Review: Disney Minifigures Series 2

The original series of Disney Minifigures were super popular, so it’s no surprise that LEGO have released a second series.

There are 18 minifigures in the series, from a mix of Disney properties. Here’s my in-depth look at all of them.

But first – the all important box distribution. With a series of 18 basic maths hints at the possibility of three full sets and some extras. Unfortunately that is not the case here. There are only two full sets, with numerous minifigures appearing four times per box. This isn’t quite as bad as having a single chase minifigure, but it’s still annoying.

Minifigure Counts

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Box Positions

Normally I’d include a breakdown of the box positions to help you out when looking for your minifigures. Unfortunately my box had about 5 packets that came loose during transit and I’m not sure exactly where they came from.

Now… on to the minifigures.

Steamboat Classics

Classic Mickey

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If you are a massive Disney fan but feel that the Steamboat Willie set is a bit expensive then you are probably going to be thrilled by this minifigure. This vintage Mickey is essentially the same as the Ideas set version, just missing some silver accents. The printing is fantastic as is the moulded head. The hat is a seperate element that fits securely on. I like the addition of the steamboat steering wheel, but the technic pin connection detracts a little.

LEGO Star Wars Turns 20

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Today marks 20 years since the launch of LEGO’s first ever licensed theme – LEGO Star Wars.

To celebrate this milestone LEGO has released a series of 20th anniversary sets (which we’ve all already seen) and sent through a huge treasure trove of information.

If you want to check out the 20th anniversary sets and where to buy them I have covered that here. But now let’s get on with the nostalgia.

Historical Product Shots & Adverts

Minifigures Through The Years

Prototypes

Fun Facts

Press Release

The greatest battles built since 1999
– celebrating 20 years of LEGO® Star Wars™ fandom

The LEGO Group raises its lightsabers to toast the fans instrumental to the success of the
LEGO® Star Wars™ 20-year legacy and launches five new special edition sets to mark the anniversary.

Billund, April 9: Twenty years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the LEGO® Star Wars™ collaboration entered the lives of millions of children and fans around the world. Today, the LEGO Group is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the much-loved range that continues to unite fans of all ages and has inspired some of the greatest battles ever built.

LEGO Star Wars was the LEGO Group’s first IP franchise and has since remained one of the most popular, allowing fans across generations and geographies to come together in fun and challenging building exercises. Around 700 different sets (including 1,000 LEGO Star Wars minifigures), five video games, several television and web series, and an abundance of other fun merchandise have been released since the initial launch.

Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, Creative Director of LEGO Star Wars, said: “LEGO play and Star Wars is a dream collaboration for us, and we feel privileged to have one of the strongest fan communities out there who continue to inspire and challenge us to push the boundaries. This 20-year milestone is really a dedication and testimony to our loyal fans who have built, reimagined, battled and shared their LEGO Star Wars adventures with us for two decades. Twenty years on, the Force is still with us and there’s still so much more to come.”

LEGO Star Wars was first introduced at the International Toy Fair in New York in February 1999 and has been captivating fans ever since. An impressive 13 sets were launched that year, as well as a LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Droid developer kit. Over the years, many crowd pleasers have been released, including the first version of the Chewbacca™ minifigure. This was a triumph in itself because of its challenging design. The design team came up with the idea of creating a head with fur covering the back and front of the torso, which has been used in many minifigure designs since.

Derek Stothard, Vice President of Licensing at Lucasfilm said: “Our collaboration with the LEGO Group remains a huge success because it allows people to explore the Star Wars galaxy in a very unique way. Whether you’re meticulously building the Millennium Falcon for a display shelf or reimagining the battles with LEGO Star Wars models, the LEGO Star Wars range allows us to engage with fans of all ages who find the Star Wars galaxy as special as we do.”

Marking the 20th anniversary, the LEGO Group just released five special sets featuring iconic ships and exclusive throwback minifigures in tribute of the LEGO Star Wars history. The new sets – which debuted on April 1st – are a recreation of some of the most iconic and popular sets from the last twenty years, along with a new subtheme: Action Battle. The LEGO System in Play means that Star Wars devotees can build and bring to life some of their most beloved themes and characters – from Wookiees to Ewoks, Princess Leia to Han Solo and more – for even more intergalactic adventures.

As for the scenes and characters that haven’t yet been sent into the LEGO® Star Wars™ galaxy, stay tuned!

