Release Date: August 2015
No. of pieces: 571
Build Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes approx.
You’re running low on supplies that the Overworld just can’t offer… light the obsidian portal and step through to reach The Nether Fortress!
This forbidding structure is protected by an array of hostile mobs. Help Alex defeat the Blaze that guards the fortress. Take your diamond pickaxe and mine glowstone to light your way, but be careful not to trigger a lava flow! Build an access point to breach the fortress wall, grab your diamond sword and spring a surprise attack on the Zombie Pigman. Take on the red-eyed, fireball-shooting Ghast to obtain the chest containing 2 diamonds and a golden sword, collect mushrooms and Nether wart, and mine Nether quartz ore.
We actually missed The Nether Fortress  set when it was released back in 2015, and are thrilled to be able to finally get our hands on it!
Anyone familiar with the Minecraft game will know that once you get to a certain point, (having mined obsidian, built the framework of a portal and activated it with the flint and steel), a whole new world opens up to you… The Nether!
Pretty much everything you would expect or hope for is in some way represented or catered for in this set. LEGO have done a truly amazing job in taking popular elements from this area of the game and lovingly recreating it in LEGO form. We said this many moons ago in a previous LEGO Minecraft review, but LEGO and Minecraft are two different worlds that were always destined to come together, as the principals of both are effectively the same and wonderfully simple; building and creating with blocks.
We absolutely love the attention to detail from brick colour to architectural style of the fortress itself. LEGO have got the contours, angles and colour shades just right and the look and feel is incredibly authentic.
Feature-wise, there are some fantastic points of interest in the set. You get the Nether portal, which has a transparent purple pane that collapses when the minifigures walk through. There’s a tower of lava that will collapse when you push the glowstone blocks; speaking of which, the glowstone blocks are a thing of beauty as they glow in the dark! Perhaps one of the greatest features of The Nether Fortress set is the ability to transform the layout by a simple swivel motion, which changes it from 180° to 90°, and thus breaking the linear aspect of the bridge and giving the whole set a completely different feel.
You can easily connect this up with other sets in the LEGO Minecraft range; with intelligent brick colours on the edges of this set to hint at the overworld / underworld sets you can attach it to. For example; a sand coloured connecting brick on the opposite side of the portal base would suggest an overworld set to connect to like The Desert Outpost .
As for minifigures, you get Steve, Alex, a Zombie Pigman, a Blaze and a Ghast. Accessories include; a diamond pickaxe, a diamond sword, 2 x gold swords and red ‘fireball’ studs that the Ghast shoots, as well as interchangeable plates for the Ghast’s face.
Priced at £74.99, the brick to cost ratio is a little on the higher end at £0.13p, but there’s still great value for money, and just like in Minecraft itself, you do get some slightly rarer LEGO bricks and colours in this set. This is a must-have for anyone wanting to represent the Nether in their LEGO Minecraft world.