The Dragon Defender Catapult has a deceiving name! It appears this weapons is used for defensive reasons while it is actually engineered to do the opposite! What castle can withstand the combined power of a battery of Dragon Defenders, a few dragons and a wizard? Together they form the ultimate siege army...
Set name: Dragon Defender
Subtheme: Dragon Masters
Set number: 6043
Number of pieces: 151
Released: 1994 (discontinued)
Release price: 12 USD
Current price: 10-15 USD on ebay and Bricklink; 35 USD for MINT
The front, found on Brickshelf: with thanks to Theif for this and the next picture!
And the back: including some very nice alternatives, I especcialy like the war tower variant.
The front of the instructions, showing the catapult and minifigs.
A step-by-step building plan, so, although not intended , it can also be made by children... These pages show you a bit more about how the dragon's head is constructed.
And the back. Just two other pictures of the Dragon Defender catapult.
An officer and a "grunt", the yellow dragon plumes are very nice and can be used for a lot of things !
The Dragon Knights have the standard old style, non-printed backs.
There are 2 weapons and a shield for every soldier, and the dragon wings and helmet are very nice items as well, you do get value for your money when you purchase this set!
The blocking pin is very easy to use and effective: it blocks the mechanism from firing.
Here we have a nice frontal view of the Dragon Defender catapult: the dragonhead must be a fearsome sight for the enemy...
And a side view, showing the mechanism. Another nice point is that there are many additional weapons attached to the catapult, the only weapon I miss is a bow and arrows (or a crossbow).
Price: 9/10 (You can find them at a very good price, even now! If you love the Castle theme, this is a must-buy!)
Design: 9/10 (IMHO One of the best catapult designs ever, and they are made of many little bricks, not of a few large pieces like the more modern ones.)
Minifigs and parts: 8/10 (Two minifigs is just enough for a set of this size and price, still I wouldn't mind paying another dollar or two/three to include a dragon! Also contents a lot of weapons for your soldiers.)
Playability: 8/10 (If this set included one enemy soldier or a dragon this rating would be 10/10, we just don't have a good target to fire at right now )
Overall: 8,5/10 (One of the stronger Castle sets that includes a lot of useful parts and weapons, actually.... I think I like the entire Dragon Knights line! )
Conclusion: Just buy a castle of a random faction, then get two Dragon Defenders assisted by a Wizard, a dragon or two and some ground forces and you already have a perfect battlefield!
While these catapults bombard the castle, the Wizard uses his magical powers to weaken the walls and defenders inside.
The dragons attack from the sky, breathing fire towards the besieged castle...the Dragon Knights await their turn to finish them off, and will only attack when the enemy (both castle and army) lies in ruins!
Thank you for reading my 6043 Dragon Defender review, I hope you enjoyed it! (and to those that concerns it, please feel free to index this review). Thanks!
Edited by zorro3999, 20 December 2008 - 12:14 AM.
Review added to index