One year ago, LEGO commemorated its 90th birthday by unveiling the magnificent 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle set, much to the joy and excitement of devoted fans of classic medieval fantasy. Combining the charm of classic models with a modern touch, this design pays tribute to the legendary King’s Castle from 1984. Now, let’s embark on a journey together to uncover the hidden secrets it holds.

Note: Although LEGO provided this set for review purposes, it’s essential to clarify that the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced by any external factors.

Minifigures & Animals

The Lion Knights’ Castle set includes an impressive array of 21 minifigures (or 22, if you count the skeleton), accompanied by a variety of animals – two horses in beautiful bardings, a cow (or perhaps an ox), a bird, and a cute lamb. Oh yes, there are also a few hidden frogs and bats here and there.

Logically, most of the characters are the Lion Knights, totaling ten in number and featuring the queen, knights in shining armor, vigilant guards, skilled archers, and a few others.

Minifigure lineup – Lion Knights

Additionally, three Black Falcons, three Forest Guardians (one of them being a child), several peasants, and the enigmatic wizard Majisto add further richness and charm to this extraordinary set.

Minifigure lineup – Black Falcons

I appreciate the variety of male and female minifigures. However, I feel that the facial expressions could use some improvement. Many of the headpieces seem to be quite common in LEGO City and other sets. In my opinion, the set would be enhanced by the introduction of more exclusive and unique characters to make it even more appealing.

Minifigure lineup – Peasants, Forestmen and Majisto

One major disappointment for me is the absence of any prints on the Majisto’s robes. Thankfully, I had one of those Build-A-Minifigure (BAM) figures from before, which allowed me to borrow the outfit and hat to add more charm to the wizard character.

The robe on the right looks way better

Box Content & Building Experience

In theory, constructing a set as big as this, consisting of 4514 bricks divided into 35 bags (labeled 1 to 26), would typically take several days. However, my fascination with the intricate building techniques and delightful hidden surprises present in this set led me to complete it in a mere three days.

Box content

Included in the Lion Knights’ Castle set are two instruction manuals, each dedicated to a specific half of the fortress. You start with a couple of mini-builds and the left side (viewed from the front), which consists of the market, kitchen, and living quarters. Then, you move on to the other half, which mainly consists of armories, stables, dungeons, and the main entrance. Once construction is complete, these two halves seamlessly merge into a truly awe-inspiring and magnificent castle.

Building process

There is also an array of hidden surprises waiting to be uncovered. From secret passages to concealed rooms, these intriguing elements reveal themselves as you build the castle from bottom to top. The journey of discovery adds an exciting dimension to the building experience, making it even more enjoyable and engaging.

Building process

I was particularly impressed by the inclusion of a large number of classic bricks, which emanate a unique and charming nostalgia. While the LEGO Group has undoubtedly enhanced its range of parts over the past decade, the presence of these classic bricks added an extra layer of delight to the experience.

I should also mention the fact that there are no stickers in this set, which, in my opinion, is a big plus. However, it’s worth noting that apart from shields, flags, and the queen’s cape, there aren’t many printed elements included. (I’m not counting prints on minifigures.)


I like the clever construction techniques and the usage of various hinges, ball joints, and wedge plates to achieve a subtly curved, irregular, and more realistic shape for the castle. This thoughtful approach elevates the overall design beyond the conventional square form.

One section of the castle is situated on elevated cliffs, paying homage to the classic sets that used raised baseplates. The remaining part of the structure is safeguarded by a surrounding moat, which serves as the first line of defense against unwanted guests.

Additional defense is ensured through the towering walls and formidable towers, which boast openings so slender that they permit only the passage of arrows. Several exquisitely decorated arched windows also grace the structure, but they are positioned at a considerable height.

The access to the castle is only partially facilitated by the entrance ramp, as there is a pit that divides the entrance, and the only way to enter is for the drawbridge to be lowered and the portcullis raised. If unwanted guests find themselves on the bridge, it can be raised, and enemies would fall directly into the dungeon.

On the left side of the castle, there is a large wheel powering a mill…

…while the right side is adorned with a big black tree, resembling those seen in classic medieval sets. This tree serves as a homage to the Forest Hideout set.

The castle walls are decorated with various vines, while at the foundation there are also several small dark green pine trees.

Nestled amidst the towers, a charming cottage, designed in the Tudor architectural style and crowned with a thatched roof, stands out prominently, disrupting the monotony of the gray walls.

At the back of the castle, there is another entrance, which leads straight to a small pier. While serving as an emergency exit, this passage remains equally guarded as the front entry, deterring any potential intruders attempting to gain access.

