Lego Disney Minifigures

An image was leaked the other day of a new set of collectable Lego minifigures. They are all based around Disney characters. It is common knowledge that Disney has had a link with Lego for years. So this new series makes perfect sense. I will go through the characters and discuss some others that I think we will see in future series.

Lego Disney Minifigures

The characters in the first series are:

Mickey Mouse

Minnie Mouse

Donald Duck

Daisy Duck

Peter Pan

Captain Hook












Cheshire Cat

I would say this is a great start to a series. We haven’t got all the famous characters out, so they have something to bring out in future lots. I also find it great to see some Pixar characters. I have not seen a single classic Disney film like Aladdin, Snow White, or The Little Mermaid, but I am a massive fan of everything Pixar. If I were to collect these I would probably try and “feel out” the Pixar characters and probably Mickey and Donald, while leaving all the other characters. I was a fan of some of the old Disney cartoons like Recess and Fillmore, so if they decided to bring out some figures from that I would also be interested. I know Stitch is probably a more popular character than those from Recess and certainly more popular than Fillmore, but you can’t blame a guy for dreaming. Who wouldn’t want a minifigure of TJ, Spinelli, Gretchen, Gus, Vince, or Mikey?

recess lego disney minifigures


This image above has circulated a few sites recently. This is supposedly some of the figures we can expect from the new series. Some of them seem plausible as we have seven of the characters confirmed. The look slightly different in the real pictures, but the representation is pretty spot on. I don’t buy this image though. Six figures representing Kim Possible? I don’t think so. A Barbie and Ken figure? Unless Hasbro has done a licensing deal with Lego this is never going to happen. That is why I question the validity of the picture. You can believe, but unless most of the figures get made I won’t be.

In the confirmed image, the different properties featured are varied. We have the classic Disney characters like Mickey and Donald, the old cartoon characters, as well as the modern 3D characters. With some of the characters you can almost guess some other characters that will appear.

As we have Buzz and the Alien we can only assume we will have Woody too, maybe even Jessie. I can’t see them being the same as they appeared in the sets a few years ago. The alien still looks the same, but Buzz has lost his special moulded head and has a normal head with a decal. This is why I think Woody and Jessie would also have a normal head and probably have normal length legs too.

toy story lego disney minifigures

The inclusion of Dash and Syndrome can only mean Helen, Bob, and Violet are to come? I would like to think so. Why would Lego put in the two characters if they didn’t plan on adding the other three characters? I wouldn’t say Syndrome and Dash are the most popular characters. If they do make a figure of the rest of the family I will find it interesting to see how they make the figures portray their special powers. Will Helen and Violet be taller? Will Bob be a bigger figure?

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With it being the first series, it is obvious why they included the favourites of Donald, Mickey, and Minnie. These three characters are Disney personified and are the faces of the company. Putting these main characters in the first series is a good start and hopefully get people in the series. I am slightly bemused by the inclusion of Daisy though. Unless Daisy is more popular in the US than in the UK, I can’t see she has the same kind of pulling power as the other three, but maybe she is there as the “girlfriend” of Donald, like Mickey and Minnie.  These four main characters are good for a start, and it also leaves room for another lot of characters to be the linchpin of the other series. I would like to see Goofy and Pluto in the next series. Characters like Oswald the Unlucky Rabbit, Chip and Dale, and Scrooge McDuck will be some other well-known Disney characters that could be included.

The rest of the characters hint at some more characters we could be seeing. No Lilo with Stitch? No Tinkerbell with Peter Pan? We should be seeing the rest of the characters from the films represented. We will probably see all the Disney Princess represented in future series. I can see Tinkerbell, Lilo, Mad Hatter, Jasmine, and Snow White being made later on to fit in with the characters already here.

This leaves me to question what characters I think they should do. I think having a couple of Princesses in each series will really draw people in. Lego have already made the princesses in the Friends style. I also think a good spread of Pixar characters will see them right. They will probably continue with characters from old films too, like Dumbo, Pinocchio, and Winnie the Pooh.

Now onto the characters that I want to see.

As I have mentioned I would love to see some Recess characters. If they have done Lilo and Stitch they obviously don’t mind taking characters from Disney Toons.

I love the Pixar films so including a few main characters from every film would be great. I don’t think they will try to do any Cars or Finding Nemo characters, but I think they could mould some heads for Bugs Life, Monsters Inc, and Ratatouille characters.  If they could pull off some great likenesses of these characters I will be more than happy.

