Editing Castle (section) From Brickipedia, the LEGO Wiki PageDiscussionEditHistory More... What links here Related changes Special pages Page information Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. This page supports semantic in-text annotations (e.g. "[[Is specified as::World Heritage Site]]") to build structured and queryable content provided by Semantic MediaWiki. For a comprehensive description on how to use annotations or the #ask parser function, please have a look at the getting started, in-text annotation, or inline queries help page.Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in! == History == One of the earliest [[LEGO]] castle models produced was a retailer display model from a []-[[1960|60]] retailer brochure. This model was also seen in a [] British magazine LEGO ad. It was a white castle that fit onto two gray baseplates taking up an area of 20x20 [[stud]]s. The castle, known to LEGO retailers as #0746 had four towers, with wavy LEGO flags on top of two of the towers. The word ''LEGO'' embossed on 1x1 white bricks were spelled out on the front of the castle on either side of the entrance. Examples of this model would be glued together, generally the rule among LEGO retailer models. Also coming out in [] was LEGO Building Idea Book #1, also known as #238. This 36 page booklet had a lot of building ideas that were made into actual LEGO display models. One picture was of a blue castle with twin towers and a red roof. It is in a northern European late Renaissance style. This Blue Castle was the first castle seen in a public distributed official LEGO product. The first LEGO castle model available for sale was [[0 Weetabix Castle]], a [[promotional]] set from Weetabix, that was made available in []. === Initial sets (1978 - 1983) === The theme ''Castle'' was started in [], the year [[minifigure]]s were introduced. The [[theme]]'s initial release comprised only one set, [[375 Castle]]. The following year brought two other sets, [[383 Knight's Tournament]] and [[677 Knight's Procession]]. At first those sets were only available in Europe, but they were finally released in the US in []. [[File:6083.jpg|thumb|200px|right|[[383 Knight's Tournament]], one of the first ever Castle sets.]] Until [], ''Castle'' consisted of only these three sets and two other promotional sets, which were available from Samsonite. Many typical Castle pieces were already present, such as the halberds, the first swords, the lances, the triangular shields and the helmet with neck protector. The knights had unique helmets that consisted of the visor-less ''[[Classic Space]]'' helmets of that era, and movable visor-pieces that were only available in these three early ''Castle'' sets. The featured horses were not the later ubiquitous [[horse|horse-figures]], instead they were built of normal bricks. The knights of this era did not use a consistent coat of arms, but rather had many different crests. [[File:10000.jpg|thumb|200px|left|The Guarded Inn is one of most famous older Castle sets, and one of the few halfway civilian buildings.]] === Factions (1984 - 1997) === In [] the ''Castle'' theme was totally revamped. Two new factions, the ''[[Crusaders]]'' and the ''[[Black Falcons]]'' (as well as a sheer flood of new pieces), were introduced. Among the new pieces introduced in that year were the wall panels, spears, two new helmets (the helmets with chin-guard and the face-grill helmets for the knights) and feather plumes. [] also saw the introduction of the [[Horse|horse-figures]], which were also featured heavily in ''Castle''. From now on, every established faction would feature a unique coat of arms on their shields, flags or even the minifigures themselves. During the []s, ''Castle'' wasn't just about castles and knights but also featured some civilian minifigures, such as a peasant or a blacksmith, and also civilian buildings, like [[6067 Guarded Inn]], a direction that would later be lost when the theme focused more on the military aspects of the middle ages. The Guarded Inn also included the second female ''Castle'' minifigure (which did not yet feature a dress but instead a normal leg assembly). A similar minifigure appeared in the set [[6060 Knight's Challenge]]. A new faction was added in [], the ''[[Forestmen]]'', which did not dwell in castles but rather in hideouts built into hollow trees and rocks. This was also the first time when black-coloured corner wall panels were seen. Other black wall panels, which had already appeared in 1985 were brought into wider use when the ''[[Black Knights]]'', that featured the first mainly black-colored castle, were introduced in []. [] brought some new pieces: a new elegant helmet with movable visor and an extra armour piece for knights. Another new addition was the glow-in-the-dark [[ghost]].[[File:6081 King's Mountain Fortress.jpg|thumb|right|200px|6081 King's Mountain Fortress, a ''Crusaders'' set released in 1990]] This year also saw the first castle built on a [[raised baseplate]], a piece first used a year before in ''[[Pirates]]'' sets. That castle, [[6081 King's Mountain Fortress]], also featured the first female minifigure with a skirt, which was formed by a 2x2x2 sloped brick. This made the princess one plate taller than the men, but her tall pointed medieval headdress helped to obscure the height difference. After the discontinuation of the ''Forestmen'' faction, which included outlaws that could just as well be the good guys, since they largely resemble Robin Hood and his merry men, LEGO added a new faction in [], the ''[[Wolfpack]]'', which was basically a band of robbers. This was also the first year in which ''Castle'' [[minifigures]] were equipped with the new diversified printed head pieces, that were first introduced in [] for the debut of the new ''[[Pirates]]'' line, and added more personality to the characters than the simple smiley faces.. [[File:Diorama-2003.jpg|thumb|right|200px|A diorama from 1993 showcases several sets from ''Dragon Masters'', ''Wolfpack'' and ''Black Knights''.]] While the ''Black Knights'' used dragons merely as crests and ornaments, a new faction introduced in [], the ''[[Dragon Masters]]'', would move ''Castle'' more into the realms of fantasy and mythology by adding actual [[dragon]]s and [[wizard]]s to the complement of subjects covered by this