They are tiny, they’re definitely toony and some are most certainly a little looney and now they’re invading the world of LEGO® Minifigures. Yes, it’s new Minifigure Season and the latest series is focused on the wacky world of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes. It includes 12 characters from the classic Merrie Melodies shorts, which first began in the early 30s and run right through to the late 90s, which just so happens to be when Space Jam was released and also acts as a brief inspiration for this interesting new series.
Now before you read on this review is missing a character. BricksFanz along with a number of fellow media outlets received a box from an iffy batch. These boxes did not contain any Wile E. Coyotes. Therefore I do not have a full set of characters. I must make it entirely clear that Wile is NOT a chase figure and boxes received by retailers should contain him. In fact, due to the new way LEGO Minifigures series are structured a full sealed box should include three full series. There is always a possibility this may vary.
So despite this, a full box of LEGO Minifigures now contains 36 Minifigures. They are still in the packets and have not been switched to boxes like the VIDIYO Bandmates series are. There is little point in giving a layout of the characters in the box for obvious reasons.
In a similar fashion to the two Simpsons and Disney series, the Looney Tunes characters all use unique head moulds to portray the various iconic characters. In fact, every single character uses a new piece, combined with the standard Minifigure body and other cosmetic accessory pieces to achieve their required look. They also feature classic accessories closely connected to most characters’ first or most prominent appearances.
The most iconic Looney Tune character is Bugs. His simple appearance hasn’t changed much over the years and the Minifigure is thankfully based on the classic design and not the awful one recently introduced with the pale yellow gloves. His tail is printed instead of being an additional element and he comes with a carrot accessory. Accessory: Carrot
This despicable duck has played off Bugs quick wit for many years, with their most famous face-off being the ‘Rabbit Fire’ episode. Which is complemented by Daffy’s Rabbit Season sign. Being a duck, Daffy uses a black version of the tailpiece first used for Donald in the Disney series. It’s a great Minifigure and the use of dual moulded legs works perfectly for Daffy’s legs. Accessory: Rabbit Season Sign
The Looney Tunes cartoons are built on partnerships and after the pair above, the next fun foes are a cat and bird duo. Sylvester’s main goal in life is to capture Tweety Pie, this is assisted by the inclusion of a baseball bat. His tail sees the return of another previously seen element, now in black to match Sylvester’s fur. Accessory: Baseball Bat
This is probably one of the characters who translates into Minifigure form, less favourably. This is partly due to the scale compared to other characters. The use of classic short legs helps a little but the character’s original appearance is hard to achieve with a classic torso. It would have been much preferred to include Tweety as a creature element included with Sylvester. But should main characters be relegated to a mere accessory? Accessory: Mallet
He’s the provider of a catchphrase synonymous with the Looney Tunes franchise and one which has been moved into popular culture. Porky more portly belly is achieved with print detail and it doesn’t look too bad to be honest, especially when you compare it to Pooh Bear from the latest Ideas set. His tail is also printed, which is a shame as a curly tailpiece would have been welcomed. Porky’s accessory is a sign displaying his ‘That’s All Folks’ catchphrase, it couldn’t really be anything else. Accessory: That’s All Folks sign
I grew up on the Looney Tunes cartoons, my double VHS boxset certainly had its money’s worth. But even I was unaware of this character despite her being introduced in the late ’30s! Petunia Pig is in basic terms the female version of Porky, his girlfriend and in all honesty a strange addition to the series, due to her unfamiliarity. But I guess there is a lack of female characters and she connects to Porky. Accessory: Teapot
Marvin the Martian
During the golden age of Looney Tune cartoons, many new characters joined the existing line-up and one of those new faces was an angry little chap from Mars, known as Marvin. Kitted out in an almost Romanesque outfit, Marvin is the only character in the series to use a standard Minifigure head and material piece for his skirt. I think this is another character who doesn’t really suit the classic Minifigure style but he is a great character so it’s nice he’s been represented. Accessory: Ray Gun
Tasmanian Devil (Taz)
The Tasmanian Devil or Taz was introduced fairly late compared to other Looney Tunes characters. For many, he is best known for his own 90s show, Taz-Mania. Taz’s trademark move is to transform into a mini-tornado. This is achieved with a printed round disc capped with a 2×2 domed tile. The mix of the large head/body piece and short legs results in a great little Minifigure. Accessory: Spinning Disc, Drumstick and Pie
In these strange times, people have been horrified by many past actions. In some cases, this is rightly warranted but there are a few Looney Tunes characters who have fallen foul of new ideals including Pepé Le Pew, Lola Bunny and a certain Mexican mouse. Pepé has been resigned to the Warner vault, Lola’s been redesigned and it seems Speedy has escaped unscathed. Although the character’s stature is similar to Tweety, Speedy doesn’t suffer the same fate and his Minifigure form is quite nice. Accessory: Cheese Wedges
Lola Bunny is a strange addition, as she was only introduced to the world of Looney Tunes in the 1996 smash hit film, Space Jam. In a similar fashion to Petunia, I assume she is included for being a female character and due to the upcoming Space Jam sequel. I’m just not sure she fits with the classic versions of other characters in this series. Her print detail also feels a little off, I think this is partly due to most of the other Minifigures having little to no detailing on the body, which makes Lola’s way more apparent. The ball accessory is also too small. However, her head element is nicely done. Accessory: Basketball
Birdius Buildius Minfigureius – the Road Runner has two aims in life – to run fast and make Wile look as foolish as possible, both of which he’s perfected over the years. Now I’ve seen a number of comments already saying Road Runner doesn’t translate well into a Minifigure but I must disagree slightly. Sure the chunky legs of a Minifigure don’t match those of the Road Runner but the recoloured wing-armed torso, long-tail and head feathers slightly retract from that. I quite like it. His accessory is a tasty bowl of seed, minus the elaborate trap. Accessory: Bowl of Bird Seed
Wile E. Coyote
Canis Missius Boximus – As mentioned above due to Minifigure fulfilment being contracted out to the ACME Corporation, review boxes of the Looney Tunes series did not contain any Wile E. Coyote Minifigures. Ironically, they were replaced with an abundance of Road Runners. So I cannot really add much here regarding the character. I will update the review once Wile is retrieved from the hole he fell in when falling off a cliff. Accessory: Anvil
He’s been retrieved from the hole at the bottom of a ravine in Billund and after a slight delay, the aptly named Wile E. Coyote has arrived and joins the rest of the gang. As with his Looney buddies, Wile has a unique head element, which is based on Wile’s classic style. Wile use the same bushy tail element as Taz and his accessory is a disappointingly small anvil.
I must admit I do prefer the more traditional looking Minifigures, but they just wouldn’t be a great fit for this particular gang of characters. Most of the translate well into Minifigure form, although there are most certainly a couple of exceptions. Both Speedy and Tweety look a little odd in their Minifigure guise but as iconic characters, with connections to others in this series, it’s a given that they needed to be featured. For some reason, which I can’t entirely put my figure on, I’m not a fan of the Lola Bunny Minifigure. But with Space Jam 2 on the way I can understand the inclusion. Despite that, the rest of the gang are great, Daffy, Bugs and Road Runner are definitely my favourites. The Looney Tunes series will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they are certainly a unique bunch of iconic characters. Something which will most certainly translate far beyond the LEGO community although I assume Warner’s animated characters probably don’t garner the same obsessive collecting as Disney’s do.
The LEGO Looney Tunes Minifigures will be available globally from April 26th or right now if you happen to walk into the right shop.
These Minifigures were 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 or Warner Bros. Providing the set for free does not guarantee a favourable opinion of the set.