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I missed the Kings Castle and other Kingdoms theme sets, kinda took my sons review and dropped the idea of collection those :P
Hi, I am interested in trading the castle and have quite a few options which you may or may not be interested in. I did try sending a message, but not sure if its got there as I got a strange error message? Anyway, the unopened sets I have are Ninjago Fire Temple, some POTC sets, some Star Wars sets, and a couple of older sets for trade such as Time Cruisers. Let me know what sort of things you're interested in.
I unfortunately missed this, despite building a lot of castle MOCs, which was a bit silly on my part, but I did pick up MVR thank goodness.
managed to find a shelf full of them today so invested in 5 more :)
found 3 kings castles too, 2 of them at 33% off, which was a nice bonus. Also as a nice surprise managed to find 4x coastguard boat on a shelf, which must have been there for years. imagine me carrying all that across town whilst wrestling a 1 year old. its been an interesting day!
I'm definitely cracking a kings castle open to add to the joust though.
1) I think everyone agrees that the Joust definitely replaces the King's Castle and it is a new 2012 set. Technically speaking, the Kingdoms Theme will be around in 2012 as TLG says since the Joust is just being released.
2) Having a Kingdoms Theme and LOTR Theme simultaneously doesn't make business sense. Most people who like kings, castles, jousting, dragons, etc. would like LOTR sets as well, and one theme cannibalizes the other. That said, TLG pays a licensing fee for LOTR; however, they pay nothing for Kingdoms...hence more profitable set for set.
I don't think the theme was last-minute, I think they changed their approach when the LOTR deal was under negotiation. One of the first sets was the Dragon wizard polybag - who never appeared in any other sets or was expanded on. I think they may have been going for something similar to Dragon Masters, but had to scrap that idea because of the conflict to the LOTR deal.
To me, it's these 2 'star' sets which put Kings Castle in a different light, as it 'goes with them'. IMO MVR is just a lazy set, and doesn't look right with the rest of the Kingdoms stuff, and the build isn't that exciting.
King's Castle goes really well with the Joust, but only because of the reds. Other than that, I think it looks woefully out of place next to Joust and MMV. It's simply way too small, and looks "kiddie-ized" next to the others.
I really think it is a total bummer that TLG decided to terminate Kingdoms. I haven't bought 'The Joust' yet which I definitely will. I did collect all other sets, but was surprised about the sort shelf life of the last wave of 2011 sets, I almost missed out on them. I hope that whatever will replace Kingdoms (Castle being the main theme I collect) will be a worthy successor!
I also hope that the lOTR sets will not be too expensive.
When you say opposing themes do you mean opposing factions (i.e. Lion knights vs. Dragon knights)? Different factions in the Castle theme have often had the same headgear, sometimes in the same color(s).
But with Kingdoms it was the same gear, just different color.
edit. I mean I currently have them and don't really enjoy them ;D
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The set itself I think is bland and below average for a Lego castle. Opinions, of course.
Damn you Si, is it your mission in life to bankrupt me?