LEGO Castle fans have been feeling neglected lately as the last LEGO Castle theme released was back in 2010. Since then the only LEGO Castle set have been the #10223 LEGO Kingdoms Joust (a beautiful set by the way that I highly recommend!), kind of like an afterthought of the LEGO Kingdoms theme. So let’s see what 2013 will bring to LEGO Castle fans! 😛
I guess LEGO felt like they can get away without any Castle sets for a while with LEGO Lord of the Rings and LEGO The Hobbit, hoping that Castle fans would be satisfied. Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are certainly castle-ish, but they are nothing like a good old-fashioned LEGO Castle theme with good-knights, bad-knights, wizards and dragons. Besides, they are licensed, which means they cost more than LEGO’s own in-house product lines.
Rumors have been circulating for a while now about LEGO Castle coming back in 2013. LEGO forums and blogs were talking about 5 possible sets being released next summer, with at least one of them being a re-release of a Classic LEGO Castle set – a unique twist. Since then the validity of the 2013 LEGO Castle sets have been solidified a bit more with set numbers and names. Here is the list from the Brickset.com database:
- #70400 LEGO Castle Forest Ambush
- #70401 LEGO Castle Gold Gateway
- #70402 LEGO Castle The Gatehouse Raid
- #70403 LEGO Castle Dragon Mountain
- #70404 LEGO Castle King Castle
It is still not clear if these are actually going to be re-releases of the 1980s and ’90s sets – like Forestmen and Wolfpack – some fans are really hoping for. Personally I doubt that any of the sets will be an exact replica of sets that old. Re-releasing classic minifigures as novelty collectibles is one thing, but re-making full sets from the past is an entirely different matter. The elements, minifigures and building-techniques in those sets were wonderful in their time, but seem quite crude compared to the possibilities today. It is likely that today’s generation would not be able to appreciate them nearly as much as older fans who grew up in the Classic Castle era. (If you want to check out what LEGO Castle looked like in the past, you can browse the Bricklink Catalog: LEGO Castle Sets 1978-2012)
Others say that the 2013 LEGO Castle sets are likely going to be new designs, but with some reference to LEGO Castle sets from the past; this way satisfying both older Castle fans who have sentimental feelings towards the classics, and young fans who prefer the newer LEGO Castle sets. Kind of like how the LEGO Alien Conquest theme’s color-scheme and other details were a nod towards LEGO Classic Space from the 1980s and adult fans in general, but also built with today’s generation in mind. If you were a Classic Space fan you were happy, and if you were a younger fan, you could still enjoy the sets even without knowing the reference to the past.
What do you think? Does the 2013 LEGO Castle set names give you any insights? Would you like Classic Castle sets to be re-released? Which past LEGO Castle set would you love to see again? Would you like it enhanced with newer features, or exactly as it was in the past? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! Would love to hear your thoughts! 😉
For currently available LEGO Castle sets (yeah, it is a measly selection, but with two of the best LEGO Castle sets ever made!) see here.
And if you are interested in other 2013 LEGO sets and themes check below: