This coming Sunday, some LEGO and Disney fans are rejoicing with the release of the first ever LEGO Disney Minifigure Series. This series, consisting of 18 (usually a series is 16) different characters in a blind-bag format, will retail around $3.99 and be available at most mass-market retailers, both in brick-n-mortar stores and online. Throughout the past couple of weeks, however, some stores like Target have seen the accidental release of these figures (probably because, at least with Target, all of the Minifigure blind-bag series are under the same SKU). It was at my local Target where I found what was left of a case of these bags on a random shelf, not even located in the LEGO area. Of course, I had to buy them and try out my luck. Fortunately, I was able to get a full set of eighteen, and a bunch more to trade and give as gifts, in the 45 packs I got. So, without further adieu, here is a closer look at the series.
Included in this collection are:
As you can see, a majority of them come with an accessory, and most have unique sculpted pieces, which is a big thing for Minifigures. Two of the figures, Stitch and Cheshire Cat, come with shortened lower torsos. What I like about this selection is that it covers both Disney and Pixar, from some of the Fab 5 to classic Disney characters. I have a feeling that future series (of which there will probably be, most likely one per year) will feature similar compositions as far as character range.
Now, some might ask why there are no Disney Princesses aside from Ariel in the set. Keep in mind that there is already a LEGO Disney Princesses collection, and that those characters are designed to look more like the LEGO Friends figures. I am not stating that, in possible future series, they won’t include more Princesses. However, for the first series, I think LEGO wanted to stick to other characters they wanted to debuted in LEGO form. Future series could see this changed, or maybe even incorporating the Disney Princesses line into the blind packaging, something I believe would be unique, as it hasn’t been done before.
I think the one issue I have with the look of this series is with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy. Instead of looking for like the cartoon character (like Stitch or Cheshire Cat), the size of the head sculpt makes them more like the early-day walk-around characters at Disneyland. It’s a quirkiness that I don’t necessarily mind, but they just seem off to me. All of the other characters I feel work well with the design and sculpt.
While I had the gang out taking pics of them for this review, I decided to break out my Poster Art of the Disney Parks book and try to get some fun shots of the figures with posters of attractions themselves or their respected movies inspired… or, in the case of a couple of them, some fun ones I am sure they would love to ride.
Will you be getting this series once it hits stores on Sunday, May 1st? Or have you been one of the lucky ones to have found these on store shelves already? I would love to hear you thoughts on the series in the comments below.
Next week, I will be spending a whirlwind 48 hours in Walt Disney World (I know, I’m crazy) before work picks up for me in the NYC area where I am from, and I am excited that these figures will be joining me on another one of the On Location photo shoots inside the parks. Previous shoots have included Disney Infinity, Funko Pop! Vinyls and Mystery Minis, Vinylmation, and Tsum Tsum… some of these shoots you can find here. It’s really fun to do, and Cast Members and fellow guests love either being involved or finding out more of what I am photographing. Keep on the look out next weekend for my exclusive shoot for DisKingdom.com.