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REVIEW: 71018 LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 17

LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 17  

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Hello everyone,

I am very pleased to present my latest reviewing adventure on this exciting and brand new traditional LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 17 which will be available worldwide in May 2017. This new LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series (CMFs) is the seventeenth in this traditional series where unique minifigures' designs across various realms will appear to entice and wow LEGO fans around the world with their lovely charms. 

Before I commence with this long-winded pictorial review, I would like to give my sincere thanks to The LEGO Group (TLG) which include the LEGO CEE and LEGO Collectable Minifigures Design Team. I have also tried to reduce the amount of images in this review as well, not withstanding other communities like Brickset and The Brothers Brick reviewing them earlier and faster than I do. If you find this review unnecessary, please feel free to leave your parting thoughts. Looking back seven years ago, I can't believe I have completed 23 exhaustive LEGO pictorial reviews including this current review, solely for the coverage of the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series / LEGO Minifigures Theme throughout the past seven years. Thank you to all the special people around me for supporting in my reviewing endeavor in this LEGO CMFs journey and I still need your motivation to keep me focused in the future. 

Following Eurobricks tradition for all of the past Collectable Minifigures polls once more, it started with a humble beginning of Series 1 followed by Series 2 in the year 2010 and it continue to spread like wildfire with another three strong waves of minifigures craze in the year 2011, putting Series 3, Series 4 and Series 5 in an excellent harvesting year. In the year 2012, we celebrated with Series 6, Series 7 and recent Series 8. With the year 2013, we have the Series 9, Series 10 and Series 11. In the year 2014, we seen the LEGO Movie Series, The first LEGO Simpsons Series and Series 12. In the year 2015, we had the Series 13, LEGO Simpsons Series 2 and Series 14. In the year 2016, we seen the Series 15, LEGO Disney Series 1 and Series 16.  Right now in the year 2017, we have the LEGO Batman Movie Series  and the next poll which I would like to invite the Eurobricks Community to cast their votes is for this new LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 17 poll statistics as well.

Name: 71018 LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 17
Theme: LEGO System / Collectable Minifigures / Series 17
Year: 2017
Minifigs: 16 unique minifigures
Price for 1 box: USD N.A, GBP N.A, EURO N.A, SGD $390.00 (to-be-confirmed)
Price for 1 packet: USD $3.99, GBP N.A, EURO N.A, SGD $6.50 (to-be-confirmed)
Resources: Brickset, BrickLink


An image of an 71018 LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 17
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The LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 17 main colour schema is sky blue. It resembles closely with the 8805 Series 5 and 71005 Simpsons Series 1 colour schema and I concluded the Series 5 and Series 17 are the closest match. I noticed the design team have begun to rehash some of the previous CMFs theme colours and I am not exactly sure if there are any special meaning to their choice of colour schema for the intended series. It will be interesting to find out if I have this opportunity. 

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What could possibly lurk within these mysterious sealed packets?
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The excitement continued in LEGO Minifigures in this brand new traditional Series 17 (updated)
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The LEGO Collectable Minifigures (CMFs) Series 17 is scheduled for worldwide release on 1st May 2017. This new Series 17 reminisce the great CMFs tradition which filled with many unexpected wacky original designs. Such wonderful designs excite me greatly and I am glad to see the return of the true original traditional design of LEGO CMFs. I am always a huge fan of the regular LEGO CMFs design unlike specialised licensed minifigures. It's not as if specialised licensed minifigures are no good, but I always find such licensed designs strife the creativity from an existing known design. Despite of the many recent licensed releases or specialised CMFs theme, I am actually very pleased that the LEGO CMFs Design Team are able to continue to surprise us with many awesome minifigures. This Series 17 is equally capable of standing based on its own merit and able to integrate with past releases of LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series, which is an very important factor to me. I can't gaze upon the crystal ball and determine the future of the LEGO Minifigures Theme as we wildly speculate. I hold very high regards for the LEGO CMFs Design Team and I strongly believe they will continue to surprise us in many endless possibilities in the coming future.

This LEGO CMFs Series 17 also utilise an unique promotional feature for the sixteenth mysterious silhouette minifigure and I hope to share more relevant information when the embargo is lifted. Meanwhile, please do not pay attention to my mysterious placeholder minifigure for this secret character. All will be revealed by TLG in due course upon official release of the LEGO CMFs Series 17 next month. 

