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Weekly Set Review: Fire Breathing Fortress

Postby architect » Sat Aug 21, 2004 4:22 pm

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This week’s set is 6082 Fire Breathing Fortress.

Fire Breathing Fortress, released in 1993, was the castle for the Dragon Masters. This rocky fortress has a cave for the dragon, a jail, a wizard’s tower, a trap door, a secret entrance, and a dragon that drops rocks on invaders trying to reach the castle doors. The set includes a Wolfpack prisoner, one knight, a swordsman, an archer, a crossbowman, a wizard, the dragon, and various accessories.

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Postby Webrain » Sat Aug 21, 2004 5:24 pm

For years I wanted this set. The DM theme belongs to my dark ages and it was the last theme I ever got, that's why I guess I like them and I like this set. I got this set only recently from BL MISB.

The fortress is really unique in it's look, got some unique parts like dragon drawing on arch and on wall (those parts will also be available in set 1906 a year later).
This set had all the new stuff of 1993 like the DM theme as I said, green dragons and Merlin minifig (with wand and scroll), horse head covers and the fancy halberd which are all in this set.

It's got a nice Dragon build from bricks (that was inspired from the ideabook 250) that can shot rocks. I think it's got a lot of playability also, I had recently a 6 year old at my place who like this fortress a lot. I guess if I had it back then I'd like it much more then now since when I got it all it's uniqueness was no longer unique.

Not the best fortress but still nice to have one.
Final score: 9/10.
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Postby TwoTonic Knight » Sat Aug 21, 2004 5:35 pm

I can't see myself ever buying this - at 75% off I'd still pause.

Final rating: 3/10.
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Postby Jojo » Sat Aug 21, 2004 6:28 pm


When I first saw this set in the catalogue in 1993 I thought: OK, it's time now for my dark ages!
Just kiddink, obviously. I didn't even know the term "dark ages" then.
However, the only thing that almost got me buying this set or wishing for it for christmas was the tree built with brown arches. The model itself looked poor to me.

When I discovered I was an AFOL and actually collecting Castle LEGO I had to buy this set. And I'm still not impressed. I like the cartoonish look of the dragon head. On the other hand it's too cartoonish to be taken serious. Besides this dragon head the castle is boring.

I like the brown doors, though. Besides 6082 they are only available in 1906 what makes them only available in 6082 in Germany (if you disregard BrickLink, but still the German sellers who have those doors got them from 6082 :-) ).


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Postby Formendacil » Sat Aug 21, 2004 7:04 pm

I like this set. But then, I like Dragon Masters, dragons, wizards, and I have never met a CRAPP I couldn't use.

This set is a pretty good one in my opinion, having, as it does, 4 DMs, Majisto/Merlin, and a Wolfpack, as well as several fig-related pieces of a useful nature: weapons, helms, shields, the dragon, the horse, the cloth pieces....

It has a lot of useful premolds, but if you're looking for pieces, start shopping somewhere else, I think.

The Second Best Dragon Master set.

Parts: 8/10
Figs/Accessories: 8.5/10
Design (then): 6/10
Design (now): 7/10

Overall Score: 7.375/10
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Postby RuthleSs__PaLadin » Sat Aug 21, 2004 7:27 pm

This was the first big castle set I got as a child. I remember watching the tv comercials for this theme, and saying, "Mom I want that set." I was around 8 when my uncle and aunt bought me it as a gift. I really enjoyed it back then, plenty hours of playtime. The only thing I remember was it was pretty hard to build it, I coudnt get the trap right. I built it as best as I could, and i would have to say it lasted me nearly 5 years built, even after I grew out of lego, it still standed. Years later when I was around 14 I got back to lego and have been building since. This set was poorly structured but it kept me bussy for many hours.

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Postby Emperor James » Sat Aug 21, 2004 7:33 pm

I don't like this set. Terrible design, bad pieces, should have more figs. 4/10
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Postby Robin Hood » Sat Aug 21, 2004 9:16 pm

At one point in my life this was the best lego set ever. I still love. It has lots of usefull pieces. The four soilders, the wolfpack, the dragon, the flag, the decorated pieces. One awesome set in my opinion. :wink:
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Postby Daimyo » Sat Aug 21, 2004 9:24 pm

I love this set... Though the design is awful. I like some of the pieces, like the archway and wall, and the dragon head is a nice (If oversized) touch, The figs could use different arms and legs, but otherwise, great.
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Postby Silent Arrow » Sat Aug 21, 2004 9:45 pm

... 1993 was the year that Lego started to produce sets of very poor design... I can't find a reason why Lego did that. Terrible design, not enough and ugly figures.... nothing good. I suppose that the designers were new..... however they should have been dismissed for these bad ideas..........
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Postby The Josh » Sun Aug 22, 2004 12:17 am

For some reason I have always liked this set. I never bought it because it seemed overpriced to me, but I still like it. Maybe I'll find a cheap one on ebay...

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Postby lil Jon » Sun Aug 22, 2004 3:57 am

Never liked the way that the solider looked, but the knights are awesome, i really loved those helmets.

The Dragon on the side that drops rocks is a little weird.... I had the set but I never enjoyed the special things like the trap door and the rock dropping dragon head.
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Postby wlister » Sun Aug 22, 2004 5:15 am

I never was a fan of any of the Dragon Master sets. This one in particular was overpriced when it was released. I did end up buying it for $22.00 CDN at the Bay during a clearance sale, so it was worth that price. I built it once to spec and then parted it out. The DM figs have grown on me over the years and I regret the 70 or so I sold on evilbay about 4 years ago. As to this set, I would give it a 4.5/10 then and a 7/10 now.

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Postby Commander Redbeard » Sun Aug 22, 2004 2:47 pm

When I saw that set I almost put my head through the monitor (Or it could be 'cos I'm tired.) THAT SET LOOKS GREAT! I've NEVER seen its equal. All I saw in my time was KK1 and the odd leftover Dragon Master's set, but nothing like this. I'm going to bricklink and ebay right now. I'd kill for this set. 1,0000/10
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Postby Draygen » Sun Aug 22, 2004 3:36 pm

I have fond memories of the DM because about two months ago I found an old Lego catalog that had the DM as NEW. That rekindled my love of lego and since then i've begun collecting again and tryin out my hand at making my own stuff.

For me that lil wizard will always have a special place for that and because it brought alot of joy as a kid. I remember being around 8-9 myself during that time and going to toys'r'us and buying the workshop.

While I do admit design could've been better and maybe at least one more of those knights, I still like the set and the dragon helms are my favorite.

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