JoshWedin wrote:Why doesn't LOTR count? I am much more willing to count LOTR as "Castle" than I am willing to include KK2.
Bruce N H wrote:Your point about landscaping is an interesting one, but I'm not sure I agree. Sure, when I think 'Classic-Castle', I usually think of sets that are just a castle, or just a cart, or just a piece of wall:
But there are a lot of instances that include a little bit of landscaping, either incorporated into the main structure, or just a little side add-on of a tree, bush or rock, even going back to 383. Of course this is most prominent in the Forestmen and Dark Forest subthemes, but elsewhere as well:
Actually, now that I've written a mini-essay, I think I know what I'm actually getting at: licensed sets are inevitably trying to capture a scene from a movie--something like a slice of a story we already know, whereas non-licensed Castle sets don't have that restriction. Indeed, with a well-designed set, you can tell an entire story--one that does not need reference to the rest of the sets of the theme.
dyntar wrote:2012 brought us the Joust and a reprisal of the Falcon shield, I'm hoping that Lego suprises us with a few unexpected castle sets next year.
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