71024 Disney Collectable Minifigures Series 2 contains an exceptionally popular selection of characters, representing varied eras of Disney animation. Part two of our review comprises three such eras, beginning with Chip and Dale before discussing minifigures which are based upon Aladdin and Frozen!
You can find the first section of the review here or continue reading below for part two...
The chipmunk characters of Chip and Dale are probably best known for Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers which began in 1989, although they originated during the 1940s. This minifigure takes inspiration from that earlier appearance, lacking the leather jacket and fedora which he wore onscreen for the Rescue Rangers series. It looks brilliant though, featuring a dual-moulded head which is manufactured using hard plastic and captures excellent detail.
Chip's torso is simply decorated with some tan fur, although this does not match the colour on his head which is disappointing. The tail on his back looks superb though and I think the articulated medium legs suit this character, loosely replicating the proportions of his animated counterpart. The figure carries an acorn which is cleverly constructed using a piece that initially represented a Mandrake root and a dark brown 1x1 round tile with a vertical shaft on top.
Dale also includes medium legs which have not appeared in medium dark flesh before and his torso appears familiar, featuring designs which are almost identical to those on Chip. However, the head is unique and looks fantastic when compared with the source material, featuring prominent canine teeth and a large red nose. The tousled hair between Dale's ears also demonstrates great attention to detail.
Introducing additional colour with the character's Hawaiian shirt from Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers might have been interesting, although the classic design looks wonderful too. The minifigure comes with a reddish brown sack which is new in this colour and presumably contains some acorns!
Frozen is among the most popular animated movies ever released and its main characters, neither of whom have appeared in minifigure form before, are both available in this series. Elsa wears a medium azure dress which corresponds with the film and looks lovely, featuring metallic silver highlights across both sides of the torso along with intricate arm printing. A skirt piece represents the lower half of Elsa's dress and this is also printed with silver creases.
However, my favourite aspect of this minifigure is definitely her spectacular cape! Numerous blue and metallic silver snowflakes adorn this fabric component, giving the illusion of a layered design to match the film. Unfortunately, the cape does not hang naturally but creating a simple fold will solve that issue without spoiling the design.
Elsa's rubber hair piece represents a considerable improvement over the previous mini-doll rendition, including the distinctive braid over her left shoulder and realistic texture. Her head includes a smile on one side and a winking expression on the other which is fun, although an angry or frightened face may have been more appropriate in relation to the movie.
Anna includes similar facial expressions but they seem entirely suitable here, reflecting the princess' personality. The printed freckles are excellent and I love this dark orange hair piece too. A hard plastic element would have been preferable in my view, although that may not be appropriate for such narrow braids. Moreover, the white highlights which are visible in Frozen are not present, perhaps because LEGO often avoids printing on rubber parts.
The pink cloak is made from a soft material and compares favourably with the source material, even including shaped sections across the front. The torso features metallic gold highlights and scrollwork that looks brilliant and Anna's blue skirt is similarly accurate on the whole. It should not extend to the floor but no alternative component exists so I think using this one was the correct decision.
Anna includes a black lantern which is relatively rare while Elsa comes with a trans-blue snowflake to represent her ice powers. This accessory seems rather large beside the minifigure but has numerous connection points which are extremely useful and the same piece has appeared in almost every past Frozen set so its continued use seems quite fitting.
Two characters from Aladdin appeared in the first series of Disney Collectable Minifigures and series two includes another pair, the first of whom is Jafar. The villainous Grand Vizier sports an impressive dual-moulded headdress which looks absolutely fantastic, featuring a shining ruby and a feather at its centre with a couple of decorative golden streaks on either side.
This component lines up neatly with the shoulder armour underneath, although the latter part originally appeared in the NINJAGO range. Jafar's head includes two different expressions and these both seem accurate when compared with the animated film, due primarily to his arched eyebrows which are a vital feature of the villain's design, revealing his arrogant personality.
Jafar's torso appears relatively plain but no further detail is necessary in my opinion and I like his dark red and black cape too. The minifigure wields a pearl gold staff with a cobra-shaped headpiece which was created for the Pharaoh from the second series of Collectable Minifigures. Nevertheless, it looks excellent and one could certainly imagine it was designed specifically for Jafar!
Princess Jasmine completes the central cast of Aladdin and this minifigure is based upon her most prominent attire in the movie, consisting of a medium azure tube top with corresponding sleeves and trousers. That design is recreated faithfully but LEGO's current printing technology does not allow the sleeves on each arm to connect with Jasmine's tube top on her torso, unfortunately.
Furthermore, the minifigure only includes one facial expression which is somewhat disappointing, even though this smile does look reasonable. The hair piece has previously been used for mini-doll versions of this character and I believe it would be difficult to improve upon this part, which includes exceptional moulded detail. However, I favour hard plastic pieces.
Jasmine is accompanied by a dove, taking inspiration from a scene in which the princess releases several birds from their cage. This element was introduced in 41161 Aladdin and Jasmine's Palace Adventures and it looks great, corresponding in scale with other animals and the minifigure. Its eyes and yellow beak are simply decorated but these small highlights are adequate.
71024 Disney Collectable Minifigures Series 2 continues to impress! Chip and Dale both look fantastic when compared with their early animated counterparts and I like both characters from Aladdin as well. However, I think Elsa and Anna might be my favourite minifigures from across the whole series. They are both remarkably detailed and look incredibly accurate in relation to Frozen.
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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.