If there’s one fandom whose members rival LEGO fans for excitement and in-depth knowledge, it’s Disney fans. The monumental rush of pure nostalgia and child-like glee when the two are combined can hardly be overstated. Of course, LEGO has long produced a few sets here and there licensing the core Disney products (as opposed to Disney-owned franchises like Marvel or Star Wars, which rule the LEGO lineup each year). Traditionally, these Disney sets have generally targeted some of the youngest sectors of LEGO’s audience. However, in 2016 LEGO produced a special wave of the Collectible Minifigures theme focusing on beloved Disney characters. Now three years later, LEGO is returning for another go, with 71024 Collectible Minifigures Disney Series 2 with a target release date of May 1. As usual, we expect the sets to begin filtering into retail stores a bit early, so start keeping an eye out soon. LEGO hasn’t confirmed the price yet, but we expect it will match the $3.99 USD price of the first series.
Like the first wave, Disney Series 2 includes 18 unique minifigures, and as with all Collectible Minifigures (CMFs), they’re packaged individually in blind packs.
The packaging follows suit with those of The LEGO Movie 2 minifigures, with larger bags made of a thinner plastic. We noted a lot of odd inconsistencies with that series, such as some seemingly random figures being packaged with a clear inner bag or having tape-sealed guides. Those issues seem to have been a consequence of LEGO transitioning processes, and now with the transition complete there are no such head-scratchers for Disney wave 2. The characters with a cloth element have an inner bag, separating the plastic elements from the cloth (except for the stand, which always remains outside the inner bag). This means that Anna, Elsa, Jack Skellington, Hercules, and Jafar each have an inner bag. All of the folded, two-sided guide sheets are taped.
As usual, the figures are shipped in a retail distribution case of 60, which serves as a sample of the rarity for the figures. Our case of 60 contained only two complete sets of the 18 characters, despite 3 full sets plus 6 extras being the obvious route.
Our case’s figure distribution is as follows:
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Each of the characters includes a standard black minifigure stand.
Mickey Mouse | Steamboat Willie
This is the third appearance for the world’s most famous mouse. He headlined in his iconic red shorts in the first series, but this black-and-white version may look very familiar because the LEGO Ideas set of Steamboat Willie was just released a few weeks ago and includes a nearly identical Mickey. This one does differ slightly from that version, which used silver for the top of the hat, shorts, and feet, so completionists will want both, but for most people who may have been considering buying the Ideas set just for the minifigures, this Mickey will probably suffice (or vice versa).
Mickey’s torso is solid black, and the little captain’s hat is a new element that only appeared in the other Steamboat Willie Mickey previously. Mickey’s only accessory is a grey ship wheel, which would also be a new color, except that it too appeared in Steamboat Willie. With so many great versions of Mickey Mouse to choose from, it’s more than a bit odd that LEGO would produce not one, but two nearly identical versions of black-and-white Mickey mere weeks apart. Where’s the Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey? Of course, you could put on your tinfoil hat and speculate that it may be part of Disney’s preparations to demonstrate to courts that the old mouse mascot is still actively used, to protect the nearly 100-year-old Steamboat Willie cartoon from becoming public domain.
Minnie Mouse | Steamboat Willie
Just like Mickey, Minnie is nearly identical to the Steamboat Willie Ideas set, lacking only a few silver highlights. She and Mickey share a head element, with just a few eyelashes differentiating. Minnie carries a white life preserver, which is topical but a very common element.
Minnie has a plain black torso, and dual-molded legs with a bit of frilly printing. The skirt element is new in light grey. Like Mickey’s captain’s hat, Minnie’s sailor’s cap is exclusive to this and the Steamboat Willie figure, though the printing on the two differs slightly. There’s an extra cap included.
Huey | DuckTales
Now let’s turn our attention over to DuckTales, a classic animated show from the late ’80s which has the distinction of having the most characters featured in this CMF wave. In case you’re a bit rusty on your triplet identifications, Huey is the red one, Dewey is the blue one, and Louie is the green one. Huey’s got a red baseball cap, which is a new element designed to fit the large duck head, and it attaches with a plume/hair accessory pin.