IMPORTANT: Please note that the naming for all 16 minifigures, where applicable, that I have use for this review are official TLG minifigures naming for the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 17. 

Front view comparison with Series 17 and together with all available LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 1 to 16, LEGO Movie, Simpsons 1 and 2, Disney Series 1 and LEGO Team GB packets, DFB Series and Batman Movie Series
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I have placed all 24 different minifigures packets including the LEGO Team GB and the LEGO DFB Football packets as part of my overall comparison. From the above aerial image, you can see an impressive transformation of LEGO CMFs Series 1 to the recent LEGO Disney Series, Series 16, LEGO Batman Movie Series and now to the current LEGO CMFs Series 17. It is so wonderful to be able to see the entire range of CMFs assorted designs at one glance. The LEGO Minifigures Theme continued and remained as a very strong contender in the TLG product range since 2010 with a total of 24 different releases including regional exclusives. Many other toy companies are not easy to replicate the success which TLG had created with such a strong followers of CMFs fans. 

Take a closer look at the following images. This is the front view of the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 17 packet, while this shows the back view of it. This is an image that shows the back view comparison for all of these packets.

Simple reminder to all of my regular CMFs readers. If you are intending to collect the precious and hard-to-find minifigures, hone your skills for the touch and feel method. This is an important skill set in order to locate the minifigures that you want without spending too much money by randomly acquire them, especially so when you are intending to buy large quantities. Your sole mission is to memorise and remember the minifigures assortments for each of the specialised designs. Isolate and identify the most unique accessory or accessories for the particular minifigure. From there, eliminate the torso, head and legs and feel for the other parts. The sole disadvantage of this method is that much time would be wasted if the minifigures that you are looking for have been taken from the box. You might also end up with sore numb thumbs after feeling them. 


Front view of the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 17 promotional poster 
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Back view of the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 17 promotional poster
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As you flip to the back of the promotional poster, you will notice a set of simple instructions to guide those who are not familiar with the fixing of minifigures' accessories built and cape placement. These are some form of basic instructions to guide our very young builders who may not be too familiar with these building parts. The simple illustration is to ensure those minifigures are fixed correctly. The game of 'Who Stole My Corn' somehow remind me of the 'Who Stole My Pants' in the earlier LEGO Movie feature. I wonder if this is an interactive game for the younger audience. 

1) Professional Surfer
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Without further ado, let's bring out the first minifigure design from the Series 17. This is the third LEGO surfer which we have seen from the LEGO CMFs series and previous designs were from Series 2 and Series 4. I am surprised to see a Surfer variant as we had seen the previous male and female designs earlier. However, this design appear that he can take on those strong waves at the beach accompanied with some dangerous stunts. 


Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are average. The minifigure is generally well designed with the new wet suit and supposedly new wavy hairpiece. Not exactly sure if this is the new Luke Skywalker hairpiece but it certainly appear to me in this manner. The designers have also done a good job by creating more different LEGO surfboard designs to increase the varieties. The shark print on the surfboard is rather nicely done. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view


Surf Paradise
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Surf's Up
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Relaxation at the sandy beach
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What do you think of my sharky surfboard?
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2) Circus Strong Man
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Finally, we have a new circus item in town and he is the Circus Strong Man who could perform strong weight lifting act with 100 lbs (assumption on my part for the unit of measure) on each bell. This unexpected new addition help to create more performance act among the unofficial LEGO Circus Troupe or even include him in 10244 Fairground Mixer as additional performance. Apart from using him for circus performance, you can probably also use him for jungle or prehistoric characters. 


Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are average, with the exception of the new mold featuring the dumbbell with numerical printing on it. I think this is a far better looking accessory than a brick built dumbbell. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view. Upon removing the mustache, this is the original facial appearance with his confident smirk. 


The Circus Troupe is expanding
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Ain't going to break any sweat
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Jungle Warriors
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3) Gourmet Chef
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The next character in line is the Gourmet Chef. She make a fine worthy entrant into the LEGO City setting. Her culinary and baking skills set her apart from other average City Chefs in LEGO Town. I am glad to see such a dedicated and committed chef, probably specialised in making sweet deserts with her bright sweet smile. 


Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are slightly above average, especially with the inclusion of the newly design chef headpiece with her neatly groomed hair at the side, baking mixer and a new design variant of the pie with strawberry toppings on it. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view. She is also the only minifigure with an alternate facial expression in this series. 


Want to try my pie?
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Master Chef Competition
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Go ahead and sample my strawberry pie
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4) Corn Cob Man
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The next character which we are seeing is the latest entrant on the food costume character featuring the Corn Cob Man. His love for corn clearly take him to suit up as the Corn Ambassador to promote the nutritional values which it contain. It's certainly very entertaining to see more of such new food costume characters, as previously seen from the earlier two designs. I suppose is getting more apparent that the designers are starting to deviate away from the traditional animal mascot costumes and focusing more of other costume themes such as food which we can related easily regardless of cultural diversity. 


Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are nil but the overall built is focusing the corn cob design being donned on a minifigure. On that approach, the design was very well established even though I was secretly hoping for a miniature corn cob held by the minifigure. The torso is plain green and the bushy mustache is rather comical too. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view.


Latest Food Costume addition
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Corn Cob Man visiting New York City
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Typical day in the farm
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Corn Harvest
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5) Veterinarian
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The new Veterinarian is the first of its kind profession to be introduced into LEGO City and is one of the City minifigures which I look forward greatly. The introduction of the Veterinarian is highly desired as we have never seen this profession appearing in LEGO system sets and this occupation show the emphasis of animal caring which certainly show an affectionate side of it. You need lots of love for the animals in order to be in this profession. I am very pleased that we are getting this occupation instead of re-hashing those other occupations which are commonly available in regular LEGO sets such as Policeman, Firefighter and Construction Worker. 


Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are above average especially with the new rabbit design which is very fitting for LEGO minifigures environment. The design is very well put together and many fine details such as her working ID badge with an animal paw in there and the clean protective surgical outfit with clean gloves. The nougat hairpiece is a brand new design and is very beautifully done which I enjoyed modding it around with other female minifigures. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view.


Medical Professionals and Specialists
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Let's take a look at the condition of the rabbit
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Let your hair down
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6) Sausage Man
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The Sausage Man or literally the server working in a Hot Dog restaurant outlet, is simply very highly desired. He can be equipped and modified into a mega fast food chain working at the counter. His dashing smile accompanied with the smiley pin at the apron are some of the design plus pointers for me. His uniform does not have to restrict in a particular eatery and that's the beautiful thing of making him as part of food and beverage (F&B) eco-system. 


Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are excellent. Simply amazing is how I could describe it from the City vantage point. You can scored a hot dog bun, accompanied with a wiener that can click together. This is one of the welcoming new accessory which we have first seen in LEGO Friends set last year and I am glad this had made it to the LEGO CMFs setting. The white soft drink is also very good in any serving F&B outlet. The navy blue serving tray is very beautiful and versatile which I happen to use it for medieval castle shield. There is a quick illustration as you scroll down. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view.


F&B industry professions
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Enjoy your meal, Mr Marshmallow Man
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Sir, Hot Dog for one?
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Welcome, and have a nice day!
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Hot Dog Hot Dog, come get your Hot Dog
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New medieval shields issuance
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7) Butterflies Girl
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The Butterflies Girl will surely be an instant hit among many others due to a certain attractiveness and adorableness it reside. This will also be very popular among children as it somehow able to associate their fantasy childhood costume play which somehow lead me think this is the beginning of the children costume characters, as evident in the latter minifigure, Rocket Boy which will be showing it later. The sparkles and the amount of pink is very well designed with good balance of everything. Of course, this is made evidently possible due to the new fairy wings. 


Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are very good. You get a brand new fairy wings which span quite greatly than the old fairy wing in the earlier CMFs which they did not recycle. The overall design with the butterflies and flowers all over the body is just well decorated which I find it very nice, including the additional pink flower bunch. I am very fond of this character design very much and will serve to be a good gift for any young girl who aspire to be a magical fairy with loads of butterflies. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view.


