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With the huge success of the first LEGO Movie, a sequel was inevitable. Since the first movie had an entire series of Collectible Minifigures dedicated to it, the Second Part was bound to have one as well.
The LEGO Movie 2 CMF series was released in 2019. It would mostly focus on the Apocalypseburg opening and the Systar System scenes. The familiar characters we saw in the first film are back but a lot grittier and cooler. This series took the time to highlight just how much some of them have changed. The Systar System was filled with more fun and zany characters. Not as crazy as Cloud Cuckoo Land from the first film, but much more of the childhood innocence that has been lost in our adolescent inspired Apocalypseburg.
The CMF series usually come with a black 3X4 Tile piece with 4 studs in the center. This piece acts as the minifigure stand. For this series, LEGO changed the color to white. I am not sure why this decision was made, but I like the fresh look. It is a lot brighter and helps the minifigures pop when on display.
Awesome Remix Emmet 71023-1
Awesome Emmet Remix had to be included in the CMF series, but LEGO had the challenge of making a unique collectable minifigure, from a character who’s major trait is not changing despite the chaos around him. The legs and torso piece are the same one used for almost every set from the theme. The only difference LEGO made from the first movie was his clothes are now more worn.
LEGO did give him two different facial expressions. They both have Emmet with a huge smile, but manage to make each smile unique. The hair piece would be the one one new mold created for the figure. The piece would have Emmet wearing headphones. LEGO made sure to include his famous cowlick on the back left side of his hair. This figure is based on the Apocalypseburg opening. Emmet is listening to his favorite song Everything is Awesome as he strolls through the city, happy as can be, despite the world literally falling apart around him. To go with his headphones, Emmet was given a 1X2 printed tile piece to represent his digital music player with the Everything is Awesome song playing on it. He was also given a cup of coffee, to match the coffee he is bringing to Lucy in the opening sequence.
Battle-Ready Lucy 71023-2
Battle-Ready Lucy shows us even though Wyldstyle has changed her name back to Lucy, she’s still tough as nails...or really hard plastic. Lucy is in a constant state of being ready for battle against the ongoing Systar System attacks. Unfortunately, this minifigure only offers 1 unique piece. The legs, torso, head piece, and accessories are all found in many of the other LEGO Movie 2 sets. Even her angry and happy dual face printing is available in eight sets.
The one unique piece is the head scarf that wraps around her head. A nice detail is the little bump on top to show us where her ponytail is. The red goggles and layers of fabric covering the head look amazing. While this piece could be really useful for custom minifigure work, buying an entire minifigure for 1 piece is a big commitment. Even her binoculars and quiver accessories are uninspired. They fit the movie, but don’t add to the characters collectableness.
Apocalypse Benny 71023-3
Apocalypse Benny was another one of those characters that LEGO struggled to make collectable. I think Benny gave LEGO additional trouble, because he was based on the Classic Space Man minifigures. The character designs from that time were very basic. If you start adding too much detail, you take away a major character trait. So, LEGO took away an arm and gave him a mechanical claw. It was this arm that made people want to get the minifigure. The problem is, this exact torso piece was found in MetalBeard's Heavy Metal Motor Trike! Set. I do like that the claw and arm are separate pieces. This allows builders to switch out his hand attachment for different uses.
The dual face printing on the head was unique to this set. One side has the familiar happy Benny open mouth smile, but the other shows us the frown of a very angry Benny. Personally, the thing I liked most about this figure was his toolbox. While a red toolbox is nothing special, Benny’s had the classic LEGO space logo printed on it. To get a LEGO Toolbox Piece with the Classic Space Logo is a great find for LEGO collectors.
Giraffe Guy 71023-4
Giraffe Guy was the first big hit for me from this series. He is based on a character we briefly see in the small picket fence town located in the Systar System. I’m a big fan of the animal costume minifigures and Giraffe Guy’s is one of my all time favorites. From foot to horn, every part of this character was done right. The giraffe spots pattern is all the way around the front, sides and back of the figure. The feet and hands are brown, to represent the hooves. The head piece includes the neck, to create the giraffe's long neck. While the mouth, ears and horns are shaped beautifully, I LOVE that LEGO took the time to mold the mane of hair down the back, instead of just printing the color pattern on.
