Review: 70806 Castle Cavalry

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Following on from the reviews by CapnRex101 and Huw, I’m going to take a look at 70806 Castle Cavalry. This set is one of a few that offers a “2-in-1” build. At 424-pieces, this set sits in the mid-size category and has a price point of £24.99 / $29.99 (US). The main model I can only describe as “pod racer” looking, castle ship, cavalry, thingy… When Huw told me I was getting this set to review, I was quite excited as I thought it would be cool to have a castle that turns into a vehicle! Sadly now I have built it, my enthusiasm has wavered a little. Also in the main build is a Robot drone belonging to Lord Business – the main antagonist from the movie. The other build of this set is the “Castle Tower” as it’s referred to in its description. This is essentially a castle gate with a tower either side, and also includes a small catapult to help defend the gate! Where the gate leads to – who know’s! I guess we’ll find out when the movie hits our screens in February!

EDIT: I made a call on not including pictures of both builds as I felt the interest would probably be focused on the main build and not the alternate. It was the wrong call. I have now uploaded pictures of the alternate build for everyone to see which I hope makes up for it. As for the tone of my review, it was honest. It's how I felt as I built it and afterwards, and I stand by what I have said.

Box and Contents

The box itself features the main build on the front, showcasing the Castle Cavalry chasing the Micromanager Robot that has captured Sharon Shoehorn. Also on the front, is a 2-in-1 logo next to a small picture of the alternate build Castle Tower. The back shows a larger image of the Castle Tower alongside another of the Castle Cavalry, this time having rescued Sharon! Also highlighted are pictures showing the minifigs, as well as some of the features such as the locking gate mechanism.

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Inside the box there are two large and three small bags, a sticker sheet for the flags and “stone effect” on the turrets, and three instruction booklets.

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The Build

Main Model - Castle Cavalry Vehicle

The main model is built from two of the instruction booklets. The first of which is simply the Lord Business Micromanager Robot build. I really can’t see the justification for a separate booklet but I’m probably nit-picking! The 20 steps required to complete the model are quick and fairly simple, using a couple of Technic pieces to construct the fold-down wheels. It looks pretty cool and has a nifty grabber to hold onto Sharon Shoehorn! One point I would like to make is, I was pleasantly surprised how stable the model was on a flat surface, even when Sharon is in the claw – I was fully expecting it to be top heavy and repeatedly topple over!

So onto the Castle Cavalry! The second instruction booklet for this Main Model is twice the size of the first with 47 steps to complete the vehicle. The build itself again is fairly simple, the only repetition coming with the 2 “pods” being almost identical. The subtle difference between the two is the inclusion of the skull and bones in one of them as per the Castle Tower, which is a nice touch and good continuity. The two Flick Fire missiles, which fire from below the double crossbow turret, are cool and whilst the model feels a little wobbly when you change grip to fire them, the mechanism works okay. Armament is backed up by the twin catapults from the mobile cart, which are fixed either side of the rear turret/ station, along with plenty of catapult ammo! I have only photographed the main model and not the alternate build, but as you can see from the box art, it's a neat looking set.

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Alternate Model – Castle Tower

I actually built this model first and I have to say I preferred it out of the two! The 49 steps it took to make the model were simple to say the least and very little was added for each step, which given the target age range and set size, is as I would expect. It didn’t take too long to build and as Castle Towers (with a gate) go – this one looks pretty neat. I like the blue and grey colour combination, similar of course to some of the Castle sets from this year. A couple of features worth mentioning are the lockable gates, the skull and bones hidden in one of the towers, and the mini catapult which is in fact a twin catapult which adds nicely to the playability of this model.

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Minifigures

The set comes with three minifigures – Sir Stackabrick, Sharon Shoehorn, and a non-descript Gallant Guard. None of the heads/torsos/legs/etc. are new as far as I can tell. The torsos of Sir Stackabrick and the guard did feature in this years' Castle sets for example. Not much else to say about them really and I don’t know exactly where they sit in terms of how big a character each of them is within the film. The pictures themselves probably say any more that needs to be said.

