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When it was announced LEGO would be making a collectible minifigure series based on popular Disney characters, news not only spread through the LEGO community but the larger Disney fan base. These minifigures sold out fast. Demand was so much higher than anticipated that LEGO had to produce an extra batch to meet the need of collectors.
For those LEGO fans, this would be the first CMF series to have characters with non-yellow skin and have a 1-2 ratio of boys to girls. This is not an equal ratio, but it was the most female minifigures we would see in a collectable minifigure series yet.
He might be the 626th genetic experiment by alien scientist Jumba Jookiba to create a super weapon, but his cuteness is what gave Stitch the power to win fans' love. Stitch was one of the few minifigures not to come with a matching character. I guess Lilo just couldn’t compete as well against the other characters in Disney’s ever growing stable of intellectual property.
While the short blue kid legs with claws printed on the feet look nice and the fur on the back and front of the torso piece work, this figure is all about the head piece.
The large ears with little nicks taken out of them are a great match to the cartoon. The tuft of hair on top was that little extra detail that LEGO could have dropped but didn’t. Then they outdid themselves with the five different colors. The dark blue, light blue, pink, black and little white pupils made this an exact match to the character Disney animators designed.
The next character in our lineup is also an alien...sort of. The claw machine aliens from Toy Story made it into the first series of Disney Minifigures. While these characters become a fan favorite with only a short moment of screen time, they were by far my least favorite character in this series. I didn’t think Pixar belonged in the Disney series and the Alien was a minor character that already had several minifigures from previous sets.
While there were some slight modifications made to the printing on its uniform, shoes on the feet and a modified head mold, these differences were not big enough to make it a collectable minifigure. Especially with so many characters from Disney that have never made an appearance in minifigure form.
Buzz Lightyear 71012-3
While Buzz Lightyear also felt out of place in this series, especially without Woody, he was at least given a completely different head mold to make him unique. Previous LEGO sets used a specially designed piece that more closely matched the animation style of the Toy Story movie. This time LEGO uses a true minifigure head piece.
The body and leg pieces are very similar to the older versions found in sets, but more details were added. The leg piece had some nice lines, to help add the texture seen in the groundbreaking Pixar animation film. The arms now had printing on them, which at this time was still not a common technique.
Aladdin is my all time favorite Disney animated movie. For that reason, I was very excited to see him included in the first series of Disney minifigures. Parachute or harem pants are hard to recreate for minifigure legs, but the patch on the right leg was a nice touch. His cummerbund and vest were both printed onto the torso piece. While his toros muscles are not as ripped as Batman’s 9 pack, they were the perfect match to the cartoon. His one facial expression is that crooked smile of a cocky street rat. The fez hat was part of the hair piece mold and can not be removed separately. For his accessory, Aladdin was given a magic lamp. While this fit the character, because the Genie has the exact same accessory, it seemed like a waste of a piece. I would have rather seen something different like an abu creature piece or even a magic carpet.
This would be the second Genie in a CMF series. The first was in series 6. When you look at them side by side, you can see a lot of similarities between the minifigures. However, our Disney Genie is still a one of a kind character.
The Genie’s lower body piece resembles smoke coming out of the lamp and has the cummerbund printed on it. The solid blue torso piece has a line running along the center to represent the chest and there are two gold arm bands printed on the wrists. These arm bands are an important detail in the story and I’m glad LEGO took the time to include them. The ears, earring and bald head are a single piece. To create the top hair, LEGO used a printed feather plume that we often find on hat pieces. The lamp accessory was perfect for him, since he is forever tied to it until someone wishes him free.
Maleficent would be the second minifigure to not have a matching character. However, the Mistress of All Evil has become one of the most famous Disney Villains. She has broken away from Sleeping Beauty and become a villain for the entire Disney universe, making her a great inclusion for the first Disney CMF series.
She would be the only character in the series to have a dress piece. The black dress and torso piece was accented with purple lines to create her robes. The black and purple cape pieces used to complete her ensemble looked amazing. The aqua hands and face were a great color match to the cartoon. The horns for her hair piece were my favorite piece in this entire series.
For her accessory, she was given a magic staff. This buildable accessory looks great and was a creative way to put together some very common LEGO pieces.
