Pause Magazine's Lego Set Reference Guide - Castle


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The 6000 Idea Book (sometimes referred to as the Bill & Mary book), published in 1980, showed wonderous castles near the end of the book. Unfortunately, the small print said these sets were not available in the U.S. Not until 1981, that is. Since that time, the Lego Castle System has been one of the most popular of all. The first castle (set 6075) was built on a flat, green baseplate, and included horses which you had to build from regular bricks. The one piece horses used still today were introduced with the next wave of Castle sets in 1984.

This first group of sets are the Generic or Unspecified sets - those which don't fall into a Castle sub-theme. Following these are the sets in the Black Knights, Wolfpack, Dragon Masters, Royal Knights, Dark Forest, Fright Knights and Ninja sub-themes.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
1463 - Treasure Cart N/A 92 21 / ? 1
1480 - King's Catapult N/A 91 20 / ? 1
1491 - Dual Defender N/A 92 45 / ? 2
1524 - Archer N/A 93 21 / ? 1
1624 - King's Archer N/A 93 21 / ? 1
1877 - Crusader's Cart N/A 90 56 / ? 2
1917 - King's Catapult N/A 94 22 / ? 1
1974 - Smuggler's Hayride N/A 89 40 / ? 2
6010 - Supply Wagon 20k 85 33 / $2.99 1
6012 - Siege Cart 14k 86 51 / $3.50 2
6016 - Knight's Arsenal 15k 88 36 / $4.25 1
6017 - King's Oarsmen 15k 87 42 / $3.75 2
6018 - Battle Dragon 14k 90 49 / $4.50 2
6021 - Jousting Knights 13k 86 33 / $5.25 2
6022 - Horse Cart 26k 84 39 / $5.00 2
6023 - Maiden's Cart 18k 87 42 / $5.50 2
6030 - Catapult 32k 84 80 / $5.99 2
6031 - Fright Force 24k 98 ? / $5.99 4
6035 - Castle Guard 14k 87 49 / $5.75 2
6039 - Twin Arm Launcher 33k 88 73 / $8.50 2
6040 - Blacksmith Shop 35k 84 89 / $9.25 2
6041 - Armor Shop 28k 86 109 / ? 2
6042 - Dungeon Hunters 21k 90 105 / $12.75 3
6049 - Viking Voyager 26k 87 94 / $11.00 5
6054 - Forestmen's Hideout 40k 88 198 / $17.50 2
6055 - Prisoner Convoy 16k 85 112 / ? 4
6060 - Knight's Challenge 31k 89 160 / $22.00 7
6061 - Siege Tower 39k 84 211 / $17.50 4
6062 - Battering Ram 30k 87 233 / $19.95 6
6066 - Camouflaged Outpost 32k 87 211 / $23.00 6
6067 - Guarded Inn 31k 87 246 / $24.00 4
6071 - Forestmen's Crossing 42k 90 203 / $28.50 5
6073 - Knight's Castle 60k 84 408 / $26.99 6
6074 - Black Falcon's Fortress 51k 86 437 / $35.00 6
6075 - Castle 94k 81 752 / ? 14
6077 - Knight's Procession 21k 81 40 / ? 6
6077 - Forestmen's River Fortress 46k 89 348 / $37.50 6
6080 - King's Castle 69k 84 664 / $52.75 11
6081 - King's Mountain Fortress 57k 90 429 / $58.00 8
6083 - Knight's Tournament 32k 81 202 / ? 5
6085 - Black Monarch's Castle 92k 88 665 / $68.00 12
6102 - Castle Mini-Figures 13k 85 30 / $5.50 6
6103 - Castle Mini Figures 19k 88 32 / $6.75 6
6105 - Medieval Knights 14k 94 32 / $6.75 4

The Black Knights sub-theme was introduced in 1992 with three new sets. It also incorporated two older sets, 6034 Black Monarch's Ghost and 6059 Knight's Stronghold. The Dungeon Master's Castle was later renamed the Black Knight's Castle.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
1547 - Black Knight's Boat N/A 93 55 / ? 2
1590 - Ghostly Hideout N/A 93 34 / ? ?
1888 - Black Knight's Guardshack N/A 92 25 / ? 2
1971 - Black Knight's Ram N/A 93 25 / ? 1
6009 - Black Knight 14k 92 19 / $3.25 1
6011 - Black Knight's Treasure 11k 85 28 / ? 1
6034 - Black Monarch's Ghost 17k 90 43 / $7.25 2
6057 - Sea Serpent 22k 92 117 / $16.50 5
6059 - Knight's Stronghold 27k 90 221 / $22.00 5
6086 - Dungeon Master's Castle 80k 92 569 / $85.00 12

