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LEGO Collectable Minifigure Series 14, set number 71010, came out in 2015. It would be the first non-licensed minifigure series to have all sixteen characters follow a similar theme. The Monster concept fit perfectly with its September release, leading up to the Halloween season. The series would take advantage of the relatively new dual leg printing process. I personally enjoyed how many of the characters were not only connected to each other, but also past minifigures.
Wolf Guy 71010-1
At first glance, people will notice a close resemblance to the Werewolf from the Monster Fighter theme released in 2012. However, rather than just quickly throwing in a werewolf character to fill in an iconic monster spot, LEGO took the time to make this character unique. They did more than just turn his fur color grey and give him a long sleeve shirt. They upped the printing detail on both his legs and torso. For his feet, LEGO took the time to put claws on his toes. A closer examination of his shirt will reveal the name Kal. Which makes this werewolf the Lumberjack from series 5.
The Werewolf head itself was slightly modified to give the tail more room to be positioned. The older mold only allowed the tail to be in the down position, but now people can connect the tail to be either up or down. For his accessory, the werewolf was given his favorite treat. This oversized bone was also the best way to tell you had the werewolf inside the blind bag.
Zombie Pirate 71010-2
While zombies have been popular since the 1968 movie “Night of the Living Dead” came out in theatres, “The Walking Dead” television series made them more popular than ever. So it makes sense LEGO would include zombies in this series of monster minifigures. For the Zombie Pirate, LEGO decided the Pirate Captain from series 8 had finally found Davy Jones Locker.
While much more tattered and greyed from age, they both have on similar outfits. Another detail to show the passing of time was his grey beard. Rather than having a printed beard, this zombie was given a separate prospector beard piece. However, it’s his legs that make this minifigure special. He would be the first minifigure with a peg-leg to have a printed normal leg and hip joints. With both a peg-leg and hooked hand, you know this zombie pirate saw a lot of action when he was alive. For his accessory, he was given a broad scimitar sword with nicks. It’s great to see that the zombie’s weapon is as decayed and damaged as he is.
Monster Scientist 71010-3
Many horror stories begin with the mad scientist and his insane genius leading to the creation of monstrous creatures, and this Monster Scientist is no exception. He is closely tied to many of the characters found in this series. His accessory of a transparent flask with a pink chemical inside has a fly printed on it. This leads us to believe he is responsible for either creating or changing himself into the Fly Monster minifigure. He is specifically mentioned in the Plant Monster’s bio as the reason for the plant’s metamorphosis, after he gave it too much experimental super-growth fertilizer. He created the Monster Rocker on purpose, but the mad music skills were a pleasant addition thanks to the music he was listening to, while bringing The Monster to life.
The lab coat printing being combined on the torso and leg piece might not be impressive today, but to have the lab coat continue onto the legs and have boots was a printing masterpiece. This type of dual leg printing was a brand new technique for LEGO. I particularly appreciated the splashes of pink on the lab coat from his potion. This small detail made it unique as opposed to just using preexisting scientist body pieces.
To indicate his large brain, he was given a new hat piece mold. This huge forehead is a great piece and I love the crazy eyes looking through the goggles. It adds the LEGO humor we have all come to enjoy.
Wacky Witch 71010-4
According to her LEGO bio, this Wacky Witch has some serious home maintenance issues. Her gingerbread house keeps getting soggy in the rain and the Fly Monster keeps coming by and eating it. She would be the 4th female minifigure from the CMF series to come with a cat. Her cat would rather sunbath than do its job of causing people bad luck.
I’m glad LEGO gave her cat a fun backstory. This black cat creature piece might seem like an ordinary cat piece, but the yellow eyes make it a one of a kind piece only found with our Wack Witch minifigure. This uniquely printed piece did a great job capturing the reflective eyes of a cat prowling the night.
I love the tattered clothing and hat on this character. It really fits her bio of being a complete mess. This is particularly true with the hat piece. The crooked top and notched outer brim are perfect.
Once again we see LEGO utilizing its new two-toned leg technique to great effect. The black and white striped socks and black boots look great. It’s wonderful to see LEGO take the time to put in this detail, even though most of it will be covered up by her dress piece. This paper dress is the same one used for Princess Leia. Of course, our witch got it in purple.
Along with the original cat piece, our Wacky Witch was also given a broom. This stereotypical flying instrument is nothing new, but does a great job of adding that classic look we all associate with witches.
Plant Monster 71010-5
When the Monster Scientist gave his plant an experimental super-growth fertilizer the plant grew arms, legs, spiky vines, and a huge appetite. It instinctively hides and waits among plants to snatch up victims as they wonder by. Luckily, this plant doesn’t realize it’s carnivorous, and will spit out it’s prey after a couple days, if it is given lots of sunlight and water.
This is the only character in the series to have a frightened expression. This is because the minifigure head does not belong to the plant monster, but the minifigure it is devouring. At the time of its release, people noticed a striking similarity between the plant monster and the Ivy Creatures from the Resident Evil video games.
