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LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 18 – Race Car Guy – (13 of 17)

s-l300Minifigure: #13 of 17 – Race Car Guy
Released: April 1, 2018
MSRP: $3.99
Pieces: 10
Shop: LEGO

Everything about Race Car Guy, the thirteenth minifigure in this series, is LEGO. He’s bright, he’s vibrant, he’s fun. And if you’re lucky enough to find him in one of these blind bags, he has a couple of uses. How fun is that?! Let’s take a closer look at this little guy.

Going in our usual top to bottom coverage, weimg_2044 start with the classic blue helmet element that we’ve been collecting since 1987; when Blacktron and Futuron sets hit the shelves. It’s not the style of helmet that you would see on Benny any time soon. However, this is the mold that allows for the visor to flip up and down in a sleek looking fashion. And Race Car Guy gets one of those visors in trans-black, nothing new here. However, that red and white checkered print on the sides of that helmet looks fairly sharp.

The facial printing on the classic yellow head is a neat exclusive print. Race Car Guy comes with muttonchops that span the entire height of the face, and he sports a little soul patch. The facial features are relatively unremarkable, but the quality of the print is high as usual. Coupled with the dark brown hair printing, this minifigure head should be sought after to add to the variety of minifigure heads available. There is no secondary facial print.

The torso mold is in blue with the arms in white and the hands come in red. The black lines on the torso are fairly crisp and on point. The white and black of the belt look great, and we like the faded white print of the “RR” logo on the chest. The printing on the back with the new racing team name “Clutch Drive” is a nice little nod to the strength of one LEGO element connecting and holding on to another LEGO element — or its clutch power.

The hips and legs assembly comes in the fairly common blue mold, with the black printing from the torso continuing down into the legs for the texture of most racing suits. There’s also printing down the sides of the legs along the seams, as racing gear is usually all color and logos. We also want to point out the logo for “Cross Axle” on the legs, where the “x” is clearly a reference to the top view of a technic axle, another nice little LEGO reference tucked away in this figure.

Before we get too carried away gushing about this race car, let’s get the other things out of the way: orange baseplate, two trolley wheels and axles in black that have come with a bazillion other sets, and one 1×1 half round tile (commonly referred to as a tooth piece), in flat silver with black print (you got two of them if youimg_2045 bought that Catwoman heist set from the LEGO Batman Movie first wave of sets).

Look at this fun car. We like it so much, it makes us want to curse. Naturally, Race Car Guy can wear this car as intended. And that looks great. But if you remove Race Car Guy’s legs from the equation, those axle and wheel elements are fully functional. He looks like he’s riding around in a little car! Are you serious?! And tell us how bad you want to use this car as a little amusement ride. Go ahead, tell us. We’ll wait. You know we’re going to be seeing this mold again at some point. It’s so great. The potential of future sets with this part is just so exciting.

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LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 18 – Cat Costume Girl – (12 of 17)

CAT COSTUME GIRLMinifigure: #12 of 17 – Cat Costume Girl
Released: April 1, 2018
MSRP: $3.99
Pieces: 7
Shop: LEGO

While Cat Costume Girl ticks all of the boxes that one would come to expect with a Collectible Minifigure, there’s just something about her that we find off-putting. Perhaps it’s the garish mask, or some odd printing choices, or maybe simply because she’s a stupid cat and they’re the worst. Let’s check her out!

The mask is hideous. It’s molded in black with white highlights and whiskers and a pink nose. It img_2053definitely says, “CAT!” But it’s just too much. We would have preferred something less. Whether it had been a minifigure head mold with ears, or the use of something smaller on top of the head ala Black Panther (sh466), this element is just too much. The faceprint on the yellow head is so much more adequate, it gets lost under the mask. That’s why we think something smaller for the ears would have been better.

The black torso with the white furry printing is fine enough. This torso printing shows off the hips-print that we were talking about with Cactus Girl far more distinctly. There is no print on the back. Also, looking at the print on the front, it looks more like maybe a dog’s chest than a cat. The arms are dual-molded, black over white, with some white printing on the black so that the fur isn’t so severe. Yet, the printing doesn’t quite match the white of the mold so it looks a little off.

Sitting between the torso and the legs is a black tail with the two holes that fit over the studs of the hips assembly. This style of tail has been used numerous times, but this particular mold has only been used three times; the flying monkeys from The Ultimate Batmobile (70917) in sand blue, a minifigure from Lex Luthor Mech Takedown (76097) in bright light orange, and a img_2052Simpsons Collectible Minifigure in Scratchy (colsim-14) in dark bluish gray.

The hips and legs and dual-molded in black over white. They’ve tried what they did with the arms to similar effect. The white feet under the black legs look fine, until you look at the white furry printing on top of the black mold, that printing doesn’t end up being the same shade of white as the mold. It makes the print look faded.

There is a silver lining to this figure. The fish accessory that the minifigure carries is a very old mold. It’s come with so many sets and so many figures before. However, this is the first time this mold has come in medium azure. Collectors will love it.

Orange baseplate.

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LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 18 – Cactus Girl – (11 of 17)

CACTUS GIRLMinifigure: #11 of 17 – Cactus Girl
Released: April 1, 2018
MSRP: $3.99
Pieces: 5
Shop: LEGO

We’ve been delaying talking about the rest of this series for long enough. There’s so much more to look at and talk about. Here’s a final push to get them done this week, but trust us. We’re going to talk about everything the way we usually do. This isn’t going to be rushed through. Let’s start easy with the next minifigure in the series, Cactus Girl. She’s another minifigure with one of those shell-like headpieces that drape down over the rest of the figure. It’s green and oblong and ribbed and has bumps img_2058(YOU’RE DIRTY!). We suppose if you wanted her to be Pickle Girl (or Boy for that matter), then that’s who they would be. Obviously, there’s a space for the minifigure’s face to poke through, so let’s look at that.

