I am extremely honoured to be able to bring you my review of LEGO’s latest Series 15 Minifigures! The new series of minifigures have started to show up around the world in mid-January 2016, so this will hopefully help you make a more informed decision on which Series 15 minifigures appeals to you most!
This blog has had a long and illustrious tradition of Minifigure reviews – I have an entire category devoted to Minifigure Series Reviews in the Review Hub if you’d like to catch up on some of the older series.
Series 15 returns to the usual staple of an eclectic bunch of LEGO Minifigure characters after a successful run of the Monster-themed Series 14 and Simpsons Series 2. If it feels like a long time since a “traditional” Minifigure Series – you’re probably right as it’s been a whole year since Series 13!
If you’re new to LEGO’s Collectible Minifigure Series, the premise works like this – each blind bag costs $5 ($4 in the US) and contains a “mystery” minifigure. The blind bags are orange this time around – a slightly darker shade than Series 4!
Here’s the leafleft which is included in each blind bag, containing a handy checklist of all 16 characters of Series 15.
The other side has a digital code to unlock stuff in the LEGO Minifigures Online game. I think you unlock characters or gems – I’m not too sure as I’ve never tried it before.
Continuing the trend started in Series 14, we also get some pictorial instructions that gives you an idea on how to assemble some of the more “elaborate” minifigures.
Most people usually collect the entire theme of all 16 characters but don’t be pressured into buying them all. The great thing about Minifigure Series is that you have an option to just buy the minifigures you like. Unless you’re an obsessive completionist like me which means you’ll need them all!
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Here’s the breakdown of each box of Series 15 minifigs, which should give you an idea of the relative rarity of each minifigure. Like previous series, each box should guarantee 3 complete sets of minifigures. Here’s the full list and their quantities in each box!
The ratio of Series 15 is pretty surprising with LEGO generously stuffing each box with 5 Shark Suit Guys – one of the more popular minifigs from this series. The last time an “Animal Suit Minifigure” was the most numerous was The Panda Guy in The LEGO Movie series.
Despite 5 in each box, I would still consider Shark Suit Guys to be very rare as collectors tend to love hoarding multiples of any Animal Suit Minifigure. They’re currently selling for over AU$10 on eBay..
5x Clumsy Guy
5x Shark Suit Guy
5x Kendo Fighter
4x Wrestling Champion
4x Flying Warrior
4x Frightening Knight
3x Jewel Thief
3x Laser Mech
3x Tribal Woman
3x Animal Control
If you click the name of each minifigure, you’ll instantly jump to the corresponding minifigure review! For the “feelers out there”, my reviews also contain a “How To Find One” section with actual tips on how you can best identify the minifigs in their blind bags.
I am not a fan of other LEGO Minifigure “feel guides” as they’re almost always wildly inaccurate, only highlighting notable accessories or parts without taking into account what they actually feel like in the bag.
If you’re new to my LEGO Minifigure reviews, I use a 5-point scale review scale. Here’s what the numbers mean!
5/5 – I love it
4/5 – I really like it
3/5 – I like it
2/5 – I don’t like it
1/5 – I didn’t really like it
0/5 – I hate it
All right then, now all that formality is out of the way, let’s get to my Series 15 review!
Clumsy Guy “Whoops”
Series 15 character description and quotes lifted from LEGO’s Character Profiles page.
The poor Clumsy Guy must have the worst luck of any Minifigure. No matter how safe and careful he tries to be, something always goes disastrously wrong. If there’s a banana peel around, he’ll slip on it every time. If someone has left a skateboard near the stairs, he’ll be in for a bumpy ride straight to the X-ray machine. Even when he’s standing in the middle of a crowd, he’s the only one who’s likely to get bonked on the head by a plummeting ice meteorite.
Fortunately for the hapless Clumsy Guy, LEGO® City has some of the best doctors and medical care around. Whatever bumps, bruises, scratches and dents he may receive during his misadventures, they’re ready to fix him up with casts, bandages, crutches and anything else that he may need to get him back on his feet and on the mend…right up until his next accident, anyway!
We start the Series 15 Review with Clumsy Guy, a minifigure known for his clumsiness or unluckiness. Everywhere he goes, tragedy strikes and he’s injured most of the time. The most memorable minifigures tend to be ones that have a humorous angle to them and Clumsy Guy hits all the right funny notes.
I love his “bandage hat”, his black eye (pretty sure this is a violent crime, not an accident), band-aid on his face and of course, his hilarious T-Shirt which has a malicious banana printed on it.
Clumsy Guy provides plenty of utility with his “beat-up” face that will be of use in nearly any LEGO City with Medical/Emergency personnel.
I was very impressed with Clumsy Guy’s crutches. They’re a fantastic new accessory – the design is incredibly accurate and functional (can be grasped in several places) and its unique shape should lend itself to be used for some other non-crutch uses.
Clumsy Guy’s cast on his left leg turns him into an exceptional minifigure. The attention to detail is really awesome, with signatures scattered over the cast.
LEGO Designers love sneaking in little Easter Eggs into sets/minifigs they design, so I wouldn’t be surprised if these signatures actually belong to designers who worked on this project.
The printing is really sharp for such a small surface area and also extends to the side of the leg. The fact that only one leg is coloured and printed on is quite an achievement in itself.
I am extremely pleased with Clumsy Guy. It ticks off all the right boxes to be a LEGO Minifigures classic with a very relatable role, with really cool exclusive accessories and an all around memorable design.
In the photo above, Clumsy Guy works really well on the Mummy from this Scooby Doo set!
How To Find One: The Clumsy Guy is relatively easy to feel for thanks to his two crutches. They’re made of solid plastic and are quite wide (almost as wide as a minifig’s body) with a very noticeable hole between the frames. They also curve sharply towards the tip.
