I wish that Lego would make stuff like this agian.
They did. Almost exactly. This set
However you feel about KK2, it's pretty impossible to deny that the two sets are exactly alike. Short wall section with three defenders, siege engine which is both a battering ram and siege tower. . . the only difference, functionally, is that the new set is more expensive (we call that inflation) and is short one minifig.
Anyway. . .
I have to agree with everyone here so far who have posted over the last couple years in this thread; this is a great set from the golden age. But I think it tends to get an even better review for the sake of nostalgia.
Fig count is great - six figs for a mid-size set. The wall section is also top notch. But there is a glaring low point in the set which tends to get overlooked, I think, because it's an oldschool set and people hate to say bad things about oldschool sets, especially in the age of KK2. That bad thing - the siege engine. Now, it's not terrible, but it's really, really not good, either. Sub-par design, with a rather flimsy look to it, and a very weak looking ram. It simply fails to impress.
Vladek's Siege Engine, a good comparison, while a KK2 set, is much sturdier looking, with a nice, thick battering ram and heavy wheels. Those two things would make the siege engine in this set much better, and thus add a great deal more value to the set in terms of how it looks.
From just a play value standpoint, the set is near-perfect. I remember having a lot of fun with this one as a kid, until it broke (I never saved instructions as a kid, so once a set broke it was deposited into a huge tub I had and used for parts).
Excellent set all around. But it needs a more sturdy-looking siege engine to really be a perfect 10.
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