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Re: The Search for the Greatest Castle Set of All Time

Postby Frank_Lloyd_Knight » Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:53 pm

What could possibly be "infamous" about the yellow castle? Is it not the noblest and purest of all castles there are?
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Re: The Search for the Greatest Castle Set of All Time

Postby Count Blacktron » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:06 am

I have to throw my hood in with 10193 Medieval Market Village. It's the only set that meets all my fantasy about a Castle village from an official set and still contains enough elements and figures to be within the theme of Castle monarchy and military expansion/defense. So many parts. So many uses! And not a single of the somewhat awkward Castle wall segments that are somewhat overused in the theme of Castle. Love it so much I'd consider buying a 4th copy from LEGO if they didn't keep on churning out the awesome. 8)
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Postby Robin Hood » Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:09 am

And we have another one coming around:

#7041 Battle Wheel - Nominated by Funnyham

Disagree? Partly agree? Totally agree? Lets get the juices flowing people, imagine this as every single set review thread bundled up into one.

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Re: The Search for the Greatest Castle Set of All Time

Postby Blego7 » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:20 pm

IMHO my favorite is Medieval Market Village.
This set was much anticipated by all for its new pieces, namely cows, cowls, torsos, and Turkey Middle.
Besides those obvious benefits there is also light blue bricks, black roof pieces, 14 dark green leaves, and 2 Gorgeous buldings just bursting with playability and new Bricks.
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Re: The Search for the Greatest Castle Set of All Time

Postby Funnyham » Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:45 pm

A distinct lack of means of Troll excercise though...
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Postby Robin Hood » Sun Jun 06, 2010 5:02 am

#6081 King's Mountain Fortress - Nominated by Laird Cashman

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Re: The Search for the Greatest Castle Set of All Time

Postby Quickblade22 » Sun Jun 06, 2010 5:16 pm

RH asked for opinions, so I figured I'd use my 700th post to do it here. Here's a 'quick' rundown of each nominee. Note that my opinion on the set does not reflect my opinion on the person that I nominated the set..... well mostly :sly:

#375 - I don't own it, but I am not a fan of the color or brick built horses. The factions seem generic. However, being the first Lego Castle, if I has got it when it first came out, I bet I would loved it. 14 figs, are you kidding me? :shock:

#6080 Kings Castle - My first and favorite Lego Castle I own. 12 figs is awesome. Each Knight looks like they belong to an allied Lord or something, yet seem individual. I still use instructions to assist in helping me build other Mocs.

#6086 Black Knight's Castle - I don't own this set. It looks really great on the outside. Plenty of figs and my favorite euro armor and pointed visors. The raised base plate gives me pause though. The color combo is what basically ruins the set for me. I don't even consider the Black Knights faction a real faction. Too many question marks on what this faction is supposed to be.

#3739 Blacksmith Shop - I didn't own this set. It came out during my wallet's 'dark age'. It's cool that they made a set designed by an AFOL. They could have added a patron and tried not to put so many different colors in the set, but it's a good set.

#6074 Black Falcon's Fortress - I was happy when they re-released it that I made sure I could fit it into my tight budget. The design is really cool, even though it is on the smallish side.

#10176 Royal King's Castle - This set looks basically like a redo of King Leo's Castle. Too many aired out parts and a raised base plate for my liking. Looks like a great parts pack though.

#10193 Medieval Market Village - This is a set that should have spawned more similar smaller sets. I love sets that have war themes, (especially when they have an obvious good side and bad side to make all the sissy's cry about sets not being ambiguous enough for their tastes). But I would have loved to see a tavern with some sort of dispute or a baker's home being threatened to be burnt down for whatever reason.

#6066 Camouflage Outpost - Already gave my thoughts on this. My knock on it is that this would have been the perfect chance to introduce brown to the color palette for trees.

#6077 Forestmen's River Fortress - Loved the premises of this set, but the inside is all sorts of meh. I'm glad they decided not to use printing on the base plate, but adding some parts to make it seem like some detail in the water would have been nice.

#6067 Guarded Inn - I didn't own this set, but it has a great feel to it. The modularity of it is what makes this a winner also. This should have been made into a bigger set down the road.

#4894 Mythical Creatures - Different, but that's about it. I like the Viking Dragons too much and the lack of figs dosn't work for me.

#7041 Troll Battle Wheel - The hilarity of the set makes it cool. I wasn't willing to part with my money for this set, but it fit the mood of the trolls.

#6081 King's Mountain Fortress - I own this set. It has some good qualities to it. The raised base plate and the set up is majorly lacking. This is a set that really needed an AFOL to fix to make it look awesome.....and AlienCat did.