Minifig Rating: 4/5
Shark Suit Guy “Yikes! Was that a fin?!”
The Shark Suit Guy watched a scary shark movie once, and he’s been afraid of them ever since. For a long time, he didn’t dare go into the water at the beach, and he even avoided swimming pools and bathtubs just in case. He was worried that he might run into sharks everywhere he went — sharks on the left, sharks on the right, mutant sharks, laser sharks, cyborg sharks, sharks on land, sea and air. But then he started to learn more about sharks and how important they are for the ocean’s ecology, and he found out that they’re not so scary after all.
In fact, they’re pretty cool! To celebrate his newfound appreciation for his finny friends, he’s decided to dress up like a shark himself. Now the Shark Suit Guy may still get a little jumpy whenever he passes a mirror, but at least he knows that if he runs into a real shark, it’ll think he’s a pal!
The very next entrant into LEGO’s exclusive Animal Suit Minifigure Club is Shark Suit Guy, a minifigure based on one of the most entertaining memes of 2015 – Left Shark!
Yes, the awkward, uncoordinated and utterly adorable dancing shark from Katy Perry’s Super Bowl performance that stole the hearts of the internet.
Shark Suit Guy is yet another winning minifigure. I mean… it’s literally impossible for LEGO to produce a bad minifigure in an Animal Suit.
Shark Suit Guy’s costume is ridiculously detailed – an oversized piece that envelopes the minifigure from head to toe. The Shark Costume is made out of solid plastic and features some really nice details such as the eye printing, which is almost identical to the eyes of regular LEGO sharks, the gills etched into each side and of course a wide mouth filled to the brim with sharp teeth.
The minifigure’s exasperated facial expression is also really nice to have and just gives off the “I don’t know what I’m doing” vibe. Shark Suit Guy’s body prints are adequately plain and basic, with the most impressive feature being the shark flippers as substitutes for arms, giving it an extremely complete and satisfying look.
Shark Suit Guy is a winner from nearly every aspect, blending humour, pop culture into a very worthy Animal Suit minifigure. Left Shark will most likely fade into obscurity as fast as he rocketed to internet face, but we will forever have Shark Suit Guy in our LEGO collections.
Oh, and you know what the best part is? There are FIVE Shark Suit Guys in each box. Five! That said, despite being the most common minifigure in each box, expect him to be extremely rare purely because he’s an Animal Suit Minifigure and people tend to collect multiples of them – either to flip on eBay, or to collect.
Here’s the most up-to-date lineup of Animal Suit Minifigures for early 2016. Shark Guy is the 10th Animal Suit Minifig!
Huge kudos to LEGO for trying their best to ensure that fans get a relatively easier chance to get their hands on the most coveted minifigure of Series 15. I don’t even want to know how the LEGO fan community will react if he was a 3-of. It’ll probably be a repeat of last year’s Hot Dog-Gate.
How To Find One: Shark Suit Guy is really easy to find and it helps that there are 5 per box, so unless a scalper/collector has cleaned out a box, you should have no problems finding one. To feel for Shark Suit Guy, his costume is solid and has a really bulbous top part (the head) which extends downwards and feels like a stalk that has a pronged, slightly pointy end where his tail fins are.
The Shark Suit is one of the largest and most prominent pieces in Series 15 that isn’t the Queen or Flying Warrior.
Minifig Rating: 5/5
Kendo Fighter “Strength of arms cannot defeat experience.”
Blade-wielding villains are often amused to find themselves facing the Kendo Fighter and his two wooden swords. At first, they laugh at his audacity in carrying simple practice weapons and armor into battle. After all, how can mere bamboo stand against the strength and sharpness of steel? But those who mock the Kendo Fighter are in for a big surprise. So great is his skill in the fabled Twin Sword Technique that he has no need to carry a metal blade or heavy armor.
Moving with the speed of a praying mantis’ double-armed strike, his kendo swords slice through the air to strike the enemy’s weapon a resounding blow, sending it flying from their grasp. Only then do they realize that they have dared to duel a true master of swordsmanship.
LEGO continue with their fascination of Japan with the Kendo Fighter – the 6th (by my reckoning) Japanese minifigure character so far. I think 6 characters from a particular culture is a little too much and to be honest, I’m quite tired of Japanese minifigures – especially since they’re mostly seem to be based on Ninja or Samurai or some other combat/warrior-type person.
The Kendo Fighter is equipped with 2 Wooden Katanas (tan coloured) which are nice looking accessories but looks nothing like an actual Kendo Sword (called a Shinai) which is a little disappointing.
I understand the rationale of LEGO recolouring or reskinning existing accessories, but for a character named “Kendo Fighter”, I’d have expected them to invest a little more to make him standout from all the other Samurais.
The Kendo Fighter does have quite a nice looking helmet, which has metal bars protecting the face. It’s an older accessory, having first featured in early LEGO Ninjago themes but this particular one has some redeeming features such as the red ring circling the face, set against a dark blue background and slightly shiny steel bars.
The Kendo Fighter’s torso and leg printing are actually pretty nice – the good thing is that they’re generic enough to pass off as a Chinese or Korean armour, so there should be some reusable potential with him.
Taking off his helmet, you’re greeted to a stern Asian face, complete with some facial hair and curiously, only half a headband printed on his forehead. Again, this is quite lazy from LEGO and it could’ve really benefited if his headband stretched across his whole head.
As a minifigure, the Kendo Fighter is actually decent – it’s not bad or anything, just a tad lazy and feels a bit like an afterthought. Context is everything though, and among the other Series 15 characters, the Kendo Fighter just fails to make any sort of lasting mark on me.
