Yellow Lego Castle

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One of my favorite Lego sets as a kid was “375/6075 Castle,” commonly referred to as “the Yellow Castle.”

The Yellow Castle was originally released in 1978 and re-released in 1981, which is around the time I got mine. Along with 779 (mostly yellow) bricks, the Yellow Castle also came with 14 figures — enough to recreate almost any medieval castle siege scenario you could dream up. And, since there were so many pieces, it was simple to build a castle of your own design as well.

If you’re thinking to yourself that it looks like this castle took a while to build … it did, especially for an 8-year-old.

This kit was on the market through 1983, but beginning in 1984 Lego switched to using grey blocks for its castles. That leaves “Yellow Castle” as being the only … well, yellow castle. You could always tell if a kid owned the Yellow Castle kit based on how many yellow bricks he had in his Lego bucket. I can tell you that for years most of the spaceships, cars, and houses I built out of Lego had some yellow in them.

If you would like to browse through the entire manual, you can see it online here. Also check out YellowCastle.com and Classic-Castle.com for more information about this kit.

The original Yellow Castle sold for around $50, and if you think that’s expensive, don’t go looking for one on eBay. The only one listed there right now is going for $300+ (although you can buy the empty boxes for around $20).


7 Responses to Yellow Lego Castle

  1. vinvectrex says:

    This was a really fantastic set. As a kid, I loved the medieval sets but didn’t understand why they chose yellow for the castle color and preferred the look of the subsequent gray editions. But, now as an adult, I think the yellow is pretty great.

  2. The Retroist says:

    My cousin had this and boy was it eye catching. Every time I visited, I attempted to rebuild it and each time fewer and fewer bricks could be found to make the walls. Eventually it started to look like a ruin.

  3. Drahken says:

    Wow, oldskool lego, back when you could actually use a given kit to build things of your own design instead of just the 1 or 2 things it was specifically designed for.
    I would imagine that you could recreate this kit without too much cost or difficulty. Most of the pieces seem pretty standard, just buy a few large lots of legos & maybe custom order the few custom parts which might be missing.

    I didn’t get any actual legos until I was about 10, and those were just the little 15 piece kits they had in happy meals. I think my first big batch of “lego” bricks were when tyco super blocks came out (which I believe was when I was 12 or so). I never had any large “official” lego sets, the prices were always stupidly high (which is why I’ve always been strongly on the side of the various knockoff companies, many of which produce products of similar quality, yet still do so at a much more reasonable price).

  4. I loved this early Lego set. “Back in my day, sonny, we built our OWN Lego horses.” #originalgangsta

  5. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Home, sweet home.

  6. Flack says:

    The only thing better than writing about Legos is coming home to find 6 responses to one of your posts. Score!

    I’m not sure why the original set was yellow. Back then the only gray pieces I had belonged to space kits.

    Drahken, you are right — there weren’t too many “unique” pieces to the castle. The only ones you might have trouble finding in other sets are the sloped pieces that run around the outside of the castle at ground level. They’re 1 brick deep at the top, two deep at the bottom, and three bricks tall. Other than that and the big red doors, everything else is pretty generic.

    One thing I loved about this set were the 14 figures that came with it. Most of the space sets I remember getting came with either one or two figures. Getting 14 at once with spears, shields, and swords was totally awesome.

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