Review: 41151 Mulan's Training Day

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The Disney theme, previously known as Disney Princess, is now entering its fifth year and has included numerous popular characters in mini-doll form. Some have appeared in several sets while other princesses remain absent from the range altogether, presumably based upon their perceived popularity.

Fortunately, the range has recently expanded to include Snow White and the release of 41151 Mulan's Training Day brings another Disney Princess to the range. Mulan is unique among the eleven official princesses as she holds no royal title and her military background is equally unusual. Nevertheless, that is certainly the focus of this set, making an interesting change from the conventional Disney range.

Mini-doll

The majority of Disney princesses are instantly recognisable based upon their attire alone but Mulan wears many different items of clothing during her movies. Selecting suitable clothing for the mini-doll may therefore have proven quite difficult but I think this pale yellow and lime green gown is an ideal choice. It appears plain in the film so has been updated with some flower decorations on the dress and around the shoulders, both of which look superb.

41151 Mulan's Training Day

Mulan's straight hair is very distinctive and is nicely represented by an element introduced for LEGO Friends last year. I like its textured detail and the pink flower accessory fitted to the side looks good, although it can be removed very easily if you prefer. It would have been great to have an alternative shorter hair piece included too, particularly since an appropriate component with a bun already exists, but I am quite pleased with the mini-doll as it appears here. Perhaps Mulan will appear in a future set wearing her father's armour.

41151 Mulan's Training Day

The heroine comes with several accessories, including a pearl silver katana, a teapot and a cup as well as a trans-clear fan. This element features an intricate metallic gold design which made its first appearance in 76060 Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum from 2016. It looks marvellous and suits the Chinese setting perfectly.

Mulan is accompanied by her faithful horse, Khan. He is only depicted as a foal in this set, rather than the fully grown steed seen in the movies, but is still recognisable thanks to his black coat. This element has only appeared in two previous sets so is fairly rare and I like the textured mane. However, it is a shame that Mulan cannot ride her horse and that Khan's white markings are absent from the figure, particularly on the head where they could have been printed quite easily.

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The Completed Model

Some of the new Disney sets are designed with interchangeable furniture, constructed on 2x4 plates. 41151 Mulan's Training Day includes a small cherry blossom tree featuring some hay for Khan and a shrub underneath along with a simple catapult which launches light bluish grey rocks. The spinning training dummy is build on a 4x4 round plate and will rotate when struck with the sword, recalling many similar designs from NINJAGO sets.

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This rendition of the Fa family temple is only loosely based upon the prominent location from the first movie, in which Mulan's ancestors reside. It features a large doorway with lanterns hanging on either side and a few flowers around the base. These flame yellowish orange pieces are brand new and have five petals so they be rotated all the way around without obstructing neighbouring bricks, in contrast with the older four-petaled variant.

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A printed 2x2 tile showing Mushu in silhouette is fitted above the entrance to the temple. I like the magenta colour which matches the walls and the pearl gold silhouette looks superb, perfectly depicting the dragon's slender body. Of course, it would have been even better to see Mushu included, although that would certainly have required a new piece so was presumably not possible for such a small set.

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The curved roof looks great but it is unfortunate that the walls do not extend back beyond the doorway. Instead, the interior is furnished with five 2x2 jumper plates on which you can place the aforementioned furniture and accessories. I appreciate being able to swap between different items and the sword in the centre of the room is a nice touch, although it would probably have looked more impressive on a holder of some sort.

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Overall

The Disney theme is sometimes criticised for becoming a bit repetitive, featuring similar castles and characters in successive waves. 41151 Mulan's Training Day therefore makes a welcome change, not only because it includes a brand new mini-doll but also due to the unusual nature of the subject matter. Training dummies and Shinto are more often found in NINJAGO sets so seeing them here, with a slight Disney twist, is fun.
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Nevertheless, Mulan herself is definitely the highlight of the set. I like her pale yellow dress very much and the selection of accessories included is excellent, offering considerable play value. The family temple and surrounding items are less interesting, although the printed tile featuring Mushu is delightful. Despite the limitations of these models, I would recommend the set to Disney fans and hope we will soon see Tiana and Pocahontas in their own sets to complete the princess collection!

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30 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

It's a nice set & I will be picking it up but I can't help feeling it's a missed opportunity.
The lack of Mushu & Armour (it is supposed to be 'training day' after all) are very noticeable.

from personal taste, I've noticed I prefer sets with one big build rather than a bunch of small, advent calendar fodder as is the case here.

Given the rate of release & re-hashes, I suspect it'll be another year before we see a new princess in Lego form

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By in United States,

I'm super glad they have plenty of these types of sets for kids. So much more interesting (and value) than the non-LEGO playsets of the same theme.

I long for AFOL sets, such as a complete Mulan homestead or a substantial Frozen set.

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By in United Kingdom,

This strikes me as the sort of set I will personally get on sale or possibly just get Mulan and the fan. It does seem odd not to have her armoured self given the set's theme but hopefully we will get another Mulan set in the future with her armour and a more substantial build, much like how the two Moana sets have different Moana figures in them. Though I believe this Mulan may specifically be based on her design from the Disney Princess range rather than directly the film itself.