#6085 Black Monarch's Castle - I do not own this set. It really looks cool as far as the shape and color of the castle. Comes with plenty of figures as well. The 2 knocks I have on it are (again) the faction looking weak, and that it almost seems like a redo of #6080 King's Castle. Change the flags and the men and you have a very nice castle.

#8877 Vladek's Dark Fortress - Was great to see a bad guy get such a large structure, too bad it was with with Lego's worst Castle line ever. The look of it gives the desired effect and I like the flame slingshot catapults. It's too aired out and more like a wall rather than a castle. The horse catapult might very well be the dumbest thing ever put into a castle set.

#6193 Castle Building Set/Creator Castle - Nice little set. It's really just a bunch of blocks.

#6041 Armor Shop - I owned this set and absolutely loved it. It became overshadowed in time by some of the bigger sets I acquired, and having the black sword stolen/lost made me try to forget about this wonderful set. Lot's of rare pieces at the time in such a small set.

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Postby Robin Hood » Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:39 pm

Quickblade22 wrote:Maybe I'll add more thoughts if more nominees appear.


Well we have another one.

#6085 Black Monarch's Castle - Nominated by Heir of Black Falcon

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Postby Robin Hood » Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:44 pm

As the time for nominations draws to a close, we have a couple more to add.

#8877 Vladek's Dark Fortress - Nominated by Niall, read what he wrote about!

#6085 Black Monarch's Castle - Nominated by Fraser. Now I know this set was already nominated by Heir of Black Falcon, but due to a slight hiccup in my email, I only recieved Fraser's nomination today, when he actually sent it before Heir did. Since Heir's nomination was already posted, I decided to leave it up, and add Fraser's. So this set gets a double nomination. Check out what Fraser had to add, and add some thoughts of your own.

Remember, the deadline for nominations is tomorrow at midnight! So if you don't see your favorite set out there already, send a PM or email my way (I promise all emails will make it through :oops: ).

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Re: The Search for the Greatest Castle Set of All Time

Postby davee123 » Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:18 pm

Just to see where I lined things up, I rated the sets as follows:

* Wanted - Tied to nostalgia-- How much would I really have wanted the set when it came out? And how much do I still want it? (10% of total score)
* Castleish - How representative of the "Castle" theme as a whole is the set? (20% of total score)
* Elements - How are the elements that are included? In particular, how juniorized are they, what unique elements do you get, and how does it stack up figure-wise? (30% of total score)
* Design - How good is the set design? In particular, how good are the details, the features, and the colors of the set? (40% of total score)

I should also mention that I own each set on the list, with the quasi-exception of 375, which I've purchased the parts necessary to build (it's actually sitting assembled in my house at the moment), but don't technically "own". I'll also admit that I don't remember all that much about 8877 Vladek's Dark Fortress-- I built it once, and quickly disassembled it, back when it came out in 2005, so I feel a little less sure about my rating on that set. All the others I believe I've built at least once since 2006, and feel like I remember reasonably well.

All told, on a scale of 1 to 10:

6193 Castle Building Set - 4.33
The Castle Building Set was a cute little starter set that did a decent job of bridging the gap between DUPLO castles and System castles. It was small and affordable, with hardly any juniorization at all, which made it a great standalone kit to play with, and made for a good addition to any child's collection. However, it falls very far short of the mark on many of the criteria on which castle sets tend to be judged in the hobbyist community. The color scheme is inconsistent and overly bright, the castle itself is just a facade, and there aren't really any elements that most castle fans are hunting for. It's cute, but not worthy to be in the competition, in my opinion.

4894 Mythical Creatures - 5.87
Although a fine set in its own right, this set loses big points as "best castle set of all time" for not really being a "castle" set. It's got no figures at all, and doesn't feature any castle-period structures. It's a fine set and all, but it just doesn't measure up to the competition.

10176 King's Castle (2006) - 6.67
This set has a great color scheme, and some nice detail-- and as an added bonus, it was pretty much the only castle set on the market during the short period between the end of Knight's Kingdom 2 and the start of the Fantasy line. But it suffers a lot from over-juniorization, a lack of theme (as I recall, many of the torsos were just blank), and being just a castle facade. Again, while a perfectly decent set, it can't hold a candle to many of the other fantastic sets that are out there.

