Collectable Minifigures focused principally upon original characters when this popular range was launched during 2010. Licensed series have now become notably prevalent though, hence I think 71025 Collectable Minifigures Series 19 appears particularly interesting.
These diverse characters encompass numerous different subjects and feature some outstanding elements, including exclusive animals and accessories. Our review comprises two sections, the first of which focuses upon marvellous minifigures such as the Fox Costume Girl, Video Game Champ and the famed Monkey King.
Each box contains a total of sixty minifigures which are distributed as follows:
- 3 - Dog Sitter
- 3 - Fox Costume Girl
- 5 - Video Game Champ
- 3 - Monkey King
- 3 - Shower Guy
- 4 - Programmer
- 4 - Fright Knight
- 3 - Mountain Biker
- 5 - Mummy Queen
- 3 - Fire Fighter
- 4 - Jungle Explorer
- 3 - Gardener
- 4 - Pizza Costume Guy
- 4 - Bear Costume Guy
- 5 - Galactic Bounty Hunter
- 4 - Rugby Player
Dogs have accompanied several Collectable Minifigures and the Dog Sitter seems accordingly fitting, wearing medium azure overalls with a blue cap. This element was introduced during 2018 but features an excellent paw print on this occasion and the overalls are similarly detailed. I am particularly pleased with the dual-moulded arms and legs, both of which appear quite realistic.
The double-sided head features a standard smile and an unusual disgusted expression, presumably responding to the two reddish brown poo elements that closely resemble an existing ice cream piece. Thankfully, the minifigure also comes with a bright green shovel which has not been produced in this colour before.
However, the most appealing components are probably the two dogs. One represents a white French Bulldog, succeeding the tan version from Series 17, while the Dachshund is brand new. Its distinctive elongated body and short legs have been captured perfectly and I like the reddish brown coat colour. The stud on its back is interesting too, allowing you to attach accessories if you wish.
Costumed minifigures remain exceptionally popular and the Fox Costume Girl should continue that trend, especially following her brief appearance in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. Her orange attire looks superb and incorporates new headgear, featuring a pointed muzzle and black ears. The white printing seems slightly washed out, unfortunately, but I think the shape of this component is ideal.
Furthermore, the minifigure includes an intricately textured tail which connects between the torso and legs. Its white tip looks wonderful and I like the matching fur on her chest. The dual-moulded legs are brilliant too, combining orange and black plastic, while the head features two facial expressions. One looks reasonably friendly but the other seems hungry and therefore menacing!
Her accessories appear equally sinister. The minifigure carries a sack and an exclusive tan chicken, suggesting that her association with foxes goes beyond wearing a costume. The chicken has only previously appeared in dark tan or white so the new version is great, featuring red highlights which represent its wattles and comb.
The colourful Video Game Champ definitely stands out within Series 19, featuring an extraordinary bright green hair piece with a black headset. This component has already appeared in two Star Wars: The Last Jedi sets but looks splendid here and I like the double-sided head as well. The quizzical and cheerful expressions are both satisfying.
Moreover, the character wears an outstanding bright light blue shirt which is decorated with Classic Space, Blacktron and M:Tron emblems. I can envisage this torso becoming extremely popular when creating other minifigures and the dark blue legs look good, including an orange key chain that depicts a traditional Space Invader.
Two accessories are provided with the Video Game Champ and these are both impressive. The new controller features metallic silver analog sticks with a matching directional pad alongside blue and red buttons. The accompanying video game is formed using a printed 2x3 tile which displays the Cyborg from the sixteenth series of Collectable Minifigures.
Mythological characters have appeared in past Collectable Minifigures series but the Monkey King represents the first foray into Chinese mythology. This figure takes inspiration from Sun Wukong but combines many interpretations of the character, featuring new headgear which forms his pronounced ears and dark orange fur. The red ribbon fixed to this piece was originally designed for Overwatch but looks lovely here.
Both expressions convey delightful personality and I love this combination of red, dark red and gold which dominates the entire minifigure. The fabric cape seems especially appealing, dividing along its centre to provide space for the tail. This character also features dual-moulded arms and legs while his torso is decorated with ornate metallic gold armour.
