"...and then the sky turned red... Hey! They're throwing trans orange propellors!"
8873: Fireball catapult
Subtheme: Knight's Kingdom
Pieces: 47 (including extras and "Rubber band holder" )
Price: 8 USD / 9 EUR / ?? UKP (sources: Peeron, German S@H Catalogue)
Building time: less than 15 minutes
MISB on review: Yes
More info: Brickset - Peeron
Box front: European version, no set name and no details.
Box back: Showing how the catapult works, and a mediocre alternate model
Box content: Two bags and a one instructions sheet.
Pieces inventory: Main colours are Red Brown and Dark red. We'll find a few differences in extra pieces compared to Peeron listing.
Random instructions page: How to set up your horse; by the way, this set has no extra 1x2 plate and 1x2 brick as an alternative to horse saddle.
Random instructions page: Building the catapult.
Shadow knight: The villain has no armor but a printed torso with the Scorpion emblem.
Sir Santis: The good minifig has a name (he's not a mass product like his foe), and the bear pattern on armor and shield.
When color choice becomes a problem : I can hardly understand how Peeron can claim the bar being white; But my main question is: do we need all these kinds of grays (and bleys)?
Ready to face the fire: The "knight" has no horse. The "Sir" has. Oh, well, whatever...
The catapult: Front has two wheels and two teeth (for short-range killing).
The catapult: Shooting is based on a rubber band; shooting range = approx. 1 yard / 90 cm.
The "bullet": I like the idea of using a transparent piece (as much as I like TrOrange round 2x2 bricks).
Armed and ready: The catapult is ready to shoot
Leftovers: How many of you wondered "where do I have to use the rubber band holder in this set?" the first time you found one?
Complete set: let the battle begin.
For a small battle set / army builder, this one is O.K. On one side we have one of the usual KKII colorful knights with his own attire and emblem, a "triangular" sword, his "custom" shield and a horse with head armor. On the others side, one Shadow knight wearing red and black like his master (Lord Vladek) and most everyone in their army, plus a small (but effective) battle machine. Kids should have enjoied themselves withe the shooting; I practiced a little and found out I shouldn't have pulled too much, otherwise the "fireball" would have fallen backwards! So much for target practicing.
Color scheme: 4,5/5: nothing bad to say about the SK and the catapult; Santis looks better than some of his colorful buddies.
Minifigs and accessories: 4/5: both guys have their hands full; having another SK included would have been great, but 1 vs. 1 is Ok.
Pieces: 3/5: You surely won't buy this set for the pieces it's made of. There's nothing rare or special in here, and we're far under the 10/1 ratio.
Playability: 4/5. As I said, it takes a while to find how to use your hands on the catapult. But I strongly hope that's not something that can discourage kids from playing with Lego!
Design: 4/5. See above.
Overall rating: 4/5.
The final words: To the few people that don't dislike KKII:
If you can grab it for 8 Euros or less (like I did), you should consider buying this set; I own two of them, and they look great in the sort of "siege" of the Mistlands tower I have made. Please keep in mind that 8 bucks was the standard price for the Final joust, which -as good as it is- looks now a bit overpriced.
Edited by WhiteFang, 31 December 2008 - 03:59 AM.
Review added to index.