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Lego Maniacs' Guide: Reviews: Castle : Royal Knights : King's Carriage

[Purchase Lego at Amazon.com] 6044 - King's Carriage

Rating: 2 Stars
Pros: It's a good set to pick up if you need a king minifig. There are more than a few pieces to make some good alternate models.
Cons: Original model is really BLAH! Come on, Lego, I want a carriage for four or five people to sit in.
Contents: 120 pieces including 4 minifigs and 2 horses.
Price: $14.99 - Discontinued
Reviewed: 01-Aug-1996
Reviewed by: Joseph Gonzalez

6044 You've seen the commercial: Driver side airbag, AM/FM stereo, Anti-lock breaks, room for six kids and a dog...well forget it! With this rig, you're lucky to get a cushioned seat or real springs for shock absorbers.
You're going to feel every rut and pot hole in the road with this baby. On the plus side, you get two armed guards and a chauffeur. But wait, if you want to hold the owner's title on this year's model, you literally need to be royalty!

Believe it or not, the only reason I got this set was so I could do a review on it. There isn't a lot to the set, but if you need a king minifig, it is substantially better (obviously) than the simple #6008 Royal King kit and it will save you from shelling out one hundred bills for the Royal Knight's Castle.
There are no hidden goodies with this set. It's a king carriage including King, three guards and two horses, a chest, a few "jewel" 1x1 round flats and a yellow goblet.
Unique pieces would be the king minifig, his crown and sword, two blue split-level (2x2 then 2x3) flat pieces and two white flag pole/lances (I haven't seen these in white before).
My complaint: I understand it is the king's car, but there is only room for one minifig to sit inside for crying out loud! What about the queen (or king's "significant other")? Once the king is sitting, there is room for a minifig to stand, but whoever that is, they're right in the royalty's face! There is plenty of room in the back of the carriage for a chest and another standing fig, so with the few pieces of flats and bricks provided, I will undoubtedly tear the model apart in a week to start on a better version.
It's not a bad kit, but it isn't great which means when I'm done with a more satisfying model, any and all pieces get assimilated into my varied containers of bricks and figs (while really cool sets get to stay in their original boxes and remain "individual").

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