I would like to grant you a wish
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Children Carnival
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Grandparents outing
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8) Roman Gladiator
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The Roman Gladiator has made another return and he will be competing in the Colosseum with the hope to regain his freedom one day and this will increase the variant of Gladiators in the LEGO CMFs setting. This opportunity can be quite positive but it did not come across in such a manner. I find this design not as appealing as the rest of the minifigures in this series. It does not appear strongly to me that he was a Roman Gladiator and the choice of the merfork was recycled into this character. It could be better if they include an additional accessory like a shield or even a net to cast upon their opponent. 


Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are below average and like what I mentioned above, it will be better if they have an additional accessory to accompany him. The outfit did not strike me as a Gladiator and I thought he was some native warrior or something else. His design does not fit as the iconic gladiator which you hope for. Not sure of what you guys think but this is one of the weakest link for me. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view and the saving grace was his detailed lion side printing at one of the shoulder.


Fight to your death
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Protect the Emperor from these rebels
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May I join your tribe?
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9) Connoisseur
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The Connoisseur is simply a very good design which took it from an artistic approach in a French context. He can be a person who has a great deal of knowledge about fine arts, cuisine and wines. He can make a good representation with the rest of the artistic minifigures which we encounter in the earlier series. Based on the accessories he hold, I can't really point the specialised area which he is good at. Hopefully the official bio of him could shed some interesting information on his background. 


Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are very good. You get a new LEGO puppy design which I think is a bulldog and a highly uncommon food accessory of the baguette and this is something which you don't mind loads of it for feeding your minifigures' population. The white stripes accompanied with the black beret somehow made me infer he is an artist. This is one of the minifigure which I am fond in this series. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view.


Artistic People
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Bonjour
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Secret Pet Agents
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10) Battle Dwarf
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The Battle Dwarf is a new character to add into the Dwarves Mountain which is part of the medieval setting. I was originally hoping for a much different version of a dwarf with more armour and punch instead of just making it simply barbaric. This design does increase the different variant of the existing dwarves which were previously released and it will make a fine addition to them. However, I don't think they could be any use for an organised army. 

Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are average and I love how they manage to cast a new colour onto Thor's supposedly hammer with gunmetal finishing. The rest of the accessories are pretty standard and common which I don't have much personal fancy including the single axe. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view especially the side printing of his black tattoo. It can be useful to create a barbaric warrior by removing the short leg and change it around to reflect its chaotic nature. 


Mountain Dwarves
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Banish these foul beasts
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I would like to upgrade my hammer
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Enemies of Asgard
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Would you like to join our journey?
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11) Retro Spaceman
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It's a blast from the past when I see this 1960s or 1970s Retro Spaceman. It did not said if is a villain but just merely reflecting as a Spaceman which does appear to be quite scheming on the surface. Space fans shall rejoce and I am assuming Adult Fans of LEGO who are very much into Space Theme and this character is those where you can find in those comic books.  


Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are above average. You get a brand new amazing ray gun design in retro style, accompanied with those geeky old fashioned space suit and yellow cape. I think it's quite nice to see the designer paying homage to something rather retro which millennials might not be able to appreciate. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view.


Let me check your intergalactic identity card
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My blaster for yours
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Are you good in this arcade game?
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Mechanical robots inspection
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12) Yuppie
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I seriously do not know what is a Yuppie is, until I went to Google and search for the meaning and this is what I have got, a fashionable young middle-class person with a well-paid job, obsessed with material objects and financial success. At first glance, I thought he was some cartel boss in his stylish outfit. I was so mistaken and yes he does somehow fit in the 1980s or 1990s setting especially with the mega satellite equivalent mobile phone. Well, I think I will continue to keep him in such a stereotype manner. What do you guys think of him?


Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are average. However, I like those new printed parts on the 1x1 flat tile featuring a speaker while the 1x1 cheeseslope featuring a number pad. When you add those parts together onto a walkie-talkie, you get a big flashy mobile phone typically seen in the 1980s and 1990s. The appearance is very sleek especially with the aviators sunglass. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view.


Telecommunication Devices
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Get ready for the next heist
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Could you assist in our investigation?
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13) Rocket Boy
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Classic Space fans rejoice! Everything starts from a young age and the love for Classic Space must set at a significantly much younger age. The Rocket Boy is the latest children costumed character which the outfit showed the child to dream big and achieve beyond their wildest dream. This Rocket Boy is extremely adorable and the Rocket Suit outfit is real fitting for a child and without the child inside, it's actually like a small scale rocket ready to launch or it can be placed in some exhibit for the Science Museum. 


Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are excellent. The biggest unexpected bonus is the Classic Space torso on the minifigure. TLG could simply give you a plain torso but instead, they sweeten the entire appeal of this minifigure and made it even better than I thought. The handrawn coloured depiction of the Classic Space flag is very nicely done with lots of originality in it. The Rocket Suit is equally astounding and amazing too. I love this minifigure very much and it served as a huge inspiration for any child to dream and venture into the unknown deep space. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view.


Dream big and dream far
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A visit to Classic Space Headquarters
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Children Costume Characters
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E.T call home
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14) Dance Instructor
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This minifigure in line will add in your LEGO City with this hyper energetic Dance Instructor. I believed with a good work out and plentiful of water hydration is the key to keep fit and healthy based on her jovial expression. I suppose her ballistic explosive hairstyle is also a rendition of the classic 1970s and 1980s style where mass workouts in the fitness studios are very popular. What do you think of it? Could you like her bizarre attire? Even though I am not a huge fan of this design but this design is certainly quite special in his own rights.

Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are average. The H2O drink which simply refer to as water, accompanied with a bottle cap and straw on top of it. The parts are nicely done together and the striking accessory is certainly the Dance Instructor's hairpiece which is just so iconic to her active lifestyle in that particular era. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view.


Dancing classes
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Join the Dance Club
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Batman Dance Rave
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15) Elf Girl
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The Elf Girl is my favourite character in this series and is the only probable army building minifigure which I want to amass from this whole series. My love for Elves are very strong since the introduction of Series 3 Elf and we have not seen a warrior Elf in recent years. This new female counterpart of the Elven Forest proved its mettle and intellect combined. I love how this design put across her mysterious and yet elegant Elvish appearance which can be used in Royal Princess approach or maiden, etc. It's a very good medieval design which I am very fond of. Although some of us might not like the tall skirt torso, but personally I am fine with this setting as it bring the beauty of the torso/dress altogether.  


Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are above average. The overall accessories including the re-introduction of the kite shield with the new print and the great sword in pearl gold.The dress is very nice and if you able to look at it carefully, there is some sort of mystical glow and aura surrounding this minifigure. Not sure how I should describe it but the print finishing is very lovely and I believed the appropriate description could be shimmering. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view.


Elvish Bloodline
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Elf Princesses
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Friends of the Forest Realm
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Princesses and Maidens
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We seek the mystical elves for assistance
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16) Secret Character
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Sorry everyone. I can't reveal other than imagine how this silhouette promotional minifigure could look like in my review and how I interpret based on the promotional poster as well. I will update this portion of number 16 review once the green light is given by TLG. Meanwhile, I have already prepared the images for this mysterious feature which will conicde with their marketing and promotional efforts upon official release. The good news, is this minifigure have the maximum distribution count, so technically it should not be that hard to find. Stay tune for future update and I will share more in the next round. Thank you for your understanding. 

Allow me to formally introduce the secret elusive character, the 16th character in this Series 17 and is none other than Highway Man. Oh well, it is hardly any surprise anymore and we have now received the official green light to share those reviewing images of this supposed silhouette promotional minifigure. To be honest, we have not received any official promotional info on what they intend to do with this minifigure. TLG had actually done a great job to keep this under wrap and lots of efforts were made. It was a great pity that some retail blunder was caused to make this whole promotion, rather disappointing. As I have mentioned in this review, this minifigure is the most commonly available minifigure in this series.

This Highway Man is pretty impressive and it can be used in many other settings like the Civil War, Wild West, Pirates, etc. The customisation for this design is endless and is largely attributed to the black western facade. All the way from the menacing mysterious shrouding appearance, there are some strange aura surrounding this character. I am not exactly sure if the promotional efforts had somehow clouded my expectations. To be serious, I find this minifigure slightly above average. It's quite a surprise that TLG had actually made a villain stereotype for this design and for a short past moment, I was secretly hoping it was something related to Pirates of the Caribbean due to the tricorne hat. 
 

Parts assortment
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The parts assortment are above average. The overall accessories are good especially the new black fabric cap material. The dual flintlock pistols are coated in gunmetal grey and the design also include the bandanna and tricorne hat. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of side and back view.