Fun facts only the most hardcore LEGO® Star Wars™ fans know:

  • The 1999 Jar Jar Binks minifigure was the first ever to have a unique LEGO® head sculpt
  • Yoda, Boba Fett and Ewoks were some of the first minifigures to receive short legs (2002)
  • Did you know that except for Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, clone troopers and battle droids, R2-D2 is the character that appears in most LEGO Star Wars sets
  • The Jedi Bob minifigure appears in just one LEGO® set, the 7163 Republic Gunship from 2002
  • The Darth Vader minifigure has changed many times over the years, but his helmet remained unchanged from 1999-2015
  • The 10179 UCS Millennium Falcon spent a day in a sauna, since it couldn’t fit into the ovens used to quality check a product’s resistance towards sunlight
  • The cockpit windshield element in the 7191 X-Wing Fighter™ is based on a mould for a 4.5-volt battery box from a LEGO train set
  • The 24 minifigures and droids included in the 10188 set enable fans to re-enact almost every single scene taking place on the Death Star™
  • The Zam Wesell minifigure from 7133 Bounty Hunter Pursuit was one of the first minifigures to have double sided face decoration

LEGO® Star Wars™ 20 years of nostalgia in a wrap:

  • 1998: Licensing agreement with Lucasfilm is signed. This licensing agreement is the first of its kind for the LEGO Group
  • February 1999: The launch of LEGO® Star Wars™ is announced at the International Toy Fair in New York by the LEGO Group and Lucasfilm
  • 1999: The first new male hair piece in 20 years is designed for Qui-Gon Jinn
  • 1999: The first specially designed minifigure head is designed for Jar Jar Binks
  • 1999: 13 sets + a LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Droid Developer Kit were launched
  • 2000: Two more advanced sets – #7181 and #7191 – launch the LEGO® Star Wars™ Ultimate Collectors Series
  • 2000: #7190 included the first version of a Chewbacca™ minifigure. It was a challenging design, until the design team came up with the idea of creating a head with fur covering the back and front of the torso, which has been used in many minifigure designs since
  • 2001: #10018 Darth Maul launches as a set exclusively available on LEGO.com and in LEGO stores – at a whopping 43 centimetres tall!
  • 2002: Ewoks, young Boba Fett and Yoda, included in sets # 7139, 7153 and 7103, are some of the first LEGO minifigures to have short legs
  • 2002: Only 12 elements are required to build the 2002 TIE Fighter™, #3219. The set is among the early LEGO® Star Wars™ Mini Building Sets launched in the beginning of the new millennium
  • 2003: The introduction of more natural skin colours in all licensed products also reach the LEGO® Star Wars™ universe with #10123 Cloud City™ from 2003
  • 2007: #10178 Motorized Walking AT-AT™ launches. The model can move its head and walk – forward and backward
  • 2007: #10179 Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon™ launches. The biggest LEGO® set … for a while
  • 2011: The UCS Super Star Destroyer 10221 is launched. With a length of 124cm it is the longest LEGO product ever made
  • 2013: The world’s largest LEGO model, a 1:1 replica of the LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing starfighter, is revealed in New York’s Times Square. The massive replica took 32 master builders, 5.3m LEGO bricks and over 17,000 hours to complete
  • 2014: The trend of constructing tiny, but ever iconic models, re-surfaces with the MICROFIGHTER series. Small enough to fit into a hand – big enough to carry a minifigure
  • 2015: The CCBS platform (Character and Creature Building System) with its large-scale buildable figures infiltrates the LEGO Star Wars portfolio from this year onwards
  • 2017: #75192 Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon™ launches – 10 years after its impressive predecessor. It succeeds the previous model by 2344 elements, reaching a total of 7541 pieces
  • 2019: Five special 20th anniversary sets featuring iconic ships with exclusive throwback minifigures launch in tribute of the LEGO Star Wars history – a recreation of some of the most iconic and popular sets from the last 20 years
  • 2019: Star Wars Episode IX… stay tuned to see what this means for LEGO Star Wars!

On Sale: 20% Off Selected Themes At Myer + Bonus LEGO Movie Coins

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Myer has a new catalogue out with a discount on 3 themes. It’s very narrow but could be of interest to some of you.

The included themes are City, Friends and Jurassic World.

I’m not sure how much Jurassic World stuff will still be around in stores.

This sale runs from today (April 9th) until April 28th and being a catalogue sale it will be available both online and in-store.

You can view the Myer LEGO range here.

The LEGO Movie 2 Coins

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Myer are also offering a collection of LEGO Movie 2 coins. The coins feature characters from the LEGO Movie 2 and come in a blind bag. A collector case is also available.

  • In-store you will get 1 coin for every $25 you spend.
  • Online you will only get two coins when you spend $50 or more. Even if you spend $500 online you’ll only get two coins.

Thanks to Regan for the photo of the coins.

LEGO Masters Event At Sydney LEGO Store

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Are you excited about the LEGO Masters TV show?

The Sydney LEGO Store will be hosting a special LEGO Masters event this Wednesday (April 10th) where you will get a chance to meet the host Hamish Blake, LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught and contestants from the show.

This special meet and greet event will take place from 12:30 PM until 1:00 PM at the store in Westfield Bondi Junction (Level 3, Oxford Street entrance).

LEGO Masters is coming to Nine after Easter.

On Sale: 10% Off At eBay

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It’s back – the classic eBay 10% off.

This is a pretty standard offer from eBay: $120 minimum spend,  maximum discount of $200 per transaction, maximum of 4 transactions.