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Final Thoughts

To conclude, I can’t quite put my finger on why, but I didn’t find the set as cool as I thought a castle that turns into a flying ship should be! The Castle Tower looks neat and of the two models is the one with most playability. Whilst the Castle Cavalry may not have excited me as much as I thought, it certainly does the job of looking like the Castle Tower has turned into a Flying Cavalry! Also worth mentioning is there are no new elements in this set, but if you need a high number of tiny parts for a good price, then this is the set for you!

I have never been one to give ratings really but this set for me would be a 3/5, or a 5/10… Middle of the road! Hope you are enjoying the reviews of TLM sets, and I welcome your comments below. Stay tuned for the next one!

40 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

"Lord Business – the main protagonist from the movie"... Um... All right then... You might wanna fix that.

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By in Serbia,

:( how is this a review? OK, it is nice you share your opinion, but where are the pictures? The only pictures you showed, apart from the only angle we saw on the box itself, are the minifigs' backs... Frankly, the LEGO box shows more to the set on its back than a review... Sorry, but this is just badly done. Please include more pictures, if able.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Darthdany - apologies, that was meant to say "antagonist"!

@bogdanst - thank you for sharing your thoughts, i'm not sure what's wrong but there is more than just a minifig picture showing when I look at this both on my PC and my iPad?

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review, thanks! This looks neat so I'm definitely picking one up. Just a shame there's not much interesting in it parts-wise.

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By in United Kingdom,

Good review. A relatively small set with few features to discuss. Adequate pictures and content are included with an honest 'final thought'. Why dress it up for something it's not?

What the review also does is confirm my decision to avoid these sets. Seriously, it looks like the type of invention my 8-year would put together. I understand that is its intention to some extent but is precisely why as an adult they have zero appeal to me. For an 8-year old, fine, but why would I want to own something like that? Doesn't look like it would sit well next to my VW Campervan.

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By in South Africa,

This a really cool set and I am thinking of buying it.

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By in Japan,

Thanks for the review, kempo81.

I could be mistaken, but contrary to your review, I think some of the minifig parts are new. Sharon Shoehorn's face and torso prints have not appeared elsewhere.

The barbican - what TLG is calling the Castle Tower - is the most interesting part of this set. It's well designed and fits visually with the 2013 Castle sets. But it's not worth £25. If I can find it for 40%+ off, I'll consider it. Otherwise, I won't.

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice little review. One thing I'm interested in though is how these sets stack up if you ignore the vehicle build and treat them like a standard System set, and I'd have liked at least one photo of the tower gate build to judge that by (though I guess I can zoom in on the box and instruction pics).

Comparing it to similar non-2-in-1 film sets it looks like it comes of very well indeed. It looks considerably larger and chunkier than the identically priced 70402, Gatehouse Raid, and has almost 200 pieces more. (^If it's not worth £25 then 70402 is a gargantuan rip off!)
Does that mean then that as a movie set it's a 3/5, but as a castle set it's a 5/5? ;)

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By in Serbia,

@kempo81 - what I meant, pictures not seen on the original box. Mostly, the main problem to me is there are no pictures of the gate build... or is Firefox failing me and just not loading the pictures...

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By in United Kingdom,

It doesn't really bother me because I really don't like the set, I've never been into castle but my opinion might change after I've seen the movie! Pictures of the other build would have been nice though...

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By in United Kingdom,

@spazman @bogdanst pics now included.

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By in United Kingdom,

I sympathise with Kempo81's dilemma. Last year I reviewed the Friends Pet Salon for this site and found it underwhelming for reasons I couldn't quite put my finger on. I think reviewers have to be honest in such cases. You can't gush over the great features if you don't truly believe in them and you can't absolutely slate the set if if it's really not bad - just not got enough "wow" factor.
I was on the fence about this set, whereas I'm pretty sure I'll buy most of the other TLM sets. This review confirms to me that it is lacking a certain "je ne sais quoi".
Good review Kempo, you've made my mind up. No buy from me.

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By in United Kingdom,

Ahhhh, much better - thanks Kempo81. More pictures for those complaining they can't read, or rather can't be bothered to.

As I said previously, no point dressing up a failed set as something it's not. Good review.

