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When The LEGO Movie 2 minifigure series was announced, I was less than excited. I was a HUGE Collectable Minifigure Series fan but getting frustrated with the series having over the typical 16 characters. This made collecting them more expensive. It just felt like a cash grab. The LEGO Movie 2 minifigure series would have 20! Also, the thing I loved most about the CMF series was getting characters you could not get in standard LEGO sets.
When I heard LEGO Movie 2, I thought it was just going to be more variants of Emmet, Wildstyle, Benny, and the rest of the main cast. I was pleased to discover that the series would actually be more focused on the smaller cameo characters. To find out that the four friends from The Wizard of Oz would be among these characters had me over the moon.
LEGO has had the Wicked Witch of the West and Flying Monkey minifigures in many past sets. Oz was even a level in the short-lived LEGO Dimensions Video game series. Now, we would finally get Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion in minifigure form. I am shocked that it took this long to introduce these characters to the LEGO world.
We will be taking a closer look at the four Wizard of Oz minifigures from The LEGO Movie 2 Minifigure Series. These figures came out in 2019.
Dorothy Gale & Toto 71023-16
The Wizard of Oz came out in 1939. Almost 80 years later, it’s a permanent part of our pop culture and one of those few movies that is still enjoyed by a larger audience instead of a small group of film connoisseurs. The story of a girl from Kansas who is swept away by a tornado and transported to the magical world of Oz is a truly timeless classic.
The official name for this set is Dorothy Gale and Toto. The fact that an accessory is just as important as the minifigure speaks volumes to this small dog’s role in the film and people’s hearts. While the terrier dog mold is nothing new, this is the first time we would see the grey coloring and white tufts of fur printing. Toto might be one of a kind, but this creature piece can be used for lots of different scenes and creations for LEGO builders.
LEGO nailed Dorothy Gale’s iconic look. The ruby slippers on the leg piece look great. I’m glad LEGO had the red printing go around the front and sides of the minifigure. While the blue socks look good, you will notice that the rest of the piece has plain white coloring. This is because she was given a paper dress piece. I love these wrap-around dresses. They look much better than the older style that had a slit on the side.
Her torso piece continues the dress printing. I appreciate that the fine details like straps, buttons and folds in the fabric were included not only on the front, but on the back as well.
I love the red lips and long eyelashes on the head piece. In 1939, the technicolor footage for the Os scenes was not original but was revolutionary in its effective use. The makeup was a big part of that success, and they captured Dorothy’s look perfectly.
This figure came with two facial expressions. One is the smile of Dorothy happily skipping along the Yellow Brick Road and the other is the worried look of a young girl no longer in Kansas.
Her hair was made from a soft, bendable plastic. The two pigtails over her shoulders are beautifully designed. The blue bows holding it together look great, but to put the detail of the hair being braided together was spectacular.
Cowardly Lion 71023-17
The Cowardly Lion may have been the last of the friends to meet up with Dorothy, but he was equally important in her journey to see the Wizard. The vaudeville actor Bert Lahr brought so much life and humor to the characters that many of his scenes had to be re-shot because his fellow cast members could not contain their laughter. This minifigure made sure to capture that charismatic personality.
For the leg piece, we can see the chest fur coming down to a point near the top. LEGO made sure to give this king of the jungle sharp claws on his toes. For his tail, LEGO used the same piece we have seen with past cat minifigures and the flying monkeys.
The torso piece was mostly brown, but we can see the outline of darker fur to help highlight the belly area of the costume. It was nice to see that LEGO did take the time to put more of these tufts of dark fur on the back as well.
He came with two facial expressions. One side has the big smile of a cuddly lion happily enjoying time with his friends. The other face fits the Cowardly Lion’s name and shows us a sad timid creature. I love how the smile side shows off the large saggy skin of the upper jaw. The whiskers, nose, and eyebrows all do a great job of capturing our lion’s film appearance.
The hair piece creates the large lion mane and the ears on top of his head. LEGO did a great job making sure this large head covering didn’t hide his wonderful facial expressions.
For his accessory, the lion was given his badge of courage. I appreciate the way LEGO got around the issue of making this award worn below his neck. The hair piece made a neck attachment impossible, so they put the medal on a clear 1x2 tile piece to make it look like he is carrying it.
While this would not be the first Scarecrow minifigure in a CMF series; that honor belongs to the series 11 Scarecrow, he is probably the most famous. Yes, even more famous than a certain Batman villain. When the Scarecrow joined Dorothy on her journey to find the Wizard, he danced his way into our hearts.
His leg piece could have been a solid brown, but LEGO made sure that they included the color patches seen in the film. At the top, you will notice the end of the rope he uses as a belt.
The torso piece was equally impressive with its attention to detail. Not only do we see the braided ropes around his waist and neck, but also tufts of straw coming out of his shirt.
The head piece had a lot of thought put into its design. The lines running down the sides not only give us the illusion of a sack filled with hay but also help with matching the long narrow face of actor Ray Bolger. This is not an easy task with a fat round minifigure head. The reddish-brown nose and eyebrows of the character were a must.
The hat piece is nice and instantly recognizable as belonging to the character. I love the thick, ragged fabric wrapped around the hat. While using straight lines would be easier, the unevenness makes a more natural look. It's nice to see that LEGO does not take any shortcuts when designing these characters.
For his accessory, the Scarecrow was given a certificate of achievement. This 2X2 printed tile piece was a wonderful idea. While he may have gotten a rolled-up scroll diploma in the movie, this printed Tile piece was a better fit for our minifigure and his square brick world.
Tin Man 71023-19
The Tin Woodman from The Wizard of Oz is better known as simply the Tin Man. But by whatever name you call him, this character’s appearance is instantly recognizable. LEGO made sure that they captured every detail of this man with a heart of gold.
The amazing detail work starts with the leg piece and keeps working its way up to the top. Lines were put around the knees and hips to create the illusion of movable parts. The sides have bolts printed on to show how these pieces were riveted together. For added detail, discolored rust spots were put on the feet.
The torso piece had even more surprising detail. The front had the bolts going all the way down the center and a line to show where this piece of tin was pulled together. LEGO made sure to continue showing the rust on the torso piece. Even the back was given these rust spots. What really impressed me were the arms. While arm printing is usually very simple, this time, LEGO created bands of metal going across the elbows to represent more movable parts.
The head has the small smile of the stiff Tin Man. While the eyes, nose, and eyebrows are nice, I love the hinged metal jaw. That lower part of the mouth not only looks great but really captures the character's description in the story.
The funnel hat piece is fantastic. While LEGO could have made a simple funnel-shaped hat, they made sure to include the little handle on the side. It’s those small details that show the care LEGO takes in creating these characters.
For his accessory, the Tin Man was given his trusty ax and a heart clock. As his main tool and weapon, the ax had to be included with this minifigure. I’m glad they also gave us the small heart-shaped clock.
While an oil can would have also been a good fit, this heart fits the rest of the characters being given their gifts from the Wizard as their accessories. This small tile piece is great on its own. I’m really glad the newer CMF packaging is finally including extra pieces because now I have two of these unique pieces.