The mighty Monkey King wields an equally powerful staff, known as Ruyi Jingu Bang. This weapon is ingeniously constructed using two golden lightsaber handles at either end of a red 3L bar. It therefore compares favourably with traditional depictions of the staff and you could even replace the central bar with longer alternatives, loosely reflecting its ability to change size from the original story.
LEGO has selected some unusual subjects for Collectable Minifigures during the last nine years and the Shower Guy undoubtedly conforms to that trend. His shower cap was originally produced for the Surgeon but works equally effectively here and I like the double-sided head. The embarrassed face is particularly enjoyable and may prove useful elsewhere.
Some simple muscle definition adorns either side of the torso and this minifigure wears an attractive towel which is formed using a fabric piece around his waist. The repeating yellow duck pattern looks great and removing the towel reveals some aqua bubbles that are conveniently positioned to protect the Shower Guy's modesty!
An excellent rubber duck was introduced with 60234 People Pack - Fun Fair. That variant was yellow but this component is bright green and looks superb, featuring a printed beak and eyes. The medium azure brush has previously appeared in the same colour but fulfils an important purpose with this fun Collectable Minifigure.
Despite appearing relatively bland, the Programmer has the potential to prove popular in my opinion. Her black shirt features the word 'LEGO' written in binary which is brilliant and I like the dual-moulded short sleeves. Similar dual-moulding forms a red jacket tied around her waist, although that has been unusually concealed with dark bluish grey printing across the front. I think this technique looks slightly odd.
Fortunately, the design seems more effective when viewed from either side. The head looks nice too, featuring dark green glasses beside two smiling expressions, while the hair piece returns from 60234 People Pack - Fun Fair. Its textured detail is exceptional and I am accordingly pleased that this piece should now be more widely available.
Naturally, the Programmer comes with a laptop which is exclusively found here in white. I imagine the miniature robot can be controlled from that computer, rolling on tracks that are formed using dark blue 1x2 rounded plates. This accessory is constructed around a white Overwatch blaster while the head is decorated with a digital face and looks appropriately adorable in my opinion.
Fright Knights is among the most notable Castle subthemes and the new Fright Knight Collectable Minifigure makes reference to its predecessors. For instance, the dark colour scheme has remained intact but this minifigure features a pearl dark grey helmet with a striking trans-light blue plume. The same pearl dark grey shade appears on the torso and legs, although those are partially covered by majestic chest armour.
However, removing the armour reveals some intricate chain mail which covers both sides of the torso. The pearl silver arms and dual-moulded legs look delightful too, including bronze highlights across the knees and feet. Furthermore, the knight features an aqua skin tone, presumably suggesting that this is actually a ghost rather than a living character.
The brutal Fright Knight is appropriately equipped with an attractive shield. This distinctive design is instantly recognisable as the frightening symbol belonging to Basil the Bat Lord, albeit now featuring studded detail around the edge. The accompanying trans-light blue sword appears equally attractive, complementing the decorative helmet plume. A spare sword is provided as well.
Sporting characters are remarkably prolific and the Mountain Biker looks fantastic in official images. This helmet certainly resembles the existing lime green accessory, albeit now featuring textured dark brown hair. I appreciate the increasing prevalence of these combined hair and helmet pieces and the double-sided head looks good. Tinted sunglasses are printed on one side while the other appears determined.
This minifigure wears colourful attire, including a vibrant coral shirt with short sleeves. Both sides are decorated with white tyre tread patterns and the plaster on the cyclist's left arm is an interesting detail. The dual-moulded legs also appear quite realistic. These incorporate knee pads and white stripes are printed along either flank, as demonstrated below.
60202 People Pack - Outdoor Adventures contains an impressive lime green mountain bike and this minifigure features a blue version. Collectable Minifigures rarely include such substantial accessories and I think it looks marvellous. The broad tyres are particularly appropriate for off-road cycling and the flame yellow orange wheels are unique, contrasting with the blue bicycle frame.
Collectable Minifigures have become increasingly detailed since their launch during 2010 and 71025 Collectable Minifigures Series 19 demonstrates continued improvement, based upon the first several characters. The proliferation of dual-moulded elements and unique accessories is impressive and an excellent range of subjects appear within the latest 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.