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Weekly Set Review: Royal Joust

Postby architect » Sat Aug 07, 2004 2:02 pm

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This week’s set is 6095 Royal Joust.

Royal Joust was released in 2000 for the Knight’s Kingdom. One of the King’s knights jousts against a Bull’s knight. A rotating axe and shield device is in the middle of the joust. The rest of the set is a pavilion with a stained glass window, King Leo, and accessories.

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Postby Emperor James » Sat Aug 07, 2004 2:13 pm

I rather like this set, really, it has a lot of very good pieces. However, it is just too overpriced to be useful for much
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Postby Dragon Master » Sat Aug 07, 2004 3:30 pm

A downgrade from joust sets before it, an upgrade from the one after it. The swinging ax was a good idea, if you don't care about accuraccy that is.

But all in all a great set if you want the stained glass window and barding, without getting the castle.

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Postby Formendacil » Sat Aug 07, 2004 3:52 pm

While nothing compared with the more classic castle sets, and certainly not the best joust TLC has made, I like this set. It has a certain nostalgic quality for me. It was the first KK1 set I remember seeing, and the first one I bought following their release.

I was very pleased with the rerelease of Castle, having in my innocence, assumed it to be dead. And I was well pleased with the set itself. It came, after all, with two knights, a king, a stained glass window, and abundance of weapons, extra shields, a BARDING!, and several lion heads.

One has to remember that the only Castle theme I had really ever had experience buying was Fright Knights. The older themes had mostly been gifts and big saving-up ventures. So I was even more pleased. (I still think KK1 beats FKs any day.)

And if one jumps ahead to today, and compares it with its more or less direct descendent in KK2, it only looks better. Perhaps it can't compare to Legoland jousts, but it was a well-priced, well-equipped set, and I wish to high heaven that I had bought more. The only thing that really disappointed me was that the good knight came with a visored helmet, but no armour. Still, he had a great torso! I was also a little miffed that neither knight had a sword of their own, but that was easily remedied by my Fright Knight accessories.

To review:

Parts: 8/10 (needs more bricks)
Minifigs/Accesories: 9/10
Design (then): 7/10
Design (now): 8.5/10

Overall score: 8.125/10
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Postby Red Bean » Sat Aug 07, 2004 4:06 pm

I have been waiting to talk about this set. :D

I remember this being my first Lego set after my dark age. I remember walking into the shop, looking at the set, and thinking to myself 16 pounds for 2 figs and 2 horses, holy #$%@!! But I ended up buying it anyway. I liked the look of King Leo and his horse barding quite a lot initially (probably because I've never seen bardings before going into my dark age), but the novelty soon wore off. Still, if for no other reasons I'll still cherish it for bringing me out of my dark age in the first place. :wink: And the tan lion heads and stain glass panel I still regard as good and useful pieces to this day.

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Postby doctorsparkles » Sat Aug 07, 2004 6:05 pm

I regard this set as one of my wiser Lego purchases. It was nice to get two horses in one set (a rarity then and more so now) and a barding. I loved having the extra shields and I think that the lion heads and stained glass pieces are so cool. I also loved King Leo's head.
It's really no use complaining about the set design. We haven't seen good Castle designs in quite some time, and I almost always use sets purely for pieces anyway. However, I am wondering what knight in his right mind would participate in this joust. It seems to me that unless you're going really fast, those axes will slice both you and your enemy in two at the same time. King Leo must be a sick, twisted individual if that's his idea of entertainment.

Parts: 8/10 (I don't like the raised bases much, and I hate having so many of those roof pieces)
Minifigs/Accessories: 8/10 (Needs more weapons and armor; the Bull's horse needs a barding to balance out the chanfron)
Design (Then): 6/10
Design (Now): 6.5/10
Overall: 7.125 (8/10 if you choose to disregard set design)
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Postby cnelson » Sat Aug 07, 2004 6:55 pm

I always kinda liked this, the minifigs and horses were good as were the decorative pieces (something that I've never minded as "juniorized"). I'd imagine that it was playabe, were I 20-25 years younger. The pavilion looks festive, with the twin flag spires giving a pleasing profile.

These sets were great buys on half-price clearance, as I found a large stack of them! ;-)

Above average for the KK series: 6.5/10

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Postby lil Jon » Sat Aug 07, 2004 7:11 pm

I don't like this set. When the first KK series came out, I was not interested in LEGO, so I don't own anything from the series.

Looks like all the pieces are prefabricated. The only good thing is the black visor. Too bad he didn't come with Euro armor!

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Postby Webrain » Sat Aug 07, 2004 7:45 pm

At first this set looks very promising, got very nice parts in it, 3 minifigs, 2 horses, barding etc. and this set could have been great. It's probably still the best set from the KK I sets and it's of course mcuh better then the current joust set. Still I can't ignore the fact that all the pieces are bulks and altrenative nice model from this set is impossible to achive.

This joust idea for this set is based upon the idea from ideabook 250 (see part III of the article).

Overall this set is not bad but could have been much better 7.5/10.
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Postby Troy T. Moore » Sat Aug 07, 2004 8:32 pm

Knight's on horses?!? What a novel idea :twisted: Yes, that was the cynicism towards KK2 and the wheeled horsish thingies.... I got this one for my son, not interesting to me at the time. Neat in a childish way. My kids have been building MOCs for a couple of years now, so this did not stay in it's original form. Fun for the kids and some decent parts 7/10
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Postby porschecm2 » Sun Aug 08, 2004 4:14 am

Hmm...probably one of the best of the KK line. While it's not as nice as some of the other joust sets that preceded it, it's really a fairly decent set. And in light of the most recent joust set, it's amazing.
Overall, I give it a 5/10.

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Postby coyote » Sun Aug 08, 2004 7:18 pm

Juniorized. Very poor even for KK.

2/10
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Postby Robin Hood » Sun Aug 08, 2004 7:32 pm

I like it very much. The actual design was a bit crappy, but it has great pieces. You get a barding, stain glass window, horses, lots of weapons, a couple of good figs. All around a good set. :wink:
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Postby Jojo » Sun Aug 08, 2004 8:23 pm

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This is not that bad a set while miles away from the classics 383 and 6060. Too few parts and figures at a way too big original price. (OK, prices shouldn't be a category in a set review but still... )
I wonder why Cedric the Bull, being not a nobleman but a robberer, is allowed to participate in a royal joust?

The front cover of this set's box and instructions shows two brown chests. Only one is included, though :-)


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Postby Formendacil » Sun Aug 08, 2004 11:19 pm

Jojo wrote:I wonder why Cedric the Bull, being not a nobleman but a robberer, is allowed to participate in a royal joust?


Cedric's not a nobleman? I always thought of him a vassal/baron under King Leo. To each his own, I suppose...
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