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Weekly Set Review: Knight's Arsenal

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2005 11:26 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 6016 Knight's Arsenal.

Knight's Arsenal, released in 1987, is a weapons cart for the Lion Knights. It includes, one Lion soldier, two hatchets, two swords, and other accessories.

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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2005 11:34 pm
by Webrain
Boring Cart

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2005 11:57 pm
by eNiGMa
For $4.25, you get a soldier, some swords and hatchets, a horse, and some wagon wheels. It's better than a lot of the stuff Lego has come out with lately, but it's still been done much better than this.

6/10 then and now

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 1:14 am
by Dragonlord Esq.
I would like it better if it was longer, and if the torso was kingdom-specific. Eh, 6/10.

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 2:00 am
by HenrytheV
6/10
I'd rather have a lion torso.

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 2:04 am
by Formendacil
A decent cart, although as noted by Webrain, there are only so many generic carts one can handle before they cease to have any major interest.

That said, this is still a pretty good cart, what with three real weapons (none of MY Castle figs get armed with a fireman's hatchet), a decent fig (some of you want faction-specific. I say that generic means I don't need a sticker). I am annoyed though, that it fails to come with a saddle for the horse.

Parts: 7/10
Playability: 6/10
Figs/Accessories: 7.5/10
Design (then): 7.5/10
Design (now): 8.5/10
Nostalgia: 7/10

Overall Score: 7.25/10

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 2:10 am
by ottoatm
Hmm... well, I guess I will take the less popular side of these reviews, because I really like this cart. I like the pipes, or whatever they are on the top, it gives it a rustic look... does that make sense? I dunno... this cart is different than the rest to me - it looks very utilitarian and not so flashy - I can see it going through the ranks of a Crusader army arming the soldiers as they prepare for battle. :)

8/10

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 3:50 am
by architect
Knight's Arsenal was one of my least favorite castle sets when I was growing up. I recieved a couple of copies from relatives who did not ask each other which sets I already had. Mainly the piece selection bothered me. The hose pieces, 4x4 black boat base, and non-rotating horse hitching were not as usefull as pieces in other carts. However, some people really like the piece selection for space mocs. Finally, I really dislike the knight armor torso minifigure with the flared helm. I think a generic soldier would have worked better here and also in 6039 Twin Arm Launcher.

All of this being said, I would like to defend some of the better points of this set. It is only one of two castle sets to have hatchets. Any variety to castle weaponry is good, even if these are leftovers from firemen sets. In addition, at the time of release many places in the US did not have alot of cart sets. Sets like 6011, 6055, and 6023 were not available everywhere in the USA so many of us only had 6022 and 6010.

This was a good filler set in your kingdom but its downfall is a lack of quality sub models due to overspecialized pieces.

Ben E.

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 4:24 am
by Stephen
I like this cart. Although the pipes over the top ended up with my "don't like to use 'em" parts. The rest of the cart had some pretty handy pieces and was easily modified to pull 6039 (Twin Arm Launcher). The two together became a standard part of my army on the march scenerios.

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 7:42 am
by ezehogan
I am usually a big fan of the older castle sets, but the designers didn't do a good job with this one. This just isn't a very good cart. The pipes look completely out of place to me, and the set in general just seems kind of tossed together.

Lego has produced several carts better than this one, and although it does come with a lot of weapons and a fig for a cheap price, it could have been done much better.

3 of 10.

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 8:00 am
by The Hordesman
May not be the best set, but its quite good for towns, and I could need more weapons- hatchets also makes perfect throwing axes! Im not too keen on the soldier's cuirass, since I got 12 black knights when I was a kid, who all had a black cuirass like that one. I would be very happy if I got one more lion shield- I got 2 blue and 1 yellow only! But if it existed today it would be common, so no extra points for that. The tubes are spacy, agreed, but I think this wagon looks good with them.

Overall, good stock with hatchets (throwing axes or milita weapons). Still I would like to see some extra shields too. An ok cart. Good use of spacy tubes.

3/5

Perhaps Im too happy today :D

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 11:55 am
by Fry_slayer
Generic stuff, cant do with it, cant do without it.

But a brillant set for stock up cart parts and small axes, oh and ah.. plastic cape for ur officers

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 11:58 am
by Jojo
Hello!


architect wrote:Knight's Arsenal was one of my least favorite castle sets when I was growing up. [...] Mainly the piece selection bothered me. The hose pieces, 4x4 black boat base, and non-rotating horse hitching were not as usefull as pieces in other carts. [...] Finally, I really dislike the knight armor torso minifigure with the flared helm. I think a generic soldier would have worked better here and also in 6039 Twin Arm Launcher.

Yep.


Bye
Jojo

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 2:26 pm
by Silent Arrow
.... The first time that I saw this set was during 1988. I didn't bought it, I don't remember why exactly. I find it a good set in general, however back to 1989 I prefered to buy other sets.......(specifically I bought all the other sets except from it!!)........

...I think thas is one of the few (...perhaps the only...) carts that can pass through the gates of the castles without to modify the cart itself... That was a good reason to buy it.

PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 4:03 pm
by bannear
I think much has already been said. I would definitely use it for parts to arm my soldiers and to put a horse under a cavalryman, but the design is not a winner.
5/10
Cheers,
SirBert.