Today we have an article written by guest author Rob O'Neill for you, who has reviewed one of the new Minecraft sets:
The popularity of the Minecraft sets has resulted in a fourth wave being released. The new wave explores new biomes as well as revisiting old ones. In this review, we will be looking at one of the rarest biomes in ‘the Mushroom Island’. This is the smallest of the six new sets, which will set you back £19.99/$19.99. It contains a whopping 247 parts, including four Minifigures.
The box and contents
The graphic design has stayed the same, but the creeper face has been replaced with a pickaxe. In my opinion this makes the packaging appear fuller/more complete than it did before. As always the box feels quite weighty, due to the large number of big blocks.
The back shows off the play features and the “change to new models” ability. It also shows a cute image of Alex frolicking with the mooshrooms.
Inside were four unlabelled bags (two large and two small) as well as the instruction book.
The set has four Minifigures which is fantastic for the price. First we have Alex, without any armour/armour printing on the legs, so she is the same as usual.
She does however come with a diamond pick and the new compass piece (1x1 disc). The detail on the compass is perfect, and is lovely to see an exclusive item in a lower budget set. To date all the £19.99 sets have included a pickaxe and it’s a shame to see once again this tool being used, especially as a sword or shovel would be more appropriate for the scene. There is still no sign of a Lego Hoe.
It’s fantastic to see a Creeper in the cheapest set this time, as this is the most iconic mob in Minecraft.
The mooshroom, before now only seen in the crafting box. Again, this is great to see in such a reasonable set. The detail is great for the size of this minifigure- especially the mushrooms and udder.
The only new Minifigures is the baby mooshroom. The baby mobs have usually worked in the past, however the baby mooshroom’s red and white back has a very poor resolution (2x1 ), resulting in it looking uneven.
After the Minifigures the build starts the same as any Minecraft set, with some sub-assemblies. This includes the crafting bench and four 2x4 blocks with single stud 2x2 plates attached, which act as a bridging mechanism for the “change to new models” feature. The new boat is also included in this set, to bulk up the playability of it (see above).
The first island is probably the best looking of the three. It consists of a small farm (including a sugar cane plot) and an amazing giant mushroom. The Farm is quite cute and has its own water source held in place by what I assume to be half blocks in a true ‘Minecraft physics’ way. The detail on the mushroom makes it look superb, although more 1x1 plates would have made it more accurate. There are also a couple of regular mushrooms on this island.
The second island contains the main play features; the gate and explosion trigger. These are nothing particularly new to the Minecraft range as the gate function has been in a variety of sets as well as the explosion feature. The second mushroom isn’t as detailed, and looks a bit dull in comparison to the first.
The third Island is a bit bland apart from the two little mushrooms. I was a bit annoyed to begin with at this dull area, I then realised it could act as a good space for the crafting bench and figures, either for play or display.
The Completed Model
The completed model does look crammed with detail and with the four sub-assembly parts, allows for multiple different configurations which are great for display and play.
I mocked up what the set would look like in the game and it has been accurately represented in Lego form. The only difference is that the mushrooms have been greatly reduced in size, I assume for piece count. It would have been nice to see a slight purple tinge to the mycelium ground, but the chosen colour is a good substitute. There are some scaling issues due to block size but these have occurred throughout the theme and are a negligible complaint.
I am a huge fan of the Minecraft theme, as both a fan of the game and Lego beforehand. I love how accurately the game landscapes translate to Lego, and love the creations that have been created thus far. There is a real simplistic beauty to these sets that just works so well.
This model has a huge amount of detail for such a small set (bar the third island). The mushrooms look amazing and the variety of figures is excellent. These will probably be the biggest draw of the set for collectors. It’s a fantastic set to add to any Minecraft display, either as a whole, or seperated. The play features aren’t anything new, but there are quite a few crammed in. Considering it has 247 piece at £19.99 RRP, it’s quite a bargain. Even more so when several UK retails have it down to £18 already.
It will be interesting to see if a fifth wave will occur as there are still several un-explored biomes/structures, including the desert temple.
What are your thoughts on the set? Own it already? Share your comments below and let me know what you think?