How To Find One: The Kendo Fighter’s sword is easily identifiable – they’re long, feel flat and are quite bendy. Try and feel for the firm square shaped sword hilt to confirm. It’s long and straight, so just make sure you don’t confuse it with the Laser Mech’s Sword, which feels a lot floppier and has a jagged shape to it.
Minifig Rating: 2/5
Wrestling Champion “NYAARH!! I WIN AGAIN, PANTS!!!”
The Wrestling Champion is famous for two things: his unrestrained energy, and his very loud shouting. For him, the entire world is one big wrestling match. Along with wrestling in the ring – and doing it extremely well – he also wrestles his clothes on in the morning, wrestles his car into its parking spot at work, and you’d better believe that he wrestles his lunch all the way down.
When you’re the Wrestling Champion, every minor triumph is a major victory that deserves to be shouted about to everyone in earshot. Some might accuse him of bragging, but to him it’s just stating the obvious: that he’s the greatest and most unbeatable wrestler in the entire world. Sure, he’s got a giant-sized ego, but that’s because when your whole life is a wrestling match, you’ve got to be determined to come out on top!
I’m surprised that it has taken LEGO this long to give us a Wrestling Champion minifigure based on the hilariously over the top wrestling stars from WWE. The Wrestling Champion is an instant winner in my books.
I grew up being thrilled by the likes of Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Goldust and all the other colourful characters that duked it out in the ring for my Monday and Wednesday night entertainment.
The Wrestling Champion gets many things right – the campy bright coloured undies, bright purple boots (are those light blue socks?) and matching glamorous eye makeup.
Sporting an extremely shredded physique, the Wrestler’s torso is occupied by a massive Wrestling Championship Belt (for the LEGOweight category, duh) and he also has a pearl gold trophy to show off. I would’ve preferred a foldable LEGO chair – a man can dream!
The Wrestling Champion has some pretty neat printing on his arms as well as the sides of his legs. I really like the lightning bolt symbol printed onto his boots – it’s a really accurate representation of those tight latex costumes that wrestlers often don.
What really sets the Wrestler apart is his amazing mullet hairpiece that looks like it emerged directly from the 80s. It’s gorgeous and one of the most exciting and awful looking hairpieces (in only the best of ways) I’ve come across in recent history and I love, love, love it.
Here’s a better look at the “party at the back” hairstyle. Seriously cool, and a must-buy if you intend to re-create scenes from the 80s or maybe a White-Thrash trailer park/bogan MOC. The wrestler also has back printing, which features some muscle definition and the continuation of his belt.
The Wrestling Champion has all the trappings of a good minifigure – based on a very popular pop culture phenomenon that most (male) LEGO fans will likely fondly remember. It won’t blow you away or be an instant classic, but it’s a great enough character to warrant 3 stars. Also, that mullet is amazing.
How To Find One: The Wrestling Champion’s trophy is the only identifying accessory and is quite easy to feel out. It has a large curved middle portion, with the handles sticking out that are quite obvious to the touch. It should feel like a LEGO cup with two handles on each side that’s attached to a medium-length stalk.
Minifig Rating: 3/5
Flying Warrior “Justice never rests!”
Even a mythological spirit of protection can’t be everywhere all the time. When the Battle Goddess decided that her mission of justice could use a helping hand, she selected a warrior of the ancient world who had proven both his valor in combat and his great love of peace. Granting him the gift of immortality, she gave him golden, winged armor and armed him with a mighty spear of thunder.
Throughout the ages, the Flying Warrior has tirelessly carried out his duty of defending the weak and innocent. To pay the bills (even an ancient hero needs an apartment and the occasional pizza), he’s recently become a museum guide. Tour groups are really impressed by his booming voice and first-hand knowledge of centuries of history, and kids on class trips love it when he accidentally knocks things over with his wings!
LEGO once again dip into the mythical realm with the Flying Warrior, a compatriot of Series 12’s Battle Goddess. The Flying Warrior immediately catches your eye with his vivid nearly all-encompassing golden appearance.
This is one of the most attractive minifigures that LEGO have ever designed.
I’m quite puzzled as to why he wasn’t named Golden Warrior, because that’s what he is. Sporting a chunky pearl gold armour piece, a pearl-gold spear and matching golden wings, the Flying Warrior is formidable and imposing all at once.
His body’s base colour is pearl gold, but as if that wasn’t enough, his torso and legs are covered with a shiny coat of gold paint that bears some great detail such as his shimmering chestplate, and featherlike dress. It’s a little hard to see, but he also has golden boots printed on his legs.
Unfortunately, his winged helmet (which has a bird of some sort in the center) is in a slightly different shade than his other accessories which is a bit of a letdown since it looks slightly jarring.
As an added bonus, the Flying Warrior also has printing on the sides of his legs.
Here’s a look at the back of the Flying Warrior’s armour. You get 2 pearl gold clips which you fasten to the armour-piece which holds in his golden wings.
I believe that there’s never been a LEGO minifigure with that many components – not counting his body, legs and head, there are 7 elements all together.
Series 15 is an Army Builder’s dream and you’ll most likely be wanting to assemble a whole bunch of Golden Flying Warriors for a host that is sure to strike terror into any enemy.
The Flying Warrior’s outstanding design and all that gold make him one of my favourites from Series 15 and you bet that I’ll be building a small army to go along with my Battle Goddesses.
One of the best “combat/warlike/mythical” LEGO minifigures that LEGO have ever created.
How To Find One: The Flying Warrior’s blind bag has the most items, with plenty of chunky parts like his armour and helmet. His armour can be easily confused with the Laser Mech’s, so be very careful. To identify a Golden Warrior, the telltale signs are that there are plenty of elements in the bag, and try to feel for his spear, which has a long rigid shaft but a very flexible and bendable soft tip.
