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Weekly Set Review: Knight's Kingdom Chess Set

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Postby Aliencat » Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:02 pm

Apart from having no use for an army of baby blue soldiers, this set also has the worst rooks of all chess sets, and the fact that it's glued just ruins it for me. I know this was the first one, and it paved the way for the upcoming super chess set, so that makes up for it, but still.
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Postby dragonblade24 » Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:01 am

I thought this set was wimpy compaired to the others but then again it was the first so you can't blame them. I do like the shadow knights though. I also wish they didn't glue the baseplate together :wink:
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Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:38 am

speaking of baseplates that have been glued.... does hot water weaken the glue? I have thought perhaps it worth trying to loosen them.

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Postby MoonCheese » Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:06 am

I really don't understand why Lego would glue them. It seems to undermine the entire purpose of Lego, the ability to take apart and put together parts in any way you want...
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Postby Jojo » Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:59 am

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Heir of Black Falcon wrote:speaking of baseplates that have been glued.... does hot water weaken the glue? I have thought perhaps it worth trying to loosen them.

Unfortunately no, it doesn’t. This kind of glue literally melts the pieces together. You cannot loosen them without destroying them.


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Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:57 pm

Thats not good. Thanks for the feed back. I guess they will remain one and the same then.

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Re: Weekly Set Review: Knight's Kingdom Chess Set

Postby Lord Eor » Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:49 pm

architect wrote: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 G678 Knight's Kingdom Chess Set.

Knight's Kingdom Chess Set was released in 2005 for Knight's Kingdom II. This game has 32 chess pieces and 24 armed minifigures, the most for any castle set. Figures exclusive to this set include the rooks, knights, and good and evil queens.

There are atleast three board variations of this set. The first production run had versions with 4x4 black and white plates glued to a white 32x32 baseplate. Some versions were only partially glued or not glued at all. While making the second production run, LEGO had a shortage of 4x4 plates. Four 2x2 white plates were substituted for each white 4x4 plate. Two 2x4 black plates were substituted for each 4x4 black plate.

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Postby Tower of Iron Will » Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:55 pm

I thought the "Black" Queen was a bold step up for LEGO at the time. She looks thoroughly evil. What most of us, myself included, did not know was that this was a little hint of the future, ie Skeleton faction. I bought this mainly as an army builder, but the baby blue imposes a challenge.
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Postby Voran_the_Scholar » Thu Apr 24, 2008 3:03 pm

You know, as far as baby blue goes, I think LEGO was thinking about using other colors at some point. I think this is where the purple bullet helms and green flared helms originated.

This set kind of ruined the rest of the chess sets for me. I don't know why. I just got disillusioned with the whole thing.

Until they came out with the really BIG one that they are demanding rediculous prices for...
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Postby sir lockt » Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:23 pm

In my opinion a very weak chess set. There is a small positive note and thats the scorpion soldiers.

One more hypothetic question. Here you see a close-up of the "blue"-side troops...

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemPic.asp?M=cas276

How would this set increase in your value if more proper colour schematics where used (like the current color settings with dark blue, shiny silver armor and brown crossbows)??
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Postby Lord Eor » Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:35 pm

Yeah, I can imagine Knight's Kingdom was a dark day for LEGO casle lovers. I don't really remeber it as I was only around 10, but I bet it still pretty stunk. :!:
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Postby Coatsy » Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:44 pm

I agree with most folks here that the Jayko faction is rather blah. But being a huge fan of Vladek the "bad" side of the chess board was great. And yeah I did wait for the set to go on discount. All in all it fit my needs.

The set is pretty average. 5 of 10.
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Postby Lord Eor » Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:47 pm

I would say Vladek and the Shadow knights were probably the most realistic in the theme.
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Postby Voran_the_Scholar » Fri Apr 25, 2008 6:27 pm

sir lockt wrote:In my opinion a very weak chess set. There is a small positive note and thats the scorpion soldiers.

One more hypothetic question. Here you see a close-up of the "blue"-side troops...

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemPic.asp?M=cas276

How would this set increase in your value if more proper colour schematics where used (like the current color settings with dark blue, shiny silver armor and brown crossbows)??


I probably would have bought it in a heartbeat.
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