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  1. Soupperson1

    Disney Properties 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Nope @sunhuntin was right it’s Charlotte’s cat Marcel according to the description. He does bear a striking resemblance to Marie and I’m sure most people will use him as her! Does anyone know who the minifigure with the Haunted Mansion is? Just a random park guest?
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    DC Superheroes 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    I can’t believe it took until hours before we we’re expecting the images to be revealed for the set to be proven to be fake.
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    Disney Properties 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    I hope people’s dislike of Triton doesn’t stop the set from selling! I really think it’s a great set, albeit a bit pricy. It feels very unique and the shaping and colours are excellent. The interiors are also very good and they have perfected the dolphin chariot builds! The fact we’re finally getting new characters in this theme is also very exciting. Even the unnamed octopus makes me happy as that’s a print designed for an official Disney character, even if it’s a background one! Only having one of Ariel’s sisters was always disappointing, just doubling it two makes the line up feel so much more full. :P Now with her and Triton, The Little Mermaid has six different characters as minidolls which is quite an achievement. Frozen 2 has 4 and then every other film only has 3, 2 or 1. I think the Elsa set would have been vastly improved if it came with a door, even if it was built out of leaves. I feel like the set would look more complete and be more playable as a result. The minidoll of Snow Queen Elsa is great and yay to us finally getting new outfits for the characters too. It’s just a shame her hair couldn’t be more accurate. Those Rescue Rangers BrickHeadz are some of the best yet IMO! I believe this is the first set based on a Disney Channel property too? The only other one I can think of is the cancelled Phineas and Ferb Game! I guess they couldn’t balance the beard properly on the torso. So they they thought it would be better to render it as a mask than as a single head piece to appease minifigure fans. This way at least the eyes line up even if they’re not the eyes minifigure fans like.
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    Disney Properties 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Hmm maybe this was an ill-guided decision to appeal to minifigure fans? I can’t imagine anyone will be pleased that their minifigure Triton will have minidoll eyes and a nose, even if he’s only semi-purist. :P
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    Lego colors - coming and going

    Medium Brown definitely seems to be making a comeback. Check out Priyanka in the high quality images for 41699 and 41718. Nougat and medium nougat are clearly displayed close to her in next sets and they don’t match her skin tone!
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    Disney Properties 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Hmm what if the mystery set is tied to Disencanted or Hocus Pocus 2? I feel like they’re good enough fits. Even if they’re not based on the sequels I could easily see them doing a single set based on either of the first films and it selling decently.
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    Disney Properties 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    I wonder if Disney Princess (other than Raya) underperformed in 2021? Nine sets for the whole year seems kind of low. There’s no rumours of a follow up to The Ice Castle either. :( As for these three sets I really hope the big one is a joint set. I’d rather individual sets of course, but if this is the way we get Pocahontas I’m all for it! I wonder why they’re making another 4+ Frozen set with Elsa and Olaf when we just got one? Wouldn’t it make more sense if it included Sven or Kristoff with Elsa? And then they could sell both simultaneously. :P I’ll keep hoping for a new hairpiece and dress colour for Cinderella, but my hopes are low after Tiana looked nearly the exact same as before in her set. I wonder why they went with Mickey and Friends over Frozen for Dots? I guess to appear more gender neutral? Oh well hopefully these will be successful enough that we get some Princess and Frozen stuff down the line. I’m very excited for the potential prints and interesting 1x1 moulds to come out of these sets. More Mickey and Friends 4+ sets is exciting! I really hope at least one of these gives us a plain clothes version of Goofy. :P Characters Clarabelle too! Or at the very least Figaro.
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    2022 Friends Rumours, Leaks, Information And Discussion

    Ah so no zoo theme like we speculated! Instead there’s just one wildlife set for Mia. I assume that’s where the Rajah mould will be reused. :) I’m really happy that there’s sets staring the main 5 again. It was really odd that the winter wave had none. This is a much better way of paying tribute to 10 years IMO! These 5 sets have very generous piece counts and I can’t wait to see what they do with them. The site that lists the sets has the name for 41708 as a Roller Disco Skating Rink, which is even more exciting! The Recycling Truck is another concept that we haven’t gotten in Friends yes. Hopefully it’ll be executed well. All the other sets are rehashes, but as there is an even enough balance I don’t mind. Especially if they are good!
