Enter the Auspicious Dragon [80112 Review]

Over the past year, we have seen some of the most intriguing LEGO Dragons released to date conincidentally coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the release of the first ever LEGO Dragon. The upcoming Lunar New Year, the Year of the Dragon, is bound to give builders the chance to explore the possibilities of LEGO Dragon design even further.

And we are off to a great start, with 80112 Auspiscious Dragon revealed at the recent Shanghai trade show. This 1171 part set will be released on January 1 2024, costing $AUD149.99 /USD89.99 /€79.99 /£69.99. I find the sets celebrating the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it has been relabelled this year, to be amongst the most appealing and enjoyable to put together. As such, I was excited to be given the chance to take a look at it prior to its release in the new year. This is certainly one of the most spectacular Dragon Builds that I have seen appearing in a set in recent years.

Read on as we take a look at the way this new set comes together…

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Bringing Myth and Magic to LEGO Castle: The System Years 1992-1999

Last year, I started to explore the way in which the LEGO® Castle theme has developed over the years. In our first installment, we looked at some of the ‘Pre-minifigure’ Castle history and continued to look at the way the Castle theme developed during the period of LEGOLAND Branding (1978-1991). In particular, we saw the development of factions, advanced use of landscaping, compared to other themes and the development of multiple animal moulds.

But what happened next? We have previously seen that 1990s were a period of diversification of material in both the LEGO Town and Space themes, with an increased number of factions and sub-themes. I apologize to those who have been waiting patiently for the follow up to last year’s article: Let’s take a look to see what happens in the realms of the Castle themes during the SYSTEM era..

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