Minecraft The Ultimate Construction Collection Gift Box Paperback – 6 Sep 2018
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Perfect for celebrating Minecraft's 2018 Year of Building, this official Minecraft Gift Box is packed with everything you need to know about Creative Mode.
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Mojang is the Swedish video game developer that introduced the world to Minecraft, the gaming sensation built upon blocks. Markus ‘Notch’ Persson founded the company so that he could give up his day job and go into full-time Creative Mode with his best friend Carl Manneh. The alpha version of Minecraft was launched in 2009, and the official game went on sale in 2011. Since then 70 million copies have been sold. It is now the third best-selling video game of all time. Mojang HQ has also developed Scrolls, Cobalt, and Crown and Council. Mojang was bought by Microsoft in 2014, but remains the hub of the Minecraft empire.
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The set is nicely presented in a hard gift/storage box with a slide-out drawer compartment. The price point seems a bit on the high side even for an attractively presented set containing three books, a poster, and two press-out models - as the books are really, really short. Roughly the equivalent of one normal hardcover Minecraft book from this publisher.
The guides are paperback versions. Only one - the castle building book - looks at a specific build in any detail. The guides to Creative Builds and Creative Theory have titles that look as though they'd escaped from the first year of an undergraduate design course, but inside are predominantly picture books showing small, captioned images of completed build designs. These are frustratingly uninformative using what for an 8-year old is quite challenging vocabulary without explaining the terms used - for example, in the 'Guide to Creative Theory' there's a 2 page spread on 'aesthetic themes' that gives 8 example builds including 'Steampunk', 'Industrial', 'Classical', 'Rustic' and 'Infernal', but what these themes means is woefully under-explained. The entire explanation of each style consisting of a single sentence, accompanied by a suggestion for which block types to use.
The best of the three books is the one on building a Medieval Castle, which is a more detailed build. Not a step-by-step guide, but one that shows a fairly detailed building with some 'exploded build' views - detailed sections with sizing and 'construction material' instructions.
However, as nice a set as this gift pack appears, it looks as though the three books (all marked 'not for resale' on the back of the binding) are abridged versions of previously printed books - the Castle booklet being an extract from 'Minecraft: Exploded Builds: Medieval Fortress', the 'Guide to Creative Theory' and 'Guide to Creative Builds' both consisting of several pages recycled from the larger, hardback 'Minecraft: Guide to Creative'.
It is worth noting that for a fan of the game who has some of the books that this gift box might not be right as they may already have some of the content. However, if they are new to the game or not a collector of books the three on offer here are prime examples of the type of thing Mojang produce. The A4 size, full colour books will inspire you to create new builds or think more about how you are developing your world. The castle book is the most interesting, but some kids just love the details provided in the other two books. Also included are some cardboard models and a poster. These may be the bits that are used the most.
The box itself also attests to Mojang focus on quality, it is chunky and of high quality. The contents itself cannot quite live up to the box, but I am sure that any Minecraft fan would be happy pouring time over the books and making the models.
The set is nicely present with everything in a pull out draw. You get 3 books, a poster and 2 press out figures to build. From what have read the material in the books are abridged versions of other Minecraft books available. So beware if your MC fan has a few books already. Not an issue for mine as this is the first book/s my son has ever received.
All the books in this set are paperbacks. My son has enjoyed the castle building book the best as it seemed to go into detail about how to actually it. I had a flick through the books and thought the language used was perhaps a bit in the challengeing side for your average 8yr old. More for 11+.