Review: 6086 Black Knight’s Castle
Posted 26 January 2010 - 07:08 PM
Set Number/Name: 6086 Black Knight's Castle
Theme: Castle/Black Knights
Year Released: 1992
Pieces Count: 588
Price: Depending on condition and so on, between 70 and 120 € on Ebay
Since i have been recently "digging" out again some of my older castle sets and put them back on display again, and i saw there are a few reviews missing for sets that i own, i decided to review this great classic castle. This is my first review since a long time, and due that i am not a member of the reviewers academy, i hop you forgive me though i tried my best, if some pictures are not perfect. Enough babbling, let's go straight to the pictures!
Not much to say about those, everything is showed clearly and the print is from high quality, like in all instructions from that time.
There are 12 of them! Isn't that an amazing amount? If you compare it to set nowadays, i would definitely say yes. We have 4 knights on horses, all with different colors, different saddles and we even get at least one horse in every colour that is available. We have another 6 foot soldiers to protect the castle, of which 4 are archers. On the enemy's side we have a standard wolfpack guy with red cape and a ghost.
Secret entrance to the "keep" on the right corner:
The fassade of the "keep" - a great piece of architecture:
Inside the "keep", we have a table, a barrell, a chest and something to drink for the knights:
The door of the left tower - this is where the house ghost lives!
The flag, which is only available in this set:
Detail from the front entrance:
The prison inside the castle, and what i think is some kind of a water place:
Some final words:
I think this is one of the best castles TLG has ever produced, cause though it has a raised baseplate, it got an incredible design that makes it look unique. There are plenty of figs coming with it what is great, but also every fig is different. Add lots of accessoires, rare pieces and great playability, this set is totally perfect. Hope you liked my review, i can't wait to hear your opinions about it and the set!
Edit: pictures are fixed now and should work again.
Posted 26 January 2010 - 09:49 PM
Not only does this castle look great, it also has a plethora of playable elements, loads of minifigs (with great variety as well) and many rare or even exclusive pieces like the raised baseplate, the horse bardings and the flag.
I'd love to get this set at some point in time.
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 10:19 PM
I think I got if for Christmas in '91 or '92 and it was my only big castle for my whole pre-AFOL LEGO time. Most of my MOCs of that time was either inspired by this set, or at least used a lot of pieces from it. It was one of few sets that I sometimes used to rebuild, just because it was so awesome! I really liked the tudor house part and the working portcullis and drawbridge. Details as the well, the secret escape door and the ghost tower was often copied in my MOCs.
I still like this set very much (sadly it lies de-constructed at my dad's place with my other LEGO from the pre-dark ages), but there are some minor details that I'm not too fond of. Firstly I don't like the raised baseplate. Really annoying with lots of studless areas and weird slopes. I much prefer flat baseplates or just regular plates. Secondly I think the left and back side of the castle is quite bad with just a one brick high wall. Not much of a defence I think And while black certainly is a useful colour I'm not sure it works so well as walls. I prefer grey in that case.
But even with those disadvantages I still consider this set one of the top 3 LEGO castles ever.
Posted 26 January 2010 - 11:17 PM
Excellent design and content, and great review.
Also, Star Wars The Old Republic Custom Minifigures.
Posted 27 January 2010 - 01:58 AM
Very nice review, covering all the important aspects
And btw, your bricks and instructions are almost like new!
Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:06 AM
Posted 27 January 2010 - 08:56 AM
But with the raised baseplate, the walls don't have to be taller than a few bricks. It seems you forgot to take the height added by the baseplate in consideration.
You also have to think about the accessibility of the inside of the castle. If all the walls would be very tall, it would be quite difficult for children to play with the interior.
I really like the raised baseplate, it adds to the interesting architecture and gives shape to the whole structure, and the slopes and gaps add playability. I fail to see what's so negative about it, really.
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 09:06 AM
This is the most powerhouse castle ever released, with great assortment of minifigs, that not only appear less generic from one another in terms of their outfits and weapons armament plus a solid knights formation taking place with very 2 unique bardings that is exclusive to this castle, and more importantly, the special minifig, "White Knight", aka moi sigfig in this incredible castle.
I love it very much, and it's my favourite childhood castle set. Love the tall majestic castle gates, with high towers with archers guarding, along with a dark creepy underground prison for our beloved prisoner sharing together with a water well. Furthermore, there is even a back gate for solders to escape or manoeuvres from the rear to counter the enemies, and where all of the enemies are defeated, the solders can have a great time chilling down with barrels of beer! What a great inspiring playing concept!
Seriously, I love this set so much, until it bothers me for a long while to tempt myself to find a second MISB set in the open market, so I can experience the playing sensation once more.
Perfect "5" set, with no regrets for more!
Thanks metalandi for sharing this review with us, and it sure made me very happy as I am typing this comment to you.
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Gotta love that knight!
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Posted 28 January 2010 - 02:48 PM
I was already outside the LEGO world when this set came out and it is the first time I have the occasion to look it closer thanks to your review. I must admit that, even if it has a raised baseplate, it is really really good. Well designed, playability, lots of nice details and so on. Very very good. I hope one day LEGO will come up again with something like this, but without baseplate :)
Posted 28 January 2010 - 07:09 PM
I just bought this set second hand a couple of weeks ago. It is an AMAZING set - one of the best, if not the best designed Lego Castles.
12 minifigs, with very rare plumes, horse bardings, a very rare flag, the lovely baseplate, the black walls and the gate, along with the prisoner, the ghost, the secret ghost tower, the well and the cellar/prison.... this set is incredible. Incredible
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Posted 28 January 2010 - 08:01 PM
I like this castle as much as the big old grey from 1984 and I think it's too difficult to say that the one is better than the other. There is 8 years difference in designing and that could be a very big distance (look to Knights Kingdom 1 which was still available at the beginning of 2002) .
I like the design of the big front tower very much which is probably an grandson of the 1984 castle, but the building on the right is very great and have a more civilised feeling to it.
The return of a ghost (after the first ghosts in 1990) is very nice and gives, with a wolfpack guy, extra playability.
Some people don't like the raised baseplate, but you always could build a different castle with a flat plate. I even have bought a second hand raised baseplate, because I never had one and just want to try something with it.
Although I will admid that it is sometimes annoying to fill the gap in the middle.
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