LEGO® Minecraft™ Micro World details unveiled

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Minecraft Micro World: The Forest

The set was unveiled today. Here is the official picture and press release:

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BILLUND, Denmark –The LEGO Group and Mojang have released purchase details and pictures of the LEGO® Minecraft™ Micro World today.

The new set, which was the first to receive 10,000 votes of support from users on the global LEGO CUUSOO idea collection platform, will be available for purchase in summer 2012, but can be pre-ordered from today, exclusively through Mojang retail partner Jinx.com for $34.95/€34.95/£34.99 at http://www.jinx.com/LEGOMinecraft. The sets will also be sold in select LEGO brand retail stores and the LEGO online shop from summer 2012.

“LEGO Minecraft Micro World is designed to celebrate the essence of the LEGO concept and the Minecraft gaming experience,” said Paal Smith-Meyer, Head of the LEGO New Business Group. Each set features four cubic modular vignettes that can be connected to recreate the Minecraft experience in LEGO bricks. One Minecraft block is represented as one 1x1 LEGO plate with a tile on top - not a perfect cube, but the best approximation at the chosen scale.

LEGO Minecraft Micro World includes two of Minecraft's most iconic characters, Steve and a Creeper, represented as "Micro Mobs." The model presents a standard for building a Minecraft world that can be configured any way the builder likes.

The surface of the modules comes off to reveal mines and hidden resources beneath. Fans can build their own landscapes, stack cubes on top of each other, to build the world of Minecraft as they wish.

The product was developed in collaboration with four LEGO fans: Chris Malloy, Michael Thomas, Kyle Tingey, and Bjarne Panduro Tveskov. These fans developed concepts alongside LEGO designers and helped shape the product into its final version.

Upon seeing the physical model the first time, Mojang founder Markus “Notch” Persson exclaimed: “Woohoo!”

LEGO CUUSOO is a website where LEGO fans can submit their ideas for new LEGO products and collect votes to make their ideas become a reality. They can also vote for other users’ ideas. It can be found at http://lego.cuusoo.com.
Ideas that are supported by 10,000 votes have a chance of being selected to become part of the LEGO Group’s product portfolio. Consumers who have their ideas chosen will earn 1% of the total net sales of the product.

Mojang will donate the 1% proceeds from LEGO CUUSOO to charity.

For more on the co-creation process for LEGO Minecraft Micro World, see the LEGO CUUSOO blog at http://legocuusoo.posterous.com.

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I actually think it's turned out better than we might have expected. I don't know a lot about Minecraft but it seems to be faithful to the concept and a fairly interesting LEGO set. However I suspect many of us could build something very similar from our own collections, though. The 6x6 standard that's been created may well form the basis for countless fan-created Minecraft modules and we might see whole Minecraft worlds being created as collaborative builds at LEGO shows in future, which would be cool.

57 comments on this article

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By in Norway,

Sorry to be sceptical, but after seeing the first pictures, I dont find it very attractive (yet). It is quite cute though. The whole world built from these modules can be a nice idea. Lets see in the future.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm guessing a lot of people might just see this as a parts pack. Looks nice, but pricey for what it is!

Where are/what are the 'micro mobs'?

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By in United States,

I have no choice but to agree with Notch, woohoo!
Seriously, this set looks great. It really has the feel of Minecraft and yet maintains a good size. Plus the pieces included are going to be very useful to a lot of builders, particularly all those tiles. Definitely will pick this one up.
I wish the picture showed Steve and the Creeper, but oh well, they'll surface soon.

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By in United Kingdom,

Still not interested. Might buy it for parts if it got reduced (no way would pay £34.99 - and btw TLG, $1 does not equal £1!!)

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By in Belgium,

Looks better than the Cuusoo original, well done mr. lego designer :)

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By in Netherlands,

I might actually buy this, these seem like useful parts for me :P

EDIT: Added to wishlist :>

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By in United Kingdom,

Very cute but a pass for me because of the price. I'm guessing it would be cheaper to order the Steve and Creeper printed pieces from Bricklink.