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    DC Superheroes 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    I don’t really care what the €100/$ set is as long as it’s minifigure scale and comes with at least one new character. :P I think it’s definitely a possibility if there’s really only one regular DC set this year they could make it not Batman related or at the very least just have him as a side character. Again I’d take a Batman set if it meant us getting characters like Cassandra Cain, Batwing, Hush, Mad Hatter, Punchline etc. It’s not like they’ve done all the Gotham locations either! I still think we should get a goofy set for the Bat hot air balloon and a semi serious one for the Battrain too. :P
  10. I believe the Repair Robot’s face is a reference to an old print! At least it reminds me of the classic print used by both Ann Droid (below) and the Spyrius Droid! I love when LEGO sneaks vintage references into sets as a big fan of the company’s history! Fantastic review as always Whitefang! I’m always impressed with your dedication. :)
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    2022 Friends Rumours, Leaks, Information And Discussion

    What a fun March wave! 41696 Ambulance - Another amazing €10 set. This is the cheapest set to ever feature a male minidoll! We haven’t gotten the tan standing dog in years and this seems to be a direct reference to the 2013 print. Of course the build of the vehicle is blocky, but it is 4+ and I think it’s shaped better than the usual 4+ car. I really like how the prints match the Vet and their general graphic design. 41698 Animal Playground - This set uses so many random colours, but I think they all mix really well. Which also means we get a bunch of bricks in rarer colours! None of the builds are groundbreaking, but they are all good and will certainly offer a lot of play opportunities for kids. What I find most shocking is Andrea and Liz both get new outfits. Both of which are very good, Liz’ rainbow hoodie in particular is very cute. Three dogs is always a win too! 41699 Animal Adoption Cafe - I don’t understand why Friends needs so many cafés. This would have been just fine as an animal shelter. XP The building looks way too flat and I think the striping and vines just draw attention to that and make it look even worse. At least there was an attempt with shaping around the door and roofs. It’s really nice to see the Home Alone door making a return, it’s perfect for a dog flap! The build for the sign looks too blocky and the graphic design doesn’t ring as Friends to me. What does is the stand up sign, it’s a reuse of a sticker from the first Heartlake High! The side builds all look good and with a decent interior I think this set might be saved. Three animals again which is another win. The new beanie combo works much better here on Olivia than it did Stephanie, as the hair textures match. I’m really sick of them putting this outfit for Olivia in set after set. One of the great aspects of the pre reboot were whatever set you’d buy you’d get different combinations of outfits so you’d always get a different one. It’s quite likely now that kids would have this Olivia multiple times. :S On the upside Priyanka looks great! Another new skin tone?! Plus she has an exclusive torso here too! 41718 Pet Day Care - I think this set is really good! It looks unlike any building Friends has ever done before but really feels like something that belongs in this great theme. Usually I don’t like when buildings use too many colours but I think this really works. Except the stripe of green in the middle and white at the bottom. Everything else from the slides, the overall building design to the giant sign (with the classic Friends’ graphic design) I really like! Again more side builds and lots of potential for fun! The figures I think are the only thing that lets this set down. The tan dog is new and great but the other three animals are super common. Ethan, Emma and River all look great but again reuse exact outfits from previous sets. It’s a shame they couldn’t have made room in the budget for some males with medium nougat or of Priyanka’s skin tone, as those are really missing from these 12 sets which are otherwise very diverse. I do love Priyanka’s torso here! 41709 Beach House - I think this set looks sizeable and worth its price. Kids will also surly love such a spacious interior with different areas including a table tennis game, pool, kitchen, garden, bedroom, kitchen and gaming console! I just really don’t like the colour blocking and I feel like the overall exterior design could be improved. Like the adoption café and the apartments this set is very flat. There is some attempt with the orange part of adding some texture, but I really don’t think it’s quite enough. Even if does connect with the apartments as others suggest I think they could have made it more dynamic like the new modular Harry Potter Hospital Wing, which is 8+ and this is 7+. Two new colours of the fantastic Vespa inspired piece is very exciting as is the recolour of the sitting cat! The banana boat is super clever and the jet ski looks very nice for the few pieces it uses. The minidolls are great! I don’t think that blond girl looks like Stephanie beyond the little hints of medium azure in her outfit. But her three new pieces do look great! Mia has a new torso and legs as does Sebastian.
