REVIEW: 7948 Outpost Attack
Posted 24 May 2010 - 12:04 AM
I'm a sucker for $20 (USD) sets, so today at TRU I had to pick up 7948 Outpost Attack (and the impulse jester and wizard but that's another story).
Set Name: Outpost Attack
Set #: 7948
Year Released: 2010
Price: $19.99 (USD) at TRU
The galliant red knights don't seem to suspect the Dragon Knight's catapult as it approaches in the picture on the back of the box:
Wall stickers provide the castle with some extra detail:
To my surprise, the set includes just two numbered bags:
Three figs are included; two red knights, and one Dragon Knight:
Once again, it's a good thing the Dragon Knight has the catapult, because he's a one-man show.
I love these figs :
This catapult is definitely larger than the smaller 7950 Knight's Showdown, especially with the large wheels:
Here's an image from above. It does include two round projectiles:
I think the tower makes this set:
Unfortunately, no ladders are included as a means to climb to the second floor or outpost at the top:
The middle wall section (second floor) slides out for attack/destruction play:
Pictured is the removable wall section:
The only other highlight of the tower is the lion/griffin flag that hangs over the entrance:
With the additional green/dragon knight, my Dragon Army is now at five. I will certainly enjoy buying one or more of the battle packs.
Thoughts On This Set
Outpost Attack (7948) is one of my favorites sets of the new Kingdoms collection. While it doesn't necessarily draw ones attention to the theme, I think it makes a very nice outpost that can be easily transformed to a Dragon Knight tower with some different flags and a few green cheese slopes. I may just do so in fact. The figs in this set are not much different than other Kingdoms sets, except for the dark grey helmet on the Dragon Knight. The tower design is rather simple, but I think it looks pretty good. The larger catapult is definitely better than the small one contained in 7950 (as mentioned above), but I'm not a huge fan of all these seige weapons. I'd rather the pieces be used for the main structure. The highlight for me is the two Dragon shields used on each side of the catapult. Now I plan to create a small battle scene with this and the Dragon Knights' Prison Tower. Oops, almost forgot, I would highly recommend this set for $20 USD. It makes a nice introductory set to the Kingdoms theme.
Posted 24 May 2010 - 12:11 AM
I might just be adding this to my shopping list - 2 good guys and only 1 baddie - ah well it's okay I guess.
The primary bad guy's weapon is nice, but I keep going back to the cool tower !
Keep on bricking everyone !
Posted 24 May 2010 - 02:00 AM
This is a great little 'conflict in a box' type set. It's nice to see the Dragon Knights get a beefier siege weapon, and the outpost is a respectable little structure as well. Again, my biggest complaint with this set is the lack of details in the outpost. This could really use a treasure chest to be protected, or at least a table with a goblet or two for the good guys to take a break at. You've got a great idea about swapping the red cheese slopes and the flag so that the outpost could be used for either faction. I might just have to pick up two of this set so that I can do just that.
Posted 24 May 2010 - 08:31 AM
On a more positive note, the catapult and the tower are good. The catapult is executed solidly, and they applied the dragon color scheme nicely. The tower is good-sized and looks good from the outside, but lacks some interior.
Fair amount of weapons & such, two dragon shields are definitely welcome.
Overall, the set is highly playable, with the focus more on catapult vs tower (which are certainly good value for $20 if you like them) and less on minifigures. Had they included one more dragon guy, this set would have been over the top, but as it is, it's just average for me.
Posted 24 May 2010 - 10:15 AM
Posted 24 May 2010 - 12:30 PM
Posted 24 May 2010 - 01:05 PM
I thought this set was a simple little build and makes a nice parts pack to improve the King's castle. The catapult is pretty well built as well. It does lack for ladders and other small details. Obviously the figs are great!
I definately like all of the bling included in the set. It comes with a ton of cheese wedges in dark green, red, and pearl gold! These are the first pearl gold cheese wedges made by Lego. The two dragon shields are a big plus but I would have liked just one for the Lions as well.
It looks like your figure suffers from the pinkish issue? Mine from this set looked good but the other sets had more of a pinkish hue. How does it look in real life?
Posted 24 May 2010 - 01:41 PM
I voted 3 since I don't feel anything except the minifigs being that good...
I esspecially don't like the random cheese slopes on the catapults wheels, but aprt from that you're righ: it's well build for a set.
Will the stickers still fall apart over time?
The pearl dark grey weapons/armor of the bad guys are pretty much the best I have ever seen.
So in case I might ever get into castle, I'll just get the minifigs/accesoires from BL once they're cheaper!
I did the same with Pirates and I'm pretty glad with how it works.
"The better is the enemy of the good." - Voltaire
Posted 24 May 2010 - 03:23 PM
I'm Lovin It!
Posted 24 May 2010 - 08:11 PM
Posted 24 May 2010 - 08:19 PM
Join The Brick Hope!
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Posted 24 May 2010 - 10:35 PM
Posted 26 May 2010 - 11:32 PM
The base of the tower is not a single plate, it's two 4x10 green plates. That tile helps them hold together.
Posted 30 May 2010 - 04:51 AM
Posted 04 June 2010 - 01:50 AM
Posted 04 June 2010 - 06:16 AM
I have to say I like this set: the tower looks really solid, the minifigs are great and I even like the catapult - those wheels look quite menacing, although it feels rather short in length! (IMHO, the siege weapons have not looked very nice since many lines ago, so my liking this one says something to me)
Oh, man, can you please post a couple of pictures? Doing that was the first thing that came to my mind while reading the review.
Edited by Artifex, 04 June 2010 - 06:17 AM.
Posted 04 June 2010 - 08:20 AM
I'm really liking the new Kingdoms line. It gives me the same sort of excited, nostalgic feeling as the Castle line gave me a few years ago. Finally, we are getting a Castle line that is very similar to Classic Castle, but with better parts, set design and techniques.
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Posted 04 June 2010 - 11:19 AM
The only point I do not like is the gate. Why are there no small doors like in "Black Monarchs Ghost"?
Edited by josykay, 04 June 2010 - 02:12 PM.
Posted 04 June 2010 - 11:59 AM
I really like the 'simplified' look of the new castle sets, and the figs are awesome!
Posted 04 June 2010 - 01:26 PM
Thanks for sharing the review, TheBrickster!
Posted 04 June 2010 - 04:50 PM
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