Each of the DuckTale triplets has a tiny duck tail, courtesy of a piece that slots over the hips, which first appeared with Donald and Daisy Duck in the first Disney CMF series. Huey’s accessories are a Junior Woodchucks book and a 1×2 tile printed with a page from the book, both of which are new prints. Each of the siblings has dual-molded legs with white tops and bright light orange feet.
Dewey | DuckTales
Next up is Dewey, who is an identical twin of Huey except for the shirt and hat color. Dewey carries a slingshot, which isn’t a new element but is rather hard to find, having only appeared previously with two Bart Simpson characters. Nicely enough, you’ll get an extra slingshot in the package. Like the other triplets, the only printing on the character is the eyes. These characters would have benefited from even minimal printing, such as a collar line or shirt creases, rather than being entirely plain.
Louie | DuckTales
Here’s Louie, who’s an identical twin of his brothers except for the shirt and hat color. Unlike his siblings, Louie wasn’t graced with even a moderately interesting accessory, instead being relegated to holding a flashlight made of two extremely common elements. While you’ll get an extra of both flashlight elements, there’s no reason to buy this figure except to complete the DuckTales trio. In fact, only the green hat is exclusive to this figure at all. This seems like a missed opportunity to include something–anything–else.
Scrooge McDuck | DuckTales
If the DuckTales triplets were a little underwhelming in design, their uncle Scrooge goes a long way to making up for it. From the detailed printing for Scrooge’s old-timey shoes, to the unique elements for Scrooge’s head and hat, there’s just a lot more going on here. Scrooge’s head is naturally very similar to Donald or the triplets, but has molded-in glasses and tufts of feathers poking out to the sides.
Scrooge’s tail piece is printed with blue around three sides to blend in with the legs, and the new tophat element fits with a plume/hair accessory pin. Scrooge, of course, needs piles of money, and here that takes the form of a 10¢ coin, an appropriate allowance for those nephews. It’s a new coin design, and only the third time a 1×1 round tile has been printed as a coin. More variety for your vaults is always a good thing, and you’ll get an extra. It’s stamped with the year 1875 below the value. Scrooge’s other accessory is his cane, which is a simple brown Bar 3L. It does feel a little plain without a gold tip on end, or for that matter the crook on the other, but the Bar 3L is the go-to element for minifigure canes so it would seem odd to start complaining about that now. There’s an extra of these as well.
Chip | Chip ‘n Dale
Now let’s move on to another classic cartoon, Chip n’ Dale. While probably more famous with current generations as the Rescue Rangers, Chip and Dale hail all the way from 1943, and the versions here portray their classic styles as two rascally chipmunks. Each of the two cartoon rodents have unique heads. Chip, the brown one, has a double-molded head with tan cheeks and a brown top, with lots of printing for the facial details and ears.
Chip’s torso has a large patch of tan fur, and the back features the distinctive chipmunk stripe and tiny tail. It seems a bit odd that Chip and Dale don’t have special tail elements, as even a color-matching version of the duck tail would be a decent approximation of their tiny tails, but my theory is that they were printed instead so as to not interfere with the bendable medium-height legs. Chip and Dale are the first characters since the Harry Potter CMFs to use the new legs. Chip also carries an acorn, which is made of a dark brown nipple element (a new color for that piece) and a mandrake root, which you may recognize from the Harry Potter CMF version of Neville, though here it’s unprinted. The package includes an extra nipple, but not an extra mandrake.
Dale | Chip ‘n Dale
Now for the goofier chipmunk, Dale. His unique head includes the tuft of fur on the top of his head, his two prominent teeth, and a much larger nose. Like Chip, there’s plenty of printing over the dual-molded head, which is tan on the cheeks and medium nougat on top.
The fur printing on the torso is subtly different than Chip’s, and he carries a brown sack. Despite being an obvious color for the sack, this is the first time it’s appeared in brown. Dale also has medium-height legs, and both Chip’s brown legs and Dale’s medium nougat are new colors for those pieces.
Elsa | Frozen
Now to turn to one of Disney’s newest animated juggernauts, Frozen. This isn’t Elsa’s first appearance in LEGO form, but it is her first appearance as a minifigure. Previously, she’s taken the form of a minidoll five times, as well as being a BrickHeadz. Elsa’s got a striking dress with flecks of silver that mimics her ice queen look after she famously decides to let it go. Her dress employs the newer dress slope element in medium azure. She has a new braided hairpiece is a soft piece with a long flowing braid draped over her shoulder. The light yellow seems too bright a color for her hair, which is a platinum blonde; tan would be a closer LEGO approximation than the buttery yellow.
