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And the BS page has a ton of pics:
Definitely a must buy for me but I will probably wait for a decent VIP deal before I spend £260 on it. That being said, I spend way more than that every month on LEGO anyway! And Minecraft is one of my faviourate themes. :)
I spotted a golden apple in a minecart on one of the photos attached to #21137 The Mountain Cave! :D
As usual, and similar to other posts in the news article, I have to comment on the fact that TLG has favoured the US massively in the pricing of this set, which is indefensible. It also looks like the EU also has a favourable price.
US: $249.99 (equivalent to £191.77)
EU: 249.99€ (equivalent to £214.93)
This makes it look like we're being, at a minimum, £45 overcharged for this set, £68-odd when compared to the US price, which is disgusting.
This is not currency or Brexit-related, as that price differential is a significant percentage.
Honestly I'm not that big of a Minecraft fan but christ almighty I'd throw endless money at that pig house if it became an actual set
Same here! That one is actually just a prototype. The final version (as seen on the back of box pic) seems to use the same plate-based spinning element used for one of the rides in the Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster, but in grey (much more useful than the yellow that it had previously appeared in).
I think I will have to put the project on hold until they start using the part in normal production. :(
No need for Instagram: Hoth Bricks has official pictures here.
@Bumblepants - I'm sure all of those 2x4 sand green bricks will be less than impressive. No 1x8s...
That just makes me want it all the more! Loads of new elements and what looks like a really fun build, along with massive playability / displayability.
I'm not 100% convinced by #21136 The Ocean Monument, as it is rather bland on the outside, but that's not surprising, given the source material. I am looking forward to seeing what they've done inside and for play features.
#21135 Crafting Box 2.0 looks like it adds some fun looking mini-builds, to add to your overall scenes, as well as another horse and more slimes, which is great. @IceCreamClone yes, I think you're right calling out the Andesite blocks there.
What do you all think the green bracelets on top of pink 1x1 round studs are meant to be? I can only think of Beetroots...
Also, I have a feeling the next D2C Minecraft set will probably be a woodland mansion, or an End City. I think I would like the End City more.
The Crafting Box has a new golden pickaxe and a new gray horse. The beetroots are also new but easy to reproduce.
The Ocean Moment is much more unqiue being the first underwater set. However, the photos of inside are still lacking. What is Steve looking at when the inside area is exposed? It looks like gold jumper plates on tan bricks? Is it a special ore? I don't play Minecraft myself so don't know what to expect inside an Ocean Monument. There is also a push mechanism at the back to expose something from inside but the photos don't show the mechanism in action.
In the treasure chamber is a 2x2 cube of gold blocks encased in a layer of prismarine. I assume the 2x2 jumpers are pearl gold but I can't tell if the bricks are, as well. It looks like the mechanism at the back removes the prismarine to reveal the gold blocks.
There are a couple other nice details. Elder Guardians (the tan and purple creature) cast Mining Fatigue, making it difficult to dig/mine in an Ocean Monument. Alex is carrying a bucket of milk; drinking milk removes status effects. There's also a furnace included. Putting a sponge in a furnace will dry it out and allow it to be used again to soak up more water.
I 'caved' in and bought the Nether train yeaterday for the cool tracks but also in potential preparation for expanding the track in the mountain cave. Haha. I have some birthday money that was earmarked for the Carousel. Then Saturn V came out, the London bus and the Ninjago City!!!!! Plus the fishing shop ideas set. What do I buy?!?! The mountain cave looks huge and great value for money but I love the look of the others sets above as well! Help!
I also have a fair few Ninjago sets, including the Temple, but was hoping to slow down on those and concentrate on Advanced / Modular / Ideas sets and then they bring out Ninjago City! I suppose it counts as an Advanced / Modular set. :-)
Note how the box dwarfs all previous Minecraft boxes! The new UCS Millenium Falcon (which has yet to be officially announced) appears to have the same width and height but double the depth, and probably triple the price! :D
I'm just missing #21135 The Crafting Box 2.0 and #21136 The Ocean Monument now. I checked out the back of the ocean monument box yesterday and the possibilities for the set are way more interesting than initially appear. The structure completely opens out! However, it looks incredibly poor value for money at £120 compared to #70618 Destiny's Bounty which is £110. I decided to pick up the latter yesterday and wait till I could get the former for at least 30% off later in the year!
I am interested to know how well the #D2c Minecraft sets are doing? Only 90 members on brickset have bought #21137 The Mountain Cave so far (me included) and only 353 have bought #21128 The Village (although I have 2 copies!).
It does annoy me that the UK is getting shafted price wise on all of this year's sets!
Compare these price differentials to the new Ninjago Movie sets which on a whole are significantly cheaper in the UK! For example:
- #21129 The Mushroom Island $19.99 -> £19.99
- #21130 The Nether Railway $29.99 -> £39.99
- #21131 The Ice Spikes $39.99 -> £45.99
- #21132 The Jungle Temple $49.99 -> £54.99
- #21133 The Witch Hut $59.99 -> £64.99
- #21134 The Waterfall Base $69.99 -> £74.99
- #21135 The Crafting Box 2.0 $59.99 -> £79.99
- #21136 The Ocean Monument $119.99 -> £119.99
- #21137 The Mountain Cave $249.99 -> £259.99
Thank god for decent competition in the UK which will guarantee at least 1/3 off for all non D2C sets! As long as you are patient! :)
- #70618 Destiny's Bounty $159.99 -> £109.99
In the next few years I'll think you'll start seeing re-issues of the first round of sets.
Apologies for the absolutely terrible, quickly-taken, badly-lit photo!
@SeanTheCollector I've been complaining regularly about the relative pricing of LEGO Minecraft sets in the UK. I am afraid that it just seems to be one of those themes that we're going to pay through the nose for.
Like you, I just need to pick up #21135 The Crafting Box and #21136 The Ocean Monument to complete the collection (so far)!