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Weekly Set Review: King's Catapult

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Postby Commander Redbeard » Sun Sep 12, 2004 11:20 am

Again, a cute little army-builder. It would be a nice introduction to castle for any kid who got the multi-pack as a first set, and would probably encourage them to get more. I'd pick one up if they were still around.
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Postby legodude101 » Sun Sep 12, 2004 12:19 pm

a nice niftz little set. Useful armz builder. I would buy one if thez were still around
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Postby LEGO_KNIGHT » Sun Sep 12, 2004 3:22 pm

Nice little set. The catapult can be placed near the castle walls or fortress. It could have been better if it came with two soldiers.
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Postby Magnus » Sun Sep 12, 2004 10:46 pm

The solider looks like a black knight, not a crusader.

I disaggree. From 1988 to 1991, Black Monarch's, Crusader's, and Black Falcons had these mail torsos. All before 1992 when the Black Knight's came out. So a red mail torso can work for crusaders, monarchs, or black knights.


Yeah, but with the red arms rather than the standard blue, he does look like a black knight guy to me.
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Postby TwoTonic Knight » Mon Sep 13, 2004 12:30 am

Cute little set that gets a fig and either some useful parts or a basic play artillery piece for a kid to fool around with. I don't particularly care for the shield with the fig, but that's probably nit-picking (nowadays they'd probably skimp and not include a shield). Nothing truly special, but otherwise solid. 7/10.
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Postby Formendacil » Mon Sep 13, 2004 12:58 am

Not a bad set by half. Not really a good stand-alone, but lots of useful parts. A 100% useful fig, arches, weapons, and a design that, if uninspiring, doesn't make me puke.

Parts: 7.5/10
Playability: 4/10
Figs/Accessories: 8.5/10
Design (contemporary): 7/10
Design (universal): 7.5/10
Nostalgia: 8/10

Final Score: 7.08/10 (B-)
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Postby Draygen » Mon Sep 13, 2004 3:37 am

Not to thrilled with the set, but I suppose for being apart of a big pack its good. Lil guy with his artillery, which if you had some wheels could be converted nicely into a mobile mini-catapult I suppose.

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Postby architect » Mon Sep 13, 2004 12:55 pm

I know that most of you do not agree with me on the Lion soldier, but here is my theory:

Most Lion/Crusader siege workers have different fig combinations than normal swordsmen/axemen/spearmen. I believe this is the case the worker manning the King's Catapult. Of course he has red arms, this is done on purpose.

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Postby The Blue Knight » Tue Sep 14, 2004 5:24 am

Combined with the other sets, it was a great army-builder/parts pack. I got several of these back in the day. This set 7/10, the entire "value combo" (sounds like a happy meal) gets 10/10.
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Postby Robin Hood » Wed Sep 15, 2004 10:08 pm

I like this little set. I agree that it doesn't have much and that the design is a bit terrible. However, I still think its good. Since it came with a value pack, I can understand its size. If I got it now I would love it. I only have one of those shields and Cruisaders are one of my favorite types. Plus it has a few old grey. Every bit helps.

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Postby Brikbud » Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:44 am

Not a bad set, not the best, but still not bad. Compared to classic sets: 5/10. Compared to new sets: 10/10. :mrgreen:

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Postby ericgizmo » Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:58 am

I never got this but its looks like a nice little set.
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Postby rogue27 » Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:47 pm

architect wrote:I know that most of you do not agree with me on the Lion soldier, but here is my theory:

Most Lion/Crusader siege workers have different fig combinations than normal swordsmen/axemen/spearmen. I believe this is the case the worker manning the King's Catapult. Of course he has red arms, this is done on purpose.

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My theory is that they were just using up extra parts.
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Postby Count Blacktron » Mon Jan 14, 2008 3:08 pm

I prefer brick built castle walls to pre-fab castle wall segments and this little set is a handy parts pack. The 1x3 arches and the slopes make awesome wall elements for a custom builder. The knight is just a great bonus. Back in the day these were often cheap and plentiful, but I never stocked up on them as I was looking to save my dough for the bigger sets. If only I had know what I'd need in the future...
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Postby Tanotrooper » Mon Jan 14, 2008 4:39 pm

one of my three first (ebay purchased) "golden age" sets. I really like the soldier, simple but nice. The shield is a bonus and he has enough weapons avaible. Some 1*3 arches, wich are a bit less common than 1*4 I think, and just plates and bricks.

A useful set.

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