Oh yeaaaaah baby!
I remember the extreme
jealousy I experienced when my best friend aquired this set. God, I wanted this soo bad! THE best set ever for figs - 14 figs! And what variety too! I always coveted the white "crusader" knight - maybe my favorite minifig of all time.
This set had it all - figs, tons of bricks, great design - you name it. What a fun build too! I never minded the yellow castle - it had such charm. In fact, I remember seeing a gray version of the castle awhile back and I felt it just lacked something.
The only part of this set I never really liked was the horses. The moulded, one piece horse is vastly superior to the brick built version. Come to think of it, Iyou just don't see people using brick built horses anymore, despite the fact that nearly everyone bemoans moulded beasts.
Anyway, thanks to bricklink, my dream has finally come true! I am the proud owner of this castle. I don't quite have the complete set yet - I never bothered with the horses - but I have the complete castle and most of the figs. Sad fact: I spent more on the gray vests than I did on the castle! I probably spent about $20 on the castle, $6 of which was spent on the 6 1x1 red windows in the tall tower! There's a person on eBay who sells quite good sticker sets so all my figs look brand spankin' new. Note: I'm not a purist, so I didn't care if I used new vs. vintage bricks, all I cared was that it looked great. One nice thing about the yellow castle is yellow bricks are dirt cheap! I think I got around 100 2x1 bricks for $1.50. One more note: For those who may be considering the bricklink option be warned - the castle is cheap, the figs are NOT. I spent about $2.00 each on the gray vests! Fortunatly, I have a large selection of light gray helms and swords because they ain't cheap either!
In the end, I had to compromise with the knights because I just couldn't accept the $12+ for feather visors. Hmm... I guess that's the reason this set sells for upwars of $150.00 on eBay!
If you haven't guessed, I LOVE this set.
I rate it 9.8/10 I took .2 off for the horses. This set would certainly be a leading candidate for Best All-time LEGO set.
Favorite memory of this set: My best friend was holding his castle and he said, "You know, one thing I love about this castle is how sturdy it is." The very next moment, something gave way, and the set slipped from his hands, hit the floor, and broke into more pieces than the death star. We spent the next 2 hrs. or so putting it back together! Famous last words!