LEGO Disney Princess Cinderel Reviewla’s Romantic Castle 41055
While there’s the Lego city sets and Lego Star Wars sets that have been gaining a lot of popularity in the Lego news, we cannot forget about the other sets out there (yes, other sets do exist). Particularly, today, we would like to take a close look at the Lego 41055 set, which is one of the Disney Princess sets. For quite some time, we held off on getting this set, due to a variety of reasons, but we felt it was finally time to get one and we must say, the castle is out of this world.
Looking at the Disney Princess line of Lego sets, we believe this is one of the most impressive sets available and it is one of the biggest. Not only is it one of the biggest and has the most pieces, you also have to consider the fact that it offers the highest playability factor in the Disney line-up.
This castle is filled with all kinds of features and amazing opportunities to let your child’s imagination come to life once it is fully assembled. Besides, if you plan on putting together a Lego Disneyland, this one right here is an absolute must-have, because no Disney set is going to be complete without a castle.
5 bags, 646 pieces, 2 sticker sheets, 3 base plates, 205 steps spread over a total of 147 pages (2 books of Lego Building Instructions) and it should take about 5 hours to put everything together.
Here’s some pictures of the box:
Here’s a picture of the instruction manuals
In bag one, you have the accessories to the castle. There’s a table with chairs and a little swing under a tiny tree. There’s also Cinderella with her prince, a dog and a cat.
Unfortunately, the biggest complaints about the Lego 41055 set is right here in the first bag.
There’s Lego trees – those are fragile to say the least, but looking over the Lego instructions, you wouldn’t know this. With the slightest push, they will snap in half. So, if your child accidentally snaps the trees in half, it shouldn’t be a surprise because this can happen easily. For the trunk, they use round brown pieces that have a hole through the center. Lego could make it less fragile by placing a rod through that hole.
Also, there’s only two minifigures – at this price point, we would expect there to be more than two minifigures to play with. However, when it comes to the girl-friendly lines, like Disney, this just so happens to be one of our main complaints. Lego always seems to go easy on the minifigures in these lines. Look at the Star Wars sets as an example – at the same price point, the one we looked at came with a total of 8 minifigures. When it comes to playing with something, kids would like to have more minifigures.
Who is the Castle for?
This castle has been designed for children between the ages of 6-12. It comes with 2 minifigures - Cinderella and Prince Charming. You also have Bruno the dog and Lucifer the cat. Looking at Cinderella’s Romantic Castle, we find some amazing features on it like:
- A throne
- Tall towers
- A Clock
- Beds for Lucifer and Bruno
- A Nice Bedroom for Cinderella
- River with a bride, swing and flowers
- Outdoor area for eating
When you get this castle put together, you’ll find that it has been designed really well – there are a lot of hidden bits in it that the little ones will enjoy playing with. It is obvious the Lego put a large amount of thought into this product and we just know children (especially girls) are going to love this castle. If you let the little one put it together, it should take around 2 hours to complete. Once it is together, Cinderella and Prince Charming will jump right in where they will sit in the chairs in the garden, enjoy a beautiful dance inside the Castle where the floor spins around or enjoy a cup of nice hot tea. There is just the right amount of space in this castle for Prince Charming, Cinderella and their two pets Bruno (the dog) and Lucifer (the cat).
Building a Swing
For those of you that are used to Lego Star Wars Sets and Lego city sets, building a simple swing in this set is going to be as easy as 1, 2, 3. Normally, when we are putting together a Lego swing, we think of something flexible for holding the swing, like strings and chains. Due to the lack of weigh of the seat, when you get the swing put together, the assembly might not look right. Lego has a way of dealing with this situation though. They usually include solid swings in the sets that require them and that is exactly what you get here in the Lego Cinderella’s Castle. For the chains on the swings, they use modified bars, which include a half pin for connections to the seat and frame.
While this is a great approach, however, there are some drawbacks. Starting out, many don’t exactly enjoy the look of stiff elements and secondly, if you require flexibility for any reason, there will be none. This type of swing should be able to handle a swinging pendulum type motion, but if the pivot hasn’t been blocked, it can also make a complete 360 degree turn.
While we have already touched a bit on the minifigures that are in this set, we wanted to elaborate a bit more to give you an idea of what you’re getting into. In this section of the review, we’re going to go into details about the minifigures.
Cinderella – Obviously, this is the princess of the set. In this set, Cinderella is wearing an exclusive dress, which is blue and her evening/opera gloves give a nice added touch. The look on her face is just darling and her hair is also exclusive to her. Some may say that her hair is too big, but that is okay, the children won’t care about that. They will be too busy focusing on all of the fun activities Cinderella can take part in.
Prince Charming – This character has brown hair – it reminds us of Han Solo’s hair, which you can see in Lego 9493 set. His eyes are amber, which is strange, because we could have swore his eyes were supposed to be brown. His torso isn’t accurate as it’s baby blue and not cool yellow, but we just assume that maybe he changed clothes and there’s nothing wrong with this. His les are accurate though.
Lucifer – Lucifer has been portrayed as one of Cinderella’s pets (a cat) and some say he doesn’t look accurate in this set as he should look fatter and evil. However, we personally enjoy Lucifer.
Bruno – Bruno is the dog of the group. He is a reddish brown hound dog.
For more minifigure action, we believe it would have been nice if Lego would have added Cinderella’s bird and mice friends.
Looking through the pictures we have posted on this set, what do you think of it? Do you think Lego Cinderella’s Castle is something your little one would enjoy? If you’re looking to introduce your little girl to Lego sets, then this would be a nice starter kit. Once you decide to move forward to something more advanced, we highly recommend Lego 10182 and Lego 10195 sets.