Wolfpack also made its debut in 1992, to be the adversaries of the Black Knights. Wolfpack had the potential to be as cool as the Forestmen, but the sub-theme was never expanded beyond these two sets.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
1596 - Ghost with Wolfman N/A 93 34 / ? 2
6038 - Wolfpack Renegades 19k 92 93 / $9.25 2
6075 - Wolfpack Tower 26k 92 232 / $29.75 4

The 1993 year saw the largest new Castle sub-theme yet: The Dragon Masters. These were the first sets to include the dragon, as well as Majisto the Wizard. The 6082 Fire Breathing Fortress is an impressive structure, reaching even higher into the sky than the 6086 Black Knight's Castle.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
1712 - Crossbow Cart 104k 93 22 / ? 1
1736 - Wizard's Cart N/A 95 20 / ? 1
1746 - Castle Bag N/A 95 17 / ? 1
1794 - Dragon Master's Chariot N/A 94 34 / ? 1
1906 - Majisto's Tower 55k 94 190 / $22.00 3
6020 - Magic Shop 14k 94 45 / $4.50 1
6043 - Dragon Defender 20k 94 151 / $13.25 2
6048 - Majisto's Magical Workshop 31k 93 183 / $26.00 2
6056 - Dragon Wagon 25k 93 103 / $21.00 2
6076 - Dark Dragon's Den 35k 93 205 / $43.00 4
6082 - Fire Breathing Fortress 55k 93 393 / $64.00 6

The Royal Knights were the first sets to incorporate the new, larger raised baseplate, a King with a golden crown and the skeleton mini-fig (along with the 1995 Pirate sets).

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
1804 - Crossbow Boat 41k 96 20 / ? 1
1843 - Royal Knights' Catapult N/A 96 ? / ? 1
6008 - Royal King 15k 95 11 / $3.25 1
6036 - Skeleton Surprise 19k 95 72 / $9.25 2
6044 - King's Carriage 27k 95 120 / $16.50 4
6078 - Royal Drawbridge 47k 95 251 / $32.50 4
6090 - Royal Knight's Castle 59k 95 743 / $109.00 11

Hail the return of the Forestmen! For 1996, Castle collectors were treated to Forestmen sets again, under the sub-theme name Dark Forest. The three sets in this sub-theme are very reminiscent of the original Forestmen sets, except that they use mostly brown tree pieces where the original Forestmen used black.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
6024 - Bandit Ambush 18k 96 58 / $6.50 2
6046 - Hemlock Stronghold 48k 96 213 / $24.00 5
6079 - Dark Forest Fortress 61k 96 461 / $54.00 7

Fright Knights

New for '97 in the Castle line-up is the Fright Knights sub-theme, featuring witches, both black and green dragons, bat-wing helmets & bat staff tops, crystal balls and more! Look at those neat pieces which curve upwards...combined with arch pieces, you can now make big circle openings or windows. The two buildings are built on brick-thick baseplates instead of normal or raised baseplates...

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
2538 - SHELL Crossbow Flamer 14k 98 ? / ? 1
2539 - SHELL Batwing Flyer 17k 98 ? / ? 1
2540 - SHELL Fright Knights' Catapult 13k 98 ? / ? 1
2872 - Witch's Fireplace 100k 97 ? / ? 1
6004 - Crossbow Cart 32k 97 20 / ? 1
6007 - Bat Lord 92k 97 15 / $4.50 1
6027 - Bat Lord's Catapult 53k 97 51 / $6.75 2
6029 - Fright Knights Polybag 19k 98 ? / ? 0
6037 - Witch's Windship 67k 97 59 / $8.75 1
6087 - Witch's Magic Manor 91k 97 255 / $44.00 5
6097 - Night Lord's Castle 76k 97 598 / $88.00 7
6099 - Traitor Transport 47k 97 140 / ? 3

Ninja

The castle theme welcomed the addition of the Ninja sub-theme in 1998. There are lots of new pieces used in these sets, and there is also a great variety of pre-existing pieces used to give the buildings an ornate look that hasn't been found in too many sets over the last few years. In particular, roof pieces are used generously, with the biggest Ninja set incorporating no fewer than 65 black roof bricks!

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
6013 - Samurai Swordsman 81k 98 ? / $2.99 1
6033 - Treasure Transport 52k 98 ? / $5.99 3
6045 - Ninja Surprise 63k 98 ? / $11.99 3
6083 - Samurai Stronghold 66k 98 ? / $19.99 3
6088 - Robbers Retreat 95k 98 ? / $29.99 4
6089 - Stone Tower Bridge 122k 98 ? / $49.99 4
6093 - Flying Ninja Fortress 156k 98 ? / $89.99 9

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