theme, thus setting a direction that would still be followed by future ''Castle'' themes. [[File:Green Dragon.jpg|thumb|left|150px|A Dragon, introduced in the ''Dragon Masters'' faction.]] The wizard [[Majisto]] was also one of the first minifigures that were given a name. ''Dragon Masters'' also brought some interesting new pieces, such as a new helmet and a large halberd, as well as several new faces. For the time being the fantasy elements were not further developed. In [], the all new ''[[Royal Knights]]'' theme introduced the first distinct king minifigure that wore an actual crown. Another notable addition was the [[skeleton]]. [] saw a short-lived revival of ''[[Forestmen]]'' when ''[[Dark Forest]]'' was released. Fantasy was Back in [], when ''[[Fright Knights]]'' brought along witches and dragons, as well as an [[Basil the Bat Lord|eerie looking villain]] with a bat as his symbol of choice. This theme did not only venture into more fantastic directions, It also featured some rather out-of-place flying machines. The discontinuation of ''Fright Knights'' also marked the end of the basic concept of the ''Castle'' theme from [] onwards, where the different subthemes also represented several factions that coexisted in a consistent environment and would often appear together in one set. The themes of the following years were self contained subthemes with different factions of their own that did not not have any connection to those of other subthemes. === Subthemes (1998 - present) === What followed in [] was a rather unique interlude. [[File:Ninja.jpg|thumb|210px|right|[[6045 Ninja Surprise]], a ''Ninja'' set released in 1998.]] With the introduction of ''[[Ninja]]'', the ''Castle'' theme left it's traditional European setting and visited medieval Japan, featuring Samurai and Ninjas. Many new pieces were introduced as well, such as Japanese swords ([[Katana]]), ninja hoods and samurai armor and helmets. ''Ninja'' also included cannons and muskets, a novelty for ''Castle'', and was apparently set in the 16th century. In [], ''Castle'' went back to a more conventional setting with the release of the new ''[[Knights' Kingdom]]'' theme, which involved two factions that were at odds with each other, [[King Leo]] and his knights on one side, and [[Cedric the bull]] with his evil minions on the other. [[File:KK1-2000.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Cedric the Bull launches an attack on King Leo's castle.]] The minifigures were elaborately designed and featured new torso pieces, faces, helmets and armor pieces. The buildings, however, had a rather simplified design, which was also seen in other themes of that era, e.g. in ''[[Town Jr.]]'', a method of building later called "Juniorization". This theme was the first ''Castle'' theme to feature two female minifigures: [[Queen Leonora]] and [[Princess Storm]]. ''Knights' Kingdom'' was discontinued in the following year, and there would be no new ''Castle'' sets until []. ''[[Knights' Kingdom II]]'', introduced in [], was a radical departure from any previous ''Castle'' themes. It featured colourful knights (in red, green, purple, and light blue armour) who all had individual names and personalities, much like superhero teams such as the ''Power Rangers''. The normal sets were also accompanied by the release of canned action figure versions of the new characters, in a style similar to ''[[BIONICLE]]''. ''Knights' Kingdom II'' was more action-oriented, and also introduced some new helmets, swords and shields. [[File:7021 Dragon.jpg|thumb|210px|right|This dragon from Vikings included a new building system based on the Click-ball joint.]] In [], LEGO released a new ''[[Vikings]]'' line which was more realistic than the contemporary ''Knights' Kingdom II'' theme, but it nevertheless featured mythological aspects by adding dragons and other creatures from Norse myths, such as the Midgard Serpent. A new technique that was used to make these creatures that is still used today is building large monsters (such as dragons) out of a combination of normal bricks and ''[[TECHNIC]]'' parts. A fairly important new piece introduced in this theme was the separate axe blade that had to be attached to a brown stick in order to form a complete battle axe. The theme was intended to be simply a short interlude before the launch of [[Castle (2007)|the new ''Castle'' theme]], but proved popular enough that it was continued for another year. [[File:Castle2007-Logo.png|thumb|top|The new version of the Castle logo, introduced for this theme.]] The ''Castle'' theme was relaunched in [] as ''[[Castle (2007)]]'' and abandoned some of the aspects featured in ''[[Knights' Kingdom II]]'' but also reprises earlier established fantasy elements such as dragons and sorcerers, but also added some new ones, which were originally known from the ''Lord of the Rings'' novels or ''Warcraft'' computer games, such as Skeleton Warriors, Trolls and Dwarves. Another difference is the fact that it does not involve humans fighting each other. The humans are represented by one unified kingdom that has to fight against groups of non-human antagonists. In [] the biggest entirely civilian ''Castle'' set ever has been released, [[10193 Medieval Market Village]], which also included the first [[cow]] figure as well as a rare turkey piece. [[Kingdoms]], is successor to ''[[Castle (2007)]]''. It returns to a more traditional and realistic medieval setting.[[File:323086 266428006723089 207089142656976 851122 120241844 o.jpg|thumb|left|Kingdoms Joust, the theme's tour-de-force.]][[File:7189.jpg|thumb|right|[[7189 Mill Village Raid]], a civilian Kingdoms set.]] The theme features the good knights of the Lion Kingdom defending themselves against the evil warriors of the invading Dragon Kingdom. The only fantasy elements are the [[Dragon wizard]] and his pet dragon. ''Kingdoms'' was launched in [[June]] [], with several sets, including [[7946 King's Castle|a large castle]], and followed by four more sets in []. Early [] saw the release of [[10223 Kingdoms Joust]], the final Kingdoms set before [[The Lord of The Rings]] was released. In [], a new version of castle returned releasing 5 sets, 4 of which are already out, [[70404 King's Castle|and one that will be released in]] [[August]]. 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