Name: Blacksmith Shop
Theme: LEGO > My Own Creation
Price: EUR ≈27,05€ / ≈USD 40.00$ / ≈GBP 21,52£ (MSRP)
Chrome Gold Minifig, Utensil Bugle (new sold for $1,53)
Light Gray Brick, Modified 1 x 1 x 2 with Shutter Holder (new price $1,82)
Maiden - 3739 (new price $13,58)
Blacksmith II (new price $6.70)
(Instructions) for Set 3739 Blacksmith Shop (new sold for $10.63)
I first wanted to review the 7710 and 7715 in a dual review. Unfortunately I couldn't find some parts, so that review will need to wait a little.
Some time ago we decided to rebuilt most of our shops, cafes and houses in "Blacksmith shop" style. This design is strong and durable. This makes it possible to take quite some buildings to the LEGO fan events both in our home country and abroad. Most of the time, the Blacksmith shop is the only original building that we normally have in town. Next event where we will take the set and the sets that are based on the shop.
Unfortunately, we don't have the box or instructions.
When working to get our buildings done for next LEGO event (probably LEGOWorld 2008 in Zwolle, NL). Suddenly we spotted a fair maiden, walking through the cedar woods:
We can already see the nice place lying there behind the trees.
After knocking on the door and not getting an answer, the maiden sudden realizes that she has a key herself :smile:
Here you see her entering the dusty house. Living in a blacksmith shop is not always easy for a fair maiden like her.
Here is she, next to the man that she has a holy matrimony with. Till death do them part.
Here you see the front of the shop. A nice branch makes it even neater. Two nice red windows downstairs. It is design in real "Fachwerk" (although I have heard some german critisism on it ;))
Here you see the back with the hinges that makes it so strong and universal: you can make a compact square house or a longer two by two version like in the previous picture. We will go into the details a little later. The wife is already upstairs dusting the bedroom. A blacksmith is not too good with vacuuming etc I've been told. The fire in blazing, both downstairs and upstairs, I'm not sure if the fire dept. would approve of such a construction though.
Here the 'square' version where the house is 'folded in'. Looks very nice with those red windows and green shutters/hingeplates downstairs. In the insets the not so maiden climbing the stairs. The master blacksmith with his huge anvil. In the attic there seems to be some crest, is that the place where the master has his money or are there just spare dresses for the wife in there?! The bed is large enough for two minifigs although it is a bit cozy then if you know what I mean. The master and his wife don't seem to mind.
A look at the chimney when the house is closed. Nice built, although this side looks a bit boring in this position.
The master doesn't only have a treasure crest, but also a treasure barrel. What would be in it? Nice red wine from France, fine whiskey, maybe rum or would it be the famous grog?! (Do feel ashamed if you hop in this sub forum and don't know what grog is [I have seen a topic on the most famous grog drinker of all]).
Above the door a nice welcoming feature. Would it be rigged so that unwanted visitors can be punished?!
Apparently mrs. hasn't been here yet with here anti-dust paraphernalia. A table with a pan (probably standing there for as long as she was gone visiting her parents).
Here some of the items that our prof already crafted. Maybe he can craft me some black swords as well ;)
An overview of the left side.
Well, let's first open some windows and hang the sheets and covers outside in the fresh air!
Then feed the almost starved bird, he is already starting to look very brownish. My canary started to look brown also after some weeks.
Finally some last shot of the magnificient design of the fireplace and a nice angle shot.
Really nice set with a lot of details. Much better than the original Blacksmith shop. Too bad this one did not reintroduce the black sword!
This set can be found on:
Playability: 8/10 (A lot of tools and accessories, two minifigs, it should be also a lot of fun for children!)
Design: 9/10 (Nice set, I really like it a lot! Maybe partially because it is a MOC)
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)
Link to designer:
More information from our Classic Castle archives:
Blacksmith Shop was released in 2002 by LEGO. It was originally a custom set designed by Daniel Siskind in 2000. LEGO purchased the rights and made the Blacksmith Shop the first set in their "My Own Creation" line of fan designed sets. The lower floor of the shop contains an anvil, tool rack, fireplace, and stairs while the upper living space has a bed, table and chair, and a keg. A Blacksmith and his wife are included along with various accessories.
Note: here you can see one of our buildings that was based on this set: the Warsteiner Cafe and the most recent one shown at 1000steine meeting in Kaltenkirchen
Edited by KimT, 24 September 2008 - 02:57 PM.