What would Jonas Kramm (Legopard on Flickr) do with six LEGO® Minecraft sets? We will find out in the coming weeks, but first, to bring you up to speed he's written a great rundown of the pieces in the new range: 21129 The Mushroom Island, 21130 The Nether Railway, 21131 The Ice Spikes, 21132 The Jungle Temple, 21133 The Witch Hut and 21134 The Waterfall Base. He's even added a helpful catch-up of other interesting parts the theme has introduced over the years.
The LEGO® Group has been producing sets in minifigure scale within the LEGO Minecraft theme since 2014, but these sets still seem to be pretty unpopular in the AFOL community. That is probably the reason why nobody noticed that a new wave of LEGO Minecraft sets popped up in the product line.
I was the lucky one on the New Elementary team to receive the six new sets to give you a look at the new parts… perhaps I am the only one who has ever played Minecraft?
I don’t really know what I expected, as I haven’t bought any LEGO Minecraft sets yet. Of course I knew about the special Minecraft elements like minifigure heads, heads for the blocky animals or the pixelated tools and weapons, but when I took a closer look at the parts I realised there is much more that’s new in LEGO Minecraft than just those special parts.
The New Mould in LEGO MinecraftLet’s start with the most exciting element in my review!
The part is named “Plate 2x2, w/ design” by TLG and has the Design ID 27928 and appears 24 times in 21130 The Nether Railway in Reddish Brown with Element ID 6163991. It is strange and interesting at the same time. If someone would have showed me this piece without reference, I would have guessed I would find it in LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™, due to its 45° angled wedge section. But for now the part is exclusive in this LEGO Minecraft set and it seems to be designed just for its purpose there: to allow the building of curves into the track system of the Nether railway without getting a gap of a half brick between the tracks. This is needed to let the lore smoothly glide over.
Due to the interesting geometry the elements can be placed directly beside each other. Furthermore it can be combined with any other element that features the 45° wedge section as Tile 2x3 Modified Pentagonal (Design ID 22385) or the Tile 2x2 Facet (Design ID 27263).
Instead of categorising it a wedge plate, I would actually say it is a modified 2x2 jumper plate because, as you can see in the picture below, this describes the positioning of the stud the best.
Existing Parts in New ColoursLEGO Minecraft sets have always been a good source for basic parts in new colours, and we get a few exciting ones in this wave as well.
21133 The Witch Hut and 21131 The Ice Spikes, and the latter also contains five in Light Royal Blue [TLG]/Bright Light Blue[BL].
21132 Jungle Temple.
LEGO BrickHeadz 41588 The Joker - see our review.
there have been many in 2017. Five of these are found in 21131 The Ice Spikes.
RevivalsFurthermore, there are elements that are getting a revival in these LEGO Minecraft sets and are worth a mention as well.
Fresh PartsTLG is producing a lot of parts in new colours recently, so here is a overview which of these fresh pieces can also be found in this new LEGO Minecraft wave.
21129 The Mushroom Island and six times in 21133 The Witch Hut.
70904 Clayface Splat Attack.
10255 Assembly Square contains only two.
Minecraft Parts and Printed PartsOn top of this already-great selection of useful elements in neat colours, we get a variety of special Minecraft parts. Most of them are not new at all, but as we don’t review Minecraft sets regularly here on New Elementary, I will show them all.
If you own the whole wave, you get a wide range of characters and creatures; some in double or even triple quantities.
Regarding the first of these two moulds, new for 2017 are the head for the Mooshroom (Element ID 6176402), a cow/mushroom hybrid from 21129 The Mushroom Island, shown on the left in the picture above [EDIT: readers have mentioned this also appeared in 2014's 21116 Crafting Box], and the Medium Azure dyed sheep (6176402) that comes in 21134 The Waterfall Base, shown second from right.
21128 The Village. (Actually the Element ID of the Creeper changed from 6101877 to 6192875 for this wave, but I don’t have an old one to compare the moulds to see if there is a difference, but I suspect it’s just the normal LEGO ID madness.)
As with all previous LEGO Minecraft sets there are no stickers in this wave, which results in a great number of printed parts. Mostly these are the heads shown above, but there are also some printed bricks and tiles.
New are these four pixelated prints of the Enchantment Table, a book, a compass and the eyes of a big Magma Cube. The compass seems to be useful, while an advantage for the design of the others has to be found.
I didn’t expect to find this many new elements in this underrated production line, and now I’m looking forward to using them in my builds. I will post the results at a later date here on New Elementary!
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