When a new series of LEGO® Minifigures are released, a ripple of excitement spreads across the LEGO fan community. After two licensed series, the latest collection features original LEGO characters. These are always the most fun, thanks to the inclusion of new elements and accessories. They aren’t officially available until September 1st but I’ve got a set early and so it’s time to take a closer look at the first 8 new characters in the 16 Minifigure collection. Let’s meet the Series 19 crew in the first part of my LEGO Minifigures Series 19 review.
Kids can bring exciting new play possibilities to any LEGO® set with LEGO Minifigures 71025 Series 19. This new-for-September-2019 LEGO minifigure series features a colorful lineup of unique LEGO people. Say hello to Dog Sitter, Video Game Champ, Shower Guy, Rugby Player, Bear Costume Guy, Pizza Costume Guy, Galactic Bounty Hunter, Monkey King, Programmer, Gardener, Mountain Biker, Fire Fighter, Fright Knight, Jungle Explorer, Mummy Queen and Fox Costume Girl! Each minifigure comes in a sealed ‘mystery’ bag together with one or more accessory elements, plus a collector’s leaflet and a display baseplate.
- Set Name: LEGO Minifigures Series 19
- Set Number: 71025
- RRP: £2.99/$3.99/3.99€
- Pieces: each blind bag includes various accessories, baseplate & collectors leaflet
- Availability: LEGO Brand Store, LEGO.com & LEGO retailers from September 1st
The Dog Sitter has been thrust into the limelight thanks to a single new element. But before I get on to that, the Minifigure has a simple outfit on, with a short dungaree compo being achieved with a pair of dual-moulded legs. These match up nicely to the torso, which also has dual-moulded arms. A new hat element is used, which features the newer style baseball cap, complete with paw print logo and a ponytail poking out the back. The Dog Sitter has an amazing set of expressions. In one she is quite cheery looking but they other is little more disgusted, which could be because of a new 1×1 element. There is no nice way of saying it, that element represents a freshly squeezed poop. A dog poop to be precise, which may have been deposited by one of the two dog elements. There’s a white french bulldog, which has appeared before and is joined by an all-new sausage dog. Thankfully the Dog Sitter has a green spade to help her clean up after them.
Video Game Champ
A few years ago on the old LEGO website, its LEGO Games section featured two Minifigures playing with a controller shaped element. A few years on, that element has finally arrived in physical form with the Video Gamer Champ Minifigure. This has to be one of my favourite Minifigures, thanks to his awesome outfit. He’s wearing a pale blue shirt, emblazoned with the logos of Classic Space, M-Tron and Blacktron. On his t-shirt is a funky little 1×1 brick wearing a headset and even on his trousers, you’ll find a Space Invaders-type keychain. These are all brought together with a stern looking face, which can be switched for a little more friendly looking expression. The Gamer has a fairly new hair element which features a headset and mic. It’s a great element for this character, unfortunately it would have little use elsewhere due to the green coloured hair. Finally he comes with a 1×3 printed tile, which features the Series 16 Cyborg Minifigure as the star of the Play-Box exclusive Space Game. That controller element is a cross between an Xbox and PlayStation controller. It can be held by a Minifigure on the sides as well has having a 1×1 connection point dead centre on the back.
In recent years the humble Minifigure has started to show of a little more skin, but as you would expect there hasn’t been any nude LEGO folk running around with their bits on show. The Shower Guy dials the cheekiness up a little more by becoming the first clothless Minifigure. His modesty is covered by a fabric tower, when this is removed, there’s only a couple of bubbles to spare his blushes. I thought he was wearing trunks at first until I come to take the pictures. He may not have any clothes on, but he does have a ‘shower cap’ element first used as a medical head covering. You can’t have a shower without a rubber ducky, which appears in green after first being included in the latest LEGO City People Pack. I love this new element, it’s so cute.