Minifig Rating: 5/5
Janitor “I’ve got something here that’ll clean that right up.”
Nothing fazes the unflappable Janitor. In the face of spills, stains, and other scenarios much too awful to name, he and his mop are ready to take on every cleaning challenge, whether it be at school, at the office, or even at the zoo. And if a mess should prove too tough for his mighty mop…well, that’s what a dependable old rag and a pocketful of sawdust are for.
The Janitor has been at this job for a long time. In fact, those who know him would swear that he’s been around pretty much forever. For some reason, though, nobody seems to remember his name. It’s especially weird because it’s written right there on his uniform, even if it’s just a little bit hard to read. It’s a good thing he just shows up where he’s needed, without anyone having to call!
Series 13 gave us a really ordinary civilian minifigure with a regular job – the Carpenter. Series 15 follows up on minifigures with everyday jobs with the Janitor.
Complete with a brand new mop accessory that’s made out of two parts – a regular LEGO staff and a brand new solid plastic mop head, the Janitor is focused on keeping LEGO City as clean as possible, content with working in the background, keeping out of everyone’s business if possible.
The Janitor is a solid minifigure that introduces a brand new occupation to LEGO City. His mop is a really cool accessory – deftly moulded with a very believable looking mop head.
Residential and commercial LEGO builders will no doubt want a few of these to place in their collection of modular buildings to give them some much needed maintenance.
Mr. Janitor features some really detailed torso and leg prints. He has blue shirt and pants that are smeared with all sorts of dirt, as well as a very nasty looking rag hanging out of his right pocket. It’s not a glamorous job, but someone needs to keep LEGO City clean!
I definitely will pick up more than one of him – probably when the sales are on and I can get him cheaper than the RRP. The Janitor isn’t flashy but makes for a welcome addition to my minifigure collection.
I would really love to see more “ordinary” job characters like him around. LEGO City needs more inhabitants that aren’t cops/firemen/robbers/construction workers.
How To Find One: The Janitor’s mop handle is the easiest accessory to identify him with. It’s long, rigid and has a little ring encircling the handle on one end. His accessories are quite sparse, so just double check that you don’t confuse the mop handle with the Flying Warrior.
Minifig Rating: 3/5
Faun “Tra-la-la, tro-lo-lo, tree-lee-lee!”
The fantastical Faun lives in the woods, where he plays his flute, makes up silly riddles, and dances all the day long (he also sings a little, but he isn’t very good at it). Part goat and part Minifigure, he gets along with all of nature and wouldn’t dream of living anywhere but his forest home. Not many strangers come to visit the Faun and hear his music and riddles, so sometimes he wonders whether everybody else in the world is as content and carefree as he is.
Do they know how much fun it is to whistle back to the birds, or help the squirrels gather acorns for the winter, or rest their tired hooves in a cool running stream full of frolicking fish on a hot summer’s day? Sure, probably everybody lives like that!
The Faun (or Satyr) is yet another excellent addition to Fantasy and Mythological-themed minifigures. The Faun is a popular mythological creature which is supposed to be half-human and half-goat.
My guess is that Mr Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia was the inspiration for this curious LEGO minifigure.
Sporting a friendly, almost borderline mischievous face, the Faun has some really unique and fascinating features that set him apart from anything that LEGO have ever created. He has a really well-designed hairpiece which combines oversized horns with ears that stick out horizontally.
The Faun comes with a flute that’s really a brown LEGO stick with some rough printing on it. I was pretty amazed that LEGO went to all the effort to print 5 dots on a stick, but hey, it makes for a great accessory.
The Faun’s defining feature are his never-before-seen legs, which resemble a goat’s legs. They function exactly like LEGO legs, which means that they can move backwards and forwards.
I was pretty amazed when I discovered that these were unique, custom-made legs. Not only are they a unique mould, but they also sport printing on the front, which a couple of wisps of hair to give it some extra detail.
Unfortunately, the Faun has no back printing which is a waste as I think he’d be a lot more complete if he had some hair on his back.
The Faun is an excellent minifigure that will probably be overlooked in the frenzy of all the other more “appealing” characters but he remains one of the standouts from Series 15.
How To Find One: The Faun is relatively difficult to feel for. You can try feeling for his flute, which feels like a thin rigid LEGO stick, although don’t confuse it with the exact same element that’s found in The Frightening Knight and Astronaut. If you feel a long stick with not much else in the bag, it could very well be the faun.
To be absolutely sure, try and feel for his legs, which have a very easy to feel sharp ridges that feel nothing like normal LEGO legs.
Minifig Rating: 4/5
Astronaut “That’s one small plate for a Minifigure, one giant brick for minifigure-kind!”
All his life, the Astronaut has been obsessed with exploring outer space. He read every book he could find about the space program, built his own pretend rocket-ships out of spare bricks, and even tried eating the astronaut way – out of a tube. That got messy fast.
Now that he’s made his way through real astronaut training, the Astronaut is finally on his way to his first new planet. He can’t wait to get there! He’s brought a flag to plant on the surface and everything. He wonders if he’ll encounter any unusual life forms when he arrives. If he does, he hopes they like the spiffy new beard he grew during his long space voyage!
Space and LEGO go hand in hand and Series 15 delivers one of the best designed Astronauts in recent history. The Astronaut minifigure’s contemporary space suit design bears a lot of similarity to Matt Damon’s character in The Martian.
His space suit has plenty of cool details, but the designs that will get longtime LEGO fans excited are the numerous classic Space logos that are peppered throughout the suit. Also that, kick-ass printed flag which I definitely need multiples of to beef up my Classic Space scenes.
