This is another one of those rare polybags where you get two minifigs. 30331 The Nether Duel gives you Steve, the mainstay of Minecraft, and a Wither Skeleton. There’s also a torch attached to a Warped Nylium block. There’s also a glowstone block read to be mined. I may not have the in-depth knowledge of Minecraft to have a commentary on the realism of this set, but I do know a good value polybag when I see one and this one definitely scores pretty highly on the FBTB scale.
As previously mentioned it’s got two minifigs to play out any heated conflict you can think of. Steve is equipped with an enchanted bow. Steve is Steve and isn’t special in any way. He’s the same Steve you would find in the other 20 sets he’s been in.
The Wither Skelly’s got its default stone sword. When doing my research on this set, I was surprised to discover that this particular version of the Wither Skeleton, one with Bent Arms, is exclusive to this polybag. The other version with Straight Arms was found a little more easily appearing in four sets.
The small environment piece you build is pretty basic featuring some orange elements for lava and dark red elements for netherrack blocks. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t replay a certain “I’ve got the high ground” scene with this set.
The aforementioned glowstone block is attached by a single stud designed to break away easily to recreate that mining action. It’s a neat little gimmick which just adds to the charm of this set.
One thing to note about the dark red elements in this set is that they are two different shades. Not sure if you can tell in the photo, but the 2×2 and 2×8 bricks are a slightly lighter shade than the other dark red elements. It’s a known issue with this particular color and it seems that it’s still happening.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This set rocks! As I was writing this review my two boys came over and started playing with the set. If the two of them can get some entertainment value out of this single polybag, I say it’s done its job. Plus the Bent Arms version of the Wither Skeleton is unique so it’s got that going for it which is nice. 30331 The Nether Duel gets a thumbs up.
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