The hole in the neck fully exposes the head's facial expressions, so we can clearly see Giraffe Guy’s crooked smile or large toothy grin. For his accessory, he was given a three leaf plant piece. Since a giraffe feeding station is common at most zoos, this made for the perfect accessory.
Crayon Girl 71023-5
Crayon Girl can be seen near Giraffe Guy during the Systar System musical number. Yet again, LEGO added a great character to this CMF series. Crayon Girl not only gives us a new costume character, but every part of this character is a unique piece only found with her minifigure. The medium lavender legs with dark purple boots offer a nice color contrast and make it look like the bottom part of a crayon, when the costume is on. The matching toros piece not only compliments the legs, but blends perfectly into the crayon costume. The new crayon mold looks great. The cylinder body with sharpened crayon tip is spot on. I love that the flower pattern goes all the way around the top and bottom of the piece.
Every detail of a real crayon was taken into consideration. The dual face printing gives us two new facial expressions. The closed eyes, open mouth smiles reminds me of a child squealing for joy. The slightly crooked smile makes me think of someone nervously excited. For her accessory, we get to see crayon girls artistic abilities. The 2X2 tile piece with a minifigure head drawn in crayon is perfect. I love that the lines are not perfectly straight, but rough like a crayon would draw.
Sherry Scratchen-Post & Scarfield 71023-6
Sherry Scratchen-Post and Scarfield bring us back to Apocalypseburg. Unlike the first three minifigures, this one gives us something completely different. Every piece used to create the new Sherry Scratchen post is unique to this set. The pieces themselves can be used independently for a lot of custom minifigure work. The outfit created with the leg and torso piece has a Mad Max feel. This leather pieced together with metal studs looks tough and was able to incorporate some nice cat references. The large cat belt buckle is hard to miss, but little things like the cat claw bracelets elevate this character to the next level. I was impressed how LEGO used the first CMF Sherry Scratchen-Post to help with the design of her new face. The lips are almost the same, but instead of a frown, it's a vicious scowl. By repositioning the eyebrows, her eyes go from scared to fierce. The cat whisker war paint and head band are new details for her new apocalyptic life.
Her cat Scarfield was the accessory. The fact that Scrafield’s name is in the title, shows how important this accessory is. He was also the main draw to this set. A cat with a bandaids on its cheeks, sharp pointed teeth and a mohawk is not only completely original, but also probably something we will never see again.
Hula Lula 71023-7
Hula Lula is the first of the Pop Star Trio. Hula Lula can be seen behind the Wizard of Oz Characters as they dance through the street with Emmet. She was my favorite of the Popl Stars, because of her Hawain Luau theme. This made her more useful outside the LEGO Movie 2 setting. The figure itself was very well done. The leg piece has green sandal straps and the bottom of her swimsuit. A new paper skirt piece with large points was created for her grass skirt. I like the look of this dress a lot more than the one used for the Hula Dancer minifigure released back in 2011. The torso piece has her wearing a nice flowery shirt with a pink lei. This sets the tropical mood perfectly.
The dual face printing is only found on this minifigure. Those big red lips, smile and freckled cheeks look great. The lime green hair piece is wild and makes her a pop star instead of a regular hula dancer. While she was my favorite pop star minifigure, she had my least favorite accessories. She was given a magenta microphone, like all the other singers, and a record. I usually like 2X2 record tiles, but this particular record was available in 2 other LEGO Movie sets.
Watermelon Dude 71023-8
Watermelon Dude can be found dancing right next to Hula Lula. Once again, every piece used to create Watermelon Dude is a uniquely printed piece. The tir-color legs were obviously new, but I was shocked that the green shirt had never been used before. I had thought it was the same one used for Banana Guy, but his shirt was a bright green. Both expressions on his dual printed face are the same, but one side has him wearing sunglasses.
The Watermelon costume mold was also new at the time, but would be re-used a short time later for CMF series 19’s Pizza Costume Guy. The printing on Watermelon Dude’s costume was amazing. The three layers of color used for the peel, rind and pulp were nice. The seeds are what blew my mind. Each seed was shaded to look like they were sunken into the pulp of the watermelon. This was an amazing 3d illusion. For his accessory, he was given a 1X1 quarter tile piece with a watermelon printed on it. Unlike past watermelon pieces that had red pulp, this one was made to be dark pink.