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    2022 Friends Rumours, Leaks, Information And Discussion

    Maybe I didn’t word myself correctly! Basically what I mean for 10 years I was hoping we’d have a big celebration of Andrea, Emma, Mia, Olivia and Stephanie. But instead their roles and personalities were reduced and they no longer feel like main characters in their theme beyond them appearing in more sets than other characters. For the hairs I don’t think their original hair textures which they’re continuing to use match these new styles. Stephanie is going from having straight hair in one set to wavy hair in another. I know this obviously happens in real life but obviously here the characters have less detailing so it’s harder to identify them. Plus if characters can have any hairpiece in their colour than what will make them different from other future minidolls with the same skin tone and eye colour? :P As for outfits for instance Andrea used to have musical notes on her clothing and Stephanie would wear more sporty gear which were reflective of their personalities. These new outfits are made to be more generic and less character specific. The 2018 reboot had a strong focus on colours being associated with each character and Mia’s outfit in the treehouse features none of those signature colours. As for the gendered issue. I celebrate Friends using a vast colour palette across these set and continuing to incorporate pink and purple. I agree the sets themselves feel less gendered, especially with the inclusion of boys in more sets. But the packaging is the same as previous years beyond the five girls in the corner? The boxes are still purple and the logo is still outlined in pink. I don’t think removing the main characters from the box makes the sets feel less gendered. Ninjago is continuing to have artwork of its characters on the box art as is Disney Princess. I don’t think most people will care about these little things, but they just leave me a bit disappointed and jealous after Ninjago’s great anniversary year. This just feels like a regular year for Friends. A regular year that happens to have very good sets and I’m glad that everyone seems to agree on that!
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    Lego colors - coming and going

    It seems we might be getting a new shade of brown in between reddish brown and medium nougat in March. I first thought it was odd when they included 10 interchangeable heads in the Hogwarts trunk as there’s only 4 skin tones but I thought the ones of the new skin tone were just as a result of bad rendering. However today the new minidoll Priyanka appears to have a darker skin tone than both Andrea, Liz and Layla who are all on the same page of the catalogue she appears in. You can see the new brown second from the top and on this figure. And in @Rambo260’s side by side comparison. Priyanka is on the right!
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    2022 Friends Rumours, Leaks, Information And Discussion

    Here’s some long thoughts from a die hard Friends fan since the beginning. :P I don’t like for the 10 year anniversary they choose to stop focusing on the main 5. They’ve been removed from both sides of the box art, none of the sets are centred around them and poor Andrea only comes in one set. I think a more logical thing would’ve been to add to their line up. Even when they do appear, they don’t always look like themselves as both Stephanie and Emma’s hair textures completely change with their alternative hair pieces. Their outfits are all designed to be used by other characters too which is another toll on their identities. Part of Friends’ identity was the fact it had main characters with such strong interests and associations as a result, without a core cast it doesn’t feel that different from City. The only acknowledgment of Friends being 10 is on the Treehouse box, the print of the boom box in the Treehouse being the same as the one in Andrea’s 2012 stage, reintroducing the sitting down cat mould and bringing Daniel and Dottie back from 2018. I guess they didn’t want to do gold figures as there would be complaints that DC, Marvel and Minecraft didn’t either. They could have had references to old sets for instance the café in Main Street could have referenced the first City Park Café. Or at least have brought important characters pre reboot like Livi and Matthew back or make characters appearing in the current show for the first time in mini doll form. I guess the extra facial expressions and new skin tone might be the celebration but the former is only for four mini dolls and it’s high time the latter should’ve been done! :P 30416 Market Stall - This is even a better value than the polybag from last year! The pieces here are rarer and all very nice. I think the 2 in 1 feature feels a bit forced here when it didn’t last year but overall fantastic value! 