Earlier this month, LEGO released their Direct-to-Consumer set for the LEGO Minecraft line with The Village (21128). The set contails 1,600 pieces and retails for $199.99. The contents of the box contain 11 numbered bags, one bag of plates, and two instruction booklets, one of which is to create all the builds while to the other is a smaller one with inspirational builds.
There are six minifigures minifigures in The Village set: Steve, Alex, a zombie, a zombie villager, a farmer villager and a librarian villager. There are also brick built characters like the Iron Golem, a Creeper, and an Enderman. You also get a pig and a baby pig.
Steve is the same minifigure as in previous sets without the armor. His accessory is an iron sword. Alex is also a repeat minifigure and she has a diamond pickaxe. The zombie has also been in other previous sets.
Some of the new minifigures include the zombie villager. The torso and legs are the same as the zombie but the head is a new mold that is used with other characters in this set.
The farmer villager has a brown outfit and the torso is exclusive to this set which has the shape of the character in the game. The farmer also has some short brown legs. The head mold is the same as the zombie villager.
The librarian villager is simliar to the farmer except it has a white and gray torso.
The brick-built Iron Golem is also a repeat if you have the The Iron Golem (21123) set. The design is has a few printed tiles to give its look. The arms are on ball joints so it has a wide range of motion while the legs and feet are on hinges.
The Creeper also makes a return appearance in this set and it’s the same as before with its design.
The Enderman has the long lanky look as seen in the game. The two arms are able to hold on to a block by the way of the headlight bricks.
Finally we have the pig and the baby pig. They are brick-built and the brick with the groove is still exclusive to LEGO Minecraft sets.
The build of The Village consists of seven different structures. Each structure is modular so you can pretty much put them wherever you desire. The first one you create is the marketplace. It’s a little stand underneath a large tree. There’s a small table with various wares like the Eye of Ender, a cake, an apple, and an iron ingot. There’s also a treasure chest filled with emeralds represented by 1×1 round pieces.
Next up is the blacksmith. It’s consist of mostly dark gray bricks as it should be and is very recognizable. The gimmick of the blacksmith is that the roof is hinged on a couple of Technic beams that allows it to open up all the way back to let you access the inside easier. Alongside the corner is a seating area with a table. In the middle of the room, there are a couple of furnaces stacked on top of each other.
The library is one of the two structures in the set that look like regular houses. The building is able to open up in the middle with the hinge pieces to show the inside. One of the main things that draws your eye to it are the hanging bookshelves with all the colorful book pieces. On the other half of the building, there’s a chair and table with a crafting box.
The next build is the watchtower in the snow biome. It is a structure standing on an elevated area with some steps going up to it. The watchtower has three enclosed sides with openings to look through it. On the top is an opening as well so a minifigure can stand there and survey the land. Underneath the tower are a couple of brick-built emerald ores. As for the snow biome itself, there are some 2×2 white jumper plates that act as snow and some trans-blue slope pieces for water, and 2×2 light blue tiles as ice.
Following that is a little farm that is filled with carrots, potatoes, and wheat. In the middle is some water which uses some trans-dark blue bricks. Next to the farm is a small pen for the two pigs in the set.
The desert biome is next which consists of mostly gray and tan elements. The area is pretty bare but it does have a medium-sized well with some water. The top of the well has a new 6×6 gray tile piece that many will appreciate. Next to the well is a cactus that is created with mostly bracket pieces. There’s also some new orange-brown 6-stem flower pieces spread throughout the area.
The last structure is the butcher shop. The build is very similar to the library as it is able to open up in the middle via the hinges. The inside is pretty bland as there’s a table and chair. At the back of the outside, there’s a small deck area. There are also a couple of pumpkins around the shop.
With that, the first instruction booklet is complete. As I mentioned before, the other booklet guides you through other layouts you can create using the same parts. The competed layout gives you a village surrounded on one side by a fort.
If you’re looking for a set that gives you a lot of variety, the LEGO Minecraft The Village (21128) might be the set for you.
The set gives you different biomes to create so it gives more of a variety instead of a plain setting with all green. The individual buildings are fairly enjoyable but nothing stands out too much and they all mesh well together.
My main disappointment in the set is the selection of minifigures. Although there are exclusive Villager minifigures included, I feel there could’ve been a few more. The main characters of Steve and Alex as well as the Zombie have been used in previous sets so swapping one of them out for another Villager would have been nice.
The Village (21128) may not be a set for everyone but if you’re looking to expand your collection, this set could be for you. The price point of $199.99 may be a deterrent as it is a little high for what you get.
Thank you to LEGO AFOL Relations & Programs (ARP) team for sending in this set for me to review. The content above represents my own opinion and not the company.