Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Marx Miniature Knights and Castle Playset - Pt 2

Marx's Miniature Knights and Castle playset castle really is a niceldesigned toy. The only big drawback - and one I seem to recall as a youngster - was that the walls, specifically the front wall next to the gate, was too long. That meant it didn't sit in the channel molded onto the base for it. However, once the castle is assembled you don't notice. 

It's not a very large castle to be sure and has a footprint similar to the tiny outpost castle which is close to my wife's old home in Germany. Burg Hartenfels sits on a hill on the edge of the town of Hartenfels and overlooks the road and valley from Maxsain to Hartenfels. It was a very small edifice and could only house a small garrison of soldiers who probably actually lived in the town itself. The Marx toy measures 11 1/2" (29.21cm) W x 8 1/4" (20.95cm) D x 9 3/4" (24.76cm) H to top of tallest tower.

The locals call this the Schmandippe (Butterchurn) and the tower could be seen from my wife's old house in Maxsain.

Courtesy: Von MyName (El tommo (talk)) - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Courtesy: Von Wolkenkratzer - Eigenes Werk, CC-BY-SA 4.0,

Courtesy: Von MyName (El tommo (talk)) - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The base of Marx's castle has a road leading up to the drawbridge. There is a small pond in front of the drawbridge. There are four crenelated walls plus the drawbridge wall. Only three of the five towers have cupola roofs and each roof has a yellow soft plastic flag or penant with a red cross painted on (although the crosses on mine are nearly all worn off), The towers are of two & three piece construction: round tower, crenelated tower top, roof (on three towers)

My sample has asmall chunk broken off one of the tower tops due to catapult bombardment I suspect! 

 There is a tiny chain attached to the drawbridge but mine is broken. However, the force fit of the drawbridge against the wall allows it to stay in any position I want for now

 Here's the winch the drawbridge chain would normally be attached to

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