Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle (41062)
Do you want to build a snow maaaaaaansion?
Hop aboard the sleigh and join Anna and Olaf as they pay a visit to Queen Elsa’s beautiful ice palace for some frosty fun! What will they do first? Play hide and seek behind the secret staircase, or go skating around the castle? They could ski down the ice hill or prepare frozen treats in the castle’s ice cream bar and then get ready for a picnic in the snow under the magnificent icicle tree. It’s all up to you! First have fun building Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle. Then it’s time to play! Includes Queen Elsa and Princess Anna mini-doll figures, plus Olaf the snowman.
In late 2013, Disney surprised the world with their latest theatrical fairytale, Frozen. It also seemed to surprise Disney themselves along with their licensors, as merchandise of the Arendelle crew was in short supply that first Christmas. Knowing there were still kids (and parents, and single men and women) still craving ice themed product Disney (and said licensors) made sure shelves were well-stocked this last year (though I can personally attest it can still be difficult finding a regular Elsa doll). In addition to restocks of sold-out favorites, new products appeared – including the no-brainer of Frozen ice castle.
The set comes with two instruction booklets and is laid out into three vignettes – Olaf and a picnic, Anna and a sleigh, and the muti-leveled castle. Starting with Olaf the snowman, the figure is mostly composed of regular elements. Lego did wisely choose to make his head a new piece, as opposed to a build – though you do get to put in the carrot [but not the usual carrot element?). Though the instructions leave his base mound flat, there are enough extra parts that you can give Olaf two round white studs for feet (though you do gain a bit of height, he’ll still be shorter that the girls). Olaf’s picnic blanket is composed of a 4×4 red base with flat elements added for white pattern on top. Studs are left at the corners to hold the figure or his food – a sandwich and a cookie. Yum!
The next mini build is Anna along with a sleigh, though no “talking” reindeer are to be found here. Maybe you’ll get a set of your own, Sven and Kristoff. The build is mostly brown with pink accents. The highlight of the sled is the curved rails on the back which are repurposed Indiana Jones whips in a cute touch. What could be cuter is Anna’s face. Oh alright, it’s cute enough, but her expression is missing a bit of the manic-ness that was her trademark in the film. The softgoods cape definitely helps sell the look though. The Lego Disney Princess line does feature the “mini dolls” body first introduced in the company’s Friends line. In spite of being taller than the famous Lego minifigure there are some limitations, such as solid arms with no wrist swivel. To complete the vignette is a nice little, hinged ice slide that Anna can sled or skate down. Why is it hinged? Why, to hide an additional cookie, of course!
Finally, we come to the Queen and her castle. Elsa looks great as a “mini-doll” and even her own cape manages to get the look of the diaphanous drape she created on film. The castle is composed of three levels, and as you may remember from the official copy up top, contains a few features to actually scene in the movie. Does Elsa really need a lever-activated ice cream machine? Who cares!? She’s got one now. Chalk it up to the Friends influence, I suppose. Of more practical use is the set of skis Elsa has…acquired? Made? Well, she was shown creating everything from a snow pile to a sparkly dress from ice – skis are certainly not out of the question. The moving spiral staircase does seem to hew a bit closer to the movie’s castle, in any case.
Moving up a level, we find sleeping quarters inside, and a balcony that Elsa can sing to everyone to leave her alone from. There is also a stand for a crown and a bottle of…something. Maybe it’s a lamp? Use your imagination. On the third and final level is located a dais of somesort, which includes a fairytale book and a letter, presumably from Anna. The castle is topped by a large purple(?) snowflake. The main elements the form the castle are large transparent sparkly elements which give the set it’s name. Though there may not quite be enough transparent pieces to sate some fans longing for a more screen accurate ice castle such as this one seen on Lego Ideas. Obviously, Lego erred on the side of affordability, which is probably smart.
The set, scheduled for January, juuust made it into some stores before Christmas. And for the regular price, isn’t too bad. Now that the holidays are over Frozen fanatics shouldn’t be as tempted to fork over double to scalpers just to get it. As said, the Frozen train keeps on rolling, including an animated short scheduled to air before the live action Cinderella this year. So if you are a Frozen fanatic, or have one in your life, keep an eye open for this set. Just don’t expect it to come with a Lego ice mountain.