Marcin Dski’s Castle of Lord Afol and the Black Knights has reached 10,000 votes on the platform, so the Ideas team will now decide whether to turn it into an official set. The huge fortress is an ode to the LEGO Group’s Black Knights subtheme, which kicked off in 1988 with 6085 Black Monarch’s Castle, and enjoyed infrequent releases into the mid-’90s.
Each corner of the modular castle sits on its own base, and has two removable floors, for a total of 12 different sub-assemblies. Inside, you’ll find a comfy dining room, ergonomic kitchen, cosy dungeon, and, erm, a quiet torture chamber. (That bit probably won’t make the cut.)
Despite LEGO Ideas’ limit of 3,000 elements surely working against the size of his design, Marcin looks to have successfully incorporated structural integrity, playability and aesthetic detail. “The build uses Pythagorean triangles to connect walls at an angle, while still keeping the build totally legit, solid and sturdy and with zero gaps,” he explains on his project page.
It’s not the only means by which LEGO fans are using Ideas to instigate a return of Castle, however. Frank Boor’s Classic Castle is currently in review, while the next official Ideas set looks certain to be Clemens Fiedler’s Medieval Blacksmith.
This is the fourth LEGO Ideas project to enter the first review of 2021, just three days into the current qualification period, suggesting another record-breaking review could be on the cards. Here’s the full list of projects currently in the running:
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