Mojang’s popular open world sandbox creative game Minecraft is more of an institution than just a simple game and being available on most platforms including hand held mobile devices such as the Amazon Kindle, and Android based smartphones means you simply cannot escape its presence. Whether you’re a fan of mining blocks and creating small tidy homes to sprawling metropolises there’s no denying the game’s creative appeal is vast and spans age groups with ease, from the under 10s to over 30s the game simply is an entity to be reckoned with.
Since its release way back in 2009 it has had many imitators as you’d expect no doubt a form of flattery to the game’s greatness and popularity. What is perhaps the biggest sign of mainstream appeal is the fact that aside from a movie release (we’ve not had one…yet), there are a number of toys available in supermarkets such as ASDA in the UK alongside more traditional toy stores like Smyths. Very few video games get the toy treatment outside specialist stores or as part of limited edition packages with only the most popular and well supported seeing their creations envisioned in painted plastic. What could be seen as a simple cash grab (because for what they are the toys aren’t cheap) is probably more a sign of the success story behind them and in this case the Minecraft toys are no exception.
It stands to reason with the game being popular amongst kids, that cuddly toys and such like are being made. The question we’re asking though is how well have they been made, and are they faithful to the source material? Take a look at this video which shows the toy versions of the animals (that’s pig, chicken, wolf, cow, ocelot and sheep) alongside how they appear in the original game before deciding whether small pieces of plastic are worth the asking £19.99 for the pack – that’s more than the actual game now.