The printing on the Astronaut’s torso and legs are exceptional and the inclusion of arm and leg printing just elevates the Astronaut minifigure to a whole other level, design-wise.
The sparkly gold Classic Space logo on his right shoulder is my favourite bit of detail.
Removing the Astronaut’s helmet lets you have a better look at his face – a pretty generic, friendly looking chap. His beard game is super on-point as well. It’s unfortunate that he doesn’t have back printing, but his white oxygen tanks obscure most of the back anyway.
Space-themed sets will always occupy an evergreen position in the LEGO Universe, so the Astronaut is a more than worthy addition to the Space Crew.
Speaking of which, I’d love for LEGO to update the Classic Space Astronauts (Red, Blue, Black, Yellow) to this more contemporary modern style. Hear that LEGO? Give us a Neo Classic Space theme!
How To Find One: I found that the Astronaut’s flag, which feels like a flat (and thinner) 2 x 2 tile with clips attached to it was the easiest way to identify him. His Oxygen Tanks, which have a very distinct shape to them as well as being slightly flexible at the neck area is also another good indicator that you have the Astronaut in your hands.
Minifig Rating: 4/5
Frightening Knight “Boo! Boo who? Boo ME!”
The Frightening Knight is very, very scary. No one is quite certain just what makes him so scary. Maybe it’s his gravelly, growly voice. Maybe it’s his scowling expression, or his intimidating armor and helmet, or his spiky morning star weapon, or the angry-looking bear on his shield. Or maybe he just smells scary somehow.
Being frightening isn’t just the Frightening Knight’s name – it’s also his great passion in life. If he doesn’t leave everybody who sees him shaking in their boots, then he feels like he hasn’t done his job right. All the bad guys agree that he’s pretty much the scariest Minifigure around. Even the legendary Fright Knights kicked him out for being just too scary. He could probably be a little less scary if he tried…but why would he ever want that?
The Frightening Knight is the fourth LEGO Knight minifigure in the entire Collectible Minifig Series and is supposedly the scariest one yet. The Frightening Knight is a stock standard Castle-type minifigure with a few enhancements here and there.
He’s got a bucket helm and is attired mostly in dark green and grey – very similiar colours to 2010’s Kingdoms baddies, the Dragon Knights. The Frightening Knight’s two-toned shield has a very rabid looking bear with scary red eyes emblazoned on it.
Removing his bucket helm reveals a very sallow face, complete with an evil pointy tooth sticking out his gnarly smile. The Frightening Knight comes with a brand new shoulderpiece accessory – very cool-looking spiky pauldrons that should delight Castle LEGO fans the world over.
The Frightening Knight has really sharp printing on his torso, featuring a furry green coat draped over printed ring mail. There’s also printing on his arm, where you can see scale armour on each hand.
Here’s a look at the Frightening Knight’s back printing, which is very welcome as back printing is somewhat of a rarity in Series 15.
His mace is a brand new and rather interesting accessory – made up of two parts, the spiked mace piece which is made out of a firm but rubbery material. The stick its attached on is a regular LEGO stick.
I’m not too sure what to think of this new mace – I’m not a fan of the mixing of different kinds of plastic and would’ve rather it be a whole piece.
The Frightening Knight will definitely appeal to Medieval Army Builders eager to recruit and form a whole new “Bear” faction. Personally, while I’m a moderate fan of Castle-type LEGO, the Frightening Knight doesn’t really appeal to me as it doesn’t bring enough newness to the table.
At AU$5 a pop, it’s also a pretty pricey army builder minifig unless you’re able to get him at a significant discount.
How To Find One: The shield is the easiest element to identify thanks. You can easily feel out the flat shape, which has a handle protruding out the back. Alternatively, you can also try feeling for the spiked mace head, which has bumpy spikes and has a slight rubbery feel to it.
Minifig Rating: 2/5
Ballerina “If you want to be as graceful as a swan, you have to train like a horse.”
It isn’t so easy to be a world-class dancer! That’s why the elegant Ballerina trains hard every day. It’s not just about wearing a frilly tutu and lacing up her stylish slippers. She’s got to practice every move and position until she gets them just right – otherwise, she won’t be able to do justice to classic ballets like The Brick Separator and Swan Blue Base Plate.
But it’s all worth it when the music swells and her performance begins. As she leaps and twirls about on the stage, as the audience goes silent and barely dares to breathe while watching her dance, that’s when she knows that all of her practice has paid off. And it’s a good thing too, because you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to learn to balance on your tip-toes when you have minifigure feet!
Series 15’s Ballerina is in my opinion one of the sleeper hits of Series 15 – it has all the trappings to be one of the most sought after minifigures of this series, once the Shark Suit Guy and Farmer hype dies down.
The Ballerina is a delightful minifigure, graceful and poised and should be a hit with many minifigure aficionados. She’s really well designed, with her hair tied in a neat bun and adorned with flowers.
Her defining feature is her tutu, which is a brand new accessory that is placed in between her legs and torso.
The tutu is a great accessory, made out of hard ABS plastic and fits the Ballerina perfectly.
The Ballerina has some really nice subtle details such as printing on her legs for her footwear.
Back printing is also present. My only complain about the Ballerina is that the shade of her torso skin is in a slightly different shade than her arms, but it’s only something that you’ll notice if you stare at her hard enough.
With the Ballet and Ballerinas being such an integral part of Western and pop culture, the Ballerina is sure to be a desireable minifigure for LEGO fans with young daughters, ex-ballerinas or even aspiring dancers.
It’s such a unique minifigure that will most likely never make an appearance again and also makes for a very unorthodox “army builder” option, you know, if you’ve ever wanted to create a ballet studio or production.
