Random set of the day: Knight's Joust

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Knight's Joust

Knight's Joust

©1981 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 6083 Knight's Joust, released in 1981. It's one of 3 Castle sets produced that year. It contains 211 pieces and 6 minifigs, and its retail price was US$16.

It's owned by 381 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


 

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28 comments on this article

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By in United States,

This is the first LEGO set that I remember playing with, and when I was a young one, I played with this set a lot. I loved the brick built horses so much.

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By in Australia,

There we go.

Those brick-built horses, tho...

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By in United States,

One of the last hurrahs of the non-specialized-parts set designs. Though to be fair, once the mini-figures came on the scene, the slow march toward Playmobile had begun...I'm glad we're still not quite there, all these decades later.

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By in New Zealand,

Awesome horses! You can even swoosh those.

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By in United States,

@oldfan: let’s not kid ourselves, those trees and flags are already plenty specialized, as were loads of parts even in the days before minifigs. Like. in what world are the minifig horses — even today’s more detailed versions — any more specialized than the 1:87 cars and accompanying people, motorcyclists, garages, light poles, gas pumps, etc. of the 1950s–60s Town Plan era? Or the conveyor belt, forklift, and grabber crane elements of the 70s? The myth that there was once this magical era when specialized LEGO was unheard of quickly falls apart under scrutiny.

What a charming set though! I quite like the way it depicts a more joyful and less militaristic part of medieval life than most Castle sets do. Would be nice to see some more sets like this, either as part of the next Castle theme or — if LEGO wanted to mix things up — as a “Medieval Faire” City people pack or Friends subtheme.

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By in United States,

Love this set! I remember this from my childhood. I may have the parts to re-create it....

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By in United States,

one of my last sets before the Dark Ages set in! love the horses, time to rebuild those once more.

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By in Turkey,

A beautifully simple set. It's nice that you can build the horses but I don't mind the horses that came after this.

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By in France,

It was such an exciting moment and experience as a child to get this one. I remember building a (very rudimentary) fence to complete it, so that it could be placed between the two horses riding while the knights were ready to hit one each other. And I also remember that once I had built those 2 very nice horses, I tried to MOD all those of 375 yellow castle so that they could have the same attire. Hard task because as a child, I had not a whole bunch of spare parts (in fact they were nothing but dismantled sets) and finding the right parts/colors so that each horse could match each knight of 375 was pretty close to fail. But I managed to do it, and was sooo happy with that. Thanks Huwbot for those very very good memories.

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By in Russian Federation,

Pretty dope horses.

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By in Slovakia,

GREAT SET!!!

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By in Netherlands,

A lovely set that goes so well with 375 / 6075 and one that's high on my to buy list. I own an ideas book where pictures of this set were in and parts where used for other castle themed builds. And I remember really bugged not owning this set when I was a kid.

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By in Spain,

Lovely set!!

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By in Australia,

There’s something so sweet about the simplicity of this set.
I imagine if they released it today it wouldn’t have the tree, and there would be some sort of catapult for launching the king out of his chair.

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By in Canada,

I love the part to minifig ratio :)

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By in United States,

This set was really fun to build, as it is by far the oldest set I’ve built, and it’s a good set for its time. I was just amazed by how far LEGO has come since this set.

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By in Australia,

Very cute little set! My uncle still has this set minus a few pieces.

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By in United States,

Bad not! Please post more clickits! No one wants to see this irrelevant trash.

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By in Italy,

Hey you can steal a used set on BL for just under $ 200!

Lovely set indeed, though.

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By in United States,

I just got most of this set from a local seller. Knights in great condition with non cracked helmets and perfect visors. Up on bricklink now for anyone who wants these awesome figures. ;-)

I remember my brother owned this one when we were kids too... awesome set and the red and black knight became one of my all time favorites.

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By in Denmark,

I think this set would sell even today!

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By in United States,

I really like that tree. The one thing I've been disappointed in when it comes to current pine and similarly shaped trees is they they are always way too short, even the larger of the two scales currently in use. I love this one! I know I'll never use it for anything as I tend not to build landscapes, but holy crap, why aren't we using trees like this?! Trees are big LEGO, make big trees!

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By in United States,

I'm wondering if the horses from this set (and the 375 Yellow Castle horses) inspired the term "pony ears technique?" This and 375 would be among my first to buy after winning the lottery :)

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By in United States,

@Chrisaw: I dunno, even in a lot of today's high-intensity themes like Elves, Ninjago, and Nexo Knights, LEGO keeps a lot of their thrones pretty basic in terms of play features — if anything, they might rotate or have a secret compartment underneath. They do tend to have less basic and blocky builds, though. As for trees, it's possible that today LEGO would swap the cypress for a more organic-looking brick-built tree, as we see so often in the Elves theme.

@MCLegoboy: To be honest I don't care for these sorts of molded trees much at all except in very "man-made" settings like gardens and courtyards. The grid-like arrangement of branches just doesn't feel organic enough for more natural settings, where I much prefer brick-built trees. But I'll admit LEGO hasn't made as many advances with brick-built conifer trees as with deciduous trees and palm trees. :/

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By in United Kingdom,

Great fun and excellent play value. This formed the nucleus of many a MOC castle of mine as a child, before even the first series of grey castles. The 6000 ideas book was inspirational too. Creativity doesn't require either realism or specialised parts, and it doesn't need a narrative from a film. These minifigures only needed one expression: smiling. Because in their idealised world they were always happy. Maybe that's why we are always happy thinking back to playing with these sets in our youth? I wonder what today's children will feel when looking back thirty or forty years to the current range. I hope they will be as thrilled then to be reminded of them as we are now reminiscing for a different world.

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By in Portugal,

I think the design of this set was quite advanced for the time.

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By in Germany,

One of my firsts and favourites. Nearly all the minifigs were rare enough that they became unique characters in my worlds....that wasn't so common back then.

Horses were great to MOC the barding into different colour combinations :o)

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By in United States,

@jsutton: I think the answer to that question is pretty obvious when you look at classic LEGO nostalgia in the context of other classic toy nostalgia. It's not as though old-school fans of more detailed, story-driven, aggressive, non-construction-based toy lines such as G.I. Joe, He-Man, Transformers, Thundercats, Voltron, Star Wars, M.A.S.K, Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, etc. are any less nostalgic than fans of 70s and 80s LEGO themes.

In fact, I suspect a lot of people of that generation may have DEEPER nostalgia for these sorts of story-driven, media-supported brands, since they could experience and relate to them on more levels. People experienced these brands not just as toys and creative materials, but also as characters, TV shows, books, comics, movies, trading cards, video games, and so on. And that sort of thing can make it easier for a lot of people to connect with the toys on an emotional level.

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