Today i'm gonna review the bigger of the 2 castles from the fright knigh theme. I got this one last week at a pretty fair prive at ebay, new and still sealed. I love opening boxes that had been lying arounf for years and being the first to build an old set. Since i know this castle theme is not liked so much by the general public, i'll try here and change their minds, cause i really think this is a great set. This time i have to say my pictures turned out pretty amazing, even if i am still using just my cellphone cam, but i'm really pleased now with the quality. Here we go!
Set Nr.: 6097
Name: Night Lord's Castle
Number of minifigs: 7
Number of pieces: 598
Release Year: 1997
Let's start with a few box & instructions pictures:
The inside od the box, with a few alternate models:
The back, with another possibility how to assemble the 3 main parts:
Next, the 6 minifigs, starting with the witch on her black dragon:
All 5 figures of the fright section:
And the poor royal knight:
We go on with the set itself, first a general overview (it's really high!):
On the "first floor" there's a trap with which you can drop stones or other things down on unliked guests, the pot comes originally from fabuland i think, i love this thing:
In the same floor there is a second trap, if you pull the bar, the door opens:
We move on to the tower itself (did i mention it's really high?), on the ground level there's the place for the witch to do her spells:
The wall is a secret door, which reveals a skeleton when turned over:
on the next level there is this little thingy, first it only seems like a barrel....
...but when you pull the two 1x4 tiles on the back, a skull is being revealed, scary, huh :
I don't really understand what this is for but i assume it's a telescope to watch and observate the dragons, i do find that a bit senseless since there haven't been telescopes in medieval times (or have there been):
The back of the tower with the prison and the room for the treasure chest:
The prison opened. It's secured with a chain, which i like very much cause you really can lock it with that:
From the highest peak we now go down to the very ground level, at the back of the castle there is another secret wall-door, flanked by two shields:
At the back half of the inside there is the throne hall for the Bat Lord, with a nice warm fireplace in the back (this is, where the secret door is placed):
The second half is pretty empty, except for these two baskets. i don't know exactly what they are for, but i ike the idea for using them as water places for the horses:
One thing that might be a bit stupid is that 2 of the 4 side entrances do not have doors, so they are open and a guard would have to stand there the whole day. You can see it in his face he isn't very happy with that :
That was my last review of the sets i got the last weeks, but i'm looking forward to make much more in the future. Overall this is a pretty good set, i don't know any other one with so much details and playability. The minus point is, as already said, that it is too open on the sides, but that can be solved easily with a bit of modding. Also i must say, this set isn't that much juniorized as many might have thought, though the design is a bit unconventional, but exactly that's what i like most about it. All in all it gets a 9/10 for me hope you enjoyed the reading and the pictures, can't wait to see your response.
Edit: Oops, i forgot to put one figure of the fright knight faction on the photo, but it's the one in the last picture.
Edited by KimT, 10 August 2008 - 01:28 PM.