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Elves theme
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We haven't discussed it much, but one of the themes upcoming in the new year is Elves. This line will feature minidolls and wild colors, and also lots of interesting new pieces or pieces in new colors. So what do you all think? Will you incorporate these sets into your castle worlds? Or do you see them as completely separate? Share your thoughts in our forum.


Battle of the Castle Sets: 7187 vs 70402
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Two sets enter the arena, only one can emerge victorious! 2011 set 7187, Escape from the Dragon's Prison, versus 2013 set 70402, The Gatehouse Raid. Which castle set reigns supreme? Vote and share your thoughts on these two sets.


Grimm's Fairy Stories
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Verana Schaden and Thomas Muskovich are two austrian AFOLs who are very active in the forum LGOe - LEGO® Gemeinschaft Österreich. They wanted to come up with a MOC that would be relatively easy to bring to fan events, and they came up with the idea of a book that opens up to reveal the stories inside. The book then folds shut for storage and shipping. And what better subject matter than Grimm's Fairy Tales? Do you recognize them all? No fair following the link and seeing the list of included stories. You can see this along with Verana and Thomas' other MOCs on their personal site Brick.at or on Flickr and then discuss it in our forum.


Happy Thanksgiving
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For all our readers that are celebrating Thanksgiving, we hope you have a wonderful day. For those of you outside the US, we hope you have a wonderful also. :D This scene is by Ewokologist.


Giantslayer
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Earlier this year, Dwalin Forkbeard posted this great little scene, Giantslayer, based on Gotrek and Felix in the Warhammer books and games. See this along with Dwalin Forkbeard's other MOCs in his Flickr stream and then discuss it in our forum.


Blue Lion Palace
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Pocky is one of the adminstrators of the Pockyland forum in Taiwan. He recently posted this beautiful Blue Lion Palace. You can read more about Pocky and Rack and their forum in this Hispabrick article. Or, if you can read Mandarin, go straight to the Pockyland forum. Check this out, along with other completely amazing MOCs, in his Flickr stream and then discuss it in our forum.


LEGO Lord of the Rings
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Join the 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 is something different. Let's look at a line as a whole. Over the last several months, we've taken a look at all of the LEGO Lord of the Rings sets (I've included links to each individual set review thread here). The rumor is that we won't see any more Lord of the Rings sets (though has this ever been confirmed by LEGO?). So, at the end of the run, what is your overall impression? What were the high and low points? What other sets did they miss out on including? Give your thoughts on the line as a whole.


Remember, remember the Sith of November
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Yesterday was Guy Fawkes Day, when the English celebrate the disruption of the Gunpowder Plot. In 1605 Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators placed explosives beneath the House of Lords, intending to destroy Parliament and assassinate King James I. Nick Sweetman celebrated with this theme mash-up, Remember, remember the Sith of November. Check this out along with all of Nick's MOCs on Flickr, and then discuss it in our forum.


CC Set Review: Lord of the rings promos, polybags and gear
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This week's review is a little different. Over the past few months we've walked through all of the Lord of the Rings sets. Let's finish this off with the promotions and polybags, as well as other items.

30210, Frodo with cooking corner, shows a hobbit in his main environment, surrounded by food. This polybag was given away as a promo item in various ways (with the purchase of other LEGO sets in one promotion, along with a newspaper in England), and was also for sale in certain stores.

30211, Uruk-Hai with ballista, would be a great army builder if you could get it in any numbers. Like the Frodo set this was mainly available as a promotional giveaway, but was for sale in some stores.

Elrond's figure was a giveaway for those who pre-ordered the LEGO Lord of the Rings video game.

In addition to these, LEGO also sold keychains of Gandalf, Gimli, Frodo, and an orc. There was a set of three magnets - Frodo, Sam and a Nazgul - and another stand-alone magnet of Frodo (sometimes paired with young Bilbo).

I suppose I should include in this list, just to be completist, a promo conducted in the LEGO stores where you could "build your own sword", but it was pretty much a stack of 2x2 round bricks.


Colossal Castle Contest XII
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The CC Team is proud to announce our twelfth annual building contest: The Colossal Castle Contest XII. It will begin on November 1st and end on December 31st, 2014.

This contest is a bit different than other contests. We have a variety of categories each with one prize for the winner. Some categories require small creations and others need larger ones. Everyone, even with a limited supply of bricks, should be able to enter several categories. We are looking for creativity, not who has the most LEGO.

Check out the prizes. Seven Classic Castle sets including the popular Blacksmith Shop, Castle Guard, Maidens Cart, Catapult, Dragon Defender, Medieval Knights, and Dark Forest Fortress are prizes. There are are also idea books, custom accessories, and new castle sets. It truly is colossal! It truly is colossal!

Thank you to several anonymous donors, Rich Stehnach "Blackrock", soccerkid, and Royal Brick Customs for donating prizes for this contest. The updated rules with fewer image restrictions can be found here. Enjoy!

Drive the admins crazy with silly contest questions here.


Happy Halloween
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Are you celebrating Halloween LEGO castle style? Are you dressing up as a minifig? Did you build a pumpkin out of bricks, or carve a real pumpkin with a LEGO theme? Do you have a haunted castle set up on your dining room table? Share your pics in our forum! BTW, these costumes come from Rachael Wunderlich , Chelsea Thompson Jackson *, and Contestant 119 (highly speculative on the second one, Pinterest users are notorious for reposting pictures without proper attribution).


Spider-hut
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Still another great creation from the 2014 MOColympics. In round 4, Magma Guy was challenged to build a fantastical house - "Something along the lines of Rapunzel's tower, Baba Yaga's house, Howl's Moving Castle and so on." He came up with this creepy Spider-hut. Perfect for Halloween week. Check out the spider-hut, along with all of Magma Guy's other MOCs, on Flickr and MOCpages and then discuss it in our forum.


Dungeons & Dragons
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The annual MOColympics continues to inspire. In round 4 LukeClarenceVan was paired off against Ian Spacek with the category of "Bored Games". Ian's Clue advanced to the next round, but I particularly liked Luke's illustration of Dungeons & Dragons. Check this out along with all of his other MOCs on Flickr and MOCpages, and then discuss it in our forum


Greyhaven
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|T|itus built this micro walled town, Greyhaven, a small fishing and mining town from the North-West of Garheim. It's ruled by Frerar the One-eyed, also the leader of the Wardens, who keep this town safe. This was built as part of the Lands of Roawia group roleplay on Merlin's Beard. You can see this along with all of |T|itus' creations on Flickr and then discuss it in our forum.


Ka-Riel Mill on Creations for Charity
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Gabe Umland built the Ka-Riel Mill earlier this year. You can see this along with all of his work in his Flickr stream and discuss it in our forum.

I actually thought I'd featured this on the front page when it was first posted, but it looks like I didn't. The awesomeness of this MOC would be enough justification to bring it back as a feature, but it also is timely in that it is one of the MOCs that has been donated to Creations for Charity. This is a community driven initiative to raise money to purchase LEGO for underpriveliged kids (Nannan Zhang is the point person for this). AFOLs donate great MOCs like Gabe's inn, custom figures, and rare LEGO items that are sold in the C4C BrickLink shop. Last year they raised money to buy over $20,000 worth of LEGO sets, which went to kids in six cities in three countries. Make a kid happy, and also get something great from a fellow FOL, by supporting this community effort.


Pizza service
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Who ordered the large with pepperoni and mushrooms? Larsvader brings a smile with this MOC. Be sure to check out all of his work at his Flickr and MOCpages links and then discuss it in our forum.


CC Set Review: 79007 Battle at the Black Gate
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This week’s set is 79007 - Battle at the Black Gate.

This set includes the Black Gate itself and one of the Towers of the Teeth. The tower can be detatched, so you can rearrange the set in various ways. LEGO also give pictures showing how you can put together two of the sets to have both towers and a much larger gate. The set includes The Mouth of Sauron and two orcs on the side of Mordor, and Gandalf the White, Aragorn (with royal Gondor livery), and an eagle (presumably Gwaihir, though I don't know if he's ever specifically named in the set) on the side of the West.


