Review: 6079 Dark Forest Fortress
Posted 27 May 2010 - 12:26 AM
Set Number/Name: 6079 Dark Forest Fortress
Theme: Castle/Dark Forest
Year Released: 1996
Pieces Count: 464
Price: You should be able to get a used set for less than 100 euros on ebay.
This is the biggest set out of the only 3-set-strong dark forest theme, and the second one i own from this line. About 2 years ago i was lucky enough to get a brand new an sealed copy off ebay! Can you believe that? It's pretty rare you find this set at all, and then even sealed, it's almost impossible, so you can imagine i was quite happy about that. Let's have a closer look at the still shiny and new goodness!
We got a cast of 7 figs here in total, 2 dragon knights, 4 dark forestmen and a skellie. That's a pretty good amount for a set that size, and the best is that you get all forestmen of this theme in this set!
As in all bigger sets of that time period, there is a healthy dose of weapons and accesoires included.
Overall views of the Set:
Doesn't it look nice? I really like the baseplate and the usage of brown pieces to resamble trees and wood.
What i also love about this set are the little details everywhere, such as this hideout with the blue window piece:
One "floor" above, is a little prison. Other than in some recent sets (i tell no names ) there is no way to escape from it, it even has a 1x2 piece with hinge on the bottom to prevent the door from opening:
Of course there are a few play features aswell, such as this mechanism, that enables you to put the big tree down...
...to reveal the backstage area! We got a little table with a goblet and a barrel there, and on the left side to it there's some space for the forestmen's horse to rest:
Of course the obvious catapult can't be missing..we're experiencing very new techniques here though!
Last but not least, the wagon of the dragon knights. An interesting detail here is, that from the box art it seems like the knights are actually helping the forstmen, as one of them is loading up the catapult. Also, there is a shield from the black knights included - there's some unsolved mysteries in this set, as you can tell!
You can open the upper part of the wagon to reveal some secret space to hide items:
I've heard some negative opinions on this set, but for me it is absolutely awesome. Mayb eit's because i managed to get a new and sealed version of it, but i think it's very unique. It has a lot of play features, awesome minifigs, a lot of accesoires and a design that no other set has. Not to forget the many little details and places where minifigs could hide. It's for sure a set that i wouldn't sell again easily.
Posted 27 May 2010 - 12:42 AM
Are you sure you got that hinge on right?
Edited by indianajones, 27 May 2010 - 12:43 AM.
Posted 27 May 2010 - 01:13 AM
Great review, I like how you pointed out a lot of details in, well, more detail.
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Posted 27 May 2010 - 01:18 AM
Posted 27 May 2010 - 02:35 AM
But I do not like the minifigs. Especially the grey helmet and the small kite shield of the Dragonmaster soldiers. Those parts simply have the wrong color! Dragonmasters do not have any grey helmets! The are all black! And they do not have Black Knight kite shields! The just have a green dragon at those larger shield type. The torsodesign of the minifigs is acceptable, but it could have been much better... All in all the minifigs seem to be the recycled remains of older castle sets
I would give the set a 3.5...
Edited by josykay, 27 May 2010 - 02:44 AM.
Posted 27 May 2010 - 03:41 AM
Whenever I make any complaints about Castle sets being too generic looking, or too sterile, and I yearn for something different, I often have this set in my mind as one of those breaths of fresh air.
In my opinion, this set does so many things right. There are many aspects that greatly appeal to me - the raised baseplate, the unique and organic looking structures, the many play functions, and the great minifigures.
My only complaint is that I missed buying this set (both when it was first released, and when my local wannabe Lego store started selling copies during the early 2000s) and it now fetches quite a lot of money for a new kit on Bricklink or ebay. Fortunately, I was able to open a sealed copy of the set, and construct it during a local Lego event many years ago - and I loved every moment of it. That experience only confirmed my lust for this set.
For me, this set receives top marks. In the future, I'd love to see TLC try some neat set designs like this again.
Cheers once more for the wonderful review of this absolutely brilliant set.
Posted 27 May 2010 - 02:34 PM
Posted 27 May 2010 - 03:32 PM
I do not usually like raised baseplates but in this case it is used well.
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Posted 27 May 2010 - 03:32 PM
Posted 27 May 2010 - 05:37 PM
I love this set and I am jealous of you having it
Posted 27 May 2010 - 05:53 PM
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Posted 27 May 2010 - 11:55 PM
Those knights helping must belong to rightful king of England !
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