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Weekly Set Review: Castle Mini-Figures

Postby architect » Sun Nov 07, 2004 1:12 am

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This week’s set is 15 Castle Mini-Figures.

This six pack of figures was one of two sets released in 1983. 15 is one of the most rare castle sets and was released in the United States. The set features four knights and two soldiers with accessories. Similar knights and soldiers can be found in sets 383 and 677.

Evidence of this set can only be found in catalogs so there is some debate on the leg and hip colors of these figures. LEGO does not have a copy of this set in their "vault" at Billund.

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Postby MaxiVisVires » Sun Nov 07, 2004 1:24 am

By today's standards this is a great set. The only thing that can be asked for is for a greater variety of weapons and figs. But who cares when you're getting 4 classic visors! :P
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Postby Webrain » Sun Nov 07, 2004 1:24 am

WOW!!! Is this set was really existed? I didn't know that.
What a great set. If it only it was sold outside US.
If only TLC did them now like they use too.
If it was sold today I'd buy a 100 or even 200. Nice army builder.
I'd rank it back then as 10/10 and now 15/10.


and now for real
I doubt there is some1 I know here that really got this set. OK it's a nice minifigs set
with minifigs that now consider pretty rare "and cost alot" so it look amazing
but if you think about it back then it was just another 6 minifigs pack and of course we
all love Minifigs - but that about it.
Nonetheless I'd be happy to have it cause I'd be rich if I sold it.
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Postby howie » Sun Nov 07, 2004 1:53 am

I think it's an awesome set. The few extra soldiers and the awesome visors make a great addition to any army.

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Postby porschecm2 » Sun Nov 07, 2004 4:35 am

What is there NOT to like about this set? It's perfect!

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Postby lil Jon » Sun Nov 07, 2004 5:35 am

I agree that by today's standards its great because it comes with so many minifigures.

But by my standards, the classic design for the visors its goofy. The minifigures are also a little boring with their torso design. I'm not much of a fan. The Black Knights look waay cooler.

I do however, like the shields.
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Postby Formendacil » Sun Nov 07, 2004 6:48 am

Crappy design. This model could have really been better-defended, and the lack of alternative models really irks me.

I'm kidding, alright!!!!

Beautiful set! A king among minifigures, if only because it comes with four classic visors. Nice-looking figs in general, The assortment of weapons is somewhat inadequate, but I guess that's what accessories are for.

Parts: 5/10 (Which is REALLY high considering...)
Playablitiy: 8/10
Figs/Accessories: 10/10
Design (then): 7/10
Design (now): 10/10

Overall Score: 8/10
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Postby Sir Drake » Sun Nov 07, 2004 3:07 pm

on the first sight it isnt that much, but if you look better you can tell that this set is very very cool with those classic visors and shields(whom work nice for a royal guard or something like that). but on the other hand i would think it should include more different weapons, but i would give it a 9,5/10 back then and now 15/10. this really rocks!!! :D 8)
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Postby Commander Redbeard » Sun Nov 07, 2004 3:10 pm

if we're talking about this set back when it was released, I'd call it mediocre (SP?). Now this set, while it is down to basics and has nothing noteworthy about it, defenitely surpasses by far the best set on the shelves today.
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Postby Silent Arrow » Sun Nov 07, 2004 5:05 pm

Very old set, but very beautiful. Especially the colors (white leggings!!!) are very nice........
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Postby Jojo » Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:26 pm

Hello!


That's a nice fig set. It was probably overlooked by most kids back then because it wasn't advertised on the regular Castle pages in the catalogue but only on the boring service packs page on the back of the cataloge. And it wasn't advertised in German catalogs at all, so I strongly doubt it was ever available over here.

The figs themselves are great, I like the visors, I like the coats of arms, I like the colour scheme. The blue knight is actually one of my favourite figs off all (after the ... I guess you know...).


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Postby The Blue Knight » Mon Nov 08, 2004 5:34 am

Jojo wrote:Hello!



The blue knight is actually one of my favourite figs off all (after the ... I guess you know...).


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Ah yes the Blue Knight! What a set! Jojo you are right as this set did get past me way back when. By the time I became aware of it, I was 18 and heading into my Dark Age. This is indeed a "Legend" of a set. 50/10 from me!
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Postby rogue27 » Mon Nov 08, 2004 1:54 pm

Welcome to Spring Cleaning 1983!

To me, it just looks like they're trying to dump leftover classic-era parts before producing the 1984 LEGOLAND line.

Regardless, who can complain about getting six medieval figures? The fact that they have classic visors surely meant nothing in 1983 when all visors were like that. Unfortunately, with duplicates of each fig in this pack, it would get redundant very quickly if purchased in multiples. More variety would be nice.

How much demand for this would there be in 1983? The only castle in existence was the Yellow Castle, and there were already at least 3 other sets that were essentially just minifig packs for it. A mail-order only minifig pack in a product line that had no shortage of minifigs does not seem wise. I'm not surprised that nobody has it.

Oh well, I would have liked it then, and I'd like it now. I wish they still made generic castle minifigs instead of everybody needing to be a "character"?
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Postby Glencaer » Mon Nov 08, 2004 2:05 pm

rogue27 wrote: I wish they still made generic castle minifigs instead of everybody needing to be a "character"?


I agree with that. I dont mind characters, but I want to see generic figs as well. Whats a general without an army?

But I'm gonna step out on a line here and say I don't like this "set." To me, inorder for a set to be good, it needs to have some bricks, some shape, something to it more than just figs. Figs are nice, dont get me wrong, and I'd buy a good fig pack like this any day of the week - but some cool shops or a castle wins out anyday. To me, Figpacks are their own little world, apart and seperate from 'sets' proper.

So here's to buildings, structure, and creative design - all of which Figpacks just don't have (and cant have, obviously).

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Postby forester3291 » Mon Nov 08, 2004 3:02 pm

This set looks awesome. What's not to like? It has six guys with weapons, helmets, and they're classic. You have got to love that!
Back then a 10/10 now 10000000000/10. If you get my drift. It's a perfect set.

PS. I must second what Rogue said about the characters in the newest LEGO sets. I like him do not mind characters but as Glencaer said. The General does need to have an army.
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