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Lego Maniacs' Guide: Reviews: Castle : Knights Arsenal

[Purchase Lego at Amazon.com] 6016 - Knights Arsenal

Rating: 4 Stars
Pros: Great style; very simple but profoundly elegant
Cons: None really, except for the confusion as to where to put the axe stand
Contents: 33 pieces including 1 mini-fig and 1 horse
Price: Discontinued
Reviewed: 03-Oct-1998
Reviewed by: Matthew Chappell

Sir Richard Longbottom was a very nervous man on a very important mission. He had been appointed Commander of Military Supplies for the Siege of Orleans which, apart from a nasty war that had been dragging on for 80-odd years, was a very beautiful part of France.
With his trusty horse, Boofer, Sir Richard with his dray load of axes, swords, and rotten black puddings from back home trundled his way towards the besieged city. Despite his chest armor plate, Norman style helmet, and long sword (not to mention the rotten black puddings) Richard did not feel safe. There were spies and bandits everywhere on the back roads from Lyon to Orleans, but Prince Edward was relying on him. The brave knight was determined not to let his future king down.

Ah, yes. Another brilliant example of the designer mastery that was Castle Lego from the year of 1987. This would have to be one of the best carts ever made by Lego and for one simple reason: the one piece harness. It contributes towards a very stable model which you can pick up and take anywhere with you without fear of the contents falling all over the floor.

The construction of this cart is very simple featuring two wheels, a V-shaped dray, and three flexible hoops. The white horse, blue harness, and lion crest knight with yellow shield featuring a blue border really set off the ensemble enticingly.
The set also includes two swords and two axes mounted into a white stand. I had trouble working out what to do with the axe stand because it is always featured standing alone beside the set so I ended up shoving in the back and it looks very nice there.
The only unusual piece in this set is the one piece harness. I have never seen another like it, which is a shame because they make for great carts.

The back of the box features other carts of similar derivation and some sort of shield for the knight to hide under for protection.

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