I remember losing my 12 year old mind when this came out. Had to mow quite a few yards to get the money for it, but it was (and is) totally worth it. Still one of my all time favorite sets.
If I remember right, FIRST: Forestmen set, brown horse, leaf parts, and standalone Legoland castle structure. Prior to this, all the sets released from 84-87 with buildings were designed to be linked together. This was very exciting as it set the Forestmen as squarely independent of the two existing factions; and if you wanted them to be Robin Hood & co, that made one of the existing factions bad guys(.... bad guys in Lego---WHAT?? In 1987? That's crazy!
is not the face of a villain!)
The build is a lot of fun as it is a uniquely designed, fully-enclosed structure. The rolling rock door, hidden larger door, and tree tower are fun design elements that not only give the structure lots of play value and aesthetic appeal but also establish the new faction's character.
Lots of useful parts included. Among the abundant great bits are black 1x5x4 arches, small and large leaf elements, 2 small trees, 6 minifigures
<1 unique>, 18 plumes in 4 colors, weapons, brown horse with saddle, and 8x16 and 16x16 baseplates.
Even the packaging is great. I have a special nostalgia for the vintage Legoland castle packaging with its strangely pleasing yellow background, and sets with with flip lids and windows even moreso. This set pushes all those buttons for me; I remember holding the boxed set, the horizontal rectangle shape, the bonus ideas on the inner lid and back and alternate main model images on the smaller sides : all reminiscent of the 383 I remember coveting but not getting (until adulthood and ebay came along). I can still see the illumination/calligraphy around the C in Camouflaged Outpost and recall the excitement of looking at the carefully arranged colorful forestman waiting to be released from their tray onto my Lego world.
The set was and is still a 10.