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The Fright Knights were a faction of soldiers that were not ruled by a king, but instead by Basil the Bat Lord. The Fright Knights sets delved deeper into the supernatural "Fantasy" aspect of LEGO, featuring black dragons with fire-coloured wings, as on Draco the dragon and creepy trap-filled red-and-black castles, crystal balls, and Willa the Witch, a dark sorceress who was the real power behind Basil's throne. This theme could be classified as a sequel to Dragon Masters. Their headquarters was the Night Lord's Castle. It lasted from 1997 to 1998. In the US catalogues and magazines they were portrayed as villains with Basil and Willa on the same side. In Europe however, Basil and Willa were portrayed as enemies opposing each other with Basil's side being the good guys and Willa's being the villains. They also had a small part of LEGO Universe, their uniform being an outfit on the game called "Bat Lord".

Details

In 1997, LEGO delved even deeper into the realm of supernatural fantasy with the introduction of the Fright Knights line. A giant bat emblem was the crest for Basil the Bat Lord and his forces of fright. New elements for this theme included bats, chains, crystal balls, and Basil's winged helmet. Basil rode Draco, a black dragon steed with fire-coloured wings, while his wicked partner Willa the Witch flew on a broomstick borrowed from the Fabuland line. Together, they subjected LEGO Castle to a reign of terror. All of the 1997 Fright Knight Sets have stock numbers that end with the number 7, which is often considered to be a magical number. The bat on the shields of this theme resemble bats used in Spanish coats of arms. Some of the pieces in the theme can be found in other sets, such as the helmets that the knights and soldiers used were Dragon Masters theme helmets and the wings on the Batwing Flyer were also found in the Dragon Masters theme. They made an appearance in Lego Universe, where they were an outfit on the game.

Minifigures

Sets

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
25382538Crossbow Flamer21Knight$1.991998
2539 Fright Knights Batwing Flyer2539Batwing Flyer20Basil the Bat Lord 1998
2540 Fright Knight's Catapult2540Fright Knight's Catapult28Basil the Bat Lord 1998
2848-12848Fright Knights Flying Machine18Basil the Bat Lord 1997
2872 Witch's Fireplace2872Witch's Fireplace18Willa the Witch 1997
6004 Crossbow Cart6004Crossbow Cart201 1997
6007 Bat Lord6007Bat Lord15Basil the Bat Lord 1997
6027 Box6027Bat Lord's Catapult512$6.751997
6028 Box6028Treasure Guard221 1998
6029 Box6029Treasure Guard221$2.001998
6031 Box6031Fright Force26Basil the Bat Lord, Willa the Witch, Soldier (Two)$6.751998
6037 Box6037Witch's Windship59Willa the Witch$8.001997
6047-6099 cover6047Prison Transport140Basil the Bat Lord, Fright Knights Knight (2) 1997
6087 Witch's Magic Manor6087Witch's Magic Manor255Skeleton, Willa the Witch, Knight x2, Archer, Forestmen$44.001997
6097 Box6097Night Lord's Castle598Basil the Bat Lord, Willa the Witch, Royal Knight, Knight (Fright Knights), Knight 2 (Fright Knights) (2), Knight 3 (Fright Knights), Skeleton$79.991997
6047-6099 cover6099Traitor Transport140Basil the Bat Lord, Fright Knights Knight (2) 1997
925746.3925746Fright Knights Playing Cards55 1997


Other appearances

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2538 Crossbow Flamer2539 Batwing Flyer2540 Fright Knight's CatapultShell Promotion 1998
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