Name: Minecraft Micro World
Figures: 0 (but 2 brick built characters)
Price: GB £34.99 | US $34.99 | EUR €34.99 | SEK 399 | DKK 299.95 | NOR 349.50 | CAD 39.99 | AUD $49.99 |
Description from LEGO Shop@Home:
Build a mini model of the game that’s sweeping the Internet with a LEGO® microbuild version of Minecraft! Selected by LEGO CUUSOO members, this build features a cool design with lots of 1x1 LEGO tiles and 2 buildable Micromob characters: Steve and Creeper.
• Includes 2 buildable Micromob characters: Player and Creeper
• Build a Minecraft microworld with 1 stud tiles in a variety of colors for a realistic pixilated design!
• Build the model that LEGO® CUUSOO members requested!
Background information about Minecraft
Minecraft is focused on creativity and building, allowing players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. Gameplay in its commercial release has two principal modes: Survival, which requires players to acquire resources themselves and maintain their health and hunger; and Creative, where the player has an unlimited supply of resources, the ability to fly, and no concept of health or hunger. A third gameplay mode, named Hardcore, is essentially the same as Survival, but the difficulty is locked on the hardest setting and respawning is disabled, forcing the player to delete his or her world upon death.
The box has a more squared shape than we´re used to see. It measures around 12 x 12 x 14 centimeters and weigh about 310 grams.
Here are some pictures from the different angles:
Close-up of the bottom
There are six polybags containing all the parts, they practically fill the whole box. So for once we don´t need to complain on the size of the box not matching the contents . The polybags are not numbered like we´re used to nowadays but that´s not a problem when building the set, the parts can all easily be found when put on the table (at least I thought so ). Here are the contents of the different polybags:
Larger plates & bricks and the new brick separator.
Mostly bricks and medium sized plates & tiles. In this bag is the 1x1 green Creeper brick.
1x1 tiles and smaller plates, and especially the 1x1 tan plates with the Steve eyes & mouth print on its sides. Notice there are two of each!
Close-up of the Steve plates.
Lots of 2x2 corner bricks and 1x3 bricks. And a lonely 2x3 plate !
1x1 plates and tiles. A total of 63 1x1 green tiles which up 'til now either only has been in hard to get special sets or in the LEGO games (and then only one in each set!).
I personally give that a big !
And last but not least more 1x1 plates & tiles and some other small bricks & plates & tiles.
We need a close-up of the Steve tiles and the Creeper brick, don´t we ? And yes - the print on one of the plates isn´t that great but the other three were ok.
Ok, first things first. It´s not like any ordinare build which has lots of different parts in colors & sizes. It´s basicly a large amount of 1x1´s and then some. But you know what? I really enjoyed it ! Small and quickly built modules with basic SOT-technique (Studs ON Top ). Sometimes it´s good to go old school!
Here are the four different "modules" built in the order of the instructions, each one consisting of a 6x6 base in greyish colors and a top in brownish/greenish colors:
Finished & stacked
Finished & stacked
The Base close-up. Notice the 1x2 plate with cheese slopes, it only connects to one stud. I guess this "technique" wouldn´t be allowed in a regular set.
Finished & stacked
The Base close-up - same technique as above.
Finished & stacked
The Creeper and Steve
The whole set finished and the modules put together as shown in the instructions
You can of course connect any module to any other module in any way you like, and you can also stack two or more base modules on top of each other before putting a top module down.
The Extra Parts
You get nine extra 1x1 plates, six 1x1 tiles, a cheese slope, two technic pins and of course the two Steve plates.
And then it starts to get a bit weird ! You also get seven extra light bluish grey 1x1 tiles - the build only uses two so that´s extra if you ask me!
And then ......... You get thirteen (yes 13!) extra dark bluish grey 1x1 tiles when the build uses zero-zip-zilch-nada at all!! That´s extra extra ! I´d love to see this more in other sets, like having two to three extra Jabba the Hutt in the upcoming Jabba´s Palace !
There are two booklets each consisting of 24 pages. They measure about 20 x 12.5 cm in size and weigh around 30 grams. In the first one there are two pages with some Minecraft & CUUSOO information, otherwise it´s the ordinary look and layout.
You can download them here also from TLG:
Front of booklet one
First inside page
Second inside page
Front of booklet two
Another random page
The inventory parts list page
The whole Minecraft set displayed again !
The Final Verdict
Design - 7/10 Simple and clean with no surprises.
Building experience - 8/10 As I wrote above I enjoyed the build. Because of the simpleness but still non-repetitive build that you sometimes find in larger sets, I give this rather high rating, bash me all you want!
Parts assortment - 6.5/10 Nothing really special, except of course for the Creeper brick and the Steve plates. But the 63 green 1x1 tiles gets my attention and adds the 0.5 rating.
Value - 6/10 If you look at it by strictly going on the PPP-rule (price per part) it gives you $0.073 ratio. Compare that with some other newer sets like the Sopwith Camel ($0.11), the LOTR Attack on Weathertop ($0.14) or maybe City Mining Truck ($0.13) it´s not bad at all. But as I mentioned above the parts assortment is to common and has nothing really new & useful for Moc´s, so that why the rating gets as low as a six.
Overall inpression- 6.875/10 I started this review by saying this set is basicly a lot of 1x1´s and then some. That makes this set not so exciting for the ordinary AFOL. But I understand that the Minecraft fans will buy at least on set each to build and have on the side of their computer when they play the game, I know I would. And I really like that this is a CUUSOO set! IMO it´s a good set to start off the more worldwide use of the CUUSOO concept. Now we´re ready for bigger and more fun-to-build sets!
So my final werdict words would be: A nice little niche set that regardless of the rather low PPP is overpriced for what you get in experience/parts BUT I think it will sell well because of the hardcore Minecraft community.
I hope you enjoyed the review! And a big thanks to the TLG CUUSOO Team and especially Tim C !
Edited by Rufus, 02 June 2012 - 10:01 AM.