The Hobbit told in 72 seconds
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BrotherhoodWorkshop is a prolific source of Brickflims, including a great number based on the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, always with a humorous twist. The most recent film is the Hobbit told in 72 seconds (only about 33,000ish seconds shorter than Peter Jackson's version). See this along with all of the other videos on the BrotherhoodWorkshop YouTube channel and then discuss it in our forum.


Barad-dûr
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MocOlympics is an annual competition on MOCpages that pairs up builders in head-to-head matchups in a single elimination tournament. Every year this contest inspires great builders to stretch themselves to meet new challenges. In round 3, Ian Spacek was tasked with a microscale creation, and he came up with this Barad-dûr. You can see this along with all of Ian's work on Flickr and MOCpages and then discuss it in our forum.


Vote in the Bound movie contest
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Forum member Mudskipper is producing a full-length castle-themed Brickfilm, Bound, and he's asking for our help. Three of our forum members have produced backdrops to be used with a given scene, and you are asked to vote on your favorite. The winning entry will be incorporated into the movie, and the builder will win fame, fortune, and a signed copy of the movie on DVD. Let your voice be heard!


The Old Watermill
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César Soares, aka Cesbrick, continues to amaze. He's relatively new in the AFOL community, but he's developed a strong personal style, most recently seen in his Old Watermill. This distinctive building is found in the enchanted forests of Vanhorn on Avalonia. Cesbrick is active in the Guilds of Historica on Eurobricks, here at CC, and the Portuguese LUG Comunidade 0937. Check out this Watermill along with all of his other great creations on Flickr and then discuss it in our forum.


CC Set Review: 79008, Pirate Ship Ambush
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This week’s set is 79008, Pirate Ship Ambush.

This set recreates one of the ships of the Corsairs of Umbar, captured by Aragorn to come to the aid of Minas Tirith at the Battle of the Pelannor Fields. The set includes nine figs: Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, the King of the Dead and two other Dead soldiers, two orcs, and a cameo by Peter Jackson as one of the Corsairs.


Loholt Manor
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Loholt Manor is the latest MOC revealed by Derfel Cadarn (I say revealed because it was built a year ago, but I believe never publicly posted online). Derfel, aka Luke Watkins Hutchinson, won Master Builder honors in CCC VIII, and is active in the Brickish Association as well as participating in the Guilds of Historical, CC, and other forums around the Legoverse. You can see all of his MOCs on Flickr and MOCpages. Check out all of the pictures of Loholt Manor and then discuss it in our forum.


Mouse Guard
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Mouse Guard is a graphic novel and role playing game set in a medieval world of heroic mice. Brickbaron (aka Paul Hetherington) built this amazing sculpture featuring the three main characters. You may have seen pictures of this in coverage of the BrickCon gathering in Seattle this past weekend, where it won both "Best Art" and "Best in Show". Paul says there is more to come from him and his ArchLUG colleagues at next year's Emerald City ComicCon. Check this out along with all of Paul's other MOCs in his Flickr stream and then discuss it in our forum.


Bandit Tower
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Turkish FOL and CC member Cagri recently built this Bandit Tower. It a re-imagining of the classsic Wolfpack Tower built for the Re-Design Contest at TurkLUG, a forum he helped found. He goes either by Cagri or Legoadam on various LEGO sites. Check this out along with all of his MOCs on Flickr and Brickshelf and then discuss it in our forum.


CC Set Review: 9470 - Shelob Attacks
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This week’s set is 9470, Shelob Attacks.

This 2012 set included Frodo (with both normal and zombie faces), Sam, Gollum, and a giant brick-built Shelob to haunt your nightmares.


Sea Hawk
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Philip Boyes, who is on twitter as @PhilipJBoyes and on Flickr as janjygiggins, recently posted this ship, the Sea Hawk. See additional pictures in his Flickr stream and then discuss it in our forum.


The Witches of Warmorlor
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Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble. In an appropriate creation for the start of October, CC member CaptainFlint built the Witches of Warmorlor, with witch hunters capturing their foes. In addition to being here at CC, CaptainFlint is active in the Guilds of Historica over at Eurobricks. You can check this MOC out with all of his other creations on Flickr and then discuss it in our forum


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