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Review: 71027 Collectible Minifigures Series 20
xccj posted a blog entry in J.A.F. TeamMore picts on Instagram So obviously I am a big fan of the Collectible Minifigures to the point where I obsessively try to get a complete collection of all the standard series. But my method has always been to wait until they show up in stores and then feel out the bags I want. Well, Covid-19 has greatly complicated that process. Luckily, Chocolate Frogs was able to hook me up with a full set, and because I obsess over these too much, here’s a quick review of them individually. Drone Boy: I think this may be my favorite of the series. I really do like the new drone element, and the printed control panel is nice too. I’m not sure why he has a bandage on his face; just exactly what kind of accident is that implying he got into? I also like how an extra propeller was included that fits into his teal hat. Space Fan: She’s pretty mellow parts-wise but it’s still a nice execution. The classic space shirt is a fun design, and the rocket schematics tile is nice, but the best piece is the round brick with the NASA logo on it... and I realize now that it wasn’t angled properly in my photos. Whoops! Llama Girl: Costume characters are always big hits, and although this is an often repeated concept, it’s always a joy to get a new animal to add into the fray. The llama head is very nicely detailed, and her torso also includes a zipper on the back to indicate that it is very much a costume. Nice addition of a carrot. Pea Pod Girl: We get another costume, but this time she’s food based. The costume mold is nicely detailed and printed, and I also like the use of green lipstick. And, although it’s hidden, she also has a shirt with a salad printing on it on her torso. The inclusion of the red apple is a little odd, since generally those don’t tend to mix with peas in salads. Perhaps it’s supposed to be a tomato? (I was discussing with someone, and came to realize that there aren’t many vegetable food molds in Lego. There’s a handful of fruit and meat, but the only veggie is really the carrot, and that’s already been used.) Super Warrior: AKA Super Sentai Lego copy, AKA knockoff Power Ranger. As a Power Rangers fan growing up, I totally see the appeal in this fig. (Gosh, does that mean we need to wait for four more series for them to release more of his colorful teammates?) The helmet isn’t quite as detailed as some of the Iron Man masks we’ve seen in the past, but it works. The green Ninjago sword seems a bit lacking as a weapon (it needs a proper hilt) but it works out well enough. Martial Arts Boy: Lego Nunchucks! They’re basically chains on the end of bars, but they’re one mold and I’ve heard a lot of MOCists are interested to start utilizing them. The rest of the figs robes are nice, although we’ve seen plenty of martial arts / karate / ninja characters with similar designs. I do like the use of the hairpiece (new in black) and the printed headband. Still, probably one of the least interesting of the figs in this series. Tournament Knight: Lego has done plenty of castle figs before, so a Knight isn’t exactly breaking new ground, but it gives people to collect a new army builder for the raven faction in the Keetongu orange and black colors. Plus, that sword is a new and detailed mold... I hope that gets released in some other sets, I wouldn’t mind more of that. Pirate Girl: She is a bit more-of-the-same if you got the new Ideas Pirate set, and Lego has done plenty of Pirates before, so her design also isn’t new territory. Still, the hat / hair piece is a new mold and there’s decent printing on the torso and legs... plus, in general, having a detailed female pirate isn’t a bad thing. Good supplemental fig to add to Barracuda Bay. Breakdancer: I am really digging the coral top she’s wearing, although not as big a fan of the hat / hair combo. To show off her moves, she gets the DC jumper piece to give her some altitude. Very neat. 80s Musician: Don’t have much to say about him, but he fits the look alright. Fun new instrument mold, nice printing. I didn’t recognize the hair piece at first, but apparently it’s from TLJ Old Luke. Viking: We’ve seen Vikings before but they’re not as common as Knights or Pirates, so it’s a welcome addition. In particular the new helmet mold that fits over the beard piece is great. Definitely got an army builder here! Shame he’s rare. Athlete: It’s been a while since we’ve seen track and field figs, and I don’t think we’ve had a character specializing in the javelin or discus before. She comes with an exclusive white spear, a printing round tile, and two gold medals. (One is a standard extra piece, but clearly it means she got Gold in both of her events.) Her uniform tag reads “BIB 0937” but I don’t know the significance of that. (Well, at least of the BIB part… the 0937 has been used on an amusement park ticket before and… apparently