The newly-revealed model weighs in at 2,164 pieces, making it the biggest Castle set ever released. In an age where direct-to-consumer sets are constantly pushing boundaries of size and price, though, the more interesting headline for veteran fans may be associated with its minifigures.
That’s because the torsos and shields of the knights carry the symbol of the Black Falcons, a faction of soldiers that debuted in 1984’s 6074 Black Falcon’s Fortress – the set from which they derive their unofficial name. The faction’s symbol and warriors made intermittent appearances until 1992, then once more in 2002’s Legends re-release 10039 Black Falcon’s Fortress. (For more on the history of the Black Falcons, check out our primer.)
The LEGO Group has now subtly tweaked the crest for 21325 Medieval Blacksmith, introducing some organic curvature to the falcon’s wings, legs and feet. And in doing so, it’s propelled the Classic Castle faction into the modern day, possibly paving the way for more subthemes or soldiers to return in future.
Those knights aren’t the only minifigures included in 21325 Medieval Blacksmith, though. There’s also a blacksmith (naturally), complete with ginger beard and hair, and an archer, who makes great use of the squinting face print (which also pops up in 10278 Police Station). The character line-up is then rounded out by a pooch and a horse, the latter of which is brand new in tan.