43179 Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Review

Theme: 18+
No: 43179
Release Year: 2020
Cost: AU $279.99
Pieces: 1739

We’ve had a bumper year of LEGO sets this year (check out the competition I’m running all about the amazing sets this year), with a wide range of stunning (and expensive) sets being released. One of those will appeal to the many Disney fans among us, with buildable Mickey and Minnie statuettes. The characters have changed quite a bit over the years (Mickey has been around since the late 1920s), but there’s just so much character to these versions.

The box shows the builds on the new standard 18+ black background. Inside the box there’s 14 numbered bags across nine steps, one bag of large elements (the signature tiles and large axles), two separate instruction manuals (one per statuette), and a sticker sheet with four stickers.

Minnie’s manual also includes the instructions for the supporting builds, so it’s a bit longer. I like that the information at the start of the manuals also includes some snippets from Ollie Gregory, the set designer. Particularly about how weight distribution needed to be considered, given the limbs being so thin.

The first stage of the build in both statuettes is the base, created to look like a film strip. To be honest, this is the most repetitive portion of the build that I found, and it’s really not a lot, so it was bound to be a good build. The exciting thing about the bases is the new colour – Transparent Brown Opal, seen in the windows. It’s a beautiful colour!

The legs for both statuettes end up properly attached to the bases, which is great for stability. Mickey in particular has some spectacular feet – the shaping of the shoes is just amazing.

The use of quarter domed elements, curves and even the 2×4 Top Shell elements is just inspired, and perfect. Moving up, the legs (and arms) are created using a new round element that are connected using Technic axles. They’re the same diamater as 2×2 round bricks, but without studs. They’re also absolutely spot on for legs and arms for the two characters.

The bodies and heads are made up of SNOT work, and the heads much more so than the body. The heads use lots more different elements and work with the genius that is LEGO geometry to get the shape just right. It’s really interesting to see it all come together. Adding the ears and face just make these statuettes come to life.

They’re so organic! I also love that while there’s not a whole lot of studs visible on the statuettes, the ears are covered in them, showing that yes, this is LEGO.

While the bases are identical, the feet of the statuettes aren’t, so the build process for Minnie’s feet is new. There’s an axle that runs straight up the right leg, and the shoes (for a while at least) are very bare bones!

Minnie’s skirt is made up of printed red 8x5x2 windscreen elements and brick bows. I honestly thought that the skirt would be chock full of bricks, but it’s hollow. The underside (Minnie’s bloomers) have got the perfect look to them with the use of parabolic rings. I was so impressed with this.

Minnie’s mouth is also subtly different to Mickey’s, using a different wheel arch.

I absolutely love the fact that the mouths on the statuettes have a sense of depth to them. It’s super subtle, using different wheel arches upside down, but it just adds to the organic-ness (yeah that’s a word) of the builds. The hat on Minnie is also great, using a couple of elements I’d not come across before – the 3×3 half sphere (new in this set), and a round 4x4x1 Design Brick – looking a bit like a wheel hub. Add the flower and it’s done.

The accessories are a very simple guitar for Mickey, a bunch of flowers for Minnie, and a brilliant camera and tripod to capture the moments. The 2×2 curved corner arch bricks are put to good use, and these will definitely come in handy in other colours. There’s also the photo album, where the four stickers come in to the set. The book can also be clipped shut using the studs on the inside.

These statuettes are simply amazing. They’re both so lifelike and animated! It’d be great if they could be poseable, and in a way they are, but with a bit of a quick arm adjustment. This is most noticeable when Mickey is holding the guitar. It doesn’t sit all that comfortably, and he certainly can’t play it. I found that after a while of it sitting there, it actually started to pull the hand off the arm.

I’m not sure about the hooked fingers on each hand, but the gloves look nice overall. The tails on each statuette are perfect, and the big signatures on the bases are a really nice inclusion. The eyes on each are so well done. The white isn’t printed, it’s a dual mould, so the white isn’t needed to be printed on the black.

If you’re a Disney fan, then this is definitely the set for you. Mickey is the better build of the two, thanks to his animated pose, but Minnie’s got a few more interesting details in the build, in the hat and skirt. I’m such a fan of this set. It’s pricey, but I reckon it’s pretty worth it, especially if you find it at a discount.

There’s a serious amount of elements that are unique to this set – red tubs, domes, new tubes, and bright colours galore. There’s no play to this set, but the simple fact that it’s so eye catching is worth the lack of play. Some LEGO sets are just not meant to be played with.

BUILD: 19/20

OVERALL: 74/100

A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.