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Weekly Set Review: LEGO Chess Promotional Set

Postby architect » Sat Jan 01, 2005 2:13 pm

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 2586 LEGO Chess Promotional Set.

LEGO Chess Promotional Set was released in 1998 as part of the CD chess game. This set is also known as "The Crazy LEGO King". The King sits on a throne complete with his scepter. Reportedly this set was also available separately from the Chess Game.

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Postby forester3291 » Sat Jan 01, 2005 2:18 pm

I think this set is cool. It has a cool torso, nice face, and some nice pieces in the throne. SO i'll give it a 8/10 because it's a smaller set and it doesn;t have alot of figs, though if it's price was great I would have bought some if I even knew aobut them.
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Postby kajo163 » Sat Jan 01, 2005 2:19 pm


Never noticed this one. I guess it's a cheap way to get a king and his throne!
And it's great for that!

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Postby fcarcanague » Sat Jan 01, 2005 4:22 pm

This is not a cheap set if you didn't get it with the Lego Chess. I paid $14 for mine a few years ago and still haven't opened it (and don't plan to either). Overal it is a nice selection of parts w/a very nice SNOT throne. 9/10

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Re: Weekly Set Review: LEGO Chess Promotional Set

Postby Norro » Sat Jan 01, 2005 5:31 pm

I was pleased with this set, (and lego chess). The throne is OK but the fig is very nice, especially the red arm combination only available in this set.

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Postby Dragon Master » Sat Jan 01, 2005 5:40 pm

I for one like this. I would love to see a generic king like this in a Castle Line.
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Postby Umgarla » Sat Jan 01, 2005 6:20 pm

Didn't know about this set until I came out of my dark ages a year ago, so I newer bought it.

Well playability with this set seems limited with one minifig and a throne... The minifig torso, the red curved pieces and the silver crystal are nice pieces. So, if you needed some of the pieces it was probably a nice set, for other purposes (except actually playing chess with it) I think it's useless.
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Postby Formendacil » Sat Jan 01, 2005 6:21 pm

I've always had a fond spot for this king, although I was never able to get him. Wish I had- he would have been the Crusader king (a faction I always felt the lack of a king in most strongly).

That said, there's nothing really spectacular about him. His throne is moderately simple. A couple of nice archs are the only real plus I see about. The fig himself is good- great shirt, great head. The crown is iffy, depending on how many you already own (which in most cases is too many). Playability is necessarily poor in a set with one fig and nothing else but a chair.

Parts: 5/10
Playability: 0.5/10
Figs/Accessories: 7.5/10
Design (contemporary): 7.5/10
Design (universal): 8/10
Nostalgia: 7.5/10

Overall score: 6/10 (C)
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Postby TheOrk » Sat Jan 01, 2005 8:00 pm

This set is really small, but is useful. You get a good king and a cool throne.
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Postby Draygen » Sat Jan 01, 2005 9:08 pm

Maybe its just me, I don't like the white pants. I know it goes with the little red/white theme, but eh. Aside from that nice little set, I never got.

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Postby jamitjames » Sat Jan 01, 2005 9:33 pm

Bad throne and bad king = bad set. The only good thing is the torso (which you can print off the computer).
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Postby Commander Redbeard » Sat Jan 01, 2005 9:41 pm

This was just a little token set to come with the
CD-Rom, and it serves it's purpous fine. A nice li'l fig, and if you could find them in any quantity it would be nice to buy a few. I saw him in my "Ultimate Lego Book"; but never in real life.
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Postby TwoTonic Knight » Sun Jan 02, 2005 6:21 am

I was kinda annoyed that a useful torsos was in an obscure set, and wished that they would use it elsewhere - but without the useless crown.

Got my wish. :mrgreen:

Oh, the set. Well, I'm not too fond of kings being in small sets - how many kings do you need? It was a decent little set for what it was intended though. 7/10.
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Postby Sir Drake » Sun Jan 02, 2005 2:14 pm

I think this is a pretty lame set. It's a crappy throne design and there's a moron sitting on it. The only good thing is the torso, like many times said already.

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Postby Jojo » Sun Jan 02, 2005 5:32 pm


Hehe, I even bought the whole chess game just in order to get this king. Luckily I found another copy of this set in Billund a few years ago when they threw out old sets for cheap. I like the set. It's nothing to write home about but simple yet elegant.


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