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November 2004
Weekly Set Review: Sea Serpent
Ben E. 27 XI 04

Join the weekly Classic Castle set review discussion. Please post your opinions on the set play ability, piece selection, design, etc. Which sets stand up to our catapult of critique and which ones crumble in shame!

This week’s set is 6057 Sea Serpent.

Sea Serpent, released in 1992, is the largest LEGO Castle ship. The set comes with 3 Black Knight's men: a rower, a crossbowman, and a soldier. Two Black Falcon's, an archer and a soldier, are also included along with various accessories.


Falcons' Impregnable Rock
Bruce N. H. 24 XI 04

Kai Gerkens didn't start out as a castle fan. This German AFOL was first attracted to LEGO when he and his college roommate built robots using Mindstorms and Technic sets in 2001. To get more, he bought some large lots of LEGO on E-bay, with the intention of keeping the Technic and selling off the system sets, until a castle set caught his eye. Instead of selling this off, he started collecting castle sets as well, and has been building castle MOCs for the past year or so. His creations can be found on his website, gerkens.org, or on his MOCpages page, including his recent Falcons' Impregnable Rock. He said he draws his inspiration from official castle sets and MOCs by such builders as Jojo, Stephen Wroble, and Dan Siskind. In addition to Classic-Castle.com, Kai is also a member of Lugnet, Bricklink, and MOCpages.


Weekly Set Review: King's Mountain Fortress
Ben E. 20 XI 04

Join the weekly Classic Castle set review discussion. Please post your opinions on the set play ability, piece selection, design, etc. Which sets stand up to our catapult of critique and which ones crumble in shame!

This week’s set is 6081 King's Mountain Fortress.

King's Mountain Fortress, released in 1990, was the first Crusader castle on a raised baseplate. It has a gate tower with a drawbridge and two doors. The main tower has a jail, trap door, and duel crossbow firing station on the top battlements. Two mounted knights, an axeman, a spearman, two crossbowmen, a lady, a ghost, and many accessories are included.


More Entries Arrive
Ben E. 18 XI 04

This past week has brought another good batch of contest entries in all categories. One example is this Soldier Transport built by CC member Blue and White which uses snot wall construction. Other categories, like Medieval Ships have jumped from one or two entries to having half a dozen or more!


Custom Set Archives
Ben E. 15 XI 04

Check out the updated Custom Set Archives section of Classic-Castle. These are unofficial fan created castle sets and are not sponsored, authorized, or endorsed by The LEGO Group.

Click on a year to see thumbnails of that year's custom sets. Click a set name or thumbnail to go to that set's individual archive page. The archive pages include a written description, images, a link to the creator's website, piece counts, and prices.


Weekly Set Review: Blacksmith Shop
Ben E. 13 XI 04

Join the weekly Classic Castle set review discussion. Please post your opinions on the set play ability, piece selection, design, etc. Which sets stand up to our catapult of critique and which ones crumble in shame!

This week’s set is 6040 Blacksmith Shop.

Blacksmith Shop, released in 1984 for the Lion knights, was the first modular castle shop. Along with 6061 Siege Tower, this set could increase the size and change the shape of your 6073 Knight's Castle or 6080 King's Castle.

It has a horse, a forge, an anvil, a blacksmith, and various tools. A Lion axeman guards the top of the wall. Rare pieces such as the brown cape and pitchfork can be found in this set. Instructions are included for a tower and cart alternate model.


Skeletal Balrog
Bruce N. H. 11 XI 04

I don't usually think of Shaun Sullivan as a castle guy. A quick perusal of his Brickshelf gallery will show that most of his past building has been in WWII military, Star Wars, and train creations. He does have some castle and landscaping creations, though, built for Brikwars games. He recently hosted a horror-themed Brikwars game, set in a large Victorian mansion (discuss that creation here). One obstacle in this game was a skeletal Balrog. He said that it is very posable and relatively sturdy. This creation really shows how all of those odd bits that we castle types sometimes ignore can play roles we hadn't considered.

Shaun is a member of Lugnet and NELUG. He announced his Brikington Manor and skeletal Balrog on Lugnet. Check out the Brikwars site to learn more about brick-based gaming.


Contest Entries Fly In
Ben E. 10 XI 04

The Colossal Castle Contest II entries page is up and running. Most categories already have multiple entries submitted. Go to the link above, select a category from the pull down menu, and click go! The glider pictured above will be entered by Yaron Dori into the Da Vinci category. Ask questions about submitting entries here.


LEGO Factory
Bruce N. H. 10 XI 04

Jake McKee announced the new LEGO Factory. This contest allows young and old fans to design micro scaled town buildings on LEGO Digital Designer. Ten lucky fans will have their designs turned into sets. There are many other prizes as well. Discuss this news here.


Weekly Set Review: Castle Mini-Figures
Ben E. 6 XI 04

Join the weekly Classic Castle set review discussion. Please post your opinions on the set play ability, piece selection, design, etc. Which sets stand up to our catapult of critique and which ones crumble in shame!

This week’s set is 15 Castle Mini-Figures.

This six pack of figures was one of two sets released in 1983. 15 is one of the most rare castle sets and was released in the United States. The set features four knights and two soldiers with accessories. Similar knights and soldiers can be found in sets 383 and 677.

Evidence of this set can only be found in catalogs so there is some debate on the leg and hip colors of these figures. LEGO does not have a copy of this set in their "vault" at Billund.


Diet of Worms
Bruce N. H. 2 XI 04

Johannes Koehler is better known as Jojo in AFOL circles. In addition to his vast knowledge of LEGO history and his love of the Black Falcons, Jojo has brought us many great castle MOCs, such as his Castle Falckenstein, his cathedral and his mill. For the past three years, he has celebrated Reformation Day by creating scenes from the life of Martin Luther. This year he illustrates the Diet of Worms, when Luther was called to defend his teachings before Emperor Charles V.

In addition to Classic-Castle, Jojo is a member of Lugnet and 1000Steine.de. Check out more of Jojo's creations on his website, his Brickshelf gallery and his



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