LEGO Disney Minifigure Series 2 Review
When the first series of LEGO Disney Minifigures came out in 2016, they were an instant hit. LEGO and Disney collectors fell in love and bought these blind bags up. LEGO had to produce another batch to keep up with demand. Ever since then, people have been expecting and speculating on what characters would make it into a second series. After 3 years of waiting, LEGO fans were treated with 18 new Disney minifigures.
Like most of the first series, these figures were paired up with matching characters.
Vintage Mickey and Minnie Mouse
It’s no surprise that the first two characters would be Mickey and Minnie Mouse. As the face of Disney, it’s hard to have a Disney series without the famous mouse. For the second round, LEGO made them vintage. They were based on the 1928 SteamBoat Willie cartoon.
The use of black, white, and grey to replicate the old black and white cartoon was amazingly done. I appreciated this coloring technique that mimics what many people accomplish with photo editing software. However, these are by far my least favorite characters in the series, because the month before LEGO released almost the exact same figures in the Steamboat Willie set 21317. While the coloring was slightly different, the changes were so subtle that they were not unique enough for me to make them Collectable Minifigures.
Huey, Dewey, and Louie were chosen for the next group. I think this choice was made because Disney had recently rebooted the Duck Tale series. My suspicion was reaffirmed when LEGO also included Scrooge McDuck. All four of these characters are a great addition to the LEGO Disney Minifigure collection. Not only because I was a huge fan of the 1987 Duck Tales cartoon as a kid, but all four of these characters have never been made into minifigures before and are a major part of Mickey’s history. Donald Duck’s nephews have been around since 1937 and Scrooge McDuck came along in 1947.
Huey, Dewey, and Louie were the exact same molds, but painted differently. While this might seem lazy, the characters themselves originally wore identical outfits with no defined color scheme. It took almost 40 years before each character was given an established color. Huey now wears Red, Dewey is in Blue and Louie likes green.
These boys were given the short, non-bendable kid legs, standard torso pieces, and rubbery duck tails. Their head molds are shaped differently than the other ducks and are smaller. While the characters were the same, they each got different accessories. It was these accessories that let people know which nephew was in the blind bag. Louie was given a flashlight to explore the dark and Dewey had a slingshot.
While these accessories are common, Huey was given the most character-driven piece. The bright green book he is holding has the Junior Woodchucks of the World emblem on it. This is the scouting organization Huey Dewey and Louie belong to and one of the things that helped change them from trouble makers to mostly responsible kids. Inside the book, there is a 1x2 tile with writing and compass printed on it. A nice reference to the treasure hunts the boys go on with their great uncle Scrooge in Duck Tales.
Scrooge was also given a new head mold that included his side feathers and pince-nez glasses. The rest of his body reused the same pieces found with Donald and Daisy in the first Disney Minifigure Series, except Scrooge had the fancy blue frock coat and red gaiters on his feet printed on the pieces. To complete the outfit he was given a large black tophat. While his walking stick accessory needs no extra explanation, the new print 1x1 round tile piece deserves a closer look. This 10 cent piece is actually Scrooge McDuck's Number One Dime. The 1875 Seated Liberty Dime was the first coin he ever earned and as been a part of his storyline since 1953.
Chip and Dale
We were lucky enough to get more long-term cast members with Chip and Dale. These brothers first appeared in 1943, which lends legitimacy to them being named after the famous 18th-century cabinet maker and furniture designer Thomas Chippendale and not the Chip and Dale dancers that came out in 1979.
Chip and Dale were given the newer bendable kid legs. While their legs and torso are the exact same mold, LEGO used dark brown for Chip and light brown for Dale. They both have the exact same tails printed on the back.
LEGO gave them each different unique head molds. While Chip has centered teeth and a small black chocolate Chip sized nose (that’s a little hint on how to tell them apart) Dale has the big red clown nose and bucked teeth. The other major difference comes on the top of their heads. Chip, the more sensible and logical chipmunk has a nice smooth head. Dale and his dim-witted impulsive character doesn’t take as good care of himself and has unkempt hair on top.
A new Root Vegetable with Stud on Top was used to create an acorn for Chip to hold. Dale got a whole bag of acorns.
The princesses of Arendelle, Elsa and Anna, were the next characters to be included in the second series and moves us away from the classic Mickey and Friends characters.
I was shocked when these two sisters were not included in the first series, so it was no surprise that LEGO included them in the second round of Blind Bags. Especially with the Frozen sequel being released in theatres at the end of the year.
