First look at new LEGO Minecraft biome in early review of 21246 The Deep Dark Battle

An early review for LEGO Minecraft 21246 The Deep Dark Battle offers us our first look at a new Minecraft biome and the terrifying Warden.

LEGO YouTuber Cheesey Studios got the opportunity to review 21246 The Deep Dark Battle ahead of its release on January 1. The main attraction of the set is undoubtedly the Warden, the enemy mob that appears if you make noise in the new biome, the Deep Dark.

“I have to commend the designer on the amount of possibility that this guy has,” begins the YouTuber, noting that you can move all of the buildable Warden’s limbs in pretty much any direction. What’s more, you can tilt his head into a pose to match the aggressive stance that he takes up the game, if he hears a player move around. “He’s also virtually indestructible, as everything is bracketed and plated down very well.”

Cheesey Studios goes on to dig into the details of the rest of the set, enjoying the general atmosphere of the set and the simple but effective play function that allows you to move the Warden up behind the set, as if he’s erupting from the ground just like in Minecraft.

“This is probably going to be one of the most desirable LEGO Minecraft sets for 2023 and for some time to come,” he concludes. “This is a set I would be very eager to pick up on January 1, no doubt about it.”

Cheesey Studios LEGO Minecraft The Deep Dark Battle
Image: Cheesey Studios

This 584-piece set will be available to buy from and in LEGO stores from January 1 for £59.99 / $64.99 / €64.99. Here’s a reminder of all the upcoming LEGO Minecraft sets.

LEGO setPricePiece countRelease date
21240 The Swamp Adventure£8.99 / $9.99 / €9.9965January 1, 2023
21241 The Bee Cottage£17.99 / $24.99 / €19.99254January 1, 2023
21242 The End Arena£19.99 / $24.99 / €24.99252January 1, 2023
21243 The Frozen Peaks£29.99 / $34.99 / €34.99304January 1, 2023
21244 The Sword Outpost£39.99 / $44.99 / €44.99427January 1, 2023
21245 The Panda Haven£44.99 / $49.99 / €49.99553January 1, 2023
21246 The Deep Dark Battle£59.99 / $64.99 / €64.99584January 1, 2023

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