Now take that game, and bring Lego into the mix (with the help of CUUSOO back in June of 2012 on the initial review set, that became the 21102 Micro World playet) and you end up with this:
|The package design is a great merging of the trademark looks of both companies, and it's amazing how this could really have been one of Lego's own original concepts, they both fit so well together.|
The Village was released in Sept of 2013, comes with three "micromob" figurines that you need to assemble, and has some pretty cool detail features throughout. But before we get to that, let's start with the instructions.
|The instructions (in two booklets, which surprised me at first because it's a smaller model build) are bold and colorful, showcasing a history of Minecraft and the other playsets available in the line up.|
Both books are very colorful, have information on the world of Minecraft and the other playsets that are available as well. After having seen The Nether playset, I wish I would have picked that one up first as I like the look of it, but I'm sure I'll be reviewing that in the next few months at some point.
I was a bit puzzled as to why there would be two books as this is not by any stretch a large model...
|...then I understood why there were two booklets.|
Here's why. Most kids I've seen that put these sets together, especially the smaller sets, can usually rock right through a build just by looking at the pictures on the box and get pretty close. And that's in the recommended age range of around 10 years of age. And those sets I've seen done, don't have this range of size in miniscule be so prevalent.
But this amount of 1x1 tiles and bricks, intermixed in what visually looks like bagged bedlam waiting to happen, made me think... maaaaaybe I should get a sorting tray to help isolate colors and facilitate the build. But then I threw all caution out the window and just dove in. I was sure this could not take that long.
|A fair amount of time had passed and I was only halfway through.|
I really thought that this whole thing would at the most take about thirty minutes to complete, but as you can see from above, forty-five minutes in, I'd made only half of the set.
It wasn't from lack of instructions, it was because I was quick to move through the booklets and would miss a part here or there, or I just underestimated how long it would take to put 466 pieces together (I'm not really sure if that is counting spare parts or not...).
The build was really quite fun, and I did marvel at the little details that if you are a fan of Minecraft, you will appreciate that made it into this set.
|The final assembly with three minifigs. (inset, top right) The only spare parts left over, somehow I think I missed something somewhere.|
You can easily exchange out the locking cross bar to re-oreint the set however you'd like for playtime or display usage.
The overall aesthetic of the set looks nice and is a pretty cool blend of colors that really evoke the palette of the Minecraft world.
|Hope you saved the box... because thankfully, unlike a lot of other Lego sets, this one fits back nicely in it's original box, with room to spare on the edges where the instructions and one small polybag of spare parts can be placed.|
Parents though, might balk at the price for such a small box and what seems like low contents. Never mind the fact that not a lot of extra parts were included in this set, so if you got impatient kids and/or deep carpets, prepare to have some possibly frustrated kids and a rude moment of pain on the bottom of your foot at 1AM when you raid the fridge by pathway of the living room, because losing any of these parts can throw this set WAY out of whack for finishing it.
Thanks for reading, we'll see you next time!
Mario, the Artisan Rogue