• Camouflaged Outpost

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    Treasure Cavern

    Written by (AFOL , gold-rated reviewer) in United Kingdom,

    *GOLD BRICK SET*

    I'd be tempted to suggest this is one of the better large sets for the 'Forestmen', known clearly as Robin Hood & Merry Men back in 1980's UK mini catalogues. There is not always a stand out set or best to worst scale, in this case the entire subtheme is just outstanding but set each should be reviewed on its own merit.

    Minifigures:

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    • Black and green forestman.
    • Brown sack/backpack.

    Robin Hood in the peasant/thiefs tunic gets a small yellow feather this time. You could identify characters such as Alan-A-Dale or Much The Miller's Son among the MFs but mixing their parts however you like is best. Best in set, I'll call Little John or Friar Tuck: small black feather and a black chemise green top plus he gets a spear and brown backpack for carrying loot. All get a bow and quiver and by 'chemise' I mean the classic mediaeval smock, not lingerie! A pretty impressive number of MFs for the set here. These last four merry men only come in this set, the black one being a choice minifigure. There may not have been the trendy stag's head shield in this set but it was available in most other similar sets and is not a make or break piece.

    Man Cave

    Only boys are in this set, like most others apart from the frustratingly US only

    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6071-1. Lets not forget an early brown horse that looks excellent with a red saddle with sword attached. Its a two green baseplate start with a grey hinge, the main part of the build being in black or grey. The cave has some excellent slants and a window 'carved' out by way of an arch brick. A clip holds a brown axe and a hole is built for the secretive access. A couple of five stud stone panels are used with the dark stones print. and a hole brick close to the base uses a small technic axle piece to link the black rock that rolls out of place for secret entry. The back hollow goes in to the tree base while the front is covered with a double hinged broad slab of stone or fake stone considering they lift this plate and brick cover to take the horse in. This diagonal rock face gets suitable green growth over it. This makes no less than three secret entrance or escape routes! The top is plated and tiled off suggesting different textures and shape of grey rock. Outside is a hook held chunky rock for the saddle while the horse goes bare back and the outer build up of rock is generally thicker than I remembered which helps provide a solid, high quality overall build. Two small forest trees are added for even further effect. When all the Forestmen sets are joined, I imagine the woods, ruins and hideouts make a great landscape.

    The tree meanwhile takes up most of the smaller baseplate, growing out of the mass of rock. It did not matter that brown bricks were not quite available for tree trunks, the black just added to a dark and atmospheric mediaeval kid's world. It helped massively that 'Robin Of Sherwood' was on ITV during the 1980's. Two more rock carved windows are near the base where black diagonal panels are used to good effect toward a more organic shape melded with thick parts of stone. A grey plate floor half way up overhangs the cave when both bases are closed shut. That hinge simply allows play access for an excellent imagination zone within. Black arches are used on upward slants like looping tree growth or carved/shaped boughs. The tree then becomes fort like with a battlement style balcony. The limbs and branches are finished with slants finally holding the deep green tree leaf pieces, the tree now satisfyingly fat trunked with plenty of growth. A red flag sits on top, possibly unwisely to spoil all the camouflage but its probably a signal to hide the loot: two yellow 'gold' goblets in a brown chest.

    Emerald Camouflage

    Forestmen's Crossing does also have a hollow tree, mini-cave and hidden treasure with a bridge to boot and you get Maid Marian but it has more ruins or infrastructure and less compact and solid execution but there's little difference but personal choice. Then the Forestmen's Hideout is attractive as the original tree they all meet around but has less camouflage. I had forgotten the excitement over purchasing Camouflaged Outpost and the further surprises when building just such an excellent outpost. I would see this as a favourite but it is certainly full of more features than other Forestmen sets and has just an emergent polish to the design that pushes it a step further with a fantastic build, parts, minifigures count and quality, play potential and great model. This whole subtheme is a treasure but you could roughly justify this one as a polished gem.

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  • Camouflaged Outpost

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    Oh how I wish I had chosen this as a child.

    Written by (Parent) in Canada,

    This is the first Forestman set from wayyy back in '87. For an introductory set you receive quite a lot of figures (six!) and the set displays the sneakiness and cleverness of what the Forestmen would be all about in later sets.

    Pros

    • Excellent selection and amount of minifigs. This includes the rare black torso figure and a black feather for his cap. Also each figure has his own plume wheel. Oh and a brown horse. (it was rare at the time)
    • Playability. The secret black rock door, hinged roof and hinged opening on the two baseplates makes for a lot of sneaky ways to get in and out of the fort. I can't believe how much was cramed into this set. It even has a tower.
    • Good Starter Set. For it's price at the time you received a great army starter for a Forestmen army. Of all the FM sets this should be the first one on anyone's list.

    Cons

    • The price of finding this on the market I find is on the high end side for a medium sized set. I think the amount of figures you get and the black feather drive up this price. I wouldn't say it was a huge setback as you can always find deals on it.

    I never had this set as a child. I regretfully chose another toy instead and it still haunts me to this day. It would have been my first larger castle set but I waited an ended up getting 6071. I tired building it multiple times in my youth but after finally getting my hands on one a few years ago I found the real mcoy puts anything I built to shame. After seeing my son play with this and the other Forestmen sets, would rank is as the best just narrowly beating out 6077. I find the extra figures and the multiple secrets of the set just beat out the large 6077 tower.

    4 out of 4 people thought this review was helpful.

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    Outpost Review

    Written by (AFOL , gold-rated reviewer) in United States,

    I remember when this set first came out... the first of the Forestmen subtheme in Castle. And it was so different then what they'd been doing before with Castles, forts, wagons, ect and just changing out what army was in the seat of a new catapult design or castle, ect.

    Hidden doors, treasure chest of stolen loot, lots and lots of minifigs for the size of this set. I remember seeing it under the Christmas Tree and it's still a neat little set and very fun to play with.

    3 out of 3 people thought this review was helpful.

  • Set from the golden ages of lego

    Written by (Unspecified) in United Kingdom,

    This is one of the best sets from lego. It comes with a lot of minifigs. Very detailed. I like the camouflade doors, where the rocks are build from single pieces. A lot of green elements and my favorite bows:) I was hunting for this set very long in Poland and i was really impressed when i got it. I think he really deserves 5/5

    4 out of 4 people thought this review was helpful.

  • Simply supurb

    Written by (Unspecified) in Australia,

    This is a wonderfull set and even at 20 years old now still has great features. Firstly you get lots of minifigs and weapons espically for the size the size of the set. The base itself is well constructed disguised looking like a tree and a rock. There are secret compartments and trap door in the base which adds charm to the whole robbin hood theme hide then steal and hide again.

    4 out of 4 people thought this review was helpful.