Ratings and Reviews for 7946-1: King's Castle

7946-1: King's Castle

Overall Score

7.20
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 8.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 7.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 8.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 7.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 7.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 5.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 6.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 8.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 9.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 7.00
Review from: Ronda
Reviewed on: Oct 28, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 8

It looks a lot like old 6080 King's Castle.  It's smaller then the Fantasy castle, and has less minifigures (only 8).  But it's brighter and looks nice.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 7

The gategouse is great, with a drawbridge and a portcullis.  I like the way it works.  

There are 3 different Dragon knights and 4 Lion knights in this set.  The Lion King is the most unique one, with a crown, a golden sword, a chestplate and a red cape.  He also has a white horse with a barding (different then those you can see in 7947 Prison Tower Rescue and 10223 Kingdoms Joust).

Of course it would be better to have several more minifigures here.  8 seems to be a bit minimalistic.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 8

It's somewhat on the difficult side to build, may take a whie.  I'm not a big fan of "modular" style and would prefer a solid baseplate instead of several small ones. 

3 catapults, "prison" and the drawbridge should be fun to play with.  Also there are many nice little details in this set - the King's throne, the treasure chest, the "armory".

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 7

It retailed at $99, which is pretty standard for the main castle of the theme.  

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 7

Castle theme is evergreen.  Kingdoms was more "realistic" comparing to the previous Fantasy Era Castle.  It didn't represent any fairy-tale stuff like dragons ore trolls and seems to appeal more to teens/AFOLs then young kids.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 5

This set was available from most LEGO retailers.

PACKAGING | Score: 6

The box is not too bright, which again may not appeal to the younger kids as well as the later Castle (2013).  Other then that the packaging is typical for large castle sets - big box with sealed bags and instructions (3 brochures) inside.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 8

The main castle of any Castle theme is normally one of the largest sets, and performs well enough.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 9

I like the red roofs of this castle!  The design of armor and shields is great to make any medieval scene (red/white/silver Lion Knights vs dark green/black Dragon Knights).

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 7

I like it 'cause it reminds me of the good old 6080 castle.  I'd prefer several more minifigures, especially horsemen.  Old castles sets could include as much as 12 minifigures and not just 1 horse!  But he next castle from 2013 theme has only 7 minifigures, so the 7946 was a bit better deal :)  I don't like stickers instead of decoration printed on the walls, but again, it's a standard feature for modern sets.


I'm writing this review after this set discontinued, so I can see it already went up in price, making at least 150%.