Now I like Pixar, but I also like some of the original Disney 3D films. Some figures representing this side of Disney would also be cool. I would love to see some Chicken Little, Wreck It Ralph, and Big Hero Six characters.

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What they could look like.

I love Phineas and Ferb too. So some figures of them would be nice. I do know Lego planned to use the two in a Lego game before so you never know!

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Lego Phineas and Ferb Board Game

This has also got me thinking. Will Disney be taking any characters from Live action properties? Will we be seeing High School Musical, Suite Life, or National Treasure characters? I doubt it. What about Muppets?

muppets lego disney minifigures

I am excited about this development, and will certainly be buying some of the bags. I hope they include some great characters and both sides, Lego and Disney, do well enough from it that they carry it on until almost every Disney character has been done!




lego feature

Lego Week is Cool when its on BB! We all love the interlocking brick toy! As always the schedule:

Tuesday: A look at the new Disney minifigure series

Wednesday: Lego Sets that are worth a fortune

Thursday: A look at a Lego project I am involved in

Friday: My favourite Lego sets

These are subject to change!

The Culture Clash this week is between three things instead of two!

We have the classic Lego themes battling it out!

Space vs Pirates vs Castle!

lego castle pirate space theme culture clash

herge and marie louise milou snowy

If you asked people for a list of famous literary double acts, surely Tintin and Snowy would be mentioned. Snowy is Tintin’s friend, his companion, and his confident. Snowy is there for Tintin when no one else is. Snowy would appear in every book by Tintin’s side, and often help him along on his travels. Could you have gotten a closer bond between man and an animal?

snowy Tintin

This makes sense when you realise the history behind the character.

It has often been said that Herge created Tintin as an alternate version of himself. It is also said that the many characters that Tintin encounters are actually based on real characters from throughout Herge’s life. So if Tintin is Herge, and the other characters are people Herge met, what does that mean for Snowy?

Herge has said that Snowy was based on a wire fox terrier he used to see in a local restaurant. He thought it was intelligent, brave, and funny. A perfect companion to Tintin. The thing is it is much more complicated than that.

Wire-Fox-Terrier Tintin Snowy Milou

Snowy is not the real name of Tintin’s companion, in the original French version, Snowy is called Milou.

Milou is actually a sweet homage to Herge’s first girlfriend. It is said that he went out with a girl named Marie-Louise van Cutsem. It was young love.

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A Young Marie-Louise

Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. Marie’s father did not approve of the relationship as Herge was of a lower social standing than his daughter. He obviously wanted his daughter to marry at her level and lower herself because of a mere infatuation. The relationship ended after this. After this Herge still had feelings for Marie and supposedly named Milou after her. Marie-Louise became Milou.

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Herge and Marie-Louise

It is interesting to point out that if Herge is Tintin and Milou is Marie Louise, Herge made the two inseparable in the books. Tintin could not go anywhere without Milou, and would often risk his life for him. Maybe Herge used the Tintin books as a kind of escapism from his heartbreak?

So we know how Milou got his name. But why Snowy.

Apparently the name Snowy was chosen, because it was the same amount of letters as Milou so it would fit into the speech bubbles. It was also chosen because he is white.

herge Tintin snowy milou

So Herge was a hopeless romantic and ended up naming one of his most popular characters after an old girlfriend. I wonder if Marie-Louise knew?

tintin feature

Before Herge died, he gave the rights of a Tintin film to Steven Spielberg. Although the film deviated from the book plot, I think Steven did the young reporter justice. According to some sources, Steven first became aware of Tintin after someone told him he was similar to Indiana Jones. I really enjoyed the film. I also really enjoyed the little nods Steven put into the film as a fan. These nods are what I have included in this post.

As you can imagine all the Easter Eggs point towards the different Tintin books.

In Tintin’s room we can see the statue from the Broken Ear.

Broken Ear Easter Eggs in Tintin Movie

broken ear Tintin

In the palace and the docks we can see two golden crabs. This is the logo found on the crab tins full of opium in The Crab with the Golden Claws book.

Crab with the golden claws Easter Eggs in Tintin Movie

Golden Grab Easter Eggs in Tintin Movie

The Crab with the Golden Claws Tintin Easter Eggs

I love this little addition. In Red Rackham’s Treaure, Captain Haddock bumps into a news poster advertising the Daily Reporter with the same tagline; the News Which Hits You.

Daily reporter Easter Eggs in Tintin Movie

A running joke throughout the last few Tintin books plays on the fact that people keep calling up Captain Haddock at Marlinspike, when they really wanted E. Cutts the Butchers.

