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February 2009
Weekly Set Re-Review: [Knight's Kingdom II] Catapult
Ben E. 22 II 09

Join the weekly Classic Castle set review discussion. Please post your opinions on the set play ability, piece selection, design, etc. Which sets stand up to our catapult of critique and which ones crumble in shame!

This week’s set is 5994 Catapult.

Catapult was released in 2005 for Knight's Kingdom II. The set first came in a 2005 LEGO Easter basket in North America. Later it was available as a polybag and in the Knight's Kingdom Adventure Box produced by Scholastic Books, both available at Walmart.

This set is the first LEGO catapult to have a crank and 2x2 round brown wheels. It comes with stone shot and a horse head covering.

From large to small: Kölner Dom, take 2
Bruce N. H. 16 II 2009

Michael Jasper is a prominent builder and member of Last year, the organizers of Fanwelt in Cologne asked him to come up with a special model for the event, and he produced a microscale version of the city's most famous landmark, the Kölner Dom. Attendees could buy this as a special event set. All of Michael's models can be found in his Brickshelf gallery.

Kölner Dom
Bruce N. H. 10 II 2009

Five years ago, German AFOL Jürgen Bramigk amazed the community when he displayed his model of the Cologne Cathedral, or Kölner Dom in German. He wasn't satisfied with that model, though, and felt he could do a better job. So he dismantled that and came up with a a bigger and better version. This is built at a 1:56 scale and is 3.0 meters long, 1.8 meters wide, and 3.0 meters high. Be sure to check the gallery so you can get a feel for the sheer size of this and the attention to detail. This took two years to construct and was finished last October, just in time to display at LEGO Fanwelt 2008 which was, very appropriately, held in Cologne. By the way, huge LEGO cathedrals run in the family. That tan Cathédral de Notre Dame in the same Fanwelt gallery is by his brother, Ingo. Jürgen has not had his fill of cathedrals; his next project is going to be Mont Saint-Michel.

Colossal Castle Contest VI:
Master Builder

CC Contest Team 03 II 08

The Master Builder prize will be awarded to the builder who entered 6 or more categories and had the highest score when their top six creation scores are averaged. This year one entrant's scores were considerably higher than his competition. We are proud to announce the 2008 Master Builder: Tom Snellen (MrTS) Check out his submissions here.

Please also congratulate the runners up: SlyOwl, DNL, and Giorgio Chronas.

You may be wondering what what prizes will be awarded. Our Master Builder receives a 10193 Medieval Market Village donated by the LEGO Group! Tom is also granted the title of Classic-Castle Master Builder until the conclusion of CCC VII. Discuss the Winner's here.

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