For my siblings and I, this was the first Robin Hood set we saw or knew of and for us the inception of built woodland, forest or nature in Lego. Even if one of a family owned a set, it could be admired hugely by all. We considered this set to be the definitive hideout tree that the merry men all met around and the 'proper' Robin Hood for wearing a white feather which seems amusing now. Let us dispense with my shameless nostalgia.
- Stag's head shields.
- Forestmen hats.
Robin Hood has the green peasant design top, see the money pouch on belt and green hat with small white feather. Will Scarlet (I insist, it surely is!), with his red chemise and arms on a green top and trousers wears a brown hat and red feather. There's one bow which the 'Hooded Man' always got even though Will is shown wearing the quiver?
The novel experience of building any tree at this stage of Lego themes was engaging and once the subtheme was gone it left the desire for natural landscape based sets that has never really been fulfilled. Regardless, this double green plated base covers a small but effective woody scene, the main black trunk of slants, diagonal panels and arches connecting to form some beloved ancient growth, broadleaf tree with a hollow at the bottom. This hollow makes a good shape to slip the Forestmen in and out of. Importantly it is triple hinged by strong two stud bricks to allow the interior play and further imaginary exploration. In this way most of the Forestmen sets achieve through trees what buildings rarely did: an encased and concealable environment rather than an open backed play set with no stairs. Lower down clips are hidden within the build to hold two brown spears or the like. Outside is a fun barrel holding two circular yellow 'gold' pieces, a small and large tree filling out the tiny scene and a brilliant circular archery target tile on a hinge for shooting practice.
Our hideout takes a funny turn in the upper section, one half consistently representing a large tree while the other opens to build a grey platform and box with carved or constructed pillars. Essentially this part becomes a tree house with a view over the forest floor if you like and gets a sword clipped inside. The camouflage and stealth aspect is happily traded in for the warmth of a more homely design, this being a defendable hideout even boasting its two stag's head shields symmetrically on the front, certainly not a shrewd tactical move when 'hiding' in the woods but you get the idea of a treehouse. Arched, pillared windows back this status up and its aesthetically a terrific model. The internal flooring is only half the tree's cross section so from the ground hollow, they can feasibly scramble and climb up inside the tree which is a cool idea. The staggered edges of the upper build and top of the arched windows are then roofed... in blue plate! Never mind, this is a home after all and the hinged plate extends with another plate to house them in. Its questionable as to whether this is necessary seeing as they are housed in with easy rear access but it provides more action.
Grey seems to accompany black to look like wood as much as it does stone. The tree build overall remains solid and careful to emphasise branches, small and large foliage being added high in the tree and lower where the balcony starts to emerge. Two remarkable green vine pieces sit high up and can thread through foliage piece holes. These allow MFs to cling on and hang out of the tree which adds a new dimension to play, the theme and other subsequent sets that could use such a piece. Its not necessarily jungle either, such deciduous creepers and vine exist; Wild Honeysuckle and straggling clumps of Ivy for example. A red flag is added on top hopefully for signalling and not alerting enemy to the presence of a 'secret' hideout.
Robbing The Rich
This is a marvellous set and a very worthwhile choice for kids and collectors. The Forestmen subtheme did the whole Castle theme credit for being legendary rather than fantasy and easily inclusive. Sets leaning toward the historical seemed to fit better and fantasy sets may well have benefitted from a totally seperate theme. This might be your favourite merry men set and you can not go wrong purchasing any of them as they outshine many other Castle subthemes. May woodland sets be made again.
3 out of 3 people thought this review was helpful.
I have just finished an overdue and most enjoyable hour building and playing with this set. I have wanted one for ages to add to my castle theme and managed to get one on eBay for a good price.First of all I noticed that following the instructions is a far cry from today's offerings as it is not always clear where each piece goes (especially in unnatural light) and the build is quite complex and clever. But it is soooo worth persevering- there are treats a plenty with this set.Great foliage cover and 2 trees help to camouflage it and I personally don't mind the black not brown tree trunk - just think of it as a dead tree!Plenty of hide holes and places to put a mini figure as well as a great balcony beneath what I think is meant to be a waterfall - the inside room is great too although a bit crampedThe 2 figures are awesome and you also get a rare white feather for one of them - Robin Hood???The archery target, barrel full of coins, plenty of weapons and places to put them and the folding nature of the set make it a true 5 star set - a real classic and one I wish I had gotten soonerIf you get the chance, go for it - you won't be disappointed! The whole theme is excellent and this is a true stand out set from one of the greatest eras of Lego!
2 out of 2 people thought this review was helpful.
This set is one of the examples as to why this faction is looked back on with such fondness. A little tree house for two Forestmen to camp out in whilst planning there next attack on the Crusaders; included are such wonders as a small barrel of gold, an archery butt and enough vines and trees for you Forestmen to climb up (and hide behind) for days on end. This set is also the only set to feature a white feather for the Forestmen, as this particular combination is unique it has been rumoured that the white feathered man as actually the leader (Robin Hood himself), however this is totally unconfirmed.
I loved this set, however the black tree is extremely unattractive and the actual building elements (the blue roof and grey walls) make it hard to imagine this is a ‘Hideout’, as it would be spotted from miles away in a forest; just image a Crusader patrol in the forest “hey guys should we check out the black tree with the blue roof over there?”, so I always saw it as a lookout post, a nice corner stone of any rebel army.
If you like this review or if you wish to see images of alternate builds for this set and other sets for this faction click on the link to find it and all reviews of the Castle sets
5 out of 5 people thought this review was helpful.
It's kindof weird that everytime I look at this set, I can remember being at the Navy Exchange with my father when he picked this set up for me. Perhaps that's just testament to how much I wanted this set and have enjoyed it. For the larger Forestmen playsets that wasn't quite in the price range that a kid could get, it was the last one to complete out this subtheme.
You get two minifigures in this set. A red forestman along with the minfigure I refer to as the Forestman leader. This one features a rare white feather for his hat. So if you've been lucky enough to hang on to those, keep them!
The Treehouse Hideout folds open so you can get to it's interior. There's much in the way of inner details that brings a lot of draw, but it does allow for play in the "treehouse", upper part of the set and for access to the bottom level.
When folded up to complete the Tree, there are two smaller trees of different sizes that help to create more of a forest scene. The smaller of the two trees, when placed just right on the set, hides a hole in the base of the large Tree set. Inside, the figures can hide their barrel of gold. There's also vines, or green whips that attach to the tree and I've always imagined those as being a way the forestmen climb up to their hideout if they don't enter in through the hollow at the base.
Other final add-ons and accessories are the Printed Target piece for target practice and the two Forestmen shields with the stag emblem. A spear and a red flag finish it all out.
For those who have and are hanging onto this set or the hopefuls looking to try and get ahold of one, this is truely a marvelous little set among the larger playsets that make up the Forestmen theme.
6 out of 6 people thought this review was helpful.
I think the Forestmen theme was the best theme in Lego Castle history. I really like the minifigures with the bow and arrows. The hideout is very cool and also makes it fun to play with. This set should be rereleased because it is so good. 5 out of 5.
This review has been rated unhelpful.