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Weekly Set Review: Twin Arm Launcher

Postby architect » Sat Jan 08, 2005 3:55 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 6039 Twin Arm Launcher.

Twin Arm Launcher, released in 1988, was the first catapult for the Lion Knights. This dual catapult comes with a soldier on horseback and a siege worker. Various accessories such as round shields, a barrel, and weapons are included.

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Postby Sir Kohran » Sat Jan 08, 2005 4:15 pm

This was quite a neat little set for parts and figs. Not essential, but still I find it to be a good set. My main complaint is that no real catapult would have two firing arms. But hey, this is Lego, Just Imagine.
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Postby forester3291 » Sat Jan 08, 2005 4:19 pm

It comes with a cool barding, a catapult and two figs with plenty of weapons. A 10/10 for sure!
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Postby Mr. D » Sat Jan 08, 2005 4:43 pm

This is one great set! Here are my favorite things:

~ A believably constructed catapult.
~ Dark gray helms.
~ Not only enough weapons for all the figs, but extra ones as well!
~ A horse and a really neat-looking barding.
~ Two round shields! otherwords, pretty much the whole set.

10/10 very easily.

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Postby kajo163 » Sat Jan 08, 2005 4:51 pm

Sweet set! I've a vague memory of seeing this on the shelves as a kid. It's one of the classics. (How ever realistic or non-realistic the catapult is) It's great for parts and weapons, those round shields are hard to get but great to have.

But why does this regular peasnt soldier ride arround on a horse with the kings barding? ':D'

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Postby Athos » Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:29 pm

Round shields. Horse barding. Weapons. Helmets. 4 cart wheels. Two generic figures. And a reasonably priced set. I'd love to see something like this again.

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Postby Dragon Master » Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:41 pm

Great set. The only thing its missing is euro armor and a visor!

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Postby TwoTonic Knight » Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:54 pm

The catapult doesn't make a lot of sense, but is nicely done. Barding in a small set is always good. I suspect the Trash Can Lid's (round shield) popularity is inversely proportional to its rarity (not that they make those old corrugated tin trash cans anymore, either). But all in all a nice little set - compare to the current 8777 Vladek Encounter with barded knight, foot knight, and catapult (and hey, 50 cents apart in price).

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Postby porschecm2 » Sat Jan 08, 2005 6:13 pm

All around good set, yet not outstanding, IMO. It's obviously got good accessories, but doesn't offer that much as a set. Still, gotta love it. 8/10(then)

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Postby Webrain » Sat Jan 08, 2005 6:20 pm

David85 Wrote

Those round shields, did they stop making them in the 90s or something?

Well those round shileds are basiclly a part that used as a radar dish in Space set in colors like clear and clear red. In 1984 when TLC launched the Castle line they made this as a shiled in dark gray in most of those set that year 6010, 6021, 6022, 6030 and 6061 (6103 the Candian version as well). The only other sets afterward that included that set wwas 1680/1877 (from 1990) and this set 6039 from 1988.

Now for my review

Bought that set as a kid cause I wanted the barding, the berrel which was new of course, first set to include small cart wheels, was pretty disappointed back then and for a while regreted ever buying it. As a catapult it not as good as 6030. I'm not a big fan of the design but as a small set it's pretty ok.

Final score 8/10
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Postby Webrain » Sat Jan 08, 2005 6:23 pm

Dragon Master Wrote:

Great set. The only thing its missing is euro armor and a visor!

Yeah well maybe cause they were invented only 2 years later :lol:
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Postby st1920 » Sat Jan 08, 2005 6:37 pm

this is the oldest castle-set I own. I like the round shields and the horsebarding. The design of the catapult is also nice, but it could be better. I would give this set a 8.5/10
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Postby TheOrk » Sat Jan 08, 2005 8:35 pm

A great set, I just don't like the twin arms, but I can live with that 9/10
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Postby cabrad » Sat Jan 08, 2005 8:39 pm

I always liked the way this set looks, especially in combination with other sets from the 'same' time (more or less), like 6012, 6016, and 6022. It makes a nice part of a battle display.


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