The Blacksmith is ode and love letter to old school Castle-era LEGO, with its Tudor-inspired design and medieval charm.
This isn’t a small set by any means, weighing in at 2,164 pieces, and priced at US$149.99 / AU$249.99. It has a release date of 1 February 2021, and will be available from LEGO.com and your local LEGO store.
Regional pricing and links below:
- LEGO 21325 Medieval Blacksmith [US] – US$149.99
- LEGO 21325 Medieval Blacksmith [AUS] – AU$249.99
- LEGO 21325 Medieval Blacksmith [UK] – £134.99
- LEGO 21325 Medieval Blacksmith [EU] – €149.99
- LEGO 21325 Medieval Blacksmith [CAN] – CA$199.99
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Nothing new with the bleak 18+ box designs that I dislike. Once again, the dark background just looks drab and uninspiring, and while it allows the model to stand out, I think the designers have missed out on an opportunity to give it more personality, such as with a watercolour painting of a countryside.
So let’s get this completely straight – this isn’t a small set. With minifigures for scale, the Medieval Blacksmith measures 27cm (10.5in) high, 27cm (10.5in) wide and 21cm (8in) deep.
While the amount of detail and texture has had significant changes, I think the 4+ comparisons when the first photos emerged did not do this set justice at all.
It’s a substantial build, and looks to be a stunning display piece – worthy of clearing up some new shelf real estate for.
The set comes with four minifigures, a Forestwoman archer, hardworking Blacksmith, and 2 Black Falcon Knights!
The inclusion of Black Falcon Knights will no doubt make vintage Castle fans very very happy, and I really hope that this is a tease towards a larger, Barracuda Bay-scale Castle that’s purportedly coming next year – if you trust the LEGO rumour mill.
Unfortunately, and this is going to disappoint many – the set lacks any goats, which were part of the original submission! While the new cream-coloured horse is nice, clearly someone at LEGO invested their entire life-savings into LEGO Goats and is determined to artificially keep their value high by refusing to re-release them!
I really like the subject matter and the Blacksmith Workshop. With no conflict, monarchy or wars to be fought in sight, the set hearkens back to a time when cottage industries and artisans were the cornerstone of society.
It paints a picture of serene tranquility, with the apple tree, and Blacksmith hard at work in his forge repairing armour of the Black Falcons who may have been out to war.
There looks to be plenty of details on the inside, and I’m really looking forward to delving into the many easter eggs and references placed by designers Wes Talbott and Austin Carlson.
I goes without saying that this is one of my most anticipated sets of 2021, and it’s an easy day one purchase for me. while it’s a bit of a splurge, looking at the overall design and architectural brilliance, I simply cannot wait to indulge in LEGO Castle-era nostalgia.
LEGO Ideas 21325 Medieval Blacksmith will be released globally on 1 February 2021, and will be available exclusively from LEGO.com and your local LEGO store.
What do you think of the Medieval Blacksmith now that it’s been unveiled? Will you pick this up on day one?
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