• Castle cycles, an overview

    Compiled by Novelty. Updated 16 October 2009. Contains 10 sets.
    This list gives an overview of each of the Castle cycles. It came about because in the latter years, each cycle consists only of one subtheme and Brickset sorts that out rather well, so there is no longer the need to create Bricklists for those later cycles.

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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
Cycle 0 - Castle Subtheme, Town Theme.
Up till and including 1983.

Before there was a castle theme, Castle was part of the Town Subtheme. the list of sets for this "cycle" can be found at http://brickset.com/bricklists/?110
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1013 own this set, 573 want it.

6021: Jousting Knights

6 reviews
Pieces
37
Minifigs
2
RRP
$5.25
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
Cycle 1 - Castle Theme, Gold Lions and Black Falcons.
Years: 1984 - 1987

The first cycle focused on the two factions that launched the theme, the Gold Lions and the Black Falcons. The cycle lasted for 4 years.

This is one of the few sets that had both these factions represented in the set. The list of sets for this cycle may be found in two parts;
1. 1984 launch - http://brickset.com/bricklists/?75
2. est of 1st cycle - http://brickset.com/bricklists/?156
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1249 own this set, 476 want it.

6042: Dungeon Hunters

9 reviews
Pieces
110
Minifigs
3
RRP
$12.75
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
Cycle 2 - Castle Theme, Black Knights and Forestmen
Years: 1988 - 1991

The second cycle introduced the Black Knights as the men in armor, and the Forestmen as medieval archers. Sets containing the Black Falcons and the Gold Lions continued to be introduced during this cycle. The cycle lasted for 4 years.

This is one of the few, if not the only set that had both the Black Knights and the Forestmen represented in the set. The list of sets for this cycle may be found in http://brickset.com/brickLists/?170
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1638 own this set, 498 want it.

6105: Medieval Knights

7 reviews
Pieces
41
Minifigs
4
RRP
$6.75
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
Cycle 3 - Castle Theme, Dragon Masters and Wolfpack
Years: 1992 - 1994

The third cycle introduced the Dragon Masters as the supposed good guys, and the Wolfpack as the supposedly villains. Sets containing the Black Knights and the Gold Lions continued to be introduced during this cycle. The cycle lasted for 3 years.

There were few sets with the wolfpack. The list of sets for this cycle may be found in http://brickset.com/bricklists/?185
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1061 own this set, 457 want it.

6079: Dark Forest Fortress

4 reviews
Pieces
464
Minifigs
7
RRP
$50
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail - limited
Instructions
Yes
Notes
Limited release.
Bricklist notes
Cycle 4 - Castle Theme, Royal Knights and Dark Forest
Years: 1995 - 1996

The fourth cycle introduced the Royal Knights as the men in armor, and the Dark Forest as the rogues. Sets containing the Dragon Masters continued to be introduced during this cycle. The cycle lasted for 2 years.

There were few sets with the dark forest, but the largest dark forest set had some Royal Knights as well. The list of sets for this cycle may be found in http://brickset.com/bricklists/?241
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566 own this set, 1031 want it.

6047: Traitor Transport

7 reviews
Pieces
139
Minifigs
3
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Same as 6099-1
Bricklist notes
Cycle 5 - Castle Theme, Fright Knights subtheme
Years: 1997 - 1998

The fifth cycle departed from the norm and introduced only one faction, the Fright Knights. No sets with other factions were introduced during this cycle. However, a small set was included with the first computer chess game. The cycle lasted for just over a year in an effort to be more responsive to the market. Cycles from this point onwards consists of only 1 single subtheme. This cycle also marks the beginning of the end for the Castle theme.

The list of sets for this cycle may be found in http://brickset.com/bricklists/?244 . This is also the last Bricklist that has been made since from this point onwards, each cycle consisted of an individual subtheme.
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773 own this set, 373 want it.

6045: Ninja Surprise

11 reviews
Pieces
112
Minifigs
3
RRP
$13
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Cycle 6 - Castle Theme, Ninja subtheme
Years: 1998 - 1999

The sixth cycle took the them out of its medieval and fantasy roots and introduced an Asian flavour. No sets with other factions were introduced during this cycle. The cycle lasted for just over a year with two distinct waves. This is the penultimate subtheme and cycle.

The list of sets for this cycle may be found in http://brickset.com/browse/themes/?theme=Castle&subtheme=Ninja
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1156 own this set, 434 want it.

6026: King Leo

19 reviews
Pieces
21
Minifigs
2
RRP
$5
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
Cycle 7 - Castle Theme, Knights Kingdom subtheme
Years: 2000

The seventh cycle and the last cycle introduced one subtheme, the Knights Kingdom. Two factions were introduced with this subtheme, the heroic looking King's Knights and the scary looking Bull's Attack. The cycle lasted for a year with only one wave of release. This is the final subtheme that was released for the Castle Theme until the relaunch of the Castle theme 4 years later.

The list of sets for this cycle may be found in http://brickset.com/browse/themes/?theme=Castle&subtheme=Knights%27%20Kingdom%20I
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899 own this set, 323 want it.

8777: Vladek Encounter

18 reviews
Pieces
42
Minifigs
2
RRP
$9, £4.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Notes
Contains minifigures Vladek and Danju.
Bricklist notes
Cycle 8 - Castle Theme, Knights Kingdom II subtheme
Years: 2004 - 2006

The eight cycle relaunched the Castle theme in the new millennium. Like its predecessor there were two separate factions. Due to the popularity of Bionicle, "action figure" sets were introduced together with the minifigure scale sets, most of which had "action features". The cycle lasted for 3 years.

The list of sets for this cycle may be found in http://brickset.com/browse/themes/?theme=Castle&subtheme=Knights%27%20Kingdom%20II
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1372 own this set, 306 want it.