More details have surfaced on this summer’s LEGO 43197 Frozen Ice Castle, suggesting it may eschew minifigures altogether.
The model’s very existence isn’t really in question at this point – a Canadian retailer listed 43197 The Ice Castle back in March – but details are pretty scant beyond its proposed price tag, which Renaud-Bray suggests will be $269.99 CAD (so likely £169.99 / $199.99 / €179.99, based on the equally-priced 10283 NASA Space Shuttle Discovery).
Instagram user 1414falconfan has now shed a little more light on what to expect from the Frozen-themed set (whatever its final name ends up being). According to the reliable rumour source, 43197 Frozen Ice Castle will follow in the footsteps of the wider Disney Princess theme by including mini-dolls rather than minifigures.
If that’s true, it will make this the largest set ever to focus solely on mini-dolls – and possibly the first ever direct-to-consumer set to hold that accolade (if it does indeed end up falling into that category, as its price tag suggests). And while there’s no word on which mini-dolls we can expect to see included in the set, Anna and Elsa (pictured above) seem like a safe bet at the very least.
Direct-to-consumer models normally hold a three-month window of exclusivity at LEGO.com, which means – given third-party retailer Renaud-Bray still holds an August release date for the set – we could be looking at a launch as soon as this month or next.
Rumours that surfaced back in April also suggest we’ll see an accompanying gift-with-purchase for 43197 Frozen Ice Castle, in the form of a microscale version of 71040 The Disney Castle. According to brick_clicker, we can expect to see anywhere between 500 and 800 pieces making up what sounds like a very substantial freebie.
The existence of that GWP and 43197 Frozen Ice Castle containing mini-dolls are still both rumours for now, so take them with the standard pinch of salt until the LEGO Group confirms otherwise. We’ll bring you more when we can.