The latest LEGO castle line called LEGO Kingdoms, gave us some nice basic LEGO castle sets for 2011. To be honest though, I found LEGO Kingdoms quite lack-luster, especially right after the very interesting and imaginative previous LEGO castle line; Fantasy Era. The trolls, dragons, wizards, skeletons and dwarves of Fantasy Era created a truly fascinating world, compared to the unimaginative lion-knights and dragon-knights that have been released and re-released so many times in LEGO castle since the 1980s.
However having said that, there is one LEGO castle Kingdoms set I’m very excited about; and that is the just released #10223 LEGO Kingdoms Joust. Although I have written a previous, introductory post on the LEGO Kingdoms Joust set, I wanted to show you a bit more detail on it. (Read previous post here: LEGO Castle: New LEGO Kingdoms Set Coming!) I think you will agree that it is truly beautiful! Here is an overall picture of this latest of the LEGO castle sets:
Please note that this is a LEGO Exclusive set for more advanced builders (recommended for ages 12 and up), and it does not contain any of the juniorized large panel-elements. However this also means that this LEGO castle will take quite a bit of time to put together (contains 1,575 pieces). So, if you enjoy large, intricately designed sets, then I definitely recommend this one! It works beautifully both for play and display! In my opinion it is one of the nicest castle sets LEGO ever made, and my personal favorite. 🙂
Here is the official description on the #10223 LEGO Kingdoms Joust set:
Watch the Knights battle it out at the Royal Joust!
It’s the most exciting event on the LEGO Kingdoms calendar! Join the King and Queen at the Royal Joust as the knights on horseback battle it out for the hand of the beautiful Princess. This detailed set recreates all the majesty of a medieval pageant, from the large, 6-roomed castle with linked wall extensions, 2 knights’ weapons tents, royal viewing box, jousting fence and of course 2 magnificent jousting horses. Combine 2 Kingdoms Joust sets for a scene that is truly fit for a King! Includes 9 minifigures: king, queen, princess, lion knight, falcon knight, young squire, nobleman and 2 soldiers.
- Includes 9 minifigures: king, queen, princess, lion knight, falcon knight, young squire, nobleman and 2 soldiers!
- Knight minifigures include armor decoration, helmet, jousting pole, shield and 2 extra weapons!
- Features castle with 6 detailed rooms with lots of accessories and 2 knight’s tents with weapon holders!
- Open back for easy access to linked wall extensions!
- Also features royal viewing box with flags and coat of arms!
- Includes 2 knight’s horses with detailed decoration, weapon holder and armored headgear!
- Explore the castle rooms!
- Battle it out for the hand of the princess!
- Combine 2 Kingdoms Joust sets for a scene fit for King!
- Castle measures 20″ (51 cm) wide and 12″ (30 cm) tall!
One of the most unique features of this LEGO castle is that you can combine two of the sets for a larger, even more intricate version of the jousting scene. Check this out! 😀
The LEGO minifigures included are also really nice. Here is the whole -line up (click on the picture for larger view):
Please note the Black Falcon knight! Is this a simple nod towards a LEGO fan-favorite from the past? Or perhaps a sign that the well-loved Black Falcons will be resurrected? 8)
To get a real feel for this LEGO castle I also thought to share with you this excellent video-review by Brickformula. It is a bit long, but if you are a LEGO castle fan you won’t mind, as it is full of interesting tidbits, alternate set-ups, and a time-lapse built at the end. Enjoy the show! 😉
The LEGO Castle Kingdoms Joust set is available at LEGO’s website: #10223 LEGO Kingdoms Joust. The price is $119.99 (7 cents a piece) – an excellent price for such a beautiful set! So, what do you think? Is the LEGO Kingdoms Joust on your “must-have” list? If not, why not? 🙄
If you are a LEGO castle fan here are some other post you might like:
- LEGO Castle: New LEGO Kingdoms Set Coming!
- LEGO Lord of the Rings Coming in 2012!
- Dear LEGO… Heroica Rocks!