Almost six hundred Collectable Minifigures have been released but 71025 Collectable Minifigures Series 19 exhibits continued innovation, offering many intriguing characters. I was delighted with those reviewed in part one so anticipate similar quality within the remaining group.
Section two features the Jungle Explorer and the intimidating Galactic Bounty Hunter, among other appealing minifigures.
Ancient Egypt has inspired numerous sets and Collectable Minifigures but the Mummy Queen looks remarkably distinctive. The white bandages are beautifully detailed, extending across every available surface and incorporating realistic wear. I am particularly pleased with the metallic gold armbands and teal bracelets while the broad collar features an appropriate scarab beetle decoration.
Furthermore, the dual-moulded legs appear equally impressive and I like this headdress accessory, returning from the Egyptian Warrior but featuring some new colours. The head also looks good. One side includes an expressionless golden death mask and the other displays additional bandages which surround a frightening visage!
This minifigure carries a pearl gold scorpion, perhaps making reference to the previous Mummy from the third series of Collectable Minifigures which included a dark red scorpion. This component has appeared in pearl gold on multiple occasions, although not since 2014 and its precise shade has recently been updated.
Firefighter minifigures have appeared in multiple themes with varied designs. The latest Fire Fighter definitely resembles previous renditions, featuring a black uniform with metallic silver reflective strips across the sleeves and knees. The orange vest looks somewhat familiar too, although none of these components have actually appeared before.
However, the dual-moulded helmet is completely new. Its shape corresponds with an existing element but the blonde hair does not and I think it looks superb. The double-sided head seems relatively bland, although the shouting face may prove useful as it differs quite significantly from other minifigure heads, especially where female characters are concerned.
The shouting expression has been created in conjunction with a white loudhailer. This accessory was introduced with Professor Flitwick during 2018 but its colour and the flame emblems on each side are both unique. I am satisfied with the Fire Fighter but also wonder whether something more noteworthy could have taken its place as many comparable minifigures are available already.
The courageous Jungle Explorer, on the other hand, is among my favourite minifigures from this whole series. His appearance was undoubtedly modeled upon Johnny Thunder from the celebrated Adventurers theme, hence this character features an elegant moustache beside streaked sideburns which appear consistent with the famed hero. The reddish brown hat is slightly different but this part looks great.
Moreover, the dark tan shirt differs from Johnny's attire. Nevertheless, I think it looks brilliant, featuring ropes that are printed across both sides and some realistic creases. The red neckerchief is a delightful detail too and the explorer includes dual-moulded legs with an enormous backpack, hence he appears adequately prepared for any adventure!
Johnny Thunder encountered some fascinating fauna but this bright green chameleon is brand new. This component includes outstanding moulded detail, most notably around the tail which is perfectly coiled. The intricate patterns are similarly attractive and the Jungle Explorer comes with a functional magnifying glass, allowing him to inspect every detail across this exotic creature.
LEGO has produced some outlandish Collectable Minifigures but the Gardener seems extraordinarily quirky! Her attire consists almost exclusively of clashing colours, featuring a floral blouse and medium blue legs with a brilliant leopard print. The lime green gloves and dual-moulded arms introduce further bright shades to this peculiarly-dressed minifigure.
This lavender hair piece appears consistent with the Gardener's clothing and I am pleased to see the beehive hairstyle return. I like the vibrant coral spectacles and conspicuous eyeliner too, although this figure lacks an alternative expression which is rather disappointing. In fact, only three minifigures from the entire series are missing decoration on the reverse of their head, of which the Gardener is one.
Her accessories are both perfect though. The bright green plant element has appeared previously but remains desirable while the flamingo lawn ornament is only available here. Its neck is formed using rubber but this dual-moulded piece looks magnificent and could easily represent a living flamingo instead of an ornament, particularly for those living outside North America where such statues are comparatively unfamiliar.
Costumed characters emerged within the third series of Collectable Minifigures but those dressed as food are more recent. Nevertheless, the Pizza Costume Guy joins an illustrious group and I think he looks marvellous, making wonderful use of the wedge component that was originally intended for the Watermelon Dude but features innovative printed designs on this occasion.
