• Castle? Not a Castle?

    Compiled by guyfullerton. Updated 19 May 2010. Contains 18 sets.
    An examination of the big structures in the Castle theme to determine which are actually Castles and which are not. Proper Castles are enclosed on all four sides, and they are fairly close to a European structure & arrangement.

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375: Castle

25 reviews
Pieces
767
Minifigs
14
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail - limited
Related sets
European version of 6075-2
Bricklist notes
CASTLE!

Definitely a proper Castle. It's completely enclosed, with a drawbridge, crenellated walls, and towers. The uniform color for the majority of the structure is somewhat cartoony, but the model itself is clearly identifiable as a castle.
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1127 own this set, 635 want it

6074: Black Falcon's Fortress

17 reviews
Pieces
430
Minifigs
6
RRP
$35
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Related sets
Re-released as 10039-1
Bricklist notes
CASTLE!

Although this doesn't have the word "Castle" in its name, this is still recognizable as a proper Castle, with its drawbridge, gate house, crenellated walls, and completely enclosed design. Its unique architecture and prominent yellow and black elements make this stand out visually compared to its predecessors.
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2064 own this set, 848 want it

6081: King's Mountain Fortress

19 reviews
Pieces
435
Minifigs
8
RRP
$58
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
NOT a castle.

This just doesn't look enough like a castle. Its enclosure is very inconsistent, with little obvious purpose for the enclosure around the ramp. It's also hindered by the fact that the crenellations on the inner wall only serve to protect the ledge from one side. This is really more of a fortress or a keep.
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1584 own this set, 972 want it

6086: Black Knight's Castle

22 reviews
Pieces
588
Minifigs
12
RRP
$85
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
CASTLE!

The Black Knight's Castle has all of the right elements and uses color better than its black predecessor. This is the first of the proper castles to implement a striking non-symmetrical layout.
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1669 own this set, 1163 want it

6082: Fire Breathing Fortress

16 reviews
Pieces
397
Minifigs
6
RRP
$64
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
NOT a castle.

This is probably closer to a castle than King's Mountain Fortress, but it is ultimately a big tower, keep, or as its name says, fortress. The roof of the structure is a major living area for minifigs, which is quite unlike a proper castle.
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1650 own this set, 870 want it

6090: Royal Knight's Castle

30 reviews
Pieces
764
Minifigs
11
RRP
$95
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
CASTLE!

It has all of the necessary elements: Enclosed on all four sides, gatehouse, crenellated walls, towers, and so on. To this point chronologically, this is the most massive of the proper castles. Just as deep as those that came before it, but also 50% wider, and taller too! The lack of symmetry and the different levels are very eye-catching.
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1645 own this set, 1251 want it

6097: Night Lord's Castle

16 reviews
Pieces
601
Minifigs
8
RRP
$80
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
NOT a castle.

Yes, its enclosed, and it has a portcullis, battlements, and a tower. But the result looks more like a gothic cathedral than a European castle.
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1034 own this set, 723 want it

6098: King Leo's Castle

11 reviews
Pieces
529
Minifigs
8
RRP
$90
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Related sets
Same as 6091-1
Bricklist notes
UNDECIDED!

The first of the Disney-style castles. (Think: Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty's Castle.) It has many of the important elements, but I'm not convinced that it is completely enclosed.
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823 own this set, 593 want it

8781: The Castle of Morcia

49 reviews
Pieces
637
Minifigs
8
RRP
$90, £69.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Notes
Contains mini figures King Mathias, Jayco, Rascus, Santis, Danju, Vladek and the Shadow Knight.
Bricklist notes
UNDECIDED!

Another Disney-style castle. Like its predecessor, it's also only superficially enclosed.
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1148 own this set, 550 want it

10176: King's Castle

13 reviews
Pieces
869
Minifigs
12
RRP
$99.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
LEGO exclusive
Instructions
Yes
Notes
Recreation of Royal Knights set 6090 and also Knights' Kingdom sets 6091/6098. Also called "Royal King's Castle". Later repackaged with an extra mini-figure included.
Bricklist notes
CASTLE! (But just barely.)

Of the Disney-style castles, this does the best job at being completely enclosed.
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827 own this set, 997 want it

7094: King's Castle Siege

29 reviews
Pieces
973
Minifigs
10
RRP
$99.99, £73.39
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
CASTLE!

A return to a more traditional design after a decade of other styles. Has all of the necessary elements and is extremely detailed with much visual interest, and a good use of asymmetry in the rear section.
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2742 own this set, 1587 want it

7097: Trolls' Mountain Fortress

9 reviews
Pieces
844
Minifigs
10
RRP
$99.99, £74.99
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
NOT a castle.

If you remove the minifigures, this is looks quite like a traditional, if sinister, castle. But its non-European appearance means it doesn't count as a proper Castle.
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1844 own this set, 1522 want it

7946: King's Castle

17 reviews
Pieces
933
Minifigs
8
RRP
$99.99, £81.99, €99.99
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
CASTLE!

A striking return to the 1980's era castle design, though certainly less plain-looking than the earlier castles that might have inspired this design. Many added details (textures, red & dark gray accents, torches) provide visual interest.
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3063 own this set, 1641 want it