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By in United Kingdom,

This was probably the least appealing of the thirteen sets to me, and it sounds as though this is now confirmed, still I fear I might need to pick it up on sale to keep my LEGO Movie collection complete.

I too sympathise with Kempo81 as finding a balance between when a review is too long and too short can be tricky. I am of the opinion that leaving out images of the gatehouse build was fine as there is evidently not a lot to say about it, but it would seem that everybody should be satisfied now that some more photos have been added.

Anyway, thanks for the review Kempo!

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By in United States,

The reason the robot is in a separate instruction booklet is so that one can turn the "castle tower" back into the castle cavalry vehicle without the instructions for the robot getting in the way.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for the extra photos Kempo - and the extra work in building the gatehouse again to be able to take them!
It strikes me that choosing which of the alternate builds is the main one is actually a bit tricky. I'm assuming some sort of mass rallying of Lego folks against Lord Business, with characters turning their sets into attack vehicles, is going to be a key scene in the film. So the flying thing is clearly the main build speaking set-wise, but in the movie the gatehouse is the normal build, and the flying thing is very much an alternate. Hmm... :S

I hope I didn't come across as getting at you for the review by the way, I appreciated it and the tone of it - if it's underwhelming it's your job to say so and I want you to say so! I was wanting to judge it from a very different angle so no worries at all that you didn't. I guess rather than getting at you over it I'd just be interested to know if you agree with how it stacks up if you ignore the flying-thing build side of the set.
(And I assume the more aggressive criticisms of the review have been deleted, there's at least one comment that's obviously gone missing.)

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks everyone for your comments on this review.

All the reviewers have different styles: if they were all like mine (all fancy pictures but not much substance) or CapnRex's, it would be boring, which is one reason we have a number of people writing them.

Just because LEGO provides us with the sets we are not obliged to write positive reviews, so if kempo was underwhelmed with it, it was right that he said so.

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By in United States,

Sharon Shoehorn's torso and face are actually both new.

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By in United Kingdom,

Are you going to review the Ice Cream Truck? It looks like a great set:D

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review.

I don't particularly care for the new Castle line, so I would pass on this anyway. On the other hand, I do love castle themed LEGO and the gatehouse looks pretty neat as it stands.

I like the idea of a 2-in-1 build. I think it would enhance the sellability quite a lot, if it is done correctly. As far as I can tell, the other 2-in-1 sets have done so. This pod racer castle tower seems a bit off to me. I don't know why.

I would have loved it if LEGO released an older faction (re-hash of Black Falcon anyone?) just to grab some nostalgic factor. Clearly, the current Castle line makes the most economic sense since they wouldn't need to pay for graphic designs/art prints of new stuff, but it reduces the want from me. Granted, I'm on the target audience...

And I would say the lady in the set looks brand new to me. The hair is an old mold, but it looks to be in that cool light yellow color. Not sure if that is new, but I know the torso is definitely new and the head looks different from what I've seen.

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By in United States,

Interested to see what the alternative for Creative Ambush set actually builds... a saloon and a what, Eastern Mediterranean food truck?

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By in United States,

Maxximus
Creative ambush doesn't rebuild into anything

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By in Germany,

Thanks for the review. I much rather read one that states that a decent set ist just that - a decent set. Hyping every set and constant scores of 9/10 or 4/5 4.5/5 are simply meaningless.

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By in United States,

Huw, do you ever allow guest reviews? Because if so, I would love to review MetalBeard's Duel. Just letting you know!

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By in United States,

If it goes on sale for 30/40% off then I'll pick it up for the cheap price-per-piece. I really wished TLG had used an older Castle incarnation instead of the new theme - Crownies, Kingdoms Lions, maybe even an classic castle faction.

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By in United States,

I can understand why you were underwhelmed. This is one of the few that I figured I would pass on. And personally I really do not care for the blue parts in a castle theme, somehow it just ruins it for me.

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By in United States,

@Sethro3

Personally, I'd like Dragon Masters... ;)

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By in Australia,

Does anyone else remember back in the late 80s and early 90s, when the backs of the boxes had a half-dozen (sometimes more, sometimes less, it depended on the size of the box) different alternate models you could build?

