LEGO will be releasing another retro-type set that pays homage to some of the original LEGO themes and for this year, it will be the Classic Knights (5004419) set. There are now official images of the set from Brick Merge which shows some closer details of the Classic Knights set.
Like with the 2014 Classic Spaceman Minifigure (5002812) and the 2015 Classic Pirates Minifigure (5003082) sets, the Classic Knights (5004419) set will contain a minifigure from a particular theme and in this case, a Crusader Knight from the LEGO Castle theme. The build itself is a small ballista that is very similar to the 1986 Siege Cart (6012) but with updated parts. There’s also a small booklet showing off some of the various knights that LEGO has released throughout the years.
The Classic Knights (5004419) set will be available starting June 30-July 10 with purchases of $50 or more at LEGO Brand Stores and on SHop@Home.
You’ve probably seen a glimpse of this set on the LEGO July 2016 Store Calendar but from June 30 to July 10, VIPs can get a Free exclusive LEGO Classic Knights (5004419) set with purchases of $50 or more. LEGO is continuing the traditional classic sets which pays homage to some of the original themes from LEGO. The sets first started in 2014 with the Classic Spaceman Minifigure (5002812) and last year with Classic Pirates Minifigure (5003082).
The set has 47 pieces and the box will again be the white one that’s been used before but with updated printing with this year’s theme. With three different classic themes that have been released or will be releasing with the Knights, there aren’t that much “Classic” themes to choose from. If these types of sets continue next year, I have a feeling it might be for LEGO Town.
Yesterday, I posted a list of potential 2016 LEGO sets and at the very top of the list was a thing called LEGO BB or “Big Bang.” Not to be confused with the LEGO Ideas The Big Bang Theory (21302), “Big Bang” is an internal term used by LEGO for a new IP that has a major media campaign to go along with it much like Ninjago from 2011 and Legends of Chima in 2013.
This takes us to 2016 where we’ve been given various hints and specualation on what this new theme is. First we have Amazon where there is an Activity Book and a Mini Guide which gives the description:
An activity book featuring the heroes, villains, vehicles, and locations from the top secret, NEW LEGO brand!
So we know that there is indeed a new theme coming in 2016 but what could it be? I’ve reported before there was a rumor of a LEGO Castle Fantasy Era theme. That rumor has slightly changed and word going around on Eurobricks is that there’s a new theme called “Space Knights” which is said to combine elements of both Castle and Steampunk.
As you may have seen on Flickr and MOCPages, LEGO Steampunk is a pretty cool subtheme that the community likes to dabble in. Heck, there’s even a whole book dedicated to LEGO Steampunk builds by Guy Himber who is one of the forerunners in the scene.
Again, this is whole LEGO Space Knights Steampunk theme is still speculation but there are some fairly reliable sources that may prove this theme will be coming in 2016. What are your thoughts on this new theme?
Note that the image above isn’t a set but a MOC created for Fana’Briques 2013.
In 2013, LEGO brought back the LEGO Castle them and to say the least, it was a pretty underwhelming theme in my opinion. It was a one-off wave which featured the blue Lion Knights fighting against the red Dragon Knights and it combined things from the Kingdoms and the 2007 Castle subthemes. The sets came out in the Spring of 2013 and there were no subsequent waves in 2014 and won’t be any in the first half of 2015.
However, there’s a rumor on Eurobricks that LEGO might be bringing the LEGO Castle theme back in 2016. According to BrickJagger, there was a memo sent out to a LEGO Store manager and it said that a new Castle theme would be coming out late 2015/mid 2016. This new wave was said to be “a lot like the Castle theme from a few years ago, the one with the Dwarves and Trolls.” The sets that is being referred to is the 2007 Castle subtheme which was known as the Fantasy Era. These sets were pretty popular among fans and they had an assortment of different minifigures that were included such as the ones mentioned. Given that the most recent Castle sets have been retired and the Hobbit sets are pretty much done, a new fantasy theme would be a good addition and provides some variety in the different LEGO themes.
This piece of news is pretty interesting but it could also be completely false so take it with a grain of salt. I’ll keep following up on this and do further posts if I see anything more about it. What are your thoughts on the return of the Fantasy Era Castle subtheme?
I don’t usually do deals but Amazon has a pretty good one going on right now with a BOGO 40% off sale on select toys including LEGO sets from various themes like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Castle. Add a set to your cart and another of equal or lesser value and that one will be 40% off. Some of the sets already are already discounted so you’ll be getting a better deal.
One good deal is the LOTR Pirate Ship Ambush (79008) which has a discounted price of $82.50 and if you buy another one, you’ll be saving $33 on the second one making your total $132 or just $66 each. This is a pretty good way to build up your collection of ships. Another deal is the LOTR Battle at the Black Gate (79007) where you can have a full gate just like the film. Check out the full list of eligible sets here.
When I first heard of the possible return of LEGO Castle sets late last year, I was very excited. Since I didn’t come back to LEGO until the Kingdoms line was on their way out and didn’t have a chance to get the older Castle sets from the 80’s and 90’s. Here we have the first set of the 2013 Castle sets, the Forest Ambush (70400). The set contains 90 pieces and retails for $11.99, about $0.13/piece. The contents of the box contains two unnumbered bags, and one instruction booklet.