It’s time to take a look at the upcoming series of LEGO® Minifigures. It’s been a while since I’ve had them to review and I’m glad I’ve been offered Series 24 as it appears to be the best series of original characters yet. It introduces 12 new faces to collect and includes plenty of new elements to help bring the characters to life. So ahead of their official release on January 1st, it’s time to meet the Series 24 crew.
Last year the LEGO Minifigures format changed from 16 collectable characters down to 12. This also saw the box size change from 60 packets down to 36. This has also instigated a change to the outer box which has ditched the lid flap. The shipping outer now acts as the covering for the entire box but can be popped out to display the retail packaging. Inside you’ll still find two rows of 18 packets.
Although 2023 will see the introduction of cardboard packaging for LEGO Minifigures, for this series at least the individual packets are still in regular foil-based bags. So they can be easily ‘felt’ to decipher the character contains within.
T-Rex Costume Fan
It seems unbelievable that it’s taken so long to get a proper dinosaur-themed character. The LEGO Minifigures theme has previously transformed a number of creatures into costumes for characters. This expands upon those and is styled to look like the larger T. rex dinosaur figures most recently found in the Jurassic World sets. The hood element is new and is combined with a tailpiece connected legs. There’s enough gap in the mouth to see the face peeking through.
New/Unique Elements: Head & Tail
Most minifigures are graced with legs but occasionally these are swapped out for tails, prosthetics or dresses. But we have seen these styles of dress in the CMF line-up since Series 15’s Queen. Instead of the usual sloped brick often used for dress, the Aristocrat wears a suitably ornate dress, even if it’s woefully impractical. The print detail on the torso and wide dress is simple yet elegant. The powered white face is the same, with both being something you’d expect from the era this character is inspired. But to perfectly capture the character’s societal roots, the new peruke powdered wig element truly finishes off the look. The character also includes a recoloured dog element, now in white.
New/Unique Elements: Powered Wig & Dog Accessory
It seems every few series of LEGO Minifigures must feature a random space or robotic character and it’s Series 24’s turn with the Robot Warrior. For me, it has Boba Fett vibes, mostly thanks to the colours used on its armour. This is largely achieved through print detail and it’s especially impressive on the dual moulded legs. Print on the legs is rarely used but it is very effective. The character uses a new helmet element, which is cool but I feel it needs some detail on it, instead of being a single colour. The Robot Warrior’s blaster looks rather complex but is simply a gun handle clad in 1×1 tiles and a few pink roller skates.
New/Unique Elements: Helmet
The Potter is an interesting character, in place of hair or a hat, she’s sporting a head scarf. What’s even better about this is that it features print detail. The little printed leaves look great against the green of the scarf. The detail on her outfit is simple yet effective for the Potter’s messy hobby. I really like that brown hands have been used to represent them being covered in clay. It’s a shame there are no splashes of clay on her arms or face. There’s a buildable potter’s wheel which uses two 2×2 discs with a cone brick connecting them. Of course, a Potter needs some pottery and these are included a bowl and goblet element both recoloured in light brown.
New/Unique Elements: Head Scarf
Back before the times of the internet, people used to get their news from newspapers and back before you can pop into your local corner shop to pick up the daily paper, young whippersnappers would sell them on street corners. The Newspaper Kid perfectly captures that era. I love his raggedy clothes and his flat cap, I think is a new element or a the very least a rare one, I can’t remember seeing it elsewhere. He obviously includes a newspaper which links back to the very first minifigure. By far the best part of this character is the face, he’s yelling the latest headlines at the top of his lungs.
New/Unique Elements: Cap
Fantasy creatures have appeared in some of the previous series of LEGO Minifigures. The Orc is a great addition to that pool of characters. But it also has links to the fantasy era of LEGO Castle. Although not a bigfig like the trolls of the 2008-9 sets, the Orc feels very much in the same style. Not only does the symbol on his shield and armour looks very similar to the one used by the Trolls. The Orc’s big chin is amazing and connects over the neck but covers most of the head. This results in a style of character not seen elsewhere. The Orc is one of only a couple of Series 24 characters to wear a martial cape, so don’t forget to fish it out of the packet before throwing it away.
