Lego Minecraft – The Snow Hideout (21120) Review


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


Time to Build: 30 Minutes


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




  • 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




  • 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




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.



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 Minecraft – Crafting Box (21116) Review


LEGO Minecraft – Crafting Box (21116): I have long been a huge fan of Minecraft so much so that I consider myself not a fan of Minecraft, but 2 years clean. I was one of the few to be able to purchase this set this year (Amazon has it at a premium and Lego is out of stock currently), and while I had buyer’s remorse seconds after purchasing (I mean paying 2 and a half times what I paid for the game!) but once I had it in hand, I can say I’m rather pleased.


Time to Knoll: 28 Minutes – I love knolling, but if this was not a review, I think I’d almost just separate pieces by the way it’s given to you in Lego’s bags – there’s just too many unique pieces with not enough of them to warrant knolling.


Time to Build: 8 Minutes for the common build parts. Then I had a dilemma – this is an 8 in 1 – so do I just choose one, or do a I build them all because I feel that’s a full review. Kidding I did them all. (Click to Enlarge)

Prep: 8 Minutesprebuild

Config 1: 19 Minutes


Config 2: 27 Minutes


Config 3: 27 Minutesbuild3

Config 4: 20 Minutes


Config 5: 22 Minutes


Config 6: 24 Minutesbuild6

Config 7: 27 Minutes


Config 8: 25 Minutes




  • Pieces: 518 and a variable number of Steps (due to manual(s) offering 8 configurations) And oh yes there are 2 manuals, 1 for the main setup, and another for sections. Also be aware, configurations often leave many pieces behind (up to 100+). (80 and 56 Pages)
  • Price: $89.99 on Amazon, and $49.99 normally on Lego (but out of stock)
  • Combo Points: (29X78X2X9) = 40,716 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): (minifigs not included) 64mm x 128mm x 144mm or 1180cm³




  • Uniqueness: 5 out of 5 Stars (Since it’s kinda very up to you)
  • Aesthetics: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 5 out of 5 Stars (Just so many earthy tone pieces)




What Else?

I like the sections, but I do have an issue with them, they are just too flimsy when connected. I really like the modular construction idea (which shows in my remix), but on it’s own I can’t lift the set up without it falling apart. So I decided to make my own variant (it’s Minecraft for pete’s sake) and posted that here. But as a treat it’s here in Lego, and in actual Minecraft.




However despite the nature of this build, I did try and do a proper remix, and decided on a modular space station (inspired a bit/lot by Spacebase DF-9) Which let me change enough that it doesn’t feel too much like just MC in a different way.



Keeping with rules of the remix I’ve not included the bread and carrot (as this is a slightly larger scale). Note this doesn’t have minifigs as those are exempt from remixes (and the scale again would be wrong)


Final Thoughts: While I saw the vignettes, and the micro worlds for Minecraft before – in truth the second I heard there was going to be a Lego set based on the game, I wanted this crafting box. It’s not perfect, and I think it owes a lot to Minecraft’s desire to make things in your own image (a lot of the things they show in the set kinda violate MC’s ‘physics’) It’s a great set to have, and for me its benefits mean my friends (read: jerks) can mess around with the set when they visit putting things out of place.

Final Score: 4 out of 5 Stars