LEGO 71035 Minifigures The Muppets Limited Edition Collection 6 Pack Mystery Bag Set from 12 to Collect with Toy Kermit the Frog & Miss Piggy

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LEGO 71035 Minifigures The Muppets Limited Edition Collection 6 Pack Mystery Bag Set from 12 to Collect with Toy Kermit the Frog & Miss Piggy

LEGO 71035 Minifigures The Muppets Limited Edition Collection 6 Pack Mystery Bag Set from 12 to Collect with Toy Kermit the Frog & Miss Piggy

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One half of the madcap pair of scientists responsible for inventing (deep breath): exploding clothes, hair-growing tonic, a robot politician, edible paper clips, an electric nose warmer, a gorilla detector, a banana sharpener and a machine that can turn gold into cottage cheese, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew is arguably a little yellower than his minifigure would suggest, but this particular shade of green gets a pass. Piggy’s works well in that regard, and given how much those heads lean into action figure territory already, restricting each of the Muppets to traditional minifigure torsos and legs was a wise decision. At some stage, these need to be LEGO-first interpretations of their characters, and Miss Piggy is a great example of just about striking the right balance. As is, there’s something just a little jarring about seeing an accurately-sculpted human head atop a minifigure’s shoulders, nose and all (even if that nose is a defining characteristic of Swedish Chef’s appearance), and it’s where 71033 The Muppets starts to cross the line into action figure territory. It works within the context of the rest of this particular series, but does it work within the context of LEGO as a medium? That’s perhaps for you to decide. Gonzo The answer may lie in 71033 The Muppets. The LEGO Group’s latest adventure into this unorthodox design language takes the DNA of Jim Henson’s classic characters and realises them in an appropriately colourful cast of blind-bagged minifigures, each representing the pinnacle of what’s possible with LEGO characters in 2022. They’re brilliantly designed, instantly recognisable – and perhaps more authentic than it should be possible to get through the LEGO lens… — Set details — If Swedish Chef gives you questionable feelings towards 71033 The Muppets, daredevil performance artiste Gonzo will remind you why the majority of this series is such a home run. Like the rest, his head sculpt is spot on, and the detailed printing across his torso and legs perfect for the character. Swap out those blue hands, and this is also another torso ripe for use beyond just the Muppets.

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One of two members of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem represented in 71033 The Muppets – and perhaps the biggest omissions beyond Scooter are the rest of that band – Janice is much better suited to the LEGO Group’s current colour palette than some of her fellow characters, and almost every facet of her minifigure captures her on-screen presence perfectly.But then there’s that question again: when is a LEGO minifigure nota minifigure? Because while all 12 of these characters are wholly authentic to their on-screen counterparts, it means that some of them – Statler, Waldorf, Swedish Chef – are clearly Muppets first, and LEGO minifigures second, perhaps prizing that authenticity above the classic LEGO design language we’re familiar with. It’s a choice, for sure, and one the LEGO Group has made before – so likely one you already have an opinion on, though it’s maybe taken to even further extremes here with the Muppets’ human characters. Either way, it’s also exemplary of the Collectible Minifigures’ recent approach to its licensed themes, which – between 71030 Looney Tunes and 71033 The Muppets – seems to be slapping novelty heads on minifigure bodies.

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Here’s where things start to get really questionable. If Swedish Chef pushes the limits of how far these moulded heads should go, Statler and Waldorf have left those barriers in the dust. These are full human heads, that absolutely resemble full human heads – eyes, mouth, nose, ears and so on – sculpted, moulded and thrust on to minifigure bodies. Her accessory – a printed 2×3 tile with a picture of her own face, presumably a poster or magazine cover – is a little less thrilling, though totally on point for the character. Fozzie Bear That’s largely by dint of the fact he’s a human character, and as such fits very neatly into the template defined by thousands of other minifigures based on humans over the past few decades. His bushy eyebrows and ‘tache would have looked just fine printed on a standard minifigure head, with a removable chef’s hat on top. Rowlf’s head sculpt is as good as any of his contemporaries, but his torso and leg printing suffers from the same issue as Fozzie Bear’s, and to an even greater extent given the darker brown used here: it’s almost toosubtle, and hardly distinguishable in certain lighting. Statler and Waldorf In LEGO Springfield, every character gets their own single-purpose head, establishing a template since followed by select Disney characters across two series, and all but one of the dozen minifigures in last year’s 71030 Looney Tunes. And as it did first in 2014, then again in 2021, and now again in 2022, that potentially-divisive design standard raises the question: at what point do these minifigures stop being minifigures, and start being action figure heads atop minifigure bodies?If you’re looking for Animal in particular, just give the bags a shake and listen out for the one that rattles the most: there are a lot of pieces in there… — Price —



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