41695 Pet Clinic - These 4+ sets are getting blockier and more <insert that tiresome argument> each year. Ironically the colour blocking is getting better and better. The shads used here are all nice! Is it just me or are these getting less prints? Oh well here what’s mattered is the animals and kids get three! I like how they’ve already given the Reddish brown skin tone a vet torso! Now we just need one for a nougat girl. XP I love this skin tone on minidolls I don’t know what took them so long to introduce it. I feel like this should have been a different character to Nandi though as this hairpiece does not hold a candle the one from the amazing one from the street food set. 41697 Turtle Protection Vehicle - What a glorious little €10 set. I think anyone who is a casual collector of Friends should look into getting this set. You get three animals (including the red crab and baby turtle that can be used with minifigures), two minidolls (Layla in particular looks very nice as our first medium nougat character with glasses and Belle’s hair in dark brown), a nice ATV build and some of the new neon yellow! 41700 Beach Glamping - This is a very good set that improves on the last glamping one. I dont think this set feels sizeable for €40 though. The size of the centre piece mostly comes from the fabric piece. Then there’s not much to do inside besides cook in a basic fireplace, sit on a stool and sleep on the most simple bed build. The raised nature is nice though and I like the boardwalk leading up to it. The wind turbine is a cute little build too. My favorite built is actually the outhouse. It looks very nice, the colours mesh well and it has a lot of playability for its size. The campfire is a tiny but effective build as well but those stools show the Friends don’t even have their signature colour coded items across the sets anymore. :( As for figures Andrea and Stephanie having reused outfits from several sets and their normal faces cement that this is a big skip for me. Boo as I love Daniel’s torso and legs! 41701 Street Food Market - Maybe all LEGO sets have just become more expensive and this seems like a bit much for €50, but comparatively it’s quite a good value. I really like all third builds, it’s very difficult to make things distinct yet cohesive and they pulled that off with a varied colour palette. Bravo to the designer! I really like the simple eating area too. Oh and all the useful stickers! Nachos and a different type of sushi! Stickers aren’t too bad when they’re used right. ;P Then there’s the new chopsticks piece, new sushi tile and orange slice print. To top it off this set comes with an amazing figure selection. I love everything about Nandi (4 exclusive pieces!) and Sebastian is really good too. I feel like Sebastian’s alternative head is the only one that’s exciting as the other two are variants on being happy. 41702 Canal Houseboat - I’m shocked it took Friends this long to do one of these it’s a perfect fit with brand. The colour scheme makes me kind of glad they waited so long though as this is very gender neutral. The shaping I’m equally impressed with and I’m very happy to see them using as much space as possible without it feeling cluttered. What it does feel like is charming. Im not sure they really could have done any better with this budget. If I don’t get this set it’ll be because of space. XD The figure selection like the last set is excellent. I’m so happy we already have a set with all four skin tones and three of the sets this wave have two males. Layla has two new pieces too and Elijah has three! After Naidi’s, Mia’s is my favourite of the new hair moulds. There’s a lot of character to that great looking little piece. :) 41703 Friendship Treehouse - This is the flagship set and I’ll admit it looks incredible. It’s massive and once again the colour scheme doesn’t feel too girly. Dark brown being used for the tree is a welcome surprise. Remember for the first few years of Friends when they’d mix tan and green shades into the tree to make the brighter? XP I also like them encouraging customisation by having the treehouse be in a repair stage. The wheelchair lift is very inclusive and cleverly integrated into the build. Whoever decided to attach it to the wind turbine deserves a high five. Than the interior is packed with all the essentials. My favourite part might be the inclusion of the honey making area. That is so simple but the amount of play that come from those few pieces is vast. Oh I also like the swing! The butterflies, bees, birds and bunny are all nice inclusions and once again impressed with the figure selection. The three casual