7036 Dwarves' Mine
Pardon my dust, I'm reorganizing my review of this set so it's easier to navigate. Thank you.

Packaging & Parts
The Build
The Build (Part 2: Functionality)
Comics & Mods

This is truly one of the most exciting sets I can remember in recent LEGO history. All of the new elements and the great "playability" factor coupled with the fact that The LEGO Group can't seem to keep it in stock gives this set "Epic" status. This was yet another set I reviewed that I ended up playing with for hours. Granted, I made a lot of modifications to improve the set's functionality, but the set is designed very well with a great new Castle faction and a lot of function and play in mind.

Packaging & Parts

Welcome new members of the family!!!! This set introduces some very cool, long-awaited new molds: new beards, helmets and Giant Trolls! Here are the new Troll/Goblin figures. Their helmet isn't the new one we saw in the prelim pics, but the old Knight's Kingdom Vladek forces helmet. The new printed torso and head for the troll mini-fig is very detailed. I like the introduction of a new species' mini-fig head.

New beard and helmet molds: gold winged helmet and braided beard frontgold winged helmet and braided beard backcopper helmet and braided beard frontcopper helmet and braided beard backsilver helmet and tied beard frontsilver helmet and tied beard backall four dwarf helmets that come in this setregular helmet frontregular helmet backwinged helmet frontwinged helmet backtied beard fronttied beard backbraided beard frontbraided beard backall four dwarf beards that come with this set

There's nothing new on the torsos or faces.

One of the coolest thing about the troll is that a mini-fig foot fits in his hand.

New Giant Troll figure: Ready to smashand swing!back viewfront viewtop viewin relation to a regular mini-figpicking up said mini-figand smashing himfour points of articulation—both shoulders and both hands. Arms and hands can be removed. The legs, however, do not move. Along with the new molds are a new club for the Giant Troll and a new sword for the troll/goblins. .. The brown beards are a new shade of brown...that matches neither old brown or frown...

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The Build

 

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The Build (Part 2: Functionality)

 

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Comic & Mods

I've made some major modifications to the Dwarves' Mine and presented them in a fun comic:

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