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April 2010
Rapunzel's Tower
Bruce 30 IV 10

If you're on Flickr at all you can hardly avoid the work of Jordan "SirNadroj" Schwartz. His incredibly prolific output touches on about every theme except maybe NXT. One of his most recent offerings is his Rapunzel's Tower. The round tower is based on a design by Deborah Higdon and the top level is modeled after Peles Castle in Romania.

Jordan is an admin over at the Builders Lounge and, since he lives in Rhode Island, plans to join NELUG when he turns 18 later this year (yes, for all his output and building experience, Jordan is a TFOL). His work can be found on Flickr, Brickshelf, MOCpages and on his personal site Brickstud.

2010 LEGO Kingdoms Official Pictures
Ben E. 26 IV 10

Steve Witt has been kind enough to provide Classic-Castle with official box pictures of the new Kingdom sets. Check out the new sets and new pieces!

Discuss the pictures here!

Weekly Set Re-Review: Skeleton and Ghost
Ben E. 25 IV 10

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 970661 Skeleton and Ghost (for Amusement Park Set).

Skeleton and Ghost (for Amusement Park Set) was released in 2002. This Dacta set is a supplemental pack for the educational Amusement Park Set. It contains more skeletons and ghosts than any other set.

Predjama Castle
Bruce 22 IV 10

Predjama Castle, near Postojna in southwestern Slovenia, is set in one of the most unique locations I've seen for a castle. Built into and under a recess in a looming cliff wall, this castle is protected on two sides and above from attack. There's even a natural cave, since enlarged, leading away from the castle to a series of caves, which allowed for resupply in the case of a siege. Since Neven Cintauer comes from Slovenia, this was a natural subject for him to render in LEGO form. He writes that it is one of the most renowned castles in Slovenia, and looking at the pictures it is obvious why this is so.

Neven is an AFOL from Slovenia who has been building with LEGO since he was four. He's always loved the Castle theme, and is now studying history at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Maribor, so his hobby and his studies come together. His next plans are to build another Slovenian castle in mini scale. Neven is a member of Kocke Klub (Brick Club), a Slovenian LEGO group, where he is known as 'Legolas'. All of his MOCs can be found in his Brickshelf gallery.

Weekly Set Review: King's Battle Chariot
Ben E. 18 IV 10

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 7078 King's Battle Chariot.

King's Battle Chariot was released in 2009 for the Crown Knights. The king and his royal guard ride out to battle two trolls in their single horse drawn chariot.

Various accessories such as glaives, shields, flags, treasure, and a chrome gold sword are included. This is the first Castle set to include a pearl gold treasure chest and the giant wagon wheel in reddish brown.

Nate Nielsen: nnenn
Bruce 14 IV 10

As you may have read, Nate Nielsen, known generally as nnenn recently passed away. While he is primarily known for his innovative space MOCs, he did build in other themes, including some castle. All of his creations can be found on Flickr and Brickshelf.

Alamut Gate
Bruce 7 IV 10

Dita Svelte is an AFOL from Sydney, Australia. He lives in a two-room flat, and one room is completely overrun with LEGO. Over an extended weekend for the Easter holiday, he was inspired by the new Persia sets and the Grand Emporium. He originally considered doing a Persian version of the Grand Emporium, but was inspired by a visit three years ago to Jaipur, India:

"I remembered an incredible experience in India walking through one of these giant fort arches, looking up at the receding curve of the stonework, and watching the colour of light on stone change as I walked from one end to another. It was magical. I still get goosebumps from that memory, so the idea was to recreate that feeling with the central arch which seems to visually recede as you approach."

Add to that some additional touches inspired by the Taj Mahal and other Islamic architecture, and he came up with the Alamut Gate. He plans on doing more in this theme, as soon as he can stock up on more tan and dark tan elements. He's really excited about how several new offerings from LEGO will affect Castle builders - Kingdoms, Harry Potter, and most particularly Prince of Persia and the new curved arch element. As he put it, "Let the Crusades begin!"

Dita is a member of Eurobricks and all of his MOCs can be found in his Flickr stream.

Weekly Set Re-Review: Castle Mini-Figures
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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 0016 Castle Mini-Figures.

This pack of three minifigures was released by Samsonite in Canada, probably in 1981. It is extremely rare and includes two set 383 soldiers and one 677 soldier. The castle pack was released concurrently with 0016 Space and 0016 Town minifigure packs.

Castle Brloh
Bruce 2 IV 10

Members of, a Czech LEGO group, are currently displaying their work at Roztoky Manor, near Prague. Their work will be there through June, so if you're anywhere in the area this would be good to check out. One of the excellent MOCs you will see is Linhi's Castle Brloh. This translates to "Castle Burrow" or "Castle Den." This MOC is not based on one specific castle, but is inspired by features of a variety of Czech and Moravian castles, and is set in the 15th or 16th century. For the display, fellow AFOL Aki brought in a besieging army to bring the scene alive.

Ondřej Linhart, or Linhi, is an AFOL from the Czech Republic and a member of Kostky. His work is found in his Brickshelf gallery. Aki is another member of Kostky, but you may know him by the name Bohuslav III, his username here at CC. His work can be found in his Brickshelf gallery.

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