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By in United Kingdom,

I really do hope those Minecraft fans that voted for this do buy these sets. If these fail it will not look good for Cuuscoos future.

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By in Australia,

Welp. It's rather cute, but pretty mediocre - though certainly not bad, it's not quite the ideal fusion of the concepts I was hoping to see. It's a shame that it amounts to a static - if modular - model. Though, I guess it would've been sorta foolish to expect it to translate well to physical form. Now I think about it, given it doesn't really seem to emulate the experience as expected, I'm legitimately curious as to what the Minecraft fanbase's reaction will be.

One thing that's a bit confusing - why doesn't Steve have arms? They'd be easy enough to do with a pair of 2x1 plates attached to SNOT pieces.

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By in United Kingdom,

Im not a fan of the game but appreciate weird and wonderful lego sets. I will buy this if it goes on sale.

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By in New Zealand,

It must be me, but I dont see the point of this set

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By in United Kingdom,

Can't for the life of me work out the appeal of this. Just in case I am misunderstanding, this is not a game, right? Just a model of what can be created in the game?
If that is right, where exactly is the draw? People are slating the mini modulars, but isn't this simular but with just green, brown and grey. And again, why pay £35 for something that you can make with most of your standard parts at home.
Hoping I am missing something...

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By in United Kingdom,

Ooo - I like it. I am a fan of microbuilding, so that probably helps. And I've even played minecraft (and been killed by creepers too many times). I know you all keep saying you could build it from your stash, but I know I couldn't and I have a plenty of bricks. Besides this is for people who don't have much lego or even any. I'm sure plenty of you could build the creator houses from your stash or near enough, but don't bother. £35 is however quite expensive :(

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By in United Kingdom,

Crap. £35 for a pack of basic coloured tile, plate and brick, some axle bricks and a couple of printed pieces? Maybe if I was a completist Minecraft fan or an obsessive set collector I would shell out for it, but really? It looks pretty cute and I like the idea of micro-modular builds but it's rather expensive for what it is and being Lego-exclusive, unlikely to get cheaper.

And LostinTranslation is right Lego, £1 does not equal $1 or €1. Nowhere near.

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By in United States,

I have to agree with the majority on this one, I looks more like a great source of parts but I'm not overly impressed with it. The parts will be nice for those of us that like to build our own mini sets, but they are expensive. I would rather go fill a bucket up at the Lego store for $15.

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By in United Kingdom,

You could probably easily turn this into a Lego Minecraft board game

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By in Hong Kong,

I guess one would buy this model only if he likes both Minecraft and LEGO...

The price does not justify for 480 pieces of parts definitely, but not also for the only 1% charitable donation...

Cross-over and creativity are good, but not like this way...

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By in Sweden,

To me this seems mostly like something for the Minecraft fan to put in his bookshelf as a "Minecraft IRL" display piece than anything else. I don't see this appealing much to AFOLs unless they are into Minecraft or want it for the parts.

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By in United Kingdom,

Pathetic.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Don't beat around the bush @Joefish, what do you really think? ;)

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By in Belgium,

it's horrid. in more than a way.

EVEN if you like it for what it is (not that much either.. but that's subjective), still:

a) that "famous buildings" line does basically the same in terms of brick combinations, but of course much better;
b) same be said of the modular houses thing, which, being on a much larger scale, is also a lot better;
c) it's an even more pedestrian attempt to capitalise on someone else's ideas than it's the case with the now well-estabilished franchise sets -- whereas creativity goes to the wall.

someone's apparently forgotten LEGO was about building pretty much everything with a few basic bricks - kind of the same concept as minecraft's, but looong before. now it seems like they're just hurrying to absorb as many other well-known brands as they can, and bank on it. and while this works great when paired with great building/playing possibilities (HP, PotC, obviously SW, but they're all good really), i don't really see much sense in this.

i can't honestly think of a single "category" of LEGO fans this would suit. kids? grown-up old time fans? minecraft enthousiasts? i'm afraid it's strictly for the latter. not even sure they're gonna like it.

