LEGO Castle fans are in for one of the best years of their lives. Despite it being years since the last fully-fledged Medieval Castle theme, 2022 is set to be a banner year for Castles with the upcoming release of 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle, a truly outstanding and awe-inspiring LEGO Castle to celebrate 90 years of LEGO.
10305 Lion Knights’ Castle goes on sale on 3 August 2022 for LEGO VIPs, ahead of a general release on 8 August, and is one of the most anticipated sets of 2022.
- 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle [US] – US$399.99
- 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle [AUS] – AU$599.99
- 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle [UK] – £349.99
- 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle [EU] – €399.99
- 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle [CA] – CAD$499.99
Check out my review of 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle.
Castle is still one of LEGO’s cornerstone themes, and there have been some excellent LEGO castles released in the past few decades. To celebrate and get you excited for the launch of Lion Knights’ Castle, oday, let’s take a look at the 10 largest LEGO Castles ever made!
10. 7946 King’s Castle (2010) – $99.99
Piece Count: 933
Factions: Lion Knights, Dragon Knights
Coming it at number 10, with 933 pieces and 8 minifigures is 7946 King’s Castle. This came from 2010’s LEGO Kingdoms subtheme, which featured Lion Knights as the “good” knights and dark green Dragon Knights for the invading party.
It has a modular design, with wall segments that are connected via Technic pins and can be rearranged, and the castle itself features catapults, stickered wall panels, and a working drawbridge with portcullis.
9. 8877 Vladek’s Dark Fortress (2005) – $99.99
Piece Count: 967
Factions: Kingdom of Morcia, Vladek’s Shadow Knights
Clocking it at 967 pieces is an older set from LEGO Knights Kingdom II, 8877 Vladek’s Dark Fortress. When it was released in 2005, it was hailed as “the biggest LEGO Castle ever” of its time.
Run by Lord Vladek, the castle has a decidedly evil theme, with a rocky base, red and black theme, and massive blades flanking the front gates. There is even a big Vladek mask on the front and catapults flinging orange chainsaw blades at any heroic attackers!
8. 7094 King’s Castle Siege (2007) – $99.99
Piece Count: 973
Factions: Crown Knights
Number 8 returns to the good guys with 7094 King’s Castle Siege, from the highly popular 2007 Fantasy Era Castle subtheme.
This is the Crown Knights’ faction, emblazoned in dark blue armor with the king’s crown as their sigil, the heroic knights from Fantasy Era defended their castle against skeleton warriors and a fire-breathing dragon.
The castle had all the standard LEGO castle inclusions like a working drawbridge, portcullis, and catapults, and also included an area for the King with a chest full of treasure. The set retailed for $99.99 USD.
7. 70404 King’s Castle (2013) – $99.99
Piece Count: 999
Factions: King’s Knights
It’s hard to believe that 2013 was the last proper medieval-era LEGO Castle theme – LEGO fans really do deserve an updated Castle theme with sets that doesn’t cost US$399.99 to start with.
The flagship from the 2013 wave clocked in at 996 pieces with 7 minifigures, and featured the heroic King’s Knights faction, known for their lion sigil against a two-tone blue background defending against devious Dragon Knights. Yet again, the set did not really break away from the standard LEGO Castle mold, with a working drawbridge (using string this time), portcullis, catapults, and a breakaway wall for enemies to attack. The structure is also the same – wall segments joined together with Technic pins.
6. 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep (2012) – $129.99
Piece Count: 1,368
I may be bending the rules slightly with this set on the list, but given the stone, medieval-like design of 9474 Helm’s Deep, I figured it would be worth including, especially as it would make a lovely castle if you swap in regular Castle minifigures
Due to the in-universe Lord of the Rings design, this castle has a more unusual design in LEGO form, but it certainly looks good, especially with more realistic and muted colors used in the build.
It features an outer wall, the Hornburg tower, and an inner building with a dining hall interior, while other features include the Uruk-Hai bomb to blow apart the wall. Despite being a licensed set, I think Helm’s Deep is one of the more memorable LEGO castles, both in terms of play and display value.