I am very happy that we got these characters in Minifigure form, because until now they have only been available in LEGO doll form. Elsa was given her blue ice dress. While the details on her dress are nice, it’s her cape, with shiny snowflakes on it, that really stand out. Anna has the outfit she picked up at Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post. This dress has amazing details in its printing. The flowers on the torso piece are so well done. Once again the cape shines. She was given a newly designed cape piece that allows the fabric to cover her shoulders when the head and hair are in place, making it a close match to the movie.
Both sisters were given new soft hair pieces to match their unique style. While both have smiles that fit their different personalities, it’s their second expression of winking at each other with opposite eyes that not only helps connect the minifigures, but also shows us that sisterly bond that saved Elsa, Anna and all of Arendelle.
The large snowflake and lantern accessories are nice, but don’t catch your attention as much as other pieces in this series.
While there were a couple of characters chosen to compliment characters from the first series, my favorite inclusion was Jafar and Jasmine. While Aladdin and the Genie were amazing, it always felt incomplete without Jasmine.
Jasmine is one of the few princesses who was given legs, instead of a dress piece. I like the change. LEGO created a new hairpiece for her as well and the long braid in the back is so well articulated that it makes you appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into creating these pieces.
While Jasmine’s printing was well done, Jafar’s was spectacular. Unlike Jasmine who only got one facial expression, Jafar had two and both captured his ego-driven, wicked personality. While the dress, dual-colored cape and shoulder pads all look amazing, his unique hat is by far my favorite piece in this entire series.
I always like getting animal creature pieces, in order to grow my animal collection, so I am a big fan of Jasmine’s dove accessory. Jafar’s pharaoh's snake staff is nothing new, but a perfect fit for his magic staff in the cartoon.
While the 1997 Disney Hercules movie would have been nowhere near my top list of best Disney animated films to choose characters from, Hades and Hercules's designs won me over.
LEGO did a great job matching the printing on Hercules to match his animated appearance in the film. LEGO outdid themselves with the new hairpieces for this series, and Hercules is yet another figure to get a one of a kind hairpiece.
It was Hades that blew my mind. His tentacle feet are not only unique, but opens up a lot of options for people looking to create some custom minifigures. His headpiece is the same one found on Ghostrider, but its use of a translucent blue flame makes it stand out as something unique.
Hercules won the accessory contest with that xiphos or greek short sword and shield with Zeus's lightning bolt on it. Hades' simple flame pieces worked well, but we have seen them so much in the past they are not as impressive as the figure itself.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas characters were by far the biggest surprise for me. I love this movie, but I always thought it was too adult-oriented for a LEGO theme. However, Brickheadz gave me hope.
While Sally and Jack were built from standard minifigure pieces, their printing shows how far these minifigures have come in terms of body printing. This is especially true with Sally’s patchwork design. While Sally’s hair might not stand out, it was a unique piece made just for her. In terms of pieces, it was Jack’s bat bowtie that I love the most.
Sally’s black flower accessory is built from common plant pieces, but the use of black is great for that haunted feel and something we don’t see often. Jack’s present is a nicely detailed box, but it was the transparent round tile snowflakes that make it spectacular.
The last two figures in this series are Edan Mode and Frozone. While the Mr. Incredible and Syndrome minifigures were my least favorite characters from the first series, I think Edna and Frozone were an excellent inclusion in the second series. It made up for gaps in the LEGO Incredibles 2 Theme, in which Frozone and Edna were absent from any of the sets. Edna was available as a promotional minifigure for buying the LEGO Incredibles video game, but was not available to purchase by itself.
With Edna’s fashion sense, LEGO had a lot of outfits to choose from, but went with one of her outfits from the second movie. The short kids legs were a must for Edna’s short stature, but I think LEGO took a big risk with having her glasses printed onto the hairpiece. This decision has split opinions on if people liked it or not. For me, I think the hairpiece works.
Frozone’s superhero suit is very basic in design, so it was not too challenging to recreate. Despite only having his mouth to work with, LEGO managed to use it to capture Frozone’s cool, confident personality.
These Incredible characters were both loaded up with accessories. It’s like LEGO was apologizing for not including them in the Incredibles 2 Theme. Edna Mode had a teacup and a little tote bag with her name printed on a 1x2 tile piece. Frozone had an ice board and 2 ice blast pieces.
Overall, I loved this series. I would say that it has secured its number 2 spot in my favorite CMF series, just below series 14 monsters.