|Availability||June 6, 2012–present|
The sets feature a group of four interlocking scenes that can be rearranged, with two having a removable surface with caves containing ores, underground rivers, and a minecart track.
When asked about Lego Minecraft's beginnings, Mojang chief executive officer Carl Manneh stated that "it was one of the first things we talked about when we started [Mojang]." Mojang started the project on the Lego CUUSOO program, which required ten thousand signatures for the project to be approved. With the strong support of the Minecraft community, the signature objective was achieved within a matter of days, and the development of the Lego Minecraft set commenced after Lego reviewed the project. The first set was released on June 6, 2012. Portions of the sales proceeds went to a charity of Lego's choosing. On July 17, 2013, it was announced that two additional sets would be added to the Minecraft theme based around the "Nether" and "Village" areas of the game. They were first shown at San Diego Comicon and released September 1, 2013. A fourth set exploring "The End" region will be released in summer 2014.
Some time later, it was announced that another set would be made, which, unlike the other sets, will be the first set that will be at minifigure scale. The prototypes of Creepers, mine carts, and sheep are all being developed as part of a Co-Build Project announced after Minecon, a fan convention.
Mashable listed the first Lego Minecraft set as a creative gift for the 2012 Christmas season. Forbes Magazine noted in December 2012 that the original set was sold out due to its great popularity.
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