LEGO Collectible Minifigures 71024 Disney Series 2 [Review]


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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Character
QTY per case
Character
QTY per case


Huey
2
Mickey Mouse
4


Dewey
2
Minnie Mouse
4


Louie
2
Scrooge McDuck
4


Jafar
3
Chip
4


Jasmine
3
Dale
4


Hercules
3
Elsa
4


Sally
3
Anna
4


Jack Skellington
3
Hades
4


Edna Mode
3
Frozone
4


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.