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Alternate Set Review: 6040 Blacksmith Shop

Postby architect » Mon Apr 10, 2006 2:28 am

Join the Classic Castle alternate model discussion. Please post your opinions of the models' play ability, creativity, design, etc. Which models stand up to our catapult of critique and which ones crumble in shame!

This week’s set is 6040 Blacksmith Shop.

Blacksmith Shop was released in 1984 for the lion knights. The set has four
alternate models on the box including a castle wall with a tower, a medieval restaurant and crenelated cart, a castle wall with a doorway and a peasant's cart, and a castle tower with brick buttresses on the corners. Instructions for this last model are included with the set.




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Postby E of Alshire » Mon Apr 10, 2006 2:46 am

That's great! So many differing uses for so few parts! I love how it implies different things without being too specific (i.e, round 1x1 as opposed to goblets).

This is a great review idea, by the way.
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Postby lil Jon » Mon Apr 10, 2006 2:55 am

Oh wow, I've never seen the pictures for the alternative models before.

The days when one could actually make something decent out of an official LEGO set. I don't even know what to say.
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Postby wunztwice » Mon Apr 10, 2006 3:12 am

Some decent models for the number of pieces. I always did kinda like the alternate that came in the instructions and the restaurant is neat. I never did get why in the one with the peasent cart the peasant was wearing the blue pants which belonged on the soldier, they look really wierd on him, black was deffinately a good original chioce.

While not great as sets themselves they work fairly well as secondary-types. The peasant adds so much to all of them!

Good idea for the reviews, by the way.
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Postby TrishoHara » Mon Apr 10, 2006 11:50 am

this is a great idea to discuss the alternate models as well!
From this set I like the alternate version: medieval restaurant most.
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Postby Anubisconq » Mon Apr 10, 2006 12:26 pm

It's pretty good, considering it was probably only $10 (or somewhere near it.). An easy way to get good wall pieces! :D
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Postby fuzzy » Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:31 pm

wonderful. that is exteremely amazink. wow. 4 stars!!!!!!! :D
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Postby Lord Nev » Tue Apr 11, 2006 5:19 pm

Brilliant idea! If one were to buy multiple blacksmith shops, one could make a rather large city scape. ME likey! :D
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Postby Azaghal » Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:40 pm

wunztwice wrote:I never did get why in the one with the peasent cart the peasant was wearing the blue pants which belonged on the soldier,

Methinks they did it to make some "alternate figs" as well as sets. I know one of the alternates for the 6018 Battle Dragon shows the figs with swapped pants, also. Variety is the spice of life, after all. :P

Anyway, 6040 looks like you can make some decent stuff with its pieces - large numbers of basic bricks are what do the trick. :wink:
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Postby wunztwice » Thu Apr 13, 2006 7:37 am

Azaghal wrote:Methinks they did it to make some "alternate figs" as well as sets.

I'm sorry, that's not exactly what I meant. I actually meant to say that I don't know whay they did it because I personally think it looks hideous. I am always up for switching stuff up, but not when it looks bad. Sorry for any confusion.
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Postby ragnarok » Sat Apr 15, 2006 8:03 pm

A Blacksmith Shop is an important addition to any medieval castle. Lots of usefull parts, a horse and 2 minifigs => a Megablox good set!
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Postby Jameson » Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:01 pm

I like it.I think that these alternate models show something lego never realy got deep into,village life.Sadely I don't have this set(how pathetic am I) :cry: .
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Postby Webrain » Thu Apr 20, 2006 6:53 am

This set is the only Castle set in all it's forms that was ever had a 2nd model instructions that didn't fall from the original set which made this set "must have 2".

The small tower and the peasent cart were good designs and well thought of. This Peasent minifig is pretty unique in it's on glory way. The small tower on one hand had to ability to be connected to other castle sets, which is great however the fact that the baseplate was formed this way to fit the original model it kind of spoils it.

The crenelated cart is very intresting and unique I like that cart, TLC never adopted the idea for real sets. For a small set with less then 100 bricks, I think those alternate models proves what LEGO is all about. That you can use the same bricks to make more then the original model. An idea that has been forgatten for the last 10 years or so. I think it's only natural to begin the ASR with this set. 10/10
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Postby JoshWedin » Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:50 am

This is a great idea for set reviews, can't wait to see more! This is especially helpful on sets I don't have, since I never got to see the box.

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Postby dJOLe_sk8 » Sat Jun 03, 2006 8:20 pm

Oh men.... I wish they produce sets like this one...Everything is perfect... the figs,the shop,the theme....everything
I mean,everyone needs a blacksmith shop in his medieval town(from where are those armors coming...),and the civilian minfig also...and the parts,of course(i love that pitchfork...)
I wish this one is going to be a next legend,if there will be any... :cry:
clearly 10/10

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