spells out LEGO upside-down, so that’s something I completely missed at first.) Overall, lots of good pieces here. Sidetrack for a moment to just say how similar the Viking and Athlete are when feeling for them in the bags. They each have a spear, a rounded second accessory (shield and discus tile), a neck attachment that comes with an extra piece (beard and metal), and both have their smaller pieces placed in a bag within a bag. Usually two figs in a series don’t share this many similarities; the best way to tell the difference is to identify the shield or round tile. (The helmet and hair pieces are also different, but I find it tricky to feel the subtle difference between head elements like that.) CF was able to figure these out when he sent them to me, but I was confused for a while as I tried to guess which was which. Trying to determine the difference while in a rush at the store would’ve been infuriating! Piñata Boy: I really love the sombrero piece, so getting it back is quite fun. He comes with two poncho elements to go over the front and back, and per usual his torso is unprinted. The llama piñata is a nice touch with the mold and printing. The stud on the top of the back is also hollow, which I think is a bit unusual for these animal molds. Can’t really fit much candy inside though. Pajama Girl: She pulls off her theme well enough, with a new bunny toy mold and bunny prints on her torso. The Hermione hair is new in blonde too. Not the most exciting fig but she works; shame she doesn’t come with an alternative sleepy expression. Sea Rescuer: We’ve seen a lot of diver figs before; in fact, the diver from the first series of CMFs was generally one of the least popular figs at the time, if I recall. So this one had a lot working against her. While her design is pretty standard, I do appreciate the azure and coral color highlights. She also uses the jumper piece… but it’s flipped around to stick the bar into her flipper, and attaches to the base by a nipple element. Of course, the diver is already second rate in her own bag; the real star is the turtle mold. We’ve seen cutesy turtles in Friends and Elves sets in the past, but I think this might be the first realistic system turtle we’ve got. (Teenage mutant ninja variants don’t count.) It makes this diver worthwhile. Green Brick Costume Guy: Okay, he doesn’t really have anything more going for him that what the other brick costume character brought to the table. But I mean, he’s green… even if it is the non-standard bright green shade. And I guess he does have an uncommon hair piece in a new color. I do appreciate the tile celebrating ten years of CMFs; I’ve now been obsessively collecting these for over a decade. Sheesh! Overall, it’s a near wave of figs, with a lot of nice variety. I think the clear winners are the Llama Costume Girl and the Super Warrior, although my favorite is still probably the Drone Boy. The Sea Rescuer, Piñata Boy, and Space Fan also deserve shout outs! (Meanwhile, my boring list consists of the 80s Musician, Pajama Girl, and Nunchucks Kid. Knight, Pirate, and Viking get by as army builders. The other four are very middle of the road.) Well, those are my opinions, anyway. Which ones are your favorites?
71026 DC Super Heroes CMFs
xccj posted a blog entry in J.A.F. TeamSo we are now on the third wave of Collectible Minifigures featuring DC characters, only this time it's not branded as coming from The LEGO Batman movie. I'm personally a bigger fan of the generic CMFs so the increase in licensed themes isn't always to my tastes, but I'm a sucker for good figs so I wanted to collect some. Granted, I haven't had the most luck so far with these... LEGO Online order gave me two Green Lanterns and Joker (the latter who I did not want.) When I visited the LEGO Store, I mistook Mr. Miracle for Cyborg (stupid chain) and ended up getting two of him. I also traded with another AFOL who claimed he was handing me a Bumblebee, but he mis-felt the bag and it was actually Bat Mite (who I also don't care for). So I've had a pretty high miss rate on these so far; it doesn't help that the new stand element and jumper plates just add to the confusion while feeling. But I did open a few of them that I wanted so here's a little mini review More Photos on Instagram First off, the new stand elements are pretty great. They do a good job at proving a new angle for fig displays, and they can connect together to form a fun chain or circle eight together to make a full octagon. Better yet, most figs come with two of them! I say most... but not those with capes. For whatever reason, the figs with capes have their parts double bagged, and the double bags do away with spare parts, so no extra stand element. I dunno if this applies to all batches, but so far it was that way for the caped figs I opened. Modestly disappointing. Stargirl: Very nice fig with lots of great printed details. The end of her staff is also a new sparkly trans