Review: 10193 Medieval Market Village
Once in a Lego castle fans lifetime a special set will be created to raise the bar of what is considered amazing! Is this the set that raises the bar for me and you? Read on to see....
Set Name Medieval Market Village
Year of release: 2009
Set Number: #10193
Minifigures: 8, 2 Knights and 6 Villagers
Price: 149.99 Aus/99.99 US/68.50 GBP/ 99.99 EUR
Lets take a look at the wonderful imagery that greats you each time you see this set in a Lego shop or at home for the first time. A truly enticing set appears laid out in all its glory, a veritable feast for the senses as well as a multitude of great looking structures and brick on display. This truly looks like an amazing village that a starving commoner may stumble up to in need of rest and food.
Lets flip it over for the trademark action shots, cows, birds, people and horses all up to a myriad of fun looking activities, be it combing your hair or being chased by a bull.
The top of the box reveals the characters involved in this landmark/groundbreaking set, looks like a few new torso's and pieces, lets read on to see.
Upon opening the box you are greeted with 17 sealed bags, there was also 2-3 smaller bags inside some of thes larger bags. Once I opened it all up it took up a lot of space, that wasn't conducive to photography, suffice to say with 1600 pieces its value for money, and not a single BURP or LURP in sight (Heaven for a MOCer like myself)
Here are just some of the parts I was excited about owning for the first time. Just count those windows, 17, in one set, just amazing. Some dark tan plates, loads of foliage, and great accessories too.
The instructions come in two booklets, the first includes the instructions to build all the figures, the market stall, tree, cart and weapons rack as well as the blacksmith/tan house. The second booklet has the instructions for the guesthouse, and also features the parts index and advertising for the Taj Mahal and Volkswagon sets.
Here we see a shot of the a random page of the instruction booklet one, the similar cover for book two and the dreaded sticker sheet.
The stickers don't feel like they have been forced onto the set, with only a few portait shots and signage for the two buildings. I was pleased that such an awesome set wasn't reliant on stickers for the overall appeal. I also managed to apply them all pretty close to perfect, which always makes for a more pleasant experience.
I have broken this up into two groups of four and front and back shots of all figures. First up, from left to right, we see the old peasant, with new torso, basket and a new dark brown cowl. Next is the maiden from the Advent calendar (with her release in this set and the Jester arriving in the next wave that leaves the witch as the only figure from the advent calendar that hasn't been released elsewhere)Sandy:
From the rear, we see the bucket, screaming female face, and both new torso's printed on the back, bravo TLC! so far so good
The next group, contains the two token soldiers to keep the piece, and collect taxes. nice to see the inclusion of the two-sided screaming knight face too for extra playability. The
From the back we see another scared female face, must have been a lot to be scared of in medieval times I guess, as well as the alternate face to the scared knight.
Lets take a look at some of the animals that grace this set. For starters there are the new cows, which are made in China coincidently, and the nice white horse and carriage (featuring 2 x 3 tan bricks as hay).
Yes, we have udders! The cow and horse heads move up and down as well.
Main Build: Accessory Structures.
Starting on the main build (after the cart) We kick off with the weapons rack, table and stool, as well as the treasure chest plus gold pieces. The table base is made from one of the new dark brown barrels, which is nice to get a third one in the set, but means you don't get to see the barrel in its full glory. The weapon rack holds up to 4 weapons though only three are shown for the instructions. There is also an old battered looking grey goblet, like you would expect a peasant to drink from, another nice touch.
Here is the lovely market stall, complete with lovely designed canvas material roofing. Next to the stall are all the goodies for sale. Buckets of apples, flowers and fish as well as a menu, rat and the roast dinner. One of the great returned pieces in this set is the turkey, it consists of the two drumstick pieces and the turkey body, mmmmmmm turkey, yet another great reason to pick up this set. One the table with the turkey is some cheeses and bread just to complete the whole feast, very medieval.
Next up in the wonders of the courtyard is this beautiful brick-built tree, just amazing and made out of a lot of useful pieces like the brown half-arch pieces as well as loads of foliage. Also seen here are the three brick-built birds. I think looking at them we have a duck (orange web feet), a chicken (white) and a turkey (black and red) These are very cute and feature some nice pieces including this brick which is hard to come by in most sets, and has been voted by a lot of builders as one of the most useful bricks ever created.
