Lego Minecraft – The Farm (21114) Review

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Lego Minecraft – The Farm (21114): Part 2 of my Minecraft Christmas gifts, this time moving out of the caves and onto the Farm. If I’m honest though I fail to see why this is a whole 10 dollars more expensive than the Cave, and it has some quirks I’m just not huge on.

 

Time to Knoll: 16.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 23 Minutes

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Time to Build: 2.5 Minutes (Redesign)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 262 and 25/15 Steps – Manual (54 Pages)
  • Price: $29.99 on Lego and $25.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 276 grams
  • Combo Points: (12X35X1X3) = 1,260 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 128mm x 128mm x 27.0mm or 442.4 cm³

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Scores:

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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else? So now that I have 3 sets it’s time to combine them into a single set. Inspired by the mindset of a first outpost we have a water-located hillside with farm on top and a home built out of the side.

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Here you can see the interior with somewhat the typical wall of chests, and an open surprise lava pit that’s now used for light and obsidian farming.

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Remix: So I knew I would have to contend with those 2 large green plates in a way that wasn’t ‘Minecrafty’. I therefore decided to make a movie-style set with a green-screen background that fades in, and even uses some elements within the scene.

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Final Thoughts: I have to say I am fairly pleased with these, and I really want to get the Nether, and a set that has a creeper to help round out my baddies. My overall feeling though is that while this is a fine set, it feels very un-Minecraft like (aside from the 1by1 tower redesign section) just based on how plants and animals are kept in the game – ahh well.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars

Lego Bricks & More Farm Brick Box (4626) Review

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Lego Bricks & More Farm Brick Box (4626): Another inclusion from my lot find, and this time another Bricks & More set. This one though lacks the parts of it’s big brother that I recently reviewed, and is also a bit older. I will say that I do like the tractor design from them, and it’s a little more diverse for part uniqueness as well.

 

Time to Knoll: 10 Minutes

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Time to Build: 12 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 232 and 48 Steps – Manual (26 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego (was 14.99) and $79.95 on Amazon
  • Combo Points: (2X4X1X1) = 8 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 80mm x 201.6mm or 516.1 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 1 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 2 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 2 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So then accordingly while there are 232 pieces, 90 of them are unique. Now since some of these are a bit more esoteric looking for rarity seemed pointless – so I decided instead to see how many pieces this set could be spread across. The mindset there is hey maybe you’re missing some pieces for your set, hmm I wonder how many sets I could potentially get that last piece with this one single box for (what was) a low price.

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The answer is surprisingly 3,232 sets (as of the date this was published of course). Now most of that is actually because there’s a bit of crossover. Thankfully from Brickset I was able to get CSV data and there were actually a total of 17,162 sets. However removing duplicates and we get back to 3,232. I would also like to congratulate myself for going at least 5 reviews before breaking out Excel. (which if you want drop me a note in the comments.)

 

Remix: So in light of me last time doing a similar pieceset, I still had to contend with the doors and house pieces. So for this I decided to make an accident. If I’m honest this isn’t the most spiritual in terms of a remix (even for a set like this where it’s more open), but I wanted to build a little race car.

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Final Thoughts: I think my biggest dislike of this is that there’s really not enough pieces here to make a good farmhouse. I know it’s meant to be a mix box, but even using the blues I had from the car in the house it’d still be too diversely colored and sized to be pleasant. I have done some math though, and based on original pricing this is better value for your money than the Large Brick Box, which you’d think a large set would beat out.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars