Today we are going around a new pack "Royal" offered by the Super Briques brand with an unofficial mini-set that allows you to assemble a king and his throne. It is no coincidence that this product is currently arriving on the shelves of the brand, the latter obviously benefits from the marketing from August 3 of the LEGO Icons set. 10305 Lion Knights'Castle. You already know if you follow, the big set in question includes a queen of the Knights of the Lion and Super Bricks had the idea to complete the cast with a king.
This small pack of 81 pieces sold for €19.99 therefore brings together enough to assemble a throne, a minifig of the king and some accessories. Several elements are personalized thanks to the UV printing process: the king's torso, the shield, the armor, the banner fixed on the throne and a pretty Tile 2x2 which puts forward a "royal decree".
The throne composed of 69 pieces is rather well designed, it will in any case match with the other elements of the set 10305 Lion Knights'Castle. It's opulent, a little vintage and on arrival perfectly in the spirit of the Classic Castle universe. Note that the assembly instructions can be downloaded from the brand's website, they are accessible via a QR code placed on the back of the product packaging.
As with many custom minifigs, the design on the minifig's torso won't be to everyone's taste. It is a very personal interpretation on the part of the brand which also takes into account the technical limitations imposed by the printing process used. The photos that I present to you here do not really serve the product, with this level of zoom, it is easy to distinguish the dotted line from the printed area. Seen from a "normal" distance, the rendering is more pleasing to the eye and will not shock in the middle of other stamped figurines.
La Tile with the parchment is rather well done, we manage to read the title and the rest of the pattern is thin enough for the rendering to be acceptable. The solid blue on the shield also flirts with the technical limitations of the UV printing process, but the grainy appearance is only visible from very close. The cape provided is not an official version, it was made by a small artisanal company based in Nantes, Flo's Daydream. The accessory is largely of LEGO production level.
Some may be surprised that the emblem present on both the banner, the armor and the shield is not the one imagined by LEGO for the Lion Knights, but Super Bricks has done its homework and this interpretation allows teaches him to stay out of trouble. However, the relationship between the two products remains almost obvious thanks to the assortment of colors used, that's the main thing.
I remind you that the brand only uses new official LEGO parts for these small packs, this is an important detail. For those who wonder why Super Briques does not pad print its parts, the process requires the manufacture of a relatively large quantity of parts to amortize the fixed costs (plates of clichés, pads) and the same product pad printed and manufactured in limited series would see its price sales at least double or even triple to be profitable, taking into account the fact that the brand that markets it is a company that pays its taxes and duties.
This new product on a theme much appreciated by nostalgic fans will not necessarily appeal to everyone, there are already several "official" kings in the LEGO catalog, including the one present in the 13th series of collectible characters marketed in 2015 and you have some you may already have one on hand. However, we cannot blame Super Bricks for staying too much in its comfort zone by simply printing a few Tiles and other lambda bricks: trying to seduce LEGO fans with this type of pack is always a bit risky bet, to see if it will quickly find its audience on the occasion of the launch of the big castle celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Mark.
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