3739 Blacksmith Shop - 7.70
This caused quite the hubbub when it came out-- at the time, I believe it featured the most peasants in any castle set ever-- a record which stood until the Medieval Market Village. It also embraced the day-in-the-life side of castle which is rarely present in the line. The major critiques I had with it were that the elements weren't all that sought-after, and the peasants weren't very "peasanty". In terms of the competition, it also suffers from a lack of specificity for time-period. This could just as well be a Pirate set given the figures and architecture-- there's nothing that really says "I'm a castle set!" All in all, though, the biggest reason NOT to choose this set as the "best ever" is that there is almost NOTHING that this set has that the Medieval Market Village DOESN'T have.

7041 Troll Battle Wheel - 7.87
This set did surprisingly well in my system, actually-- it was an ingenious idea that fit perfectly with the theme. It gave the Trolls some much-needed humor that's typically lacking in the castle lineup. It's also surprisingly non-juniorized, and comes with a plethora of dark brown elements, and (for its size) a nice chunk of figures! Its shortcomings were primarily in the fact that it's not very representative of castle as a line, and that the actual design had some flaws, like the necessary human-scale handle in the back, and the rather unimaginative fortification for the Crown Knights.

6077 Forestmen's River Fortress - 8.07
This, to me, was a well done, but mediocre large set. The details that were added are fantastic and numerous for a set of the time. It had a lot of figures, very little juniorization, and served as the flagship of the Forestmen line. Personally, I had a lot of little problems with it-- the back opening was a little iffy, and I didn't really "get it". They built their stone hideout between two large trees? That never made much sense to me.

375 Castle - 8.07
The obvious classic. No juniorization to speak of at all, no matter what your standards. It also comes with a huge contingent of minifigures, and has probably the most accurate representation of heraldry of any large castle set. It's also got a lot of recognizability among castle fans as the first castle ever (even though the Weetabix castle came first-- it was more of a promo item with less prominence). However, the design is rather simplistic. It's purely a set of walls and towers, with no real interior details. Also, the opening mechanism is pretty silly (opening into two separate walls), and makes the overall set very rickety when held up. And of course, the yellow color scheme, which is widely accepted as pretty silly.

8877 Vladek's Dark Fortress - 8.26
Vladek's Dark Fortress was pretty good all around-- it had a magnificent piece count, and had a lot of "evil" detail work that made it stand out as a really ominous castle. Further, it provided some desireability to the Knight's Kingdom lineup, which was largely critiqued for its overly colorful heroes. Personally, I found it to be a bit juniorized in terms of its elements (not too much, but a bit), and the color scheme didn't really provide a lot of potential, since black is such a difficult color to work with. Its collection of minifigs, while nice, didn't quite live up to the potential, with 5 being characters, and only 3 generic Shadow Knights.

6081 King's Mountain Fortress - 8.47
This set is another decent large castle, but has very little in the way of redeeming characteristics for me. It has a great color scheme, and some great elements, like the euro armor and horse barding. But other than that, it gets less than great marks. The layout is silly, with the majority of the top of the raised baseplate belonging to a small "garden" or something, where you'd think the castle ought to be. The barred "jail" on the top level has an easy exit on the other side, making it a useless "jail" (not to mention it would be redundant with their other jail cell), and if it's NOT supposed to be a jail, why are there bars on one side? It's also built on a large raised baseplate, which loses some juniorization points for me. And as a final minor complaint, it hosts a single connection point for castle walls-- but ONLY a single connection point, which is a full 2 studs and 1 plate lower than the rest of the castle wall system!

6066 Camouflaged Outpost - 8.57
A truly fantastic set. The details and originality of the set are wonderful, with two hidden doors and a fully opening interior. It's also got a phenomenal amount of figures considering its size, as well as being the first Forestmen set ever to introduce the lineup. The only flaw in my grading was the fact that it's not really indicative of the castle lineup. It also had small deductions for things like having a black tree (when brown would have been more amazing), and not having a swath of truly coveted elements.

6085 Black Monarch's Castle - 8.87
Black Monarch's Castle (to me) was more-or-less a copy of King's Castle-- just in black. The basic design was effectively the same: a central tower with drawbridge and portcullis, two rear towers, unfolding walls, and a jail cell, complemented with 4 horses and 12 figures. And that admittedly is a fantastic setup. It's very iconic, gives a wonderfully large amount of figures, is reasonably non-juniorized (mostly just the wall elements), and and gives lots of playability. The only downside is the color scheme. The black really made for a sinister-looking castle (rather unrealistic), but also hid many of the details. Unlike later black-with-gray-trim castles (like 6086 and 6090), even the battlements were black, which further obscured them from view. Great castle, poor color choice.

