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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
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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
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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.

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LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 18 – Classic Police Officer – (8 of 17)

CLASSIC POLICE OFFICERMinifigure: #08 of 17 – Classic Police Officer
Released: April 1, 2018
MSRP: $3.99
Pieces: 6
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There are sixty minifigures in a case. Sometimes LEGO will release a series such that there are an even number of each figure, therefore making each figure statistically even in finding each one. And sometimes, you get Series 18. In each case there is supposed to be five of each of the Brick Suit figures, four of the Elephant Suit Girl, img_2080Fireworks Guy, Dragon Suit Guy, Spider Suit Guy, Birthday Cake Guy, Flowerpot Girl, Cowboy Suit Guy, and Blue Unicorn Guy. If you want Party Clown, the Birthday Party Boy and Girl, Cactus Girl, Cat Suit Girl, and Race Car Guy, there are three of them in each box. And by golly, if you want the Classic Police Officer there is only one in each case (although, we’ve seen a couple reports stating that people bought an entire case and had zero police officers. There’s also reports stating that when there was an officer present, that they were in the left hand column, four or five from the back, in a fresh case. Clear as mud, right? Here’s what all of the hubbub is all about!

It’s the 40th Anniversary of the LEGO Minifigure and The LEGO Group decided to mark the occasion with the reproduction of one of their most popular styled minifigure. Topping off the figure is the classic white hat. You know it. We know it. You have one, trust us. The classic minifigure head comes with the black printing of the two eyes and smile. You know it. We know it. There’s no alternate face, img_2081as it would be painfully visible because of the police hat.

The torso is black with with the classic badge printing and five buttons down the center in white. The hips and legs are in black and he stands on that orange baseplate. That’s almost it! He carries with him a yellow 1×2 plate and a 1×2 tile, when put together represent the classic Police Patrol (600) set that the police minifigure first came in. The tile alone is worth hunting for when it comes to collectors and MOC builders that want to have a more unique inventory in their very own LEGO stores.

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LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 18 – Dragon Suit Guy – (7 of 17)

DRAGON SUIT GUYMinifigure: #07 of 17 – Dragon Suit Guy
Released: April 1, 2018
MSRP: $3.99
Pieces: 8
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While not being the most sought after minifigure in the series, Dragon Suit Guy was the last one we were able to find. They say, if you’re inclined to feel your way through the wrappers, that the trick is to feel for the flat wing element. We call shenanigans! He had to be bought at a convention, where someone had already done the legwork for us.

The headpiece comes in three parts, the bulk of it is the red head gear in red, with the blackimg_2101 printed accents and the white printing on the teeth. Some of the white isn’t that exact, but the black looks just fine. The black barbs are separate elements that have come in so many other sets and colors, you probably have one or two lost in your shag carpeting and don’t even know it.

The minifigure head comes in yellow as per usual, and the face printing (ON BOTH SIDES!) shines through the open mouth of the dragon just nicely. On the one side of the face, the printing is that of a meek looking little boy with brown freckles. On the opposite side, it’s the same boy with brown printed lines between the eyebrows and under the open mouth to show him roaring; it’s our preferred side of the head.

The gargoyle wings element with the neck bracket is not new. It’s come in light bluish gray for the Series 14 Gargoyle (col14-10), and also came in red in Series 16’s Imp (col16-4). The neck bracket fits over the red torso’s peg. There’s a nice print on the front of scales in bright light orange with black outline. Theimg_2102 hands are in black and there is no print on the back as that’s covered by the wings.

Dragon Suit Guy is another minifigure in this series to have an element fit between the torso and the hips. This is where the bracket for the tail piece goes, over the pegs for the hips and legs. The tail is molded in red and has black printing on the spikes and tail. The printing here is way better than the white of the teeth on the headgear. The legs and hips are molded in black with little black toes printed on the front of the feet.

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LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 18 – Birthday Party Girl – (6 of 17)

BIRTHDAY PARTY GIRLMinifigure: #06 of 17 – Birthday Party Girl
Released: April 1, 2018
MSRP: $3.99
Pieces: 11
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Whereas Firework Guy was short on parts for your hard earned four dollars or so, Birthday Party Girl more than makes up for that! With a number of exclusive prints and parts, she’s going to end up being pretty collectible; as is her male counterpart. Let’s have a look-see, shall we?

The party hat with the pin at the bottom has appeared in numerous colors, in numerous Friends sets. There’s img_2047also a party hat coming in a later Series 18 pack. Medium lavender is a new color for this element, also appearing in Friends’ Emma’s Pet Party (10748). That pin fits perfectly into a hole in the hairpiece for Birthday Party Girl.

While the pin hole isn’t new, the mold is. This piece has short hair with two pigtails. The part comes in dark orange. It is sure to be a high commodity, as it will usually be paired with the younger minifigures. While they are becoming more prominent, they’re still a minority in the LEGO universe. So, grab as many of these hairpieces as you can, especially as they start to come out in different colors. The printing on the face is tight to the center and comes with dark orange eyebrows that match the hairpiece. There is no alternate face.

The torso is a white mold with a fine print on the front and back. It doesn’t extend all of the way to the edges. The yellow for the neckline doesn’t quite match the arms and hands but it is solid enough to not let the white of the torso through. The lavender of the bow matches the party hat nicely, and contrasts against the dark purple of her balloon.

Because she’s a child, the hips and legs are all one piece. There is no articulation for the legs. However, LEGO did go the extra mile and made a triple-molded element for this figure! The hips are in bright light blue. The legs are molded in yellow. And the feet are molded in the bright img_2048light blue with nice white printing for her sneakers.

ACCESSORIES!

She comes with a present that’s made up of a bright light orange 2×2 tile with a printed metallic blue bow on top. The box is a new mold, which is 2x2x1 (a shorter version of a container element we’ve had before (61780)) in white with medium blue diagonal stripes. To go in inside the present, there are two round tiles, printed to look like pastries. Both of those are no stranger to recent LEGO shoppers.

But the dual-molded balloon element is brand new, with the bar shaped so that the figure can hold it in two ways, and have the balloon upright. The bar is in white, the balloon itself is molded in dark purple. And of course, there’s the modified tile with four studs across the middle in orange.