New Castle sets hit the shelves

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Part-time TRU worker Matthew spotted the five new Castle sets at his branch in Colorado, which he was surprised about because they aren't yet listed at the website.

I know a lot of you are excited about these so hopefully those of you in the USA at least won't have long to wait before they are widely available.

52 comments on this article

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By in Denmark,

The dragon is nice!

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By in United States,

Kewl. *thumbs_up*

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By in United Kingdom,

@icey

The dragon is indeed cool. I think it has appeared before with slightly different print. I have the old one and will be getting the new when it comes out in the UK - hopefully soon.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ C'mon UK, hurry up and sell anything new!

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By in United Kingdom,

I think I'd prefer the castle with grey bits instead of blue bits. Surely I'm not alone?

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By in United States,

Wow, that's early.

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By in United Kingdom,

paul_merton: You are indeed correct Sir. Blue pieces need replaced.

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By in United States,

Found these and the new creator sets in my local CT TRU. Picked up the creator tree house, but the castle sets are just lacking something in person. Oversimplified, I think.

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By in United States,

yes, the blue pieces look a bit... hideous I'm disappointed with this theme, as it seems to be entirely focused on playability, it's a few steps down from Kingdoms.

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By in Norway,

I totally agree with griffin7076. This theme is significantly juniorized I liked kingdoms but I will not gonna aim on anything from this line. Looks to me like based on Warcraft.

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By in United States,

I agree that the sets are a step down from Kingdoms, but I am always happy for more Castle. Wow, these appeared faster than I had anticipated. I'm not sure if I have the funds, currently, to purchase the quantity of each set I had hoped. Maybe it will be a little longer before they are available in my area.

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By in United Kingdom,

What is it about TRU in the US and its unique sets, sales, early releases (All we get in the UK is Lego at 10% above RRP)

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By in United States,

The awesome dragon is from the fantasy era that they shouldn't have ever ended.

Lego34, you are funny. They normally don't get sets early, they just receive their shipments before other stores like Walmart and Target, but normally get they the same time as LEGO Direct.

And sales?! HAHAHAHA A TRU sale is still more than it would be if you bought it from LEGO. Almost all the sets they carry have a 20-40% markup.

Every once and awhile they will have a decent sale like a few Galaxy Squad sets for 30% off the actual price, but that is rare.

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By in Taiwan,

Though the castle is the largest, the dragon set must be an eyecatch for many reasons. Still the gate and prinson carriage have some nice details, but these might be the first step of Castle restart.

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By in United States,

Its never a surprise that TRU is going to break the street date. Its actually nessecary for them as a retailer that drives up the cost. What incentive do you have to purchase Lego from them if they wait?

Lego needs to slap this company with fines for consistently breaking street date. This would be great for consumers as TRU would have to become competitive on pricing.

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By in Canada,

For me Kingdoms was a step down from Fantasy Era and this new Castle theme looks like a step down from Kingdoms. On a plus side if you replace all the blue slopes and flags in the 70404 King's Castle with red slopes and flags you can add these sections to the 7946 King's Caslte to make it bigger

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By in United States,

All I have to say is - meh...

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By in Guatemala,

Blue bricks :S not a fan of this theme.

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By in United States,

These looked better in the toy show shots.. boy they look not only junior-ized but also cheap.. I mean 4 good guys for an entire castle?... wow..
I thought the dragon set was neat but seeing the picture now it just looks sad...

How about LEGO Lego just do a castle, have like 8-12 guys in it like the old days and then build a siege set with a couple of siege towers and a couple of catapults and about 8-12 guys?

I mean the front gate sets looks like it should come in a bucket with a bunch of 2xblocks

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By in Poland,

yeah I am getting The Dragon set and the set with new Horse armor. But my favorite is the smallest set- perfect price, great pieces, 4 guys!

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By in United States,

nexus15, TRU will get in trouble if LEGO finds out. I used to work there and sometimes the boxes would have a sticker over the date so we would stick them out. Then a manager would come and say "It's not in the system and I checked with LEGO, they go back in the back". LEGO and TRU get along well, and LEGO probably doesn't care in the ong run for their own sets, lisence sets have legal issues if they are released before the studio wants them to be.

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By in United Kingdom,

These sets look nice, the fact they they are more juniorised for younger audiences makes them look a heck of a lot of fun to play with.
Realistically I expect these (and other summer waves) to be out in the UK in August.

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By in United States,

I have to agree and say that, as an AFOL, these don't really appeal to me. Kingdoms and Fantasy Era were about even keel for me, with Fantasy Era winning out just slightly because of the creativity of the Troll and Dwarf sets especially. Kingdoms felt like the right balance between a nice display and playability. I can see how kids would find these more appealing, though.