Ooh I wonder if we could get Shan Yu (the villain from Mulan) as a second Disney Big Fig? Perhaps a set based on the confrontation from the climax of the movie? (Though, ironically that would have logically Mulan in a dress as well, albeit a different one to this one)

I would also love a Mushu mold, not just for Mushu but also as a Wind Serpent/Chinese Dragon piece that could be used in other themes such as Ninjago in different colours :)

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By in Canada,

What is the price of this set Capn?

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By in United Kingdom,

I, ll give it 8/10 for colour scheme and minidoll design,
My daughter has asked for sleeping beauty's castle, she has the bedroom set from 2015 but likes the castle and maleficent minidoll, also we need more aladdin and beauty and the beast sets lego..

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By in United States,

@legoavenger14 how about an AFOL-friendly Belle cottage? :drool:

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By in United States,

Personally, I would've preferred a set based more off of "Make a Man out of You" -- perhaps with the pole to climb and a few tents, with Mulan in her armor (it's a bit more iconic and what she wears for a lot of the film) and heck, toss in Shang as well.

I dunno, I personally would've liked that more, but this is good as well.

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By in Sweden,

The fan accessory has been around for a lot longer than 2016, I believe the "Kimono Girl" CMF from 2011 was the first one to have it. For some reason the printed and unprinted versions have completely different design numbers though.

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By in United States,

This is a great set, but I have to wonder about the sword. Her father's sword in the movie much more closely resembles the gladius piece. At least they could have used the Chinese dao sword instead of the Japanese katana!

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By in Hungary,

Not its fifth year? (From twenty-fourteen to twenty-eighteen.)

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By in United States,

It feels like this set is hardly based on the movie at all and is mainly made to appeal to girls who love pink & princesses (and don’t care about accuracy to the movie). Plus, even with the extra builds it doesn’t seem to have much play value because none of the other characters are included. Mushu would have been great. And the Fa family temple isn’t pink.

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By in United States,

Great set! Thanks for the review.

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By in United States,

Nothing about this set seems remotely connected to the movie Mulan or particularly attractive taken by itself. That's not anything new for the smallest Disney sets but it is irksome for the very first LEGO set based on this movie to be like that.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for the review, is there a change to the Brickset writing style in this article by dropping any mention of pricing and value?

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By in United States,

I don't like that this Disney line sacrifices accuracy for the sake of marketability. This kind of stuff is what we have regular dolls for.

Bottom line, I don't see why Mulan would have her own personal training grounds even though the only way she was able to learn to fight was to sneak into a military camp disguised as a man. They should've at least included a gender-swapping transformation feature or something like that.

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By in United States,

@Graysmith: I believe he was talking about the specific print of the fan.

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By in Poland,

I am sure we will get bigger set with Mushu later. So I will wait.

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By in Finland,

No Mushu
No Buy

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By in Netherlands,

if it had that red dragon it would be a no brainer .... :)

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By in Belgium,

I'm sorry but this is absolutely terrible. Friends/Disney have taken a real dive in quality last couple of years, and this is heading into dangerous pre-Star Wars territory for Lego IMO.

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By in Philippines,

^Then it is nice that Elves have compensated for that.

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By in United Kingdom,

That's a great photo of her holding the fan.

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By in United States,

Great little set for what it is, in this price range. I personally am still hoping for a larger, more extensive set featuring Mulan (perhaps in armor!) with a bigger build associated with it. Glad they are expanding the Disney range beyond the endless Cinderellas and Frozens though.

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By in United Kingdom,

Disappointed with this...the set makes no sense! If you're going to move away from the movie and give Milan a 'training ground' then she needs to be in her armour!
If they'd included a transformation bit with the armour and short hair then this would have been awesome!!
....also why is it pink??!?! Why does it always have to be ****** pink!!!??!

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By in United States,

Wait... So, since that is the same fan from the Sanctum Sanctorum, Mulan has a fan that says “Dormammu is near” on it... Hmm...

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By in Germany,

In my opinion it's time to get a decent Mulan, as Lego did in this set. The accompanying build is only mediocre, not much more than a polybag build. That is a pity. But since the movie is several years old, one may understand this marketing-decision.

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By in United States,

@Umandraug: ok, i am now genuinely curious as to how you know that the pattern on the fan is actually writing...

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By in United States,

Also, i agree with a lot of the "why pink?" comments. Been awhile i watched the movie, but even with my admittedly fuzzy memory, i don't seem to recall there being that much magenta at any given point.

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By in United Kingdom,

Regarding the why pink? It seems to effect all of the Disney Princess line, though come to think of it it doesn't seem to have been AS prevalent since they rebranded it as just Disney (or at least I don't remember it being so starkly obvious on the Moana sets I have.

Regarding movie accuracy I am increasingly thinking this is based on Disney's Disney Princess franchise itself rather than the original film. Specifically the minidoll greatly resembles Mulan's current Disney Princess design:
https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/disney/images/a/a1/Mulannew.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140711001122

I'm guessing this may also explain the training room, perhaps it is something from the Disney Princess tie-in media? Probably like the pets in some of the other Disney Princess sets.

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By in United States,

Liking that hairpiece!

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