The beautiful Forest Chapel is from a bygone era of architecture, evidenced by the arches, windows, doors, faded gold bell and rope, worn pathways, vine-clad tower, and lanterns. The sturdy structure of the chapel has both a well-built, angled roof, and smooth walls. Under its removable roofs, it contains rows and rows of pews inside, pulpit, decorative cross with crown atop, doors, desk with chair and candle, and bookcase. Surrounding the building are pretty trees, fountain, chain fence with opening gate, and the tall tower topped with a stony cross. This is an example of ancient European history, when church buildings such as this were commonplace in villages and towns during the 16th and 17th centuries. If you are a LEGO fan, history expert, or a lover of ancient architecture, this is a creation for you.
When The LEGO Group patented the LEGO Minifigure in 1978, the friendly little LEGO people came in dozens of brand new products, in three themes: Town, Space, and Castle. The third of those three was led by this set: 375 Castle. The classic yellow brick-sterpiece marked the dawn of one of the largest themes ever produced by LEGO. Composed of 767 pieces, this set had 14 minifigures hailing from 4 different factions all arriving just in time for the joust that was sure to take place, with their brick-built horses, lances, and shields, and being clad in helments and bright, colorful breastplates.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of his esteemed castle, the King of the Purple Crown has called for a joust and celebration!
His best knight, and three of the greatest knights from afar, have come hither to recreate the celebrated jousts from days of yore. Each one accompanied by their own trusty squire. Who will win this time? You decide!
The castle comes in at just around 1000 pieces, perfect for a $100 set (And could easily be knocked down a notch or two)
Features 4 knights, 4 squires, a guard, and an archer, each with alternate faces and alternate armor and weapons for the knights (and don’t forget the horses, too!)
Raise and lower the castle drawbridge using the winch on the side of the battlements! (String for the drawbridge not shown)
Modeled lovingly after castles of antiquity, but using modern construction materials!
The inside of the castle features a path, a well, weapon and armor racks, and a tilt barrier for the joust!
Click here for a gif animation of the castle (WARNING: Large file)
Here is the beautiful mountaintop stronghold! Alluded to in the Riverside Castle post, this amazing landscape features a huge field with trees and waterfall spilling into a lake. Walk up the steps to the castle, open the gates and check out all of the rooms and features! There is a prison, lord’s weapons room, planning room, armory (with ladders to the underground blacksmith shop with light-up furnace), several catapults, 12 minifigures, removable castle sections, and much more!
This is the ultimate Chima fortress: the Ancient Chima Stronghold! With eight minifigures, Eagle and Raven Scout Flyers, Wolf and Croc Bikes, and Gorilla Tank, this octagonal mountain fortress features underground protected Chi cache with vehicle garage, opening Chi-powered portcullis, working elevator, firing turrets, weapons rack, and more! Continue reading →
“While the camera quality isn’t supreme, the magnificence and the beauty of this cliff-top castle is still captured. Unfortunately, I didn’t take enough pictures to fully show off all the features; but, as you can see, I did include a huge dragon and a dozen or so minifigures.Continue reading →
Along with a few extra minifigures, makeshift houses, and slightly altered Knights’ Kingdom II and Kingdoms sets, the horse-driven catapult rumbles into battle as the Lion Knights give weapons to the villagers and chase the frightened Dragon Knights out of town.
“This giant catapult was created for a Lego contest several years ago in which I was required to build (can you guess?) something to defend a village. You also might notice a clever use of slope bricks to simulate the female minifigure running in a dress.” – Brickster_Tim