Minecraft is a game that caught a lot of people by surprise because nobody really thought that this simple game of building worlds and finding the resources to craft them would catch on in the way that it did. Because there is such an emphasis on building and crafting things out of such simple shapes and elements, it makes sense that there are so many LEGO sets available to bring the characters and situations to life in a new way. The following list of LEGO Minecraft sets looks at some of the more interesting and exciting building kits that kids will want to add to their collection, from an expansive mine full of useful stones to important outposts in hostile environments and scary places of battle and adventure.
New Minecraft LEGO Sets released in March 2016
LEGO Village 21128 Minecraft Set
The latest 2016 Building set in The LEGO Minecraft range is one with endless possibilities for keen players – The Village. The 1600 pieces Village set is designed as a central area where Steve and Alex can take a break from their missions, plan their next move and trade with the local butcher, blacksmith and stall owner. There is a place to call home, a library to build knowledge and a vast open area to grow crops and raise pigs.
Players have a choice of layouts, thanks to the modular elements and alternative builds, and there is the chance to add a wall to the grounds to protect the characters and villagers from any zombies and ender men that may be in the area. Trade gems for apples and cake, collect water from the well, forge new weapons and tend to the potatoes and carrots as your faithful little watch-pig stands guard.
LEGO Minecraft The Iron Golem 21123 Set
Alex can always do with some new ways to deal with zombies and protect both himself, and his little baby pig. With the 2016 LEGO Minecraft The Iron Golem building set, our hero is faced with a race against time to craft all the necessary elements and create the perfect Iron Golem to see off the advancing zombie minifigure.
This kit, which can be used as a great addition to larger collections, gives players the chance to mine iron and use other objects on the crafting table to create this large, protective beast and give Alex and the pig the chance to survive the night. There is a diamond pickaxe included (so Alex can get to the very best materials), a furnace to turn the ore into usable iron pieces and the finishing touches of a buildable torch and pumpkin to give the Golem more of an edge.
LEGO Minecraft The End Portal 21124 Set
The End Portal is finally in sight and Steve has the chance to succeed in his quest and earn lots of craftable materials at the same time – as long as he can get past all the creatures and obstacles that is. The LEGO Minecraft The End Portal is a new set for 2016 that provides a detailed look at this fortified lair and the portal within.
There is so much for Steve to uncover inside the cave, torchlit library and altar room – such as a chest full of diamond elements, ingots and Redstone and the all-important Eyes of Ender – but two ender men lie in wait and there is also a large spider on a web. Steve is ready for action, armed with his armor, a sword and his trusty pickaxe, but players will need all of their courage and skill if they are to unlock all of the secrets here.
LEGO Minecraft The Jungle Tree House 21125 Set
A jungle hideout should be the perfect place for Alex and Steve to stay while they plan their next strategy and protect themselves from enemies. That is precisely what is available with the LEGO Minecraft The Jungle Tree House building set, although it won’t be a leisurely getaway for the duo. The 2016 jungle set is created with lots of interesting elements, such as water, vines and flowers, and the raised home sits above a sheep pen.
Inside the hut, there is a bed and fire for a good night’s sleep and plenty of crafting materials to put to use on the table, such as the cocoa pods and wheat. Luckily, the pair also have their armor to hand because there is an exploding Creeper and a Skeleton lurking in the jungle. Use the floor trap to stop their attack and protect the sheep as best you can.
LEGO Minecraft The Wither 21126 Set
The appealing aspect of many of the 2016 Minecraft sets is that they can be reconfigured into different shapes and structures to suit the vision of the player – much like in the game. This is also true of the LEGO Minecraft The Wither building set, which can be folded out to create a different look and has a tumbling wall feature for an extra sense of danger.
This spooky fortress houses a number of important, rare supplies, including mushrooms and nether wart. The rewards are great, but so are the dangers. It is up to Steve to don his armor, and grab his bow, sword and TNT to go after it all. The reason he needs so much protection is simple – there is a three-headed wither and two wither skeletons in this building and the best defense is to build a TNT cannon to blast them all away.
Other Top LEGO Minecraft Sets for Kids to Enjoy
LEGO Minecraft The Mine Set 21118
Perhaps the best place to start when discussing key Minecraft Lego sets for the holiday season is the LEGO Minecraft The Mine, as this is the one that will stand out on the shelves to the parents that have only the vaguest of ideas about what they are buying. The build immediately looks impressive with the scale of the finished piece – 926 pieces in total with a height to the mine of 12 inches – and there are lots of cool moving parts and minifigures for kids to play with.
The main aim is for players to guide Steve around the mine to collect resources for expanding the Minecraft world and there are plenty of tools included to help him collect the diamonds, Redstone and coal, such as the pick axe, TNT and giant mine cart. The problem is that Steve is not alone down there as there is a Creeper, Zombie and Skeleton lurking in the depths.
LEGO Minecraft Desert Outpost Building Set 21121
For the pioneering frontiersmen that have started to establish themselves in the world of Minecraft and wish to push forward with new venture, there is the definite need for new resources. The LEGO Minecraft Desert Outpost Building set lets player expand upon their current creations by building this brilliant 519 piece outpost, a great looking, fortified building where adventurous minifigures can spend the night in relative security between missions hunting for new supplies in the sands or along the river in the boat.
There is buildable cactus, wheat and sugar cane to find but that that fortified tower and the addition of the amour and weaponry means that it wont be easy getting them. Two skeletons and a wolf stalk the area and will not think twice about stopping Steve and Alex in their tracks. Light the torches, prepare the TNT and watch your back as your explore.
LEGO Minecraft Snow Hideout Building Set 21120
If the perils of the desert were not scary enough for keen adventurers, there are other bases and hideouts in the series that help kids expand their Minecraft world with different locations for different resources and imaginative play. The LEGO Minecraft Snow Hideout Building Kit is the perfect option for kids that already have some models and want to expand into polar regions.
Just like the Desert Outpost there is a great building to house the minifigures in and use as a base for exploration and this one contains a warm fireplace, handy crafting table and plenty of room for all the other kit that players might need. The other similarity is that there are once again a dangerous enemy to watch out for in the form of an exploding Creeper. Luckily, there is the chance to build a snowball-shooting Golem to distract it while players safely gather up the coal and ice.
LEGO Minecraft Nether Fortress Building Set 21122
It is not just about building worlds and collecting resources with Minecraft LEGO sets because there are battles to be fought and won too. The LEGO Minecraft Nether Fortress Building set is an impressive structure that players should venture into with due care because of all dangers ahead – mobs of enemies, Zombie Pigman, difficult obstacles, booby traps that trigger lava flow and other fiery elements.
Then of course there is the problem of Ghast, the fire-shooting creature that can be found patrolling the fortress, ready to bring down our heroes of Alex and Steve. With so much to look at and interact with, such as the glow-in-the-dark elements, fires and the chests of goods and treasures to collect, as well as the fact that there are different configurations for the finished build, there is plenty to keep kids entertained and bring some more excitement to a Minecraft adventure.
LEGO Minecraft Dungeon Building Set 21119
Another scary looking set that would look great as an addition to some of the other sets like the fortress and the mine is the LEGO Minecraft Dungeon Building set. There are some fantastic treasures for Steve to find in this spooky, torch-lit dungeon, if he is brave enough to venture down there with his pick axe that is, and the rewards could make a big difference to players fortunes, depending on the scope of their world and imagination.
The problem is that reaching all that wheat and Redstone is not that simple as zombies lurk in the shadows. The rotating spawner means that these foul creatures can be unleashed without warning and there is no reason why players can’t send other creatures down there too. The joy of this simple dungeon is that it is adaptable and makes a great setting for so many potential stories.