Lego Minecraft – The Snow Hideout (21120) Review

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Lego Minecraft – The Snow Hideout (21120): Finally Pley has the new Minecraft sets, and I have to say I am pissed. This is however because once I had built this I realized that along with my current Building Box set I just wanted a bunch of these so I can link them altogether, and that is a clear problem. Mostly because that can get out of hand really quick, and I don’t think I’m ready to commit a table to mine to a Lego Minecraft masterpiece.

 

Time to Knoll: 22 Minutes

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Time to Build: 30 Minutes

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Time to Build: 3.5 Minutes (Change to alternate build)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 327 and 29 & 18 Steps – Manual (62 Pages)
  • Price: $39.99 on Lego and $47.98 on Amazon
  • Weight 407 grams
  • Combo Points: (11X28X1X2) = 616 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 128mm x 128mm x 41.6mm or 681.6 cm³ but there is a bit more on the side so it’s actually 717.61 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 2 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

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What Else?

As mentioned the true danger of this set for me was how it makes me feel about just getting more and more Minecraft sets. In that respect let’s consider the size of Minecraft and therefore how it would translate to Lego. Now a Minecraft block is about 16mm or about 2 blocks wide and 5 plates high. So then we just have to figure out how big Minecraft is.

That however is where things get a bit tricky because of something called ‘The Farlands” a programming quirk that exists in Minecraft (but prior to v1.8 where it was resolved) This Farlands can be found at ±12,550,821 in any direction. Calculating this into Lego we get 200km.

That’s quite far when you consider it as 2 times the thickness of the atmosphere, but then again it’s also the same distance as from San Diego to Santa Barbara a distance that Google says can be walked in 75 hours. However the Farlands itself seems to be taking it’s traveler a few years.

In short – Minecraft is a pretty big place, and therefore building it would be impossible – yet I still totally want more sets to expand my Lego Minecraft set.

 

Remix: So for the remix here I knew I had to use that massive 16×16 plate, and I figured the best way to do so without it being a landscape would be to make a clock. Of course the clock is a bit deep simply to hide all of the pieces, and I was half tempted to just call this the blob but there were 2 pieces I had to leave out.

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Final Thoughts: I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m going to just order some Minifigs and plunder my library to just make my current set much larger (maybe going underground). Overall though this a nice set, but it’s just not worth the price I would say. If you find this later though it’s a good set to get for pieces and usage in Minecraft.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars

Lego Star Wars – Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter (8017) Review

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Lego Star Wars – Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter (8017): Continuing with our Star Wars kick, we go to a set that’s one of the originals of my childhood – one of the sets I wanted as a kid as soon as I had seen Star Wars. (This is only partially true, I wanted a Death Star, but even now I think that’s a bit beyond me.) However having my own Darth Vader was really important, and it was the perfect companion to another set (which should be quite obvious) which will be in an upcoming review.

 

Time to Knoll: 15.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 24 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 251 and 93 Steps – Manual (55 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego and $54.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 319 grams
  • Combo Points: (3X6X1X1) = 18 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 96mm x 112mm x 48.0mm or 516.1 cm³ plus a bit more for 525 .06 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

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What Else?

So when looking into facts about Darth Vader and his illustrious specialized fighter (of which the creator was murdered, and only a few survived past his time). I came across the special components included within the ship – including deflector shields, solar reactor, and most notably hyperdrive.

Now I understand that currently as far as we humans are concerned the possibility of hyperdrive is impossible in reality – despite numerous theories in the academic sense. My concern is however with the notion of hyperdrive on such a small craft. The Fighter itself needed to be modified to suit Vader’s specific body size, and yet somehow a hyperdrive is not only added, but remains functional after the hit it got from the crash near the death star?

Looking into Star Wars lore concerning hyperdrive there are two possibilities – one is making such travel possible by a fusion reaction through kilometers of superconducting wire – which while possible on something the side of a star destroyers is just inconceivable on something the scale of a small fighter.

More likely would be what is referred to as an anti-matter hyperdrive engine. Of course anti-matter is at the time still relatively speculative and the presence (or overall uneven lack of) is the reason behind the theory of baryogenesis. However the issue is said that the Fighter has a solar ionization reactor which regardless of output I think it’s fair to say that it would be impossible to generate the power to harness or generate anti-matter simply from the rays of the sun and not the power of a sun. Then again I’m debating hyperdrive of a fictional universe on a blog that reviews lego sets.

 

Remix: Keeping with my Falcon review I decided to make another handheld weapon, although this time I made a crossbow.

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While it’s a bit small for me (which I wish I had made the scale a bit bigger at onset) it is a handheld weapon.

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Final Thoughts: While I love this version, I really have always enjoyed the original tie fighter and not the Darth Vader’s version. This and the bomber just always felt a built to clean to me, whereas the Tie Fighter or X-Wing always feel a bit ungainly which really fits into the ethos of the Star Wars in my head. Overall though considering how much this costs new I am glad that kid me played with his toys rather than pretending the 60 dollar markup would be worth it.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars