The sentry and accessories - some treasure and weapons, although a cup would've been a nice touch. If this were released today, some food would be a must. The Spaniard is the Armada equivalent of an Imperial Grunt, although he is far less elaborate than his counterparts. Although he is actually smiling, his moustache and eyebrows give him rather an angry expression :-( . I do find that the Morion helmet falls off rather easily, but I may have damaged it.
The front of the outpost - a torch to the left of the doors and a flag to the right - nothing too special here. The crane works by manually raising and lowering the hinged bar, with the string sliding through the teeth. This works well and can easily lower the barrel into the boat. The string is a nice piece, although mine is a replacement - mine broke within a month or two of receiving it - the stud on the end came unglued; quality problems? Maybe I was just too violent.
The back - the open back was disappointing, although as he will be staying the night on land, it doesn't matter too much. I find the doors opening onto the sea strange - maybe to step into the boat or unhook the crane, but it looks a bit off, IMHO. You can see the ladder for him to climb up to the lookout post, which is unarmed on the back - it's understandable on the side with the ladder (ease of access), but the back? A few bricks can easily plug this hole.
The structure from the dock-side, with the crane in the up position. Nothing special here...
From the other side now, with the crane in the down position - it looks like the crane is designed to load barrels off a boat and through the doors and vice versa. There are two clips to hold the weapons, which are sufficient for the Spaniard. The grey bricks work well with the white, giving a look of worn plastered stone. It also hints slightly of the older Imperial sets...
The rowing boat, as standard. The green benches compliment the doors and fancy battlements well, although because of this, a green and red flag would look better than the yellow and red.
Overall, this is a nice cheap set that functions well and is a good parts pack for kids, although AFOLs won't really appreciate it as it doesn't have that many special parts. I wouldn't buy one nowadays as it just isn't really worth it anymore. A great set for beginners, pocket-money and early collection-building.
8.5/10 from me.
Edited by phred, 03 May 2008 - 02:52 PM.