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! === 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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