Why Castle might make sense for the 90th anniversary LEGO set

Rumours of the 90th anniversary LEGO set being based on Castle might make sense given the consistent popularity of the theme, and here’s why.

A recent report stated that the upcoming 90th anniversary LEGO set, for which a fan vote was held, would be based on Castle, rather than the other themes that made it to the final stage of the poll. As a reminder, the other product lines that were picked by fans included Pirates, Classic Space and BIONICLE. Castle was only added to that line-up since it was split into the various subthemes initially.

That alone might annoy some since it technically wasn’t in the top spot. But when you look at the evidence from a business perspective, there may be evidence to suggest that picking Castle makes the most sense.

BIONICLE on BrickLink

BrickLink Designer Program BIONICLE Legends

It’s safe to say that some BIONICLE fans haven’t taken this unconfirmed rumour well, and that might be understandable given the theme was almost entirely celebrated by the fans during its 20th anniversary last year. BIONICLE is considered by many as the theme that brought the LEGO Group back from the brink of bankruptcy in the late 1990s and arguably deserves some official recognition from the company when an anniversary for it arrives.

However, that just hasn’t been the case with the latest official media for the theme being an episode of the LEGO Games podcast. One way that a fan decided to recognise the theme’s anniversary was with a rejected LEGO Ideas project that would later be picked for the BrickLink Designer Program’s first round. BIONICLE Legends from Sokoda faced an unfortunate lack of support in that round, meaning it didn’t become one of the five sets chosen to be put into production.

That response compared to the supported sets, which included a Castle project that sold double of the intended total, might have indicated to the LEGO Group that at the very least, Castle is much more popular than BIONICLE. However, the creator behind the model has stated that they believe this isn’t a reflection of the community.

Multiple LEGO Ideas projects

As well as Castle in the Forest from the BrickLink Designer Program, LEGO Ideas has seen its fair share of castles and castle-inspired projects in recent years. For example, the first 2022 review round includes at least three that are based on the classic theme.

This, combined with the results from the BrickLink Designer Program, might have proven to the LEGO Group that a decent number of people are ready for a new LEGO Castle set. You might argue that the recent release of 31120 Medieval Castle and 21325 Medieval Blacksmith is enough Castle-related content. However, it’s arguably not hard to see why the LEGO Group may jump at the opportunity for another Castle creation, at least from a business perspective.

This rumour has yet to be proven and might turn out to be inaccurate when the 90th anniversary LEGO set is released later in 2022. There might still be a chance that it is based on BIONICLE, Classic Space or Pirates. Until it is officially revealed, we won’t know for sure. Whatever the result is, it might be best to focus on the anniversary and the build that we did get, rather than what could have been.

To keep your building skills honed before the model is unveiled, you can enter the 90th-anniversary contest on LEGO Ideas to be in with a chance of winning the set.

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5 thoughts on “Why Castle might make sense for the 90th anniversary LEGO set

  • 13/03/2022 at 19:00
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    1 vote for castle here. Bionicle can get bent.

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  • 13/03/2022 at 08:26
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    I hope it Will be a beautiful castle not square with some cercle tower ans a nice rock base

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  • 12/03/2022 at 18:20
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    Bionicle is the least appropriate theme to celebrate the company’s 90th anniversary as it is so far removed from the Lego System which has been the core of the company for most of those 90 years. It seems very popular amongst those who were the right age during the 10 years Bionicle ran for but Lego outside of that niche tend to ignore it or look on it with disdain.

    Personally, my favourite theme is Classic Space but would be happy with Castles or Pirates. I would expect Lego to choose Castles as there is such an enormous love for the genre, judging by Ideas review entries alone. Every recent review period has at least one castle or medieval set, and almost all are overlooked by Lego. Hopefully, this is because they have their own impressive castle set coming up.

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    • 03/04/2022 at 13:44
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      i feel its a bit disingenuous to have the final vote but then forcefully insert a theme, just for the sake of system fans. its not a case of being unhappy with the result, id have been fine with any of the other top 3 but doing this has disqualified any legitimacy this vote held in my eyes.

      everyone dogpiled one theme that singlehandedly saved lego from bankruptcy because “ItS nOt SyStEm, ItS nOt NoRmAl LeGo”. it’s petty and appauling that what i thought was an inclusive friendly community would bully and belittle a group because they dont like what they like.

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