Random set of the day: Knights' Catapult

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Knights' Catapult

Knights' Catapult

©2000 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 4816 Knights' Catapult, released in 2000. It's one of 22 Castle sets produced that year. It contains 50 pieces and 2 minifigs, and its retail price was US$5.

It's owned by 1211 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


21 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

I remember when the chrome swords first came out (in, I don't know, '94 or '95), I thought they were the coolest, most hardcore awesome thing my twelve-year-old self had ever seen.

Six years later, they'd become a staple of Lego castle sets, and I was just like, eh.

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By in United States,

@Zordboy now you're lucky if they put chrome pieces in any sets at all.

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By in United States,

That knight with the black helmet doesn’t exactly look like he wants to be buddies.

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By in United States,

It is cool that this castle subtheme that has a toughie princess. Yes, the princess is the knight with the black helmet! ^

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By in United States,

^ I sure hoped it wasn’t the one with the curly mustache and black beard.

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By in New Zealand,

The Arbalist is like, Dude, that is a shiny sword!

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By in Australia,

This group of four sets is why my user name is Chromeknight.

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By in United Kingdom,

this is the second of those four "look at this chrome!" sets we've had isn't it? wonder how long until the next show show up

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By in Russian Federation,

This set is a part of chrome series — collect them all and get full chrome set: shield, armor, sword and helm.

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By in Denmark,

I thought it was a nice little set. Definitely not the worst of KK I.

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By in Netherlands,

Bring back castle.

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By in Netherlands,

Oh man, RSotD nostalgia never hits this hard with me. Had this one, still have some pieces of it. My sword is completely chromeless though after all these years.

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By in Germany,

While the build was almost like a 1998 juniorised Town set, it sure had a few pieces in uncommon and useful colors like the (old) brown crossbow or the dark grey 1x4 arches.

The fact that of the 4 chrome series sets this one has the least the unique element is countered by the fact that it contains the very rare Princess Storm who was only in one other set: King Leo's Castle.

The knight's name is Sir Richard the Strong.

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By in Singapore,

I miss these Castle sets.

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By in Portugal,

These swords are incredible.

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By in Denmark,

I just saw this today at a flea market for about $7/€6/£5, but the sword had been replaced with a spear.

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By in United States,

@Zordboy My biggest memory of the chrome swords is how because I was like four or five years old at the time, I'd put them in my mouth on occasion, and it wasn't too long before the chrome plating began to peel away… probably don't have too many that are still in any good condition at this point.

I also wouldn't be surprised if your comment about them becoming kind of "eh" after they became more common is part of why we don't see chrome parts so often anymore. It's sort of a catch-22… since chrome parts typically need their own special molds (due to the presence or absence of the chrome coating affecting their clutch power), LEGO usually can't afford to make them unless they plan to put them in a lot of sets… but putting them in a lot of sets kind of undermines the sense of "specialness" that was such a big part of their appeal to begin with.

A nice thing about the pearl and drum lacquered metallic colors is that they don't have that overwhelming shininess that makes them the center of attention regardless of where they're used. I can only imagine how tacky and distracting a lot of the gold and silver accents that show up on Ninjago vehicles would look if all of those gold or silver parts had that kind of mirror finish.

A lot of today's sets use Warm Gold and Silver Metallic about as widely as the Bright Yellow and Gray parts that were often used to represent metallic materials in many older Castle or Pirates sets. It's not hard to picture a modern equivalent of the minifigures in #6077-1 having Silver Metallic or Titanium Metallic legs, arms, swords, shields, and helmets instead of Grey and Dark Grey. But giving all of those parts a chrome finish would end up looking garish as heck!

So while I enjoy seeing chrome parts on those rare occasions that they show up, and wouldn't mind them being slightly more common, I am pretty content with them remaining rare and special compared to less ostentatious gold and silver colors.

Princess Storm was a cool character for her time, even if she was sort of a generic "action girl" archetype. I hope whatever the next Castle theme is has some female characters in more varied roles than just as "damsels in distress". Certainly it wasn't the societal norm in medieval times for women to gear up and charge into battle, but women's roles were not as narrow as a lot of media would have you believe. This series of articles on "Gender, Sexism, and the Middle Ages" explores some of the ways that historical revisionism has warped our views of what medieval women's lives were actually like: https://www.publicmedievalist.com/gsma-toc/

Plus, even from a "historical accuracy" standpoint, there's no reason a bandit faction like the Forestmen and Wolfpack would have to adhere to mainstream societal norms any more than they adhere to the rule of law, and fantasy races like orcs/trolls/goblins might very well have their own societal norms entirely different from human ones. So I think there's plenty of room for more varied female characters in medieval fantasy themes than we've grown accustomed to seeing in traditional LEGO Castle.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've always found it weird that this line had three sets with SUPER RARE CHROME PIECES - the shield, helmet and armour - which, to my knowledge, never appeared in any other sets... and then this, the final one, had probably the most common chrome piece in all existence.

It's still cool, don't get me wrong. But doesn't have the rareness factor of the other three.

And yeah, agreeing with the above comments that Princess Storm was really cool. I actually managed to get most of her parts in later years from the 'build a minifigure' areas they had (still have? I haven't been to one in ages xD) at a Lego store, which was neat ^^

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By in United Kingdom,

"It's not the thing you fling but the fling itself"

I hope I have remembered that quote correctly. It's from Northern Exposure.

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By in Netherlands,

I had 3 of those chrome swords, 1 in a 1995 set, and 2 in 1997 sets.

Over time, they do peel and wear off however.

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