Lego have officially announced their Exclusive set for 2012, Lego Kingdoms Joust (set 10223) and it looks and feels just as awesome as Medieval Market Village (MMV) from a few years ago.
Designed around the battling forces of the Lion Knights versus the Black Falcons, a favorite with classic Lego Castle fans from the 1980s and 1990s, the set contains 1575 pieces and heaps of detail.
It is interesting to note that if two Kingdoms Joust sets are purchased they can be combined to make one larger castle wall and indeed, many of the images online show the set in that format, so don’t be deceived!
The photo above shows the set as it comes,
not combined into two.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that the set gives collectors the opportunity to make a larger structure by purchasing two of the same set, but people also need to be aware of what they are purchasing.
Either way as a fan of MMV I will be setting aside some funds for at least one Kingdoms Joust set.
How about you?
Lego Kingdoms Joust : Official Press Release
10223 Kingdoms Joust
Ages 12+. 1,575 pieces.
US $119.99, CA $149.99, DE 119.99 €, UK 99.99 £, DK 1099.00 DKK, AU 199.99 AUD
Watch the Knights battle it out at the Royal Joust!
It’s the most exciting event on the LEGO Kingdoms calendar! Join the King and Queen at the Royal Joust as the knights on horseback battle it out for the hand of the beautiful Princess. This detailed set recreates all the majesty of a medieval pageant, from the large, 6-roomed castle with linked wall extensions, 2 knights’ weapons tents, royal viewing box, jousting fence and of course 2 magnificent jousting horses. Combine 2 Kingdoms Joust sets for a scene that is truly fit for a King! • Includes 9 minifigures: king, queen, princess, lion knight, falcon knight, young squire, nobleman and 2 soldiers!
• Knight minifigures include armor decoration, helmet, jousting pole, shield and 2 extra weapons!
• Features a castle with 6 detailed rooms with lots of accessories and 2 knight’s tents with weapon holders!
• Open back for easy access to linked wall extensions!
• Also features royal viewing box with flags and coat of arms!
• Includes 2 knight’s horses with detailed decoration, weapon holder and armored headgear!
• Explore the castle rooms!
• Battle it out for the hand of the princess!
• Combine 2 Kingdoms Joust sets for a scene fit for King!
• Castle measures 20″ (51 cm) wide and 12″ (30 cm) tall!
Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
January 2012 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO Stores or via phone
The Lego Mill Village Raid Set (7189) is a beautiful set that accompanies the equally stunning Medieval Market Village (10193) released in 2009.
Mill Village Raid consists of two buildings, a barn and a windmill, set in a medieval farm environment and comes with six minifigures as well as pigs, horses and the first ever Lego system chickens and goats!
The set is part of the Lego Kingdoms Theme which is based around a fictional castle context. You can find the full instructions for this set online at Lego.com (see link below).
Lego Mill Village Raid Details
Lego Set Number: 7189 Pieces: 663 Minifigures: Milkmaid, Farmer, Stableboy and 3 Dragon Knights Accessories as well as 2 goats, 2 chickens, pig, horse Price: US $69.99 / €79.99 / £71.99 Ages: 7 – 14 Released: June 2011 Theme: Kingdoms Instructions in PDF: Available at Lego.com Best Prices: Amazon I Amazon UK I ebay.com I ebay Aus I ebay.co.uk
Mill Village Raid
Lego Mill Village Raid: A Little Background
The Lego Castle theme has been one of the toy company’s strongest and most consistent performers since it’s introduction in the 1970s. The theme has evolved over the years to move from the quintessential castle based sets to incorporate the broader aspects of daily medieval life.
Previous highlights of “non-castle” sets have included the forestmen series of 1988 and in 2009 the exemplary set, Medieval Market Village. Set 10193, Medieval Market Village is large set consisting of two beautifully designed buildings set around a market square.
Due to the success of 10193, it was only natural that Lego should wish to extend this civillian aspect of their Castle theme and Mill Village Raid, along with the accompanying set Blacksmith Attack (6918) is a part of this expansion.
Something worth noting in this set is the first appearance of Lego figures of chickens and goats. Prior to the Mill Village Raid set, chickens and goats had been figures made up of separate pieces of Lego.
While the one piece Lego horse has been around for decades and pigs, camels and even ostriches have more recently been graced with specially molded pieces, it is not until this set that we have our first Lego chickens and goats.
Our family used to own chickens and my kids (Brick Boy and Brick Girl) have developed a fondness for them so this set is a winner already!
Lego Mill Village Raid: A Closer Look
The box for the Mill Village Raid fits in well with other sets in the Kingdoms theme.
Overall the box design for the Lego Kingdoms sets don’t really “pop” as well as other Lego sets have, the colors seem a little bland, too faint amongst all the bright reds of Ninjago and Harry Potter boxes or the bright blue of Star Wars sets.
However this box has enough colors and details to draw attention, if you just look a little closer :0)
Inside the box there are seven plastic bags containing the main Lego elements, all numbered , as well as two green plates to sit the barn building on (the barn can open up as seen in the photo to the right).
The two instruction books are roughly divided into step by step instructions for each of the buildings, one for the windmill, minifigures and cart while the other details the construction of the barn.
Construction is straight-forward and kids ages 7+ should have little trouble if they have been playing and building with Lego for a few months. Sometimes Lego overestimates the minimum age for sets. That is, they regard certain sets as too difficult to construct for younger children.
We often find that our son can make most sets, regardless of their age recommendation but he has been building Lego for many years and is used to the instruction-book layout and can select pieces easily by their color and size while seeing where they are meant to go on the model, with little problem.
In the case of this set I feel Lego has their minimum age just about right and 7 years is an accurate starting age.
The set has a number of interactive and playable “action” features.
Rotate the windmill via a crank located in the back of the building
Raise and lower the fruit basket by spinning the rooster shaped weather vane on the barn’s roof.
Send the bad guys through a trapdoor
Ride the animals and minfigures around on the horse and cart
These are small but significant touches that allow kids to extend their play and get them thinking about mechanics to implement in their own future models.
The set can also raise some questions for discussion later:
How does the wind move the windmill
How does the windmill then grind the wheat into flour?
How is flour produced in a modern factory?
What was life like for farmers during the Medieval times?
Why were the knights raiding the mill?
Last but not least the set comes with lots of animals and this to me is the icing on the cake of an already beautiful set.
Lego Mill Village Raid Rating
Awesome design and great playability out of the box. Another candidate for the Best Lego Sets of 2011.
With two interactive buildings, six minifigures and a whole farmyard of animals this is a set that kids will love to build and play with. At $69.99 it is a fairly good deal but we recommend finding this set on sale if possible.