Random set of the day: Sir Santis

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Sir Santis

Sir Santis

©2005 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 8794 Sir Santis, released in 2005. It's one of 30 Castle sets produced that year. It contains 44 pieces, and its retail price was US$9/£5.99.

It's owned by 769 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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12 comments on this article

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By in United States,

So I just took a look at the instructions for this, AND THE TORSO SWIVELS! I know people are going to hate on this set, but that is pretty cool. All the years of constraction stuff being unable to do that and Knights Kingdom did it in 2005. :1

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By in United Kingdom,

...is he wearing armour over his armour? Perhaps his sigil should be a tank instead of a bear XD

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By in Australia,

^ That's how hardcore the original Knights Kingdom line was. Even their armour was armoured.

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By in New Zealand,

Cool shield dude.

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By in Netherlands,

this is the only one of this series that I don't have, I have the2004 version of this character.

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By in United States,

This was one of the two I had when I was younger. He was a ton of fun.

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By in United States,

These guys were awesome.

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By in Portugal,

Strange set.

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By in United States,

This set's unconventional gear function (turn the upper body to swing the arm) is really cool. While it required an extremely specialized torso, all the knights from this wave had those anyhow so it didn't detract too much. I've experimented with similar functions in Bionicle MOCs on LDD that I hope to one day build in real life.

Also, while I understand why so many rarely-used colors were retired in the 2000s, I have to say that Sand Blue Metallic color used in this set was really gorgeous, and nicely complemented the Sand Yellow Metallic bear heraldry on the shield and torso, as well as the Sand Yellow parts elsewhere in the build.

While this second year of Knights' Kingdom II figures certainly made the builds of the knights a little more repetitive what with the bulkier armor and torso elements as opposed to the torsos, upper arms, and lower legs being decorated with smaller pieces, they also made the color schemes a LOT more exciting and varied.

The molded shields are preposterously specialized by today's standards, and for a long time in my house they sat in a box with other highly specialized elements like Technic scoops and Exo-Force turbines. But in some respects they felt like a step up from the previous year's paper shields, in that their use in sets and MOCs added texture and metallic details rather than just a flat shape and pattern. If such sets were made today, it might be cool if the animal motifs were brick-built, but back then I'm not sure if enough small detail elements existed to do so effectively.

On a side note, I really liked the characterization of the Knights' Kingdom characters, as well as the idea that they each came from different backgrounds, but it was a real bummer that the theme never had even ONE female character. I also always had hopes for a horse scaled to these larger figures either as a MOC or as an official set, but I suppose it was not meant to be.

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By in United States,

Considering how few of them were actually made (just 18 in total, over three years, is a tiny amount compared to everything else in the database), these Knights seem to come up as random sets with surprising frequency.

I had this guy, too - but only because I'd picked him up unopened in a charity shop, because I otherwise had very little interest in repeats of the previous year's characters.

@Aanchir - I agree with a lot of your last paragraph in particular... though I don't feel, in hindsight, like the knights' different backgrounds were ever explored in as much depth as they might have been. And while the lack of female characters was definitely a shame, did any theme of the mid-00s have decent female representation? I was looking into that a while back and, apart from Bionicle's 'one girl a year', it seemed to me that there were next to no new female characters from '04-'07; it was only with Agents in 2008 that girl characters started becoming prominent again.

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By in Australia,

^ Alpha Team had a better split, 2 girls to 4 boys in the core team of heroes (which would change to 2:5 if you count Ogel as a main character).

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By in United States,

Yeah, original boys Lego themes have always struggled a bit with the gender ratio...

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