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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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