Definitely one of my favourites. And one of many (to understate) that I lost, unfortunately, a few years ago. That said - I had it, and I loved it. I think I was 11 or 12 when I got this set - it was pretty new and I had most of the Castle sets that existed at the time. My grandmother bought this one for me - early Birthday present, if I recall correctly.
Anyway, it is one of the better castles. I don't remember a whole lot about it, except that it took me about an hour to build it, that I played with it for days on end, and that my little brother smashed it shortly after (I subsequently rebuilt it, of course). So all I can say is that it must have been a great set.
I know I really liked the side-facing drawbridge. And the tower it was connected to was really nicely designed. The gate/portcullis behind the doors was also a really awesome-looking feature. And hey, all the walls were an acceptable distance from the floor, which made an 'assault' on the castle look even more convincing.
And, of course, one can't review an old larger set like this without pointing out the awesome fig-count. Just terrific.
I have to say the one negative thing about this set, the only thing I can think of - is the knight without armour. What was TLG thinking? Even as a kid that really bothered me, because the head looks silly and overlarge without the armour. That guy needs some armour. Besides that - this is, in my opinion, one of TLG's best Castle sets ever.
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