Enter the code PLOT10 at checkout for your discount.

The end date is as usual “when we decide to end it”.

View the eBay LEGO portal here.

On Sale: 20% Off At Target

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It feels like far too long since we’ve had a 20% offer from Target, but with Easter and school holidays here it’s a perfect time for a sale.

From today (April 4th) until April 28th you can get 20% off all LEGO.

This offer is online and in-store.

You can view Target’s online range here.

On Sale: 20% Off At Myer

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Myer are switching things up by opting for a Wednesday deal rather than doing another Super Saturday offer.

They are doing 20% off most LEGO from today (April 3rd) until Sunday April 7th.

The usual exclusions do apply: Creator Expert, Ideas, Harry Potter, Wizarding World, and Lego Movie 2.

You can find the Myer LEGO range here.

Thanks to Matt for the heads up

On Sale: 15% Off Selected LEGO At eBay

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eBay have a new code specifically for LEGO. Unfortunately it’s not everything but the range is quite extensive and should include something across most themes.

As always with eBay codes be careful that the seller hasn’t jacked up the price before the discount.

To get your discount you’ll need to use the code PBRICK15 at checkout. There is no minimum spend but the maximum discount is $200 per transaction. Multiple items may be purchased in up to 5 transactions.

The offer ends April 7th.

View the included items here.

Sydney Brick Show Is On This Weekend

The Sydney Brick Show is returning this weekend (April 6th & 7th) for it’s 8th consecutive year. This year’s show will take place at Penrith Panthers Exhibition Marquee (123 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith NSW 2750). The Sydney Brick Show is a community event created by volunteer LEGO fans for LEGO fans of all ages, show casing unique creations from over 100 Australian and New Zealand AFOLs.

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The Sydney Brick Show is a not-for-profit event, presented in support of NADO (Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation). Since 2012 The Sydney Brick Show has raised over $110,000 for 5 charities. The 2018 event raised over $22,000 for NADO, and they hope to surpass this amount in 2019.

The show will feature displays including City, Star Wars, Trains, Superheroes, Pirates, Castle, Technic, Friends and many more. You will also be able to chat to the creators of the MOCs about their impressive work. Those looking to get hands on will enjoy the huge LEGO and DUPLO play areas, brick graffiti wall and LEGO RC cars.

There will also be a range of retailers selling newly-released sets, collectable minifigures, hard-to-find items, parts packs, jewellery, clothing, engraved bricks and vintage sets.

Tickets to the event are $20.15 for adults or $15.05 for kids (4-16 years). Kids under 3 are free. There is also a family ticket (2 Adults, 2 kids) for $64.10. You can grab your tickets from Ticketek.

April’s New Sets & Promotions

This April there are quite a few exciting new product launches.

Star Wars fans will be excited to see the release of the 20th anniversary sets, as well as a few others. With Endgame hitting cinema this month we’ve also got the new Avengers sets released. Last but not least is the release of Steamboat Willie. Interestingly all of these sets are actually Disney sets.

I’ve done a quick look around at pricing for these sets, but if you are interest in the current promotions then you’ll need to go for the LEGO Online option. At the time of publication I can’t find any of these sets on the Big W website. The Amazon pricing is also likely to change.

New Sets

 
Set #
Name
Theme
LEGO
Amazon
Kmart
Target
75243Slave l 20th Anniversary EditionStar Wars$189.99$169.99$149.00$189.00
75240Major Vonreg's TIE FighterStar Wars$109.99
75241Action Battle Echo Base DefenseStar Wars$99.99$99.99$79.00$99.00
75242Black Ace TIE InterceptorStar Wars$89.99
75259Snowspeeder 20th Anniversary EditionStar Wars$59.99$49.00$49.00$59.00
75261Clone Scout Walker 20th Anniversary EditionStar Wars$49.99
75238Action Battle Endor AssaultStar Wars$44.99$44.99$39.00$44.00
75239Action Battle Hoth Generator AttackStar Wars$44.99$44.99$39.00$44.00
75258Anakin's Podracer 20th Anniversary EditionStar Wars$44.99$39.00$39.00$44.00
75262Imperial Dropship 20th Anniversary EditionStar Wars$34.99
75236Duel on Starkiller BaseStar Wars$29.99$29.99$25.00$28.00
76131Avengers Compound BattleMarvel Super Heroes$169.99$149.99$139.00
76126Avengers Ultimate QuinjetMarvel Super Heroes$139.99$119.99$119.00
76125Iron Man Hall of ArmorMarvel Super Heroes$89.99$77.50$89.00
76124War Machine BusterMarvel Super Heroes$49.99$49.99$49.00
76123Captain America: Outriders AttackMarvel Super Heroes$39.99$39.99$39.00
21317Steamboat WillieIdeas$129.99

LEGO Online Promotions

Free Chicken Skater Pod with purchases over $60

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Free Kessel Mine Worker with Star Wars purchases over $80

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You can find the details of both promotions here.