Flashback Lucy 71023-9
Flashback Lucy would be the first of only three minifigures not directly from Apocalypseburg or the Systar System. At the end of the movie, we learn Lucy was in the band that created the Everything is Awesome song. This minifigure puts her back in that gaudy costume from her pop star days. I think this is the only minifigure we needed of Lucy in this series. It gives us a completely new look that is not found in any of the regular building sets. The blue and magenta spandex suit is great!!! I’m pleased that LEGO put the silver bubbles on the front, back and sides of this minifigure.
The dual sided head is also a new piece, only available with this minifigure. Both of the facial expressions fit this character perfectly. One showed the big smile of a carefree Lucy and the other one had her belting out tunes of the songs she loves. The blue and magenta hair piece is a nice change from Lucy’s typical black hair coloring she adopted while going as Wyldstyle. Lucy was given the same magenta microphone we saw with Hula Lula. She was also given a Gold Record tile piece. This 2X3 tile is a unique piece. The Everything Awesome label is character specific, but the gold record makes it a great piece for MOC work.
Swamp Creature 71023-10
Swamp Creature brings us back to Apocalypseburg. He has a brief cameo during a Systar System attack. In it, we randomly see him being chased by a woman with a whip. His newly printed leg and torso pieces show how this aquatic creature must now live in a dry desert environment. He now wears a leather outfit with metal chains, belt, buckles and pads.
The reptilian head piece is technically new, but the slight changes are barely noticeable. Oddly enough, my favorite piece in this set is not an original piece. The iconic swamp creature mask that is based on The Creature from the Blacklagoon has been used in several sets featuring the Swamp Creature character. However, those sets are few and far between, so I like getting this piece. Even though it was Swamp Creature being chased by a whip, he was given it as his accessory. Perhaps he got his revenge... or LEGO was desperate to find an accessory for him. We shall never know.
Candy Rapper 71023-11
Candy Rapper was the next pop star minifigure in the series. Her bio on the LEGO website confirms she is taking part in the Systar Systems wedding celebration, but I could not find her in the movie. I am not sure if I missed her or the scene with her was cut out of the final film. This minifigure was as bright and colorful as a candy shop. The leg piece has bright pink hips, white legs, dark pink books and orange stripes. The ballerina tutu would use these exact same colors and added silver stars. The torso piece continues the colorful striped design. All together, the outfit reminds me of a lollipop.
She comes with two facial expressions. The first is the standard smile of the pop stars, the other has her winking at the audience. The big round pink dots on her cheeks are a great fit for this candy themed rap star. Her pink hair with a star on the side not only matches her outfit but introduces another uniquely colored piece that adds a lot of custom minifigure work possabilities. Her accessory is my favorite part of this set. The magenta microphone is common by now, but that translucent clear 1X2 tile made to look like a cassette tape is great. The printing is a nice replication of the tapes I played as a kid. Back in the day when making a mixed tape was really “Cool”. I am aware this information has now made me “Un-Cool”.
Gone Golfin' President Business 71023-12
Gone Golphin’ President Business brings us to our second character not in Apocalypseburg or the Systar System. President Business makes a brief cameo in the beginning and then takes off to play golf. He doesn’t return till all the action has ended in the closing of the film. I’m not sure if this brief cameo was due to Will Ferrell’s busy schedule or his absent father character now being more into golf than LEGO. Either way, I am glad he made it into the CMF series. Since he was absent for most of the film, he would not be in any of the other LEGO Movie 2 sets. The minifigure itself is great. The plaid golf outfit is amazingly detailed and exactly what I picture a stereotypical gopher wearing. There were so many little details that blew my mind. The plaid color pattern and belt look great, but they also took the time to show the fabric folding in as it was tucked into his boots. The shirt under his vest has a button and uneven collar.
The two smiling faces on this minifigure are unique to this set. The full smile is nice, but that crooked caught in a lie smile is spectacular. The hair piece is the typical President Business piece, but since we won’t be seeing it in any of the newer sets, it’s good to get it again. His golf club accessory is a spot on representation of a real driver used in golf. As of now this is an original piece, but I am confident LEGO will use this accessory again for future golf themed sets or figures.
