43179: Mickey and Minnie Buildable Figures Announced

Continuing with the ongoing strategy of marketing direct to AFOLs with the 18+ packaging, the LEGO Group and Disney today announce the forthcoming release on July 1 of their latest Direct to Consumer set: 41379 Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters. This set has over 1700 elements, building two figures, and accessories. Each figure is over 30cm tall.

43179 LEGO® ǀ Disney Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters Ages 18+. 1739pieces US $179.99 –CA $229.99 –DE €179.99 –UK £169.99 – FR €179.99 – DK 1399DKK- AUD $279.99 – NZD $319.99

These figures are generous in proportion, and as such, several aspects are easy to take for granted when looking at them from a distance, not the least of which would be some of the new elements to be seen here. While 2×2 round bricks are common enough, this is the first time that I have seen a curved 2×2 element: here it is used in the arms and legs. I am also intrigued at the amount of SNOT work required to achieve the shape of Mickey’s pelvis.

Looking for the chance to restore some Black Classic Spacemen? for the first time since 1987, the helmet mould has been used in black, to make Mickey and Minnie’s noses! I was surprised to read this in the press release comments from the designer – then I went to Brickset and discovered that Blacktron and Classic Space figures used different helmet moulds. The things you learn! The flowers look similar to those seen in Unikitty last year, but now in white.

I love the intricacy of the hand construction. The fingers may not look quite as rounded as we are used to, but there are still limitations to the construction medium. Still, there is a significant amount of SNOT Work involved here too.

And we see an unusual shape in the camera: I’m not sure exactly what bricks are used here. Both the camera body, as well as the latch to Minnie’s autograph book are a new colour: Transparent brown, with opalescence. Unfortunately, it looks like the autograph book is stickered, although the autographed tiles for the base appear to be printed.

There maybe more interesting elements to discover, but I’ll leave that to the folks over at New Elementary.

There maybe more interesting elements to discover, but I’ll leave that to the folks over at New Elementary.

As has become The Way Of Things recently, the box has the greebling across the bottom, with the 18+ label. The packaging appears solid and firm, and the instruction manuals are also quite fine, not looking out of place on the coffee table.

Here is the Press release…

[June 15th, 2020]Step back in time and get hands-on with the original animated stars of the silver screen, as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are brought to life in buildable LEGO brick form. With this brand-new construction set, fans can re-live fond memories and immerse themselves in the magical world of LEGO®|Disney, as they build their own versions of the world famous couple. 

Based on Disney’s iconic characters, the large-scaleLEGO®|Disney Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Buildable Charactersare full to the brim with nostalgic and stylish details. Perfect for Disney fans looking to re-create the magic again and again, these dynamically posed models not only come dressed in their instantly recognisable original outfits, they also come equipped with a series of unique buildable accessories to pose with, including a retro camera, a guitar and a photo album complete with pictures of the iconic duo’s adventures from years gone by – creating endless possibilities when it comes to displaying the beloved couple. 

Helping to bring some nostalgic movie magic into any home or office, each figure in the new set also stands on a base that resembles an old-time film reel, complete with the original character signatures. With Mickey Mouse standing tall at 14 in. (36cm) high and Minnie Mouse at 13 in. (35cm) – including the base – , the pair make a perfect addition to any Disney fan’s LEGO®|Disneycollection or as a stand-alone display.

As well as making an impressive display piece, the 1,739-piece set is a mini feat of LEGO brick engineering, with LEGO designer Ollie Gregoryfocused on doing these classic stars of the big screen justice. 

Ollie commented: “We always look to design things that people would like to put on their shelf, including my own, which is why we went for the ‘classic’ Mickey Mouse design with the iconic silhouette and colour palette – as a surprise for builders, the characters insides are built from colourful elements inspired by classic outfits worn by the the pair in the past. The Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters are extremely detailed and intricate, and there were lots of challenges to overcome. For example, to create the tips of their noses we even had to bring back the LEGO Classic Space Helmet in black, which hasn’t been seen since 1987. LEGO fans will also notice that we have debuted a new colour in this set, 363 – TR. Brown with Opalesence, the first time it is included in any set – so there’s lots to explore with this build!” 

The LEGO Group has a range of LEGO®|Disney sets that are sure to bring back loving memories of Disney films and trips to Disneyland including the LEGO®|Disney Train and Station, LEGO®|Disney Castle and the LEGO Ideas Steamboat Willie. This latest addition to the LEGO®|Disney collection has been designed specifically with adults in mind – giving builders a creative outlet to help focus their minds and re-charge from their busy lives, as they get hands-on building these two iconic Disney characters.

The new LEGO®|Disney Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable characters construction set is the latest example of how the LEGO Group aims to inspire builders of all ages to build, rebuild and get excited by the process of creation. It will also feature the new stylish, adult-focused packaging in order to reflect the sophisticated nature of the creative process and allow adult builders to find products related to their passions.

Iconic Disney characters become a unique display piece!

If you’re a Disney fan and love their original cartoons, this is the perfect fit! LEGO® ǀ Disney Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters (43179) gives you a chance to focus your mind and use your hands to create a truly display-worthy item.

Fantastic retro details

Based on Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks’ iconic characters, these figures feature Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in dynamic poses, with several buildable accessories including a guitar, vintage camera, tripod and a photo album with photos of their adventures. Mickey stands 14 in. (36cm) high and Minnie stands 13 in. (35cm) high.

LEGO building projects for you

Take time for you, focus on an enjoyable creative challenge and make these 2 stunning, large-scale, buildable figures to display in your home or office. Part of a collection of inspiring LEGO building sets for adults interested in pop culture, art, architecture and design, they make an excellent gift for yourself or a Disney fan in your life looking for their next project.

  • Give yourself or a DIY lover in your life a creative experience with this LEGO® ǀ Disney Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters (43179) set. Makes a unique display and conversation piece.
  • Clear your mind while building 2 large-scale, detailed figures and accessories to create and display. This set lets you experience a satisfying, hands-on build as you recharge.
  • Once built, these iconic characters look great on display in a home or office. You can keep them together or set up a unique scene with each figure and the included accessories.
  • Share your love of Disney’s Mickey Mouse and enjoy this set with all its details and accessories. The engrossing build and retro look of the figures also makes this a great gift for yourself or any Disney fan you know.
  • Detailed, large-scale figures, with the largest model standing over 14 in. (36 cm) tall, 7.5 in. (19 cm) wide and 6.5 in. (16.5 cm) deep. This stunning set contains 1,739 pieces and can be displayed in a special place in your home.
  • Memories and quality alone time are waiting. You don’t need batteries to enjoy this set – building these high-quality figures helps you escape your daily routine and they are designed to be displayed in your home.
  •  The coffee-table-quality instructions help guide you through the project, with stories and vignettes to add entertainment value during building. This LEGO® set makes a perfect creative outlet to escape the daily grind.
  • Give adult builders like yourself 2 impressively detailed, large-scale figures in this LEGO® ǀ Disney set. The set offers you a unique build that you can put on display as a way of reflecting your love of the characters.

This is certainly a set aimed fair and square at the adult market. Even the wording in the product description focusses on using the models as a talking point, and as an excercise in midfullness, dufring construction.

The Figures will be available from July 1st, from LEGO.com, as well as selected LEGO Branded retail locations. I think these models models look great, evoking a feeling of the Mickey and Minnie from a bygone era: they are impressive looking discussion pieces, and it looks like they might include a number of new and interesting elements. Are they for you? Why don’t you leave your comments below, and until next time…

Play well!

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