How To Find One: You’ll need to feel for the Ballerina’s tutu, which is oval-shaped, feels like a bit of rough texture because of the frills and is also made out of sharp plastic. If you feel something flat, hard and oval-shaped (it’s also quite large), chances are you’ve got your hands on a Ballerina.
Minifig Rating: 4/5
Jewel Thief “It’s the perfect crime!”
When night falls over the city, the Jewel Thief is in her element. As the police patrol the streets below, her grappling gun takes her up to the roof. There, she easily deactivates the alarm system, cuts through the skylight glass, and lowers herself down to the security vault. Somersaulting through the laser grid, she skillfully cracks the locking code and escapes with the most valuable diamond inside, pausing only to give the guard dog a friendly scratch under the chin.
But there’s no point to a well-orchestrated theft if nobody knows that it was you who did it. Other famous burglars have their own signature calling cards that they leave at the scene of the crime, so she’s picked one that seems just right. What better to represent a Jewel Thief than a precious gem? That’s why she always drops off the jewel she swiped in her last caper whenever she steals a new one!
The Jewel Thief just doesn’t quite cut it for me. With cops and robbers being an omnipresent occurrence in LEGO City sets, the Jewel Thief just feels like a very familiar character with some slight enhncements.
The Jewel Thief’s best defining quality is her gender – she exudes a smouldering and sexy vibe through her confident smirky face and hi-tech catsuit.
Her torso and leg designs are really nice, with plenty of really sharp printing and details on her catsuit. While it may be “boring”, I can see plenty of other applications of her body for Secret Agent or Heist-type MOCs.
For accessories, she comes with a jewel and a grappling hook gun, which is made out of a “loudspeaker” piece that has a hook attached into the nozzle.
It’s a shame that she doesn’t have back printing. A more detailed torso would’ve slightly made the Jewel Thief a lot more palatable to me. Her black hairpiece is also decent, being a recolour of Black Widow’s hairpiece.
The Jewel Thief is pretty boring and uninteresting – there’s nothing that makes me go “wow”. There are some nice individual parts such as the hairpiece and the torso, but as a whole character, the Jewel Thief does nothing for me.
Thank goodness there’s only 3 of her per box instead of 5.
How To Find One: The Jewel Thief is quite hard to feel – telltale elements include her hairpiece which is quite large and has a slight curve towards the edges. You can also try to feel for her loudspeaker piece which has a cylindrical shape on one end and a conical part on the other, along with a small handle.
Minifig Rating: 1/5
Laser Mech “To the EXTREME!”
The Laser Mech is totally, completely, and 1000% rad. When he blasts onto the scene with his transparent techno-wings and neon-piped high-visibility stealth armor, his beltline display pulsing to the rocking beat of his own riotous theme song, everybody knows that the coolest robotic hero in the universe has arrived.
The Laser Mech has a digi-tronic super-computer brain and an amped-up neutron-fusion heart. He’s programmed to use his unstoppable VR ultra-cyber-ninja moves to turbo-kick, ultra-punch and giga-zap his way out of trouble…and if all of that isn’t enough, then he unleashes his ultimate weapon: an amped-up electro-sword that can vibrate its way through any obstacle. Nobody’s more awesome!
The Laser Mech is LEGO’s second take on Humanoid Mecha made popular by Japanese anime like Gundam. The Laser Mech is a minifigure-scale robot, in the same vein as Series 11’s Evil Mech and 9’s Battle Mech, just with a brand new coat of paint and some technological advancements.
The Laser Mech’s most notable enhancement (other than a new shiny paintjob) over his predecessors is that he has some brand spanking new “techno-wings” that clip on to his armour that gives him a very slick futuristic vibe – making him look like a character out of a video game.
I feel like out of all the other “Mechs”, the Laser Mech has the most impressive armour and helmet – this time they’ve coated it in metallic silver paint, which contrasts very well against his black body suit and transparent blue accessories.
I absolutely love the Laser Mech’s body and leg printing. The bold silver, grey and blue lines set on a pitch black base make it look incredibly Tron-like. I can think of plenty of uses for this unique and futuristic-looking body that would be perfect for Sci-Fi MOCs.
As if transparent blue techno-wings weren’t enough, the Laser Mech is also equipped with a massive electro-sword to cut down his digital foes. The sword looks really cool, with jagged and uneven edges as well as a pale white core on the inside.
Unfortunately, as cool as the sword looks, it’s ultimately hamstrung by the fact that it’s made from a really lousy, floppy plastic material.
I think the Laser Mech is one of the best minifigure Mechs that LEGO have ever designed, bolstered by his fantastic looking armour, body printing and overall design.
I will definitely be picking up more than one of him, if I can get the blind bags at a discount.
How To Find One: Blind bags containing the Laser Mech feels the most like the Flying Warrior, thanks to his chunky armour piece. They both feel identical, so you’ll have to use the other accessories to tell them apart. The Laser Mech’s sword is quite easy to feel out – its flat and incredibly bendy. It’s by far, the floppiest accessory in the entire Series.
Minifig Rating: 3/5
Tribal Woman “Once there was a woman who told stories to her child…”
Like her father and her grandmother before her, the Tribal Woman is a storyteller. She knows many stories, some true and some imaginary, and a few that are both at the same time. Some of her stories are old histories that have been passed down through the years. Some are legends about her family. Some are the stories of her life’s adventures, and some are tales that she has created all on her own.
One by one, she tells these stories to her baby, who she hopes will grow up to love them as much as she does, and perhaps even add to them and tell them to the next generation in turn. And if her child should choose not to be a storyteller and picks another path instead…well, that’s just fine too!
