WATCH: LEGO ICONS 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle is weaponised nostalgia

Brace yourself for a minute-long review of the flagship 90th-anniversary LEGO ICONS set 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle, which is essentially weaponised nostalgia.

Pop on your rose-tinted glasses, flip back the calendar and inject nostalgia straight into your veins: these are the prime directives of the LEGO Group, which is getting ready to force-feed us ‘memberberries until our stomachs burst with euphoria. It’s difficult to be cynical about the upcoming 10497 Galaxy Explorer and 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle, both of which speak to the ‘70s or ‘80s child in all of us – even us ‘90s kids, somehow – with modern updates to classic themes.

That’s all on paper, anyway. But how does 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle stack up in the flesh? That’s the question we’ve asked and answered comprehensively in our written review, but if you don’t have time to dive into that level of forensic detail, don’t worry: we’ve crammed the same verdict on the 4,514-piece set into our latest minute-long YouTube short, which you can watch by hitting play on the video below.

Given 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle comes in at an eye-watering £344.99 / $399.99 / €399.99, this is no impulse injection: you’re going to have to save up some serious dough to get this amount of nostalgia coursing through your bloodstream. And while that hefty price tag may be the only obstacle for most of us in picking up this set, it’s one that – as our review states – is absolutely worth overcoming.

If this minute-long summary has whetted your appetite for more, click here to check out our full review, which is packed with detailed analysis, insightful images and at least one recommendation to forgo your adult responsibilities and just buy the thing.

You’ll be able to do so from August 8, when 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle launches at

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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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