Set Name:Knight's Catapult Defense
Price: EUR 9.95, GBP 6.99, USD 9.99, CDN 12.99
The front of the box shows a nice little battle scene that can be made with the components of this set, as well as a detailed backdrop and some cool visual effects.
The back shows another battle, how the catapult mechanism works, a close up of the two skellies, and all of the wonderful accessories included in the set.
This is basically the same as the front of the box. The instructions are flawless and clear.
This shows the other three stellar sets that released alongside this one.
These are, of course, the main selling point of this set. It comes with a white skeleton who wears a uniquely molded helmet, a black skeleton thats pretty standard , and two of the usual knights. The knights have the standard torso and helmet, but have unique facial expressions. One appears confident and calm, whilst the other one appears downright angry. This was the first castle set I ever bought, and so I spent a good deal of time just looking at them. In all seriousness, I probably would have paid the price of admission for this set just for the figs.
Lego definitely did not skimp on weapons here. The treasure trove of pain-inflicting devices consists of a crossbow, a mace, one small and one large skeleton shield, three spears, two knight shields, and a short sword. Once again, I declare, This set is worth the money for the figs and weapons.
The extra pieces are: a technic pin, a black skeleton leg and arm, as well as a white tusk and skeleton arm. The only one here thats very useful is the tusk.
This small but well-made barricade makes a nice addition to this set. It consists of three sections of plates, joined together by some hinge pieces. Also, there are two spears, a large shield, and two tusks on the front to make it look more menacing. There is also an elevated spot for the skeleton crossbowman to discreetly pick off unsuspecting knights. The whole thing really fits in with the skeleton theme and uses few parts to great effect.
The namesake of the set, this catapult is well-designed, sturdy, and looks like it would be fired by noble knights. It uses a simple mechanism to fire a rock. It works fairly well, however you have to hold down the catapult so it won't move while you are firing. The colour scheme of brown, dark blue, and pearl gold looks great and fits in with other castle sets. Two shields, one on each side, add more to the look of the machine. Probably the most interesting piece in the set is the barrel that holds the rock.
Not much to comment on here.
This shows the rock that the catapult fires, as well as the barrel that holds it.
This shows a shield, the pearl gold slopes, and a brown cross piece that I am not sure has a purpose in this set.
Heres an overview of the whole thing. The skeletons are attempting to ward off the knights and there large siege engine.
The brave knight engages the mace-wielding skeleton!
What will the knights use for ammunition when they run out of rocks?
Design: 10/10 There are really no problems here.
Playability: 8/10 The only problem is that you have to hold down the catapult to fire it.
Minifigures: 10/10 There simply as good as they get.
Price: 9/10 This set was totally worth the price.
Ease of Build: 10/10 There were no problems
This is a near perfect set that I think should be in everyones collection. The minifigures are good, the catapult is fun, and the price is not only manageable, its a bargain. In other words, if you can still find it in a store, then run (dont walk) to one and buy this set.
Edited by KimT, 19 October 2008 - 08:58 PM.