Name: Dwarves' Mine
Minfigs: 6 plus a large troll (8cm tall)
Price: EUR 54,95€ / USD 59,99$ / GBP 39,99£
The green 3 x 2 doors (2 left and 2 right)
The brown 1 x 2 bricks on the carts as well (they are at least not very common on bricklink)
Quite a lot of nice 1 x 1 sloped tiles.
According to bricklink, the set can have either 3730 or the new 63082 "Black Plate, Modified 2 x 2 with Towball Socket" our sets all had the new one.
The most expensive item on Bricklink is the Troll (average new price of $11.54)
Although we almost never buy Castle sets, the Dwarves' Mine was an exception. We bought 2 for ourselves and 1 for the review so now we have 3 of them. We are planning some narrow gauge railroad project and like the small cars very much, so that is why.
Anyway. The set is quite nice, so let's see just how nice!
First let's start with the huge box. It's quite nice with and gives a good impression of the set.
The back side of the box is also quite impressive with some humorous scenes as well :)
There are two booklets included. The set is quite easy to build due to the good instructions that are in the booklets.
Not only air but a heap of bags was found inside the box.
Our family of trolls and dwarves saying "cheese" for the photo guy.
The troll is quite large. We have seen it before but then in green. It has horns at his back and on his head (ears I guess).
A nice variety of tools, weapons and utensil. LEGO was quite generous in this set.
The mining cars: narrow gauge, four studs wide. They used the old 12V era tracks but then without the beam openings just like in the harbour sets etc. 4 Metallic Silver Rocks and 4 Metallic Gold Rocks are included to make nicely filled-up carts.
First we build the main tower. It is quite large and rocky. A throne for the dwarves' king.
Next, the crane tower that goes to the right of the main tower. It is connected with technic pins. A large wheel is used to hoist the heavy buckets with produce.
Note: there was a mistake in the instructions the "Reddish Brown Technic Connector Hub with 4 Bars" was reversed in one of the drawings (and can only fit one way).
The combined towers. Already 2/3 of the mine is completed!
Then the left tower. Here it still looks quite empty but that will soon change as it gets a sliding slope to let the produce fall down and a connection to the 'cable car' system. The furnace and the barrel with a drumstick are nice details, as is the table with the cup.
There is a catapult as a large defense system (to knock out the large troll?!) The wheels give it a nice tought they are not very useful.
The catapult is mounted on the left tower.
There is a blacksmith working in front of the mine. Too bad that he doesn't have a fireplace (the one inside is too far away). His huge mallet and of course his anvil are really nice!!!
The dwarves' king is no good at all. He just sits in his throne (actually stands since the small legs can't really bend) enjoying his spirits and jewels.
The mine has a very special transportation system.
Another look at the transportation system. Not too realistic, but nice for children.
The minerals or metals can also be put in the carts with a nice system.
This is quite strange, those 'coals' on top of that LURP (Large Ugly Rock Piece for the people that don't know the acronym).
There were some parts left after building. I checked but couldn't find where they would need to go.
The finished mine in all its' glory.
Just after taking all important pictures, my large troll just got naughty. After behaving so civilized in the figures' photo shoot he suddenly went for it!!!
The troll grabbed one of the dwarfs rocked it really hard ;) The other dwarf got a headache by a blow that was so hard that the helmet almost crushed, and now the dwarf is even shorter.
Aah, maybe the troll was just greedy and just wanted the money. Too bad LEGO didn't put those coins in the set :)
Hope you enjoyed the review and have a better insight in this set now!
Parting it at bricklink (average for sale price) makes it $129.72 so that shows that the set indeed has very nice parts I guess!
This set can be found on:
Playability: 10/10 (Children can play a lot with it. The amount of figures, the transportation systems etc are really making it almost perfect!)
Design: 7/10 (Nice set but a not really realistic design I'm afraid)
Price: 8/10 (I got mine for 45€ and parting them for $129.72 should say a lot.)
Overall: 8/10 (nice set, even for non-Castle people like us)
N.b. I share the LEGO hobby with my brother and cousin, that is why I generally use plural forms :)
Edited by JopieK, 22 September 2008 - 08:02 PM.