I bought a few of the current Castle line kits and put together the Warship today, really good kit, here’s my review;
Kit # - 7048 Troll Warship
Price - $70 AUD (got this in a pre Christmas sale at K-Mart, down from $90)
Pieces - 493 pieces
Minifigs - 8 + Giant Troll and Dragon
Decent sized box, nice art, no embossing. The rear of the box shows some of the features of the kit, and gives the dimensions of the kit also. With a shot of the minifigs on the top edge of the box.
Box was opened by cutting two clear sticker tabs on the side of the box and the parts then slide out.
- 4 bags with pieces (which are numbered 1 - 4 and the kit is built in 4 stages);
- 1 bag with Troll;
- 1 bag with Dragon;
- Loose boat hull pieces;
- 2 row boats;
- 2 sails (they actually remind me of the Tampa Bay Buccaneer logo, perhaps it was the colour scheme);
- 2 masts;
- 2 dragon wings; and
- Instruction manual (in 2 books - the second one was tucked inside the first, not sure if this was by design).
Bag # 1 contains the minifigs. Maybe because I’ve just finished reading the LoTR trilogy I am calling the small green minfigs Orcs and the larger sand green fig a Troll.
6 Orcs - with 4 swords (2 in brown and 2 in silver). One troll comes with a bronze helmet and shoulder armour and a whip (hence he’s the ship’s Captain). 2 of the Orcs come with a bronzed torso.
1 Troll in sand green and he comes with 2 drumsticks (motivational tool) and also a club (motivational tool also).
This photo includes an extra Troll and Orc (they came along for the build).
Also contains a Knight, on Dragon and a Dwarf. Here’s the Knight and Dragon
And a close up of the whole gang (minus the dragon).
I’ll start out by saying that the numbered bags are a great idea. I mainly buy from the Star Wars range and LEGO seemed to give up numbering those kits some time ago. It makes the build really easy, although the odd search for pieces can be rewarding when you find one, it does eat time. I would say I built this kit much quicker than I otherwise would have.
Here’s the beginning of Stage 2, with the Orcs and Trolls at the ready to build.
Was a good mix of large pieces and small ones and was quickly completed. The ship hull is quite sturdy, I’m not sure yet if it floats, but there was no label saying it does, and given its in parts I’m assuming that it doesn’t.
Here’s the Orcs working on Stage 2, and of course under the watchful eye of the ships captain (nothing like a whip and a 600 pound troll to motivate one).
I like how they did the sides of the ship (1 x 6 flat tiles) and the pieces they used for the oar locks work perfectly. The shields on the side are also another nice detail (these get put in place in the next stage).
Onto Stage 3
There was something I wasn’t used to in these pieces, with the couple of 4 x 4 and 2 x 2 turntables having to be clicked together. I don’t have a lot of kits from recent times and was always used to these being clicked together at the factory.
This stage of the build includes the construction of the cage and the ships flick missile gun (these have both been done very well). I really like the flick missile and you can get a decent “flick” on them.
Here’s the Trolls helping with the build, and an Orc “testing” out the cage (he got forgotten about for a little while and was left in the cage…. oops).
You can also notice the drum, I wasn’t sure what this was until I put the Troll in place and realised he was holding the drumsticks. This was a simple design but fits well in the ship.
The third stage included the adding of the details to the ships bow (front) and stern (rear) which were simple but effective. The white horns added to the stern give the ship a nice Troll touch.
Here we go with the fourth and final stage
Raise the sail...
The mast assemble was again well done as was the detail on the top with the little basket. Though I moved the short flagpole of centre so that an Orc can stand in the basket.
I really like the netting for the cage that is moved with the crane piece attached to the rear mast.
And here’s the finished product (I have added one extra Orc to this shot).
This was a really good kit. Was a quick, but not too quick build and has a number of cool playability functions;
- the flick missile weapon;
- the cage;
- the crane with net cage piece;
- the rear platform and mast piece detaches easily to expose the area underneath, which has four hooks for sword storage (the area is a little plain, but not big enough to fit much in so I think it was best left as they did - perhaps a small table with a map piece could have been added);
- the click turntables that the masts connect are another neat function as you can move both sails to the same angle and they’ll stay in place; and
- the detachable single boats are also done well and they do have a connection point to the main ship (another nice detail).
Overall this was very well done, I like the adding of the Dwarf and Knight (plus dragon).
Design - 10/10 - I really didn’t have any faults with this kit.
Build - 10/10 - the numbered bags should be mandatory, they make life very easy.
Minifigs - 8/10 - Would have liked 1 more Orc, though I’m sure if they had 7 of them I would have been asking for another one to put on the mast, and so on. But I do think they needed enough to man the oars, the missile launcher, the ship’s captain and at least one of the smaller boats. But well done on including the Dwarf and Knight.
Playability 9/10 - I haven’t given this a good test just yet, but with the amount of little functions this is a really well done kit.
Value - 10/10 - I picked this up for 20% off (and given the sales retailers have had this year why anyone pays full retail is beyond me, see if this continues into next year), so was happy at $70 AUD. I’m probably also a little out of touch of what these kits should go for as the Star Wars line is much dearer. But it does seem like good value for a $70 toy.
Overall - 9/10 - Great kit, makes me regret not getting the Castle when it was out, this is a really good line, and a good introduction for me into something outside of the Star Wars line (though when I say introduction I don’t expect to buying anything further, this was a one off Christmas purchase).
Edited by WhiteFang, 25 December 2008 - 03:55 PM.
Review added to index and Poll added.