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Weekly Set Review: Fright Knight's Catapult

Postby architect » Sat Oct 08, 2005 9:17 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 2540 Fright Knight's Catapult.

Fright Knight's Catapult was released in 1998. The Bat Lord pushes this small cart which fires flaming shot.

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Postby eNiGMa » Sat Oct 08, 2005 9:21 pm

Another week, another dollar store find! :D

To this day, these are my only wagon wheels. Those, the kettle, the 2x2 black tile, and the 2x4 black brick are my favorite parts of this set.

Although very impractical, this set is nice for its size.

2/5
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Postby Sir Kohran » Sat Oct 08, 2005 9:30 pm

Okay...I guess it's good for accessories, but why is the Bat Lord of all people pushing around a catapult like a common soldier? It would have been much better if we'd have gotten a generic Fright Knight soldier.
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Postby jamitjames » Sat Oct 08, 2005 10:00 pm

Sir Kohran wrote:generic Fright Knight soldier.
I never knew that there was such a thing.

The minifig and 2x4 black brick is what makes this set awsome.

4/5
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Postby Lord_Of_The_LEGO » Sat Oct 08, 2005 10:44 pm

Cheap wagon wheels are always cool. Plus I never have enough pots. And this does include a lot of generic bricks and the fig isn't half-bad.

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Postby babyjawa » Sat Oct 08, 2005 10:50 pm

That is one of the only castle lego sets I have. I use the post and the fright knight in a lot of stuff.

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Postby lil Jon » Sat Oct 08, 2005 11:01 pm

The set design is awful. I guess the only good thing about it is the minifigure. I like the "Bat Lord" head, and the torso is kind of interesting.
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Postby The Hordesman » Sat Oct 08, 2005 11:18 pm

A nice set with good pieces, the cooking pan is great for civilian uses too. :)

Im not so fond of that the Dark Lord himself must do all the dirty work of servants... Pushing catapults. Yet its great because you get another Bat Lord. :)
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Postby Wilod King » Sun Oct 09, 2005 12:23 am

8) I would agree that the piece selection is pretty usefull and the idea of a catapult cart would be nice, but the design here is pityable :? . I have no Fright Knight figs (or sets) due to the dark/space ages, but aside from the helmet (one or two is good I guess) I like the fig, especially the torso. I do have the Batlord's clothes though (helmet, shield, and cape), I gave them to an entirely black minifig with Vladek's head, works for me :twisted: . I probably wouldn't have bought this set for the design, but again I did buy four :shock: of the new KK2 polybag catapult cart with the horses helmet for the wheels and pieces :oops: .
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Postby Athos » Sun Oct 09, 2005 2:19 am

A decent set, considering the size, but what do we need with yet another bat lord?

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Postby Formendacil » Sun Oct 09, 2005 2:41 am

Another ubiquitous catapult...

As far as polybag-ish Fright Knight sets go, this is one of the more plausible ones. But nothing more than that. And the Batlord fig is... tiring...

Parts: 7/10
Playability: 6/10
Figs/Accessories: 6/10
Design (then): 5.5/10
Design (now): 5.5/10
Nostalgia: 4/10

Overall Score: 5.67/10
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Postby Nick » Sun Oct 09, 2005 10:32 am

Another minor FK set! It's constant celebration for me!
It's a good set, especially when compared to that vile flying machine we reviewed a couple of weeks ago. The design is not perfect; it seems much heavier on one side than on the other side. I suppose that's good in a way, because there's less load to hold up for the cart pusher(or puller), but it still makes the design look clumsy. The fact that the lord himself is pushing the catapult is very awkward; it would be better if they put a simple soldier with it, like this one:
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(This IS the generic FK soldier).
But then again, you can place one for one of those minifig -pack figures here, and use the bat lord for something else (you can never have too many bat lords). The set would be good in quantities, to be at the back of FKs' army.
The parts are also useful, especially the wheels and the kettle.
Overall:
Parts: 7/10
Playability: 9/10
Figs/Accessories: 7/10 (hardly any accessories!)
Design: 5/10
Nostalgia: 8/10

Overall Score: 7.2
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Postby Damien » Sun Oct 09, 2005 1:27 pm

Like most sets of this size.. it's mediocre. The design of the set is, of course, borderline useless. As always.. these sets are more 'extra pieces' than 'build and play.'

And yet another Bat Lord.. not too crazy about that. Although his torso really isn't bad.. it's just difficult to find enough uses for it to warrant the 50 Bat Lords found throughout the Fright Nights line. And I'm still trying to find a good use for that helm.


That said, still a good set for the price range its in -- but only really good for parts.
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Postby HenrytheV » Sun Oct 09, 2005 3:26 pm

I got this set as a gift and I think it's good for a parts pack, but I don't like the batlord. I wish it just had one of the chain mail fright knights instead.

6/10
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Postby Norro » Sun Oct 09, 2005 5:58 pm

I must admit I haven't seen this set before.. I ended up ignoring the Fright Knights from the shere shock that Lego would do something that dreadful...that was before they changed the greys of course : )

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