4=. 70357 Knighton Castle (2017) – $129.99
Piece Count: 1,426
Factions: Nexo Knights
Yes, according to the LEGO Designers in the manual of 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle, Nexo Knights is considered a canonical LEGO Castle theme, despite most Castle fans who don’t consider it a proper Medieval-era theme.
Knighton Castle was the flagship, standalone castle for the Nexo Knights theme, and completely deserves to be included on this list, despite its futuristic design. At 1,426 pieces and 11 minifigures, Knighton Castle has a striking dark blue and translucent orange design, and the top of the castle even detaches to become a flying craft! Definitely an unusual set, but maintains hallmark Castle features such as enclosed walls, spires, and of course, knights.
4. 31120 Medieval Castle (2021) – $99.99
Piece Count: 1,426
Factions: Black Falcons
2021 featured a long-awaited return to a Medieval Castle set in LEGO, albeit under the Creator 3-in-1 banner. Tied at 1426 pieces but with only three minifigures, the set had a full wrap-around castle that could also fold outwards to create a wider facade.
The castle has the standard working drawbridge, but the interior has some unique medieval rooms like a blacksmith, market, and a prison with a skeleton inside. Two Black Falcon knights are included but no enemy minifigures are included to attack the castle; fortunately for play value the castle can be rebuilt into a medieval windmill or a tower with a trebuchet.
Check out my review of 31120 Medieval Castle.
3. 910001 Castle in the Forest (2021) – $179.99
Piece Count: 2,015
Factions: Black Falcons, Forestmen
Number 3 on the list of Top 1 Castles is an unusual set, as it was released under the LEGO Bricklink Designer Program in 2021.
With 1,957 pieces and 5 minifigures, the set depicts a more accurate, medieval-era style castle, complete with generous foliage and landscaping.
Unfortunately the Bricklink Designer Program sets are notoriously tricky to get, and the Castle in the Forest was notorious for selling out incredibly quickly, and not getting an opportunity to be part of the restock. Only 10,000 copies were made available so many LEGO Castle fans might not have this set.
2. BL19001 Lowenstein Castle (2019) – $199.99
Piece Count: 2,015
Number 2 is also another Bricklink Designer Program set, the 2015-piece Lowenstein Castle. This set utilised unique angles and featured clever curvature on the towers, along with a realistic muted color scheme and many intricate details inside.
Despite lacking any specialised parts, the set still had a working drawbridge and portcullis. Three minifigures were included, although strangely enough two of them do not have any torso/leg printing.
1. 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle (2022) – $399.99
Piece Count: 4,514
Factions: Lion Knights, Black Falcons, Forestmen
Finally, the biggest LEGO Castle ever made by a mile is 2022’s 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle , a love letter to LEGO Castle fans. Created for the 90th Anniversary of LEGO, the set features an incredibly massive Castle that looks amazing on display but also has tons of hidden features for playability.
A whopping 21 minifigures are included, including the return of LEGO Wizard Majisto, and the set is packed both inside and out with details that truly make it come to life, making this set a must-get for any LEGO Castle lover.
This is the definitive LEGO Castle, and an instant classic.
That concludes the Top 10 Biggest LEGO Castles ever made! While recent years have seen a severe dearth of proper medieval LEGO Castle themes, it does seem that LEGO has not forgotten fans of Classic Castle, with gems like 31120 Medieval Castle (#4) and the newly released 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle (#1).
We may have to wait longer for a proper medieval Castle theme, but the Castle sets we have been getting are truly brilliant, and if 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle is a success at launch, together with 31120 Medieval Castle, it should hopefully send a signal to LEGO that there’s plenty of appetite for LEGO Castle.
Let me know which one of these castles is your favorite, and if you plan to order 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle when it goes on sale!
10305 Lion Knights’ Castle will be available exclusively from LEGO.com or your local LEGO store on 3 August for LEGO VIPs, and 8 August for the general release. Be sure to be logged into your VIP account if you plan on ordering on the 3rd!
This article was a guest post contributed by @vaderfan_2187
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