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Weekly Set Review: Border Ambush

Postby architect » Sat Jul 30, 2005 1:27 pm

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This week’s set is 8778 Border Ambush.

Border Ambush was released in 2004 for Knight's Kingdom II. Santis can hurl a large stone and cross a rope bridge to defeat the Shadow Knight. The set also has a trap door, spikes, scorpions, a silver key, three game cards, and various other accessories.

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Postby The Hordesman » Sat Jul 30, 2005 1:53 pm

Never bought because if the high price and Santis. Could be useful now though with the lowered prices and all, but still the throwing mechanism and another Santis is pretty useless I think... The set is very ugly too, I mean, look at the platform Santis is standing on!

Well, atleast there is alot of black spears and a rare new-brown whip!
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Postby Sir Kohran » Sat Jul 30, 2005 2:27 pm

I knew that it wouldn't be long before a KK2 set came up for the Weekly Review Section. :D

A decent set, as you get a Shadow Knight and Santis in one set, and a key, and a few other neat little things. Seeing as it's rather small, there's not really much to comment on. I like it.

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Postby Jojo » Sat Jul 30, 2005 2:35 pm

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This wouldn't be to bad a set if it came with old colours. (Sorry if any colour bashing offends you but for me it IS a criterion.) The rope bridge is a nice addition but the spears are too long and too brutal, and I don't care for any new scorpions that enhance the piece count without adding anything useful to the set. The ruin at the end is OK though it comes with another trap door *sigh*.
The set comes with a good fig , the shadow knight, and with a bad fig, the bonbon knight Santis. I wouldn't even mind the red armour too much but I really don't like Santis' visor and of course not his sword.


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Postby jamtf » Sat Jul 30, 2005 2:54 pm

I don't have this set and won't care to get it. It looks quite OK on its own but I consider it too spacy and it lacks that classic medieval style.

The shadow knight is quite OK but I got a few of these loose without the necessity to get a set with 1 or 2 in it. The Santis minifig is actually only useful for parts. The red and grey torso and legs are quite useful if you add the HP style light grey breastplate armor and visor. Of course, the fig needs a new head as well since it looks like a copy of Popeye's rival Bluto. :?
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Postby kajo163 » Sat Jul 30, 2005 3:01 pm

Got in on sale on vacation in Germany last week, always good to have an extra shadow knight (I now posses the terrifying force of TWO :D ) Santis' face is kind of good for any great warrior, and the armour could also be used.

Partwise...Well...let's be honest, the old colours would heve been nicer, but it still works, the bridge is really nice and there's a lot of spears and scorpions, and I'm sure there's SOME use for the catapult-firing-thing, just have'nt found it yet...

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Postby TwoTonic Knight » Sat Jul 30, 2005 4:29 pm

It was on sale for $10 at the Downtown Disney LEGO store (lots of stuff on sale there right now, btw). I didn't buy any. I suppose that is my ultimate summation.
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Postby Zacku » Sat Jul 30, 2005 4:36 pm

I got this set on clearance about a month ago. It's a pretty fun set and actually quite useful (Dark Forest border, perhaps?). I really like the Shadow Knight, and I was able to make Santis into one of my characters. Unfortunately, those new colors are stud-ugly, so I rate it a 7.5/10.
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Postby Dusty » Sat Jul 30, 2005 5:09 pm

This set is okay. I like some of the pieces but would have perfered older colors. Oh well. Now that it is cheaper I can buy more. I think I have five already.

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Postby boses » Sat Jul 30, 2005 5:10 pm

not very inspired looking, bu I llllllove the pungee pit!!!!!! :lol: :lol:
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Postby Cat » Sat Jul 30, 2005 6:00 pm

This one is a little to much like a "comic book" type of set. There is really no medieval feeling inspired by it. I don't have any and probably won't get any.
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Postby Webrain » Sat Jul 30, 2005 6:16 pm

It's probably the only decent KKII set they ever made so far. It's the only set that don't have Bulk'y bricks and can even be usefull to make something alternate from. Nice "new" gray bricks. Almost decent to have, probably fit pirates a bit more though.
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Postby porschecm2 » Sat Jul 30, 2005 7:17 pm

Hmm...I don't like it. I'm not really sure why. I found this set for $10, and I still couldn't bring myself to buy it. I'd give this set a 4/10.

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Postby Lord_Of_The_LEGO » Sat Jul 30, 2005 7:41 pm

At $20, I'd leave it on the shelf. But if I found it for $10 or less, I'd get it, just for the brick fodder, the figs (which I both like, minus Santis' helm), the vine pieces and the brown whip.
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Postby Graynar » Sat Jul 30, 2005 9:57 pm

Hi guys!

I have two of these, got one for 20 Canadian.

Its not to bad, kind of a boring set to have. The green platforms are always welcome, however. The shadow knight and bridge make the set a little better, along with 5 black spears. Though that's pretty much the whole set.

Over all, nothing to drool over.
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