Recreate LEGO ICONS 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle with 31120 Medieval Castle

You can now close the gap between the LEGO Group’s two vastly different fortresses by turning 31120 Medieval Castle into 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle.

If the wallet-busting 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle is slightly beyond your budget – and fair play, it is really, really expensive at £344.99 / $399.99 / €399.99 – Rebrickable user re-bricked has come up with a way to enjoy the 90th anniversary set without completely breaking the bank. (You’ll still have to damage it a little.)

That’s by taking advantage of yet another alternate build for 31120 Medieval Castle, of which there are already loads on Rebrickable. Where most involve combining multiple copies of the set to come up with something either close in style to the original set, or something totally unique, re-bricked’s latest design instead takes its cues from 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle.

“As I suspect a lot of people did, when I first saw [10305 Lion Knights’ Castle] I thought, ‘I want it! But I can’t afford it,’” the builder explains on Rebrickable. “So already having [two copies of 31120 Medieval Castle], I thought, ‘I wonder what I could make with a mix of styles of both builds,’ and it wasn’t quite enough, so I got a third set. And this is the end result.”

That means you’ll need three copies of 31120 Medieval Castle to recreate this build. The Creator 3-in-1 set retails for £89.99 / $99.99 / €99.99, so three copies at full price comes to £269.97 / $299.97 / €299.97. That’s a full £75.02 / $100.02 / €100.02 cheaper than buying 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle, although of course you won’t get the 90th-anniversary set’s roster of 22 medieval minifigures.

Given 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle is unlikely to be discounted any time soon, though, this is still a credible alternative – especially if you can find 31120 Medieval Castle on sale, which isn’t entirely impossible. Thanks to the Creator 3-in-1 set’s generally more muted colours (with the exception of its bright red and white flags and bright yellow wooden buildings), the resulting build also offers a completely different aesthetic to 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle.

And if nothing else, this concept only highlights just how much potential 31120 Medieval Castle has – even beyond the set as it comes in the box. If you’re gripped by castle fever right now, you could do much worse than grabbing a copy or two, even if only to complement 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle in your medieval layout.

10305 Lion Knights’ Castle launches August 3 for VIPs and August 8 for everyone else, while 31120 Medieval Castle is available to buy now.

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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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