The LEGO Movie introduced a fantastic selection of exciting characters, many of whom have been updated and appear in 71023 The LEGO Movie 2 Collectable Minifigures. Furthermore, numerous brand new characters populate this latest series, including four minifigures from The Wizard of Oz which have garnered particular praise.
Several costumed minifigures also appear and they seem certain to prove popular following the overwhelmingly positive reception for 71021 Collectable Minifigures Series 18 from 2018. We have divided our review into two sections, the first of which concerns primary characters such as Vest Friend Rex, Gone Golfin' President Business and Apocalypseburg Benny!
Each box contains a total of 60 minifigures which are distributed as follows:
- 3 - Awesome Remix Emmet
- 3 - Battle-Ready Lucy
- 3 - Vest Friend Rex
- 3 - Gone Golfin' President Business
- 3 - Apocalypseburg Benny
- 3 - Unikitty
- 3 - Apocalypseburg Abe
- 3 - Sherry Scratchen-Post & Scarfield
- 3 - Swamp Creature
- 3 - Crayon Girl
- 3 - Giraffe Guy
- 3 - Watermelon Dude
- 3 - Dorothy Gale & Toto
- 3 - Cowardly Lion
- 3 - Tin Man
- 3 - Scarecrow
- 3 - Flashback Lucy
- 3 - Hula Lula
- 3 - Kitty Pop
- 3 - Candy Rapper
I am delighted that three complete sets of minifigures are included and found that they were arranged in separate rows. However, I have only opened one box so am not certain whether this will be entirely consistent.
The destruction of Bricksburg has apparently had little impact upon Awesome Remix Emmet, whose enjoyment of Everything is Awesome and similar music has not abated. This minifigure appears in the first teaser trailer for the upcoming film and wears a pair of black headphones which are dual-moulded with the standard reddish brown hair piece, creating a crisp border between the two colours.
Emmet's head is decorated with two facial expressions, both of which appear extremely cheerful. His orange construction uniform is almost identical to that from the original film, distinguished only by a few scratches across the metallic silver reflective strips. I think it looks great and the identity card printed on Emmet's legs is a lovely detail.
This minifigure carries a white coffee cup from Coffee Unchained and a printed 1x2 tile, representing a mobile phone. Presumably the song playing is the 'Everything is Awesome' remix that appeared in the teaser trailer, although this design does not match that scene in the film exactly. Nevertheless, mobile phone accessories are always welcome and this is a good example.
Battle-Ready Lucy is dressed similarly to the minifigure that appears in some of the new sets, wearing a black shirt which is decorated with some medium azure and magenta graffiti. These fantastic designs continue on each arm, matching the original Wyldstyle minifigure. The tan highlights which form Lucy's hips seem slightly awkward in my opinion, although they are suitable for a dusty environment such as Apocalypseburg.
However, this hood element is unique and looks marvellous. It corresponds with the other minifigures who wear a reddish brown scarf and I love the red goggles. Two expressions are included, conveying surprising emotion using only the mouth, even when the eyes are concealed by Lucy's hood. The dual-moulded legs are excellent as well, including a belt across the front and a detailed pouch on one side.
Lucy wears a black quiver on her back but this minifigure does not include a crossbow. Instead, she is equipped with a pair of light bluish grey binoculars which are fine, although an unusual design like that featured in the trailer would have been preferable. Those binoculars only appear in 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg.
Rex Dangervest is an intriguing new character being introduced in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and he is apparently obsessed with wearing vests, hence this minifigure is named Vest Friend Rex. His dark blue torso includes some pockets and metallic silver reflective strips so bears a notable resemblance to a certain construction worker, perhaps suggesting a deeper connection between them!
The bands around his wrists are splendid and I love the dark brown chaps worn over each trouser leg, although they are known as vests by Rex! A fedora hat is also included and even that is dressed in a dark brown vest. However, my favourite aspect of this minifigure is the double-sided head which includes two smiling expressions along with some stubble. These designs are reminiscent of the unusual Alpha Team minifigures and both look incredibly exaggerated, thereby reflecting Rex's extreme personality!
Raptor training is one of Rex's many careers so he is accompanied by a baby dark blue Velociraptor. This element is identical to that produced for the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom theme and it looks magnificent in my view, featuring yellow eyes and a series of blue stripes along its back which also appear on the adult Velociraptors in 70826 Rex's Rex-treme Offroader and 70835 Rex's Rexplorer.
After being narrowly defeated towards the end of The LEGO Movie, President Business has reformed and is now known as Gone Golfin' President Business. This minifigure features the same distinctive hair piece as the previous version and his single dark orange eyebrow remains intact, although he now wears golfing attire rather than a dark bluish grey suit. The lovely Argyle pattern looks excellent and this green colour scheme is attractive too.
