Snagged this set at TRU today. And thought I'd try my hand at a review, since no one has done this set yet.
Piece Count: 431
Nothing special, though I must say I miss the boxes with that open up...
Everything out of the box:
Colors are easier to distinguish that previously, but the greys have a very inaccurate green tint to them and the gold has a very inaccurate orange tone. I must also say I miss the old high quality instruction booklets...
: Very wide open, though I must say those green-grey pieces will be nice for landscaping cliffs (especially in my JT stories
: note the forge and anvil
Pull the pin for a trap, I don't quite understand...
: notice the crappy one piece wall... and not sure what the skeleton elevator is all about either...
Also note the treasure, for those of you newbies lacking gold coins
: nothing to see here (except the crossbows, which I don't think are connected very well), move along...
: gentlemens wear... er I mean, dragon skulls, flames, and goofy shiney balls...
Not much too these. The arches look nice. They connect with a double technic pin brick. Nice to have a few hinges and doors...
Better build that the last two lines, but still does not compare to the classic-castle era.
Bags were numbers, but there was no sub-building, as in Vladek's Fortress
Took me just under an hour and a half to complete (including pauses for pictures).
The fortress, sans figures:
The fortress, with figs:
Fair design. Still very open. Not much of a fortress. Strangely enough there is a ladder (which I forgot to take a picture of) to get from the 3rd floor to the top level, but nothing to get you to the 3rd. Still suffers significantly from the crappy design style of KK2.
Armor designs are nice, though the gold one is ruined by the stupid hawk printing on it. Also very disappointed that the only new face was on Sir Adric. Seems quite strange that King Jayko uses the same face as King Mathias. And even stranger that Vladek has not aged at all... Other face is the Maharaja from the adventurers and the Yelling face from the vikings. Torsos are all blank...
Don't know what to say... other than they don't do anything for me.
Ehhhhh... I'm not impressed. Price was a little high. If I had it to do over again, I'd pass and wait for a sale on this one and tried my luck on another set...