For my second review on the 2015 LEGO Minecraft sets, i have The Nether Fortress (21122).It is the largest wave set. It will be available August 1, and it contains 571 pieces. The set retails for $79.99. This set was provided by LEGO CEE Team for my review.
The LEGO Minecraft border is at the top of the box, and below is the artwork from The Nether Fortress. This is the same design as the Snow Hideout (21212) I reviewed previously. The instructions include closeups of set details as well as the advertised alterate. This box contains six bags, numbered 1-3. The contents of the box include three loose plates as well as an instruction booklet.
The set includes three minifigures, as well as a few mobs that can be built: Alex, Steve and the Zombie Pigman.
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, diamond chestplate, and a diamond pickaxe. There’s nothing special about him.
Alex is Steve’s alternate default skin. It has a green body with brown legs. She also has some pixilated printing on her torso as well as her head. She also has a tassel-shaped headgear with a diamond crest and no collar. Alex also has a diamond blade that she can use against mobs at her fortress.
The LEGO Minecraft sets’ Zombie Pigman minifigure is the most detailed. It has pink skin and printing that resembles rotting flesh and bones. As an accessory, it comes with a gold sword. 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 that shows it burning.
The final is the Ghast, a brick-built mob mostly made of tiles on its outside. The Ghast contains a stud shooter that shoots fireballs from 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 slightly incorrect, as the Ghast has nine tentacles in this game.
The Nether Fortress, a large structure that Minecraft veterans will recognize, is the Nether Fortress. 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, you’ll find a few hinges which allow you to fold the set into a “L”You can make it look different 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 fans would be interested in purchasing. There are many useful features and elements that can be used in other builds. The set’s best feature is the minifigures and mob builds. The downside is that it might be difficult to find what you really want due to the $79.99 price tag. I thought the Blaze Spawning would be a great add-on to the set. You can’t really have a Blaze without the spawner, right?
Overall, this set is very good with lots of 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?