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Which Golden Age Castle Is the Best?

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Which of these castle is the best for display and minifigures?

6080 King's Castle
6085 Black Monarch's Castle
6074 Black Falcon's Fortress
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Which Golden Age Castle Is the Best?

Postby SPACE MARINE » Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:16 pm

I've always wanted to pick up one of the following three castles from the golden age, and with my birthday' round the corner I'll have the cash for one soon. Of these castles, which is the best of the three, figs-wise and display-wise?
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Re: Which Golden Age Castle Is the Best?

Postby davee123 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:14 pm

SPACE MARINE wrote:which is the best of the three, figs-wise and display-wise?

Fig-wise, obviously King's Castle and Black Monarch's Castle have double the figs, so that's a big plus for each of them.

Display-wise, I'd go for either King's Castle or Black Falcon's Fortress, only because I never liked the all-black look of Black Monarch's Castle. Being all black, a lot of the details sorta seem to get lost-- plus it's not quite as iconic of a castle (IMHO).

Also display-wise, King's Castle and Black Monarch's Castle are really nice when displayed in their "opened-up" form. Black Falcon's fortress doesn't really have the same appeal when opened, unless it's paired with other sets, since it's kind of small, and doesn't give you the same broad width that you get from the other two.

So, I guess for my money, I'd vote for King's Castle, assuming that they're all the same price and all.

Huh, I was surprised to see King's Castle last in the poll (granted, only 9 votes), so I was curious as to how it's fared in other contests between those 3 sets:

1) "Best Owned Set" thread: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=18892

6 King's Castle
6 Black Monarch's Castle
4 Black Falcon's Fortress

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18 King's Castle
13 Black Monarch's Castle
9 Black Falcon's Fortress

2) Another recent "Best Castle" thread: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=20551

1.5 King's Castle
1.0 Black Monarch's Castle
0.5 Black Falcon's Fortress

3) "Best Castle Set Of All Time" thread: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=19124

20 - King's Castle
9 - Black Falcon's Fortress
? - Black Monarch's Castle (less than 9, never made the finals)

4) LUGNET set ratings:
94.60 - Black Falcon's Fortress
90.37 - King's Castle
89.82 - Black Monarch's Castle

5) BrickSet review ratings:
4.9 - Black Monarch's Castle
4.7 - King's Castle
4.6 - Black Falcon's Fortress

6) BrickLink last 6 month sale prices:
$113.96 - King's Castle
$110.23 - Black Monarch's Castle
$81.00 - Black Falcon's Fortress

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Re: Which Golden Age Castle Is the Best?

Postby Redav » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:26 am

I don't have a copy of the Black Monarch's Castle (yet) so I can't comment from having one. As for the other two, I have only owned them in the last 12 months. As a kid I always wanted the Kings Castle and I was pretty happy to have acquired one earlier this year. It's big and impressive however Black Falcons Fortress gets my vote because I always felt it looked more elegant.
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Re: Which Golden Age Castle Is the Best?

Postby krzyzak » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:02 pm

Well I don't have Black Monarchs Castle :cry: , but by the looks of it, it looks awesome.
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Re: Which Golden Age Castle Is the Best?

Postby Tower of Iron Will » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:53 am

I remember getting the King's Castle when it came out in the mid-eighties, ending a dark age. The other voting options are very cool as well, but the King's Castle (and supporting faction) will always be held as the pinnicle of the Golden Age for me.
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Re: Which Golden Age Castle Is the Best?

Postby Vrio » Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:21 pm

I believe that Black Monarchs castle comes 1st in Minifigs since it has as many as Kings Caste but it also has bardings for horses. However black color is really unrealistic for a castle.
All in all, although i voted Black Monarchs, i believe the most beautifull among them in the 6074 Black Falcon's Fortress, but is small and has the less minifigs comparing to the other too.
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Re: Which Golden Age Castle Is the Best?

Postby Papy.G » Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:31 pm

I voted for the Black Monarch's because it's the one I have the less to complain about, mainly the black walls.
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Re: Which Golden Age Castle Is the Best?

Postby J_MAN » Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:15 pm

I personally like the King's Castle best. I just think it's the most classic, plus you get 12 mini-figs! However, I have always liked the Crusaders best so maybe that's why I like it so much.
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Re: Which Golden Age Castle Is the Best?

Postby Gomur » Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:01 pm

I'm sure this question has been answered a zillion times, but they all have their advantages. I had (and still have, and my son still plays with) a BFF and a BMC, and I personally always thought the BFF had a little bit more practical/fortress appeal and looked cooler, but as others have said, it's surprisingly small compared to many of the modern sets. Even BMC is only about 3/4 as large as the modern Crownie/Lion Knight castles. Great pieces in both, though.
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Re: Which Golden Age Castle Is the Best?

Postby SevFalcon » Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:44 pm

That's a tough call to make, guess that's why it's no surprise the votes are all even up at 9 apiece....

I have a certain affinity to BFF - it's got a timeless look and just looks beautiful all around. But you really can't go wrong with any one of the three....
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