LEGO 8877 Knights Kingdom - Vladek's Dark Fortress
By Lando Da Pimp
Knights Kingdom has been a very successful line for LEGO. The Toy Industry Association awarded the Knights Kingdom line Boy Toy of the Year for 2005. After building the new Vladek Dark Fortress I can see why.
A year ago I reviewed the Castle of Morcia set 8781 and while the castle was a fun build, it was built upon a square base plate keeping the castle smaller than I would have hoped. This year LEGO has expanded the line to include the Vladek's Dark Fortress, which goes beyond what I could have hoped.
This castle is just huge! The set is built into three different sections that connect together. The side sections can fold open to widen the castle or close-in, to create sides. Throughout the castle are numerous fun details. On either side of the castle are catapults that launch balls of fire. When you push the catapult down the fire is launched via a rubber band. These things fly!
Inside the castle you will find a large spider web with spider, scorpions, and a magic crystal ball. Also included in the set is the rotating wall that reveals a skeleton. This detail is found in numerous LEGO sets. At the base of the castle is a secret entrance that is revealed by pushing on the rock-face wall.
A working drawbridge that raises and lowers helps protect the enemy from entering the castle. If the enemy manages to breach the drawbridge they can be stopped by the basket of hot lava that is dumped on them. Above the basket is an opening where you can drop the red LEGO pieces into the basket. A mechanism behind the turret allows you to tip the basket, dumping the LEGO pieces (FIRE!) on the enemy. At the top of the main tower is the mask of Vladek that is not really a brick piece but gives the castle a great design element.
A LEGO set is not complete without a nice collection of mini-figures. Included are four good knights, The Knights of Morcia, along with Vladek and three shadow knights. The Knights of Morcia use a catapult that launches boulders as well as a device that launches a missile like weapon.
As you can see this castle set is a thousand times better than the Castle of Morcia. My hope is that LEGO would provide additional sets that you can add to the castle making it even larger that what it is. I rebuilt my Castle of Morcia to show you the size difference in the two castles. As you can see just by the photos this castle is amazing and while it is not the best castle set LEGO has produced (Hogwarts Castle is still more fun) this is a must have for LEGO Knights Kingdom fans.
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