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September 2007
Castle Team: The New Role of Fan Feedback
Ben E. 22 IX 07

My name is Ben Ellermann and I am a huge LEGO Castle fan! This article will tell you how several lifelong Castle builders and I contributed to the new castle line.

I first joined the LEGO Ambassadors in Spring 2006. Soon I found out that a group of Ambassadors, a Certified Professional, and fans had just started working with LEGO to help develop ideas for the latest Castle line in 2007. Knowing that my involvement at gave me a good idea of what fans were looking for, I asked to join the team. Our team included: Nathan Wells, Paul Janssen, Robin Sather, Johannes Koehler, Luis Baixinho, David Tabner, Lenny Hoffman, and Andrzej "Shaggie" Szlaga.

Check out the rest of the article and fan prototype images on LEGOfan. You can ask questions and leave comments in this thread.

Weekly Set Re-Review: Black Monarch's Castle
Ben E. 10 IX 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 6085 Black Monarch’s Castle.

Black Monarch’s Castle, released in 1988, was the first LEGO castle with black walls. It has a main gate tower, drawbridge, portcullis, two archer towers, and a jail. Four knights on horseback, four archers, four soldiers, and various accessories are included.

Alternate Model Review: Twin Arm Launcher
Ben E. 2 IX 07

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

This week’s set is 6039 Twin Arm Launcher.

Twin Arm Launcher was released in 1988 and has three alternate models. The first model features a knight practicing tilting against a quintain. Next there is a chariot carrying supplies during a march. Finally, two siege workers operate their war machine which fires flaming bolts at the enemy.

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