In this LEGO Minecraft: The Nether Fortress Review, we take a look at the next LEGO Minecraft set in the Minecraft theme.
The Nether Fortress is a mid-priced Minecraft Set released in 2015 and contains 571 pieces which works out at around 15.8c per piece if you buy this at the recommended retail price.
It’s one of the higher price per piece sets LEGO has released to date and I suspect the decision to release this set was a bit of a gamble, given the appetite in recent times for cheaper LEGO rather than more extensive and unique LEGO.
And this LEGO Minecraft set does have a lot and I mean a lot of unique pieces and mini-figures.
So unique in fact that if you tried to buy this set from parts, you’ll likely pay 20-30% more than retail which isn’t always the case with expensive sets.
So let’s take a look at what’s inside the LEGO Minecraft – The Nether Fortress set.
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There’s quite a lot happening with the front cover of the box, and what you see is what you get, minus the background.
And no the Ghast doesn’t fly, but it does have a shooting fireball feature which I’ll discuss later.
So what about all this uniqueness I speak of?
Well, to start with you’ve got that Nether Portal, made from obsidian styled black bricks and tiles and featuring a purple transparent window for the portal. And the portal effect can be removed easily without having to disassemble the frame. So the playability was definitely considered as an important part of this element.
Then we move on the Fortress itself, and although it’s not terribly large (for a fortress) it does pivot in the middle enabling you to creative alternate model positions without having to disassemble anything.
It also has a falling lava flow feature, that once activated drops a column of lava onto the unsuspecting victim.
We also get a few glow in the dark bricks which are used to represent glow stone, which kinda makes sense now I write this 😉
And yes they do glow after the lights are dimmed. However, it’s not enough to light up the whole model, so you’ll quickly need to turn the lights back on to resume playtime.
A light-up brick would have considerably enhanced the dim light gameplay and without it I’m afraid to say the glow stone is just a cheap gimmick.
Here’s a look at the complete build of the LEGO Minecraft: The Nether Fortress Set.
The Nether Fortress
But the most appealing thing about LEGO Minecraft Nether Fortress is the unique underworld mini-figures in this set.
So let’s take a look at the LEGO Mini Figures included inside.
Minecraft Mini-Figures and Accessories
There are five, regular mini figures in this set, a Steve, an Alex, a Ghast, a Blaze and a Zombie Pigman.
The Minecraft Steve has a blue top and purple 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.
The Minecraft Alex has orange hair, an olive green top with some orange hair printed on the torso and has brown pants. It’s the fist time Alex appears in the LEGO Minecraft series and obviously she was included by popular demand and there are a lot of girls playing Minecraft.
The Ghast has printed face tiles, for it’s sad and angry faces. When the Ghast gets angry it reveals a mouth that you can fire small 1×1 round plates from. This is achieved using a clever mechanism and button on top of the Ghast. The feet/tentacles of the Ghast also move independently, which looks cool in LEGO stop motions.
The Blaze is cleverly put together with a yellow printed block head and fire hose pieces to represent the flames of the blaze. It’s a rather clever use of existing parts.
The Zombie Pigman is half-zombie and half-pig although I’d say it has more a pig personality than a zombies. What would you say?
For the minifig accessories, we get a diamond sword and pickaxe, two golden swords, a diamond helmet and vest, torches and a number of resource blocks including Glowstone and Nether Quartz Ore.
The are quite a lot of combat accessories in this set and when you include the 5 mini-figures included in the set, you can quickly see where the value lies.
Stop Motion Video Example
Now it wouldn’t be a proper LEGO Minecraft: The Nether Fortress review at BrickFlicks TV without showing you a stop motion that uses the LEGO Minecraft – The Nether Fortress set.
Anyway sit back and enjoy the show…
I’ve really enjoyed this LEGO Minecraft: The Nether Fortress Review and the deep red coloring is spot on. I also like the fact that you can swing the fortress bridge around to change the model completely, within seconds.
Although, given it’s the Nether I would have expected a lot more orange plates to represent the lava.
The price per piece is quite high, but if you want to build a complete LEGO Minecraft World you’re gonna need that Nether Portal. And rather than piece together this set using the second-hand parts market, it might be much cheaper to buy the full set, before it becomes obsolete.
Anyway, great job again LEGO!
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