Series 1’s Tribal Hunter finally gets a female companion in the form of the Tribal Woman. And she’s got a little bundle of joy too! Native Americans have been quite a consistent staple in LEGO’s repertoire but females tend to be a rarer than men so the Tribal Woman helps quite a great deal in balancing the gender scales.
The Tribal Woman reuses the same hairpiece as Series 1’s Tribal Hunter but sports a red feather piece that snugly fits into a small hole in her hair.
Without a doubt, the Tribal Woman’s greatest feature is her accessory – an actual LEGO baby! This is the first time that LEGO have produced an infant baby and its absolutely brilliant.
The baby is swaddled in a tan-coloured fabric, with a criss-cross pattern covering most of it. The LEGO baby has an adorable little smile peeking out of its swaddle and is an all-round brilliant LEGO element.
The Tribal Woman comes with a neck clip, allowing her baby to be attached to her back, much like a backpack. I can’t get enough of the baby’s adorable smile.
The Tribal Woman, while not a totally original character or concept is an excellent minifigure for collectors purely based on the baby accessory. Now that LEGO have officially made babies a thing, I really hope to see more variants of this accessory.
I bet that the baby accessory will be extremely popular with expecting couples who want to announce their pregnancies or newborns using LEGO! I know I will, when I become a dad one day!
How To Find One: Try to feel for the Tribal Woman’s hairpiece, which has 2 distinct and thin “prongs” that extend outwards. You can also try to feel for the baby accessory, which is quite large and has a curved surface with a cavernous and empty back area.
Minifig Rating: 3/5
Animal Control “Oh no, not old Stinky again!”
When there’s a bat in your belfry, a rattlesnake in your rafters, or an elephant in your swimming pool, you call the Animal Control specialist. She knows all the best tricks for luring unwanted critter visitors out of their hiding places, capturing them humanely, and then transporting them out into the wild to be safely released.There’s one particular skunk, though, that’s been giving her a lot of trouble.
No matter how many times she removes him, he always seems to find his way right back to the Animal Control office. She’s starting to think he might like her. It’s almost sweet, but he’s a wild animal, and so whenever he makes his fragrant appearance, it’s into the net and back to the woods he goes!
Meet Animal Control, the minifigure in charge of getting rid of all sorts of pesky critters in LEGO City! Being an Animal Control specialist is a pretty uncommon job in the real world, but having a minifigure version is pretty great in itself.
Armed with a massive LEGO net, Animal Control also comes with a brand new LEGO skunk, a brilliant element for those that collect LEGO animals.
She’s dressed very sensibly for the outdoors, looking like a park ranger with her green shirt and khaki pants. Her torso has some cool details such as a badge with a raccoon printed on it and a walkie-talkie hanging from her belt.
While Animal Control might not have any back printing, she has side prints which is a semi-decent compromse. Her badger logo features on her right arm’s sleeve and she also has lines printed on the side of her khakis.
While the minifigure might be well designed, the adorable LEGO skunk steals the show! It’s made in the same size and scale as the animals you get from Friends sets…although if you compare it with other LEGO animals such as dogs… this skunk is actually scarily huge.
It’s made out of hard ABS plastic and has really sharp printing across its body. I would’ve rather we get a raccoon animal but skunks are decent animals on their own right and I’m more than happy to add this to my animal collection.
I was overjoyed to discover that the Animal Control specialist has an alternate face with a mildly disgusted/distressed look – the perfect expression when the skunk tries to fight back with its chemical weapons.
I really like the Animal Control minifigure – it’s well designed, has a touch of humour and comes with great accessories such as the giant oversized net and skunk. The net is made up of solid plastic which came as a bit of a surprise as I was expecting such a large accessory to be made out of rubbery plastic.
Animal Control hits all the right notes and is one of the standout minifigures of Series 15. Not a conventional army builder type minifigure but… if you ever wanted to assemble a massive colony of skunks, nab as many as possible.
How To Find One: Animal Control is one of the easiest minifigures to feel for in Series 15. Don’t bother with the skunk and instead feel for her net which is large, and has a rigid domed shape with a long stick attached to it.
Minifig Rating: 4/5
Queen “Let us get with the times!”
The Queen comes from a slightly larger kingdom than the Classic King, and as such she wonders if it wouldn’t be a good idea to be a little less old-fashioned and a little more up-to-date. There are all sorts of modern conveniences that could help to improve their golden castle, like one-piece portcullis gates and base plates with built-in dungeons and walls with lovely stone-and-ivy patterns.
Between the King’s big ideas and the Queen’s grand vision, their united lands are moving swiftly toward the future. New armor! New horses! New taverns and towers! In fact, the kingdom is growing so vast and successful that they’re starting to think about splitting it in two and giving half to each of their royal children. Surely that can’t lead to any trouble, can it?
Series 13’s Classic King is one lucky guy, not having to wait months or years to find a suitable partner with the Queen. The Queen’s most notable feature is a never-before-seen wide dress-piece, giving her an exceedingly unique look.
The Queen’s red robes and cape, along with a cool looking monogram design on the inside. Some other nice details include card game suites (club, spade, heart and diamond) on the hem of her dress.
Her unique dress piece is extremely remarkable, made out of a solid block of LEGO and pins to connect it to the torso. It occupies an area of 2 x 4 studs, only slightly smaller than the black minifigure bases!
Like the Classic King, the Queen also has two capes – one plain red one and a white shoulder robe with black specks on it. Curiously, they’re made out of papery material, instead of the thicker fabric like the capes we get in newer LEGO sets.
The Queen is a triumph of minifigure design purely because of the introduction of the custom dress piece. It signals a willingness by LEGO to design outside of the box, triggering a shift away from the 2 x 2 slope tile as the only option for dresses or robes.
