LEGO has produced thirty series of Collectable Minifigures since 2010 and 71012 Disney Collectable Minifigures are probably among the most popular, as one might expect given the incredible selection of famous characters included. The recent announcement of 71024 Disney Collectable Minifigures Series 2 therefore elicited considerable excitement.
The first section of our review focuses upon classic Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Scrooge McDuck and Donald Duck's mischievous nephews: Huey, Dewey and Louie.
Almost a century has passed since Mickey Mouse was introduced and the character has become an icon of Disney animation. This minifigure takes inspiration from his appearance in Steamboat Willie so closely resembles that found in 21317 Steamboat Willie, distinguished only by colour alterations on his hat and legs. The black and white rendition is faithful to the cartoon but an entirely different variant, perhaps sporting the wizarding robes from Fantasia, would have been preferable.
Nevertheless, I am impressed with this figure. The head looks superb and includes a stylised hat which slots into a pin hole on top, corresponding precisely with the source material. Mickey's torso is plain but his legs are decorated with circular buttons and I like their dual-moulded design, despite the pearl silver and black piece found in the LEGO Ideas set being more visually striking.
Minnie Mouse was introduced beside Mickey in Steamboat Willie and also shares numerous design features with the minifigure from 21317 Steamboat Willie. Her head is similar to Mickey's but includes printed eyelashes and a smaller hat with a flower on top. Neither character has pupils so they appear somewhat lifeless in my opinion, although that is authentic when compared with the animated film.
Once again, her torso is entirely black while the dual-moulded legs feature bloomers and a pair of printed shoes. The skirt is light bluish grey with white spots so contrasts with the metallic silver element found in the upcoming LEGO Ideas set. Neither design is perfectly accurate in relation to the animation, although a plain white or light bluish grey component might have appeared too simple.
Both characters include suitable accessories, relating to Steamboat Willie. Mickey carries a light bluish grey ship's wheel while Minnie comes with a white life ring. Neither accessory is particularly interesting but the wheel has only appeared in reddish brown previously and may prove useful elsewhere. Even so, I think a white guitar would have been more enticing.
Donald Duck became available in the first series of Disney Collectable Minifigures so I am pleased that his uncle, Scrooge McDuck, appears here. He wears a blue frock coat with a lovely red collar, belt and cuffs, matching his design in the original DuckTales television series from 1987. A new tail piece was created for Donald and Daisy and it looks equally appealing on Scrooge, now featuring some blue printing at the front to match his jacket.
Furthermore, the legs are dual-moulded and include printing on almost every available surface! The red spats worn over his feet are particularly impressive and I love his new head, featuring feathered texture around the sides and glasses above the flame yellowish orange beak. A black top hat is connected to the head using a small pin and this is compatible with other minifigures. Scrooge comes with a wooden cane and a printed ten cent piece, representing his Number One Dime which has appeared in numerous comics and television series.
Donald Duck's nephews were introduced in 1937 and have featured prominently in both incarnations of the DuckTales animated series. Huey wears a red shirt and cap which look perfect and I love the brand new head component. This is shared by all three triplets and conveys their excitable personalities with tremendous accuracy, due primarily to their wide eyes!
The cap is connected to his head with another small pin, corresponding with Mickey, Minnie and Scrooge McDuck's respective headgear. Furthermore, a white tail is attached beneath the torso and the minifigure comes with a pair of dual-moulded short legs, distinguishing his feathered legs from the flame yellowish orange feet.
Huey is accompanied by a lime green Junior Woodchuck's Guidebook. This accessory is particularly associated with Huey in the 2017 animated series but takes inspiration from its original appearance in Donald Duck comics, where it was used by the nephews collectively. The cover features branding for the scouting organisation and a printed 1x2 tile is found inside, showing a compass.
Dewey appears similar to his brother but wears a blue shirt and cap, reflecting his classic appearance. The same tail and short legs are used here but his accessory is unique. This slingshot was originally designed for Bartman from the second series of The Simpsons Collectable Minifigures and is only otherwise available in 71211 Bart, a LEGO Dimensions Fun Pack so I am pleased to see it return.
Bright green dominates Louie, the youngest of the three brothers. The absence of printed detail on their torsos is unusual, although the characters' clothing has traditionally appeared plain so they appear fairly accurate without printing. This minifigure carries a light bluish grey torch which is simply constructed but is easily recognisable and spare pieces are included to assemble a second, if you wish.
Disney offers an outstanding selection of classic characters which might have inspired minifigures and this range is impressive, although the continued absence of Goofy and Pluto is disappointing. However, these versions of Mickey and Minnie both look fantastic while the ducks correspond exactly with their animated counterparts and should prove popular among fans of the DuckTales series.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.
Thanks to Huw for providing the photos in this review.