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CC Set Review: 1974 Smuggler's Hayride

Postby architect » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:03 am

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This week’s set is 1974 Smuggler’s Hayride.

Smuggler’s Hayride, part of a three set bonus pack, was released in 1989. This hay cart comes with a peasant, a forestman, a hidden treasure chest under hay, a pitchfork and other accessories.

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Re: CC Set Review: 1974 Smuggler's Hayride

Postby friskywhiskers » Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:29 am

This set doesn't have the nicest wagon design, but It has two great mini figs. Play is somewhat limited to one or two scenarios, but I would buy it solely for the pitchfork :tasty:.

Value For Money: N/A
Parts: 2.5/5
Design: 2.5/5
Alternate Models: 2/5
Play Experience: 3.5/5
+1 pitch fork factor :D

Overall: 3.6/5!!
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Re: CC Set Review: 1974 Smuggler's Hayride

Postby Bluesecrets » Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:56 am

I rarely do set reviews. But this one is a must for me. This little gem was gifted to me without me realizing it was in the box. I had a pitchfork for a long time before I realized that it was something rare. The build, is good. The figs..are lovely. The pitchfork is SWEET. Overall this is one of the few sets I have kept together and do not plan on taking apart. It is simplicity at its best and a good example of classic.
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Re: CC Set Review: 1974 Smuggler's Hayride

Postby Athos » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:19 am

Simple cart, but still decent design. And at least its not a weapon cart, but rather a civilian hay cart. Comes with a peasant and pitchfork (horse too), so you can't beat that. Black plume too.

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Re: CC Set Review: 1974 Smuggler's Hayride

Postby JoshWedin » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:34 am

This was the last set I needed to become "Forestmen Complete" so it holds a special place in my heart.

It is a classic build and a fun one. Also unusual for being a civilian-type wagon instead of one of the plethora of military vehicles. Definitely one of my favorites.

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Re: CC Set Review: 1974 Smuggler's Hayride

Postby RichardAM » Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:30 am

This is the best castle set of all time. There, I said it.

Pack it up here- TLG should've stopped making castle sets decades ago. There's no besting this :wink:
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Re: CC Set Review: 1974 Smuggler's Hayride

Postby JoshWedin » Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:24 pm

RichardAM wrote:This is the best castle set of all time. There, I said it.

Pack it up here- TLG should've stopped making castle sets decades ago. There's no besting this :wink:


We would have at least been spared KK2. :D

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Re: CC Set Review: 1974 Smuggler's Hayride

Postby JCool » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:54 pm

This set has always held a special place for me. I had 2 of these growing up and only years later did I realize how lucky I was to have pitchforks when others were scrambling to get them. As some of my first castle sets I was able to extend the playability of these quite a bit. And during those times when the cart got dismantled, the fences were perfect for building up the infrastructure of my city.

Overall I'd give it a 5/5 because it conveys a solid idea without much fuss and is still an icon of the early castle sets that everyone seems to want.
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Re: CC Set Review: 1974 Smuggler's Hayride

Postby Ernst1963 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:57 pm

First of all a set of a very good theme, all the Forestmen an Dark Forest sets are very good.

This little set is very good too, with all the aspects of the "good outlaw's" present. A nice looking peasant cart with horse loaded with hay and a hidden treasurebox, one disguised outlaw and a forestman. It is very complete and a great addition to other Forestmen or other Classic Castle sets. Parts are very good, esspecially the peasant with the pitchfork. The only thing you could mention as missing is an extra minifigure of an opposite party.

Being part of a US only 3 set package-deal this is not an easy set to find. I was fortunate to find it on the Dutch auctionsite for a reasonable price. Overall I advise you to get it even though it is now an expensive set if you want it.

Value for Money: 3/5
Parts: 5/5
Design: 5/5
Alternate models: 3/5
Play Experience: 4/5
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Re: CC Set Review: 1974 Smuggler's Hayride

Postby Count Blacktron » Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:54 pm

Nearly a perfect set from the Forestmen/Castle theme. Only nearly perfect in that the crowd control barriers from the Town series seem(ed) out of place on the cart. If they had any brains they would have re-imagined and rereleased this set with those pieces replaced by the large pasture fences that became available later in the 1990s in Belville, Town and Western sets. Other than that, this one was a beaut. :eyebrows:
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Re: CC Set Review: 1974 Smuggler's Hayride

Postby rogue27 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:29 am

Not as cool as the strangely named Crusader Cart, but a fun and clever design that does a lot with very few elements.

The thing I like most about these older sets is that they don't waste elements on fluff. Everything included is vital to the design, and any excess has been trimmed. Less is more. TLG didn't feel the need to put in guards to search the cart, tree-mallets to smash the cart, horse-mounted catapults to attack the cart, tusks and flames to decorate the cart, rats to run from the cart, or any other such nonsense. When you buy this, you are buying a smuggler's cart. What you do with that smuggler's cart is up to you and your imagination rather than some action sequence displayed on the packaging.

My only complaint would be that the hinges on the sides of this cart do not hold up very well.
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