Sir, We have captured an Orcish spy! Good work, throw him in the Tower! We will deal with him shortly!
…and so begins the classic tale of
Escape from Castle Tower, a Review of 7037
Set Name Tower Raid
Year of release: 2008
Set Number: #7037
Minifigures: 5, 2 Knights and 3 Trolls/Orcs
Price: 49.99 Aus/29.99 US/19.99 GBP/ 29.99 EUR
Off we go! The Tower Raid is part of the second year of the New Classic Castle line. I consider it a mid priced set. For the purpose of this review, I consider the term Orc and Troll interchangeable.
Here is a picture of the box and of the instructions.
This set was packaged into 4 plastic bags (numbered 1-4) Bags 1 and 2 contained the tower parts, whilst 3 and 4 the siege tower. Instruction book 1 is for the tower and book 2 is for the siege tower. As per usual the minifigures were located in the first bag.
Parts I was excited to open
these pieces will go great on some of my future creations, dark brown bricks are always welcome!
One of the big draw cards of this set was the minifigure variety and count. I love to get as many trolls/orcs as they are my favourite faction, and with this set you receive 3. You receive 2 grunt orcs with the new silver helmet, and a general who has the orange metallic helemt as well as shoulder pads! You also get 2 Crown Knights, 1 generic knight with 'determined face' and 1 archer with a happy/scared face. Weapons consist of 2 orcish swords (1 brown and 1 silver/grey), handcuffs ( I got 2 lots), crossbow, sword, 1 shield for the knight and orc and a quiver. There is also a Standard, which the Orcs would use to rally there troops and instill fear in to the Crown knights.
The build: Tower
Early tower pic showing the placement of the falling floorboards
Once the tower wall falls inwards on the hinges, the tiled floor above falls down freeing the Orc
Almost done just need the top now
The build: Siege Tower
Early stage showing the battering ram.
The second level contains the boarding ramp which extends forward when the string is pulled backwards at the rear of the tower. This easily resets.
Complete Siege Tower: To operate the battering ram feature you pull back on the ram and the rubber band ensures that it will shoot forward, battering into the tower wall
The two parts of this set are well balanced.
In summary, some of my thoughts on this set
Design: 9/10 Really well designed set with 4 levels of tower and three levels of siege tower.
Playability: 9/10 Great playability with the battering ram and boarding ramp both functioning really well. The tower wall is also great and easily reset!
Pricing: 9/10 For what the set contains I think the pricing is spot on.
Overall: 9/10 This I feel is the benchmark by which all other 2008 sets should be measured against, it has loads of playability, a great minifig assortment, and is just plain fun to build as well as admire!
So who's going to tell the king the prisoner escaped?
Thank you all for looking, I welcome your opinions on this set.
Edited by KimT, 23 September 2008 - 10:19 AM.
indexed and poll added