Numerous characters from Disney films occupy central positions within modern popular culture and several such minifigures appear in the third part of our Disney Collectable Minifigures Series 2 review. They were introduced in Hercules, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Incredibles 2 so I expect them to prove popular.
Hercules is among the lesser known movies produced during the Disney Renaissance, although it did introduce a particularly popular villain. Hades controls the Underworld so is dominated by dark colours and resembles Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Black smoke surrounds the minifigure so his lower half appears somewhat unusual, consisting of tendril-like shapes. Nevertheless, this component will fit onto any studded surface.
The character wears a corresponding black robe which is fastened by a tiny skull-shaped brooch. I like the contrasting black and dark bluish grey colour scheme and the dual-moulded arms look magnificent, representing short sleeves. The head includes a confident smile and a trans-blue flame that cannot be disconnected is fixed on top, following the example of Ghost Rider from Marvel Super Heroes.
Hades can manipulate fire so the minifigure carries two trans-neon orange flames. These accessories seem rather bland but little else from the movie would be appropriate as the villain rarely interacts with physical objects, as one might expect given his divine status and resultant supernatural abilities.
Villains must always be accompanied by their respective heroic adversaries and Hercules is therefore found in this series of Collectable Minifigures. The mythological hero includes a wonderful orange hair piece which looks remarkably accurate to the source material, featuring a red headband and intricate textured detail. The double-sided head is decorated with smiling and angry expressions along with a prominent chin that looks superb.
The minifigure wears a dark orange breastplate and his legs are protected by leather strips, known as pteruges, which hang around his waist. I appreciate the continued printing on the sides of the legs and this design appears consistent when viewed from behind too. A blue cape fits around his neck and this really stands out beside the otherwise earthy tones that dominate the character.
Hercules comes with a pearl silver sword which looks reasonable, although the hilt should be golden. His shield, on the other hand, is absolutely perfect. I love the crenelated pattern around the edge and the distinctive lightning bolt emblem at its centre is outstanding, demonstrating the familial connection between Hercules and his father, Zeus.
The Nightmare Before Christmas was released during 1993 and has since developed an exceptionally strong following. Sally is certainly among the most important characters from the movie and this figure looks brilliant, consisting of medium dark flesh, sand green and teal elements that correspond with the source material's ragdoll appearance. The mismatched patterns are similarly accurate.
Moreover, the minifigure includes dual-moulded arms and legs which reveal her aqua skin tone. I think this is the best approximation of her onscreen design and the double-sided head looks great, including two smiles that appear to convey slightly different emotions. The dark red hair piece is also impressive and was produced specifically for Sally so its length and texture matches her original design exactly.
Sally frequently demonstrates her forlorn romantic feelings for Jack Skellington during The Nightmare Before Christmas, perhaps most memorably while picking the petals from a black flower. That flower is provided with this Collectable Minifigure, consisting of two pieces which have not been produced in this dark colour before. Relatively few real plants have black leaves or flowers but these might be useful as decorative elements.
Jack Skellington himself accompanies Sally and this minifigure is among the best from the series in my opinion. His skull includes a broad mouth and large eyes which look fantastic, although I am more impressed with the prominent bow tie worn around his neck. This new part closely resembles a bat so matches the film and provides some extra height to the figure, further reflecting his appearance during The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The black and white striped suit worn by the Pumpkin King looks wonderful too, featuring a continuous pattern which runs for almost its entire length. The stripes continue on both arms and either side of the legs, although they are partly obscured by the fabric component around Jack's waist. I love the ragged edge but a shorter design would have been more suitable when compared with the film.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is focused upon Jack's efforts to learn about Christmas and combine it with Hallowe'en. He is accordingly equipped with a wrapped present. This spiral design is not shown prominently during the film but looks great and it contains two unique snowflakes which are printed on trans-clear 1x1 round tiles. No two snowflakes are alike but the variation is still remarkable, especially since spares of both parts are included!
Edna Mode was among the most memorable characters to emerge from The Incredibles, despite her limited screen time. The eccentric fashion designer returned in the sequel last year and this minifigure looks fantastic, representing a significant improvement over 30615 Edna Mode which did not feature a new hair piece and wore attire based upon the original movie. This example, on the other hand, sports a dark blue dress from Incredibles 2.
The most distinctive feature of this minifigure is certainly its new hair piece though. This black element looks great and matches the design from the LEGO The Incredibles video game, featuring a large pair of glasses and simple texture. The printed eyes appear slightly odd but I imagine including trans-clear lenses would have been extremely difficult. Her double-sided head is decorated with a surly expression and a smile
The minifigure includes a white teacup which was originally introduced with Professor Trelawney from the Wizarding World Collectable Minifigures last year. In addition, Edna carries a white shopping bag which displays her famed fashion brand and appeared briefly during Incredibles 2 when Robert Parr collected Jack-Jack from Edna's house. The character often appears with a cigarette holder but this was understandably excluded.
LEGO produced four sets based upon Incredibles 2 last year but Frozone did not appear so I am sure this minifigure will prove popular. He sports a white and medium azure super suit that consists of basic colour blocks and appears faithful to the movies, making excellent use of dual-moulded arms and legs which represent his long gloves and boots.
Frozone's head features a blue visor which is subtly decorated with a series of vertical lines. His facial hair appears faithful to the movies and I like this confident expression, reflecting the hero's personality. An alternative head without a mask would have been lovely but is not a necessity because he already includes a generous selection of accessories, as exhibited below.
Two trans-clear Power Blasts are provided with the hero, representing his ice powers from the movies. However, I am more impressed with the light bluish grey component which fits beneath Frozone's feet and matches the disc that can emerge from his boots in the movies. This element originally appeared with Polka Dot Man from 70917 The Ultimate Batmobile and a white 1x2 jumper plate provides slight elevation.
71012 Disney Collectable Minifigures was released in 2016 and introduced an impressive selection of characters from across the history of Disney animation. 71024 Disney Collectable Minifigures Series 2 offers a similarly appealing range, dividing its attention almost evenly between minifigures from classic animated films and modern examples. The latter figures are particularly outstanding in my opinion and those from Frozen, Hercules and The Nightmare Before Christmas are probably my favourites.
The selection of older characters could be improved though. Goofy and Pluto remain absent from the series and may have been more appealing than Donald Duck's nephews, whose similar appearances reduce my interest in those minifigures. Even so, I am delighted with this series of Disney Collectable Minifigures on the whole and would certainly recommend adding them to your collection.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.