I actually think it says bad things, about how Lego has changed in the last decade or so, when an entire line is marketed and sold with this big "2 IN 1!" feature ... when that *used* to be a standard, regular part of the deal.

Me personally, I'm not so keen on any of these Lego Movie sets -- I like the Ice Cream truck because it's an ice-cream truck, and my city doesn't have any of those yet. Same with the plumber's van, and I'll consider buying the fire engine that turns into a giant robot (because there should always be giant robots. Give the Friends characters some giant robots, and then we're talking). But beyond that, they really don't interesting me much/.

(I also think there's some Unfortunate Implications in the major badguy being Lord Business. Isn't The Lego Company a multi-national corporation, as well?)

Although I will say that I like the different minifig designs we're getting, particularly for all these City characters. Sharon looks like a great little figure, apart from the terrified screaming, and all.

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By in United States,

@Zordboy

To be fair, though, they didn't actually include instructions to the alternate models.

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By in United States,

The alternates are fine, but the main models of most of the Movie sets look like a young child made them.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review. It's a nice balance of words and pics, and your thoughts on the set are appreciated.

I think most AFOLs are a little baffled by this set, which probably means eight year-olds will love it.

Hey, let's face it though; we're addicted to these bricks, and will probably wind up getting the set given the opportunity!

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By in United States,

I love the design aspects of these vehicles, but I had no idea they had alternate builds! I'm definitely going to have to pick one up!

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By in United States,

I think the theme of the movie will be focused on Emmet and they're really pushing to the "8 yo" crowd. And that's not a bad thing. The fact that somebody would worry how this would look on a SHELF next to a $100+ model shows they entirely miss the point... These are sets to pull apart and rebuild, not look at. The whole point is the crazy models rather than the professional made stuff.. I'd say that's a feature. After seeing these at the store, I think all the sets are INTENDED to be built from something more plain.. Cause Emmet is the super secret master special builder. They just needed to keep their price points.

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By in Canada,

Thanks for the review...honestly I don't think that any of the movie sets are for me, I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in them. I'm looking forward to the movie itself and I'll look forward to whatever sets come out after these ones have run their course.

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By in United States,

I think the reason for the separate booklet for the Micro Manager is so multiple people can build along-side each other at the same time. Say, for instance, my daughter could build the Micro Manager while I built the tower/vehicle.

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By in Netherlands,

8065 (Technic) is a 2-in-1 model I just build that also has 2 booklets for the main model and a seperate booklet for the alternative model. The model consists of just the truck and there are no numbered bags in the set.

The reason stil eludes me, but I guess there must be a logical one for the division in 3 booklets in this manner.

On the topic of this set: I'd buy it only for being 'Castle'. I like most of the Movie models, but this one doesn't appeal to me at all.

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By in United States,

I did purchase this set and built it last night (the gatehouse). I was very pleased with the build itself and all of the pieces that are included. If you have built the Kingdom Joust set (http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=10223-1), the towers are very similar in build style. There is a lot of SNOT aspects and the Gatehouse is sturdy.

I only purchased this to add into my Castle sets - and I was setting myself for disappointment. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of pieces that will add into a lot of MOCs. The only real disappointments that I had were there were only enough stickers for the flags to cover one side of each flag and that it offers no way to connect to the new King's Castle (http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=70404-1), but a few adjustment can remedy this problem.

This is a grab for an Castle collector - even as the new Castle line is a bit of a disappointment for me thus far.

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By in United States,

Lots of people are saying these sets look like a kid made them. Well, that very well may have been the case. Anyone else remember the contest LEGO held a year and a half ago? From the contest's description: "We want YOU to design a vehicle of your own creation for our upcoming LEGO movie! It can be any kind of transportation device – car, plane, boat, train, spaceship – as long as it’s made entirely out of LEGO bricks (excluding third-party branded LEGO content – for example, no LEGO® Harry Potter™” minifigures) and it looks like it started out as something else – like a castle that has been converted into a race car. Spin the wheels of your imagination and start building!" (http://www.legothemotionpicture.com/kidscontest/)

It seems very likely to me that these 2-in-1 TLM sets are based on or inspired by entries from that contest.

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By in United States,

I think my favorite part of this set is the Micro Manager. I love how they're different in each set and how they each have different features.

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