For those unaware rugby, is a sport played in most countries apart from it seems America. Who use a similar shaped ball for what they call football, which is what soccer is known as outside America. Confused? Well rugby is certainly a rough sport, which is why the Rugby Player is sporting a helmet and a bruise or two. The style of the Rugby Player is a mixture of what modern players wear and a more old fashion look. In the modern game, players don’t really wear the helmets, but it works well for this Minifigure. His strip is a little generic, a stripey design would of looked quite cool. I love the faces, one is quite generic and the other shows him battered and bruised with a few missing teeth. Finally a new rugby ball element has been introduced, this is an oval shaped ball, with a section at the back to allow it be be held. This is nicely hidden as you can see below.
Bear Costume Guy
Costumed characters have become some of the most fun additions to the LEGO Minifigures range. This series includes a colourful bear. This uses the same elements has other bear costumes such as the Panda, obviously with a new colour scheme. Think oversized Care Bear, so there are pastel colours and a symbol on chest of the torso. These match the two elements included with the Minifigure, one is the new 1×1 heart element and the other is a newish bow element, which represents a rainbow. I’m normally a fan of the the costumes characters, but this isn’t different enough to for me. However I do really like the multicoloured parts used for each leg, arm and even hands.
Pizza Costume Guy
Pizza has a long history in the world of LEGO, I still fondly remember the little LEGO Pizzeria set I had as a kid. These used a red, green and white colour scheme, which has been used on many other pizza related sets since. That includes the Pizza Costume Guy. This uses the same wedge shaped outfit, first introduced in The LEGO Movie 2 series for the Watermelon Suit Guy. Obvious recoloured to represent a slice of pizza. Underneath is a plain green torso and a pair of funky trousers. From the look of the face, it would seem one of the pizza delivery guys has been made to dress as a giant slice of pizza to spin a sign around. This is a 2×3 tile, featuring the menu of pizza and a English delicacy called Chicken Parmo.
Galactic Bounty Hunter
After the launch of Classic Space, a series of fraction-based spin-offs were released. One of those fractions were Blacktron, a band of intergalactic bad-uns, who favour black and have an inverted Triforce as their insignia. The Blacktron have infiltrated the Collectible Minifigures before back in 2011 and again in 2013. This latest Minifigure is a renegade bounty hunter. Now you may notice a little difference between the one below and the one shown in the official shots. The official images show the Minifigure to have red trim on the body armour. These doesn’t appear as much in the final Minifigure, which is a shame as the red trim would have looked quite cool against the black and grey. The Bounty Hunter uses a new recoloured version of the Ant-Man helmet from the Endgame sets. This is a similar design to the enclosed Iron Man helmet from the Mighty Micro range and looks great with the shoulder element. Take off the helmet and you’ve greeted by a grinning pale blue face. I really like the trans-red book cover element used as a digital ‘Wanted – Built or Broken’ datapad poster.
In the Worlds before LEGO, Primal chaos reigned, Heaven sought order. Atop a mountain an egg appeared. Soon elemental forces caused the egg to hatch, from it then came a Monkey Minifigure. The Monkey King or Sun Wukon is a mythological character from ancient Chinese legends, and the novel Journey to the West. But for many, their connection to the character will be from the classic Japanese series Monkey Magic. This is an amazing Minifigure, it’s so detailed and full of character, just like the TV version of Monkey. As well as a very detailed torso and legs, both with dual-moulded arms and legs; the Monkey King has a tail element, shoulder covering and a split material cape. But it’s the head which I adore, the two faces are awesome and the new hair element, with ears poking out is perfect. I only thing that would have made it perfect would be a Unikitty cloud baseplate.
Of the first 8 Minifigures from Series 19, the stand out for me is definitely the Monkey King. He looks amazing, has some great detailing especially his cheeky face. The Video Game Champ is a strong second, especially his amazing shirt. The Bounty Hunter is a little disappointing, due to the differing colours but it still looks quite cool. Elsewhere there are some great accessories, I like the Gamers hair so hopefully that will start appearing in a few more natural colours in the future sets. I enjoy the poop, in respect of the Minifigure it comes with, but I guarantee it will next be used on a dessert of some kind. Poop aside the new little sausage dog is a great addition to the ever expanding canine line-up. Come back soon for part 2 of my LEGO Minifigures Series 19 review. Also stay tuned for a very special LEGO Minifigures Series 19 competition!