"The Technic design team really nailed this design. Designing a vehicle with power functions and gearing is one thing... to do it in an aircraft, maintain a sleek appearance, and fit all the gearing and motors inside? That's simply amazing.
I would consider this a challenging build. You definitely need to pay attention to each piece, its location, and connection points. It was fun though to construct and definitely felt rewarding. The play factor is decent. You do need to hold it a bit carefully. This set is more of a display piece.
Some things you might not notice from the box picture: 1. When the motor is on, the fans on top and below are spinning. 2. When you use the VTOL control, the bays on top and bottom will open up revealing the fans spinning. The rear engine will also point down. 3. The landing gear control will raise and lower the gear and once lowered it remains decently locked. 4. You have front nose wheel control and rudder control via knobs. 5. Remember, this is a challenging build! I would suggest assisting anyone who isn't a teen with this set.
Overall, this set has entered my top 10 of LEGO products."
"This was a wonderful set to build and it looks great!
When I first saw the set, I was a little wary on how good the quality of the construction was going to be. In my mind, I thought this was following the trend of the Ultimate Collectors Series sets being out of this world, and then the regular set of the same model being just OK. It happened with the UCS X-wing, B-wing, and Millennium Falcon. It did not happen here! I'm glad Lego decided to move the price point up on this model and make it right. The detail and design is great. You can fit two minifigures in the cockpit (I was worried it wasn't scaled correctly) and you can fit three in the cargo/passenger area. I love the figures that came with this set. Excellent detail on them!
I think Lego did a great job making the set as study as they did given the limitations of size and the scope of the design. Don't expect to display this flying though unless you build your own stand. You need to leave the wings up to let it sit on its awesome landing gear which semi retract.
I own nearly all the UCS sets. I love detail. For this price point of this set, you won't be disappointed and it will make a great edition to the fleet."
"This was an excellent build! I typically like to call in friends for reinforcements when building sets that get close to the 2000 piece range and higher due to frustration at wanting to get the set done. I have to say, I didn't have that feeling once with this set. This set is designed very well. You always felt like progress was being made (Unlike the UCS Millennium Falcon! :) )
The instructions for the set flowed very well. I think Lego gets better every year with their instruction manuals and numbered bag divisions for pieces. This is by far the best organized set I've built. The Heath Ledger inspired Joker Minifig is just wonderful. It really does great homage to the actor. The details inside the cockpit were pretty good. I've seen better for sets, but it was still fun to put together.
There isn't much else to say except that this set is pure eye candy. Its made to be displayed. The level of exterior detail is amazing. I will say though, it has some playability too. I'm surprised how rugged the frame and wheelbase are. The extremities are fragile, but as long as the super huge and cool wheels are taking a brunt of the punishment, this vehicle can definitely be played with!
"When I first saw this set, I instantly thought of Lego 6082 Fire Breathing Fortress, and specifically, 6076 Dark Dragon’s Den. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Dragon Masters subtheme in the early 90s, but the dragon sold me on it. I have to say compared to the old dragon of the 90s, this new one looks amazing, and very sinister. The colors, the detail, and definitely the wings, are superb. Boy, that tail. I had that tail smack down the Kings Knight a few times already.
Overall, the figures are great. I liked the design of the princess, and without doubt, the best was the wizard. The detail was amazing. The older wizards looked like they were tinkering in magic and they were novice. This wizard looks professional, and will take care of business if threatened. The detail is amazing on him. I would have like to have seen one additional minifigure in this set; perhaps a Kings Knight archer. We are fighting a dragon aren’t we? Also, a horse would have been nice. What is a knight without a horse! I’m trying to be conscious of the price point, but the set would have greatly benefited from those additions.
The set itself is definitely pretty to look at. I love the spiral staircase, and the design of the outpost in general, but it feels a bit small. It doesn’t feel complete. However, within its size, the attention to detail is great. The construction of the outpost almost feels to me like whoever designed it grew up with the classic castle sets. Certain Lego element usage and some of the details made me feel that way. It’s definitely a plus. I love the catapult. The design is perfect. I wish I had 15 of them.
The wizard and the dragon sold me on the set. They are the stars of the show. This is definitely a set to get. I love it. A nice play experience would be to mix 70401 Gold Getaway and 70400 Forest Ambush with this set."
"This was a fun build! Its also a nice revision of the Castle Series. It is the first series of Castle Themed products that I will even consider comparing to the Classic Castle sets from 1984-1996. The older AFOL's will remember those sets including the Crusaders, Black Knights, etc. The castle design is reminiscent of 6085 Black Monarch's Castle, at least to me. The design and layout go back to the Castle Theme roots with modern colors and pieces. I definitely love the castle, but the reason its not getting a perfect score from me is the following:
1. Lack of Minifigures: The highest tier set of a series should have been more equiped. Older castle sets came with more minifigures for sure. Bump the price to $109.99 and add 1 more covered Horse and Knight, 2 more Soldiers, and one more enemy unit.
2. The Front Gate: It feels a little cheap in design. My first glances always makes me think its a duplo set. I wish they made it wider, larger and more imposing.
3. The Towers/Overall Castle: I wish the towers were built better. They need more bricks on the top parts. It definitely needs more foundation and few stronger pieces here and there. I wish there was more color variation too as well as using a darker shade of gray for the main pieces.
Again, these are my suggestions that would have made this a perfect set. It is great as is, but the Castle theme has always been my favorite and I've been waiting for Lego to either re-release some of the older sets, or do a Classic style Castle Theme. This is as close as they've come in 18 years."