For my second review of the 2015 LEGO Minecraft sets, I have The Nether Fortress (21122)It is the largest set of the wave. It will be available August 1st, and contains 571 pieces. The set retails for $79.99. The LEGO CEE Team sent me this set to review.
The box features the LEGO Minecraft border at the top and the artwork from The Nether Fortress below, just like with The Snow Hideout (21212) that I previously reviewed. The instructions include closeups of set details and the advertised alterate build. Six bags, numbered 1-3, are included in the contents of this box. You will also find three loose plates and an instruction booklet.
The set includes three minifigures as well as a few buildable mobs: Alex, Steve, the Zombie Pigman and a Blaze.
Steve is the same minifigure that we’ve seen in many previous sets with the blue torso and purple legs. He also has a diamond helmet and diamond chestplate, as well as a diamond pickaxe. There is nothing extraordinary about him.
Alex is Steve’s alternate default skin. It has a green body and brown legs. She also has some pixilated print on her torso, as well as on her head. She also wears a tassel-shaped helmet with a diamond crest, but no collar. Alex also has a diamond sword that she can use against the mobs at the fortress.
The LEGO Minecraft sets’ Zombie Pigman minifigure is the most detailed. It has a pink skin tone and printing that resembles rotting bones and flesh. It comes with a golden sword as an accessory. This is the only set to contain this particular minifigure so if you want an army of them, it’ll probably get pretty expensive.
The Blaze is a mob that’s only found in The Nether Fortress. It is created with two modified 1×1 bricks with studs on 4 sides, aka the Travis Brick, with yellow nozzles in each stud. It has detailed printing showing it burning.
The Ghast, a brick-built mob made mostly of tiles on the outside, is the final. Inside the Ghast is an stud shooter, which shoots fireballs through its mouth. What’s unique about this mob is that there different printed 2×4 tiles to change out the Ghast’s face, which by the way looks very accurate to the game. The bottom of the Ghast has eight tentacles made of 1×2 plate with clip. This is a bit incorrect, as the Ghast in this game has nine tentacles.
The Nether Fortress is a large structure that Minecraft veterans will be able to recognize. On the left side, you have the Nether Portal which uses a nice trans-purple window panel piece that was used in only one other set, the Ultra Agents AntiMatter’s Portal Hideout (70172).
Adjacent to the portal is a lava waterfall that is made mostly of orange 2×2 bricks with some 1×1 trans-orange bricks here and there. The lava can be made by pulling on a Glowstone brick that is on the mountain’s side.
As you progress to the right of the Nether Fortress, there is a bridge walkway up top and at the end of the tower, there’s a chest filled with treasure waiting for Steve and Alex including a golden sword and a couple of diamonds.
Halfway through the set, you will find a few hinges that allow you to fold it into a “L”You can give it a different look by using the /right angle shape, depending on your preference.
You’ll notice throughout the set that there are decorative builds such as Nether warts, Nether quartz, and mushrooms to give the set some video game authenticity. You can also see some 2×2 plates with jumpers in various places where you can put those elements.
The LEGO Minecraft: The Nether Fortress (21122).It is a decent set that Minecraft enthusiasts would be interested in buying. There are some useful elements and features that could be used in other builds. The minifigures, mob builds, and other elements are superbly made and are perhaps the best part about the entire set. The downside is that the $79.99 price tag might make it difficult to get what you really want. The Blaze spawner is one thing that I felt would be a great addition to the set. You can’t really have a Blaze without the spawner, right?
Overall, a good set with a lot dark red bricks. It’s just a little too expensive for 571 pieces. If you can get it at a discounted price in the future, it’s worth picking up. Will any of you be picking up this set when it’s available next week?