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LEGO Castle gets a new LEGO horse!

Are you a LEGO Castle fan? If you are, there is some interesting news for you! LEGO is changing the design of the LEGO horse! The original LEGO horse has been a staple of LEGO Castle sets for almost 30 years, and according to research done by the LEGO group it was time for an upgrade.

LEGO Horses & Riders (photo by Chris Fisher)

We first got a glimpse of the new LEGO horse in the upcoming LEGO Lord of the Rings sets. Most LEGO fans have been excited about the news. Although it is expected that not everyone will like the change.

New LEGO Horse in LEGO Lord of the Rings Set

To shed some light on the reason behind the upgrade  Brickset member drdavewatford shared some comments from LEGO Senior Creative Designer Matt Ashton, originally posted on the LEGO Ambassador Forum:

Our core target audience of 5-10 year old boys has told us in ongoing testing that the original LEGO horse is a bit ‘baby-ish’, and too static to play with properly. So we’ve re-designed the LEGO horse to make it more dynamic, pose-able and appealing, by adding a higher level of detail. The new horse will appear in the LEGO Lord of the Rings sets scheduled to be released in June 2012.

The new LEGO horse can now kick, bolt and rear up on its hind legs, making it much more playable and pose-able, while the refined detail level has also made it seem more ‘grown-up’ and ‘cooler’ in kids’ eyes.

New Pose-able LEGO Horse in LEGO Lord of the Rings Set

In making these changes we have obviously had to take into consideration several different challenges.

First, we are fully aware that the original horse may be perceived as a LEGO icon in many consumers’ eyes. So, when designing the new horse, we did our best to create a new version that pays homage to the original horse, particularly its proportions, silhouette and decoration style.

Second, we have made some design-choices in regards to the compatibility between the new LEGO horse and the existing horse accessories. The existing saddle-element can be used with the new version of the horse. The new horse can also wear the current barding, although it cannot be posed while wearing this element. We will be developing a replacement barding for future product launches, ensuring that the horse can be dressed for battle and still be fully pose-able.

New LEGO Horse in LEGO Lord of the Rings Set

However, by streamlining the new LEGO horse’s head to make it more dynamic and more like a real horse, we had to decide that the existing horse-headgear/head-plates would not compatible with the new horse. These pieces will also soon be replaced with new elements in future products.

We apologize for any inconvenience or frustration this may cause to certain collectors, but we are striving to ensure that we are ultimately creating the best product and play-experience for our core audience for the long term.

I’m looking forward to seeing the new LEGO horse in person before I decide to make any judgements, but so far I like the shape of the head, and of course movable legs can’t hurt. I’m hoping that the design is not too different, so the new LEGO horse won’t clash with the original horses too much in a LEGO Castle battle-scene. That is my biggest concern as I have a whole herd of the original LEGO horses, and I like them quite a lot. 😕

What do you think of the new LEGO horse design? Do you like them? Or do you dread the change? You can share your thoughts in the comment section below. Also, you may want to check out more pictures in the LEGO Lord of the Rings section, or select from the links below:

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  • NRG kai April 25, 2012, 12:13 PM

    i like it
    the black ones are cool

  • nrg cole April 25, 2012, 3:01 PM


  • Jacob April 25, 2012, 3:53 PM

    Really, the only issue I have is that they waited this long to make it like this. I liked the skeleton horses from Castle, but it was awkward having their heads almost twice as width as the living version. I would have liked to see them in the new Kingdoms joust set that was released earlier this year, but I guess the new head coverings and barding were not ready yet. Still, they did a great job, with both the saddle and the barding being able to physically fit onto them.

    • admin April 25, 2012, 7:44 PM

      Jacob, yeah the Joust set would have been great with the new horses! But better later then never! 🙂

  • Luca April 25, 2012, 5:09 PM

    I’m not a big fan of horses

  • lego chronicler April 25, 2012, 6:11 PM

    Yeah, I prefer to not use them and just go on foot, and i really prefer the old ones, because these could get REALLY loose

  • NRG PYTHOR April 25, 2012, 7:25 PM

    I think the new ones look good although, i also dont like the horses

  • 12dw1 April 26, 2012, 9:43 AM

    they look really COOL =)
    p.s admin, would it be possible to have some pictures of the upcoming monster fighters sets

  • 12dw1 April 26, 2012, 10:33 AM


  • gid617 April 27, 2012, 6:34 AM

    These are very nice – and I certainly love the movable legs. unfortunatly, it does make the other horses seem old-fashoned, so I’m not sure they would mix well. I can’t say I have a herd, but I do have several. Still, it’s very nice the way they can rear up.

  • Nick Nox May 14, 2012, 2:37 PM

    In the original lego Castle sets the horses were built up out of plate pieces :-O As a child I always hated those thinking how unconvincing they looked in comparison with the subsequent moulded horse. I never got around to buying any Castle sets back then being pretty much stuck on ‘City’ and ‘Space’ (there wasnt much else at the time!). Boy am I now making up for lost time with Castle Lego and have tons of these horses. I suppose to the new generation the old moulded horse will look like the ‘plate’ horses did to me! 😉 lol

    • admin May 14, 2012, 3:13 PM

      Nick Nox, looks like you have been around LEGO for a while! 😉

      It is amazing how much LEGO has changed since those early days, yet still remained the same in its core concept. I’m glad we are out of the age of brickbuilt LEGO horses, into the era of the fully kicking and galloping kind. LEGO fans are a vocal bunch, and we always have something to nitpick about, but the fact remains; the last few years have been a LEGO heaven with long cherished childhood dreams coming true, no matter what is your favorite LEGO theme.

      I just wish the economy was doing better so LEGO fans could afford all of this stuff, including a bigger house! 😀

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