 

Masked Bandits
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Come quietly with us
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Put your talent into good use
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You bunch are under house arrest
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General Statistics for 71018 LEGO Minifigures - The LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 17 (updated)
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Below is the combination which I have received from my box,

3 Professional Surfers
Circus Strong Men
3 Gourmet Chefs
5 Corn Cobs
3 Veterinarians
Sausage Men
3 Butterflies Girls
4 Roman Gladiators
Connoisseurs
Battle Dwarves
Retro Spacemen
4 Yuppies
3 Rocket Boys
3 Dance Instructors
3 Elf Girls
5 Secret Characters

Based on the above distribution, I have achieved three full complete sets of 16 one-of-a kind minifigures each. It means I will have 12 spares left. Read below to find out what are the remaining spares I have.

My remaining spares
0 Professional Surfers
Circus Strong Men
0 Gourmet Chefs
Corn Cobs
0 Veterinarians
Sausage Men
0 Butterflies Girls
1 Roman Gladiators
Connoisseurs
Battle Dwarves
Retro Spacemen
Yuppies
0 Rocket Boys
0 Dance Instructors
0 Elf Girls
2 Secret Characters

Data Analysis
I really wonder which minifigure will be the most popular and hard-to-find once it is out in the public.  It's very hard to predict but my best bets are Elf Girl, Rocket Boy, Butterflies Girl and Veterinarian. These mentioned minifigures are in my guess-list of hard to find in the wild. Perhaps, Corn Cob might fit the bill as well. I am disappointed that the above minifigures are not given the higher distribution ratio of four and above. I highly speculate that female minifigures in distribution ratio of three will prove quite a challenge and personally for medieval fan like myself, I think getting more quantities of Elf Girl would be challenging which remind me of the Forest Maiden in Series 9. The food costume character distribution count is rather encouraging and the Corn Cob is given a higher quantity of distribution ratio of five, similar to the elusive promotional secretive character which may serve to be popular among certain group of fans such as Pirates. Ultimately, I am pretty pleased with this current distribution arrangement. What do you think of it? Do you like the overall distribution count?

To conclude, based on the probability demonstrated by this review, as an example, here are the summarised results,

High probability
1) Circus Strong Men
2) Corn Cobs
3) Secret Characters
Total range: 25%
Each: 8.33%

Medium probability
1) Sausage Men
2) Roman Gladiators
3) Connoisseurs
4) Battle Dwarves
5) Retro Spacemen
6) Yuppies
Total range: 40%
Each: 6.67%

Low probability
1) Professional Surfers
2) Gourmet Chefs
3) Veterinarians
4) Butterflies Girls
5) Rocket Boys
6) Dance Instructors
7) Elf Girls
Total range: 35%
Each 5%


The LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 17 will be launching on the 1st May 2017 (worldwide) (updated)
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To conclude, the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 17 has continued successfully surprised us with another new level of design creativity. It excite me to see the return of the original traditional series. Traditional LEGO CMFs series always appeal widely to the masses. One thing for certain is TLG is not really intending to just focus on the traditional stuff. There are clear signs in the shift in their marketing and design approach. Not exactly sure if is a good sign or bad omen, but only time will tell if the change in the LEGO CMFs could sustain and continue to appeal to general public and LEGO fans. It is not an easy challenge to create, design and introduce many new creative and original designs for each new series. The LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series or known as LEGO Minifigures Theme shall always be a rare commanding class of their own, which distinguish themselves from regular LEGO Theme and special releases. It has been a very long standing tradition and yet they are able to retain the charm and excitement, until today.

Now with a total of 359 minifigures released for the entire Series 1 to 16, the LEGO Movie Series, LEGO Simpsons Series 1 to 2, Disney LEGO Minifigures, LEGO Batman Movie series and the current Series 17, not including Mr. Gold which unfortunately I do not have the blessings or lucky stars to own it till this date, and the special exclusive Toy Soldier and Zombie Skateboarder minifigures that can only be obtained through The Minifigures Character Encyclopedia books respectively. At such tremendous accelerated releasing rates, I wonder if you can keep up with the display shelving area as we factor to accommodate space for future expansion. For myself, I don't have the space to display all of them anymore until much further notice. Meanwhile, I really wonder what exciting new series will TLG have for us. Only time will tell and let's be patient about it. I am confident that it will be worth the wait as always.