6041 Armor Shop - 8.90
This set's legendary status is made by its black broadsword and red Crusader flag, each unique to this set. It also featured a presumably male armorer with shoulder-length hair, possibly more accurately representing hairstyles of the period, rather than the "standard" male hair that was the only hair male minifigs received in the 70's and 80's. Otherwise, the set has a very nice amount of detail for a set of this size, mostly from the small weapons rack. There aren't any large drawbacks to the set, the main one being that it's rather sparse on minifigures. It also loses a few small points for not being a fully-blown castle, and not having enough elements to really be as versatile as some of the other amazing sets in the list. But all in all, a really great small set.

6086 Black Knight's Castle - 9.00
Here's the first real contender score-wise. This castle was probably the BEST in terms of layout/design in my book. Its irregular placement of towers and inclusion of half-timbered sub-structure really gave it a realistic feel. Further, although it uses a raised baseplate, it makes use of it phenomenally, with a small courtyard, complete with a small well and functional trap-door. And with 12 figures (even though 1 is a ghost), it still gives a great complement of soldiers. The downsides are really only the color scheme (primarily black, but not as black as 6085), and the fact that its raised baseplate means it's got a bit more juniorization than I'd like to see.

6074 Black Falcon's Fortress - 9.23
Before 1986, castles were pretty simple design-wise. Crenelated walls with towers, and mostly symmetrical. But with Black Falcon's Fortress, we start to see some detail, with the half-timbered "lord's quarters", as well as some asymmetry. It also has a grand entryway nestled between two octagonal towers, which again provided some difference from the few castles that came before it. Its only worthwhile shortcoming is the lack of figures-- only 6, compared to the flagship castles of the day, which came with twice as many. Overall, however, a truly worthy contender.

10193 Medieval Market Village - 9.30
The new classic. This set smashes a home run in virtually every category. It was (and still is) highly coveted by fans, has an amazing level of detail, has wonderful features and colors, has almost no juniorization, a great assortment of parts, and tons of minifigs. Everything about this set is a knockout. It essentially covered all the bases for everything castle fans have been asking for for a long time (short of pitchforks). A highly realistic-looking set of buildings, with more peasants than any other set to date, plus female peasants. The only reason this set didn't come in at #1 on my list is that it's not really representative of "castle" as a theme, without any iconic crenelation or fortification.

6080 King's Castle - 9.53
King's Castle was the flagship castle of the day, and it was truly deserving of the title. It helped to introduce the fantastic castle wall system, which was able to incorporate both Crusader and Black Falcon castles with a quick change to flags and heraldry shields. Its size and flexibility gave it a truly imposing and iconic exterior. In addition, it hosted a wealth of 12 minifigures, surpassed only by the older 375 (and non-standard sets like chess sets and Dacta sets). Its flaws are really only minor ones. The detail is a little lacking-- it's mostly made of walls and towers, with not much attention to smaller features that could have been included. It also has a small amount of juniorization (castle walls), and doesn't provide much in terms of truly unique elements. But those minor points only leave it a short ways away from being the #1 castle set...

6067 Guarded Inn - 9.60
For years, the Guarded Inn was one of the most sought-after castle sets in the hobbyist community, and it's easy to see why. This set was not only ripe with coveted elements, but it also only had limited availability in the USA (via S@H only), which meant that supply was fairly low. The set itself provided some much needed "day-in-the-life" spirit to the castle lineup, which at the time was relatively sparse apart from castle walls and towers. However, while the set managed to give this "private residence" feel to it, it also integrated the wonderful castle wall system, meaning you could further expand your castles with this set, giving them some much needed detail. There are essentially no real faults I could find with the set-- it loses a tinge of its score from not being quite as "castle-y" as a true castle, having a bit of juniorization (castle walls), and not having an excessive abundance of minifigs (like many other sets have). Add it all up, and yes, I think I'm happy to call this the best castle set of all time.

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Re: The Search for the Greatest Castle Set of All Time

Postby Frank_Lloyd_Knight » Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:02 pm

davee123 wrote:375 Castle - 8.07
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And of course, the yellow color scheme, which is widely accepted as pretty silly.
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Re: The Search for the Greatest Castle Set of All Time

Postby Bluesecrets » Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:43 pm

davee123 wrote:375 Castle - 8.07
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And of course, the yellow color scheme, which is widely accepted as pretty silly.
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I happen to agree. The yellow castle is not on my list of best castle sets or even my wanted list. Its okay. Its just not my dream set.
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Re: The Search for the Greatest Castle Set of All Time

Postby wobnam » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:41 pm

I think the yellow castle is pretty lame.
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Re: The Search for the Greatest Castle Set of All Time

Postby Frank_Lloyd_Knight » Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:49 am