Apocalypseburg Abe 71023-13
Apocalypseburg Abe brings us another minor character from the first film, who gets a cameo in the second. I love this figure because of how it can be used outside the LEGO Movie 2 theme. It reminds me of Abraham Lincoln vampire hunter and fits into the popular LEGO steampunk community. Once again LEGO used original printing to create the figure’s clothes. The use of skulls is intimidating, but I particularly like how the large silver skull and crossbones on the torso piece looks like it’s made from car parts. The top hat and axes on the back are a nice reference to the historical Abraham Lincoln. The red sash around his waist gives the costume a pirate flair. The hat and beard are a single piece. The stovepipe hat with goggles wrapped around the top is why I think this figure is a great inclusion for people who love to make Steampunk style builds.
The two original faces on the minifugure’s head give us a wide emotional range. The lines drawn to create the creases don’t work on their own, but look great when surrounded by the full beard. For the accessory, he was given his trusty ax. Of course this is the apocalypse, so it's a large war axe and not one used to build a log cabin. This weapon axe head attached to a 3L bar works for the character, but is nothing special.
Vest Friend Rex 71023-14
Vest Friend Rex focuses on the cowboy part of Rex Dangervests personality. Of the 8 LEGO Movie 2 sets with his character, this would be the only one to have him in his cowboy outfit. The leg piece has him wearing chaps over his blue pants and steel toe boots. The torso piece is the same one seen in almost all of the other sets. But since the set emphasises the bad pun of changing best friends to vest friends, using the standard vest piece torso works.
The head piece gives us two new facial expressions. The tight lipped smirk shows that tough edgy character that learned to face danger head on. The second closed eyes and open mouth smile shows us the lack of thought this character puts into the challenges facing him. The hat piece was my favorite part. The disheveled hair sticking out from under the hat looks like it’s blowing in the wind. I love that this cowboy hat isn’t smooth but folds and bends like a real hat.
For his accessory, Rex has a blue baby velociraptor. Personally, I always love getting creature pieces with CMF minifigures. They are extremely useful in MOC and stop motion work and are less common than other accessories.
Kitty Pop 71023-15
Kitty Pop is the 3rd and final pop star released in this series. She is in the crowd during the failed wedding scene near the end of the film. I can’t help but think this musician was inspired by the old comic book band Josie and the Pussycats. Of course, our minifigure’s cheetah costume is bright coral instead of more realistic colors. I’m impressed that the lavender spots are on the front, back and sides of the minifigure. If possible, the light aqua blue hands and feet make this costume even brighter. Surprisingly, this would be the first time the rubbery cat tail piece came in white. The medium flipped hair piece with ears sticking out has been used several times. Most notably with Catwoman, but once again these bright colors make it a one of a kind piece.
Her two new face prints show us that Kitty Pop is always happy. Whether she is smiling at her audience or closing her eyes to belt out a song. For her accessory, she had an electric guitar with dark pink tiger stripes. While guitar pieces are often used in the CMF series, I love getting a wide variety of designs for this piece. Guitars are an extension of the musician, so an assortment of choices is nice to have for any custom work you want to do on your own.
Dorothy Gale & Toto 71023-16
Dorothy Gale and Toto are the first of the four Wizard of OZ characters found in this series. We have had the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys in minifigure form, but the rest of the cast has always been missing. I am so glad these characters had a small cameo in the LEGO Movie 2, because now we get Dorothy and her friends as minifigures too. These are not only the characters I wanted the most from this series, but might be my all time favorite CMF characters as well.
Dorothy Gale’s blue and white gingham dress was made famous by Judy Garland's portrayal of her in the classic 1939 Wizard of Oz movie. With this costume firmly cemented in pop culture, LEGO had to get it right. And they succeeded. To create the ruby slippers, LEGO put a red line around the feet and added gold speckles. She is wearing blue socks, but the rest of the leg piece is white. This is because a paper dress piece will wrap around the legs and hide the white. The torso piece is beautifully designed. Straps, seems, buttons and folds were all put in intricate detail on the front and back of the pieces.
Her two facial expressions give us those must have emotions. The happy girl singing with her friends along the yellow brick road and a scared little girl not in Kansas anymore. The hair mold was extremely well crafted. You can actually see the hair being braided together. LEGO even took the time to color in the blue ribbons holding pigtails together.
Technically, Toto was Dorothy’s accessory. However, this little dog is a character all on his own. The terrier creature piece is nothing new, but this would be the first time we would get it in a dark bluish coloring. For added detail, LEGO drew grey fur lines to help replicate Toto’s shaggy hair.
Cowardly Lion 71023-17
The Cowardly Lion minifigure was great for two reasons. The first is that he brings us another of the famous Oz characters. He also adds a lion to the ever growing list of animal costumed minifigures. The majority of the Cowardly Lion would be a medium nougat color. To help add texture, LEGO put reddish brown fur lines on the front and back of the torso piece. I like that claws were put on the feet to show this is a lion and not a simple Halloween costume. The hair piece was the full lion’s mane and ears. The hair flowing together to create the thick mane was beautifully molded into the plastic.
The head was a regular nougat color, so it could have some contrast from the rest of the costume. The Cowardly Lion was played by the vaudeville actor Burh Lahr. The head printing did a great job capturing this expressive actor's face. The smiling side did a great job showing that saggy skin on his upper mouth. The timid frown was a must for our Cowardly lion. For his accessory, he was given a badge of courage. Since he couldn’t wear this medal, LEGO printed it onto a 1x2 transclear tile piece.
The Scarecrow gives us the first friend Dorothy meets on the Yellow Brick Road and a versatile minifigure. The scarecrow is a staple of both farms and horror films, making him useful outside the Wizard of Oz theme. LEGO did a great job recreating the costume of Roy Bolger’s Scarecrow. From the patches on his pants to the hay sticking out of his clothing, LEGO paid attention to all those little details to make this figure stand out. The top of the torso piece has the bottom of the sack being used for his head and the rope around his neck printed on.
I love the use of lines on the face. They not only bring character but help create the illusion of Bogler’s long narrow face on a short round minifigure head piece. I love when LEGO doesn’t do perfectly straight angles and curves. It better represents real life objects. We see that with the Scarecrow’s hat piece. The brim is folded in ripples and the cloth around the base is tied in a knot and not evenly stretched around. For his accessory, Scarecrow was given his certificate of achievement. This 2X2 printed tile piece isn’t an exact match to the rolled up scroll the Wizard gives him, but it’s perfect for our minifigure that lives in a square LEGO brick world.
Tin Man 71023-19
The Tin Man was always my favorite character from the Wizard of Oz, so to finally get him in minifigure form was awesome. The amount of detail put into this figure’s design was impressive. To see the seams of the metal and individual bolts put onto the front and back was beautiful, to get it on the sides was spectacular. I love that lego took the time to put rust on the character. This is such an important trait for a character that was found rusted together in the forest, until some kind strangers oiled his joints. The bow tie might look familiar. It’s the same one worn by Alfred Pennyworth, but in a flat silver color.
The head piece captures the stiff smile of the Tin Man and includes the hinged jaw that is described in the book. The funnel hat piece once again shows us the care LEGO took in designing all of the pieces for these minifigures. Rather than a simple funnel shape, LEGO included the handle to better match the film. The Tin Man would come with two accessories. His axe is an original piece. While it is very similar to other axes released by LEGO, the large head would separate it from past axe accessories. He was also given a heart shaped tile piece, with a clock printed on it. This would be his gift from the Wizard.
While there were a lot of fails for me in this CMF series, Unikitty was the worst. First, Unikitty is not a minifigure. For a character to be considered a minifigure it needs to have 2 of the 3 minifigure pieces. They need any combination of the legs, toro or head piece. Unikitty has zero.
The legs, body, tail, horn and ears are like almost every set that included a standard Unikitty character. The individual LEGO pieces and colors can be found in hundreds of sets. The cat tail with blue side tail pattern is somewhat rarer with only appearing in 7 other sets so far.
The one unique piece in this set is the 1x3 brick with Unikitty’s face printing. While this is a 1 of a kind printing, it is very similar to the face brick used for the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Unikitty Blister pack. I had to stare at these two pieces for a long time to find any difference. The only difference in the eyes is that the blue iris on her left eye was moved to the opposite side. The other tiny difference can be found on the mouth. Now the tongue is on her right side, instead of centered and the top has a nice smooth curve, rather than dipping down in the middle. Perhaps, because Unikitty lacks usable hands, there were no accessories included with this set.
This series had a lot of hits and misses for me. While the Wizard of Oz characters probably rank with my all time favorite minifigures, almost all of the Apocalypseburg characters rank among the worst. Apocalypseburg Abe, you saved them from being a complete loss. Giraffe Guy, Crayon Girl and Watermelon Dude were great costume characters from the Systar System, but the rest of the minifigures are unmemorable.