Just a reminder that the #71040 LEGO Disney Castle is now available for LEGO VIP members (regular release will be on September 1st). This is one of the most anticipated sets of the year, and I’m sure it will be very much in demand leading up to the year-end holidays. We have talked about the set before in detail (see links at the end of this post), so I will only repeat the basic description, along with the designer video, for your convenience. 🙂
Here is the official description: Welcome to the magical Disney Castle! Cross the stone bridge and enter the arched doorway to a place where dreams come true. This delightful LEGO replica of the Walt Disney World Resort Cinderella Castle is full of authentic details for you to explore. Step into the grand main hall with its mosaic-tiled floor, suits of armor, wall-mounted shields, grandfather clock, ornate chandelier and golden lamp, then venture through a myriad of beautifully detailed rooms featuring familiar decorative details. Create your own Disney adventures with the 5 included minifigures: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Tinker Bell, or add characters from your own collection for endless play scenarios. From its intricate facade, ornate balconies and flag-adorned towers, to the soaring golden-spired main tower complete with fireworks function, this amazing model features unsurpassed detail and magical surprises that will set your imagination free! Includes 5 minifigures: Mickey Mouse with a tuxedo, Minnie Mouse with red dress, Donald Duck with classic outfit, Daisy Duck with pink skirt, lavender colored shoes and a bow, and Tinker Bell with wig element, skirt, wings and a magic wand. 4080 pieces. The Disney Castle measures over 29” (74cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide and 12” (31cm) deep. Price: $349.99 – BUY HERE
And here is the designer-video with Marcus Bessa showing some of the many highlights of the sets, as well as interesting details about the design process. Marcus looks small next to it! 😀
As you can see, the LEGO Disney Castle is enormous, and includes a great amount of detail referencing classic Disney movies. It is definitely the ultimate set for LEGO Disney fans, and it also provides a huge number of useful parts for LEGO Castle builders in general. If you are planning to purchase it for Christmas, I do recommend that you get it as soon as possible. I expect it to become difficult to find, like the #41062 LEGO Disney Princess Elsa’s Ice Palace was during the last Christmas season. Prices are as follows: US $349.99 – CA $399.99 – DE 349.99€ – UK £289.99 – DK 2999.00 DKK (Euro pricing varies by country). You can find the set under the LEGO Exclusives section of the Online LEGO Shop.
So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Disney Castle? Is it on your list of wanted LEGO sets? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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Awesome! I’m amazed though how many people say on forums that this is a first day purchase for them. TIL that most afols are rich!
Also, they often have different priorities…
They cut down on cars, clothing and many other purchases others deem necessary, instead…
But it’s nothing for me… Too expensive, and I guess way too big even if I’d get it for free…
Are you saying that all these LEGO fans who are buying the Disney Castle on the first day are all wearing old jeans and faded T-shirts, live on Ramen and never go out? Maybe the stereotype of the basement-dwelling antisocial adult who is still playing with toys – the typical image that most people have about AFOLs – is not that off the mark after all. 🙄
If someone wants to stay in this hobby, sooner or later they will face the fact that it is not cheap. Once they realize that, they have a few options; go cold turkey, find a job or start a side-business that will afford the hobby, marry someone rich, or find a niche within the hobby that doesn’t require spending vast sums of money on a regular basis (i.e. micro-building, MOC-ing, focusing on only one or two themes, etc.)
I would say that being a collector is the most expensive, because collectors have to have everything. If you just pick one or to themes you are interested in, or if you like free building, it is not that bad. I don’t spend my regular income on LEGO, because I couldn’t justify it. I’m not rich. So I sell minifigs and some parts from sets I buy to cover the cost. That’s the only way I can afford it.
But yeah, there are rich LEGO fans too! Actually, if you really want to stay in the hobby, it might be a good motivation to do well financially. Just don’t rob a bank. 😉
I mostly buy second hand bulks… A lot cheaper, and rarely unacceptable quality…
That’s another option too. It’s not available in my area, but where my brother lives, with three LEGO stores nearby there is always cheap LEGO at garage sales. I’m jealous.
Man, this set makes me so freaking glad I’m not a parent! 😉 I can just imagine taking the kiddos to the Lego Store, not even entering and there in the front window is Cinderella’s Castle and your kids eyes go so wide they make for passable anime characters!
Plus the very image of dropping that kinda dough on a model for your kids that has a high probability of being built once and going into the parts bin… Yikes!
Sorry, I’m starting to sound negative here. I think it’s great for collectors and if you can make it a “family event” where everyone gets together over several nights to build it, then it goes on display or carefully played with and stays together… That could be fun it you can pull it off.
Anyway… gorgeous model. No idea if it’ll ever go into my collection, but who knows.
And then there’s the issue of the 6yo who simple HAS to have something. So you get it and you build it together. And tomorrow some parts of it are attached to some parts of something they HAD to have a month ago while others are in the Lego bin and the remaining strays are either jamming the turbo drive on the vacuum cleaner or underfoot in the middle of the bathroom in the middle of the night.