First of all, I'm not saying that the yellow castle should be considered the best castle set of all time. However, with regards to the occasional disparaging word or two one sees against the yellow castle -- "infamous," "silly," even "lame" -- I can't help but believe that these words could possibly have been said without nearly 30 years intervening the yellow castle's introduction. I can understand that, given the enormous variety of castle sets and original ideas (MOCs) that one can pick from today with just a few clicks across the net, a person might not show any favor for the humble and simple yellow castle. But remember, before the yellow castle, there was nothing! A void only... the true dark ages. For the benefit of younger castle enthusiasts, imagine being a kid in 1980: All your older siblings and cousins are off playing Dungeons and Dragons; You've read The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and the King Arthur tales; And your parents won't let you see the totally incredible movie "Excalibur" because it's rated "R." And then one day you see Lego's brand new castle in the local department store and suddenly it becomes something you can't live without. Okay, so it's yellow -- a non-factor to a kid used to playing with the legos of the day, which were all either red, yellow, blue, white, or black. And the biggest innovation of the castle... Minifigures with arms and legs and hands that moved! The last minifigures I had had consisted of two 1x2 bricks with superficial wedges for arms and feet carved in the side and a faceless head! I'm certain I wasn't the only kid to do extra chores to save up for this set. And when the new sets came out (with their fancy proper grey walls with stone printed patterns), yeah I thought they were neat looking, but I never really felt like I had to have one because I already had a castle and enough knights to start my own little Armageddons. Even though they were grey and big and fancy, any other castle set seemed redundant. When I saw that Lego was producing pink and baby blue knights, I figured the castle sets were at the end of the line. It wasn't until I saw the Market Village that, once again, the feeling hit me that I couldn't live without it. It just went with my castle -- even though I had to wait the better part of thirty years for it. So for a set that's kept some kids entertained for three decades, some consideration should be due before branding it as infamous for its silly yellow walls, or worse, as lame.
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Re: The Search for the Greatest Castle Set of All Time

Postby Bluesecrets » Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:13 am

First of all, I'm not saying that the yellow castle should be considered the best castle set of all time. However, with regards to the occasional disparaging word or two one sees against the yellow castle -- "infamous," "silly," even "lame" -- I can't help but believe that these words could possibly have been said without nearly 30 years intervening the yellow castle's introduction. I can understand that, given the enormous variety of castle sets and original ideas (MOCs) that one can pick from today with just a few clicks across the net, a person might not show any favor for the humble and simple yellow castle. But remember, before the yellow castle, there was nothing! A void only... the true dark ages. For the benefit of younger castle enthusiasts, imagine being a kid in 1980: All your older siblings and cousins are off playing Dungeons and Dragons; You've read The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and the King Arthur tales; And your parents won't let you see the totally incredible movie "Excalibur" because it's rated "R." And then one day you see Lego's brand new castle in the local department store and suddenly it becomes something you can't live without. Okay, so it's yellow -- a non-factor to a kid used to playing with the legos of the day, which were all either red, yellow, blue, white, or black. And the biggest innovation of the castle... Minifigures with arms and legs and hands that moved! The last minifigures I had had consisted of two 1x2 bricks with superficial wedges for arms and feet carved in the side and a faceless head! I'm certain I wasn't the only kid to do extra chores to save up for this set. And when the new sets came out (with their fancy proper grey walls with stone printed patterns), yeah I thought they were neat looking, but I never really felt like I had to have one because I already had a castle and enough knights to start my own little Armageddons. Even though they were grey and big and fancy, any other castle set seemed redundant. When I saw that Lego was producing pink and baby blue knights, I figured the castle sets were at the end of the line. It wasn't until I saw the Market Village that, once again, the feeling hit me that I couldn't live without it. It just went with my castle -- even though I had to wait the better part of thirty years for it. So for a set that's kept some kids entertained for three decades, some consideration should be due before branding it as infamous for its silly yellow walls, or worse, as lame.


Time does not mean something is the best. Just because something was the first also doesn't mean it is the best. It means it was the first and that is all. Does it deserve consideration? Maybe. But not every single person will agree. At the time, there were not grey bricks. Sure the figs were unique, but figs got better since. I look at this set and it just is not "the be all and end all" of castle sets to me. I would not put money into buying this set or even trying to reproduce it. Is it a legend? Sure. Is it the best? I don't think so. And that has nothing to do with the yellowness of it. I happen to be one who does not build grey castles. The castles I have built have been primarily in tan and one in white. A castle does not have to be grey to be great. But, is this set TRULY that great in comparison to others? It might be a sentimental favorite. I find MMV to blow the doors off this castle with its structure issues and all. And MMV is not the set I'd identify to be the greatest castle set of all time either.
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