The Knights are back

Or at least a LEGO Ideas user wants them to be…

I really liked the LEGO knights brand. It was a very nostalgic collection with a grew up with with a lot of fans and a vast world. Unfortunately LEGO replaced it with the NEXUS Knights brand, were we can see futuristic knights on steroids.

According to the LEGO 2016 report, the NEXUS brand is doing well but I sincerely miss a medieval theme. I want bows, arrows and swords, not Knights with laser guns controlling super robots… It seems that LEGO is evolving all the brands giving them a futuristic aspect (we already have super mech ninjas and powers swords and mega lasers) losing the themes that made success in the past like Pirates and Knights and with which most of the AFOLs grew up with… The piece of resistance would be a 23rd century Pirates theme… I probably kill someone…

Enough said, lets concentrate in the Ideas project, that, at least, tries to resurrect some awesome ideas.

This time I bring you the Kingdoms Modular Castle Creator, an interesting idea brought by the LEGO Ideas user mkalkwarf. With some modular sets, construct the Castle of your dreams.

This is actually a very nice business Idea. I’m seeing LEGO selling different sets each one will build different parts of the cast. An the final results are incredible.

The user created a promotion videos that explains the ideas and shows the potential of the idea.

At the time of this post the Ideas project has about 1800 supporters. If you are a Castle fan like I am, just access the LEGO Ideas page of the project and click the Support button. This is an idea that might bring the Castle theme back to the shelfs.

You can also check the Youtube Channel where there are several videos explaining the project and the possible combinations.

The History of the LEGO Big Figures

A Big Figure is basically a big sized LEGO minifigure, normally with no points of movement and no customisation. This means that we cannot swap heads, torso or legs.

The first Big figure was released with the set Lego 4950: The Loader-Dozer in 1999 from the ROCK RAIDERS theme. The first Big figure was a Rock Monster, a figure that only moved the right arm.

Lego-4950- The Loader-Dozer

We then had to wait 8 years until the next big figure was release in 2007. The big figure was a Giant Troll from the set Lego 7036: Dwarves’ Mine.

Lego-Giant-Troll

Several variations of this Troll were made, 5 to be exact, all between 2007 and 2009.

In 2009, in a upgrade to the ROCK RAIDERS theme, the Power Miners, 3 new big figures were made. They were called Geolix, Tremorox and Eruptor. These big figures were different from the previous because they had a translucid body.

Lego-Geolix-Tremorox-Eruptorr

Next in line were several big figures from IPs that Lego acquired over the years like Star Wars, Marvel, DC, TMNT, Moana, Harry Potter and Lord of the rings. In the list are big figures like Wampa (Star Wars), Cave Troll (LOTR), Goblin King (LOTR), Rancor (Star Wars), Green Goblin (Marvel), Darkseid (DC), Gorilla Grodd (DC), Thanos (Marvel), Killer Croc (DC), Hulk (Marvel), Red Hulk (Marvel), Dogpound (TMNT), Leatherhead (TMNT), Troll (Harry Potter) and Maui (Moana).

Lego-Wampa-Darkseid-Cave-Troll

From all of the previous, most of them shared the same body although there were some exceptions like Dogpound (TMNT) and Harry Potter’s Troll that had a minifigure head and a full one piece custom body with something that is not common in a LEGO figure: clothes.

Lego-Harry-Potter-Troll

From the LEGO brands there were only 2 more Big Figures: Dogshank (Ninjago) and Mungus (Chima).

Lego-Dogshank-and-Mungus

In resume, almost all the latest big figures that LEGO released share the same base (excluding a couple of exceptions): fixed torso with custom fixed head, removable arms and fixed legs in the same position walking position.

It’s and interesting type of figure, but the lack of customisation and movement makes it an uninteresting piece of LEGO. I would prefer a big size version of a minifigure where we could change the head, torso and legs and interchange parts. But, for most of these figures, it’s the only representation of them in the LEGO world, so they basically a need to have.

Remembering the old LEGO comercials

In this first day of 2017, let’s make a trip down the memory lane. Found this 3 videos in youtube with some old LEGO and LEGO Star Wars commercials.

Do you remember any of them? I actually remember some of one’s that aired in the final of the 80’s, maybe because I loved the pirates theme.

New Castle Minifigures

The ones that follow the LEGO Den know that I only collect minifigures. Of course I make some rare exceptions, especially with Star Wars.

My collection was mostly collectable minifigures, where i started. At the moment, I also collect Star War, Marvel and DC minifigures where i’m starting to have a very nice collection.

But there is a whole world of minifigures that catch my attention. I don’t actively search for good businesses, but when a opportunity arrises I usually take it. That is the case of LEGO Castle, Pirates, Chima and Ninjago.

Today i’m going to talk about the Castle series, one of the childhood passions.

Castle is a very old love. When i was little my parents offered me the Black Falcons Fortress with which i played and destroyed almost all the minifigures. Recently, from the deeps of the parents house, i dug my old LEGO parts and rebuilt the Fortress.

Black Falcons Fortress

Since then, i’m always checking if there are good deals. That’s what happened with the 2 battle packs i bought in the LEGO shop, the last 2 Caste battlepacks launched by LEGO in 2013: the Blue Lion Knights and the Red Dragon Knights.

Lego Castle Minifigures

I almost cry when i search the web and find the awesome battle packs that were launched in the past. Full of unique minifigures ideal for any collection.

According to what I’ve researched, Castle was already rebooted several times. It has been called Knights’ Kingdom, Knights’ Kingdom II or simply Kingdoms. It had dozens of factions including sorcerers, thiefs, forest men, dragon knights, orcs or even samurais. Unfortunately, in our days, there are more interesting themes for younger audiences like Ninjago or Chima. This might be the reason why LEGO has discontinued all the Castle sets. But there is still one available, a Blue Lion Knights battle pack. Or at least it was available because now its marked as sold out. So I think this is the unannounced end of the Castle era.

Regarding my collection, beside this 2 battle packs I only have about half a dozen or so Castle minifigures. I will certainly grow my collection but only if good businesses appear. Because, According to my searches in Bricklink, the cost of the battle packages is HUGE!!! Typically about 5 times their buy value…

Wrapping up, I hope this collection returns in the future. Not only this theme is part of the LEGO history, but well explored this theme can be a huge success, specially among Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs).