I don’t need another time sapping hobby in my life. I have two young kids, a demanding job, a half decorated house and an unhealthy obsession with small plastic bricks. I am busy…
Well that’s what I thought but then along came LEGO Minecraft and my addictive personality began to stretch its tentacles of curiosity.
I have to be honest, I have never played Minecraft, I was well aware of it and what it was about but I have never been compelled to play it. That is about to change.
We recently got sent the impressive LEGO Minecraft Ender Dragon set and the build has me intrigued to know more about the pixelated phenomenon. I am guessing for most who purchase this set it will be the other way around, they will already be well and truly hooked on the game and the ability to recreate the Ender Dragon scene offline will appeal to their inner gaming geek.
Engage in the ultimate battle with LEGO® Minecraft™ The Ender Dragon, includes pillars, Ender Crystals, Steve, 3 Endermen and more!
At the risk of starting a flame war with Minecraft mentalists I am going to be honest and say my first impression of Minecraft was I didn’t ‘get’ the whole pixelated look of the game. I couldn’t understand how in this golden age of gaming that something with such basic graphics could have such a mass appeal.
It just goes to prove, if you create a medium that enables users to bring their imagination to life it will appeal to ‘the builder’ in all of us and create endless possibilities for play. You can see why LEGO and Minecraft is a match made in heaven.
Seek out the dangerous Endermen that dwell in the darkness. Wield your diamond sword and bow to defeat the enemy. Then summon all your powers to confront the mighty Ender Dragon that hovers above the regenerative Ender Crystals. When you’ve slain the dragon, collect the dragon egg to create an exit portal. Prepare yourself for the ultimate battle!
Out of the latest range of LEGO Minecraft sets I have to say that ‘The Ender Dragon’ is by far the set that appeals to me the most. Maybe that is because I am not a die hard fan of the game and I was drawn to the darkly impressive Ender Dragon.
I definitely had a pre-conception about this set as I thought the blocky look of the set would mean it would be a very straight forward build, especially the pillars. I think LEGO have done a great job to make even the basic elements of this set an interesting and in some places a challenging build.
There is no denying that this set is ALL about the Ender Dragon and the build did not disappoint. I think the recommending building age of 8+ is about right but there are parts of the dragon especially within the wings mechanism that can be a bit tricky. Although parts of the dragon are a bit repetitive to build it is still a fun experience that you want to prolong.
On completing the Dragon I was surprised and delighted by the button that powers the dragon’s wings. It really brings the dragon to life and adds to the play experience. Once I showed my son the flapping wings he was off flying it around every room of the house, watching his imagination spark was great. He became really attached to it. If he had dinner, the dragon had dinner, if he took a sh………… ower, the dragon took a shower.
The push button wings are not the only great feature about the Ender Dragon. The poseable limbs are well thought out and allow for so much flexibility to create numerous positions without compromising on stability.
Then there are the ‘Minifigures’, they aren’t like the standard LEGO Minifigures they stay true to the pixelated blocky theme of Minecraft.
Steve is the showpiece and I imagine will be a firm favourite amongst Minecraft fans. He consists of the normal Minifigure torso and legs but is head is a single square block. The Endermen are sleek and creepy looking and sadly a little flimsy but they add to the eerie atmosphere of the set.
The beige base plates build the sand island and the layered build create a rocky terrain. The obsidian pillar elements are spaced out across the plates with each supporting an ender crystal, one of which lights up red thanks to a special light brick that is powered when the crystal is pushed down. I really like the light brick, it is bit of a shame that there isn’t a light brick under each crystal.
When the Ender Dragon is built it provides a great playground for Steve and the Dragon to battle it out to the death. Just like the game you will need a strategy if you want to beat the Ender Dragon as it will continue to gain health from the ender crystals. But don’t worry Steve is equipped, the crossbow and the sword should help with the impossible mission.
The battle may have been won but the war continues as this set offers endless possibilities to re-build the scene the way you want. If you are not ready to go free range with your creativity then the instruction book helps you out with some alternative builds to have a go at.
We may not be Minecraft fanatics but we still had plenty of fun building and playing with this set, it offers something different to other LEGO themes and I would definitely recommend it.
At a RRP of £59.99 I imagine this will most likely be a Christmas or Birthday purchase. If you do like this set or know someone that will then I urge you to not delay in buying this, I cannot imagine there will be many Minecraft LEGO sets left on the shelves this Christmas.