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Vikings
Vikings
Years:

2005 - 2007

Related themes:

Castle


Vikings is a theme based on the ancient Scandinavian warriors commonly referred to by that name. It was introduced in 2005 and discontinued since 2007. In total, seven sets were released. The Vikings have helmets and many weapons. There are a lot of dragons and sea serpents to defeat. There are gem pieces, threads, sails, and even ropes.

History

Vikings was a filler range released in 2005 to fill the gap between the discontinuation of the Knights' Kingdom II line and the emergence of the Castle (2007) line. The theme had a simple format, with every set based around a storyline of a warrior or warriors battling an individual monster. It included some elements of Norse mythology, but the main reason for the success of the range was its breaching into a different culture in contrast with the more European based Castle Ranges that appeared before. Due to its popularity, the line avoided discontinuation for an extra year, meaning that it overlapped with the introduction of the Castle series.

Details

In Relation to Mythology

In the Vikings line sets, most of the creatures come directly from Norse Mythology. The Fenris Wolf was one of the children of Loki, Norse god of mischief, as was the Midgard serpent. Wyverns were dragons with only two legs. The name Fafnir comes from a dragon that guarded a treasure hoard from his dwarfish brother. Ofnir is most likely a general name for "dragon".

New and exclusive pieces

Vikings introduced some new pieces, such as the battle axe blades, which later reappeared in Dwarves sets from Castle (2007). Another exclusive piece is the Viking helmets which were only available in Vikings sets until 2011 when they were released in the Collectable Minifigures Viking. Those helmets also made use of new horn pieces, instead of reusing the ones already introduced in Islanders sets from 1994. Most minifigure heads used in the Vikings line had completely new faces.

Creature Construction

The creatures in this line were constructed in a BIONICLE-like style that contrasted with the minifigure Vikings that battled them. As a result, the sets feature many parts that were otherwise not seen outside of Bionicle.

Notes

  • Most of the sets were the inspiration of the Castle sets of 2007-2008. The sets share a common design and amount of minifigures. Almost each set was translated into a castle set.
  • The sets have the longest set names of all.

Sets

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Image # Set Pieces Figures Price Released
7015 Box 7015  Viking Warrior challenges the Fenris Wolf  76  Viking Warrior   $4.99  2005 
7016 Box 7016  Viking Boat vs. Wyvern Dragon  112  2   $10.00 / €5.99  2005 
7017 Box 7017  Viking Catapult vs. Nidhogg Dragon  225  Viking Warriors   $19.99  2005 
Midgard Serpent 7018  Viking Ship challenges the Midgard Serpent  585  Viking King, Viking Warriors (5)   $49.99  2005 
N4349 7019  Viking Fortress against the Fafnir Dragon  1019  Viking (6)   $69.99  2005 
7020 Box 7020  Army of Vikings with Heavy Artillery Wagon  312  7   $29.99  2006 
7021 7021  Viking Double Catapult vs. the Armored Ofnir Dragon  505  3     2006 
Vikchess G577  Vikings Chess Set  179  24   $49.99 / €29.99  2006 

Minifigures

Viking Warrior 1d
Viking Warrior 3d
Viking Warrior 4c
Viking Warrior 2d
Viking King
Viking Warrior 1b
Viking Warrior
Viking Warrior 4d
Viking Warrior 6b
Viking Warrior 1a
Viking Warrior 2a
Viking Warrior 3a
Viking Warrior 4a
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