President Business also includes a white glove and a pair of traditional tartan plus fours. The legs are dual-moulded and feature an intricate printed design which continues onto each side. The contrasting dark green boots are similarly impressive, completing a remarkably detailed minifigure that stands out across the entire series!
Golf has appeared in few LEGO sets so this pearl silver golf club has received considerable attention. I believe it is intended to represent a wood of some kind, featuring grooves in the striking face and some realistic texture around the grip. Hopefully a corresponding putter might be produced for another set in the future.
Apocalypse Benny has evidently suffered a terrible misfortune between the LEGO movies as his right arm has been replaced with a cybernetic piece. I appreciate the unison of Classic Space with a modern Space-themed component and Benny's grimace is ideal for this minifigure, although a smile appears on the other side of his head. I look forward to learning how Benny lost his original arm in the film.
The helmet, on the other hand, remains unchanged. I like the broken chin strap and the worn Classic Space emblem on Benny's torso looks wonderful too, giving an indication of his advanced age. A pair of blue air tanks are attached around the neck and these provide some welcome detail as the back of the torso is not printed, as one would expect of a Classic Space minifigure from the 1980s.
Absolutely anything that features the Classic Space logo seems to generate excitement and I am sure that Benny's toolbox will be no exception! This accessory looks good, although the emblem goes very close to the edge so a smaller design might have been more appropriate.
Only a few months have passed since 41775 Unikitty! Blind Bags Series 1 was released so the news that another Unikitty figure appeared in this series elicited disappointment. However, the character is very popular so I can understand why she is included. This design closely resembles that from 70803 Cloud Cuckoo Palace, even incorporating a 1x3 plate rather than a 1x3 inverted tile that was created for the Unikitty! theme. That results in a loose connection, unfortunately, but it does correspond with the film.
The LEGO Movie brought together an incredible range of fictional characters in 2014, along with some real historical figures such as Michelangelo and Abraham Lincoln. He presumably stayed in Bricksburg after its destruction, becoming Apocalypseburg Abe! This superb minifigure certainly takes inspiration from Steampunk designs, including a pair of goggles around his famed stove pipe hat and a belt buckle which is shaped like an engine.
I like how the cylinder heads on this belt buckle are designed to resemble the actual LEGO pieces and the skull at the centre seems suitably intimidating. Abraham Lincoln also wears a reddish brown jacket with two axes and a stove pipe hat decorating the back, reflecting the American president's traditional association with axes and the process of splitting rails.
Naturally, he is also equipped with an axe. This accessory consists of two pieces which is useful as it can be modified easily, although the specialised axe that was created for the Lumberjack from series five of the Collectable Minifigures would have been more suitable as that component appears on his torso, as shown above.
Sherry Scratchen-Post only appeared briefly during The LEGO Movie but was included in 71004 The LEGO Movie Collectable Minifigures so I am pleased to see her return, wearing post-apocalyptic attire on this occasion. Her pink knitted jumper has been replaced with a reddish brown uniform which most closely resembles Xena from Xena: Warrior Princess.
The bands around Mrs. Scratchen-Post's arms look wonderful and I like the metallic silver cat symbol on her torso. Similar metallic highlights appear on the legs and the layered armour continues on each side, although the legs are not dual-moulded which is somewhat disappointing. A second expression would also have improved this minifigure but her whisker war paint makes up for that in my opinion.
Mrs. Scratchen-Post is always accompanied by her cats and it would appear that even they have been affected by their apocalyptic environment. Scarfield is based upon the standard cat component but has been augmented with a dark red collar and a matching mohawk, helping to toughen his appearance. A couple of plasters are also printed on the head alongside an unfriendly snarling expression!
Many retired minifigures appeared as Master Builders during The LEGO Movie, including the Swamp Creature. The original animated character was based upon 9461 The Swamp Creature from Monster Fighters but the new minifigure is unique, featuring a bright green head accessory with flippers on the sides and a fin on top. The head underneath has also been updated very slightly so the printing looks more refined.
However, the most notable change is definitely that the Swamp Creature is now wearing some clothes and has a large tattoo on its chest. The scales on both sides of the torso look magnificent and the blue tattoo is visually striking, although it does not feel entirely suitable for this minifigure in my opinion. The reddish brown straps are excellent though and the scavenged metal armour looks superb.
A reddish brown whip is included with the Swamp Creature. This does not appear in the original film and may be a reference to the novelisation of Creature from the Black Lagoon, in which the monster possesses a tail that is likened to a whip. Alternatively, the Swamp Creature might simply use a whip during the upcoming movie!
Recent series of Collectable Minifigures have been fantastic, offering numerous interesting characters and innovative new elements. 71023 The LEGO Movie 2 Collectable Minifigures is similarly appealing from my perspective. The updated versions of existing characters look wonderful and I am particularly impressed with Vest Friend Rex and Gone Golfin' President Business, both of whom are exceptionally detailed. Unikitty is probably my least favourite figure in this series but I understand why she is included given her popularity.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.
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