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PICTURE REVIEW: 7091 Catapult Defense


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#1 Zarkan

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 07:33 PM

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Remember when I said in my review of 7090 to expect a review after I went to ToysRus? Well, somehow things didnít work out, but fortunately Iím finally reviewing my latest purchases, starting with 7091 Catapault Defense, which happens to be one of the best sets in the Castle line.

The Box and Instructions:

Lego box art is at itís highest point ever these days, with lots of special effects and great action poses. The castle theme is no exception, and 7091 isnít either. Iíll let the box speak for itself:

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I love the back of the castle boxes as well, since they give another action scene and other neat info like a layout of all the accessories.

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The Contents:

Only the bare essentials as usual: piece bags and instructions. I seriously wish they still put mini catalogs inside sets like they did when I was young, but I guess they are too expensive to make or something. Ah well, canít have everything.

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No picture of the instructions this time, but since that isnít necessary Iíll just say that they are fine, and do not have a problem with distinguishing dark gray from black.

The Pieces:

Hereís your basic shot of every piece included, minus a few extra pieces like an extra Viking horn and black skeleton leg. Not too shabby for a 10 USD set.

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Thereís a lot of nice pieces in 7091, as you can see (and this doesnít include the accessories or minifig parts!). The brown plates, wheels, and spoked things are always useful, and the dark blue and gold slopes are really cool. However, thereís also a fair amount of technic in here, so be warry.

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As usual for the castle line, 7091 has a heaping helping of accessories. Most of them are old pieces recolored, but the ball on chain (whatís the actual name, could someone tell me?) and the shields are brand new. I actually like the new skeleton weapon, since itís fairly detailed and was really the only way TLC could make a part like that. And yes, the shields ARE printed (quite nicely too, if I do say so myself). Plus, you get Viking horns (always useful to have), a grey boulder, a basket, and 3 helmets. Not a half bad deal, eh? Oh, who am I kidding Ė itís awesome!

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Minifigures:

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Ah yes, one of the highlights of any castle set. You get 2 soldiers and 2 skellies this time, all with different weapons. The two soldiers are just regular Crown troops with different faces Ė nothing special, except that they are awesome anyway. The skeletons on the other hand are much more interesting: an archer and a black skellie! Archers cool, of course, but I know many donít like the printing on the black skeletons. Well, let me say that I donít mind it so much. The only real problem is that the eyes are dark red instead of just red, which makes the printing a bit less noticeable. And Iíve been through it before that the new skeleton molds in general donít bother me at all Ė go skeletons!

The Finished Set:

Alright, thereís two builds in this set, and Iíll start with the smaller: the skeleton barricade.

Okay, so itís nothing special, but itís cool all the less. The shield on the front and the slanted spears are nice touches.

Hereís just how the skeletons can tower over their own barricade: with a little step.

Ah, the catapault. The lovely catapault. Seriously, I love TLCís design. Very effective, and also very realistic, especially compared to KK. Love the side details and the swiveling base, and you gotta love the clever use of that basket.

Playability:

Yes, Iíve made it a tradition now to write stories for any castle set I buy (and this isnít the last one, you can be sure of that!). Hereís one featuring everything in 7901:

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Oh, and hereís a small ship I made out of all the pieces in this set plus a couple extra figures and weapons from my copy of 7901. Not half bad, IMO, considering what I had to work with.

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Overall Rating:

Presentation: 9/10
Pieces: 8/10
Minifigures: 9/10
Finished model: 9/10
Playability: 8/10
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Final Score: 8.6/10

Once again, I highly recommend the reviewed set. Castle is possibly the best theme this year, and this set is one of many that prove it. As with all castle sets, itís best if you buy several if you want to truly enjoy it, but this set alone is also impressive in both design and pieces and minifigures. Get at least one if you have even a slight liking for Castle.

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 07:49 PM

Very nice review! Seems like I'll be getting my first Castle set soon.. *wub*

View PostGrevious, on Oct 10 2007, 09:33 PM, said:

Most of them are old pieces recolored, but the ball on chain (what’s the actual name, could someone tell me?)
That would be a flail. ;-)



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Posted 10 October 2007 - 07:54 PM

Wow thanks for the review!  8-į I already have the other two set (theyre fantastic  *wub* ) and i know ill be getting this one soon!