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By in United States,

All I'm saying is I really hope the Minecraft fans that voted actually buy this, because I don't foresee a lot of non-Minecraft fans springing for it, both judging on response here and my own reaction/thoughts. Cuusoo is a great concept and I'd hate for any discrepancy in vote-to-actual-purchase ratio on this offering cause a premature end to LEGO Cuusoo.

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By in United States,

hmmm $35? Maybe. Seems like a $25 set to me. I would buy for the parts though.

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By in United Kingdom,

What's funny is that we will have to spend $55 or €42 ,so this is what you would have to spend if retail price was all the same

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By in Canada,

Glad all those kids voted for this garbage.

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By in Bulgaria,

hmm, that set is definately a surprise to me!

The only think i REALLY like about it is that it looks like an appealing model of a mini-landscape. I am trying to imagine what it would be if this idea - making small-scale landscapes out of tiny LEGO parts - catches on.

In other words, how would you react to a line of brick-buckets oriented to constructing landscapes in a small scale?

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By in United States,

@legomaniac: I agree that it should be a bit cheaper, but I'll bet most Cuusoo models will be overpriced. Sadly.

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By in United States,

Minecraft fans are quite a cult so this will do well with them.
My kid plays and the whole appeal is to dig, chop, build, explore and then you a time limit till it turns night and then the Creepers and other baddies are about. You need to gather resources to build a pick axe, weapons, armor and such. It's fun for the building and gathering aspect.

I see these as display models and build your own model based off of what you did in the game for fun to sit by your computer.

I think it would've been better to have large cube with various layers....like a cross section to see the mines, creepers, different resources, etc.

Perhaps they'll make this into a game with a timer to mimic the 10 minutes of night and day in the game and you have to gather your resources to build something within a time limit. Just thinkin' out loud...

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By in United States,

@le60head...yeah, the micro world landscape has a lot of appeal.
Like I'm really in to the micro-modular and want to now build my own buildings to scale and match to the ones they have in the kit.
A micro-landscape could be a fun building challenge.

Oh, also...with this Minecraft, besides Steve and the Creeper they should've had one animal. I think either a pig or sheep (?) is a essential part of the Minecraft World...?

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By in United States,

I like the green 1 x 1 tiles but if not for the box art, what is this? $35 for blah?
I don't buy the Lego Board games unless they are deeply discounted (and just for the parts) so when this gets to 75% off, then I will like it.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like the overall design of the set but the price- really? How can LEGO justify making Europeans (incl. Britain) spend nearly twice as much as Americans? It's just ridiculous. Should be £25 max in Britain.

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By in United Kingdom,

In the UK there is an additional charge of £11.90 for delivery!

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By in United Kingdom,

to bad they are not actual minifigures. A creeper one would be nice. That makes me not want to buy it. I am not much of a fan of micro models.

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By in United States,

Qouting Sarlacc98: I'll buy it anyway, because it's Minecraft! ;)

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By in United States,

And did they say something about "each" set will include four cubic modular vignettes. So that means they're gonna make more? I'd love to see Enderman, Spider and Zombie figs!

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By in United Kingdom,

I find this uninspiring. It can't hold a torch to the tremendous products TLG have been putting out over the last few years. Can the majority of fans really tell us they would want this over say a Romans theme, or The Tudors (Hampton Court, Tower of London etc). hmmm

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By in United States,

I'm kind of stumped on my opinion on this. Don't get me wrong, I think all those mini trees and rivers are really cute and neat, I feel kinda, "And..." Like there should be more. I still feel that I need to see more of these before making a definite decision. I question Lego's decision to move into mini's, considering that (In my experience) Kids don't love mini modular kind of sets, as it limits the playability, so I hope that the whole theme is not going to be mini's. One thing though, didn't people vote for the Minecraft concept set, not the idea? I mean if I'd have of voted for the Minecraft set, I would have of expected a minifig scale theme, not a mini modular theme. But I certainly hope this does well.

