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Weekly Set Review: Knight's Kingdom Catapult

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 3:12 am
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 1289 Knight's Kingdom Catapult.

Knight's Kingdom Catapult was released in a 1998 as part of a Kabaya Castle Pack. It was only available in Japan. This small rotating catapult is manned by a Bull's soldier. Various accessories are included.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 3:48 am
by JoshWedin
Well, not a lot to say about this set. I am a Bull fan (unlike many people) but there isn't anything special about this. Just another catapult of inferior design and the fig isn't unusual at all. It is a somewhat rare set, since it was only released in Japan, but I don't see any reason to hunt it down.

Josh

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 5:25 am
by Formendacil
Never really looked at this set before...

Looking at it, it looks like one of the best little catapult/crossbow/whatever sets out there. The pieces here all appear to be moderately useful. As for the fig, I'm like JoshWedin, I'd like to have a lot of Bulls. (Doesn't mean they're a top-favourite them, mind you, but I would like to have a pile.)

Parts: 7.5/10
Playability: 6/10
Figs/Accessories: 7/10
Design (then): 6.5/10
Design (now): 6.5/10
Nostalgia: 6/10

Overall Score: 6.58/10

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 5:26 am
by Devari
I suppose the value of this set would really depend on how much it would cost. As an army builder for Bull figs, it's not too bad. I prefer Image for a more generic bull figure. I must say I dislike this fig's head.

Being an army builder, it's hard to rate this set - especially since we have no price data.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 6:46 am
by MaxiVisVires
As a cheap army builder, I'd give it a 8. But the set itself isn't something you ooh and ahh for. A 6 overall.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 8:51 am
by Damien
Overall.. it's not terrible as a little cheapy set. But really.. pretty lame catapult. One of the worst faces, in my opinion. And a torso I don't like. I can't see myself ever bothering to pick this up.

The only good thing about this set is that it comes with a relatively generic soldier, which is good for army building.

2/10, at best.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 9:29 am
by ottoatm
I have a feeling remarks on this "set" (small collection of bricks) will be very similiar to that above... An army builder, and if your a bulls fan, all the better for it!

I would buy this because I collect sets of all kind, and because I do like to have lots and lots of figs! I guess I'd give it something like a 6/10, although that may be a bit generous because I do like the bulls.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 9:42 am
by Sir Kohran
The catapult looks pretty lame and rather weak. This is somewhat understandable, seeing as it was meant to go with sweet packets, but it still makes this set look rather silly when viewed by itself. The figure is nice, but only if you like the Bulls.

6/10

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:03 am
by Nick
Another catapult! This one seems to be more interesting, as it has that unique box piece. Also, it looks as though it rotates. And the crossbow is nice. However, I dislike the minifig's head, mostly because of the eyes. How can a person have shiny silver eyes with no definite boundary?
Parts: 7/10
Playability: 7/10
Figs/Accessories: 5/10
Design: 3/10
Nostalgia: 0/10
Average score: 4.4

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 12:07 pm
by Norro
I like the red corner pieces used on the catapult. That would be my reason for buying this set, but it isn't a strong enough motivation to hunt this down...

God Bless,

Nathan

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 12:34 pm
by Tanotrooper
i'd buy it if it was in a toy shop, its 10 times better then KK2 sets, but i cretainly dont care about it.

Ave!

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 12:54 pm
by Ristridin
I agree; its much better than KK2. the bulls are ok. But the head of this bull soldier is silly in my opinion. I also think that there are to many catapult in KK1 and KK2. The set would be better if it had a little sword, one of the old fassion type swords.

Parts: 4/10
Playability: 6/10
Figs/Accessories: 5/10
Design: 4/10
Nostalgia: 0/10
Average score: 3.8/10

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 2:12 pm
by Webrain
As 99.9% of this comunity I don't have this set, I don't intend to hunt it since because of it's rareness it will cost more then it worth so why bother....

I can easily make one if I want though, don't worth more then a 1$ like all those useless small set which are only good for the minifig

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 4:26 pm
by JoshWedin
Hey all,

I just found this set (and the other three) on Ebay. Starting bid of $35.99 for all four. That is 8.99 per set, so that gives us some kind of price per piece guide for this set. Rather spendy for such a small set, with no rare pieces...

Josh

PS. If someone needs the link, PM me. I didn't want to post the link since this is set discussion and not BST.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 5:57 pm
by Rosh.Gonff
Awesome set i say! Huzzah for the bulls. The face that comes with this i have used so very much for so very many thing, it's so useful. 2 weapons with one guy isnt bad either, unlike some soliders that just come with one. This capapult wouldnt be the best for storming a castle but for small skrimshes it would be quite good. Fine, Fine set very rockingly awesome