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Its simply part of the Castle cycle to rehash the theme every few years, rather than in the late 80s and early 90s where new factions were gradually introduced and older ones phased out.
Which, if you check the alternative image, incorporates like most other sets of that theme two builds; the 'knightpunk scifi podracer', and a classic castle reinforced gate. I will definitely be getting that set to complement my castle collection.
As to the question of the original poster @aplbomr79 , I think this line stands on its own, just like all other preceding castle lines/themes. The only thing all these separate Castle themes have in common, is that all of them feature iconic elements from the (European) medieval period, and sometimes fairy tail elements too, often associated with, or portrayed in films, and books, set in that historical era. I suppose that is also the beauty of it; you can buy all current Lego sets, and mix them in with older Lego sets, and almost everything will blend in, and nothing will look out of place (except maybe for the brick build horses from the seventies and early eighties etcetera).
As others have mentioned, a bigger, well designed castle set for the Dragon Knights to dwell in would be welcome.
I do like the current castle line, but I do favour the Lion and Dragon heraldry of The Kingdoms line over this Castle line. As well as the set design of the King's Castle of the Kingdoms line compared to the current one. However, I do like the fantasy/fairy tale element (the Dragon!) which was absent in the preceding Kingdoms theme.
I'm also another vote for a proper badguy castle. We always seem to only get a prison tower.
Have you listed it on eBay? Offering it for sale in Europe or the US would get a much larger audience, assuming shipping doesn't kill you.
Some more Exclusive castle-theme sets would be fun, maybe a Ren-faire modular to appeal to castle and mod fans? I can dream right :p ?
Either way, it's a great looking castle.
The problem is, of course, things like magic and dragons. If Majisto's a ridiculously powerful wizard, he could defeat all the factions combined. Or maybe he's on par with the Evil Wizard from the Fantasy Era, or Willa the Witch. Meanwhile, the Crusaders (while very numerous) have zilch for magic, and might be defeated by the Crown Knights' single flying dragon. Oh, and do the Dragon Masters have *ONE* Majisto? Or do they have 6 of him for every set he comes in?
I resolved to put an end to the debate the only way I knew how: BrikWars.
I scored all the units using the BrikWars rules, and had to make a lot of guesses for the magic users. I also decided that "characters" would be represented only ONCE, and only 1 copy of each set would be used-- doubled set numbers (like 6091 and 6098) would just resolve to a single set.
Next, the method:
Each faction was pitted against another faction according to the year of release-- so the earliest factions would fight each other, and the later factions would fight each other, progressing up the ladder to the final match.
Each individual "fight" actually consisted of a best-of-3 matchup: Team A would defend against Team B-- then Team B would defend against Team A. And in the case of a tie, an all-out field battle would be the tiebreaker.
... I'm sad to say I had a kid, and I've never had time to complete all the battles. Sorry to get you all worked up like that. I also only had teams compete from 1978-1999. No Knights' Kingdom or Fantasy Era (at the time, the Fantasy Era stuff was still coming out, so I couldn't make a "complete" army for their factions anyway).
- The Crusaders summarily walloped the Classic-Castle figs (2:0)
- The defending Forestmen defeated the attacking Black Falcons (1:0)
- The Black Knights successfully defended against the Dragon Masters (1:0)
- The Fright Knights humiliated the Royal Knights (2:0)
- Wolfpack were essentially laughed out of the running, with their measly lineup, without ever having a battle.
Score-wise, the Crusaders have the highest number of "points" allocated to them. So if you were going based on that, they'd win. But the makeup of the armies involved suggested that the Fright Knights (with their many flying dragons and magic user (Willa)) would likely be the victors.
As for the more modern themes, the Crown Knights were actually the next highest scoring, and might stand a chance against the Fright Knights, since they have their own dragon as well as a Wizard, and had almost as many soldiers as the Crusaders did (since I counted things like the chess sets).
I hope they will continue to release some sets for this castle theme later on in 2014.
I'm quite happy to sell the dragon to any would-be bidders?
It's impressive and a nice piece but just doesn't fit with my other builds.