At the beginning of this month Series 3 of the LEGO Mixels characters were officially released. I got them immediately as I really enjoy LEGO Mixels; funny characters, great colors, excellent parts-selection – what is there not to like? So let’s talk about these little buggers! 🙂
As you probably know already, the characters are actually connected with a TV show on Cartoon Network, but the show is so mind-numbingly lame (like most things on Cartoon Network these days – poor kids!) I won’t talk about it here, however here is a picture of how the Series 3 LEGO Mixels actually look like in the show.
Just like in the previous two series, LEGO Mixels Series 3 includes three tribes. The first of all there is the Glorp Corp. These are the lime-green/green LEGO Mixels. Here is their official description: “The green, gooey Glorp Corp is a swamp-dwelling tribe of outrageous thrill-seekers.”
The tribe includes Glomp, who is “always hatching crazy schemes, but the real thing to look out for is his runny nose”, Glurt who is “a slobbering slime hound is an avid garbage collector, gobbling up all the trash he can find”, and Torts – “everything sticks to this slow-moving guy because his hands are covered with gloopy slime”. And of course like with previous series, you can combine the three characters into one, called a LEGO Mixels Max. Below is the LEGO Mixels Glorp Corp Max. You can download instructions to build it at the official LEGO Mixels website.
The second tribe in Series 3 of LEGO Mixels is the Spikels. These are the tan/brown LEGO Mixels. Here is their official description: “The fun-loving Spikels think of themselves as cute and cuddly, often forgetting they’re covered with dangerous spikes.”
The tribe includes Footi, “a lanky livewire who lives to skip, jump and dance with huge spiky feet”, then there is Scorpi, “a bug-eyed guy who loves to snuggle, which is difficult with that pointy tail”, and Hoogi who “loves to give hugs, even though that can be tricky with his spiky claw hands”. (I don’t know who comes up with these goofy descriptions, but nonetheless the characters are cute.) And there is the LEGO Mixels Spikels combined character called LEGO Mixels Spikels Max. You can download instructions to build it at the official LEGO Mixels website.
The third tribe in Series 3 of LEGO Mixels is the Wiztastics – an interesting name. These are the purple/black LEGO Mixels. Here is their official description: “The Wiztastics are a traveling troupe of magicians known for putting on the most spectacular shows in the land.”
The tribe includes Mesmo an assistant magician, “who makes up for his lack of showmanship with a magic tail that drops spells”, Magnifo, “who may be cheesy, but this super-confident magician puts loads of energy into every show”, and Wizwuz – “whether burping magic spells or hanging around, this goofy assistant loves to perform”. And there is the LEGO Mixels Wiztastics combined character called LEGO Mixels Wiztastics Max. You can download instructions to build it at the official LEGO Mixels website.
As I have mentioned, as an adult LEGO fan I really don’t care for all these descriptions and the TV show (although little kids may enjoy those too), however the characters themselves are greatly enjoyable for teen and adult builders as well. The parts-selection is fantastic with lots of those new small ball-joints, printed eyes and more, and also the building techniques are very interesting. Below you can watch the review on each of the LEGO Mixels Series 3 sets by JANGBRiCKS:
Also, remember when we talked about the pastime of building LEGO sets inside their original packaging? (See: The LEGO Build-In-The-Bag Challenge…) LEGO Mixels are perfect for this! Next time you get a LEGO Mixels package give it a try! Open the outside packet, but do not tear open the inside clear packaging – try to build the character inside the bag!
In addition, LEGO Mixels inspired many fun competitions at LEGO club meetings, conventions and online. The crazy contraptions people have been building with these little sets are quite amazing and very creative. For example check out these LEGO Mixels Mega Mix characters Andrew Lee, who actually combine into one giant character that was built for the LEGO Iron Builder Mixel Party competition.
If you haven’t gotten yourself any LEGO Mixels yet, I encourage you to try them out. They are cheap little sets (only $5) each, but with so much potential both individually and mixed up. They should be available at LEGO retailers by now, and you can also find them at the Online LEGO Shop.
As far as the future of LEGO Mixels, interesting piece of news that came out of the recent San Diego Comic Con is that LEGO is in fact planning to continue LEGO Mixels with at least one other series. Only three characters were shown from Series 4 of LEGO Mixels at the event: the fiery Burnard (either another member of the Infernites or perhaps from a new fiery tribe), Globert who looks like a bat, and Nurp-Naut who appears to be from an astronaut tribe. LEGO Mixels Series 4 should be available next February.
