Monday, January 6, 2014

LEGO 1624: King's Archer - REVIEW

This is another one of my original (now vintage) Castle sets from my childhood collection.  This particular set clocks in at a minimal 22 pieces - but there's plenty of play value despite its diminutive size!

The set is part of the Black Knights line of sets (and was released back in 1993).  The Black Knights had quite a few different sets released over a time period ranging from 1988 - 1998.  By Brickset's count, there are 14 different Black Knights sets in total.  Unfortunately for the Black Knights, most of their sets are small - not all as small as this one but many aren't much larger.

As for this particular set, it's basically exactly what you'd expect from the set title.  You get a single minifigure archer along with a target for him to shoot at.  Since the build is only 22 pieces, I'll show off the pieces as I often do...

...and then the complete build.  I think you could build the entire set without once consulting the directions - just look at the picture!  However, since I have the original instructions - here's a full scan!
As a kid, I always liked this set for a few reasons.  First, it was a fun set for weapons since the Black Knight comes with his bow and a quiver as well as an extra spear.  I guess the spear could be used with the target as well - but what is this, the stone age?!  

I also liked the printed target (no stickers) and the big spiky green bush.  I mentioned it before, but I always loved any sort of LEGO greenery.  Heck, I still do.  Old habits die hard I guess.

The Bottom Line (out of 10):
Fun:  4
Play Value:  6
Kid Value:  5
Adult Value:  2
Overall:  5

Despite my fond memories of this little set, I have to admit that it's one of the weaker Castle sets that I owned.  As a whole, there's almost no way to do much in terms of an alternate build.  Furthermore, with only one figure you can't even have a mini battle.  And, of course, a lot of imagination is required to see if your little archer ever hits his target!


  1. And again..good old small nice castle set. I'm jealous :) Grats!

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