Lego Minecraft – The Cave (21113) Review

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Lego Minecraft – The Cave (21113): So for Christmas I managed to get 2 nice Minecraft sets to augment my Crafting Box, and the first is the Cave. It seems though that rather than satiating my need, this has only made me want further sets to get all of the special bits. Normally additional sets of the same type are either to complete a display, or to kludgily add on another setpiece. However because of the Lexicon created in Minecraft here this set can be less one of a number, and more something you can try to get multiples of in order to make something grand.

 

Time to Knoll: 14 Minutes

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Time to Build: 20 Minutes

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Time to Build: 2 Minutes (For redesigns)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 249 and 17/5 Steps – Manual (36 Pages)
  • Price: $19.99 on Lego and $16.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 260 grams
  • Combo Points: (11X29X1X2) = 638 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 64mm x 80mm x 92.8mm or 475.1 cm³

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Scores:

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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

For this review I would like to just have you watch this video of a drone going through Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam:

 

Remix: So with all of the piece types here I wanted too see how well I could make something asteroid-like. It has sort of worked here, and aside from a ladder and bucket I managed to hide all of the pieces into the core of the asteroid.

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Final Thoughts: This is a nice little set to have as an addition to my existing Crafting Box, and for those who are wishing your Minecraft sets had a bit more underground to mimic what Minecraft is really like than this is certainly the set to get. I also love how well done the spider looks in Lego form here.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars

Lego Marvel Super Heroes – Starblaster Showdown (76019) Review

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Lego Marvel Super Heroes – Starblaster Showdown (76019): Saw this at a clearance aisle, and I couldn’t pass up having my own tiny StarLord minifig, and huzzah I could justify it by saying I needed a Lego review, and considering Pley has so little Super Heroes builds – it works out. However while this was on clearance, I wish the build with the Milano was as well – simply because I’d love to have that ship.

 

Time to Knoll: 7.5 Minutes (Nova Ship)

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Time to Knoll: 3.5 Minutes (Kree Ship)

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Time to Build: 12 Minutes (Nova), 6 Minutes (Kree)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 196 and 29, 20 Steps – Manual (55 Pages)
  • Price: $19.99 on Lego and $17.97 on Amazon
  • Weight 150 grams
  • Combo Points: (4X10X1X1) = 40 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 48mm x 112mm x 67.2mm or 361.3 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: 4 out of 5 Stars (It has some nice colors, and Chris Pratt)

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So this Nova ship has a wingspan of 25.5 cm. This is important because in the critical scene of Guardians of the Galaxy with the Nova ships – it has the fleet making an impressively large net to block the Dark Aster. The question is then though that since we have a single ship, and the screenshot from the movie giving us an amount of ships used to block the Dark Aster from reaching the planet – how big is the Dark Aster in Lego form?

Now using this frame here (which isn’t as HQ as I’d like) we can see a rough estimate of 98×42 – however as you see some of it becomes too hard to judge so looking at it, let’s say there’s really about 140 x 60 ships which puts the Nova fleet at 8400 thousand ships. (And a net is the best they can do? I mean c’mon a semi-concentrated attack.. anyway)

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Well assuming about let’s say 1 8mm block between for the small gap of the ships, and we have a Lego scale length of the net being 3682 cm, and a width of 1052 cm. (Note for the width we use a smaller amount since as the film shows it goes around the sides of the Aster) Now to put that in perspective that meaning we abstract the Dark Aster to standard blocks.

That puts us in a ship 4602 pieces long, and 1095 pieces tall. Now assuming like we said this was just standard bricks of 2×4 meaning we are just doing the facade of the ship we have about 1,259,797 pieces. Let’s also say that because the Dark Aster Rotates that we can call it’s height the same as it’s depth (I realize this is not true as it’s not a true square) which gives us 828,316,528 pieces. Now since this doesn’t account for details, but also let’s be fair there is room for removing bricks for an interior (you have the space). Let’s just call that a cool 800 million piece set and take solace in the fact the UCS line doesn’t try and make things to scale. And for those wondering how heavy it would be to pick it up – well hopefully you have a serious forklift.

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Remix: So for this remix I wanted to take advantage of the wing pieces to make a spider/bug like creature. I’m not terribly pleased with it, and I think I should have tried to actually divide and conquer the remix akin to how the ships are split.

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Final Thoughts: Overall I’m glad to have a Nova ship and mini Star Lord. If like me you can find this set on sale I would say get it. Although if you want to be accurate to the movie you might need to actually get quite a bit.. This is the first of the Super Heroes builds at TopBrick, and I’m looking forward to more.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars