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When Minecraft arrived to captivate children in 2011, many noticed the similarity of it to a certain blocky building system. That Minecraft seemed to be inspired by the LEGO brick was not unnoticed as it took the world by storming to become the best-selling video game of all time. Players explore the blocky world, discovering raw materials to extract in order to build new things. Different biomes offer different environments, from green plains to sandy deserts. The relationship between the LEGO Group and Mojang – the company behind Minecraft – began in 2011. Using LEGO Ideas, Mojang submitted a product idea for a Minecraft biome, which achieved 10,000 votes faster than any project ever had before, thanks to the huge online Minecraft fanbase. It resulted in the set 21102 Minecraft Micro World: The Forest. Three more sets followed – 21105 The Village, 21106 The Nether and 21107 The End. These sets were built at a tiny scale, with each block represented by a one-stud brick. Microsoft acquired Mojang in 2014, with the LEGO Minecraft theme continuing uninterrupted. That year also saw the format of the sets switch up, with the characters from the game created as minifigures and the sets constructed in scale with them. The blocks are represented by 2x2 bricks and the minifigures feature special cube shaped heads. As with the first few sets, the minifigure scale releases can be connected to become a larger world. The theme is growing, with the early sets focused on the traditional greenery-based locations and the newer sets heading to some of Minecraft’s more inventive areas such as 21136 The Ocean Monument and 21158 The Panda Nursery. The largest set in the theme, 21128 The Village, builds a large environment using 1,600 bricks. With multiple buildings and a bit of farmland, it covers all of the key aspects of Minecraft in a single set.