The set: Minecraft (Set 21102)
The price: £34.99
Bricks in the box: 480 (7p a piece)
Time to build: 60-90 minutes
What’s in the box:
The box is a really cool cube, themed like a grass brick from Minecraft, containing two instruction manuals, and four bags, including a brick separator.
The set comes with two instruction manuals, each one dealing with two of the four sections. The manuals are the same bright green as the box.
The first manual has a little introduction to Minecraft, and a little bit about the CUUSOO project. The second has the bricks listing.
This build is one that I really enjoyed. It’s quite fiddly to put together, all being small pieces, but the effect is perfect for a Minecraft world!
There’s the crazy flowing lava section…
The what I think is a house section…
A rather pixelated tree…
Another tree! This time with a lovely flowing river (love the transparent studs!)
The top layer of each section is removable, so you can change the set up around really easily. You build the base and the top independently.
The lower sections are mostly grey, with the occasional addition of a river, some lava or some gold.
Each section has a technic peg piece so you attach the pieces together. There are peg holes on three sides of each section so you can swap the set up about. If you get the other Minecraft sets, or even multiples of this one, you will be able to make some great worlds.
I didn’t count, but you get a nice little pile of spares with this set.
You get two mico-figures with this set. These guys are maybe two 1×1 bricks high, tops. Teeny tiny. But totally adorable!
You get Steve in this set? (I think his name is Steve right?)
You also get a creeper. With which to haunt Steve’s happy little pixelated life.
I am pleased with this set, although I do feel that it is somewhat overpriced for what you end up with. It’s £5 more than the later Minecraft sets and I am not sure how that is justified. That said, despite the small size, there is a lot of playability here, what with the options to change the set up and expand using the other Minecraft sets. You also get a lot of small tiles, so if you like making micro-builds, then this is a great way to boost your collection of small parts.
This is not one for the kiddies really, and the 10+ rating seems fair, as it is quite fiddly to put together. It’s great for the Minecraft fan in your life though, so do check it out.