We haven’t talked about LEGO Disney Princess sets for a while, but there is one new set that is definitely worth mentioning; the #41067 LEGO Disney Princess Belle’s Enchanted Castle. It is the fifth castle/palace in the LEGO Disney Princess line, after the #41055 LEGO Disney Princess Cinderella’s Romantic Castle, the #41062 LEGO Disney Princess Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle, the #41063 LEGO Disney Princess Ariel’s Undersea Palace, and the #41068 LEGO Disney Princess Arendelle Castle Celebration (all of which are still available). The LEGO Disney Princess Belle’s Enchanted Castle comes with some really nice and interesting details, and very unique minifigures, so let’s take a closer look. 🙂
Here is the official description of the set: Meet Belle’s extraordinary friends in the Enchanted Castle! Explore the castle with all of Belle’s magical friends and find a special book in the library, or head up to the balcony room to check on the enchanted rose. Help Cogsworth and Lumière put on a musical banquet for the Beast in the dining room, and wheel in Mrs. Potts and Chip on their trolley to serve tea. Then dance all night under the chandelier as Belle falls in love with the Beast and breaks the magic spell. Includes 2 mini-doll figures: Belle and transforming Beast/Prince, plus Lumière, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Babette, Wardrobe and Stove. Belle’s Enchanted Castle measures over 9” (23cm) high, 6” (17cm) wide and3” (9cm) deep. 374 pieces. Price: $49.99 – BUY HERE
The castle is actually not that big, but its size is enhanced by the use of several large half-cylinder pieces, that make the castle look more substantial than it is. The problem with those large pieces is that they are quite plain, so they need added decorations to have any kind of detail. LEGO solved this by adding a bunch of stickers to give the illusion of windows.
Speaking of stickers, the set comes with two sticker-sheets. One includes all the window-stickers and the various interior and wardrobe decorations. The other sticker-sheet only got one single sticker, with the beautiful stained-glass window design that is prominently displayed at the center of the castle. While I don’t generally like stickers, this is definitely a gorgeous piece of art. I expect this sticker to become a sought after collectible.
The inside of the castle is pretty small. There is one main space at the bottom – which supposed to be the ballroom – with a very tiny kitchen on one side, dining-room on the other side, and an itsy-bitsy library sandwiched in between. You would have to use quite a bit of imagination to make these spaces bigger than what they actually are. There are also two very small loft areas, one of which leads out to the balcony, and the other has a bed. Belle really has to be careful not to fall off the tiny bed and crash right into the kitchen one floor below. To make up for the lack of space on the inside, LEGO included extra furniture pieces that are easy to remove and move around to stretch out the play-area.
In spite of the small size, the castle does look sweet, and comes with some nice decorations and clever little details. But the highlight of the set is definitely the characters. The various animated furniture pieces and household items are done with much love and care. I particularly like Mrs. Potts and Chip – both with printed decorations. The two mini-dolls are very unique. The Beast comes with a brand new one-piece moulded head – which also cleverly incorporates his transforming feature to become the Prince. And I really-really like Belle’s long skirt! What a simple but lovely piece! I hope LEGO will continue to use it in other applications. In the video-review below, JANGBRiCKS will show you the set in more detail.
I would say that the LEGO Belle’s Enchanted Castle got both some plusses and minuses. In general, I don’t like the use of those large half-cylinder pieces in applications like this, because they always need stickers to make them look anywhere near decent. I usually prefer sets that can look good with or without stickers, and unfortunately this is not one of them. LEGO really should include an extra sticker-sheet in sets like this, in case the stickers get messed up. On the positive side, the stained-glass sticker is beautiful, the various furniture pieces and other small details are lovely, and you can definitely fall in love with those mini-dolls. You can find the set – along with the previously released LEGO Disney Princess palaces and castles – under the LEGO Disney Princess section of the online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Disney Princess Belle’s Enchanted Castle? Which is your favorite LEGO Disney Princess castle or palace to far? Feel free to share your thoughts and own review in the comment section below! 😉
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