My boys were relatively late to the Minecraft party, at first I thought it was just a passing fad that had escaped their radar, but I was wrong! The obsession finally took hold, we downloaded the game and they play it very regularly and of course watch Stampycat’s Youtube videos, have bought Minecraft books at the school book fair and attended the Minecraft after school Club.
So when I realised that Lego had brought out a Minecraft range, it was clearly a match made in heaven for many kids, mine included.
My lucky boys were sent a Lego kit to review from the Minecraft series. To their utter delight it arrived early one morning, in time for them to have a ten minute look at it before leaving for school. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed them going off to school in such a good mood! They obviously couldn’t wait to come home and give it a try.
This is the set they received: LEGO 21114 MINECRAFT – THE FARM. As it is an 8+ kit, our youngest decided he would leave the construction to his older brother who at 9 is quite an accomplished Lego builder. He did however find this set slightly more challenging, he concentrated hard on the instructions but there was one bit he’d not put together quite correctly and we had to undo a few steps to put it right. Once it was fixed, the rest came together and they had a great play set to enjoy.
This set is a little farm with a pen for the animals, a tree and waterfall and an area to grow carrots and flowers in. The kit also comes with ‘Steve’ who I’m told by the boys is the main character in Minecraft, plus a skeleton, cow and sheep, along with crops, shovel, crafting table and pumpkin helmet,
In this scene they created, the skeleton guy is caught feeding carrots to the animals.
The boys explained to me that Steve is looking confused because the skeleton isn’t normally such a nice guy.
I think this set is quite cute and would appeal to boys and girls. It has provided lots of imaginative play so far and I would recommend it for those children who enjoy both Minecraft and Lego as it combines the two very effectively, or simply those who like to create play scenes and scenarios, as the kit can be put together in different ways and you can combine it with other Minecraft sets too. At £24.99, it seems like a fair price point for Lego and would make an ideal Christmas present.
Thank you to Lego for sending us a sample, all words and thoughts my own.