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By in United States,

I'm pretty sure hard-core Minecraft-Lego Fans are going to hate it. I at least am not going to buy it, I would have bought the theme sets... but this... isn't Lego.

Lego's, at least to me, are all about the Minifigs and their world, their adventures. Minecraft is about adventures as well, so at least I think the adventure-loving Minecrafters are not going to like this "display" (as they could build it easily with their own inventory, and yes I know except the Steve and creeper "heads").

To me, this is like when a movie producer tries to make a product more applying to a larger audience at the sake of the original fan-base. Look at A Series of Unfortunate Events, or "The Lightning Thief". Way to disappoint me again "Corporate-America" (and yes I guess it would be "Corporate-Denmark"). Thats what I believe anyway, and I wonder as more people get wind of this how the public opinion is going to evolve.

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By in United Kingdom,

can't see this getting kids in to lego, that was my point! my young daughter would not be interested in this.

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By in United States,

I hope this doesn't de-rail the CUUSOO project, because I can't imagine 10,000 of these sets benig sold!

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By in Philippines,

I'm not a fan of the game...This is a "what you see is what you get" set. You can build diffrent things, but you can't build more, which is what I think they do in the game itself.

The concept of doing this kind of thing has been around, oh, about several decades now? So TLG should earn around $350,000.00 at least? Maybe be bigger if it came in the "Friends" color palette (but that defeats its purpose).

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By in United States,

I don't like this theme, and I don't play Minecraft. However, as the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding. Let's see how well it sells. My personal opinion is this will be a losing endeavor, and there will be huge markdowns come Black Friday. Regardless of how this sells, it is still a poor idea. Just because everyone agrees on a poor idea that doesn't magically make it a good idea. That is the flaw behind Cuusoo. Just because the masses rally behind an idea doesn't mean their fanatical idea is a well-designed set or one that will sell. Yes, Minecraft has many devotees, but will that automatically translating to massive sales? I doubt it. I don't see that many Minecraft fans shelling out the money for this. Counting down the months until I see these sets on sale at ThinkGeek. It would have been nice to see generic play sets (farm, school house, Olympics, or even Western) show up first instead of this brick-driven theme.

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By in United States,

@notyou After seeing the preview of the box, this set looks like the sort of box of useless trinkets in the bookstore... While those sell for $10, this sells for $35 because it has the Minecraft and Lego brand :7

https://www.jinx.com/LEGOminecraft

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By in United States,

Its interesting that they are preordering on Jinx and not on Lego, or at least, thus far.

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By in Canada,

This will probably end up like the Space Skulls set.

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By in United States,

I agree with PopehatXI Minecraft is about adventure and building, this doesn't really fit either. I was optimistic about this theme, but that was before the theme became a mini-world. Also it seems that a lot of the appeal to the theme to Lego IMO was to make Minecraft fans into Lego fans. This doesn't really represent Lego very well. But I hope that I am wrong.

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By in United Kingdom,

it looks so cool ecpecially steve and the creeper

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't see any relevance at all with this - if you are into it then why not MOC it - it seems a huge waste of time

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By in United States,

Disappointing as the idea was ;) ...why did 10,000 vote for it again?

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By in Austria,

There's no way this could have turned out an ok Lego set. The concept of this is just deeply flawed. They made a random level of a level editor of an ugly browser game. What's next? Farmville Lego?

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By in United States,

I think LEGO has done the impossible. They made a good Minecraft set.

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By in Canada,

This is goofy why would lego make sets like this. The game costs $20 canadian and you get the hole thing but this is far more expensive and not as good. I swear lego has hit rock bottom.

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