Knights Battle: Made by Joel vs. Lego

My son and I are big Lego fans, and he just got a new knight that has a moveable arm. It looked like a lot of fun, so I thought I’d try and make a wooden version so we could have a friendly dual. We had a great time making a little video too. (Spoiler alert: Lego wins :)

We’re already drawing up plans for additional wooden knight accessories, including a launching catapult for the arm, and a bouquet of flowers for the Queen as a peaceful sword substitute. Nice.


  1. December 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Awesome idea! My son (10yrs) loves the idea too; he already grabbed his pencil and paper to draw. Thanks!

    1. December 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      Ha, awesome! Thanks!

  2. anne
    December 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Love it! My son wants one.

  3. Holly
    December 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    This is fabulous! I'm wondering since you don't sell your toys, are the designs copyrighted? I'd love to find someone who could make these!!!

    1. December 14, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      Hey Holly. Thanks! Yeah, I'm actually currently in the process of starting a toy company, so hopefully in a few months my toys will be available. If you can find someone to make you something for personal use though, that's totally fine.

  4. December 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    ha ha ha! I love the video that you guys made!!!

  5. December 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    fabulous... my son, too, would LOVE this!

  6. December 14, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    This is, once again, an absolutely great idea!!! Have to show my children this afternoon...have a nice day!

  7. December 15, 2011 at 4:07 am

    This is great! My nearly 4 year old son would love this as he's really into knights at the moment...We live in England and there's a castle in the center of town, so I'm hearing a lot about knights from him! Also just wanted to say as a stay at home dad,that you're blog's been inspiring for me, so thank you!

  8. December 15, 2011 at 5:07 am

    That's really great. My sons (3 and 5 years old) are totally in the knight stuff. I was wondering : do you plan to build a castle with a drawbridge and stuff like that ?

    1. December 15, 2011 at 9:16 am

      Thanks everyone! Clumsy L. - Yeah, a wooden castel toy would be really awesome. I've actually been planning on making a Castle Knights Paper City, but haven't gotten to it yet. It will be fun to make all of the horses and stuff.

  9. December 15, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Joel, Yours look so much better than the Lego one. Since I have a girl, she would probably say the winner is the wooden one with the red cape. Love it!

  10. Clara Jil
    December 16, 2011 at 3:48 am Thought you would like! The video is in portuguese, but the images speak from themselves!

    1. December 16, 2011 at 7:02 am

      Wow, those are great homemade toys in that video! I'm definitely going to try some of those ideas. Thanks!

  11. December 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Joel, I'd love to offer your knight on my website - I sell woodworking digital files around the world and this would be a great CNC or Laser project. Please visit and let me know if you are interested. Jon Founder of

    1. December 22, 2011 at 10:13 am

      Thanks for the kind offer Jon. I'm actually starting my own toy company. I'll let you know how it goes! I've got quite a few things that I want to have produced by CNC or Laser. Very fun stuff!

  12. December 23, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Joel, These are off the hook! I love the simplicity and effectiveness of how it functions. Nice. A Castle knights paper city would be rad also. I'm planning to make a castle out of some of the ensuing cardboard boxes from Christmas. Have a good one!

    1. December 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks Pete! You'll have to post a photo or two of your cardboard box castle when you guys make it. Happy Holidays!

  13. January 10, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Hi Joel, Absolutely love the wooden knight - can't wait to see more. I work in a museum in central Massachusetts that is all about knights in shining armor. Really hope that you do create a Castle Knights paper city!

  14. January 11, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Wow, cool job! Yeah, I'll definitely make a castle knights papery city sometime this year!

    1. January 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Joel, Let me know if I can send you any info about knights. Also check out our website - we have lots of great images there. We also just opened a new hands on gallery called Castle Quest...all about life in a medieval castle. Let me know if there is anything we can do to help or add or if you'd be up for collaboration. -Devon

    2. January 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Awesome looking site. My son would love visiting this place. (as would I, ha.) I'll definitely send you a note if I have any questions when I get to the design phase. Thanks!

  15. Grace
    March 12, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Im making one. No kids, haha, I just REALLY want that knight. :) Maybe I'll make one for my niece though.

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