Unfortunately, only one side of the slice is decorated but that is unsurprising as the pizza base should appear relatively plain and the design on the front is excellent. In addition, the legs are highly detailed, featuring a green and white diamond pattern which continues across each side, but the green torso is blank because any printing would be predominantly obscured by the pizza costume.
Despite his extraordinary appearance, the Pizza Costume Guy simply carries an advertising board which displays a slice of pizza beside a chicken parmo. The bright Italian colours seem suitable for a pizzeria and I appreciate the consistent branding between this character and the earlier Pizza Delivery Man from Series 12 of the Collectable Minifigures.
Another interesting costume is worn by the Bear Costume Guy. This vibrant minifigure makes use of the headgear designed for the Panda Guy from The LEGO Movie, albeit now moulded in vibrant coral and featuring colourful decoration across the eyes and ears. The same colours appear throughout the whole figure and I love its patchwork aesthetic, as though the costume has been created by its wearer.
The torso design is extremely simple, featuring a rainbow with three stripes alongside a vibrant coral heart motif. There is no printing on the reverse but the head includes two expressions, each of which seems rather cartoonish but feels appropriate for the Bear Costume Guy. However, I think the second face could have been used more effectively elsewhere since this head is usually covered by the mask.
Colourful tiles are provided with this minifigure, corresponding precisely with the designs on his torso. The 2x2 curved rainbow tile matches 1x1 tiles found in 21045 Trafalgar Square while the vibrant coral heart-shaped tile has not been produced in this colour before. Moreover, a spare heart tile is included which is always welcome.
Perhaps based upon his sinister appearance, the Galactic Bounty Hunter attracted notable attention when these Collectable Minifigures were revealed. I think this character looks magnificent. The simple helmet design works perfectly in this situation, conveying absolutely no emotion and thereby radiating brutality. Furthermore, the helmet includes excellent moulded detail, having been created for Firefly and Ant-Man.
Metallic silver armour is surprisingly prevalent across this minifigure, especially when compared with the official image which appears almost completely black. I think it looks superb though, featuring the Blacktron emblem at the centre of the torso and continued yellow highlights on the hips. The shoulder armour looks brilliant too, returning from NINJAGO's Sons of Garmadon subtheme.
Removing the helmet reveals an intriguing smiling face. The blue skin tone presumably suggests that this bounty hunter is an alien, a human with a heads-up display or a robot. Even so, I would rather the expression showed no emotion. This minifigure carries a laser pistol and a trans-red screen, showing the generic subject of a bounty. I like how the book cover has been employed here, following similar uses in the recent Space range.
Another sporting character completes the latest series of Collectable Minifigures. The mighty Rugby Player appears reasonably simple, featuring a white and green shirt with short sleeves and matching shorts. I like the mountain branding that adorns both components, especially since the same logo has appeared in two recent LEGO City People Packs which demonstrates pleasing consistency!
I am less satisfied with the dark green helmet which is intended to represent a scrum cap. This piece does not particularly resemble modern scrum caps, lacking a chin strap and appearing unrealistically thick. The double-sided head, on the other hand, looks brilliant and the bruised face seems authentic, based upon my limited experience playing rugby!
An exclusive rugby ball accessory is provided, as one might anticipate. This component includes nice printed decoration and its distinguishing shape has been replicated effectively. Furthermore, the hand grip has been cleverly integrated, although a rugby ball would rarely be held like that. In fact, the hand grip seems more suitable for an American football and I presume the same piece will be used again for that purpose in future.
71025 Collectable Minifigures Series 19 exemplifies why traditional series of Collectable Minifigures remain successful, nearly ten years after their introduction. The range of varied characters is superb and I think this selection provides something that should appeal to everyone, encompassing generic minifigures that could reside within LEGO City alongside more fantastical designs.
My favourite minifigures from this series include the Dog Sitter, the Jungle Explorer and the Galactic Bounty Hunter. The costumed characters are equally enjoyable and I appreciate the focus upon unique figures rather than skiers or snowboarders which have been prominent previously. Of course, certain minifigures are less appealing than others but I am absolutely satisfied with this series of Collectable Minifigures.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.