LEGO’s new Series 16 of the Collectible Minifigures is at the vanguard of the fall wave of sets ready to release in August. LEGO’s previous series was the Disney Collectible Minifigs, which proved to be insanely popular, but let’s see how this new wave holds up. Each of the 16 figures is unique, and like previous non-licensed series, the minifigs are from themes as disparate as babysitters to pirates. The color for Series 16 is yellow, and the vibrant banana-suit guy seems to be the mascot for this series.
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Let’s dive in with a look at each of the 16 characters.
The Ice Queen is a gorgeous figure, resplendent in pure white. Her head is light aqua, and she features a super cool white hairpiece. The hairpiece has a plume hole on top for the trans-medium blue tiara. She holds two ice bolts, made of the new trans-clear 1×1 plates with handle, which then connect to dual-injected swords, which are clear with just a hint of light blue. As with most matriarchs in the Collectible Minifigs, her dress is made of a printed 2x2x2 slope brick. She also sports two capes with spiked fringes — a large one hanging at her back, and a shorter one for her collar. The capes are a soft unstarched material and one side is speckled with tiny dots of opalescent silver. Unlike some of the other figures in this series, the back of her dress, torso, and head are not printed.
The Arabian Knight is shirtless, with a torso featuring a muscled chest and an ornamented sash and green belt which both carry to the back printing on the figure. His arms have a wide gold vambrace on the outside. The knight’s legs are dual-injected brown and white, with a small triangle of dark orange on the toes for sandals. He comes with the large scimitar first released in 2003’s Orient Expedition theme. Sadly, black is a common color for it in the past few years. His turban, however, is the newer, more detailed style, and it comes in dark green for the first time.
The Female Cyborg makes an awesome addition to the space forces from the CMFs. With shocking dark azure hair streaked with silver, her face is half metal and glows green. Her right arm and left leg are adorned with transistor patterns. Her huge body armor piece made its first appearance in Series 13 and then later in Ultra Agents, and it features two vertical clips on the back. This is the first time it’s appeared in black, and its printed on the front with more transistor patterns and a cyborg gear shoulder emblem which may be the start of a new CMF space faction. The female cyborg’s torso is unprinted under the armor. She sports the now-standard space pistol, which has a trans-orange 1×1 round plate with open stud.
The Devil Costume Kid is an adorable little tyke in a bright red infernal imp getup. He’s got the same wings as Series 14’s Gargoyle, but he sports a brand new spiked tail piece. He also carries the same jack o’ lantern bucket as Series 14’s Skeleton Guy, but the printed jack o’ lantern face is slightly different. In his other hand he wields a black trident, the first time this piece has come in this color. Up top he’s got a plain helmet adorned with two little black horns. The red stubby legs are not printed, nor are the backs of the torso or head.
The Emo Vampire fig seems like he got lost out of the Halloween-themed Series 14. With a single fang protruding from his angsty face, you can tell he’s the sort of kid who names his garage band Edgar Allen Poe. He’s got a big book of Spooky Tales and a giant spider friend. His long black hair, perfect for moodily sweeping into his eyes, appears here for the first time in black. Both his arms and legs are dual-injected light-grey/black. The lower portions of the arms have black stripes. The Emo Vampire doesn’t have any back printing.
The Hiker is a happy fellow loaded up with gear for a long trek and sporting a few days’ stubble. He wears a nifty green jacket, and has tall brown boots courtesy of the dual-injected tan/brown legs. His fancy backpack is a brand new piece that’s dual injected for a dark blue backpack and blue bedroll. The hiker also toes a good old fashioned compass for navigation in the pre-GPS era, which is a trans-clear 1×1 tile with a compass print. His map shows the path of “Greeble Trail,” a subtle nod to the popular technique of using greebles for detail. Somewhere along the way the Hiker lost the trail though, because the back of his head has an alternate face with a look of pure confusion.
The Polar Photographer braves the Antarctic reaches to photograph one of nature’s curtest critters, the penguin. She’s got a heavy-duty blue and red jacket (with blue/red dual-injected arms) and thick dark blue boots over her red pants. She’s also got a blue wool-lined hood, but unlike the white/blue that DC’s Captain Cold wears, this one is light blue on the fringe and inside. The Polar Photographer carries LEGO’s standard camera, though she’s got a fancy lens (a 1×1 round plate with open stud). Her alternate expression is a winking face, so that she can spot her subject through the viewfinder. And, of course, the subject is included: a cute penguin. The penguin stands just a hair over two bricks tall, and has an anti-stud on the bottom, and a regular open stud on its back. The penguin is dual-injected black and white, so the white belly is not printing, though the eyes, beak, and feet are.
The Female Boxer is the long-missing counterpart to Series 5’s Male Boxer. Looking like she’s ready for an evening kicking tail, the Female Boxer has detailed sports shorts printed over dual-injected white/dark red legs. Her torso is carries her sportswear print to the backside, as well. Instead of hands, she of course has boxing gloves, which have only previously been used on the aforementioned Male Boxer and the rare Team Great Britain minifig series Boxer. The Female Boxer comes with both a boxing helmet and a brown hairpiece, and nicely the bag includes a 1×1 round brick to place the helmet on when unused. When the boxer is ready to get down to business, she can turn to her concentrating face, complete with drops of sweat.
The Bald Pirate is mean-looking fellow, ready to jump into the fray and hoist some yardarms. His most striking feature is his bald pate, rimmed with a red rag. This is a new part and is all yellow, with the red being printed on. Like all good pirates, he’s got a large anchor tattoo on his forearm, and his open dark blue vest is printed on both front and back. His striped trousers are a dark green/yellow dual-injected piece with white printing. Of course, no pirate’s worth his grog without a sword, and no pirate will be able to afford any grog without a treasure map. LEGO pirates now have their pick of treasures to hunt for, since this is an all-new map, printed on a tan 2×2 tile.
The Penguin Kid is a simple figure, though sure to be popular. The kid inside the suit has a dorky expression, but no alternate face. His helmet is a new piece, similar to the chicken suit head. It’s all black with white and orange printing, as is the torso, which has no back print. The penguin’s arms are the fin arms seen in the previous series’ Left Shark Costume fig, and he’s got black short legs with bright orange penguin toes. He’s also got a pair of ice skates. With the ice skates on, he can’t attach to the minifig stand, and there’s nowhere to put the skates except on the figure, so you’re bound to misplace either the skates or the stand eventually.
The Forest Rogue is an awesome figure, looking mysterious and deadly wearing a new (if I’m not mistaken) hood/mask piece. Under the cowl the he’s got a handsome, devil-may-care face and sideburns/goatee befitting a rogue. His brown torso is decorated with a detailed print of a dark green undershirt, brown vest, dark red sash, and in a fun nod to classic themes, a Wolfpack emblem brooch. The Rogue has a brown gloved right hand for nocking arrows, and his left arm is dual injected dark red/dark green to continue the dark red sash from the torso print. His legs are dual injected brown/dark green with printing for a small leather bag and belt. Of course, he’s also got a standard brown bow and quiver.
Dog Show Champion
The Dog Show Champion is elated that his little canine friend has just placed first, as denoted by the blue ribbon pinned to his coat. The champion wears a simple light blue suit with no back print, and a shock of light yellow hair. He’s also got a dog bone in his coat pocket, and carries a massive trophy cup with a subtle dog silhouette emblazoned on it. And naturally, man’s best friend accompanies him. My best guess is that this is a West Highland White Terrier, but I’m not an expert. Whatever breed he is, he’s super adorable. His feet span two studs, and his ears just peak above two bricks tall.
The Mariachi Player, that staple of Mexican festivities, is ready to loudly serenade the crowds with his upbeat music. Wearing the traditional ornately sequined suit that marks a mariachi band, the Mariachi Player has a black torso and black pants. The torso features fancy printing, including a Mexican eagle on the belt buckle, but no back printing. The legs have embroidery down the seams, but no other decoration. The Mariachi Player’s black sombrero is the same piece used in green on the Series 2’s Maraca Man and in red on The LEGO Movie’s CMF series’ Taco Tuesday Guy. He’s also got a black mustache piece. The most important part of all, though, is the guitar. We’ve had three different electric guitars up til now, but this is the first minifig-scale LEGO acoustic guitar. The neck is rod-sized, so it can be gripped anywhere along its length, and the back is hollow with a single protruding rod for another hand-hold.
The Operative is no mere spy — he’s a highly trained infiltrator, able to access the most secure areas of the world’s most dangerous facilities, and could be straight out of Splinter Cell. The Operative’s torso and leg prints portray military-grade tactical gear, and his left arm has some sort of futuristic smart watch. The logo on the Operative’s chest is reminiscent of the Alpha Team’s logo, but not the same. On his back, the Operative has a black parachute backpack, clearly implying he was inserted to his mission destination via air, and he carries a rope and a “gun” made of a black hose nozzle. Up top, his hair is a new dark brown piece that fills a new category for LEGO: it’s a hairpiece that can accommodate a visor. Over the hair he has a pair of black night vision goggles, and underneath his print displays a stealthy mic.
Sometimes life is simple. And sometimes life is wacky. Here’s a minifig that is the epitome of both. Banana Suit Guy is ready to stand on the street corner and dance his heart out, and look cool doing it. Underneath the giant yellow banana suit, Mr. Cool’s got some sweet shades, a bright green short-sleeved shirt, and plain dark azure legs. The “BANANA!” logo on the suit and the fig’s face are the only printed parts here. Sadly, the banana suit’s only System connection is the anti-stud inside that connects to the minifig’s head.
The Babysitter fills a newly-developed role in LEGO City, since only this year did LEGO babies start appearing. The Babysitter wears a lavender short-sleeved shirt with a geeky pug logo on the front. Her shirt design (sans logo) is printed on the back as well. She wears unprinted medium blue pants, and has light yellow pigtails, a new color for this hair. This is only the second set the LEGO baby appears in, and is a much cheaper alternative to the Fun in the Park set. The baby is two pieces, having a yellow and a dual-injected light blue body with yellow hands and a tiny elephant bib print. The head is much smaller than standard LEGO heads, and fits a rod on the bottom instead of a stud. The baby head’s “stud” on top is a rod connection as well, though the clutch is very weak. The bottom of the baby’s body is a standard square anti-stud, just like a normal 1×1 brick.