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Related Theme Set Review: Dragon Fortress

Postby architect » Mon Sep 04, 2006 2:57 am

Join the castle related theme 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 7419 Dragon Fortress.

Dragon Fortress was released in 2003 for Orient Expedition. This Asian Castle contained hidden rooms, a golden dragon, rockets, and dropping stones. The Emperor, two guards, a wandering knight, and Lord Sinister defend this fortress while Johnny Thunder, Pippen Reed, and Dr. Kilroy attempt to capture the treasures.

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Postby kelderic » Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:05 am

All right. I have this set, although it broke it up and used it for pieces a while ago. It was great though, when it was assembled. Ok ratio of figs for the price, and the golden dragon is very cool. The hidden door in the back it cool, with the spinning gears. I really liked the Grey Knight, and of course it had the golden dragon helmet. I was a bit expesive though.

Playability - 10

Price - 6

Minifig - 8

Pieces - 9

Acethetics - 10

Overall - 8.4

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Postby Remyth » Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:12 am

I do not own this set, nor have I even seen it built. From what I have seen from pictures I really liek it though. The golden dragon head can be used for a lot of stuff. In fact, I wanted this set pretty bad when it came out. My mom and dad wouldn't get it for me though :lol: ...

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Postby ottoatm » Mon Sep 04, 2006 4:23 am

I like this set a lot - it gives a kind of evil Imperial prescence among my Samurai and Ninja factions (which are currently very limited in set and fig number, but anyway)...

It comes with a decent number of figs, some nice baubbles and flashy pieces, and that dragon, which to me is very cool looking and kind of unique. I also like the female fig it comes with.

The set has lots of little features and what not, but the things I like most about it are the chinese lanterns (well... kind of like chinese lanterns) and the flags - both plastic and... very thin plastic. Although I'm not a fan of thin plastic flags in general, I don't think it's a big negative either.

Overall, I like the design and uniqueness of the set and it's features so much that I can overlook much of the negative. One queston I've always had though... can someone tell me what those little pieces in the bucket are all about? The small poles? With the yellow cones at the end? Are they supossed to be torches or something?
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Postby dJOLe_sk8 » Mon Sep 04, 2006 4:46 am

I even didn't knew that this kind of sets exists in Adventurers theme (since I've lost my interest for them before I went in my dark ages, back there in 2000)...
Nice looked-one, even I think I could never find some use for that baseplate, I just don't like it...
Good number of figs, and I'm really pleased with that dragon's upper clawn...

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Postby Graynar » Mon Sep 04, 2006 5:38 am

can someone tell me what those little pieces in the bucket are all about? The small poles? With the yellow cones at the end? Are they supossed to be torches or something?


I always thought they were fireworks, and I used them as gundpowder missles.

Overall, an awesome set. The pieces, figs, and playability make it worth it! The price wasn't bad this time...
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Re: Related Theme Set Review: Dragon Fortress

Postby Sir Nelson » Mon Sep 04, 2006 6:38 am

I purchased this set a little while after it came out, and liked it so much that I soon built an a Chinese Pagoda to accompany it. 8)


The Dragon is the best part of this set, although 'The Wanderer' is a great minifig! The black gates, lanterns, jade (sand) green color, and uniquely colored baseplate (not to mention Jing Lee). All make for a great Chinese-themed set. And, yes, those are supposed to be fireworks in the barrel.
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Postby Remyth » Mon Sep 04, 2006 7:08 am

ottoatm wrote:One queston I've always had though... can someone tell me what those little pieces in the bucket are all about? The small poles? With the yellow cones at the end? Are they supossed to be torches or something?


architect wrote:, rockets,


I think that answers your question :wink: (correct me if I am wrong.)

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Postby ottoatm » Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:43 am

Ahh... I believe you are right... I totally missed that "rockets" part of the description - my mistake. Hmm... interesting idea, and as I said before, good set. :)
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Postby nazgul » Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:26 am

My brother got this set for christmas, he quickly built it and left it out next to my mom's orchids to become an infamous, evil, dirty, and wet lego palace. But he has left for college and it has been scrapped for pieces. But from what I did play and build was very fun to do so. Overall nice set,
8.2/10.


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Postby jens » Mon Sep 04, 2006 11:35 am

I bought the set 7419 a few years ago at Legoland Germany. It isn't really castle, but at this time there was now other set that was castle-themed and even not at my collection.

Nowadays I think it was a good idea to buy it. There are some bricks at this set you can't find in any other set.

I got two little tan bar (3L) in the set. There is no use at the instruction for these bars. I found one a while ago:
change to "further presentation of Minifigs"

But on topic:
A great set with a great overall oldgray Minifig

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Postby El Mariachi » Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:22 pm

Seems pretty well built to me.
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Postby Schme » Mon Sep 04, 2006 2:35 pm

I acually have this set and it's pretty neat. THere are hidden chambers secret passages etc. The back view is even cooer than the front. 10/10 playability, priced a little high though.
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Postby ZIGGY! » Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:20 pm

I like this set though I never had it.I actually can still buy it for it`s original price but I can`t give up the money,however if anyone is interested we can make a deal... :wink: (PM me if you`re interested)Anyway great sset ,awesome castle parts,good playability,if I had the money,I`d buy it! :P
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Postby Old_School_Fan » Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:56 am

I did have this set, and highly enjoyed it. I say 'did' because it is no longer a complete set, as I have taken it apart for spares. I loved the oriental guards, and the emperor fig was simply astounding in my eyes. The playability of the castle itself is very high, as there are actually rooms for adventures to transpire in. I knew I had to have this set the first time I laid eyes on it.

Highly recommended to anyone with curiosity. :)
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