkna » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:32 am

This set is lovely, It has nice figs and in my opinion one of the greatest wagons of all time.
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Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:54 pm

I think this was a good set, especially for its price. I have to admit most of the time a BK was in the back not a forestman. It fits a fair number of men in it as well so lots of fun after a battle.

Wlister,

I felt one more horse would have been good but this did not bother me toooooo much. Perhaps this one was much stronger than the four other horses? Since a horse can easily pull 4 times its weight not a huge issue to me.

Jojo,

Lack of men is something in many lego sets. Beside the knight does not have to outrun the forestman thats why he has a horse and few humans I know of can do that.

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