::sigh:: That could have something to do with why we only HAVE to have the $30 sets at my house. …other than the Winter Village sets that, for some reason, bless him!, my grandson respects and plays with carefully.
Yeah, it’s important to teach children respect, that they can’t have everything, but they can always appreciate what they already have.
I heard some tips from a father put the items up on a “wishlist”, which regularly was culled by them together, or something…
It sounded better than instant gratification, anyway…
It’d still require some maturity from the kids, I guess…
The Seven Habits books by Stephen Covey has some really good suggestions about how to teach children the value of money and where money comes from. I think he has like nine kids, so had plenty of experience. 🙂
He’s a good kid and I actually think it’s great that he isn’t intimidated by “sets” and wants to keep building even after they’re “built” to my much more anal standard. I’ll be delighted if he grows up seeing things in different ways and always finding a new way to express himself. …and corralling all the small parts. ; >
But limits are good things and have a place in creativity too. So I made clear that the WV buildings belong to the whole family as whole pieces and aren’t there to be disassembled. Since they only come out once a year they seem to retain their interest as they are. And then something new appears every year too so that keeps it fresh as is too.
We began with several buildings when I first discovered the village several sets in and he grew up with it as a whole village. And, happily, there’s a lot of fun to be had playing in it and getting ready for Christmas to come in the village and in our house. ; >
Growing up with the Winter Village. That’s really sweet! 🙂
Rule #1 for parents: never take the kids to the LEGO store. Seriously though, the number of staggeringly expensive LEGO sets this year is off the charts. Previously $100 sets used to be considered expensive, and there were only a few per year. Now $100 are common and considered mid-priced, and we are flooded with $200+ sets. Carefully planning and budgeting is becoming an integral part of the hobby. And space is another issue too. Where to put all these gorgeous big sets?
I think I would have succumbed to the carnival sets but figuring out where to keep them and how to keep them dusted disabused me of that notion.
I am mind boggled by what some families have and how them manage their models.
I would never buy this on my own, but luckily my brother/roommate/co-LEGO-dependent is able to share the cost with me. 2 years ago, I would have laughed at anyone who suggested I’d ever buy a $350 LEGO set (even if I were only paying half). But this is a pretty special set (and I’m not even a fan of Disney). We’re getting this set because it’s perfect for our LEGO town’s amusement park.
All of our LEGO sets will eventually go to our nieces and nephews, but we save all the boxes and instructions and are relatively confident we could recoup most of our money if we ever really had to.
I’ve never owned a boat, RV, or other expensive toy, so I feel justified in splurging a bit on my LEGO hobby. Plus, it makes me happy.
My brother picked up the set this morning, so we’ll start assembly after work. Can’t wait to re-arrange the town to squeeze this behemoth in.
Awesome! Would love to hear how you guys like it! It is definitely a very impressive set! Just by itself it would make a worthy centerpiece! 😀
Does it bother anyone that Tinker Bell should be just a fraction of the size of a minifig? I mean usually when Disney represents her in relationship to the castle she’s just a flash of light.
I think they could have left her out if they couldn’t solve the size conundrum.
True. But Disney fans have been asking for a Tinker Bell, so this was a good way to include her. It’s hard to make a flash of light out of LEGO. Too immaterial. I think it’s okay, but I’m not that invested in this set.
Not on my list. A lovely model but I cannot justify the money. I can afford it without any problem, but I could pick up 3-4 used helms deeps for the same price and make something amazing.
Having said that I rarely buy new sets these days unless I can use them as parts packs and usually pick the bits I want/need on ebay or bricklink.
Having said that, I do buy new sets for my kids but never for more than about 30-40 quid. I do spoil them with mixels though as they are almost always 3-2 in my local shops and I bulk bought a load of them as “treats” for when they do well.
I actually also like the mid-prized sets the most. They are substantial enough for getting some interesting parts and building techniques, and look good. I simply don’t have room for these huge sets, but so far everything I heard indicates that the Disney Castle is flying off the shelves. 😀
I’m gonna be honest. I’m not interested in the build itself, but the pieces used here are phenomenal, and useful for a wide range of purposes.
I agree. The parts and colors in this set are very-very useful. You can pretty much build any large castle from the pieces. Grays and tans are some of my favorite colors as they are so versatile. And there are so many interesting decorative pieces as well! 🙂
I assume these stone patterns are stickers, and not prints?
Yes, most of the decorations in the set are stickers, including the stone patterns. There are some nice printed pieces though too. My favorites are the book, the fancy design on the bed (Unikitty’s tail in brown with gold pattern), and the wall decoration in the middle.
It is an extraordinary set ! I wrote my own fairytale about the castle on my LEGO blog. If you are interested :
Your first picture is a really excellent shot. I haven’t seen the castle from that angle yet, but looks really good.