LEGO 100 Years of Disney 43222 Disney Castle set is packed with magic

Seven years after the LEGO Group launched the now-retired 71040 Disney Castle, a new version of the Disney icon, inspired by Cinderella’s Castle at the centre of Walt Disney World and paying homage to 100 years of animated characters, is launching. 43222 Disney Castle is a 4,837 piece set that’s launching on July 1.

Every Disney film opens with a beautiful animated sequence showing fireworks going off above an iconic Disney castle, inspired by the one at the centre of Walt Disney World, which was of course inspired by the castle in Cinderella. 43222 Disney Castle is clearly based on the theme park icon, because it follows the updated ‘bold, shimmering and royal makeover’ that the landmark had ahead of Disney World’s 50th anniversary, while 71040 Disney Castle followed the original grey and blue colour scheme.

That doesn’t mean that the entire set is theme park based though; like the previous castle, it’s packed with references to Disney animation including Steamboat Willie, Snow White, Cinderella, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Princess and the Frog, Tangled and Moana.

Eight minifigures are included, focusing on Disney Princesses and their betrothed. These included Snow White, the Prince, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Tiana, Prince Naveen, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.

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Two colourful fireworks are going off either side of the castle – a very different solution to the stud shooters included in the previous edition. Inside, there’s a charming feature that slows Cinderella and Prince Charming to ‘dance’ thanks to a turntable in the floor.

The 4,837 piece set will launch at LEGO.com on July 1, priced at £344.99 / €399.99 / $399.99.

‘Over the last century, Disney has created some of the world’s greatest stories which are loved by generation after generation,’ said LEGO Creative Design Lead Benedikte Stamp. ‘Just like these stories, LEGO play transcends age, language, culture and interests to inspire millions of children to build and create anything they can image. As a designer, it’s my role to bring together the magic of the two brands and give fans of all ages the chance to celebrate their love for Disney stories through building.’

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