Every now and then, whenever a moment of bore came up, I would refresh the delivery status on the FedEx website, eyeing when my LEGO set would arrive. Then, at 10 A.M. on a Friday morning, I sprinted down the stairs under the approaching sound of a FedEx truck. I swung open the front door, and there it is, laying on the front porch: a gigantic brown box that was half as tall as I am. I carefully opened the box, knowing that it was exactly what I had anticipated over the past 2 weeks: set #71040. Right off the bat, I could immediately feel the weight of the set. And unboxing it took my excitement to a whole new level. With 758 steps and a whopping 4080 pieces, I knew right then that this is going to take up a lot of time to build. Which is great because, otherwise, I would have nothing to do anyway on the weekends!
Throwback to when only the base was built... that was only bag #1 and I had 13 more to go!
For the next three weekends, I would head down to the living room turned construction site at 9 P.M., dump all the LEGOs I needed for the day, and started putting the pieces together. Each bag is specifically tailored to a specific part of the castle in chronological order, so that we wouldn't have to scramble to find a single piece of two-by-four over all the other pieces of scattered LEGO at once. I started off really slow, but as I got used to LEGO building again, my building speed began to gradually increase. At the beginning, I would take two hours over one bag but by halfway, I was doing 45 minutes a bag, with the efficiency increasing as more and more bags tore open.
From the back of the castle with the doors open, Mickey and Minnie look out into the world...
This LEGO set meant something different from other previous sets I built. This was a set I have longed to build for years. Back in 2016, when I was casually walking past a toy store, I would see the Disney Castle built and shining at the front door. It was stunning to me at the time and I was immediately attracted by it, but I eventually had to sadly turn away due to the lack of space in my Hong Kong flat and the price tag. This LEGO set meant something different too because this was my first solo set and also one that took much more effort to build than the previous. In the past, me and my sister would take turns building a set, alternating every ten steps or so; but now, being alone in my grandparents' house, I would have to find all the pieces and fix everything that may be accidentally built wrong.
In this picture alone, you can see references from Snow White, Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and The Beast!!!
After 11 hours and 2 minutes, the Disney castle was finally complete. And it did not disappoint at all! The detail of the set was simply amazing, as every corner of the castle lies a hidden detail that calls back to a famous movie from Disney. It was one of the sets where the more you look, the more it blows your mind. Many have commented that the castle resembles very closely to that of the actual castle in Walt Disney World, and I'm proud to have successfully built this set. In fact, I might consider buying a light kit to illuminate the castle, a task that will be even more challenging. But until then, I'm glad that this Castle is going to stand strong in the living room of this house for a long time. And everytime I walk past it, a sense of pride and awe will surface from the bottom of my heart.
This castle is deifnitely going to be one for the books!!!