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I'll post them again, just so that they're here for reference:
#21129 The Mushroom Island
#21130 The Nether Railway
#21131 The Ice Spikes
#21132 Jungle Temple
#21133 Witch House
#21134 Secret Waterfall Escape
I haven't played Minecraft Story Mode myself, as it doesn't particularly appeal to me, so perhaps someone who has done so could comment?
I would say that about half of the announced sets represent normal Minecraft biomes / features, while The Nether Railway, Secret Waterfall Escape and The Ice Spikes certainly could be representative of Story Mode areas, but I'm betting they'll be based on the standard game and will allow expansion of current areas.
The Mushroom Island - New biome (Mushroom Island!)
The Nether Railway + The Nether Fortress + The Wither - The Nether biome
The Ice Spikes + The Snow Hideout - Snow biome
Jungle Temple + The Jungle Tree House - Jungle biome
Witch House - New biome (Swamp)
Secret Waterfall Escape + ?? - Unknown biome
You're right, though, "Secret Waterfall Escape" does sound more story-driven than the others.
It'll be interesting to see what TLG come up with.
Regarding the 2017 Minecraft sets, #21129 The Mushroom Island and #21130 The Nether Railway look pretty weak, build-wise, but I really like the look of #21133 Witch House and #21134 Secret Waterfall Escape, especially, and #21132 Jungle Temple could be interesting.
I haven't quite made my mind up about #21131 The Ice Spikes, but it does have a baby cow! :-)
The Nether Railway does contain both a large and mini Magma Cube, which is nice and we also get another Zombie Pigman, which is more than welcome.
The Mushroom Island has another Mooshroom and a baby Mooshroom and the giant Mushrooms look nice, so not all bad.
Witch House has a Witch, of course, as well as 3 Slimes, both of which are excellent news.
Waterfall Escape seems to have a fishing rod and fish, as well as a Tuxedo Cat (tamed Ocelot) and, finally, a blue Sheep, which looks a little odd in the picture, with the naturally-coloured back! I also like the potion bottles.
To answer the questions we were posing earlier, none of these look to be specifically Story Mode-related, unless I am missing something.
Also, Secret Waterfall Escape looks to be set in a standard Plains, or similar, biome.
Overall, I'm really looking forward to these sets! :-)
Heaven alone knows how he has managed to get hold of it so early!
@CM4S is correct, Jang buys all the sets that he reviews himself. He's quite clear about this.
I've managed to catch up and watch all the reviews and I'm really looking forward to getting this series of Minecraft sets.
I also noticed for the first time that the Brickset database has added names for the two additional sets, #21135 The Crafting Box 2.0 and #21136 The Ocean Monument, so that's another couple of sets to look forward to!
Can't wait to get my hands on it! :D
I think there is something interesting happening in the monument. Lets wait until more info is available on the set. In any case, I'm totally hooked on the Minecraft theme and will be getting all the new sets at some point.
I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what #21137 The Mountain Cave looks like!
Just to continue, here are Jang's reviews for #21131 The Ice Spikes and #21129 The Mooshroom Island:
If I had kids who were into minecraft I'd bricklink a couple of minifigs/accessories and just buy bulk bricks...tada instant minecraft supplies
We take these for granted now, but there are 800+ elements...NONE of them existed until 1991.
Minecraft, then, really is a throwback.
I think that I'm going to have to extend my dining room table to fit every Minecraft set on it! :-)
There's no excuse for the pricing of these sets, if the prices are correct. Very angry.
Well, that's put paid to me buying any of these until I can get them at a (hopefully) large discount from Amazon, because this is just taking the p***.
I am very disappointed, as I was really looking forward to getting them.
PS: Thanks for the positive comments! There aren't many of us Minecraft AFOLs around, so I'm glad there are a few of us around to discuss things! :-)
I keep remembering seeing pics of all or most all of the Minecraft sets displayed together (I think by you), and it really surprised me how much I liked them (I wish I could find it again). Some AFOL's mention the blockiness as a negative, but I prefer straight lines in most things. Don't know why that didn't catch my attention sooner. :-(
I've made a few notes from your comments that I am certain will help me when I start my display. I really do appreciate the discussions on this thread.
I'm not entirely happy with it, as I do want to create more depth next time, especially in the mountain / caves...
My favorite books have always been fantasy, so this will fit right in. It is time to get to work on my LEGO room!
And I still want more MSG / DSG bricks, so that I can make the mountain bigger and better next time! :-)
When I get started, it will be a good thing that we are on different continents....so we aren't both trying to buy the same lot of bricks.
Regarding #21137 "The Mountain Cave", is this set already on display in the large Minecraft map on the LEGO website. I only looked at it last night and it seems to have a large mountain backdrop. Has that backdrop always been there or is it fairly new since they incorporated this year's sets?
I think the mountain was always there. I certainly seem to remember the creeper / zombie motif from the previous version, but perhaps some additional changes have been made. I have to say that it would be a great look for a mountain cave set, but it will all depend on the interior, of course. I'm certainly looking forward to this! :-)
There aren't much in the way of deals out there (in the UK) on these sets yet. I've ended up buying all of them from John Lewis which seems to have matched any deals that where out there. I've ended up spending £255 for all 6 sets (RRP being £300).
The main problem for my wallet when I get in a Minecraft mood is that I invariably start re-buying older sets where deals are available since you can always use a duplicate Minecraft set! So far I've picked up #21121 The Desert Outpost from Amazon (46% discount) and #21120 The Snow Hideout from eBay (40% discount). I've been bidding on lots of Minecraft sets on eBay but they rarely sell for much of a discount!