Elsa’s head is one of just a few in this series to be double-sided, with her alternate expression a flirtatious wink. Her cape is tear-drop shape printed with blue and reflective silver snowflakes on one side. Because it’s just got a single hole, unlike most LEGO capes, it doesn’t drape around her shoulders but instead flows back, putting her in a continual dramatic blizzard, which of course doesn’t bother her anyway. Her one accompaniment is a gigantic snowflake that originally hails from Belville and has appeared in trans light blue quite a few times before.
Anna | Frozen
Like her sister, Anna has never been available as a minifigure before. Anna’s two-tone dress is made with a black torso with intricate printing on the front and back, and a blue dress slope with printing on the front. Her long braids are soft plastic in dark orange, spilling down over both shoulders.
Like her sister, she’s got a flirty side with a winking face for an alternate expression. Her cape is a unique design with two flaps that fold over the shoulders and are trapped by her braids. She carries a black lantern, which is a fairly new piece but appears in quite a few sets already.
Jafar | Aladdin
Just in time for the new live-action Aladdin movie, LEGO is bringing us the rest of the main cast of this classic cartoon, with Jafar and Jasmine. The evil vizier of Agrabah is a fittingly imposing figure, with a plain black dress slope for his flowing robes. Jafar’s torso is dark red, printed with black on the front and back. In the film, only his belt is dark red, so it’s an odd decision that LEGO would choose to make the entire torso dark red just to have the belt that color. This leaves the sides of the torso exposed as red instead of black like they should be. I would chalk this up to dark red not printing well on black, but LEGO has done that numerous times in the past. Consequently, this Jafar isn’t quite as darkly evil as he should be. Up top, however, Jafar’s turban looks magnificent dual-molded in black and dark red. The print design on the jewel is especially good.
This seems to be the series for new cape designs, as Jafar’s cape is yet another new design, and it’s two-sided with a dark red interior and black exterior. Jafar also has black shoulder armor, which is a new design but also in a few of this year’s Ninjago sets. He carries a cobra-headed staff originally from the Series 2 Pharoah. Despite not being made specifically for Jafar, it’s a perfect replica of the one he carries. It’s a shame Iago isn’t included, though.
Jasmine | Aladdin
Like her fellow Disney Princesses Anna and Elsa, Jasmine has only appeared in minidoll form previously. She’s got a medium azure torso that’s mostly printed over with skin tone on both front and back, leaving just her revealing dress. Like Jafar, this seems inverted from the way it ought to be done. The legs are printed with a bit of highlighting on the hips and feet.
Jasmine’s companion is her pet bird, a new bird design that also appears in this year’s minidoll set 41611 Aladdin and Jasmine’s Palace Adventures. Jasmine’s soft-plastic hair is printed with her circlet, earrings, and hair bands. It’s the same piece used in the minidoll version. Jasmine’s head has only a single expression.
Hades | Hercules
Now let’s jump back to that 1997 classic, Hercules. Up first is Hades, guardian of the underworld. Outfitted with a ghostly black toga that dissolves into smoke at the fringes, here portrayed with a new lower torso element. It’s reminiscent of Ursula’s tentacles from the first Disney series, but is a new element. The base covers a footprint of 4×3 studs, and has anti-stud holes so it can sit on a normal plate. The front is printed with the web-like lines of the toga’s folds, which continue onto the black printing on the dark grey torso. Hades’ arms are dual-molded with dark grey uppers and bright light blue lowers to match Hades’ pallid skin.
Hades’ head has blue flames for hair, which is permanently glued on. The flame hair was first used for Ghost Rider, and it’s always been glued down, to the frustration of fans. This is especially unfortunate here, because Hades’ highly expressive face is limited to just a single smirking grin. Hades’ only accessories are two standard LEGO flames.
Hercules | Hercules
Armed with a sword and shield, Hercules is ready to be a hero. His dark orange torso is decorated with his Greek-style armor, and the dual-molded legs are dark orange and medium flesh, with detailed printing for the pteruges (leather skirt armor) and sandals. Hercules’ hair is appropriately orange, with a red headband printed on.
