• The Major Lego Castles

    Compiled by stevotherad. Updated 22 May 2011. Contains 14 sets.
    This is a list detailing the best and most important big castles. These sets are almost always the biggest castle set each year. A Major castle is usually defined as being above the $70 price point and including at least 8 minifigs. Exceptions are made for important castle such as 375/6075 castle.

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6075: Castle

Pieces
767
Minifigs
14
RRP
$48
Notes
US only.
Related sets
US version of 375-2
Bricklist notes
The first lego castle set ever and an absolute classic, highly sought after, made before lego produced grey bricks. Also made before lego produced molded horses. Notice the four different shield design. Representative of four different factions. The presenting of different factions is one things that makes older lego castle sets fun. It was brought back by the Fanstasy era, but abandoned with the new Kingdoms theme
(released in Europe as 375 in 1978 and in US as 6075 in 1981)
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430 own this set, 355 want it.

6080: King's Castle

15 reviews
Pieces
674
Minifigs
12
RRP
$52.75
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
The first lego castle to have grey walls. Has 12 minifigs, all from the Lion Knight faction. Opens up to form a long wall, which is similar to 2010's big castle. Ironically, the King's Castle included no king minifigure.
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2368 own this set, 991 want it.

6081: King's Mountain Fortress

19 reviews
Pieces
435
Minifigs
8
RRP
$58
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
First castle to break up the basic square shaped-four wall castle pattern. Instead it was built upon a molded baseplate. This design feature would be echoed in the next few major castles. This set also boasted many small details that its predecessors lacked and that add extra character to the castle. These details include: two trees differing in design, a prison, a mounted crossbow turret (?), a bird, and a ghost. The set also features a queen/princess/maiden minifigure. It included 6 minifigs of the rare Crusader faction, but still no king. :(
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1518 own this set, 936 want it.

6086: Black Knight's Castle

22 reviews
Pieces
588
Minifigs
12
RRP
$85
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
This set is an absolute masterpiece and my personal favorite. I can remember wanting it so bad as a young kid. The thatched yellow wall pieces and the red plates used for the roofs are all nice touches. It includes 10 minifigs of the Black Knight faction (four mountedon horses, four archers, and two spearmen). You also get a ghost and a wolfpack prisoner. This castle is also built upon a molded baseplate. Can someone explain why the Black Knight's castle is nicer that the Black Monarch's?
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1602 own this set, 1126 want it.

6090: Royal Knight's Castle

30 reviews
Pieces
764
Minifigs
11
RRP
$95
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
Finally we get a king! It also includes 8 minifigs of the Royal Knight faction, a skeleton, and a spooky ghost. The design of the castle is among LEGO's best. The various architectural features this set features are similar to real world castle features and make this a cool, essential castle.
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1582 own this set, 1194 want it.

6097: Night Lord's Castle

15 reviews
Pieces
601
Minifigs
8
RRP
$80
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
This set turned the lego castle archetype on it's head. The focal point of this castle is the tower that seems to rise forever. It is remeniscient of Sauron's tower or Orthanc from the LOTR trilogy. Whereas all preceding LEGO castles seemed quaint and welcoming this one has a deliberate foreboding. This set has four Fright Knights, the Witch, a skeleton, the fearsome Batlord, and a lost and scared Royal Kinght.
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1003 own this set, 696 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
The is start of a downturn. It was released when LEGO was losing it's way and extremely juniorized elements were taking the fun and versatality out of LEGO. with a mere 529 pieces for nearly a hundred dollars, this set is a disgrace to the golden ration of 10 cents/piece. Redeeming factors include: the stained-glass window piece, the inclusion of an entire royal family. The inclusion of a battle scene for the first time in a large castle is the main reason this castle is important. The pithy minifigure count (3 Knights Kingdom I knights and 2 Bull Knights plus a skeleton and the royal family) don't help this castle's standing. Probably the worst set on the list.
*release as set 6098 and re-released as set 6091 confoundingly.
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795 own this set, 579 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
This set was the follow up to King Leo's Castle 6098. Acting as the largest set in the Knights Kingdom II series it was not much of an improvement over its 6098. They feature almost the exact same basic design! Both have roughly the same good guys to bad guys count. You get the four multicolored knights that made this theme entirely too stupid for me (I call Knights Kingdom II the "fruity knights"). You also get King Mathias and and the evil Vladek plus one of Vladek's minions and a skeleton. Pro include LEGO use of different mascots besides a Lion (although a Monkey knight is a little amusing) and the ability to change the castle's colors from blue to red depending on who is in control. Price to piece count has improved a little. That's the best thing I can think to say about this lackluster set.
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1114 own this set, 529 want it.

8877: Vladek's Dark Fortress

16 reviews
Pieces
983
Minifigs
9
RRP
$100, £69.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
A great bad guy castle! LEGO had started to regain their stride at this point and this castle is a prime example. The price to piece ration is nearly perfect. The Fruity Knights are still there, but Vladek's knights are some very cool minifigs and almost make up for this (You also get a frowny skeleton!). This castle features cool colors and many awesome features. It is nice to see the table's turned: this time the good guys have a siege engine.
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1348 own this set, 782 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 6091/6098. Also called "Royal King's Castle". Later repackaged with an extra mini-figure included.
Bricklist notes
This set is supposed to be a redoing of Royal Knight's Castle 6090, but looks more like King Leo's Castle 6098 and The Castle of Morcia 8781 to me. The main thing that 10176 and 6090 have in common are color scheme. This set delivers on minifigs and piece count however and should not be discounted for false advertising or lack of originality. The printed armor used on the the knights is cool and you get a blacksmith, wizard, king, and dog figure as well as two bad guys. The faction represented appears to be the mid-nineties' Royal Knights with the inclusion also of the Dragon Knights' wizard. It is hard to say which theme exactly this set belongs to since it mixes faction and was release in the years of Knights Kingdom II. It seems to, like most LEGO exlcusives, to stand alone in its own theme.
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806 own this set, 962 want it.

7094: King's Castle Siege

29 reviews
Pieces
973
Minifigs
10
RRP
$99.99, £73.39
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
A return to form for LEGO castle. The fantasy era is the best incarnation of the castle theme since the early nineties (and some would say it outclasses even that). This theme is clearly inspired by Tolkien and other fantasy worlds. the first run pitted the Crown Knights against a dark wizard and his skeleton army, you know, normal Fantasy stuff. Anyway, this castle returns to the four wall design. The look of this castle is immaculate and the dark blues and gold highlights look. You get a king, two archers, two regular knights, an armored knight, an armored skeleton, a black skeleton, two regular skeletons, and a dragon! They many and varied minifigs are one of the factors that make this castle among the best.
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2663 own this set, 1541 want it.