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By in United States,

I know that Lord of the Rings and Castle aren't the same thing, but I am a little suprised they started these sets back up again while they are still making LOTR and Hobbit sets.

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By in United States,

I just saw the Castle and the Creator sets at my Toys R Us and the buy one get one for in-store purchases with no exclusions!

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By in United States,

What part of Colorado were these found? I may have to run to TRU if it's in the springs........I have been highly anticipating these sets as I'm a big fan of the kingdoms and castle line!

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By in United States,

Yes, they can be found in many TRUs. I found them at the one near me. They had a whole bunch of them. Mind you the TRU price was in full effect, but at least it was a bogo50 and I had a $10 coupon.

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By in United States,

I think the reason that the Castle line is "juniorized" is because they assume that older folks such as us will probably be more into the LOTR and Hobbit sets for more detailed building. I plan on buying all the new LOTR sets and all the Castle sets. I don't care what the Castle sets look like as I will simply buy them for the pieces to expand my own designs and I actually prefer the large wall pieces when building exterior walls for my castles and then I focus on more detail by building interior walls. Love the return of the Dragon. Just wish there were more minifigs. All the "Flagship" sets in each series should have 10-12 since we pay over $100 for them. Tomorrow I will be checking my local TRU and Lego Store.

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By in Taiwan,

A major problem of the set design is the use of red and azure colors look bit cheap or fit in younger children. The Fnatasy Era used some silver/gold equipments and have a more natural/expensive appearance. But it's just the beginning wave of new Castles, and we can still seee if more big sets would improve.

I do miss Fantasy era which brought various tribes of species rather than just two human nations represented with different colors. At least they should try something like Romans vs Persians.

The princess got an Emma piece?

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By in United States,

^ I too was hoping to see Castle replaced with a Roman series similar to how Vikings came out as a short series. With each new mystery bag Roman I feel like we get a touch closer to a Rome series. It would be great for adult collectors and could be historically accurate and educate young builders at the same time.

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By in United States,

I'll be getting a dragon set but that is about it. castle is nothing compared to the past lines.

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By in United States,

For me Kingdoms was a two steps up from Fantasy Era and this new 'Castle' is four steps down from Kingdoms.

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By in Netherlands,

When will the sets be available in The Netherlands?

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By in Germany,

New castle sets can never be a bad thing. I feared Lego killing it entirely with Lotr being here to stay foe quiet some time, so I am happy they actually are releasing new sets and not just one like the chess set last year. Granted, I do not really like the blue (vs red) either, but they look like great play-sets. If the price reflects that, I will surely buy some as presents. And the dragon for myself. :)

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By in United States,

Ugh, I'm so torn...I am VERY HAPPY that TLG has decided to release a new/updated castle theme/line. This can never be a bad thing and gives me long term hope that they will also resurrect the "classic" pirate theme! :)

On the other hand, I couldn't agree more with what seems to be the majority opinion above that this new release is somewhat "juniorized" and/or oversimplified. I think TLG is trying to cater to a younger crowd with this since The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, especially with the Tower of Orthanc is clearly being targeted to the AFOL crowd.

I think they messed things up with the blue and could have gone with a darker gray or brown or even black? At any rate, the mini figures themselves look pretty fantastic as does the dragon. That doesn't mean you couldn't take any one of these sets and overglamorize them into something cool that reminds you of yonder castle days with LEGO. I might do something like that on a lazy summer day...

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By in United States,

Its Lego guys. If you dont like a color, swap it out :D

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By in Taiwan,

These sets aren't that bad, but not just as old fans expect to get from Fantasy or Kingdom. We can wait and see.

I don't think Lego original themes have to be totally juniorized while licensed themes appeal ADOL more, just like Space v.s. SW, or pirates v.s. POC. They can released both simple and huge sets at the same time, and try to do something better or different with licensed sets. Or in other words, they can bring some experience from the licensed themes to improve original ones. The dragon set looks like that.

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By in United States,

nexus15 and The Green Brick Giant, I used to work for LEGO and a lot of the time they are aware that TRU sells new sets before the LEGO retail stores (and often, that is why TRU charges more- they pay a premium to put the sets out early). At LEGO we were instructed never to say anything bad about TRU because LEGO is quite happy to have a partnership with TRU. Most people don't live near a LEGO store, so TRU is where they get the bulk of their sets. Admittedly it was often difficult not to point out that TRU charges more for the same set, especially when someone would comment that they would rather buy the set later instead of at the LEGO store.

