The First LEGO® Dragon

The First LEGO® Dragon

It is Dragon Week at True North Bricks! We are building our way through several Dragon kits this week, including one that has not even been released! Every day, we will post a new review of a LEGO® dragon set for your enjoyment. However, LEGO® dragons were not always brick built. In fact, the first dragon was actually a figurine released in 1993. It just so happens that I was at the height of my KFOL collecting in ’93. I have a few of the original dragons in my collection. What better way to kick off Dragon Week that with a look at the OG dragon?

The LEGO® Group released the first dragon figurines in 1993 as part of the Castles theme. My KFOL collection included one of these sets, however it was not one of the dragon kits. The wave also included the LEGO® Group’s first wizard Minifigure, Majisto. I still own his Magical Workshop (6048). The dragons in this series were green with red wings and came in three different sets.

DRAGON WAGON

  • SET #: 6056
  • THEME: Castles
  • COST: $20.00 USD (Canadian pricing not currently available)
  • BRICK COUNT: 105
  • MINIFIGURES: 2 + Dragon
  • RELEASED: 1993
  • COST/BRICK: $0.19 USD (Canadian pricing not currently available)
  • BRICKS/FIG: 35
The first dragon figurine was included in set 6056, Dragon Wagon.
6056 – Dragon Wagon. Image sourced from LEGO® Bricklink.

DARK DRAGON’S DEN

  • SET #: 6076
  • THEME: Castles
  • COST: $44.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 214
  • MINIFIGURES: 4 + Dragon
  • RELEASED: 1993
  • COST/BRICK: $0.21 CAD
  • BRICKS/FIG: 43
6076 – Dark Dragon’s Den. Image sourced from LEGO® Bricklink.

FIRE BREATHING FORTRESS

  • SET #: 6082
  • THEME: Castles
  • COST: $69.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 397
  • MINIFIGURES: 6 + Dragon
  • RELEASED: 1993
  • COST/BRICK: $0.18 CAD
  • BRICKS/FIG: 57
The first dragon figurine appeared in the Fire Breathing Fortress set (6082).
6082 – Fire Breathing Fortress. Image sourced from LEGO® Bricklink.

In 1997, dragon figurines returned with a twist. In addition to the green dragon, a black variant also surfaced. Still part of the castles theme, these dragons came in Fright Knights sets. The original green version appeared in two sets (albeit one set had black wings). The black dragons appeared in three sets, though one was just a Minifigure pack. My collection includes three of the sets.

BAT LORD

  • SET #: 6007
  • THEME: Castles
  • COST: $4.50 USD (Canadian pricing not currently available)
  • BRICK COUNT: 12
  • MINIFIGURES: 1 + Dragon
  • RELEASED: 1997
  • COST/BRICK: $0.38 USD (Canadian pricing not currently available)
  • BRICKS/FIG: 6
The first dragon reimagined in black.
6007 – Bat Lord. Image sourced from LEGO® Bricklink.

WITCH’S WINDSHIP

  • SET #: 6037
  • THEME: Castles
  • COST: $8.00 USD (Canadian pricing not currently available)
  • BRICK COUNT: 56
  • MINIFIGURES: 1 + Dragon
  • RELEASED: 1997
  • COST/BRICK: $0.14 USD (Canadian pricing not currently available)
  • BRICKS/FIG: 28
The original Witch’s Windship (6037) instruction book cover from my collection.

TRAITOR TRANSPORT

  • SET #: 6047
  • THEME: Castles
  • COST: $20.00 USD (Canadian pricing not currently available)
  • BRICK COUNT: 139
  • MINIFIGURES: 3 + Dragon
  • RELEASED: 1997
  • COST/BRICK: $0.14 USD (Canadian pricing not currently available)
  • BRICKS/FIG: 12
The original Traitor Transport (6047) instruction book cover from my collection.

WITCH’S MAGIC MANOR

  • SET #: 6087
  • THEME: Castles
  • COST: $44.00 USD (Canadian pricing not currently available)
  • BRICK COUNT: 250
  • MINIFIGURES: 5 + Skeleton + Dragon
  • RELEASED: 1997
  • COST/BRICK: $0.18 USD (Canadian pricing not currently available)
  • BRICKS/FIG: 36
6087 – Witch’s Magic Manor. Image sourced from eBay.

NIGHT LORD’S CASTLE

  • SET #: 6097
  • THEME: Castles
  • COST: $80.00 USD (Canadian pricing not currently available)
  • BRICK COUNT: 601
  • MINIFIGURES: 7 + Skeleton + Dragon
  • RELEASED: 1997
  • COST/BRICK: $0.13 USD (Canadian pricing not currently available)
  • BRICKS/FIG: 75
The first LEGO Dragon was recreated in black in 1997.
The original Night Lord’s Castle instruction book cover from my collection.

The classic dragon figurine returned once more in 2003. However, it was no longer part of the Castles theme. Instead, it came with an Adventurer’s set. Additionally, the dragon featured a new tail mold and gold printing all over the body. Following this release, Dragons became larger and more detailed, and many were brick built.

DRAGON FORTRESS

  • SET #: 7419
  • THEME: Adventurers
  • COST: $90.00 USD (Canadian pricing not currently available)
  • BRICK COUNT: 684
  • MINIFIGURES: 9 + Dragon
  • RELEASED: 2003
  • COST/BRICK: $0.13 USD (Canadian pricing not currently available)
  • BRICKS/FIG: 68
6087 – Dragon Fortress. Image sourced from eBay.

The first LEGO® dragon was a huge game changer for me. It came around the time that I was really getting into fantasy books through series like Dragonlance. My younger sister and I collected many of the Fright Knights and Castles sets, resulting in some fairly epic adventures… at least, we thought they were epic at the time. While the brick-built dragons of today are certainly more epic in scale, this first one will always hold a special place in my memory. I remember the excitement the first time I saw one in the Toys R Us catalog. Perhaps even more important was the imaginative play it inspired. Did you have one of the first LEGO® dragons? Let us know in the comments below or reach out on social media. Also, be sure to tune in each day this week for a new LEGO® dragon!

Until next time,

-Tom

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