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How do you rate this set?

  1. 1 – Poor (20 votes [25.00%])

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  2. 2 – Below Average (31 votes [38.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 38.75%

  3. 3 – Average (18 votes [22.50%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.50%

  4. 4 – Above Average (5 votes [6.25%])

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#1 Cardinal Brick

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:41 PM

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Time to review the least eagerly awaited set of this year castle wave.

Set Name: King’s Battle Chariot
Set Number: 7078  
Number of Pieces: 103
Released: 2009
List Price: £13.99 (GBP) $19.99 (USD)
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Lets us begin with the box.

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Lets be honest it doesn’t look great.

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If you wanted the King to ride the horse why not include a saddle?.

Now for what’s inside.

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The contents of the box, it doesn’t look like much.

Random page for the instructions

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Already looking very bulky.

Now for figures, this is the cheapest set you can get the patterned up king in and he does look better than they old Viking torso. Otherwise we’ve seen the torsos before

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Nothing to write home about.

Now part of the build as you can see it look really heavy and big, in my opinion it’s just to big and the weights to much.

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Big and bulky.

Views of the finished chariot.

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Now something for a little scale

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How would anyone get into that thing!

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The Rating System
Figures: 6/10 (Apart from the King nothing special. )
Parts 7/10 (Two new dark brown spears and two troll shields plus a blue plume not to shabby.)
Fun Fun Fun 6/10 (You can do something g with it and I child might enjoy the play value.)
Design 2/10 (Easily the worst chariot in my opinion far to large for only one horse)
Price 5/10 (At £13.99 far to pricey in my opinion to justify so few parts if I wasn’t collecting every set in the theme I’m not sure I’d buy it.)
Grand Total 26/50 (One of the lowest rating I’ve ever given)

It’s sad that this set saw the light of day, it seems like something we’d have seen in KKII rather than the much better designed castle range that we have at the moment. I was told though that with this wave of Castle Lego were concentrating on larger sets for Christmas rather than a general range. I hope we see better next year
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:03 PM

I agree with your review.  There is really nothing special about this set.  It is a total let down.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:35 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmm. The trolls have shields which is nice. I have all the other " fantasy " castle sets . This is the first one i won't be getting.
And that sucks.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:38 PM

The king is nice but that is all. Thanks for the review.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:40 PM

This is a little dissapointing.
I really like the new Castle, but this is too "easy" and I don't get it.
We've already gotten plenty of kings before and the carriage isn't really useful.
I'll rate it average, but I certainly wont buy more than one of this.
(I collect, so I need one)
A shame to use one of 3 released sets like this.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:49 PM

The price is a zero from me, what a horrible waste of a set.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:01 PM

The ONLY reason I would buy this set is to get the new King's torso.  However, I do not need it that bad since I would just cover it armor and it wouldn't be seen.  Besides, I am sure they will release a magnet set that comes with the King, they almost always do.  This set is something I might buy in a clearance sale if it was $10 or lower.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:04 PM

I like it a bit, actually. A shame they didn't add a second horse, it looks a bit empty now. For 15 euro I wouldn't let this set stand on the shelves, but I guess it will be 19.99 euro... The king is excellent, he looks like he's dressed in his pyjamas. (that'll be a great vignette)  :tongue:

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:16 PM

I agree it would have been better with two horses, though it shouldn't be hard to mod it to make that happen.  I'll probably end up getting it as a counterpart to the Skeleton Carriage.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:23 PM

I voted "average". 20 Euros is way too much for this set (that was RRP for last year's Troll battle wagon!!!)
I might buy one on Christmas sales.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:41 PM

It's an overexpensive parts pack. Still, might be worth it for those wheels.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:48 PM

Yep, as an AFOL this sets a big "meh" for me, but it does look like it would be a lot of fun for the younger target group.  I had hoped it would be better than the first leaked photos showed it to be, but I guess not.  I don't think I'll be adding this to my collection after seeing some the set photos, though I may buy this as a set for my kids

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:52 PM

Thanks fot the review Cardinal Brick,

This set is horrible :hmpf_bad: .... But I guess I'll buy it anyway to complete my collection of the new castle line...  :sceptic:
They should have made it more like the 6055 set  :wub:
That one made more sence in the horse to chariot ratio and looked good.

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As for 7078: poor design, high price, chance missed

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 08:14 PM

this review is great, the bored sarcasm that you keep up is top notch!

I don't blame you in the least, it does look very weak.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 08:20 PM

Thanks for the review. You confirm my first felling about this set, except king, it's a bad set.
I will buy it only during sales.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 08:26 PM

I'll get it, if only just to have the figs.  I might mod it to fit more than just one horse.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 08:27 PM

Thanks for the review! Now I know I deffinatly won't buy it. It's out of proportion and ugly, only positive about it, to me, are the orc shields, the King and those huge wheels.. But those don't make up it's price as partspack.

The set really is disappointing compared to the others and the previous ones.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 08:29 PM

Its way to over priced, but I will buy it for the king and minifigs, and that chariot SUCKS :thumbdown: :thumbdown: :thumbdown:  

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 08:49 PM

It's sad. The chariot is nice, except for the fact that the scale is off. I doubt that one horse could pull that very far. The new king is nice, but not worth it in this set. I would rather get a bigger set that has the king in it with a better price/parts ratio. The set is okay, the price sucks. :thumbdown:  :sick:
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 09:10 PM

Thanks for buying this so others don't have to... :laugh:

Seriously - I wasn't going to get this, and I agree with a lot of the comments of the review.


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Posted 27 May 2009 - 09:18 PM

Unfortunately i gotta say that this set is a big bunch of " :sick: ". Definitely one of the worst sets made in the past years, they could have made something really good out of it but they didn't. It's not only the scale of it, but also the color, the general look and how it's built. A battle chariot should be at leats only half the size, and also i don't understand why there is a treasure chest on it. Also, why would a king drive a battle chariot? Makes no sense for me. I think it would have been better if they made a closed chariot with some guards and more horses that actually carries the king. I will buy this anyway though, to complete my castle collection :tongue:

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 09:21 PM

Yeah, this set looking bad, TLC should make it better, give horse with barding, or more horses to compare with the chariot. But, I still buy several sets to complete my army.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 09:41 PM

From most of the responses here I take it you guys would rather have KK set designs back.  :thumbdown:

I like this set. It has four great figures -a while back it was rare to get that many castle figs for that cheap of a price. Even if the chariot isn't the greatest looking thing ever, it has awesome parts, and that's good enough for me. Plus two orc shields is great! There's not even that many in the Troll Mountain Fortress! I'll happily pick one of these up. :classic:

A second horse (brown) would have been great, but I suppose the set would have been even more expensive if it included another one. The price isn't great of course, but what are you going to do...

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 09:45 PM

View PostDadster, on May 27 2009, 10:10 PM, said:

Thanks for buying this so others don't have to... :laugh:
I did think that as I handed over my money. Seems a number of people will be buying it for completeness glad I'm not alone.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 10:01 PM

Thanks for the review, I voted the set as below average. It's not awful, just a big letdown. I love the figures though, but again, really disappointed they took out the troll armour, I wanted another one of those. The set is pretty lackluster, but I'll get it anyway for completion, the nice parts, and the figs.

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