Marcos BessaSkærbæk Fan Weekend was the designer of this set, Marcos Bessa. He works on the LEGO Super Heroes team but instead spoke about the many large “Direct to Consumer” sets he has designed such as 10236 Ewok Village, 75827 Firehouse Headquarters and both of the Simpsons sets. 71040 Disney Castle is his latest.
The fact that I found most interesting was that he was given no price point in the brief. LEGO designers are (almost) always briefed to design a set to a particular retail cost. As you can imagine, this must at first be a challenging restriction on creativity for many designers, especially former AFOLs like Marcos. However this time he was given free rein, with reviews and price point decisions being made along the way of course.
Parts in 71040 Disney Castle
10255 Assembly Square - see our two-part review. You get 26 of the former and 25 of the latter! Also, a couple of nice round pieces are new to Earth Blue as well of which you get four of each: the 6x6 dish (6116265 | 44375) and the 4x4x2 cone (6144755 | 3943) which TLG call a ‘Rocket Step’! I like that.
incredibly popular ‘brick’ brick, a.k.a. the ‘profile’ or ‘masonry’ brick: Brick Yellow/ Tan (6148262 | 98283). It first appeared a couple of months before the Disney Castle in LEGO Ninjago 70589 Rock Roader which only has two… the castle provides 24. Similarly, there are 25 Brick Yellow 45° corner wedge bricks (6148265 | 87620) of which 70589 Rock Roader only has one. The other offering in this colour are the two 3x3 cross plates (6061575 | 15397) which originally appeared in 10253 Big Ben, but there are only two in here.
70588 Titanium Ninja Tumbler, as well as now coming in 10255 Assembly Square too.
76059 Spider-Man: Doc Ock's Tentacle Trap. There are only two here.
New printed parts in 71040 Disney CastleBrickLink lists two other 4x4 dishes printed with clock faces, as well as one 2x2 and two 6x6. Both of these White printed pieces take pride of place above the entrance to the castle.
how many versions there are! There’s the original Unikitty tail as well as Queasy Kitty and Angry Kitty, then in the unprinted versions we have the Bright Blue [TLG]/Blue [BL] Astro Kitty tail, the Dark Stone Grey architectural decorations used in 10246 Detective's Office and the Brick Yellow version was used in three sets; variously as a elven shop sign, the wooden hair of a wardrobe with a face and as a dragon’s moustache! Hooray for specialised elements.
Minifigures in 71040 Disney Castle
As usual I won’t go into detail on the minifigures; others will have described these in greater and better detail elsewhere. However there were a couple of things I was taken with.
Techniques in 71040 Disney CastleOverall, the shape of this model is unusual for a LEGO set, being a sort-of pyramidal structure on a curvy triangular base that resembles the shape of a cloud icon. The base is very satisfying to build, as you can imagine.
Note that lovely floor in the centre, using the pentagonal shield tiles (Design ID 22385). The whole thing has been rotated 45° and Marcos cleverly employs the 1x1 round tile with bar (Design ID 20482) to keep the rotated section in place. The corners are then covered with angled plates.
SNOT pieces (Design ID 4595) together and then, in the next step, to add a 1x2 plate on top. For less experienced builders this is highly confusing as the two SNOT parts do not connect to each other at the initial stage and indeed need a gap between them to connect to the plate. I’m sure, if used in a set that was not age marked 16+, this technique would have been explained more gradually — or not permitted at all.
It’s the simplicity of this chandelier that makes it so neat. At its heart is the ship wheel (Design ID 4709, originally from LEGO Fabuland, by the way) with Fez hats attached to clips for the lights.
Now, does this chunk of LEGO pieces remind you of anyone?
No, it’s not a statue of Mickey's head but in fact the bottom section of a protruding turret.
There's simply too much to discuss in the construction of this model! So I will leave it at those few observations, otherwise I will be here for (another) few months.
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