torsos are very nice, I feel like Olivia’s didn’t really need any printing. I adore River’s scared face. I wonder if Olivia and Jackson get alternative heads too and they’re just hiding them? I think it be fun if one of them had an eating or honey covered mouth. :P Im still not sold on the wheelchair build but I appreciate its inclusion nonetheless. This is one of the few sets next year that gives you a really good value for your money at retail. I’m don’t think I’ll get it as this thing is huge and I think Mia’s 2018 Treehouse got a lot of what this set accomplished at a smaller size and price point. :P I do think it’s a shame that they advertising this as the anniversary set but there’s only one legacy reference. :( 41704 Main Street Building - Should this not just be called Main Street? I think those are pretty clearly different buildings. XP The build on the right is very deluxe and I think the detailing is on the level of a modular building. A modular building with Friends colours. While I appreciate the gender neutrality of most of the other sets it’s nice to see a set being unapologetically girly every now and again. I don’t think there’s much to the designs of the other buildings as they’re just flat, but again the colours are nice. I like the modularity of the set and how many different options you can get from it. Unfortunately I think that the flat buildings were compromised to allow this to happen. The elevator hasn’t really compromised any slack, but I don’t think it looks very good but I’m happy for all the fun play experience it’ll give the kids who end up with this set. As for what the buildings represent I’m a little underwhelmed. The café, hairdresser and food shop are all very full for their small sizes but they’re all concepts we’ve had before. Why not take advantage of this unique opportunity and do things that wouldn’t be able to sell as a Friends set on its own like a small police station, florist or bookshop. That aside I do love the double doors. :P I also like the detailing in the apartments on the side, I think the one in the middle leaves a little to be desired. I know they explain that away with the moving truck but I feel like that’s a lazy excuse when they could have easily included a tiny kitchen to make it feel complete. As for the moving truck I do like it. Yay for a new concept for Friends and those useful stickers on the boxes. I also really like the inclusion of the skatepark pipe which includes a coral trash can! I also adore the way they designed main street with that patterned design, the white street lamps and cute additions like a cycle rack, flower pots and fire hydrant. I’m tempted to add this design to my own Main Street even though I’m sure it’ll be very costly. I just love it. :3 Oh the new dog piece is adorable and I’m glad to see Goldie again! Street Dwelling Minidolls - Again I would have rather had one off character archetypes for this huge set as we get chances to have civilians in basically every other set. That being said I like the look of all of these folks. I didn’t get the set this Stephanie outfit came in so I’m glad to see it here as I think it’s one of the best this team have designed. Savannah looks so cool with her hat. I hope this is a character that continues to stick around. Harper and Evelyvn really stand out for generic teens. I love both their tops and Harper’s legs. Her wheelchair reusing the green wheels from City is also really neat! Dottie coming back is cool, but I miss her cool hairpiece. We need to start getting elderly characters in different skin tones! I’m shocked we already have a Reddish Brown adult male with Trevor, we got our first medium nougat one last year and we don’t have a nougat one. He looks great with his coral scarf and t shirt! Joshua has four new pieces but I think he just looks like a generic Friends man. A better hairpiece or green/grey eyes would have helped. :P I’m impressed Maya has a new face and they didn’t reuse micro Andrea’s or Liz’. I think her torso might be my favourite microdoll one yet! The images and rainbow detailing of the centre apartment suggests these three are a family. A biracial gay parenting duo in a LEGO set in 2022?! We love to see it. 41707 Tree Planting Vehicle - Another charming set. I think I like everything about it. :P Friends usually gets the short end of the stick when it comes to vehicles but the shaping and colours of this one are really nice, as is the message behind it. The part usage for the planter pots is spectacular and the greenhouse and pump both look good despite their low piece counts. The animal inclusions are charming and I love the characters’ outfits. I have so many Friends vehicles though, so I’m a bit apprehensive about getting this despite it being a great set!