Please note that all opinions and content shown in this Eurobricks pictorial review is from 'WhiteFang' and is not meant to represent LEGO official views. It is purely stated to share as a vantage point of a reviewer.

Please note that the The LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 16 do not contain the placement of LEGO spare parts/accessories. This was practiced since the start of LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 3.

Summary review
Playability: 9/10 (New and old minifigure designs that can be integrated across many new and existing themes/settings.)
Design: 8/10 (Great detailed printing on different arms and legs with decent new accessories and refreshing designs.)
Price: 6/10 (Pricing notch went down for my case due to the increase of SRP from SGD$5.50 to SGD$6.50 and this is likely to be the official pricing.)
Overall: 7.6/10 (Ready yourself for this new traditional Series 17 and it's quite an uncommon sight to see a traditional series around after so many releases.)

I gave it a "4" based on my Review Score Card. :wink: What about yours?

I hope everyone of you enjoyed reading this simple review of mine. Comments and Criticisms are welcomed.
Pictures can be found in My Flickr.

If you are interested to read the past LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series reviews, you may find the following links below!

8683: Collectable Minifigures Series 1
8684: Collectable Minifigures Series 2
8803: Collectable Minifigures Series 3
8804: Collectable Minifigures Series 4
8805: Collectable Minifigures Series 5
8827: Collectable Minifigures Series 6
8831: Collectable Minifigures Series 7
8833: Collectable Minifigures Series 8
71000: Collectable Minifigures Series 9
71001: Collectable Minifigures Series 10
71002: Collectable Minifigures Series 11
71004: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Movie Series
71005: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Simpsons Series
71007: Collectable Minifigures Series 12
71008: Collectable Minifigures Series 13
71009: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Simpsons Series 2
71010: Collectable Minifigures Series 14
71011: Collectable Minifigures Series 15
71012: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Disney Series
71013: Collectable Minifigures Series 16
71014: Collectable Minifigures - DFB Football Series 2016
71017: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Batman Movie Series

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Dear Eurobricks Community, 

I am very pleased to finish this reviewing project within the past 60 hours upon received this package or so and to bring this non-exhaustive reviewing coverage to all of you. I apologies for any errors if I have made in this review as lots of efforts were given on the photography aspect which I hope you could still find it relevant and interesting. This review will continue to be updated as time goes by. 

I hope I do not disappoint any of you and I hope this review will be a strong tradition within the Eurobricks Community and elsewhere. 

Please do share your thoughts with me as I have try to reduce the number of images in this review and also the written aspect. Feel free to share your thoughts and do enjoy reading this reviewing coverage. 

Thank you. 

WhiteFang

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Great Review. Sadly the figure I wanted to see most is still kept secret. I wanna know what the big deal is with him? Since I love pirates so much this is the one figure in this series I'm most excited about.

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Many cool figs this time and planty of nice accessories. But I do think you reviews are a bit too long, too many pictures.

Skip the in-depth-comparing with other similar figs from previous releases. :blush:

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Excellent review and quite a strong series! :classic: I also find the comparison to older series' minifigs quite interesting though. Gives an idea of the coherence with each other and how (if) they improved since. Bjt I don't really get the fuss about the "Mr. Mysterious" did I miss anything?:laugh:

 

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Apart from Battle Dwarf and, especially, Elf Girl, this series has nothing for me. In fact, I consider it to be one of the worst of the main series. Though there's of course a possibility of me really liking the secret figure as well.

But a great review, as always.

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A big thank you for your review, WhiteFang, once again! I always enjoy seeing how the new characters match up to their counterparts, as well as when you swap parts between them. It gets the gears of creativity turning on how to use the new pieces yourself. :classic:

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Love the review! I have wanted Lego to make an Elf line of sets for years (and the CMF Elf in series 3 contributed to that a lot) and I was very sad when the Lego Elves line turned out to be such a terrible thing as it is. So I am very happy to see this new Lego Elf Girl! The Elf Girl, Butterflies Girl, Battle Dwarf and the Roman Gladiator will be the only characters from this series that I think I will want to pick up ...

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Was so excited to see your review up! Thank you for all your hard work! Figures that all the ones I want are in the 3x per box category. :sceptic:

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Cheers, WhiteFang!