Main build: Blacksmith cottage
First of the two cottages is the Blacksmith's. Below is a couple of progress shots. First off, we can see the stables on the left and smithy's workshop on the left taking shape nicely, and in the foreground the paddle wheel construction. I have left one of paddle wheel panels folded out to demonstrate what materials are used to make the six sided structure.
The next two pictures demonstrate how the paddle wheel drives the blacksmiths hammer up and down using a propeller blade. Just a really nice detail/feature worked into this set, and adds playability to a great little Blacksmith set up. The new flame pieces can be seen in the fireplace and are great.
The bottom floor is complete now, with nice stable doors.
Another progress shot shows the first floor halfway completed and a beautifully built furnace about to be placed upstairs. Note the two paintings, nice little stickers that blend in well with the colour scheme, and don't detract from the build.
Complete Blacksmith cottage showing the little frog playing around the paddle wheel, and the nicely designed torches on the outside of the building. I actually prefer the cottages closed up as they look so authentic.
From the front, the nice wall detailing is evident, as well as the nice bay window design, just brilliant.
"What are you screaming at?" "There's no way out of this room except the windows!"
Now the complete internal view, showing our trapped knight on the first floor with no way down, the horse doing what comes best and the Smithy hard at work.
Main build: Tavern
Again I will start off with some progress shots to better appreciate the lovely detailing that goes into each building facade. The Tavern has a great little doorstep, lovely open windows for airing out the joint after a rowdy
Just look at the use of the dark brown periscope/eyeglass pieces to add an ornate look to the window frames, top notch
A quaint little tavern. Yet again I favor the cottages closed up as they have a homely feel to them. The staircase is now in position, lets spin it around...
A nice bay window on the side and sign posting below to alert patrons to the good ale inside
A nice chimney to accompany the internal fireplace.
I admit folding the tavern out, does make the establishment look a lot more impressive, but I still like the cottage feel. The designers really deserve a pat on the back for coming up with yet another quality set, especially aimed towards AFOLs.
The complete inside boasts some nice features as well such as the cushioned stool and table for the maiden to beautify herself, lovely bed with ornate quilt work, barrel holder and chest of drawers. Watch out for the shifty lad downstairs though....
A couple of pictures of just the two cottages together before the party starts.
Time to get this party started, medieval style
Hmmm, no white horse here, must have been busy....
Quite a few useful pieces leftover, we all covet cheese slopes and I have a fondness for 1 x 1 round plates too.
Lets start with all important ratings.
Build: 9/10, Despite my lack of organising pieces by colour (I went for free building) the build was very smooth and easy. I had no real trouble with tan vs gold or dark grey vs black, but I did build during the daylight hours.
Playability: 8/10, There may not be a lot of moving parts beside the large windows, a door and the blacksmiths hammer, but this is more than made up with the number of accessories and unique figure to populate this brilliant village. Hours of posing potential.
Swooshability: C'mon you didn't think I was serious about this one!
Minifigures: 9/10, With 8 minifigures in total it feels about right, perhaps one or two more wouldn't hurt, but the new torso's included certainly add some spice to the whole set. A real mix of age groups helps ground this set in reality too.
Design: 10/10, Amazing design! Not really much more to add after so many views of the set and comments previously made by me.
Price: 10/10, As far as price per piece it is a whole lot better than other sets in the price range, I know a lot of the pieces are tiny but thats what I want in a set, you can keep your BURPs and Castle walls.
Pieces: 9/10, Nothing really missing for mine. With so many small pieces included in this set its a high rating from me. I will surely put all the great bits to use in future MOCs.
Overall Score: 9.2/10
If my review hasn't convinced you to snap up this set already, I'm not sure what else I can do to point out to you all of the marvels included in this set, it really is an outstanding set with loads of great features, figures and beautifully designed to boot. Heck, don't buy one, buy two that's all I can say. If you have made it this far, thank you for reading what was a labor of love.