Even though the Cheshire Cat has been out of the bag for weeks now and there was no way to put Aladdin’s Genie back in the lamp (so to speak), TLG had no intention of officially announcing and revealing the 71012 LEGO Disney Minifigures Series 1 figures until the magical day when they were good and ready. And as it turns out–that magical day is today, and now we can get our first official look at glorious, humongous hi-res images of all 18 figures that make up Disney LEGO Minifigures Series 1!
UPDATE 5/1/2016: The LEGO Disney Minifigures 71012 blind bags have been officially released today, and are selling out fast! But if your local stores have all been wiped out already, remember that there’s free shipping on every order from the online LEGO Shop this week, so you can get anywhere from one minifigure up for retail price and zero dollars shipping!
Luckily, now we can take a second look (and a third look, and a fourth look, and…) at the most-anticipated Minifigures Series in LEGO history, and many of these figures are simply jaw-dropping!
And thankfully, even though these figures required the mega-expensive Disney license to be produced, it’s now confirmed that they’ll still cost the $3.99 MSRP of every other Minifigure Series out there. ::Phew::
I appreciate that TLG created the “tentacle lower torso” overlay for this figure, although I can’t think of any other characters that they’ll ever be able to use it for…
But while Ursula may be the best figure in the wave, there’s no doubt in my mind that the LEGO Stitch Minifigure is the cutest. Stitch doesn’t come with any accessories, but his unique head mold and adorable fuzzy tummy are good enough for me! If Stitch isn’t the single hardest-to-find figure in this series, I will eat my hat (if I wore a hat–which I do not).
The LEGO Cheshire Cat minifigure came out smashingly as well, although it’s really hard for me to reconcile a bipedal Cheshire Cat in my head. The head and color scheme are dead-on, but Cheshire Cat walking around on two legs will take some getting used to.
The LEGO Mickey Mouse minifigure unfortunately looks absolutely awful to me. Mickey’s design really isn’t suitable for block figure form, and it shows! I’m not sure how TLG could have made Mickey Mouse look better as a minifig.
Buzz Lightyear of course appeared in the LEGO Toy Story sets some years ago, but this minifigure is “sort of” new in that Buzz has a regular minifigure head now instead of the unique molded head he had before. I like it!!
There are about four or five hundred Disney characters that I would have rather had before Syndrome, but he really does have a standout, striking color scheme and his Omnidroid Tech readouts accessory looks snazzy.
And I can see the Mr. Incredible minifigure being one of the hot figures in this wave, as many fans will want to buy four of this figure so that they can make customs of Dash, Violet and Elasti-Girl to complete The Incredibles family.
The Little Mermaid Ariel minifigure is going to be another one that’s going to be hot in stores, especially since she’s the only Disney Princess present in this minifigure series. Disappointing that she gets a “pearl” treasure inside of an oyster shell as an accessory instead of coming with a little Flounder or Sebastian, though.
And speaking of missing sidekick animals…
Rounding out the series, we’ve got the LEGO Aladdin and Genie minifigures! Aladdin looks perfect to me, although I’m super bummed that he’s not coming with a little Abu monkey as an accessory. There’s no way Abu should ever come as an individual full-size minifigure down the road, so I fear we’ll never see the thieving monkey now.
LEGO Disney Minifigures Series 71012 is scheduled to be released on May 1st 2016, and I suspect that TLG will set a hard street date to keep as few of these figures from leaking out of stores and into collectors hands earlier than they want. I’ll post updates here and to the Brick Toy News Facebook and Twitter pages once the first sightings of these Disney minifigs in stores occur.
Now that you’ve seen the hi-res images of every figure, what do you think of the Disney LEGO Minifigures Series 1? What do you think are the best (and worst) figures in the wave? Will you be picking up all of the figures in this bling bag series, just picking and choosing for your favorites, or skipping out on this wave altogether?