Hercules sword is the standard gladius, and an extra is included. His pearl gold shield is printed with his cloud and lightning bolt design marking him as son of Zeus. His half-length cape is yet another new design, this time with rounded corners. Hercules alternate expression is an angry grimmace.
Sally | The Nightmare Before Christmas
This marks just the second time that LEGO uses its newly acquired license for The Nightmare Before Christmas, having just released a pair of BrickHeadz last fall, 41630 Jack Skellington & Sally. Sally is an amazing patchwork of patterns over both sides of her medium nougat torso and down the front and sides of her dual-molded sand green and light aqua legs. Her ragdoll arms are dual molded with teal on the right and medium nougat on the left for uppers, and light aqua lower arms for both. Both arms are printed with stitching. Her flowing dark red hair is a new element, and in a departure from the other long hairpieces in this series, it’s standard hard plastic.
Sally’s head is double-sided with an alternate expression that’s similar, but slightly more somber. She carries a black flower before it turns into a vision of Christmas ruined. It’s made of a black mandrake stem (an element which has only previously appeared in bright green with the Harry Potter CMF Neville and The LEGO Movie 2 CMF Giraffe Guy). Both parts of the flower have extras included.
Jack Skellington | The Nightmare Before Christmas
The protagonist of Tim Burton’s cult Christmas classic, Jack Skellington’s impossibly spindly body translates surprisingly well into minifigure form. His slick black pinstriped suit is excellently printed on both sides of the torso, the arms, and the front and sides of the legs. He’s got cloth coattails that wrap around the hips and end with long fringes. Jack’s skull is a printed on a white minifigure head, with no hairpiece.
The Pumpkin King’s dashing bat bowtie is a new element. Jack comes with a gift of snowflakes inside a stylized box, as Jack wants to recreate Christmas more to his liking. The 2x2x1 box element has only previously appeared in the Birthday Boy and Birthday Girl from CMF Series 18, each time with a unique print. Its lid is a 2×2 tile printed to match. There are two snowflake designs printed on clear 1×1 round tiles. There’s an extra of each, for four total as pictured here.
Edna Mode | The Incredibles 2
Dahling, it’s so good to finally see you. Everyone’s favorite fashion designer is here from the excellent Pixar superheroes films. Although the Incredibles got their own short-lived theme, few of the characters apart from the titular Incredibles made it into minifigure form. Mr. Incredible and Syndrome were in the first Disney CMF series. Edna has a suave dark blue jacket with minimal front and back printing, and perhaps one of the most applicable uses for short legs yet.
Edna’s distinctive haircut and glasses are molded together in a new element, with the eyes printed on the glasse. The hairpiece has a small hole in the top, but aggravatingly it’s not a plume/hair accessory slot. Beneath the hair, Edna’s eyes are printed on her head as well, though you wouldn’t recognize her. The head is double-sided, with alternate grinning and stern expressions. Fittingly, Edna carries a teacup (which previously only appeared in the Harry Potter CMFs and figure pack). An extra is included. She’s also got a tote bag with a printed 1×2 tile with her logo.
Frozone | The Incredibles 2
It’s about time Mr. Incredible’s best friend showed up. Frozone glides in wearing his striking white and medium azure suit, having previously appeared only as a BrickHeadz. His super special skis convert into a silver disk that uses to surf the frozen waves he creates. That disk is a unique 4×4 round plate, which previously only appeared in 70917 Ultimate Batmobile in a polka-dot print. The disk “floats” thanks to a white jumper tile on the bottom.
Frozone’s frozen blasts are created with two clear wave rounded energy blast elements, which actually aren’t very accurate to the way Frozone’s blasts look. A straight energy blast piece in clear or white would be more accurate. However, props to the first person to use these for hot glue blobs.
So there you have it: 18 new Disney minifigures. The lasting impression I have from them is that the character designs are largely excellent, but some of the accessories leave a bit wanting, especially in comparison to other CMF waves. There’s no doubt if these sell well that we’ll see more Disney minifigures down the road (and who are we kidding, these will fly off the shelves). Personally, I’m hoping for a few Mulan minifigures at some point. Let us know in the comments which characters from this series you’re looking forward to most, and who you’d like to see in the next series!
The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick a copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.