E.Cutts Easter Eggs in Tintin Movie

This one is an interesting nod towards one of Spielberg’s films. On the typewriter in the opening scene we see E T being typed.

ET Easter Eggs in Tintin Movie

This next one should be obvious. Its Herge!

Herge Easter Eggs in Tintin Movie

During the opening scenes we see a lot of different elements of the many books. This wallpaper is actually the end papers of the Tintin books.

inside pages Easter Eggs in Tintin Movie

tintin endpapers

Surely that isn’t Mr T?

Mr T Easter Eggs in Tintin Movie

Also during the opening sequence we we a list of destinations. All of the destinations are ones that Tintin has visited in his books.Place names Easter Eggs in Tintin Movie

This shooting star must be a homage to the Shooting Star book!

shooting star Easter Eggs in Tintin Movie

Last but not least is also from the title sequence. The logo above the pub is the bird from the Syldavian flag.

Syldavian Flag Easter Eggs in Tintin Movie

Syldavian Flag

It was nice to watch the film though again. I know I missed some, but I found a great site that has gone through the film with a fine tooth comb. You can see this site here.

Tintin easter eggs

Tintin is often seen as one of the best series of stories. While Herge is often seen as a visionary, political commentator, and genius. So I am not surprised he managed to sneak in some Easter eggs into the series of books.

All the notable easter eggs are from three books: King Ottokar’s Sceptre, The Calculus Affair, and Tintin and the Picaros.

The Easter eggs from King Ottokar’s Sceptre and The Calculus Affair are sneaky cameos of Herge himself.

herge king ottakar's sceptre cameo Tintin

In this scene Herge is the chap in the green on the left.

herge king ottakar's sceptre cameo Tintin easter eggs

You can see him again in the crowd, this time on the left.

herge cameo Tintin easter eggs calculus affair

Herge is still wearing green at the bottom right of this scene smoking a cigarette.

herge tintin easter eggs
The man himself.

Other than himself, Herge likes to pay homage to other famous characters too.

tintin easter eggs mickey mouse asterix

If you look closely at this scene from Tintin and the Picaros you should be able to see two very recognisable characters. Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse can be seen in the crowd. Herge also includes fellow European comic character, Asterix!

Tintin Easter Eggs Snoopy Picaros

Herge must also have a soft spot of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comics, as he included Snoopy in the crowd.

Tintin Easter Eggs 2 Donald Duck PIcaros

Finally another Disney cameo. I am not sure if you can say Donald Duck is making a cameo as he fairly obvious! Oh Boy, Oh Boy!

These are just a few different Tintin easter eggs that I find interesting. I hope you enjoyed them. Look out for tomorrow’s post about the Easter Eggs in the recent Tintin animated film!


tintin phoenix comic feature

I love it when comics pay homage to things that inspire them. It is obvious that the artist loves Tintin and all the other classic comic characters. If you have never read the Phoenix, I would definitely recommend it. It is full of great stories and strips. It is also full of great artwork.

The strip that pays homage to Tintin is called Von Doogan. Von Doogan, or the Doog as he is sometimes called, is a strip dedicated to puzzles. Each week a puzzle would be given to the readers for them to solve by the next week’s issue. The artwork is brilliant and the puzzles are tricky. It was in one series where the Doog is in search of the mystery Asteroid X. A story I would say is similar to Tintin and the Shooting Star. I will just let you see the page and see how many Tintin nods you can see.

Tintin Phoenix Comic

The artist, Lorenzo, must also love some of the other classic comics because the puzzle the week after features 5 characters; Asterix, Obelix, Calvin, Hobbes, and Snowy!

Tintin Phoenix Comic 2

I had found these great little details quite a while, but I waited until Tintin week to show them! I hope you find them as cool as I do!

tintin week feature

As I am sure you have gathered this week is Tintin week! Every post this week will be dedicated to the young reporter and his many adventures. As always I have written out a schedule. Bare in mind I probably won’t stick to it, but one can dream.

Tuesday: A nice page from the Phoenix Comic in honour of Tintin.

Wednesday: Easter Eggs in The Tintin Books

Thursday: Easter Eggs in The Tintin Film

Friday: Snowy, Milou, and Herge’s young love.

Saturday: My day off as always.

Sunday: Review of Herge’s Adventures of Tintin Cartoon DVD Box Set.

