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Castle 2016?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:50 am
by Lord_Ashenwyte
I was browsing Eurobricks today and I happened to find a topic which said that there would be a new castle theme next year.
Here's the post:
Recently we learned that there will be no Castle sets in 2015. Knowing this, I went to my local Lego store and tracked down the store manager. I asked him if he knew if there were any Castle related products coming out that he knew of, and, to my surprise, he did. He said that Lego had sent him a memo recently that said they were working on a new Castle line due out late 2015- Mid 2016 at the latest.

When I asked him what kind of Castle theme it would be, he said "It's a lot like the Castle theme from a few years ago, the one with the Dwarves and Trolls." I believe that this is referring to the 2007-2009 Castle line. He also said that the current Castle line will receive no further products and should be off the shelves soon.

I am not sure if this is true, but it sounded like it was and the man seemed to know what was going on at Lego.


So yeah. If it is true this year will be a tragedy for my wallet. :D

Please discuss!

Re: Castle 2016?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:05 am
by Brickninja
I really hope this is true. It would be great to get another more serious line.

Re: Castle 2016?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:39 am
by Lord_Ashenwyte
Hopefully we get new emblems and dwarves and trolls .:orc: Also, if it has a brick built dragon I'll be happier than a happy person should be.

Re: Castle 2016?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:58 am
by RedBrick
Makes sense in regard of the tolkien-lines being discontinued and the habit that they sneak-peek upcoming series with their collectable minifigs-line... I hope the rumor gets real. Would be fantastic! :)

Re: Castle 2016?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:24 pm
by rogue27
I have no doubt that the 2013 Castle line will receive no new products. It's been idle for all of 2014 and there is no sign of anything this year either. It's only natural that the next castle line would be a new series.

However, without knowing the credibility of the source, I'd say that the rumor of the new theme sounds too much like wishful thinking. It would be nice if it is true though. The fantasy-era Castle line was one of the largest and longest running themes in decades, seemed fairly popular within the fan community, and spawned a lot of great sets including the Medieval Market Village.

The rumor seems fairly reasonable based on how LEGO tends to design their themes lately. Humans versus monsters. Space Police III, Alien Conquest, Galaxy Squad, Monster Fighters, Atlantis, etc. It's like they don't trust children to use their imagination anymore; the bad guys have to be obvious now. I guess Trolls make sense for that.

Re: Castle 2016?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:40 pm
by Lord_Ashenwyte
This is probably false, but it might be true. If it is true, hopefully it takes some cues from the early LOTR wave and not be made for little kids, though this is just wishful thinking.

Re: Castle 2016?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:46 pm
by Bluesecrets
I would take that information you were given as a rumor. There have been so many reports that store employees have told people that may or may not be true.

Basically, be hopeful, but don't count it as 100% accurate. What I've heard and seen doesn't lend itself to that rumor being true, but you never know sometimes out of no where pops up a line we had no idea about.

Would it be nice? Sure any castle would be nice. But I would hope for more civilian type sets again verses more fantasy stuff.

Re: Castle 2016?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:02 pm
by Bruce N H
I have to agree that I highly distrust the source. I wouldn't imagine someone at a retail outlet would have much advanced notice on what is going on in the design phase. Sure, when they've got the product line ready to go they start letting stores know (e.g. at Toy Fair, though obviously LEGO stores would also have a direct line), but before that those things would stay inside Billund.

On the other hand, I trust the conclusion, as it seems highly probable that after castle goes dormant for a year it will come back again with a new subtheme.

Bruce

Re: Castle 2016?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 2:54 am
by Kev
It certainly makes sense. I can't imagine 2 years with no lego castles.

I'd guess the only reason why nothing's out this year is due to the supposed cancellation of the Hobbit's third wave/second half of the second wave).

Re: Castle 2016?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:12 am
by RedBrick
Perhaps due to moving designers from one theme to the other and - so I hope - to give them enough time to work out a decent new concept and not just a half-a*** followup to a half-a*** line :wink:

Re: Castle 2016?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:59 pm
by Wilfred of Ivanhoe
Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! I REALLY want this rumor to be true! :lol: This would be right up my alley! ...I know it is realistically a bit of a ling shot, but I will chose to hope that it will be true. Please be true.

Re: Castle 2016?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:28 pm
by Jaffleman
Would they run castle alongside pirates? Assuming pirates is continuing next year.

And If it is true we are getting goblins and what not, I can see it being a LOTR type line just without the licensing fees (so many dwarf and elf parts out now I'd be surprised if they didn't use them).

Not being a fan of the fantasy stuff, I'm hoping for a 3 faction series where there are no predetermined good or evil factions. One thing I disliked about the last two offerings was the dragons had to be the bad guys.

I know some of you prefer the good vs evil thing but as a kid, the Crusaders were the bad guys one day, the Falcons the next. Having that good/evil stereotype takes that aspect of imaginativity away. Lego is a brand built on imagination.

And speaking of factions, who do you think will be represented? So disappointed we didn't see any more Falcons after joust. Was hoping it was a sign of things to come.

And what new parts will we see? The new king crown? The new egyptian warrior shield? I really hope so.

Re: Castle 2016?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:45 pm
by Bluesecrets
Would they run castle alongside pirates? Assuming pirates is continuing next year.


Pirates will probably be a one and gone. And I don't see why they wouldn't run it against each other. It's been done before.

Re: Castle 2016?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:30 pm
by andhe
I think without doubt we can say that Castle WILL return in some shape or form. It always does, and seems to be one of TLG's mainstays (alongside Pirates and Space I think?).

I think Chima is due to wrap up this year, so that clears a bit of space on the retail shelves for 2016.

I'd love to see TLG use all the ideas and parts these had for the LOTR/Hobbit theme but in a non-licensed classic theme. The Fantasy era stuff was what brought me out of my 'dark-age' (that and a stressful job and the need to escape reality...) so I'd love to see a return to that world of trolls dwarves and dare I say... elves?

Re: Castle 2016?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:46 pm
by AK_Brickster
I'd actually be OK if the next castle theme was 100% non-human. I would take a Trolls vs. Dwarves vs. Elves line All. Day. Long.

Plus, that would probably help to save us from yet another lion or dragon faction. :spin: