With all the new sets that were just recently released, I forgot to mention that the #21128 LEGO Minecraft The Village set is also now available, but currently only to LEGO VIP members. General release will be in just a couple of days, on June 1st. The LEGO Minecraft The Village is the largest LEGO Minecraft set to date, so it is worth taking a closer look. 🙂
Let’s begin with the official description of the set: Build and protect The Village! Enjoy endless adventures at the busy Minecraft village. This hive of activity features a library, blacksmith, butcher and a marketplace. Have the iron golem patrol the streets to ward off zombies and other hostile mobs. Join forces with Alex, and combine your Minecraft know-how to mine, craft, create, grow vital crops and tend to the livestock. But keep an eye out for the exploding Creeper and the enderman that roam after nightfall! Includes 4 minifigures: Steve, Alex, zombie and a zombie villager, plus a Creeper, enderman, pig, baby pig, iron golem and 2 villagers (a farmer and a librarian). 1600 pieces. Measures over 5” (15cm) high, 19” (49cm) wide and 17” (44cm) deep. Price: $199.99 – BUY HERE
I have to say that the set has a very pleasing overall look. The buildings, the colors, and the layout all come together nicely. This is just a very good looking Minecraft village. It is interesting to note that while the village looks like a cohesive unit, it includes rainforest, snow and desert biomes, so you can seamlessly integrate them with other Minecraft sets.
The village itself features a watchtower, library, blacksmith, butcher’s building and a marketplace. The library and butcher’s building can fold out for a different look and for playing inside, and the marketplace has a really clever fold-up roof to access the interior (watch the video-review below to see how it works).
Speaking of different looks, the entire village is modular with smaller units, so you can easily reconfigure the layout. There is also a second instruction booklet with suggestions for alternate layouts. Having so many options for configuration makes this a very dynamic set. (I should note here that all the other LEGO Minecraft sets also come with alternate instructions and configurations.)
As far as the minifigures included, there are plusses and minuses. The four regular minifigures are Steve, Alex, a zombie and a zombie villager – we have gotten these characters in other sets, so nothing too exciting here. There are also two villagers; a farmer (brown robe) and a librarian (white robe). These minifigs use short legs and a very interesting extended torso piece. I’m very surprised that LEGO didn’t include the other Minecraft villager professions; priest, blacksmith, and butcher. Especially since they did include a blacksmith and butcher’s building. With the price, size and exclusivity of this set, and the fact that this supposed to be a village, not including enough villagers just feels wrong to me. And I would have also liked some baby villagers! We do get a Creeper, an enderman, and an iron golem as extra characters, plus a pig and a baby pig. Some cows would have been nice too.
Piece selection is excellent in all LEGO Minecraft sets, and The Village is no exception. They are basically big boxes of standard LEGO elements in beautiful earth-tone colors. Also LEGO Minecraft sets are a great source of large plates. I have no complaints about any of the sets in this regard, and would highly recommend them even to those who are not into Minecraft, but would like a nice selection of LEGO bricks in earthy colors. In the video review below JANGBRiCKS will show you the set in more detail.
As you can see, the LEGO Minecraft The Village is an undoubtedly nice set. If you own any of the other LEGO Minecraft sets, I’m sure you will be pleased with this one as well. My only complain is not getting enough villagers… and the price. This is a 1600 piece set for $200, which comes to 12 cents a piece. That is too high for a set that pretty much only includes basic LEGO elements and only a couple of unique minifigures. A $150-$160 price would have been a lot more reasonable. It seems like we have been talking quite a bit about the high prices of recently released LEGO sets. I hope this is not going to become a general trend, as LEGO is an expensive hobby to begin with. However if you do have a solid LEGO budget, and/or some VIP Points saved up, this is definitely the ultimate LEGO Minecraft set to get. You can find it under the LEGO Minecraft section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Minecraft The Village set? Do you like the buildings, the layout, the minifigures, and other features? Have you been collecting the LEGO Minecraft sets? Which one is your favorite so far? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉
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