In this LEGO Minecraft: The Fortress Review, we take a look at the next LEGO Minecraft set in the Minecraft theme.
The Fortress is a mid-priced Minecraft Set released in 2016 and contains 984 pieces which works out at around 11.2c per piece if you buy this at the recommended retail price.
It’s not bad value for money as it contains a few unique pieces and also includes a LEGo Minecraft Horse.
The LEGO Minecraft Fortress is also a move towards more modular sets, using the 8×8 Minecraft LEGO building system.
So let’s take a look at what’s inside the LEGO Minecraft – The Fortress set.
LEGO Minecraft: The Fortress Review – Set 21127
On the front of the box, you’ll see a fair representation of what’s inside. And there is also a sneak peak of some of the alternate building configurations.
As mentioned earlier, LEGO has introduced the 8×8 modular building system for LEGO Minecraft which is supposed to make building alternate version so much easier.
I guess the Minecraft theme design team can be a little flexible with this idea as building with blocks and repetitive building can be expected in-game.
But the big draw card for the LEGO Minecraft Fortress is just as much for the LEGO Minecraft Horse as it is for the Fortress itself.
Yes, after several years we finally have a Horse in LEGO Minecraft. What took them so long?
The Fortress itself is a fairly repetitive build, as you put together similar modules, and then the idea is to configure and then use the joining modules to complete the build.
And we can also see this LEGO set has a few tricks up its sleeve, like the pressure plate front gates, shooting mechanism and lever activated stronghold.
There’s also more emphasis on the alternate builds for this set.
Given its modular design, the LEGO Minecraft Fortress can be re-configured quickly, but don’t expect it to be robust enough to move to a new surface as this is where the modular system will let you down.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t hold together too well when just using the connecting modules, so if you need to move is regularly, then consider building it on a LEGO 48×48 grey baseplate.
Here’s a look at one of the builds the LEGO Minecraft: The Fortress Set.
LEGO Minecraft – The Fortress
There are quite a few LEGO minifigs in this set, but most are fairly common, except the new LEGO Minecraft Horse.
So let’s take a look at the LEGO Mini Figures included in this set.
Minecraft Mini-Figures and Accessories
There are six, regular mini figures in this set, a Steve, 3 Skeleton’s, a sheep and a Horse.
The Minecraft Steve has a blue top and gold pants and a square head as you’d expect from a LEGO Minecraft Minifig. And although the body is that of a standard LEGO minifig, the head certainly gives you a feel you’re playing with Minecraft.
This particular Steve is dressed for success in his Gold Plated Armour.
The Skeleton uses the body of a normal LEGO Skeleton but it has a block styled skeleton head, in keeping with the game. Skeleton’s and Zombies are some of the most common MOBS in Minecraft so you’ll want to have plenty on hand if you want to build a MOB army.
The Minecraft Sheep is a very well-designed and surprisingly uses very few new pieces. Just the blocky printed head is a new piece here.
The LEGO Minecraft Horse is what we’ve all been waiting for in LEGO Minecraft and given most other LEGO themes have a horse, why did it take soooo long for the Minecraft Theme to get’s it’s turn.
The unique piece for the horse is the printed head, with all the others parts of the horse using existing LEGO elements. The head can nod and the tail also moves, to give an element of realistic gameplay.
For the minifig accessories, we get gold armor and a helmet, a golden, iron, diamond and wooden sword, several wooden bows, torches, a crafting table, a red apple, an armor stand and some cool LEGO Minecraft Flags.
The are quite a lot of accessories in this set and when you include the 6 mini-figures you are getting quite good value for money.
Stop Motion Video Example
Now it wouldn’t be a proper LEGO Minecraft: The Fortress review at BrickFlicks TV without showing you a stop motion that uses the LEGO Minecraft – The Fortress set.
Anyway sit back and enjoy the show…
I’ve really enjoyed this LEGO Minecraft: The Fortress Review and the set looks great when built. And having a LEGO Minecraft Horse is almost enough justification to buy the set.
The modular system, although clever, isn’t very robust, if you plan to move your fortress around a lot.
I also hear there could also be some more LEGO Minecraft horse designs around the corner, so that’ll be nice to have.
And we certainly didn’t need anymore LEGO Minecraft Skeletons, so perhaps another MOB might have been more useful in this set.
Anyway, great job again LEGO!
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