Peppermint Pig wrote:This is one set I would wait for a 'buy 1 get one half off' type of sale... I would peg a set like this at 60 or 70 perhaps, but not 100.
Lego, it doesn't matter how fast you turn out a new season of sets to save money if you're pricing like this: If you are catering to new Lego buyers, prices like this are antipathic.
LEGO will not be selling large castles for $60-70. In fact they haven't since 1990 (1993 if you count set 6082 as a castle). The new castle is comparable in size and shape to 6091/6098 King Leo's Castle and 8781 Castle of Morcia which both cost atleast $90.
The difference is that this set has more figures. Leo's and Morcia both have eight figures. Unless LEGO changed this at a late date, 10176 has 12 minifigures: King, wizard, blacksmith, lion knight, bull knight, armored bull siege worker, two spearmen, one crossbowman, a ghost, and two skeletons.
Four extra figures justify an extra $10 in the cost of the set. I also would have preferred printed shields and flags. Since those shields and flags are not used in other current sets, I am sure it is not cost effective to print the pieces (which is quite expensive).