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By in United States,

I like them, but did not see the Dragon set at my local store. The small four figure pack seems pretty reasonably priced considering the rising cost of the small sets. They are BOGO 50% for a few more days...

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By in United States,

I have three of these. The castle, the gold escape, and the forest ambush. After a nearly 2.5 hour build on the castle tonight (which is not yet finished) I can say without reservation that this castle is NOT juniorized. It is comparable with the Castles from Fantasy Era and Kingdoms. The walls sections between the towers do go together quickly, but they are not the meat of the set, and when it's put together it is bigger than both of those castles as well. It's got a lot of the bricks that are made to look like masonry in both tan and gray, as well as some other fun pieces. The minifigures are outstanding. For those who are also not liking the blue with gray, it actually works well in real life. They couldn't do red because Kingdoms was red, and the original lion head castle that this one has the same shield and flag design from was also with blue. It does make sense when you take note of that.

As far as the rest of the design, I love the portcullis and drawbridge in this castle, the new horse boarding is nice, and the modular design of the castle allows you to rearrange it and add other towers of your own into it. Overall, I really think Castle fans who are calling it juniorized and planning on skipping it need to give it another look. A far as the two smaller sets, yeah their builds are simple, nut one is simply an army builder and the other is a 199 piece wagon, so what were you expecting? The gold escape is on par with other castle prison wagon sets from my youth, and is still a great set. I'm now looking forward to finishing the series with the two I'm missing.

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By in United States,

:-) everything is a step down from the yellow castle ;-) well, except the minifigs.

Still, I'll pick up the whole series because, well, its castle! And maybe they'll sell badly that I'll eventually find them at 70% off in Kmart next january (like I found the goblin king this year)

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By in United States,

These Castle sets are pretty neat. I'm glad LEGO has a generic castle theme again. But I already have a lot of the old castle sets from previous themes so I don't really picture myself buying these (especially since I'd rather get LotR/Hobbit). Little kids who don't know about older themes will like them though.

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By in Australia,

Dark blue would have looked much better. Using the light blue definitely makes it look kiddy.

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By in United States,

My US based TLG says they will have the new Galaxy Squad, Castle, Star Wars and everything else except LOTR/Hobbit sets out on the shelves as of next Wednesday. They will have the LOTR/Hobbit stuff in stock in the back, but will not be able to put it on the shelves for a few more weeks.

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By in United States,

All the new summer sets including these were at my local TRU. And even LOTR!

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By in United States,

I also found the LOTR sets today at TRU but even with the buy one get one half off (which actually applied to every set purchased after my first set when I bought six sets at Christmas) the 3 sets they had would still be $2 more expensive than at the Lego store so I decided to wait and buy them at the Lego store so I could rack up the VIP points.

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By in United States,

I found 2 of these at TRU in North Carolina. They were $110.00 BUT were eligible for the BOGO 50 sale going on so could not pass on that deal. Piece count is 996 so they were fairly price even before the BOGO. It includes 7 minifigs and all have the "retro" yellow heads. I think that many of you "cat-callers" will actually like it once you see it in person. One thing I liked was that it has 4 side to it and not just a front wall. The picture on the back shows three different possible wall sets ups. Two of these sets combined would really make a massive castle with 4/5 story turrets. Kids will love it and most parents should be able to afford it.

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By in United States,

My local TRU in Ann Arbor, MI has these and the new Lord of the Rings Sets on the shelf already....the markups are ridiculous though so I passed on getting them early!

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By in United States,

I'm thinking they juniorized this series while they are still pumping out Hobbit and LoTR sets. Hopefully, they go back to the fantasy theme at some point and pump out some Lego elves and orcs now that they have the molds from LoTR to use.

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By in United States,

Having just purchased the King's Castle and Gold Getaway I will say this: The castle is larger than the Kingdom's Castle buy a couple studs, it is modular and will link up with the Kingdom's castle, but not perfectly. The castle took about 1.5 hours to build, the blue does not look bad but I think the Earth Blue would look better. My only gripe on the castle itself is the lack of minifigs. You get a King and 3 soldiers and 3 Dragon Knights. If they had added 2 or 3 more King's soldiers or say 2 horses with knights to mount them it would be a perfect set. The Dragon Knights have a battering ram that looks like a dragon and has a catapult for a tail. It is a clever design that will fling a "log" when the ram hits the walls of the castle. The Gold Getaway is a great set that adds alot of fun to the castle theme all and all. So far I am very pleased with the new Castle theme and the builds are challenging enough to keep me happy but not so challenging that my 7 year old could not sit down and build it himself.

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By in United States,

O..M...GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOD I love Cassel. I got almost all the old sets. there so AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I sooooooooo want these new sets :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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