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LEGO Ideas Medieval Blacksmith Review

(Written by Geneva – gid617)

Medieval lovers rejoice – the #21325 LEGO Ideas Medieval Blacksmith set is a slice of medieval life brought to the bricks with loads of realistic detail!  This blacksmith’s workshop was originally designed by LEGO fan Clemens Fiedler, but the final product has undergone a lot of revision.  There are some definite similarities like the half-timber style second story and the roof with an angle in the middle, but the LEGO designers were able to make the set brighter and less cluttered – fortunately without destroying its realistic look!

The set brings back the Black Falcon knights; two of them are coming to buy armor or get repairs. The older knight’s shoulder armor doesn’t look very medieval – in fact, it looks like it’s from Ninjago.  Oh, it is from Ninjago!  What do you know…  Maybe he is coming to the blacksmith to get the right side fixed.

The Medieval Blacksmith is impressively ready for 360 viewing. It’s also surprisingly sturdy, and although the carrying points are limited since you have to be careful not to lift the second story off by mistake, it’s easy to transport once you find a good spot to hold it.

The detail doesn’t stop with the outside either; there are three fully-furnished interiors. I have to call out the bearskin rug in the attic especially.

There’s only one function in this set (besides opening doors and windows and simple things like that), but it’s a very fun one. Pushing in the bellows on the right of the forge triggers a light brick and simulates a fire in the chimney.  It’s strangely satisfying to play with!

The Medieval Blacksmith is not small – it dwarfed this little half-timber house I happened to have on my desk at the same time.

My little brother and a friend of his had loads of fun exploring this set while I was supervising carefully and trying to visualize what I would have done differently if it were my own creation. Although it only has one real function (the light brick), this set has so much space for kids to interact with and create stories for.

Four Bricks Tall took the Medieval Blacksmith on a forest trail for a beautiful picture and inspired me to get some outdoor shots as well.  While I’m at it, I’ll complain about the wagon.  I’m not sure why knights are in wagon anyways, it makes it look like they just came off a farm, but on top of that this wagon is blocky and looks unrealistic.

Besides the wagon, I’m also not a huge fan of the moss on the roof. There just seems to be way too much of it, and besides that, sand green and blue isn’t a great color combination.

Another small gripe of mine is the dog. A husky hardly seems the right animal for a medieval blacksmith.  I also have to mention the tree; it’s a bit spindly and doesn’t look very organic.

The build process for this set was enjoyable. It’s a large set, and took several hours to put together, but except for the tree there’s not much dull repetition.  On the other hand, the instructions frequently had lots of pieces in one step and sometimes the yellow lines meant to highlight new pieces were visually confusing.  Not a big deal, but it would probably be difficult for kids to follow.

There are two techniques that are particularly worth mentioning; the brilliant construction for the wooden “A” on either side of the house, and the stylish use of shield tiles for the roof. If you’d like to see more about the build process, I put together a time lapse video below.

I love this set – it’s a highly playable, highly displayable medieval themed LEGO build. If medieval is even a little bit your thing, you’re sure to love it too.  And for those one or two things that could be tweaked… well, stay tuned, because I’ll be hammering those out in another article soon! In the meantime, if you would like to check out the set, it’s now available at the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Ideas Medieval Blacksmith? It’s about time we get a new medieval set, isn’t it?  How do you like the details and play-features? Anything you would like to change? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!

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  • Henry February 6, 2021, 10:18 AM

    Wow. It’s bigger than I expected. Thanks for the review. It seems like a very nice set.

    • gid617 February 6, 2021, 8:30 PM

      You’re welcome! I definitely agree, it’s a great set!

  • yoladiel February 6, 2021, 10:25 AM

    I didn’t notice the doors before on the official pictures, but for some reason I love them! I also like the subtle differences in the wall color.

    • gid617 February 6, 2021, 8:31 PM

      The doors are surprisingly nice – the black stripe on the bottom looks good and more printed wood slats are always welcome!

  • Okosh February 6, 2021, 10:33 AM

    I don’t like the tree too much, but everything else is perfect. I hope that we will get more black falcons in the near future. I need an army of them!

    • Håkan February 6, 2021, 1:24 PM

      Older second hand Black Falcons in decent conditions are sold for roughly 6-8 $ each on BrickLink… You could possibly find them cheaper in bulk buys if you’re lucky…

    • gid617 February 6, 2021, 8:32 PM

      Yes, keep an eye out for the next part of this review where I try to improve the tree (among other things)!

  • Legostuff14 February 6, 2021, 1:31 PM

    The medieval blacksmith shop is coming and can’t wait to build it and add it to my medieval set up. Yeah, trying to find the falcon knights are either very hard to or to expensive to buy. I do have a couple of them from an older set and one falcon knight in the kingdom’s jousting set.

  • Legostuff14 February 6, 2021, 6:56 PM

    I tried bricklinks found the mini figure section. Selected the a couple of falcon knights , but, nothing happened. I don’t or didn’t know what to do next. I did however find a few mix knights mini figures ( from lion to dragon and other) on eBay . I’ll just add that to what I already have. 🤔.

    • Håkan February 7, 2021, 10:49 AM

      You’d need a BrickLink account to be able to order, unless I’m mistaken.

  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi February 7, 2021, 12:29 PM

    Thanks for the detailed pictures. Like others said, I thought it was smaller. It looks perfect!

  • j.j. February 7, 2021, 1:01 PM

    Is the blacksmith sign printed or stickered?

  • walrusmaster February 7, 2021, 3:08 PM

    Wow, those last pictures almost look real. I must have this set! Heck, I would like something like three, to make variations!

    • gid617 February 8, 2021, 9:28 AM

      It’s impressively photogenic! And it could make a great base model to transform into other medieval houses for a layout.

  • Robert R. February 7, 2021, 9:15 PM

    I would love to see some alternate builds for this. A tavern and a pub, maybe? Like someone else said – two or three of these sets would look great together. We really need an updated Medieval Market Village.

    • gid617 February 8, 2021, 9:29 AM

      That’s a great idea… I might have to come back to it! 😉

  • Chris Rogers November 13, 2021, 11:15 PM

    I wish it was hinged to open to allow play without having to take the layers apart.

    It was a bit big for the ‘village’ I’d created, so, yes, it would be nice to have several pieces like this (tavern, bakery, market, etc.) that allowed some continuity.

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