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This review is from: LEGO Minecraft, Micro World 21102 (Toy)
I finally got a copy of this set so I can write an actual review. I find many reviews on Amazon are negative because of item availability and aftermarket pricing. So here is an actual review of the set, not the market. Please see the customer image gallery for my build uploads.
Design: This set uses a modular design. If you follow the instructions, you get eight distinct modules, four above ground and four below ground. You can arrange these in dozens of different ways to create tiny cave networks and a multi-layered effect. The caves have several different kinds of hidden resources that you can only see when you take the top layer off. The overall effect of the design is a pretty good representation of the Minecraft world.
Build Quality: Pretty solid, I'm happy to say. This set does not sacrifice build quality for detail (which many LEGO sets unfortunately do). You may find that the tree tops pop off when you're rearranging the different modules, but everything else sticks solid.
Fun Factor: This was a really fun build. Because it is a microworld, you can easily tell what each piece represents as you are clicking them into place. Once complete, it's really fun to create different arrangements with the modules. Even with just eight modules, you have quite a few options. I hope I can get a second one to customize the microworld even further.
Value: I was happy to pay $34.99 for this set. For Minecraft fans, I don't think you'll be disappointed. For Minecraft/LEGO fans, it's simply a must-have. You get 408 pieces, which is about $0.085 per piece. For a licensed set, that's actually below average. Of course, that's probably because it relies so heavily on 1x1 tiles and plates. Still, you get eight 6x6 plates, quite a few bricks, and a brick separator. I thought the brick separator was a nice touch for separating all the tiny plates. There are only three exclusive pieces for the Steve and creeper heads. You get an extra Steve head, so if you add a red brick (or whatever color you want), you can make a second adventurer. To piece this set together on BrickLink dot com would cost about $50-$60.
Conclusion: If you can get it for MSRP of $34.99, it's a buy. I wouldn't suggest paying collectible prices, as LEGO will undoubtedly be producing more of these, and will probably create different Minecraft sets in the near future. At least I hope they do. I would love to add more modules to this set, and I'll be interested to see tiny zombies, skeletons, and mob animals.
A note on aftermarket sales: This set is incredibly popular. I imagine that LEGO was surprised by the demand. The aftermarket prices have come down to ~$60, which is still way to high. But that is how a collector's market works. Lots of people on here are rating the set low because they paid 2-3 times retail for it, which is the buyer's fault as much as the seller's. Many people are also upset with the behavior of sellers who list these sets at high prices, which seems really weird to me. It seems like buyers who are willing to pay those prices should be happy for the fact that the sets are available at all. Buyers that pay that much and then get bent out of shape about it need to look to themselves. Prices go up on collectibles like this because enough buyers are willing to pay for it, simple supply and demand. If you or your kid is wanting this set, just sit tight. There will be more available at retail price soon. If not, just get some LEGO bricks in Minecraft colors and make your own. You'll be a lot happier.
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Initial post: Feb 7, 2013 1:04:21 PM PST
I just priced this exact set on Bricklink for $26.40
In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2013 5:53:55 PM PDT
That's exactly what I was thinking. There's no way it would cost $50-60 on BL. Parts are dirt cheap there. Now the official Lego store. Well, that's a different story. :p
Posted on May 19, 2013 9:49:54 AM PDT
"star wars fan" says:
You're review is the best one on here. I really like how you actually made a helpful review and told us how the product is. A lot of the other reviewers only say that they had no idea how small it was and that it was over-priced. That's not helpful at all. I like how you took the time to write an actual review.
Posted on Jun 15, 2013 6:48:35 AM PDT
Thank you "e" this is a review I really needed right now! A pleasure.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2013 6:51:38 AM PDT
I will have to google brink link, not for this, but for regular old brick Legos a boy can use! Is that the best option?
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2013 8:55:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 21, 2013 8:56:07 AM PDT
@Christina, Brick Link is great for piecing together out-of-print, rare sets, or when you're doing builds that need VERY specific blocks. If you just want a lot of bricks for a kid to play with, I'd recommend ebay. You can buy bulk, random, mixed lego bricks by the pound, box, bucket etc. Just search for "lego pound" and you'll find lots of stuff!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2013 10:39:21 AM PDT
Thank you ! I did try brick link and felt very lost, lol :) I will try your suggestion for certain!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2013 7:00:21 AM PST
Well, even on Brick Link this set is currently running $45. All of you who bought it in the spring should consider yourselves lucky. The Lego site indicates new sets will be shipped beginning December 29.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2013 7:25:07 AM PST
I do feel very lucky, especially since it will be my sons Xmas or birthday present ;) I can't believe I kept the secret! I will say though, at very odd intervals, Walmart had the set for $35. Good luck to you all!
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