Royal Knights Castle (us)
Château des Chevaliers du Roi (fr)
Gran Castillo de Los Caballeros del Rey (es)
Burg Löwenherz (de)
King Saxondale Castle (uk)
Special Features / Compatibility
|Ratings:||Set: Very-Good||Models: Very-Good||Playability: Excellent|
There are numerous alternate designs on the box and one featured a large dragon built from individual LEGO elements.
[The set is at] Mini-figures Scale. Baseplate would fit in a town, being the length of two road plates if you add a standard 16 x 32 nob baseplate. I am pleased this castle has the same predominant colour scheme as previous castles so my larger efforts don't have to be multicoloured.
I abandoned the 6195 I was building (UK name "Aqua Dome 7" - yuk! - couldn't get into that for some reason ) to build this set. Two display trays and loads of bags to rip into. I built the skeleton first - the arms and legs are separate. The arms have a ball and socket joint which was a bit weak, the arms do not stand out, just hang limply. I now have another skeleton with stronger joints, but its arms won't stand out reliably either. The set comes with several spare skeleton limbs; these will look cool spread about a dungeon. I took a few evenings to build it. I was particularly taken with the new baseplate (described in detail under ELEMENTS) which my minds eye can already see built into my next mega-castle. I liked the details on the model, particularly the gargoyles.
The model is dominated by a portcullis and a two level tower at the rear-right corner which I will refer to as the King's Tower. There are features at the other three corners. These three corners and the portcullis use a new wall element - basically like the existing 5-long wall element, but held at 45 degrees to make it a corner element.
The rear-left corner has a small tower that was blatantly half built ! The front-left corner has a short tower that resembles the corner features of the Black Knight's Castle (6086), only using a new wall piece and half the height. The front-right corner has the catapault which I liked - you actually had to build this from separate elements ! The centre of the rear wall features a movable double-catapault.
The King's tower has a second level with a throne for the King to sit at, and a drawbridge lowering to the right side of the castle. The ground floor of this tower has no walls, simply "stilts" at each corner made from the octagonal pillars found in the Aquazone sets, although one side is blocked when you raise the drawbridge. There are also a lot of gaps in the flooring and no proper steps to the King's throne room, merely a one nob wide wall (of course, like in previous castles, there is no attempt to make steps to upper levels of towers or the portcullis). The throne room is a little better and features a trap door allowing the King to plunge people to their deaths, and the roof (which hides some treasure) was nice. Altogether however, this tower was a bit too much like The LEGO Group being cheap with pieces to me.
My King Arthur badly misses his Gwenivere - no female minifigs in this set. Perhaps she had already been packed off after playing about with Sir Lancelot...
I plan to get an additional 6086 (Black Knight's Castle) for parts while Toys R Us have a few hanging around rather than buying a second 6090.
The skeleton, the gargoyle idea, the roof detail, the King and his sword. The wide range of minifig armour.
The usual gripe about The LEGO Group getting stingy with pieces. About 20 or 30 more pieces would have plugged a few gaps that need plugging to my eye. The King's tower - basically a platform on legs - and the other rear tower are very bad in this respect.
A new raised baseplate. It is 1.5 times the length and equal depth of previous raised plates (48 x 32 studs) and has a hollow centre. It has a ramp about 1/6th of the way along (such that it would align with the road of a roadplate flush to the left edge). The ramp goes to about half the height of the baseplate where it meets the smooth edge you can rest plates across to make a platform (you find this along the top of previous raised baseplates), so in effect you can get three levels out of this baseplate. There is also a preformed set of steps along the outside right edge. The set has a wide variety of pieces, many in colours new to my collection.
|Reviewer Name||Age (at review)||WWW||Favorite Theme|
|Paul Collisonfirstname.lastname@example.org||---||Castles and Space|
I oscillate between Castles and Space as a favourite theme - I also have some Aquazone and even the Paradisa Lighthouse set (6414) under the guise of buying it for my girlfriend.
I have a tendency to buy duplicate sets for parts. My 6090 will be broken up real soon to start on my "Crystal Castle" - I hope to combine some of the translucent space parts in a magic tower for the Wizard. We'll see if that works.
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