Alice in Wonderland was never my favorite story or Disney film, but her inclusion into this series was a great idea by LEGO. While she is a famous Disney cartoon, she’s also a classic character all by herself. Lewis Carroll’s story is a timeless classic and LEGO being able to bring this minifigure into their world opens up a lot of MOC and stop motion possibilities to the LEGO builder tool set.
Alice has some simple black shoes on her white leg piece. The blue and white shirt is a nice representation of her cartoon appearance, but the new dress piece used in this series elevates her look to the next level. Her long blond hair with ribbon on top could be very useful for custom minifigure work. While accessories were sparingly used in this series, Alice came with 2 great character pieces. She has the drink me bottle to shrink and a round cake tile piece to grow big.
Cheshire Cat 71012-8
There are enough memorable characters in Alice in Wonderland that they could have had an entire minifigure series to themselves. For their second choice, LEGO went with the Cheshire Cat. I think this was the perfect choice, because the Cheshire Cat could make body parts appear and disappear at will. The ability to take a LEGO minifigure apart opens up a lot of play possibilities with this character. The dark pink and magenta stripes on the short kid legs and torso piece look great. Unfortunately, this color pattern is continued on the tip of the tail and not along the entire tail. The head piece is an original mold and perfectly captures that big mischievous smile of this fun loving cat.
Daisy Duck 71012-9
Daisy Duck moves the series into the classic Mickey and Friends cast. While there were lots of classic other characters I would like to have seen in minifigure form, she was the perfect complement to Donald Duck.
A pink stripe was put on the feet to give her shoes. While this isn’t a great representation of the high heels Daisy wears, it’s a nice reference and works for the squared minifigure foot. The purple shirt on the torso piece looks nice, but it's the head printing that is amazingly done. The purple eye shadow and long eyelashes are so well detailed that it completely transforms the head mold and makes it look different from the one used for Donald Duck. The pink bow on top is the icing on the cake. It’s a great character piece that completes her ensemble. The back is not as detailed, but the new rubbery tail piece created for her and Donald looks great.
Donald Duck 71012-10
Donald Duck is wearing his classic blue sailor suit. The dual printed legs capture his white feathers and orange duck feet. This leg piece detail is a must since the pantsless Donald Duck and shirtless Mickey Mouse have been an amusing conversation topic for decades. The sailor top printing on the torso piece looks great. I love the bow tie and yellow stripes on the wrists. It’s nice to see more detail put on the back. The small flap near the top is simple but a great representation of his cartoon appearance. He also has the same rubbery duck tail piece as Daisy. The mold used for these Duck characters is great. I especially love the tuft of feathers on the back. Of course, Donald needs his sailor hat.
Unfortunately, this is the exact same minifigure used in the Disney Castle set 71040. While this outfit is his iconic look, not having it be unique to the CMF series makes it lose the collectable part of the theme.
Minnie Mouse 71012-11
Mickey and Minnie Mouse have been DUPLO characters for a long time, so it’s great to finally get them in minifigure form. Minnie mouse has three colors for her leg piece. The pink stripe across the toes is similar to what we saw with Daisy. Minnie has black legs and white bloomers. The underwear is an important character trait, especially if you have seen the older cartoons. Minnie was given the same new dress piece we saw with Alice, but in pink with white polka dots. The pink bow on her head is great. I am pleased that they kept the polka dot pattern, rather than just making it a solid pink. Bows are such an important part of Minnie’s outfits that she even had a show called Minnie's Bowtique.
Mickey Mouse 71012-12
With Mickey Mouse being the main mascot of Disney, it would be hard to imagine a Disney Minifigure Series without him. While the figure might be rather plain, I’m glad we got this classic look. The yellow shoes, red pants with white buttons and no shirt is the most common image we have of Mickey Mouse. The yellow shoes wrap around the side of the figure, but not the back. This leaves a very dull figure from the rear. I wish LEGO would have found a way to give Mickey and Minnie a mouse tail. The head mold used for Mickey is the exact same one we saw on minnie mouse. When you see how these heads can be transformed through different printing it highlights the skill of the LEGO Design team.
Mr. Incredible 71012-13
The Incredibles is firmly in my top 3 Pixar film list, but even that did not make me feel this character belonged in the first series of Disney Minifigures. The figure was well done, and LEGO did a great job adding those little details to the simple Incredibles costume to make it a well designed figure. I particularly appreciated the gut marks on the side of his belly. That smirk on his face is a great match to the film. The hair piece was a little too full for me and could have been thinner for his more progressive male pattern baldness. I loved the 2X2 printed tile piece with a picture of Mr. Incredible in his original costume. This poster does a great job capturing the characters trait of trying to recapture those glory days of being a superhero.
