When we moved into the bigger digs, one of the first things I did in my office/toy room was reconstruct all of my old Lego sets which, until then, were all combined in a giant storage tub. It was seemingly an impossible task until I discovered a ton of original packaging along with all of my instruction booklets in my attic during my epic month long attic clean out at my parents' house. Building the castles and various playsets were relatively easy but the challenge was in getting the small vehicles and accessories back together. One that especially stood out was this guy; the Dungeon Hunters released in 1990.
This was part of the Crusaders Castle System line ranging from 1984 to 1992 and was one of many carriage designs and actually very similar to the "Prisoner Convoy" set that came out a few years prior. This, in my opinion, was when Lego was at its zenith. Each of these sets were extremely resourceful and produced with a level of creativity that could not be matched. (the new sets look cool but they are so specifically built for their main purpose it seems...The newer "Knights" sets, beautiful as they are, I find leave little to the imagination) Lego always had a great place in my heart from my early years and I remember it being everywhere...even in checkout lines from any chain store, there'd be a little mini sets in a bag for like 1.99 featuring race cars, rafts, catapults and abundantly cool minifigs included. Although I sold off all of my bigger sets, the smaller guys are all around my shelves and even in my wife's office. Side Note: She absolutely forbade me to sell any of the pirate sets.
I loved the caged look to it, the ability to house prisoners, the harness... it was just so neat. It also included a forestmen prisoner, a mounted knight in really cool armor and helm and a carriage driver so you could have a little battle between sides if you felt the need. I remember the prison carriage being an important get for me because I was so psyched to use this to recreate Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves scenes (you know, the one with the wagon ambush...yeah, I know...shut up) Anyways, here's a few more angles.
|Eat your heart out Errol Flynn|
|There's the only "townsfolk" produced for the Castle line for my entire time with the series.|
|"Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?"|
Speaking of Star Wars, I wanted to show off two somewhat decent "Customs" I have or had in my possession. First up was one not produced by myself. It was a Hoth Trooper in Outdoors Battle Gear that my uncle Brian made and gave me when I was 7. I believe he modeled the figure off this pretty common production still which was also used as his original cardback. His retail model matched that of an echo base trooper which Hasbro fixed in the Vintage Collection by releasing both the Outdoor trooper (found in the ESB 3 pack with Leia and FX-7 as well as a newer carded Echo Base Soldier. (good luck finding that guy btw)
|Not the same guy!|
|Not a bad match up to the pic, I dug how he detailed the leggings, wrist communicator and antennae piece.|
|Where do I know him from?|
|Oh, that's right!|