Pros: Encourages children to use their imagination.
The Lincoln Logs Castle Kingdom - Knight's Fortress was purchased for one of my boys over a year ago. In that time, both boys have built the standard Knight's Fortress, an Army bunker, the Alamo, and a few other secure buildings that were never given a name. As I write this review now, my sons are in the process of building Army forts to get ready for a battle with their 100 army men they have collected.
Lincoln Logs Castle Kingdom is a kingdom that is broken up into 3 parts. There is the Prince's Tower, the Knight's Fortress and the King's Castle. Each set is sold separately, and only when you have purchased all 3 sets and built them, you will have the complete kingdom. We only have the Knight's Fortress out of the 3 and my sons are extremely pleased with the set.
The Lincoln Log
If you do not know what a Lincoln Log is, then let me remove that rock you have been living under. A Lincoln Log is a piece of wood that is straight and rounded to look like a log. On the end of the log there will be a groove so that you can fit other logs on the top of it and build upward, resulting in some kind of building. If you have ever seen a log cabin, the Lincoln Logs are just miniature versions of the logs.
The Knight's Fortress comes complete with 42 logs, 2 windows, 1 flag, 1 flag stand cap, 1 drawbridge, 1 trap door, 1 catapult, 1 boulder for the catapult, 3 tower curves, 1 tower corner and 2 knights. An instruction sheet is included so that you can build the fortress shown on the box.
To build the exact fortress shown on the box was pretty simple after doing it the first time. The trickiest part was putting the logs into the plastic curves and then installing the plastic windows between the logs and trying not to knock it down in the process. The top and bottom curves have to be aligned just right, otherwise when you move the top or the bottom of it the whole thing collapses. That is only while it is being built, once the fortress is built and is stable, it holds up pretty well and doesn't collapse if you move it over or accidently tap into it.
When you build using the plastic curves, it gives the fortress that rounded look that you see on castles. There are slots in the curves for the logs to fit into. On the top of one of the curves you can place something that looks like a roof. But it is really a trap door. If some unsuspecting visitor walks on the edge of the roof, the door opens and he falls below. Also on the top part of the plastic curve, there is room to install the plastic catapult. The catapult comes complete with a gray plastic boulder that is about 2 inches in diameter. This is to fight back against the enemy below and knock them over.
The fortress also has a plastic drawbridge that is easily connected to the fortress with the help of a few logs holding it in place. The drawbridge does not have any buttons or pieces of string to open and close it. The knight just needs a childs hand to help him close or open the drawbridge.
There are 2 knights that are included with this set. One knight is red and the other is black. Both are holding a shield and a weapon. The knights are made of heavy solid plastic and stand about 1 1/2 inches high. The knights area good size for the fortress especially for the trap door, but if you want them to peek outside the windows, they may need a step stool since the windows are placed higher than the knights when built according to the box.
There is also a flag to stand on top of your fortress.
The instructions show you how to make 2 different fortress's. You can build one fortress that looks like it has different rooms from the outside but the back is all left open. You can also just make one rounded fortress where the knight is protected all the way around. Or you can decide to make your own variation of a fortress as you see fit. Either way, the fortress that is built is sure to be a hit with the child.
We have combined our Knight's Fortress set with our Frontier Fort set many of times to make a super deluxe fort or fortress.
The Knight's Fortress is a great idea for boys who love to play with knights or even Army men. I know someday soon, my sons will have the other 2 sets to make the Castle Kingdom complete.
I would highly recommend the Knight's Fortress for boys ages 3 and up. They may need a parents help to build the fortress on the box, but I'm sure the parents will have just as much fun doing it.
And now my children are done building their forts they started as I started writing this review. Did you know that this set will expand 3 feet long when you build a bunker 2 logs high? I now have a living room floor covered with Lincoln logs and army men. Yikes!