LEGO Kingdoms Review: Mill Village Raid #7189

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LEGO seems to be doing everything thing in their power to make sure I keep buying Castle themed sets. After adoring the Medieval Village, they’ve released a new civilian set that is stunning.

Defend the village from the evil dragon knights! It’s a call to arms! The evil dragon knights have come to the village to loot and plunder, but the villagers are ready to fight back! Armed with pitchforks, buckets and booby traps galore, the villagers are ready to defend their peaceful home. Even the animals won’t surrender without a fight!

While the description says the Dragon Knights are invading, that might not be the case. The Dragon Knights need a home beyond a simple gate and it could be awful propaganda by the Lion Kingdom. But the three Dragon Knights are all pretty straight forward.

The two soldiers are wearing the checkered tunics with gold chains and the dragon emblem. Their helmets are matching dark gray and the both hold the same small shield. One gets an axe while the other holds a sword. One has the head of a smirking guy with some stubble that has been seen before, while the other is well groomed with bushy eyebrows, a mustache, goatee and sideburns that are quite impressive.

The Dragon Archer is similar but wearing scale mail to protect him from opposing fire. His face is the same as the Dragon Knight’s with a snarling, well manicured face on one side and the other is stoic and smirking. The archer includes a quiver, crossbow and wide brimmed helmet.

Instead of including the same few peasants over and over again, LEGO has introduced a new family! The father is wearing simple brown and tan clothes with a satchel across his shoulder and a brown hood to protect him from the sun. While his clothes are tattered, one side of his head shows off a wide smile while the other side looks slightly scarier – like he’s about to reenact the Shining.

The lass in the set, either an elder daughter or the farmer’s wife, is wearing a light blue dress that is covered by her worn apron and leather corset. The look is great though and sets her apart from the other two female peasants. Her two-sided head shows off a grin or a frown and her long hair is the same as Hermione, only cast in red.

The young boy makes fantastic reuse of different parts. Using the short legs, he stands about a head shorter than a regular LEGO figure. His tan shirt is covered by a green vest. The face is well done with a smattering of freckles and large eyes. One side is him smiling and the other is him frowning. His hair is the same as Snape’s but cast in sand yellow.  A handful of accessories are included like buckets and pitchforks.

With this being a mill, a beast of burden is a necessity and this one includes a horse drawing a simple cart.  The cart is nothing special with it just holding a wooden barrel hiding the family’s gold. The horse is light gray with dark spots. He is also wearing blinders which are an interesting paint application from LEGO.

But the horse isn’t the only animal in this set. After falling in love with the LEGO chicken that the Blacksmith came with, this one includes three more of them! Two white and one brown, it’s a decent little flock to have rummaging around the mill. A pig is included too with black spots. But two new animals are included – goats!

Solid single pieces of plastic, the goats are made in white but covered in paint to give them a lot of detail. The black eyes, tan horns and brown spots all look great. They even have a peg on the back so you could saddle them up to a chariot!

The small build of the set is the mill itself. Made entirely of tan, gray and brown bricks, it looks surprisingly realistic. The tan roof evokes thatched straw and the brown beams show off solid construction. A single door opens to the mill but the back of it is empty to show off the inside.

This isn’t some building that happens to look like a mill, this is the real deal. As the crank is turned (and the windmill blades spin), the whetstone inside rotates to grind flour and other grains. It’s simple but surprisingly accurate.

The mill is slightly off from the ground and raised upon a four point support that allows the building to rotate. This was done to allow the building to actually be moved to get the best wind!

The big build is the barn and it’s about the same size as the Inn in the Medieval Village. Like the mill, it’s relatively bland from a color standpoint with it just bring browns, grays and tans. The roof is thatched and hinged so it can be open for play and a ladder is included to get figures into the loft.

A small garden is along the side with a sun flower growing. But the inside of the two-level barn looks phenomenal. The loft shows off some bales of hay along with a trap door in the floor. A crank lowers and raises a hook to bring up barrels and it’s moved by turning the weathervane. The chicken shaped vane uses the same design as the LEGO chickens in the old village too! Genius reuse of a concept by LEGO.

The ground level is simple and open, just like how it would be for a real farm. The front has two massive wooden doors that tower above anyone who isn’t a massive troll and the backside has panels to keep the horse in place.

While I never got into LEGO City as a theme, I’m loving the concept of a LEGO Medieval Village as a theme. The building designs are exceptionally gorgeous. Throw in some new villagers, a small army and an assortment of animals, this is easily one of my favorite sets this years. If LEGO keeps releasing a new part for the Medieval Village like they do with modular City sets, I will be very happy.

Written by jestergoblin

May 31st, 2011 at 12:00 am

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