So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Mixels characters? Do you own some of them or collect them all? And what do you think of Series 3? What about Series 4? Are you looking forward to more sets in the future? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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Seems Andrew Lee added some hinge bricks, but still cool.
That reminds me of the old Transformers combiners from the 80’s, where you could buy 6 smaller Transformers to have them combined into one giant robot.
I always enjoyed those kind of sets. Nice reminder.
I guess I meant joint bricks. Don’t know the official term…
Yeah, usually they are just referred to as joint elements. But I guess now that we have small joints and big joints, it is helpful to add that to it too. 🙂
I don’t have a particular interest in Mixels but I have been attracted by the many “eye” pieces that they have. When I do the circus portion of my carnival they could come in handy in making some of the circus animals I have to build look a tad better looking.
Kim, yes, I have seen some really innovative uses for the eyes on brickbuilt animals and other creatures. I should probably write a post highlighting some of them. 🙂
Yes! I would find that very helpful!
Okay, I will put that on my never-ending list. 🙄
How many variations are there? Big tiles, small tiles, round eyes and minifig heads? Any more I’ve missed…
Yes, that’s pretty much it for all the eye variations. 🙄
My son loves the Mixels, we’ve bought them all when they come out.
Series three is out which means more nightmares for me. 🙄 (seriously what is the targeted audience for these things? 😕 ) good pieces that you can’t find together in any other box! but I’m not really into it.
I love the Mixels, so I guess I’m part of the targeted audience. So are little kids who also seem to like them. Of course not all sets are for everyone. Like I don’t care about most of the Super Heroes sets, but I know it has a huge fan-base. Good thing there is something for everybody. 🙂
True, I’m not saying they are bad, (I can’t because I haven’t gotten one yet) I’m saying this because, like what you said, the show is mind. numbingly… LAME! (And gives me nightmares! 🙁 )
Yeah, as far as the show, it is lame. Nothing more to say about it, because as you said; they can cause nightmares – but that’s pretty much every kid show these days. They are frightening. 👿
I wouldn’t exactly say lame, as it’s hard to tell what isn’t lame these days (besides Lego!). I would say the show is more… dumb. 😕 Which for me makes it funny. 😐
My biggest problem is the dialogues. Most of them seem superfluous, anyway, and I’d prefer it if it was completely pantomime.
Do you mean like in those LEGO City Mini Movies? All they say is “Hey!” and there’s a lot of sound effects. But I think their voices aid in character, so the show doesn’t get tedious to watch.
I referred to the Mixels cartoons. My impression is that the plots are so simple, the message could be conveyed only through visuals and tone of voice.
Ah, maybe I read too quick, and didn’t understand you fully.
I haven’t seen the Mini Movies…
That’s okay, the mini movies are anti-climactic…the police always win. 😕 But some of the Mixels Mini Movies (on Lego.com) do need voices for the Mixels in order for you to understand what’s going on.
Yeah. I just think that some slight replotting would be able to change that… The dialogues are just distracting…
Considering all of the stations, the vehicles and resources the police are equipped with, their success rate comes as no surprise… (In Stockholm, you spot approximately 10 taxis for each police car, in Lego City, I believe the proportions must be reversed.)
Yeah, I guess that’s a better description! 😀
This looks like the best series of the three so far! 🙂 Although I still have Lunk and Tentro on my list before Footi, Glomp, and Magnifo. 😕 I do note though that looking at the cartoon characters versus the Lego version, there are some fixable anomalies on the Lego one. But mostly in Series 1.
For some reason I like to keep up with the mini movies for Mixels, and I also watched that 30 min (more like 15min) special on CN. I guess it gives me a sense of the character’s character. 😕 But I don’t watch the actual show (thank goodness) 😉
I’ll see how long Lego can keep these up. They seem to have run out of basic colors, except for black, white and pink. And there’s a risk coming tribes might get increasingly strained. (Although I can imagine an ice tribe with trans-blue decorative details.)
Another thing is that the chrome parts seem rather fragile. When I opened my Scorpi, there were cracks in all slope bricks, in spite of the set being completely new.
Hakan, do you mean the pearl-silver pieces? There are no chrome pieces with Scorpi. Please note that pearl color pieces have silver swirled into them, so they are not even in color and they usually have lines, speckles, swirls, etc. On my Scorpi the little slopes have a swirl line right in the middle. Perhaps you thought those are cracks? Please don’t worry; they aren’t. 😉
I agree with running out of color. We already know that Series 4 has another red tribe. I’m seriously considering to stop collecting after this last series.
Yeah, there’s some y-like shape on the slopes. Looks like cracks, but alright, they feel okay.