'Tis Spencer de Warrior's very first LEGO set review, composed of both words and pictorial elements. Pray, indulge thineselves!
I recently was able to purchase the famed 10193 Medieval Market Village set, retailing at $99.99. It's a lot of money to spend, but for LEGO Castle collectors, it's a veritable gold mine. With a plethora of town minifigs (not just soldiers as per the usual sets), animals, accessories (food, etc.) and some good parts combined into a great build, this was something I've been greedily planning to gobble up ever since it was released. It really is a testament to how much TLC has been listening to the collector's in recent years. Dear LEGO, you've done a marvelous job; keep up the great work!
In the set we have two buildings; I will call the blue one the "inn" and I will call the other the "smithy". Both are two-story structures, and they open and close to see the interior (And yes, we actually have an accessorized interior, kids!). The "inn" has a working door on the ground floor (alas, no key piece was included for the key hole), and on one side there's a counter-top with cups, as well as a nice keg of ale. On the floor above are sleeping quarters--for visitors or the young lady, perhaps. It's got a windowsill with a flower vase, a brush, and a chest (with "drawers") as well as a wonderful "cushion" stool via SNOT technique. Next side is a delightful little bed with a checkered quilt, pillow, and a fireplace in the room as well. And to get to this upper floor? A staircase, with a balcony! Wonderful!
The "smithy" has a forge (With a hammer that bangs up and down with rotation of the mill wheel--brilliant!) and an anvil w/ sword. On the same floor we've got two stalls for horses (Including horse poop! I love it!), and then on the second we have a room with a table, four-legged stool, and then a nice furnace with a working door. Excellent!
The exteriors of both these buildings are just as delightful; all those black slopes will come in handy--the window parts, too! Each set-up (smithy, stall, and inn) have their own signs, as well. The build was good; the opening feature of course slightly weakens the structures (personally I prefer easily detached roofs), but it's all good.
We also have a horse with cart, a nice tree (dark green foliage, white flowers), a weapon rack, treasure chest (w/ gold coins) a table with food (including a TURKEY, for crying out loud!), a stand to sell flowers, apples, or fish (all in barrels). Don't forget the two new amazing oxen pieces (Udders!), rooster, chicken, and duck, as well as eight great minifigs: three peasants (one old, one young, and then one with child legs), two ladies (one with an apron--likely a barmaid, considering that as well as her the loosening ties in her dress--and another in a dark dress), a blacksmith, and two soldiers.
As is common of late, I had difficulty reading the muddy-colored instruction sheet, and I also noticed with curiosity that a fair amount elements were unnecessary (such as, say, a 1x2 and a 1x1 brick instead of just a corner brick), which was somewhat strange. Another negative was the lack of numbered polybags; I know it's a relatively recent thing, but it sure makes first-time building easier (instead, I had to hunt through the whole pile, old-style). The buildings feel slightly small once built considering the price, but it's partly due to how packed they are (not spread out like most sets) and of course, all the accessories you get. That said, with all the countless pluses and the few minuses, this set is a must-have for any FOL Castle fan, or perhaps even other LEGO lovers, for whatever purpose.
So, if you haven't bought this set yet...what the heck are you waiting for?
The whole beautiful set, in all it's glory!
Food, glorious food! (Is this set not worth it just for the turkey, or what?)
Fish and soldiers...what a combination!
The smithy outside.
The smithy outside.
The blacksmith, hard at work forging a good blade!
Messy, stinky horse! (Yes, it would appear that these dark-brown versions of carrot sticks are supposed to be horse manure.)
The smithy's work is aided by a mill wheel next to his shop!
Keep the room warm with this nice, big furnace!
I'm just not sure that they had portraits back then...but four-legged stools? Why not?
The inn outside.
The inn inside!
Care ye for a draught?
A tired old peasant enters for a good meal and a stout drink!
Yes indeed, friends...it's a bed....
...replete with a fireplace to keep your little minifig toes toasty!
Ah, what a comfort it is to open my window and smell my flowers as I brush mine hair.... And I am also wont to sit upon my SNOT stool and make use of my good dresser, for sooth!
Stairs and a balcony!
Doo-dee doo-dee doo....
A rooster, chicken, and duck! Very ingenious, brick-built little creatures; a definite plus to the set.
Faith ! what a naughty, naughty little boy!
The entire gallery can be seen here.
And that, my friends, concludes my review!