The fortress never fails to impress from every vantage point when displayed in its closed state. However, for those fortunate enough to have ample space, it can be fully opened, making it appear even more massive. Not only does this openness enhance its visual appeal, but it also allows easy access to the interior.


Let’s start from the left side of the castle. At the bottom, there’s a functional mill powered by an external waterwheel.

Next to it, there’s a small storage room where wheat, flour, or bread can be kept.

On the opposite side, there is a spacious kitchen, abundant with various utensils, cookware, vegetables, and spice containers, and there’s also a large oven.

The kitchen is full of details

Emerging from the kitchen, the pathway winds alongside the fountain before ascending a staircase that leads directly to the vast courtyard and marketplace, where a stall overflows with an array of fresh fruits, vegetables, and tasty pastries.

Wine seller

There is also a passage to the other side of the castle here.

Poor Patsy

Situated on the second floor, you’ll find an enchanting entertainment chamber boasting a fireplace and a harpsichord.

On the other side lies a beautifully decorated dining room adorned with intricate shields.

Classical shields adorn the interior walls of the dining room

On the top floor, the mentioned cottage is situated, housing both a children’s room and a bedroom. It is not clear whether this room belongs to the queen or if it is also a space where the children sleep.

The children’s room features a miniature version of the Yellow Castle, paying homage to the first-ever Lego castle.

A miniature version of the famous Yellow Castle

We gradually move to the other side of the fortress, distinguished by its dungeons, storerooms, and armories.

Escorting an unwanted guest to a prison cell

Nestled at the deepest point is a dungeon, wherein unwelcome guests may find themselves confined (some, perhaps, for an extended duration).

This guy has seen better days

Should a captive be fortunate, they might escape via a covert passageway concealed beneath the tree.

Prison break

Next to it lies a hidden chamber, serving as the sanctuary where Forest Guardians keep their weaponry.

Forestmen hideout

Within the basement, there is also a treasure room, which irresistibly reminds me of the classic Majisto’s Magical Workshop.

Treasure room or Majisto’s Lair?

These chambers both shroud a chest of treasures, complemented by glasses, a small barrel, and a ladder that ascends to the armory.

Majisto’s Magical Workshop

Situated on the second floor, you’ll find a dedicated storage area for storing weapons and armor.

On one side, there is an exit leading to the back of the castle and the dock, while on the opposing side, the main entrance to the castle is accompanied by the stable.

The king welcomes the queen

At the very top, there is another armory, as well as an open space where knights can practice sword combat.

One of the towers also houses a private chamber that inhabitants can visit in times of necessity.

How about some privacy?

Here, you’ll find toilet paper and a plant, presumably serving as an air freshener, with all waste being deposited directly onto the ground below.

And I thought this was a frog

But that’s not all. Beneath the drawbridge, an entrance to a cave can be found, where underground passages lead directly to a secret chamber housing the Forestmen.

I guess THIS is a frog

Access to this enigmatic space is only granted when both sections of the castle are parted.

Secret room below the marketplace

Stairs lead to yet another hidden passage, concealed just beneath a marketplace stall.

Don’t tell anyone about this secret entrance

Although the space is rather confined, the castle’s interior abounds with various rooms. Nonetheless, it’s hard for me to picture the castle without a majestic throne hall, a notable absence that I see as its sole flaw.

A view of the entire interior

Storytelling Possibilities

The LEGO Lion Knight’s Castle, with its impressive collection of 21 minifigures, already offers a diverse array of characters. However, I added additional medieval minifigures from my personal collection to expand the narrative possibilities and create a richer and more dynamic environment within the castle walls. You can view some of the photos below.

Kitchen area
Kids playing around castle
Princes visits the town’s market
A serenade for his favorite lady
Dinner with the king
Cheers, my lady
Lion Queen vs Dragon Knight
You shall not pass
Poor Patsy
A farmer prepares wheat for the mill
A sword fit for a king


The Lion Knights’ Castle (10305) is available at and is currently priced at €399.99, $399.99 or £349.99.

The price might be on the higher side, so it could be a potential deterrent for many buyers. However, if you’re a fan of medieval fantasy, classic LEGO castles, or love the challenge of assembling intricate creations with amazing building techniques, then the LEGO Lion Knight’s Castle is a perfect set for you. It is a captivating display piece and offers an immersive experience that caters to enthusiasts seeking an engaging and rewarding building journey.

I am grateful to for giving me the chance to review this set, and I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the LEGO Group for providing it.

Thank you for reading!

Zoran Pesic (IG: Bricktoygrapher)