This design was developed with influence from Mike, so both designers contribute to our short interview.
This model represents quite a dramatic departure from its primary inspiration, 6080 King's Castle. Was consideration given to developing something more faithful to the original?
Milan: Yes, we considered a few different directions. We started by examining different kinds of castle within the range, so were building updated versions of 6080 King's Castle and 6086 Black Knight's Castle, among others, much like 10497 Galaxy Explorer. However, we found ourselves wanting to acknowledge the whole Castle universe, rather than focusing on one specific model. When discussing our favourite LEGO castles, we were finding that one would have the best gate, while another included the best drawbridge or hidden passage.
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