I really hope that we see more custom leg moulds in the same vein as the Queen and the Faun in upcoming sets.
How To Find One: The Queen’s massive dress piece is extremely easy to feel for. It’s huge, blocky, has one flat side and gentle curves on the other sides. Basically, look for a large solid piece of LEGO with two thin prongs sticking out the middle.
Minifig Rating: 3/5
Farmer “All in a day’s work!”
Every day, the hard-working Farmer gets up at sunrise when the rooster crows. He puts on his overalls, his well-worn boots and his old brown hat, and he goes outside to slop the pigs, milk the cows and feed the horses. After that, it’s time to collect fresh eggs from the henhouse, chase the crows off of the scarecrow, and straighten up the crop circles left behind by visiting aliens.
Oh, did we forget to mention the aliens? They’re kind of pests, what with the scorch-marks from their saucer engines and all of the strange symbols they leave in the fields, but the Farmer was taught to always be nice to his neighbors (even ones from the next galaxy over), so he makes sure to leave some hot oatmeal and cider out for them when he goes to bed. In return, they’ve given him the fanciest flying tractor in the whole town!
Series 15’s Farmer sets a very peculiar precedent in LEGO’s Collectible Minifgure Series. It’s the first time that an animal (a pig!) is placed in the spotlight, with a minifigure as its accessory!
Only just kidding, but it’s partially true – the Farmer’s biggest draw card is the surprise inclusion of a brand new spotted pig!
The pig will undoubtedly be one of THE most valuable elements from Series 15 – with the Farmer being a rare minifigure (only 3 per box), you can bet that Shark Suit Guy will receive plenty of competition from the Farmer to be the most coveted Series 15 minifig.
The Farmer is a fairly generic and unassuming minifigure. The printing on his torso and legs are exceptionally sharp with a green checkered shirt covered by denim overalls. He has printing on his back and sides as well, which is always welcome.
(Unfortunately I forgot to upload an image of his back and side printing! I’m currently without my photos and usual computer, so I’ll update this post with the correct imagery when possible. Sorry!)
Let’s get to the real star – the brand new spotted pig! When I first saw images online of the Farmer, I automatically assumed that it would be a reissue of the spotted pig that first appeared in 7189 Mill Village Raid and later in 70813 Rescue Reinforcements but nope, this is a brand new pig variant!
Here’s a comparison with all the other LEGO pigs. The new pig (on the extreme right) has large brown spots, as well as an adorable spot that covers his left eye and ear.
The inclusion of such a large LEGO animal (farm livestock too, which is quite popular with LEGO fans) in the collectible Minifigure Series is unprecedented and instantly makes the Farmer one of the most coveted characters in Series 15.
The Farmer is yet another minifigure from Series 15 that will be snapped up in droves – being only a 3-of in each box also dramatically bumps up his relative rarity. Definitely a prime candidate for army builders. Who wouldn’t want a swine battalion?
Here’s a confession – I really love LEGO pigs and I have a slightly large collection of them. You can bet that I’ll be trying to amass as many of the new spotted pigs as possible. I probably won’t be alone in my quest to do so, judging by the high prices of this minifigure on eBay.
The Farmer represents a very interesting prospect one in which the minifigure is secondary to the included accessory. While the Farmer is really well designed, he will unfortunately be cast aside by fans that are chasing after pigs.
A LEGO farm is one of my “dream MOCs”, so I’m looking forward to trying to populate it with as many farmers and pigs as possible. The Farmer gets full marks and is my second favourite minifigure in Series 15 purely because of the pig.
How To Find One: The pig is the easiest element to identify the farmer with. It is solid, quite blocky and feels like a curvy rectangle. The pig’s most obvious feature is its extremely sharp and pointy ears. If you feel something like a pig, just give its ears a good squeeze. Alternatively, the Farmer’s pitchfork is also another easy accessory to feel for, with its long handle and prongs.
Minifig Rating: 5/5
Series 15 is an absolute delight for minifigure fans, featuring a very colourful, useful and surprising cast of characters. The diverse range of minifigures covers plenty of essential ground – fantasy, medieval, humour, pop culture and civilian life categories.
Series 15 does a great job of staying true to the spirit of the LEGO’s collectible minifigure series – offering up something for everyone.
It is an army builder’s dream, with a really high number of minifigures that would look incredible in large quantities. The Flying Warrior, Frightening Knight, Laser Mech, Ballerina, Shark Suit Guy, Tribal Woman and Astronaut being prime candidates for hoarding.
I would rank Series 15 to be on par with Series 13 as an exceptional (and expensive!) series catered towards army builders.
Personally, I’ve always enjoyed the traditional Minifigure Series over themed ones like The Simpsons, LEGO Movie or Series 14 and Series 15 is a refreshing breath of fresh air after 2 back-to-back themed series.
I also really like that LEGO have taken obvious steps to combat scalpers and manufactured scarcity by stuffing each box with 5 Shark Suit Guys – I honestly don’t think it will do much to dampen demand for him, but this is much better than previous efforts by LEGO who have consistently made the Animal Suit Minifigures the rarest of the lot.
My top 5 favourite minifigures from Series 15 are as follows!
- Shark Suit Guy
- Flying Warrior
- Clumsy Guy
I don’t have that many complaints about Series 15, although I would’ve liked it if LEGO made the male-female minifigures ratio a lot closer. With only 5 female minifigures against 15 (Laser Mech is genderless), that’s still only 30% female representation.
I really hope that we see LEGO use the Collectible Minifigure Series to try and improve the gender diversity problem that plagues the LEGO Minifigure population.
And that’s the end of my LEGO Minifigure Series 15 review! I hope you enjoyed reading it. Take the poll below and be sure to let me know your thoughts on Series 15 in the comments section!
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