New/Unique Elements: Chin Element
A little late for the World Cup but the Referee is a fun character. Admittedly she’s doesn’t seem very exciting, the character does have some neat little details. Plus I do like the fact a female ref has been chosen over a male one. Although her outfit is very simple, the new bright yellow colour works much better than the traditional black would. The ref has 2 faces one quite happy and the other clearly showing her annoyance at a player. I do like the little details such as the earpiece mic and the watch on her wrist. The hairpiece is also new with it tied up in an elaborate bun. She also includes a football complete with black patches and two 1×2 tiles to represent a red and yellow card.
New/Unique Elements: Hairpiece
The Black Falcon knights rose to infamy way back in the early 80s as part of the much-loved LEGO Castle theme. They have since had a resurgence in a number of recent sets including the 90th Anniversary Lion Knights’ Castle. Despite the fractions crest featuring a falcon, it’s only now they actually have one thanks to the new falcon creature element. The Falconer’s outfit is great and is styled to match the modern take on the Black Falcons. There are a few extra details on her outfit including a chain link across her neck to give the impression of her cape being fastened to her, she’s sporting a pouch to carry treats to call down the falcon and one of her hands is brown to represent the wearing of a falconer glove.
New/Unique Elements: Falcon
Back in 2021, LEGO City took a trip to the wild side with a subtheme of sets inspired by wildlife rescue. They introduced a number of excellent new creature elements. The Conservationist expands the rescue attempts to Australia. The character features a similar uniform to its African counterparts, with dual-moulded legs and arms. He also has a new hat/hair combo piece. I do prefer hats with a little hair, they just look better. The best part of the character is its accessory – another new creature element which is a koala. This can be clipped to any standard rod piece.
New/Unique Elements: Koala elements + hairpiece
The collectable Minifigures have long had a tradition of crafting whacky costumes for characters to wear. Some are inspired by animals or inanimate objects but other those based on food which is the most fun. Past food mascots have included a Pea Pod, Pizza Slice and a banana to name just a few. Now it’s the time of the carrot. Styled after the classic cartoon appearance of the iconic vegetable, the leafy section is made from a softer plastic. There’s also enough room around the arms for them to be lifted. Perfect for holding the included Farmer Market sign, a nice link to a couple of LEGO City sets. If you wish you can remove the carrot suit and underneath is a chap wearing overalls, I assume he’s a farmer very committed to promoting his crop. There’s also an orange hairpiece.
New/Unique Elements: Carrot Suit
Brown Astronaut & Spacebaby
Every series features a headline act and for many, it’s a new colour variant of a Classic Space Astronaut. Since the original colours of red, white, yellow, blue and black suits, the space-faring ranks have expanded to include orange and green with fans also creating their variants. Now, you can officially get a brown-colour astronaut. That obviously includes the classic logo on the torso, along with a helmet and air tanks. But it doesn’t stop there, a blue space baby is also included. This uses the mini baby body along with a tiny version of a helmet, with air tanks connected to it.
New/Unique Elements: Brown helmet & air tanks + Space Baby
Rockin’ Horse Rider
For this character, the highlight is the accessory, not the minifigure. The little girl is suitably cute looking but quite similar to any random character you’d find in a LEGO City set. Her uniform emblazoned jumper is nice. Her accessory is a brand new element – a rocking horse. This works, so can rock with a single connection point on the base, should you want to fix it in place. The head looks exactly like the LEGO horse creature elements do. I do enjoy this uniform style of design.
New/Unique Elements: Rocking Horse
It’s another interesting series of characters with each of them offering something unique or new. It feels like it harks back to some of the early series, by offering interesting new characters, new elements and nods to past LEGO themes. As much as the licensed series captures the attention of people beyond the LEGO community, I like these sorts of original characters just that little bit more. One thing this series does really well is connect to the wider LEGO ecosystem, the T rex is styled to look like the dinosaur creature. The Carrot Mascot expands the food-based suits along with linking to LEGO City. The Rocking Horse looks like a LEGO Horse. The Falconer ties nicely to the 90th Anniversary Castle and of course, the Brown Astronaut expands the available colour palette of the much-loved minifigures. Some characters are better than others but overall this is an excellent new series.
The 24th series of LEGO Minifigures will be available from January 1st, 2023. There are available in single packets and in boxes of 6 from LEGO.com. With many third-party retailers also offer them in full boxes of 36. In most cases, buying a full box will result in 3 full sets of 12 characters. However, this isn’t completely guaranteed.
These were provided BricksFanz and provided by the LEGO Group for purposes of review. The thoughts within this review are that of BricksFanz and do not reflect those of the LEGO Group. Providing a set for free does not guarantee a favourable opinion of the set.