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Do not fill this in! == History == [[File:Black knights-1988.jpg|thumb|left|200px|''Black Monarch's Castle'' seen through an archway in a catalog from 1988.]] === First years === The first well known ''Black Knights'' set released was the [[6085 Black Monarch's Castle]] in [], which marked the beginning of the ''Black Knights'' series. The enormous black castle was guarded by twelve knights, four of them mounted on horses. This was one of the first sets to include the horse armor piece or barding. Also, the triangular dragon shields were originally invented to represent the Black Knights. An interesting feature the castle had was that it could be opened and closed using the special "hinge" pieces for more play in the interior. In [], three Black Knights were included in the Knights' Challenge set. Two more Black Knights sets were released in [], which were [[6059 Knight's Stronghold]], a set that featured a town gate and five knights along with a big catapult, and [[6034 Black Monarch's Ghost]], a set that included a lone armored knight and a glow in the dark [[ghost]]. These two sets were one of the last LEGO Castle sets to carry the [[LEGOLAND]] banner. The two 1990 castle sets were re-released in [] with the LEGO [[System]] banner on the boxes, but the instruction booklets of the sets, still had the LEGOLAND banner. The only changes that were made to the 1992 re-release sets, were the horse saddles. The saddles were changed from one clip to two clips since 1992 was the year that introduced the altered LEGO horse saddle. === 1992 === [[File:Castle-1992.jpg|thumb|250px|The ''Black Knights'' are now pitted against the bandits from ''Wolfpack''.]] In 1992, the [[LEGO Group]] introduced the [[6086 Black Knight's Castle]] that was originally called Dungeon Master's Castle until 1994, when the name was changed during its last year. Mounted on a [[raised baseplate]], this was the largest set in the Castle theme during its production run, being considered one of the best castles ever released. It included four mounted knights, six soldiers/guards, a ''[[Wolfpack]]'' renegade prisoner, and a glow in the dark ghost. Like Black Monarch's Castle, it included the horse armor or barding piece, but now two out of the four mounted knights had helmet visors and breastplate armor pieces like the knights introduced in 1990. There were new dragon plumes available in four different colours (just like the feather plumes), as well as introducing a new oval shield with a red and blue dragon printed. The older dragon triangular shield continued to be used in the set, to be carried by foot soldiers. This set was the first major castle to have minifigures with facial hair, mustache and beard faces rather than only having the usual plain, grin face. Two other main Black Knights sets were released 1992 as well. There was the [[6057 Sea Serpent]], the biggest LEGO Castle boat ever released in the 1990s and also the last set to include Black Falcon figures. The other was the [[6009 Black Knight]], a small set that included a single, full armored knight, along with new accessories such as the oval shield, dragon plumes, and beard face. === Last sets === In [] four smaller sets were released that did not appear in any catalogue. Instead, the sets from 1992 were still included until the end of [] when the Black Knights ceased to exist as a proper ''Castle'' theme. 1993 also saw the introduction of the new ''[[Dragon Masters]]'' theme, which reused the oval dragon shields but featured green dragons instead of blue ones. The theme also reused the "dragon plumes" introduced in 1992. In [] and [] there were still new sets released that included [[minifigure]]s with the ''Black Knights'' crest. [[6078 Royal Drawbridge]] included a knight who carried an oval ''Black Knights'' shield with a blue dragon but was otherwise dressed like a ''Dragon Masters'' knight and [[6079 Dark Forest Fortress]] included a cart whose driver carried a classical triangular ''Black Knights'' shield. Summary: Please note that all contributions to Brickipedia are considered to be released under the a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license. 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