orange element, one of the few new molds in this series. (Which kinda sucks, a price increase but few new molds... although I'm sure licensing costs contribute.) I've read some arguments that the hair piece is not fitting for the character. I guess it kind of works, but honestly it's not my favorite mold in general and I think it's overused. When feeling for her, she's the only one with a 4L bar. Metamorpho: I like the distinct coloring they've given to his various limbs made of different elements; I'm particularly a fan of the trans clear leg. The magenta fist is a cool element, and also the one to feel for, although it's a bit of an unusual shape to recognize. Green Lantern: Honestly, I'm not familiar with the Simon Baz version (I've been told he's missing his revolver), but another Green Lantern variant isn't so bad. The printed green ring tile attaches well to the hand clip piece, which is a better representation of the rings than with previous figures where they just held the tile flat. (Plus, you get two of em!) The new lantern element isn't bad either, with a few useful connection points. The big lantern, the 1x1 round tile, or the hand clip pieces are the ones to feel for... unfortunately SInestro has those exact same pieces too, and the only difference between the two is that Sinestro has the extra hair piece, making it challenging to tell them apart. Aquaman: This is apparently true to one of the comic versions of Aquaman, so props there. I particularly like the new mold they created for his hook hand, and a new fish in pale green's not so bad. (Although the hairpiece is new to me, apparently it was used on the Aquaman fig from the sets last year... whoops.) The fish is the piece to feel for, although the hair piece could get confused for Wonder Woman's or Huntress's. Mr. Miracle: Honestly I don't know anything about this character, but when I showed my co-workers the lineup of the series, they were all like "Mr. Miracle is in there? Awesome." He comes with lots of fancy printing and a cape... which means his parts are double bagged and you get no extra fig stand thing. He comes with a long chain and handcuffs (okay, he came with two handcuffs but not two stand elements... boo). Now, getting the chain wrapped around him like in the images is a bit challenging, but doable. When feeling, the chain is the piece to feel for, but since he has the cape he'll also have the bag within a bag, so that kinda helps narrow him down. (As I mentioned earlier, I mistook him for Cyborg, who also has a shorter chain but presumably no secondary bag.) Huntress: Honestly, of the figs I've gotten so far, she's my favorite. I really like the detailing with the cape, utility belt, and printing. Hair mold is a reuse but new in black. She also has the cape problem so no extra pieces, so feel for the crossbow in the bag within the bag. Yeah, not the easiest to figure out, and she's among the rarer ones too. Cheetah: I guess I'm not super big into the old comics, because I'm used to the CHeetah from the animated shows and now this version. She has a great cat costume with excellent cheetah patterns printed on her torso, legs, arms, tail, and hat. The bag is just a recolor, but the dollar sign print on it will make it useful for some displays. (Personally, I've never been a fan of this cumbersome bag piece, but whatevs.) I guess technically the hat with cat ears is a new piece, although it's very reminiscent of other CMF costume helmets. IMO Cheetah could easily pass off as a generic costume character, but I guess this works for her comic book variant too. The piece to feel for is probably that bulky bag element, but the tail is also a unique if tricky to identify piece. And maybe the hat if you can figure out the rounded ears. I'm still on the hunt for Bumblebee and Jay Gordon, and maybe on Batman and Cyborg. So far most stores in my area don't have this figs yet; they're still trying to sell off their S19 and Disney S2 figs. At the Lego store, I know I felt through nearly a whole box and didn't once come across Batman or Bumblebee, so they might be tricky ones to figure out. I don't want to collect the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman, or Sinestro; I also don't want Joker or Bat Mite but I already have copies of them, so I'll keep their bags unopened for possible trades in the future. Overall, this is a good wave of figs but I'm still not motivated to get them all, so I guess I get to save a little bit of money, heh.
Blaster pieces wearing down
Bonkle posted a topic in LEGO DiscussionHello everyone. Today I was creating a display with some Space figures, and noticed that the black double-barreled guns included with the CMF Galaxy Patrol and Alien Avenger were very loose-fitting in the hands, whereas the dark gray ones included with my Galaxy Squad and ADU figures were fine. Has anyone else noticed anything with their copies, or perhaps anything with black and gray accessories?