Lego Ideas – Maze (21305) Review


Lego Ideas – Maze (21305): Apologies for the delay getting to this review. I’ve learned my lesson though and promise from her out to never promise a review on a schedule until it’s actually ready to go. Anyway as the mini-review a few weeks on JK Brickworks Ballista proves I am in love with the creations they make. Now though one of them has actually gone through the Lego review process and comes to us in this large set.


Time to Knoll: 48 Minutes


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Time to Build: 54 Minutes (Frame)


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Time to Build: 7 Minutes (Board 1)


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Time to Build: 4 Minutes to disassemble and 18.5 Minutes to build (Board 2)


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  • Pieces: 769 and 143 and 19 Steps – Manual (130 Pages)
  • Price: $69.99 on Lego and $69.95 on Amazon
  • Weight 1,042 grams
  • Combo Points: (12X36X1X2) = 864 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 256mm x 256mm x 22.4mm or 1468.01 cm³ but with extra 1727.0 cm³




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




What Else? So this is part of what took so long for this review, but instead of just doing a section showing the alternatives in the back, and possibly some GIFs of solving the puzzles – I decided I should make my own puzzle. My main approach was to do one where 2 balls were required forcing you to be vary careful in your movements, and also to showcase the 2 default themes to the maze.



Remix: For my remix I actually took a page out of JK Brickworks book (of a Trebuchet) and turned the maze into a catapult.  Thanks to the large base of the artillery I was able to sneak and hide the remainder of the pieces leaving me up to the addition of a single piece which in this case is a machinists v-block to act as a counter weight. (Which I guess fits the +/- 5 piece rules for remixes?)

Now I will admit that despite the little pull trigger I have and the weight – this doesn’t exactly fire in any spectacular way. It does however look the part.


(Not Pictured Below: Me cursing as 4 tiny Lego soccer balls roll around my floor)



Final Thoughts: I love this set, and it’s not just because it’s another Ideas set, or because it’s from Jason, or even because it’s like those old ball maze games that I also love. I love this set because it’s totally unique to a lot of what Lego sets you would see in a store, but in truth it embodies what Lego can be. Something that isn’t just basic bricks or technic, but a combination. Something that can easily adaptable from other sets and themes that practically forces it to not just be a display model. It’s something a parent would have just as much fun making and playing as their kid would. There’s been a lot of really complex or ‘neat’ sets that have tried and failed to go through the Lego Ideas process – but I really think they understood here. That they knew a set like this had to be Lego.

Final Score: 5 out of 5 Stars

Fan Creations: JK Brickworks Ballista

Alright as you know it’s an ‘off’ week so let’s take a stab at reviewing another fan-build. This one comes from JK Brickworks – maker of the Lego Ideas Maze (which I swear I am trying to review for next week). It’s a ballista which is really just a crossbow taken to the artillery level. I love this set because it really works, and it’s surprising how much power you can get in the tension from Lego strings (enough where you could over-tighten, but it breaks off the top, I nearly debated super gluing this just to make it more powerful.)

Knoll: 6.5 Minutes


Build: 14 Minutes (note it technically did take me 14 minutes to build, but about another half hour messing around with the tension to get it ‘just right’)




  • Pieces: 119 and 21 Steps – Manual (25 Pages)
  • Price: $32.99 on Rebrickable (However it’s not the full set, you’ll need to shop around)
  • Weight 122 grams


  • Uniqueness: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 1 out of 5 Stars (Getting the tension right makes this annoying)
  • Hoarding: 2 out of 5 Stars



Final Thoughts: My favorite part of this is just how simple and effective the ratcheting system is for holding the tension before firing. Also the fact that it fires a 2 by 4 brick is just perfect as it makes ammo for this easy to come by. This is the perfect thing to build and have in an office setting – as it looks awesome, and is perfect for inter-office warfare.

Final Score: 4 out of 5 Stars