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Medieval Blacksmith revealed!

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Medieval Blacksmith revealed!

Here's the press release for the 33rd LEGO Ideas set:

21325 Medieval Blacksmith, 2164 pieces

149.99 USD/ 199.99 CAD 146.99 EUR / 134.99 GBP /249.99 AUD

Available from 1st February

LEGO Ideas reveals medieval set starring the unsung hero of the Middle Ages – the honourable blacksmith

LEGO Ideas has taken a leaf out of the history books with the design of its latest set, a charming Medieval Blacksmith’s house. The new set is based on an original design by an avid LEGO builder, which achieved over 10,000 votes from LEGO fans worldwide – giving it the green light to go into production.

LEGO superfan Clemens Fiedler originally submitted the concept to LEGO Ideas; a LEGO initiative that takes new ideas that have been imagined and voted for by fans and turns them into reality. The LEGO Ideas Medieval Blacksmith set harks back to a time when cottage industries and artisans were the cornerstone of society and was brought to life by LEGO designers Wes Talbott and Austin Carlson.

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  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 2,383
    Meh, I have #3739 and #6918- I don't need this. 😉
    KungFuKennyAstrobricks
  • EGRobertsEGRoberts OntarioMember Posts: 106
    Meh, I have #3739 and #6918- I don't need this. 😉
    That's crazy talk! You need multiples and every castle and village is no different. It will benefit from multiple blacksmiths.. Drives the prices down on armor repair for the knights Heliport! 

    Castle and all of the sub themes have always been my favorite since I was a kid and with the black falcons in this set the question I have to ask myself is do I order 2 or 3 of this set..  The only thing in this entire set that drives me crazy is the husky, and I'm Canadian we love huskies but it don't belong here, should have been a shepard.


    560Heliport
  • quark12000quark12000 hereMember Posts: 22
    I liked the Ideas submission, but somehow in the transition process all the charm has been drained out of this set.  Well, that's some money saved.
  • mustang69mustang69 North CarolinaMember Posts: 523
    I like the tan horse. Hopefully that'll show up on BnPs in the future.
    andhe
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 4,165
    Meh, I have #3739 and #6918- I don't need this. 😉
    Hehe! That’s a good one :D
  • TheBigLegoskiTheBigLegoski Amsterdam, NederlandMember Posts: 1,435
    Mmmh. I wanted to express my joy at the further reveal of this set, then I noticed @Huw had closed the comments section, unfortunately IMO. Oh, well. So here I am expressing my joy!
    Does the set closely resemble the Ideas admission?! Not entirely, for sure. A lot has been changed, still I absolutely love this set and want it, then I saw it includes two black falcon knights, now I am even happier.
    I have not read all the comments, actually I have hardly read any of them, so far. I don't visit brickset for political discussions and what not, not that I mind these, I have seen some somewhat heated debates in the past, such as one over a CMF care bear like minifig, which I thought was rather amusing, but I can't be bothered to get caught up in it all, at least currently not any more.
    What is important to me is this: Lego producing good and fun sets. This is a lovely medieval house, it has lots of nice details (bear hide on the floor e.g.) cool minifigs, awesome Black Falcon minifigs. Horse in a new colour. This will be a great addition to my medieval market village set #10193 actually in terms of detail and building techniques and overall look it probably surpasses that set from 2009.

    So looking forward to getting this set!

    I hope more castle themed goodness will follow!
    andheCymbelinemessyAddicted2OxygenLyichirAanchir
  • bricktuarybricktuary Krakozhia (temporarily stuck in London)Member Posts: 687
    It still looks a bit small to me, somehow. 

    Watching the designer video, it's clear there are plenty of designers in Lego who love to work on models like these, and it's clear from this, the modulars, the fishing store etc that there's a huge demand for large detailed models of buildings. I wish they'd find a way to let the designers express their creativity (without the excuse of an Ideas set) but freed from the constraints of the modular line or any particular license and the limitations of making a City-style playset.

    Some sort of internal "Ideas"-style process open to Lego employees maybe, I'm sure would turn out a couple of unique and amazing models a year. 
    andhe
  • tomalphintomalphin Member Posts: 248

    The Review embaro has lifted, so I'm eager to share a summary of my thoughts on the new set!  (Full review at brickarchitect.com).

    Brick_Architect-review_21325_LEGO_Mediev

    #21325 Medieval Blacksmith - box and finished model.

     

    As has been discussed at length, many folks see the final version as a bit of a letdown, as it is smaller and less "mature" in aesthetic compared to the original LEGO IDEAS submission.  While this is true, I am happy to report that it really is a nice model, apart from some quibbles that I have with the roof coloration, and annoyance with structural choices on the third floor.

    The ground floor in particular is excellent, with an absolutely brilliant play feature: you press on the brick-built bellows to make the light brick activate in the forge!  I also enjoyed nods to classic Castle, including the Black Falcon logos, and nod to the classic Forestmen theme in the tree.


    JB2A0627-300x300jpg JB2A0623-300x300jpg JB2A0630-300x300jpg

    The tiny details are the best thing about this set.

     

    Now, I don't think it's a "perfect" set, but it really is a nice way to revisit classic Castle themes with modern building techniques. It earned out "Recommended" 4/5 Star Rating (with caveats...). Available February 1.

     

    Sincerely,
    —Tom Alphin, brickarchitect.com

     

    bricktuaryTheBigLegoskiKungFuKennySirBrickalotOfLego
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 1,939
    Great review, this was only partially on my radar, but now I think it might be a pre birthday treat when its released.
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 1,292
    Meh, I have #3739 and #6918- I don't need this. 😉
    But... do you have #6040 ?
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 4,165
    pxchris said:
    Meh, I have #3739 and #6918- I don't need this. 😉
    But... do you have #6040 ?
    Hmm. Why on earth would #6918 be called Blacksmith Attack?
    pxchris
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 2,383
    @pxchris no, at that time Space got most of my money!
    @Astrobricks that chicken is mean!
    messyAstrobricksCymbelinepxchris
  • LyichirLyichir United StatesMember Posts: 923
    pxchris said:
    Meh, I have #3739 and #6918- I don't need this. 😉
    But... do you have #6040 ?
    Hmm. Why on earth would #6918 be called Blacksmith Attack?
    I always assumed it was because the blacksmith was being attacked/shaken down by the "bad guy" dragon knight... though it could just as easily be the other way around.

    Astrobricks560HeliportandheAanchir
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 4,165
    Lyichir said:
    pxchris said:
    Meh, I have #3739 and #6918- I don't need this. 😉
    But... do you have #6040 ?
    Hmm. Why on earth would #6918 be called Blacksmith Attack?
    I always assumed it was because the blacksmith was being attacked/shaken down by the "bad guy" dragon knight... though it could just as easily be the other way around.

    Seems like an extremely disfunctional business/customer relationship ;-)
    560HeliportandheTheBigLegoskipxchris
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