Fly Monster 71010-6
While there was speculation on the origin of the Fly Monster, the LEGO bio confirmed that it was an ordinary fly until it was transformed into a half, fly half minifigure monster. The problem is it still thinks and acts like it's a small fly. Even a normal sized fly swatter will terrify this huge creature.
The minifigure itself seems to take a lot of inspiration from the 2013 Galaxy Squad theme. A completely unique headpiece was created for this minifigure and it looks great. Rather than just getting huge red eyes, LEGO took the time to etch little diamonds into the plastic. The long nose and antenna pieces are equally well detailed.
The clawed left hand is a nice reference to The Fly movie, where Vincent Price's character has his hand turn into a large claw during his transformation. This claw piece reused the Davy Jone’s claw arm from the Pirates of the Caribbean theme.
For his wings, LEGO used the translucent black fairy wings. It was a really good fit. While he didn’t come with any accessories, these rare body pieces used to assemble him made it well worth the search and an excellent inclusion into the series.
The Spectre loves being a ghost and using his abilities to play pranks on other minifigures. Which is nice, since spectres are usually more malicious in their haunting.
While most ghost minifigures at the time looked more like the bed sheet ghost from children’s books, I am glad they gave this one a more phantom appearance. The leg pieces used the transparent Ninjago theme ghost bottoms to great effect.
His appearance is heavily influenced by the Dementors from Harry Potter. The tattered cloak matches the second Demetor minifigure version and the color matches the first.
This is only the second CMF to be given a hood piece and the first to get a glow in the dark head. The plain dark grey torso piece is nothing special, but this lack of detail helps highlight all the other great elements given to this character. For his accessory, the Spectre was given a nice long chain piece.
Zombie Cheerleader 71010-8
The Zombie Cheerleader has lots of spirit and cheers her team from Zombie University. This minifigure is 1 of three zombies in this series and the third cheerleader available in the CMF series. Her hair piece is unique to her, but matches the color of the Zombie Bride. In fact, her and the Zombie bride were the only two female zombie minifigures available at this time. Perhaps they are family?
The detail on the minifigures face is amazing. The red eyes with large grey circles underneath give it that hallowed look. I love the big smile with a missing tooth. The tattered uniform covered in rips and dirt stains looks like she was buried in it before rising from the grave.
The green pom poms look great and could be easily used for other minifigures cheering on their favorite team.
Tiger Woman 71010-9
The Tiger Woman is an amazingly put together minifigure piece and I love how it looks. However, I never felt it belonged in the monster series. LEGO says an ancient artifact transformed her from a normal minifigure into a half woman half tiger creature. She now leads a monster circus where humans are used for the attractions. To me.. she looks like a minifigure in a tiger costume. Especially because she wears a belt. Her hair and whip accessory are a reference to the villainess Catwoman, which again makes me lose the monster aspect of the character. According to LEGO her appearance was inspired by Wonder Woman’s nemesis Cheetah, but being a comic book geek she reminds me of the more obscure Marvel heroine Tigra. Once we move past my personal opinion of her not being a monster, it is a beautifully designed figure.
The patch of white fur on her chest and black stripes along the sides of her torso and leg piece are instantly recognizable as belonging to a tiger. The crooked smirk on her face is purrrfect for this feline character. Come on...you all know that bad cat pun was going to be somewhere. Her tail piece is the same one used for the Scratchy minifigure that came in the Simpson CMF series before this. While I think the hair with ears sticking out lost the monster vibe, it looks great.
The Gargoyle is a fantastic addition to the cast of monster characters in this theme. Gargoyles have an interesting history. Originally they were believed to frighten away evil spirits. Later they became vessels of demonic possession. LEGO made their gargoyle a stubborn, klutz that tends to sleep for a few days to centuries. He was given the short kid legs to closer resemble the crouching position these gargoyles are in when perched on the top of buildings. In his bio, the gargoyle tends to fall off buildings. He might be tough but LEGO took the time to put cracks into the design of his torso piece and hat to show the damage he has sustained over the ages. The hat piece with the horns and ears is a new piece exclusive to this character. Unfortunately for our gargoyle friend, his wings are ornamental and can’t be used to fly. Lucky for us LEGO collectors this would be the first time the dragon-like wings were ever used. While his head piece is amazingly detailed, the feature most people might notice is that he is one of the few LEGO minifigures to be given a nose.
Skeleton Guy 71010-11
The Skeleton Guy is the only character in this series who is not a monster. He is actually a trick-or-treater. This makes him the costume character of the bunch.
The black suit with skelton printing is just like the costume you would buy at a store. A small detail, but interesting fact is the string holding on his mask goes all the way around his head. This would make him only the second minifigure to have printing that wraps completely around the head. Alfred Pennyworth was the first. Speaking of side printing, I really appreciate LEGO deciding to put the bone printing down the side of the arms and legs.
His accessory of a trick or treat bucket was created by changing the color of the leprechaun's bucket to orange and printing a jack-o'-lantern design on the front.