This week’s Culture Clash is between two old friends. It is…

Captain Haddock vs Tintin

Who is your favourite character?

tintin vs captain haddock culture clash tintin week
Click the picture to cast your vote!
cosmo moose

I have long wanted to do an interview for the blog, so when the opportunity arose to interview a great electronic musician I jumped at the chance. Here is the interview I had with CosmoMoose:

1. What got you into creating music?

Once, when I was at school (late 1980s), our music lesson homework was to compose some music. I found this strangely easy and enjoyable, with pleasing results. Eventually this turned into a composition project towards a music qualification. Two pieces on my latest album, ‘SunRise’ and ‘Organic Manoeuvre’, originate from this project. I’ve always had music in my head since I was young and as I’m answering this question there is some tune lurking in the background. I often feel that I do not compose music but I receive it from somewhere as if I am faintly listening to some radio station in my brain. It is my job to replicate what I hear in my head, which is the hard part! I am a Christian and feel very blessed that God has given me such a gift of creating music so naturally. Over the years I have written in many different music genres, including musical theatre, rock and children songs but instrumental electronic music is my first love!

2. Who are your Musical Influences?

My electronic music is mostly influenced by Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis. I like the way they paint sonic pictures and create moods and emotions with synthesizers which can, by nature, be cold clinical instruments. My upbeat music is also heavily influenced by 90s / ‘classic era’ dance/trance music. I also like the thematic concept of Daft Punk (two robots making music) and Kraftwerk who influenced my more robotic sounding songs such as ‘RoboDrama’ (which is like a dystopian response to Kraftwerk’s ‘The Robots‘). Outside electronics, I really like later romantic-era ‘classical’ music, particularly Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov. They use the orchestra to the full to paint tonal pictures and that’s the reason why my music often strays away from pure electronic instrumentation.

Vangelis electronic music
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Jean Michel Jarre

3. Do you use real instruments or just samples?

My CosmoMoose music is so far created using software synthesizers, loops and samples. My studio is my laptop which I often take on train journeys to and from my day job to create and edit music. You can see me on the early train with headphones on! On Cosmic Invasion, I used a lot of Theremin and Mellotron sounds but have never touched those instruments – nor Moog Synthesizers! My Moosetopia album uses African choirs but these are samples played on a keyboard as were the bird sounds, rainsticks and a bamboo flute on ‘Bamboo Forest’. The track ‘JiGiToN’ has an accordion lead melody but this is reworked from a sample library. Most interestingly, the female singer on ‘My Beautiful Day’ is actually software called Vocaloid Avanna. I type in the words and notes, add vibrato and expression and the software sings those note with those words. That really makes a train journey more fun! However, I am not adverse to real instruments. I recorded an album of kids songs in the past where I strummed guitar, played panpipes…and kazoo,,,,and even recorded a toilet flushing, as well as singing (in the loose sense of the word!)

Cosmo Moose Chris Medway
Chris working hard on his latest track

4.What is your Favourite song and why?

My favourite is probably ‘Distant Longing’ (from Memories of Moosetopia) because it is pure expression; a song without words, from the heart. The song originated on the train on the way to work one day when I opened up my laptop (my portable studio) and I didn’t know what music to work on. So I thought I would just express how I felt at that time using a tiny 2-octave MIDI keyboard (connected via USB to the laptop). The piano line just came out naturally: simple, beautiful and melancholy. The English horn and strings just fell into place and the piece was complete relatively quickly, which is unusual as it can take weeks or months to complete a piece sometimes. Therefore, although there are more popular, groovier pieces like ‘Shooting Stars’ and ‘Get Funky’ it is this simple music of the heart that appeals most to me personally.

5. How do you release your music?

The simple answer is ‘badly’! I put so much effort into creating the music and artwork that by the time I come to release and promote it, I’m too exhausted to do it properly. So far, as CosmoMoose, I have released 2 albums and a single on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and my own website. I intend to release singles from the new album throughout 2016.

Chris Medway Cosmo Moose
Chris in his home studio

6. How do you create your album artwork?

My wife is a prolific photographer and I trawl through her photographs to find the right images and feel for my album artwork. Most of the photographs I chose were taken in my hometown of Dawlish, Devon, UK. I add graphics and logos, such as the light beam on the front of Cosmic Invasion (no, Dawlish didn’t really have a bright cosmic encounter!!) and I designed the moose-in-a-spacesuit character which appears on artwork.

7. Why Call yourself CosmoMoose?

I could have used my own name but this electronic music is soooo different from my previous work (kids songs, stage musicals etc)that it needed something new. So, I like mooses with their big noses and big antlers and “cosmo” is rather spacey like some of my music, so “CosmoMoose” was born. Also my initials are “CM”!

Here are some samples of Cosmo’s music found on Youtube.