The new series of LEGO® Minifigures are here. Series 19 marks a return to the ‘normal’ Minifigures, not connected to a licence, which means 16 crazy new characters to collect. It also means some fun new elements and accessories. They aren’t officially available until September 1st but I’ve got a set early and have already taken a look at 8 of the new characters, so it’s time to take a closer look at the last 8 new characters in the 16 Minifigure collection. Let’s meet the Series 19 crew in the second 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
LEGO have been accused of not representing females very well in their products and partner products. Personally I think the LEGO Group go to great lengths to represent many aspects of life, without being restrained by gender stereotypes. One of the best examples of this has to be the Collectible Minifigures. Programming have become a more important in recent years, with schools teaching it to kids and even toys having a focus on STEAM activities. The Programmer Minifigure is a fun little character, her shirt features a series of 1’s and 0’s which just so happen to spell out LEGO in ‘computer speak’. The rest of the Minifigure is pretty average, although I really like the shirt tied around her waist, which mixes print detail with dual-moulded legs. I also like the white laptop and fancy little robot, which use one of the Overwatch guns along with a couple of rounded 1×2 bricks and a printed 1×1 brick.
The Gardener is a questionable name for this Minifigure, she looks more like one of the stylish OAPs you see in American TV shows, who has a front lawn filled with gordy garden ornaments and bright green artificial grass. Regardless of the name, this is a great little Minifigure. She has a new coloured pale purple hairpiece and an all-new Flamingo element. The print detail on her shirt and legs is quite cool and looks great against the background colouring. The use of different coloured hands to represents gloves is also effective. But for many the Flamingo will be the draw. LEGO animals are great fun and it’s always fun to see new ones arrive.
There has been some pretty cool elements included in the various series of LEGO Minifigures, but a bike has to be the biggest yet. And it’s not any old bike, it’s one of the new mountain bikes. It looks like the classic bike frame, but slightly wider and can accommodate thicker car tires. It’s a mixture of a classic LEGO bike and a motorbike. It this is the cheapest way to own one after first appearing in a different colour in last year’s LEGO City People Pack. It’s female rider is the perfect companion to the bike. She has a new hair and hat combo element, which uses the newish outdoor pursuits-style helmet, with hair flowing out the back. Her outfit looks great with the combination of print and dual-moulded legs and arms. One of which features a little plaster, which is a nice detail.
LEGO sets already have their fair share of fire fighting Minifigures. Much of the LEGO City range is filled with either police or firefighters. So having them one in the series of Minifigures does seem a little wasteful. However the one included here does include a new hairpiece, which is a firefighters helmet with blonde hair and a unique printed megaphone element. It’s not the best character in this series but it is nice to see a female firefighter, especially with the great new hairpiece.
Back in the late 90s, a band of rogue knights, lead by Basil the Bat Lord stormed the realm of LEGO Castle. Unlike that classic LEGO theme, Fright Knights had a more fantasy aspect to it. Over 20 years on, the Fright Knights have long gone, but one loyal soldier still roams the lands. He’s now been included in Series 19 of the LEGO Minifigures. This ghostly knight is kitted out in armour, including a breastplate and helmet. Beneath all that protection is a pale blue skinned Minifigure, a little reminiscent of the Night Knight in Game of Thrones. The ghostly form extends to the knight sword, which is transparent blue and the look is finished with a new shield element, which features the familiar bat logo of the original Fright Knights. I do love it when LEGO sets feature nods to past themes, so this is a fun reminder of bygone LEGO classic.
Long before Chase McCain, Emmet and Clutch Powers, there was a legendary adventurer called Johnny Thunder. He appeared in a number of different LEGO themes and still to this day has a loyal fanbase. It seems his legend lives on with the Series 19 Jungle Explorer. Now this isn’t Johnny Thunder, but he’s clearly influenced the look of the Explorer. So he has similar looking shirt, complete with a red neckerchief. His hat doesn’t have the folded side like Mr Thunder, but is very similar. He’s also accessorized with a backpack, and magnifying glass. He’s also ditched the gun for a chameleon, another great new animal introduced in Series 19. Finally his face is also very similar to Johnny Thunder’s, with the same sideburns and facial hair.
When I first saw this Minifigure, it didn’t look that much fun. It wasn’t until I saw the alternate face and it instantly became of of my favourite characters in this series. The Mummy Queen is a bandage wrapped Egyptian royal, who is also wearing her many jewels and gold chains. Her normal face is a golden mask, featuring the classic Egyptian look, but turning it round turns the Minifigure is to a classic Mummy. I don’t know exactly why but I just love this, I think is the cheery smile. She may be dead but she looks like she’s having great fun. The print detail is amazing, with the bandages covering the entire body, including the arms and legs. It’s possible this is the mummified remains of the Egyptian Queen from Series 5 of LEGO Minifigures, although it looks more like the Egyptian Warrior from Series 13.
Fox Costume Girl
The Fox Costume first appeared, fleetingly, in The LEGO Movie 2. Many assumed it would be included in a set based on the film. But it’s actually taken until the latest series of LEGO Minifigures for it to appear. Just like many of the other Costumed Characters from past series, the Minifigure is clearly meant to represent someone dressed as an animal. From the look of the two faces of the Minifigure, it would seems she has dressed as a fox to steal chickens. One of which is included in a light brown colour. Of course the head covering is a new piece and has a open front so you can see most of the Minifigures face underneath. There is also a fox tail element, it’s a fun little Minifigure and a nice addition to the ever growing costumed club.
These 8 Minifigures feature some of my favourites of the entire series. The Jungle Explorer is a fun nod back to the classic LEGO themes as is the Fright Knight. But for me the Mummy Queen is edges it against all the others. I really didn’t expect to like that particular one as much as I do. It doesn’t have any fancy new elements, it’s just a fun character. Which is why it’s always fun to see the Minifigures up close, as good as the official images are they don’t always show off the little details. I really like all the new elements especially the animals like the flamingo and cameleon. Which is why these original IP series are good, they can be a little more creative without being tied to a license. The Series 19 LEGO Minifigures are officially released on September 1st but most stores have them on sale now.
Although the LEGO Group have provided some Series 19 LEGO Minifigures for review purposes, the ones featured here have been purchased in a UK retail store. Even so the thoughts within this review are those of BricksFanz and do not reflect those of the LEGO Group. Providing sets for the purpose of review does not guarantee a favourable opinion.