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    Disney Properties 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    This wave is way too small for my liking. It seems they’re going to split every theme other than City and Harry Potter up into January and March waves from now on. I guess it means some sets will get to stand out more with the less competition and those who buy everything at once will feel less bad? :P Here it feels particularly jarring as the first three are grouped together while there’s only one more not in that subline. 43198 Anna’s Courtyard - These opalescent dresses make LEGO look like they don’t understand the concept of surprise toys. XP I mean what’s the novelty of storing Anna within the bottom part of her dress? The image they show of her popping out just looks creepy. The dress’ lack of printing and transparency, even with the Opal finish, will just look off in person. I think what they should’ve done is have her come with the regular dress piece and then have a dress hidden within the build (as a tree trunk or waterfall or something?). I’m also curious why they didn’t do Queen Anna since it would have only required a new torso. Anywho, the set itself looks nice. I don’t think kids will have much fun with just the facade but at least it’s sizeable enough for €10. It’s such a shame Bruni is exclusive to this for the time being as that mould is glorious! 43199 Elsa’s Castle Courtyard - If they had to use these dress lids across the sets they could’ve been more creative in hiding them. In both small sets they’re fountains. One should’ve used it as a bowl, a footstool etc. I think this set in general looks too similar to Anna’s to stand on its own. I think it be fine if they did these for multiple princesses but the big set shows they aren’t. Even if there wasn’t that dress piece this would be an easy pass as a result of Let It Go Elsa and another Snowgie. 43203 Aurora, Merida and Tiana’s Enchanted Creations - I don’t think the designer had a clear memo. Merida’s build is clearly inspired heavily what appears on screen in Brave and could be used as a regular set (albeit small with no interior). The fact that it is also a pencil pot is hidden and as a result this is my favourite of the builds. I think the castle is actually much nicer in design than the one from 2014. Tiana’s is inspired by the imagery from Princess and the Frog rather than a specific scene. The feet, height and gold detailing on the side kind of prevents it from being played with as a normal swamp. xP I really like the overall design though (that part usage of a frog foot is genius) and unlike the first set with Tiana all the colours work really well. I don’t like how Tiana’s build gives you an item to hold while the others don’t. I do like how we’re finally getting a bracelet with Disney prints though. Especially the ones of Tiana and Naveen! Aurora’s build is literally just pink. The exterior has nothing to do with Sleeping Beauty. XP Whats weirder is it is the only one that doesn’t seem to be related to real life objects. It folds open so you can only put the smallest of things in here without making a mess every time you open it. I really like the recolour of the cake icing to be more film accurate and the stain glass windows but really really odd. Again having all the dress lids be parasols is extremely lazy and hardly inspires creativity amongst children. Why not have one be part of the target build for Merida, a flower in Tiana’s pond or part of Aurora’s cake? Oh and I forgot to mention bigger dresses means less fun to play. None of these ladies can sit down, or ride a horse, or fit in most vehicles LEGO puts out. Heck I’m sure there’s some interiors of buildings LEGO puts out that these ladies couldn’t stand in. XP Oh and this is $70?! How?! Being generous it looks like it should be $50? Aurora, Merida and Tiana - I’m sorry for going on so much above. Im just confused. :P Aurora looks like she always does, except now with metallic arms. Tiana still using medium nougat skin, Cinderella’s hair and bare arms is really frustrating. I’m beginning to think a set with her will need negative media coverage for LEGO to bother updating her to be more accurate. :S On the bright side Merida looks fantastic. Bright orange was a fantastic choice! Her torso is much better as well but it’s a shame that her elbows have lost their detail. Oh well, her head is also gorgeous. I love how she doesn’t have eyelashes and has such a confident smirk. 43208 Jasmine and Mulan’s Adventure - Rajah looks beautiful it’s great we’re finally getting him at this size. I still think they should’ve used the City mould with Friends eyes, but at least he can have a bow now. :P Khan having a new mane is very generous too. Of course Mushu and Abu would’ve have been preferred but I guess they can do that next time now these two are perfected. I’m happy to see Kriki (who was already perfect) again and Carpet who is now a print. This set doesn’t seem to have any stickers! I wish the Mulan side build was a bit more sizeable but it is very nice. I love the Agrabah Palace though! The colours are finally accurate and consistent! Again for the price of this set I wish there was a bit more depth to the interior but it’s a good starting point. The minidolls aren’t very exciting to me, as I already have the older versions of both but I do like Jasmine’s face!