9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Attractive display piece, but perhaps a bit too pricey,
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This review is from: LEGO Kingdoms Joust 10223 (Toy)
While most of the Lego sets I've purchased over the last couple of years have been for my son, I've been buying the Lego Kingdoms sets for myself. I'm a fantasy buff, and have many fond memories of my old Lego Castle set in the mid `80s, so I've been really enjoying these medieval-themed Lego sets. The latest major set in the Kingdoms line is the Joust. It's a large castle setup featuring a pair of connected towers, smaller buildings, a separate pavilion for the King and Queen, small tents/weapons stations for the jousters, a long jousting fence, and a pair of armored horses. The set includes nine minifigures, including the King, Queen, Lion Knight, Falcon Knight, Princess, Nobleman, Stableboy and a pair of Lion Soldiers.
Complexity: There are 1575 pieces in this set, and the majority of them are the smaller pieces. This makes for a very intricate and detailed final product, but it takes that much longer to assemble. Fortunately it is a modular build and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I spent just over four hours putting this set together.
Playability: Obviously I bought this as a display piece, but my son got a lot of playtime out of the minifigures while I was putting the castle together. It's definitely not a set you'd want to give to younger builders for everyday play. As a display piece though, this is a very impressive set, especially when you bring in all the various knights from the other Lego Kingdoms sets.
The Kingdoms Joust set is comparable in a lot of ways to the LEGO Castle Medieval Market Village (10193) set. It's a large, attractive display piece with lots of decorative elements, has roughly the same number of pieces and is available exclusively (at least in terms of brick and mortar retail stores) at Lego Stores. The notable difference is the price of the Joust set, which retails about 20 bucks higher than the Medieval Market Village. Honestly, it's a terrific set, but it does feel overpriced. That picture on the back of the box showing how much better the set looks when you buy two and link them together doesn't help.
My ideal Joust set would probably focus less on a castle setup and more on a spectator area (stands, tents, etc.), and it would have been cool to see a wider variety of knights and maybe some squires. Still, this is a very attractive display piece, and has become the centerpiece of my small Lego collection. I'd recommend it to just about any fan of the Lego Kingdoms line.