Evaluating it in its time. . this was a very good set. It was a HUGE step up from the KK2 main good-guy castle, which was a pitiful hodgepodge of pillars and nothing else. In that regard, this set really shines because at least it looked kinda like a Castle and not just a room on top of a few pillars.
Also in comparison to the sets available at the time, this one has WAY better minifigs, and a far superior minifig count.
Compared to the entire Castle line? Really falls flat on its face. Now, the minifig count is still great, and the minifigs are good, but not great. I like raised baseplates. Always have. Although this one seems too brightly coloured for my tastes. What really bothers me is that the FRONT of the Castle is practically wide open. The walls don't even connect to the freakin' gate! What use is there in even having walls?
I don't mind when a castle isn't complete. I can admit that from a play standpoint, it's sometimes preferrable, for instance, to have a Castle with no rear wall, so you can sit behind it and be the King, or whatever it is we did when we were kids. I'm not saying it's better than a fully-enclosed Castle, but it's acceptable.
What isn't acceptable is when the front of the Castle has gaping holes that any enemy could walk right through.
So, this set has its ups and downs, and a lot of both. But in the end I didn't think it was worth the purchase, especially not for over 100 dollars. If I'm going to spend that kind of scratch, I'll get a better set like 6081.
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