LEGO Ideas 21325 Medieval Blacksmith’s minifigures call back to Classic Castle

LEGO Ideas 21325 Medieval Blacksmith’s minifigures feature a very specific callback to a beloved Classic Castle faction.

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.

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21325 Medieval Blacksmith will launch on February 1. Click here for all the details, or check out the full gallery of lifestyle images for a closer look inside the towering three-storey building.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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