When the series came out in 2016, this was yet another disappointing character choice for me. However, time has made me appreciate this minifigure more. In 2018, LEGO released the Incredibles 2 Theme for their Junior building set line. Since Syndrome had been sucked into a jet, he did not appear in the second film and so was not in any of the sets. The only way to get the main villain to the Incredibles now is through this minifigure series.
LEGO did a good job matching Syndrome’s super villain costume to the film and the facial expression with his evil grin and freckles are great, but it’s that orange hair piece that I absolutely loved. The hair sticking straight up looks like flames flickering in the air. He may have one of my all time favorite hair styles. For his accessory, he was given a 2X2 printed tile piece with the blueprints to the Omnidroid.
Peter Pan 71012-15
Peter Pan was a fantastic choice for the first series of Disney Minifigures. When you think of the classic characters from Disney’s golden age of animation you think of princess, animals and Peter Pan.
The layers of color used for this figure was so well done. The brown shoes, dark green tights, light green tunic brown belt and skin tone all blended together seamlessly. The big smile on the head piece is great and I can’t help but be impressed with how closely LEGO was able to match his eyebrows to the ones in the cartoon. The hat piece was by far the most impressive part of the figure. His hair, elf ears and archer’s hat were extremely well crafted. The gold knives were nice and worked well to match the Captain Hook minifigure that came in the series. While now they can have an epic duel, the solid color choice for his weapons didn’t work for me.
Captain Hook 71012-16
Captain Hook was the perfect compliment to the Peter Pan minifigure, but this villain has earned his own spot all by himself. Captain Hook is constantly rated as one of the top Disney Villains. Thanks to Jake and the Neverland Pirates, we have seen Hook as a Duplo character but now we finally get this famous pirate in minifigure form.
LEGO did a great job capturing his elegant 18th century pirate outfit. The black boots, white stockings, red breeches for pants, ornamental jacket and cravat around his neck were beautifully printed onto his leg and torso piece. The big toothy grin and long thin mustache on the face were a great match to the cartoon. Once again it was the hat piece that shines. The oversized hat and boa feather in it are perfectly shaped. The long hair attached to the hat is a standard practice for LEGO, but works particularly well for this character because in the stories captain Hook is bald and wears a wig.
Ursula was not only a great character, but also a great minifigure. The octopus tentacle piece used for her legs was my favorite individual piece from this series and as of the writing of this review, still the only place you can find it. This unique piece is beautifully crafted and can be useful for people wanting to create custom minifigures. I am pleased that LEGO included the sea shell necklace that Ursula used to steal Ariel's voice. It is those small but important details that show LEGO’s research in creating these characters. The hair piece is also unique and well done. It did a great job capturing Ursula’s long hair as it sways in the water. Her trident accessory is a nice reference to the end of the film, but I would have preferred some eels.
I’m glad Ariel was included in the first round of minifigures. The Little Mermaid has always been in my top list of Disney animated films and was Builder Kitty’s favorite princess at the time of this release. The Mermaid tail looks great and it’s always nice to get these tail pieces in different shapes and colors. However, LEGO used this exact same tail for the 2 mermaids in the Fantasy Minifigure set 45023 they released that same year. They even gave the female mermaid the same shell as ariel. At least Ariel got a jewel with her clam shell. However, this clam and jewel accessory always felt uninspired. Ariel was never about riches. To her a fork or dinglehopper was more precious and would have been a better character piece. I do like how lego continued the tail printing onto her torso piece to give it a little more texture. The hair piece is unique and can still only be found in this set.
As a Disney fan, I loved this series. While many of these characters had been seen as Duplo figures and dolls, this would be the first time we would get them in minifigure form. I usually get upset and roll my eyes whenever LEGO releases more than the usual 16 minifigures in a series. I see it as them trying to squeeze a few extra dollars from their fans. However, with so many timeless Disney characters in their vault, I didn't mind getting a few extra. I only wish they would have stuck with the more classic characters and not had the relatively newer Pixar characters. Those four slots could have easily been filed with Disney Princess or Mickey Mouse Friends.