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Weekly Set Review: Forestmen's River Fortress

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Postby Nicholas » Sun Mar 06, 2005 3:36 pm

My first large castle set, greatly loved and played with.
in my mind the best forestmen set.
That it can be opened for play rather than just being hollow in the back is great, and the that you can enter (or escape) it from the river by boat or by swimming is exellent, makes for great play, this Lion Knight is bount to have great adventures.
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Postby Jyp » Mon Mar 07, 2005 9:51 am

I usually don't like the Forestmen, but this set is THE exeption!

I agree with one who wrote about the poor interior: what a pity!! And that more especially as the sliding gate, the general design, the accessories, the raft, the prison (good idea!) are really very well. A second floor would be very better, but I imagine that this is an old tower, an abandoned ruin which Forestmen are refitting in the forest.

I would have liked too: some small islands (like in a marsh) made by small green baseplates on the blue large baseplate.


So good as Wilod King wrote in capital letters to express his enthusiasm !! :lol:

No catapult?!?!

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Postby Formendacil » Mon Mar 07, 2005 6:33 pm

One of my all-time favourite sets, even considering that I have never owned it or seen it in person. Very well-designed, and visually appealing. A nice assortment of figs and weapons ("decorative" shields are always great to have). I love the raft! There are also several other useful pieces, including 32 x 32 baseplate, foliage, and the target.

Parts: 9/10
Playability: 9/10
Figs/Accessories: 9/10
Design (universal): 9/10
Design (contemporary): 9/10
Nostalgia: 9/10

Overall score: 9/10 (A)
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Postby bannear » Mon Mar 07, 2005 7:12 pm

I think this is a great set. Lots of minifgs, blue baseplate, barrels, arrow target, all great items to add to a collection. I think that the second model in the instructions is pretty cool too. I also like having foliage to add to designs. I would rate this one 9/10.
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Postby TwoTonic Knight » Tue Mar 08, 2005 9:11 pm

I love the forestmen sets in general. This one is perhaps a little questionable for melding a castle and a tree. But I'd still snag this in a heartbeat - forestmen sum up adventure and freedom and keep me young at heart. 9/10.
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Postby Sir Andrew of Florida » Tue Mar 08, 2005 10:21 pm

I dont own this set but all in all I like it alot! All those forestmen and a knight plus some good peices and the blue baseplate. Very nice
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Postby ed_dotcom » Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:06 am

First set I ever owned, and the reason for my love of LEGO.

The best Forestmen set ever made.

Absolutely a 10/10

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Postby Luís » Wed Mar 09, 2005 7:53 pm

It has great figs, bases and all.
Shelved bricks(???)
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Postby ottoatm » Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:28 am

Everything has been said... I am late again!

Anyway... this set is sooo creative - everything a forestman's hideout should have is included here... and the baseplate rocks!
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Postby heikoloogi » Thu Mar 10, 2005 12:41 pm

I do not like this set. I think it is the most ugly forest men set LEGO ever produced. Especially the flat back of the building is a thing I do not like. Why does the prisoner is standing in the water? And I disagree with JoJo, the lion knight did not fought alone, I would think that the forest men captured him. The little raft is fun.
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Postby Commander Redbeard » Fri Mar 11, 2005 1:35 am

I recently bought this set of Ebay off a good price, and I was very happy with the results. However, it keeps falling apart at the base, and from what I can tell it won't get put together without alot of trouble. I ended up putting it in a drawer until I decide whether to rebuild it or scrap it. I could probably build something sturdier; but I do have something against disassembling old sets...Any suggestions?

Playability: 9/10

Design: 6/10

Figs/accessories: 9/10 (Great selection!)

Design then: 8/10

Design now: 9/10
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Postby Sir_Marcellus » Fri Mar 11, 2005 2:33 am

There aren't very many LEGO castle sets that just strike me as pure awesomeness(very few now). I mean, even many of the bigger, awesome, older castles did inspire many an adventure(well, at least the idea of many an adventure; BFF is the only old castle set I really own), but there were few to which my response was "wow." This was one of them. Wish I had it.
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Postby Silent Arrow » Fri Mar 11, 2005 9:58 pm

When I saw this set on the shelves of the shops during 1992 I didn't like it because there was no way to connect it with my other large castles. That's why I didn't buy it.

Now I have understood than I made a terrible mistake... Here in Greece only this set and the hollow tree were pure forestmen - sets. For this reason I only have five forestmen. I lost the opportunity to make them ten.....
Thank god a friend of mine had bought it then (1992), so I remember it well.
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Re: Weekly Set Review: Forestmen's River Fortress

Postby Norro » Sun Mar 13, 2005 6:59 pm

I always wanted this set and finaly got a MISB copy 2 years ago. It remained mint for approximately 2 minutes...

A beautiful set!

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Postby Hothir Ethelnor » Wed Nov 16, 2005 12:28 am

I own this set and I think it is a great set the only thing I don't like about it are the lack of any interior and the back is very plain

I would give it a 8/10
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