We can't wait for these, there are so many great figs in this series.

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Thanks for the review! It's funny how when the series was first revealed, I was only interested in a few, but now after taking a closer look at them, I want almost all of them! :excited:

Great work as always :thumbup:

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Great review! That group shot really did scare me, i seriously thought for a minute that the Highwayman looked like that :laugh: Anyways, it's a good series and hope to see the Highwayman soon!

Edited by Amazing Bricks

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Thank you for another great review and magnificent set of photographs, Fangy. Of all the reviews I've seen of this series, yours is the best!

One picture I was hoping for was the S13 Hot Dog Guy holding the Sausage Man's sausage and bun (wow, how wrong does that sound?!). Seriously, I can imagine the Hot Dog Guy promoting food at the fast food joint where the Sausage Man works and having a hot dog & roll in hand. If you have a chance to take that shot, that would be much appreciated. 

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Thank you @WhiteFang for this review!

I'm always looking forward to reading them.

 

I hate myself for saying this but this is series is not exciting as I wanted it to be. A lot of rehashes all together. And some of them are kinda lackluster like the Surfer and Gladiator with uninteresting pieces. Maybe a new mask + hair combo would have been better for the Gladiator. Dunno....:sceptic:

Also, I find some of the torsos to be oddly plain like the Chef's or the Yuppie's or even the Connoisseur's

Elf Girl is easily one level above the rest. She is so beautiful and well done!

This series overall makes me appreaciate more CMF Series 16 which was a lot stronger. I hope LEGO will bring this theme home with CMF S19, since it seems that would be the next traditional series 

 

Again, thanks WhiteFang for this review. It is a very important part of every CMF release. And it matters little to me if this one isn't like the very first one :classic:

Edited by Robert8

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Thank you for the nice review.

I would look forward to this line if I not heard some rumours there was decided that series 17 will not be sold in Belgium and the Netherlands in normal shops.

Especiallially now it has a good minifig-sized rabbit and a Female Elf.

 

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2 hours ago, Robert8 said:


@WhiteFangGladiator with uninteresting pieces. Maybe a new mask + hair combo would have been better for the Gladiator. Dunno....:sceptic:

 

He's a Retiarius and the omission of a net from his kit is a pretty big oversight. Either the fabric 10x10 net or the half-cone web they introduced for Spider=Man last year would have worked for me. Ah, well. Brick Link will fix LEGO's screw-up.

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Ahh gosh, Classc Space Suit in light bley! Amazing.

Great review as ever Whitefang! I love to see these and the little touch of humour you bring. :classic: 

This looks like a solid series, the repeats will be nice for kids who missed the earlier figures those seven years ago (I feel quite displeased to say 7 years, feel old!). I love the new surfboard print, the new animals are always a plus and more hair styles and colours are forever welcome. 

I think this is a 1 each at least series, with a few candidates for extras (Classic Space torso, I need you...)

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Will be getting 1x surfer (the wet suit and surfboard are great)

Maybe 1x strong man (the barbells are cool but the rest of the fig doesn't quite do it for me)

At least 1x chef (the torso, legs, pie and whisk are all cool, even the head is nice)

1x corn cob man (I gotta keep up my collection of all the food costumes)

At least 1x, probably more of the vet (the bunny rabbit is cool and the torso looks useful for other medical people as well)

At least 3x sausage man since everything is cool. The tray. The hot dog and bun. The torso and legs. The head. The hat. The milkshake.

At least 2x butterfly girl (too cute to say no to, the torso is perfect for little girls of all sorts even without butterfly wings)

0x Gladiator (no use for him)

1x Connoisseur (love the head and torso, the beret is useful and the dog isn't bad either)

At least 1x Battle Dwarf (the red Mohawk and that cool Titanium Metallic hammer are too cool to say no to)

0x Retro Spaceman (dont like that style of spaceman)

At least 3x Yuppie (love the cell phone, the jacket and those glasses).

1x Rocket Boy (the rocket is cool as is the flag and the torso).

1x Dance Instructor (torso is funky, legs are funky, hair is funky, head is funky, water bottle is also funky)

0x elf girl (I dont do medieval or fantasy)

0x secret character (given we know it comes with a Tricorne hat and pistols, I cant see it being useful for me in the modern-day MOCs I build)

 

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