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 07:57 PM

Very nice review! I like the amount of pics and that alternate model. I wouldn't have thought of making a ship from those parts, I once made a larger, Crownie-ized skellie barrier instead.

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:13 PM

A very nice review with good, although perhaps a little too big, pictures....  *y*
Now I realized that this catapultīs able to swivel, thatīs neat, thank you!  X-D

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:17 PM

The pictures really tell all, nice review Grevious! I especially liked the story, great sense of humor!

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:44 PM

Thanks for this nice review. Nice comics presentation, too.  *sweet*

Makes me want to get some new Castle sets even harder, now.  :-$

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 12:09 AM

Thanks for the review Grevious! I already have this set, but I loved your comic and that nice alternate model!  *y*

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 12:20 AM

That was a fun review, I picked up a couple of these on holiday in France and it was one of the main reasons I went all-out and bought the rest of the Castle range!

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 12:27 AM

So far of this line i have 7009 and 7090
you have now convinced me to get this one also
nice review



btw i think the name for it is mace

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 01:01 AM

Great review Grevious!!  *sweet*  *y* Nice job, thanks for sharing. Great comic and I especially love that you gave us an alternative model, something LEGO neglects to do anymore... |-/

Thanks again! *wub*

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 01:09 AM

That's a superb review if I ever saw one, and another great story!  *y*  It's a good review even though I got the set 4 months ago. :-P  This just reinforces my like for it. :-P
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For gosh's sakes, people! THEY ARE PRELIMINARY!

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 07:19 AM

Thanks for the review, the comic was great!  :-D

Your alternate model is great as well, I would never have thought of building a ship out of a catapult! :-P

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 09:24 AM

Great review, this is one of my favorite sets from the new castle line. It's simple and yet so effective, oh and great comic you have there *y*

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 10:20 AM

Excellent review! Showed everything in detail then added a fun twist at the end.

Another set I pretty much knew I needed to buy is confirmed. *y*

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 01:56 PM

nice review *y*
the comic is very funny :-D
i don't have this set 8-|  but i'm going to buy it soon.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 08:44 PM

Thanks everyone for all the comments!  ;-)  My next review is most likely going to be the Toa Mahri I bought a long time ago; I also typed up a review for her but haven't bothered posting it! Ah well, I'll get it up eventually....  X-D

Edit: Gah! I just realized how many posts I had! Better post something else on the boards quickly....  :-P

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 10:51 PM

LOL what a review!!! I love the story ^_^

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 08:16 AM

Ah yes, the good ol' Catapult Attack.

Nice review, and what a great comic, I loved it. *y*  :-D You've inspired me, all I need now is a camera! :-P Great job, keep up the good work, and I'm looking forward to more reviews! *y*
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Posted 12 October 2007 - 08:08 PM

nice review, I like this set alot. *y*  :-)
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Posted 13 October 2007 - 01:48 AM

Great review!   *sweet*  I wasn't aware that the catapult rotated either... This set isn't on my buy list though as it is all more of the same for me.

Thanks for the cool MOC!  :-D  I always plan to add a MOC to my reviews but I always run out of time.... :'-(





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View PostSinner, on Oct 13 2007, 02:48 AM, said:

Great review!   *sweet*  I wasn't aware that the catapult rotated either... This set isn't on my buy list though as it is all more of the same for me.

Thanks for the cool MOC!  :-D  I always plan to add a MOC to my reviews but I always run out of time.... :'-(
True, there are too many catapults already, and in my opinion some with a better design as well. But my lack of interest in this particular set doesn't reflect at all on my opinion of this review, which I enjoyed very much! Please continue making great reviews like this one Grevious. *y*

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 11:15 PM

i just got this today. It is amazing like my other two castle sets: the joust and the crossbow. I am currently starting to save for 2008 but for Christmas i think i want the Skeleton Carridge and the Naboo N-1 Fighter.

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