The face if fairly basic. It’s a female’s printed face on the yellow head with reddish brown eyebrows and dark tan lips. On one side she looks fairly calm and on the other side she looks like she may be in pain or concerned.

The torso is green with pretty great printing in black. The stripes mimic the ribbed shape of the cactus, plus there are creases in the shirt. On the sides of the torso, LEGO generally has printing for female minifigures that represent hips. This print is featured here, but to a less severe degree than has been used in the past on other female minifigures. The arms, if that’s what you would img_2059like to call them, are new molds in green that are made too look branches of a cactus.

The hips and legs assembly are molded in green and have no print on them whatsoever. And of course, Cactus Girl comes with that orange modified tile with the four studs across the middle to act as a baseplate; exclusive to this series. That’s it. She’s pretty basic compared to the rest of the series when you break her down in to parts. But like most women, the sum of those parts are greater. She’s a fun inclusion to the series and one of our favorites!

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LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 18 – Birthday Cake Guy – (10-17)

BIRTHDAY CAKE GUYMinifigure: #10 of 17 – Birthday Cake Guy
Released: April 1, 2018
MSRP: $3.99
Pieces: 7
Shop: LEGO

We’re going to leave last night’s nightmare of a minifigure review behind and return to the bright and colorful fun that is the rest of this collection. Birthday Cake Guy is everything that this series wants him to be. The molds are great and exclusive and the prints are bright img_2064and fun. Let’s take a look at a minifigure that is exclusive from top to bottom.

While we mentioned how special the party hat element was to the Birthday Party Girl a couple of reviews ago, Birthday Cake Guy’s party hat is better. While Birthday Party Girl’s hat was in a brand new color, it was released in medium lavender also in Friends’ Emma’s Pet Party (10748). This, here, is the only time that this element is available in pearl gold. Otherwise, it’s the same as you’ve seen before in all of the other Friends sets where they celebrate anything and everything. So, if you need a party hat and you’ve been waiting for it to be in pearl gold, here you finally go.

The hairpiece is also a new mold.
Yes.
Yes it is.
Don’t argue.

What sets this apart from the other hairpiece that has been used thousands of times is that little pinhole in the top. You can put ribbons and bows in there if you’d like. But when it comes to Birthday Cake Guy, that’s where the hat goes. And that makes all of the difference. There’s a single print on the yellow minifigure head. The print is big and bold with a huge smile and little red tongue sticking out for all of the world to see. Clearly, he’s yelling, “TADAA!”

The mold for the arms and legs are in bright light blue, with fantastic prints for the lines in the jacket and tie. A bow is printed in a metallic gold and the white of the shirt is laid down solidly. The splotches of pink frosting is in bright pink. The hips and legs are in bright pink with splotches of bright light blue for the blue frosting of the cake. There’s even a little bit on the tips of his feet. If we had to pick a detail of this minifigure that we found lacking, it’s this img_2065blue frosting print. However, on the bright side, it could also pass as the legs and feet of a painter.

Let’s talk about this cake element. It’s three molds, primarily bright pink with two white frosting molds on the outside. And then there’s two shades of blue printed on the white for the ribbon. While the execution is is so simple, it is perfect. The entire figure stands inside the pink mold and then there’s anti-studs at the bottom so the figure doesn’t run away.

Orange baseplate. See you this evening!

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LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 18 – Spider Suit Boy – (9 of 17)

SPIDER SUIT BOYMinifigure: #09 of 17 – Spider Suit Boy
Released: April 1, 2018
MSRP: $3.99
Pieces: 7
Shop: LEGO

Series 18 is supposed to be a party of colorful and delightful characters. Even the most simplistic minifigure in the Classic Police Officer is celebratory in its nostalgia. The prints and molds are so one-note in the colors and shapes compared to Dragon Suit Guy and Flower Pot Girl, that he’d be out of place if he weren’t the plastic embodiment of our childhood. However, that all comes to a crashing conclusion with the whimsical vacuum that is the ninth entry in this seventeen figure collection. Spider Suit Boy is img_2049off-putting at best compared to the rest of the figures. But, how does he fair as a stand alone?

The headgear is a new mold in black with silver printing to outline the four eyes and light bluish gray on the mandibles. This element fails somehow. We’re not sure if it needs more eyes, maybe fewer but bigger eyes. It needs something else. Despite being a full mask that covers everything but the face, Spider Suit Boy has an alternate face print. The primary minifigure head is molded in white with black print for the expression and gray eyes. To give him a little bit of character, Spider Suit Boy has a snaggle-fang that hangs out on one side. His other face is also in black with gray eyes, and here he’s clearly scared of something.

Fitting over the neck, is a giant spider that hangs on the back. It’s all black. It has eight legs and a neck ring that goes over the stem of the torso. Perhaps people will use these in their MOCs, hiding the neck ring in a wall build, so that the spider will appear to be climbing a building. But that’s about it.

The torso is also black, with dark bluish gray and white, for a webbed jacket or hoodie. This is easily the best part of the figure. The detail in theimg_2050 zipper and the hem at the top and bottom display how LEGO have some of the best graphic designers. Their choices in what to include and not in their depiction of this print are perfect. Even around back, despite the giant spider backpack thing, they’ve included some folds and the hood to the jacket in dark bluish gray. The hips and legs are in black. The modified tile with the four studs across the middle is the orange that comes with every figure in the series. And Spider Suit Boy comes with a little molded black spider that has an anti-stud on the bottom. It’ll sit pretty well on the minifigure’s hand or just about anywhere there’s an available LEGO stud.