Monster Rocker 71010-12
The Monster Rocker gives us another variation of Frankenstien’s Monster. While he is technically a variant of The Monster in series 4, it is the same mold LEGO has used for all 4 of its Monster inspired minifigures. This time around the monster lives for music...Literally. As he uses his guitar to rock out, it creates electricity to keep him fully charged.
The torn denim might be a heavy metal staple, but the look works really well with our body part assembled creature. The metal belt stud compliments his steel studded square foot boots. The chain and padlock necklaces he wears completes the ensemble perfectly. I love the back of his torso piece. The stitched on logo proudly displaying the words “Shock N Roll” gives us that great humor and bad word play LEGO is known for.
The headpiece looks great and if you compare it to the series 14 figure that came out years earlier, you can see the advancement in LEGO printing technology for these minifigures. The hair piece gives us that large cranium The Monster has been known for ever since Boris Karloff walked on the big screen.
The red electric guitar he was given as an accessory is the same guitar from the Rehearsal Stage set number 41004, but in red. Even though we have seen this piece in a lot of sets, it remains a great piece to get. Since guitars come in many different designs in real life, it’s great to get a bunch of different prints in LEGO form.
Zombie Businessman 71010-13
The Zombie Businessman brings us to the third and final Zombie in this series. While some may think that having 3 of the same monster is excessive, it worked for me. The slow moving zombies are only frightening when they come in large numbers. I say the more the scarier. The Zombie Businessman is another great addition to the ever growing zombie horde.
The tattered suit printing on the leg and torso piece is amazingly detailed. The fact that LEGO took the time to show the button holes in the undershirt exposed from the rip jacket highlights the amount of care they put into these characters. While I appreciate the rip on his right sleeve, I do wish LEGO would have done something on the back.
The head piece is also uniquely designed. Rather than giving us the standard zombie head, LEGO gave this figure broken glasses, exposing one red eye and a closed mouth with a grey liquid oozing out. The hair piece could have been a bit more disheveled, but works well enough for this character.
The briefcase accessory is nothing special, but the 2X2 printed tile piece is spectacular. The Zombie Times continues LEGO’s love of playing with The Times newspaper. The Toxikita symbol was one of those nice little easter eggs for LEGO fans who like finding connections to other sets and themes. The Brains title and picture fits the LEGO humor we all love.
According to Irish Folklore, the banshee was a fairy spirit who cries in mourning for a person about to die. These foreshadowing whales of death were frightening. However this is LEGO, so let’s get off this morbid topic and start talking about the figure.
The Banshee leg piece once again uses the Ninjago ghost tail to great effect. The translucent clear and marbled sand green coloring tie into the fairy mounds these creatures were thought to inhabit. The green blouse adds to this haunted earthly look. The face piece with it’s wide mouth and tears streaming from the eyes fit the wailing banshee from mythology.
When it comes to unique pieces, this character wins the prize. Not only was the hair piece shape unique, but it is the first minifigure to be given a translucent hair piece. This would also be the first time we would get aqua colored hands. This inclusion of so many unique pieces, makes up for her not having any accessories.
Square Foot is the LEGO version of bigfoot. Yup, those bad word puns are in full force with this character. This minifigure uses the same piece molds as the Series 11 Yeti character, but in brown.
The squared minifigure leg piece that gives us our LEGO sasquatch name has toes printed on the bottom. I’m glad LEGO took the time to put this little detail into a piece so important to its name.
The torso piece is a solid brown. Since the head piece covers most of the body, this lack of detail is not too disappointing. The dark brown eyebrows and beard are a nice way to give a little more texture to this shaggy beast.
For his accessory, Square Foot was given a camera. This is a fun switch on the people constantly trying to get a picture of bigfoot. In the LEGO world, it’s him trying to get a picture of humans.
Spider Lady 71010-16
Spider Lady is a vampire. Rather than being obsessed with bats, she prefers spiders. She uses them as decorations, wears clothes made from spider silk and even keeps these eight legged creatures as pets.
Her black dress and torso piece, embroidered with red webs and spiders all over it look amazing. I like that LEGO gave her that spider necklace. It adds yet another layer of detail to her spider fashion sense. It’s a shame that the back of this figure is a plain black. While I am usually forgiving of not including back printing, this time around it was a waste. The clear translucent plastic cape was fantastic. The illusion of being made of thin silky spiderwebs made her one of my favorite designed characters. This see through design could have been better utilized with back printing to see through the cape. The white vampire face is spot on, but the beehive hairstyle was what put it over the top. This was the same mold used for the Velmpa Staplebot from the recent LEGO Movie theme. Her accessory was a red spider. While not a rare piece, the red coloring did make it less common.
I have loved monsters and the supernatural since I was a kid. I even had a book published about Vampires, so I’m probably a little biased, but this is my ALL TIME favorite LEGO minifigure series. It was the first series that I took the time to make sure I found everyone and got me hooked on the LEGO minifigure series in general.