I fell in love with the 10193 Medieval Market Village set the first time I set eyes on it, which, by the way, was back in 08. It was in a shiny plastic case on display at BrickCON 08, and I wanted it so bad! I knew I would have to wait, though, and I believe that just added to the awesomeness when I did buy it! I had to first wait for the set's release, and then for a chance to order. And that chance came about a month ago. When the box finally arrived and I opened it I felt like a bright light came searing out of the packaging and the halleluiah chorus from Handel's Messiah was blaring in the background, though of course, none of that ACTUALLY happened, I was extremely happy, to say the least! Building it took about... four hours… I think, and was pretty easy. I missed one step, though (I have never missed a step in the history of my LEGO(R) building...) so that was different.
After putting it all together I was given the want to create a set review for those who don't own the set, so that they will have even more lust, and eventually buy it! If you are a LEGO(R) fan, you need this set... need this set... NEED THIS SET! Sorry, I think my eyes glazed over a little for a second there...
Anyways, I hope this short (or long) review informs you enough to make the decision to purchase this set, if not, you will be greatly missing out! 'Nough said, on with the review!
I will start with the "Black-Smith's shop half of the set... because it is a good place
to begin. You get all that stuff pictured here in this half of the set. Cool, huh?
The fist thing I will really review is the hay cart. I think the design is okay, the yoke/connector thing that holds the horse to the cart doesn't rotate so unless you have a good amount of space the cart won't be able to turn very easily, but it is spacious and looks neat, so I give it my thumbs up.
The cows are new! I love the LEGO(R) animals very much, so when I saw the cows I was instantly impressed. I also was happy with the loot, treasure chest, soldier figs, "Cool!" I say!
Whoa, a new LEGO(R) torso? Suhweet! AND a new minifig head, which is even more cool! The frog took me by surprise, as he wasn't pictured on the box, but hey, I welcomed him with open arms! The weapon holder is okay, built well and all, but it is just a weapon holder, I'll just use the parts... I wish that there had been more short swords in this set and fewer spears, bah, ohwell. The duck... meh, an okay design, but the ducks I've seen never had feet like THAT! It looks like LEGO(R) will be bringing back the peasant cowl that is nice for any castle builders (or fantasy comic makers...).
The Blacksmith shop's exterior is really detailed, so much so it makes you think a customizer did it, not The LEGO(R) Group! The windows seem new, and are welcomed! The grey, tan, brown and black pieces will all help in my own building, and the best part, is I can use these parts for any theme. It also uses the LEGO(R) sextant piece as torches and uses a new flame element, though I do prefer the old one, a new one might be nice for variety...
The interer isn't quite as detailed, and is missing stairs to reach the top floor, but I liked the overall hinged build. It's a nice big building, and is fun to mess with!
The horse stable/stove room is pretty neat. The horse stable sports two stalls and has space for the pretty ponies, while also looking kind-of cool. The stove room is open and the stove was a blast to make! It is one of my favorite elements in this whole set!
Fun fact: This set included some brown carrot elements and the directions informed me to place them in the horse's stall... Horse poop? Ooookaaaay...
The blacksmith's workspace/dining room is the other half of that building, and is a bit more playable, with a water wheel powered hammer, you could really have some fun! The fire pit also utilizes the new fire element...
Fun fact: The dining room includes a table piece that is made to have the top removed and allows you to hide things inside, like a coin, as the directions instructed.
Overall this IS a very nice half of a set, it comes with lots of fun accessories, animals, some neat minifig parts, has some great playability.
The other half of the set is equally brimming with goodies, so let's get started!
One of the main reasons I wanted this set was for the "Peasant Girl" minifig, though Cutlass-Crocodile seems to have distracted her from looking at the camera and her hand is in our view of her torso, even so, she is a great fig and a welcome addition to my collection! I was also impressed and happy with the new peasant torso. The small selling stand pictured here is missing eight single tan studs(That is the step I missed, and I didn't figure it out until after I photographed this), with those studs, a minifig can stand easily behind and sell to those early morning suckers... er... customers! The barrels are nice, but have a technic "+" on the base, the original barrel halves I had before this set didn't have those, so that's kind of weird. This little section also contains a few of the new fish element, a few apple elements, and some flower elements.
Another thing that really caught my eye when I first spied this set, was that wicked tree! It looks like something a customizer would do, not The LEGO(R) Group, but I'm not complaining! The "Serving Whench" minifig is also a favorite of mine, and has one of those new "pony tail" hair pieces, which is way cool! "Ye Old Homeless Bum" comes with a new minifig face, one of those new peasant torsos and a pet rat, another welcome animal to my collection! But that turkey really blew this set out of the water! I was so happy they would include the turkey's body! The table is an okay build, for a table, the cheese is nice, the bread slices are nice, the red single stud is nice, the clear goblet is nice... the knife is not nice...
Speaking of which, the new kife mold felt like it was made from rubber, not plastic! I have some of the original chrome knives and some older new knives(bley) but this one isn't like those, meh, Cutlass-Crocodile isn't impressed at all.
The inn's exterior is great and very professional looking, all of the many parts are awesome, and there is a staircase included to reach the second level of this building...
The chicken and rooster pictured above are about the same as the duck, but these little brick built critters don't have monstrous feet...
The inn entrance/dressing room is spacious and nice; this half of the building has the stairs, which are nicely built. The chest of drawers and desk are nicely built, and the new dark brown barrel is cool...
The bar/sleeping quarters is full of fun things, the bed and fireplace are cool, the keg 'o ale is fun, the bar is well built and those many golden tinged goblets are welcomed.
Fun Fact: all eccept those eight tan studs I forgot in the selling stall are extra parts, oh the joy!
The sticker sheet shown here I didn't put on any of the parts, I'll save 'em for lata'...
Fun Fact: Cutlass-Crocodile is in every picture, try to find him and I'll.... Um... Well I'll make it worth your trouble.
I have this set and I love it!! It is a great build and buildings are awesome but two thing went WRONG.
1.My two soldier had different color of light blue then the rest of those type of soldiers, did other people notice that also?
2.It was missing a few bricks.
But it was a great set. =]
I like it
September 3, 2009
Hey Caleb, sounds like a great set.
By the way me and Tom's entry's are up!
So try to vote as SOON as possible ;)
Thanks a lot, now I want that set! All those extra pieces, all those special parts, all that awesomeness! I really want those two knifes, I used to have a whole bunch of those chrome knifes when I was 4 or 5. I might have gotten hungry... I use black 1 times 1 round pieces for horse... um, not gonna' go there... Happy mocing!
Nice review. I really like that set too, though I never bothered to build it. I had stared long enough at the set pictures from last year I didn't feel a need to build one, just to take it apart for the parts I wanted to use right away. One of the other guys in the local LUG built one and we played with that at a meeting. I rarely have a desire to build the sets I buy. Lots of good parts and though many are small they are useful parts. I think it gets a big bunch of thumbs up. see ya. garth