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The Crossing
Bruce N. H. 29 V 07

Daniel Major, or ApophisV, is an AFOL from Aachen, Germany. He started with Castle and Space LEGO in the late eighties, and aside from a dark age in the latter nineties, has been building ever since. He builds across themes but has an interest in historical MOCs. The Crossing, originally intended as an entry in the bridge category of the CCC4, was loosely based on some pictures of other stone bridges. He wrote that he didn't build with a backstory in mind; his creations start out as static scenes but gain life as he adds figures and details. In this scene the mongolian trader was added at the last minute as "filler," but became his favorite part of the MOC.

Daniel's creations can be found in his Brickshelf gallery and his website. He's an admin at Eurobricks and a member of, in addition to lurking on most of the other major forums.

Brickworld Castle Building Challenge
Steve Witt 27 V 07

BrickWorld will feature the first ever LEGO Castle Building Challenge. Upon entry to the event all registered attendees will be able to enter a drawing for one of twenty spots in the challenge. The challenge will involve the twenty participants speed building the 7093 Skeleton Tower with the winner taking home a 7094 King’s Castle Siege.

The nineteen people who didn’t win the Speed build will then be able to compete in a Master-Build event to earn one last 7094 King’s Castle Siege. The master build will involve the participants to use the parts from the 7093 Skeleton Tower to build a creation from a theme that will be given at the time (ex: spaceship, train, etc.).

I hope to see lots of folks involved and cheering on their friends. The competition will take place on Friday Afternoon with the drawing happening right before the event occurs. Hope to see you there!

Steve Witt
LEGO Community Team

LEGO Castle Contest - Winning Entries!
CC Contest Team 23 V 07

Congratulations to all of the winners in the LEGO Castle Contest! Your creations show the finest that Classic Castle has to offer. Thank you to everyone who entered the contest.

The scores were very close so we have provided an Honorable Mention for the top entries in each category that did not win. Please contact Ben Ellermann if you have won a category so we can ship out the prizes!

Discuss the winner's here.

Green Samurai
Bruce N. H. 19 V 07

NickGreat, an AFOL from Singapore, has always loved minifigs, and as a kid he came up with his own Darth Vader using official elements. About three years ago he was inspired by the work of "Kaminoan" Jared Burks, "Red Bean" Isaac Yue and "Blasterman" Jeff Byrd to try some real customizing. Some of his most exciting work is his team of multicolored Samurai, coming in red, black, white and now green. His Black Samurai won the custom fig category in our most recent CCC and his Red was a runner-up in CCC 2. He describes his most recent work in detail in our forum.

NickGreat's work can be found in his Brickshelf gallery and on his MOCpage. In addition to our forum, he is an active member of the Minifig Customization Network and Singapore 0937 Fanatics Group.

Exclusive Set Review: 7094 King's Castle Siege
Ben E. 17 V 07

I have been fortunate enough to receive an early copy of 7094 King's Castle Siege for review. Thank you to Steve Witt and the LEGO Community Team for providing sets to review.

Check out the in depth reviews of each modular wall section, play features, design flaws, and accessories. Please post your questions and comments in the forum thread.

Fabyan Windmill
Bruce N. H. 15 V 07

Matt De Lanoy, aka Pepa Quin, is an AFOL from Bolingbrook, Illinois. He's been building with LEGO ever since receiving a set from his aunt when he was 5 or 6. Recently, NILTC, the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club, decided to incorporate historic buildings from Geneva, Illinois, where they were presenting a display at the town's History Center. Matt chose to recreate the Fabyan Windmill. The display was a great success, with over 2000 visitors to the center over two days. Matt's windmill, and the original for comparison, can be seen in detail in this gallery and the moving blades can be seen in action in this video.

In addition to belonging to NILTC, Matt posts most often on FBTB, under the name PepaQuin, and less often on Lugnet. His creations can be found in his Brickshelf gallery and on his MOCpage. He is also one of the coordinators of the upcoming Brickworld fest.

Order Castle Sets on Shop at Home!
Ben E. 14 V 07

All of the new 2007 Castle sets are available for order or preorder on LEGO Shop at Home. Some have already appeared at retail stores in Europe.

7090 Crossbow Attack
7091 Knight's Catapult Defense
7009 The Final Joust
7092 Skeletons' Prison Carriage
7093 Skeleton Tower
7094 King's Castle Siege

Discuss buying the new sets here.

Element Review: 7094 King's Castle Siege
Ben E. 13 V 07

I have been fortunate enough to receive an early copy of 7094 King's Castle Siege for review. This first review will focus on the new and useful elements found in the latest castle. A review of the set design, modularity, and play features will come soon.

Check out the article which focuses on castle architectural elements, pieces in new colors, minifigures, and accessories. Post your questions and comments in the forum thread.

Weekly Set Re-Review: Guarded Treasury
Ben E. 6 V 07

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 6094 Guarded Treasury.

Guarded Treasury was released in 2000 for Knight's Kingdom. A Bull's archer is prevented from robbing the treasury by falling axes and stones. The soldier guards the archer in the jail. Various accesssories are included.

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