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This set is big,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: LEGO Kingdoms Joust 10223 (Toy)
The LEGO store says this set is exclusive, which means you're probably buying it second hand here. I bought this set from the LEGO store, it cost $120 if I recall correctly.
Like I said in the title, this set is big. It has 1575 pieces. Some rough dimensions:
-The railing separating the jousters is about 12.5" long.
-From rooftop to rooftop, the main building is about 12.5" long.
-The top of the flag on the building stands more than 13" tall.
-The roof itself is about 2.5" deep.
This set does not have a back to it. Unlike the rooftops in the King's Castle, the rooftops here are "split" in half. If you bought two of these sets (as recommended on the back), you could make a full building.
One thing I noticed when opening this set is that the two instruction manuals are sealed to a sheet of cardboard. This makes it very easy to open and follow along, not like the old sets where the books would be folded in half. No paperweights needed.
The other nice thing about this set (and I've noticed LEGO has started to do this with all newer sets) is that the bags are numbered 1-8. Unlike other sets, the minifigures aren't all in bag #1. This speeds up time constructing this set considerably. The set maybe recommended for ages 12+ but I'm certain most (patient) 8 year olds could handle this.
MINIFIGURES and ANIMALS:
-One King's Jouster
-One Falcon Jouster
-One child/midget with bucket and pitchfork
-Queen, with tiara
-King, with cape, goblet, and crown
-One Princess, with frog
-Two Guards with spears
-One black horse, one white horse. Armor included.
-One frog (As noted with princess)
PLAY FEATURES and DECORATIONS:
-Jousting Knights have swords along with their lances. This allows them to mesh well with any crusade you may want to have with other Kingdoms sets.
-Main castle has three levels of standing space, unfortunately no stairs. No back allows for easy minifigure placement.
-On the top level inside the main castle, one room has a dresser and stool, the other has a table and bottle.
-On the mid level, room on one side has a gate allowing for a minifigure in the window, the other side has a stained glass window and a book.
-The royal box includes a plate of cherries and a side table. This set also includes a loaf of bread for feeding the horses.
-Side tents include extra weapons (Great Axe and Mace/Flail)
-Highly decorated Castle including blooming vines on the inside is a nice touch.
-Entire upper half of building (above the brown beams going across) is removable for easier multilevel play.
-Sections of wall and side buildings on hinges to allow for freedom in configuring.
Last thing to note. I rated this set as highly durable. This set *is* highly durable once constructed. However, I would not recommend building this on anything other than a hard, flat, level surface with lots of room to work with. The railing separating the jousters is very flimsy until the top part goes on, some of the structures are very flimsy until they're completely made, and the top part of the castle is one big piece and impossible to handle any way other than on a table (can't hold it as you build).
Overall, I do not hesitate to recommend this set to any fan of the Kingdoms series.
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Initial post: Feb 1, 2012 10:39:26 PM PST
Thank you so much for the very helpful review! It looks like I will be purchasing one to add to my Lego collection based on your positive review. Thanks again!
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2012 6:18:12 PM PST
Evan Foote says:
Let me know how you like it!
Posted on Feb 14, 2012 6:44:49 PM PST
Nicholas Miller says:
Great review, you hit everything I was going to touch upon. I agree 100% about not building this one away from the table. I started out free hand and regretted that rather quickly.
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