Hey, guess what? I still haven’t seen Disney’s Prince of Persia movie. I am a big fan of the Sands of Time game, but that’s about as far as my love for this license goes. Suffice it to say, I didn’t buy this set because of the movie or game tie-in, I bought it because it looked awesome and I thought it would fit in fairly well with my Kingdoms stuff in case the Lion and Dragon Knights ever want to bury the hatchet, join forces, and go on a Crusade. It didn’t hurt that I was able to pick up this set for half price either. At 821 pieces, this is the biggest Lego set I own and appropriately, it took me a good part of the evening to put it all together.
The box is not only huge, but it’s literally bowed out on the sides from all the parts crammed in there. It’s also pretty heavy, which is something I’m not used to with even the biggest Lego sets I’ve owned. I’ll attribute that to it being a building and a lot of those 821 pieces are honest to god bricks. The box includes two thick instruction books, a loose base piece that is small enough that it could have been put in the baggies, a single bagged camel, and seven numbered baggies of bricks. Nice! Nope, I didn’t leave out the stickers, there aren’t any! The first baggie builds the minifigs and the crossbow carriage, the second baggie builds the gate, the next two build the left and right walls, and the last three build the main building. There’s a little bit of repetition in the building steps but not much, and I have to say I found this set to be a really fun and satisfying build.
The set contains no less than seven minifigs, and that’s not including the camel! Once again, I didn’t see the movie, so I don’t know who any of these characters are, but they’re named on the box: Dastan the hero, Seso, Nizam, Giant Scimitar Hassasin, Razor Glove Hassasin and two Guards. This is about twice as many minifigs I ever got in one set so it took me a fairly long time just to match up their pieces and build them.
Once assembled, the fortress looks great. The architecture is fantastic, particurly on the main building, and I love the color choices for the bricks in the walls. My favorite thing about the fortress is its hinged and modular design. The left and right walls are hinged onto the gate, so you can place them at angles or even straight out to make the main wall look even bigger. When you close them up at 90 degree angles to the gate, they also peg into the main building to form a proper fortified castle, but if you’re going to play with it, you’re probably going to want to detach the walls and gate from the building to give you more access. If pressed, the only real complaint I can level against this set is that it could have been taller, as its highest point doesn’t quite reach that of the Prison Tower Rescue set.
I’m more of a displayer than a player, but I still can’t help but admire all the play features Lego designed into this set. The left wall has beams that slide in and out to give the invading forces something to climb on, while the right wall has a chunk that can be blown out of it. The crossbow doesn’t work too well, but I can usually knock it over using one of my catapults from the Kingdoms line. The main gate has opening doors, a rotating mini catapult with projectiles on either tower and a pair of barrels that can be tipped, spilling their flaming contents onto whoever breaches the gate. Cool!
If you’re looking for a really satisfying build and a set that’s lots of fun you can’t go wrong picking up this baby. It originally retailed for around eighty bucks, but with the Prince of Persia line being discontinued by Lego, these sets are starting to go on deep price cuts or outright clearance, so you can probably start to find it at a deal. Mine was $54.99, and for 821 pieces, that ain’t too shabby.