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LEGO Disney Minifigure Series 3 71038 Latest Rumors and Updates (January 2023)

LEGO Disney Minifigure Series 3 71038 Latest Rumors and Updates (January 2023)

With the third series of LEGO Disney Minifigures just around the corner, it’s no wonder that people are getting all excited about what will be included. Well, wait no longer, as we’re breaking down everything that will be included!

Disney is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Walt Disney Company by once again partnering with LEGO to produce several sets and (arguably more importantly) a new Minifigure series.

We recently did a blog post speculating about what we might be getting and exploring some theories and ideas.

But the truth is we had very little to go off of, and there was no way for us to know for sure what this LEGO Disney Minifigure series had in store for us.

Luckily though, there have been some credible leaks as to what the Minifigure series will include. So today we’re going to be breaking down those rumors and exploring the characters that will more than likely be showing up!

The LEGO Disney Minifigure Series 3 (71038) release date is rumored to be May 1st, 2023. Bags are rumored to retail at £3.49 / $4.99 / €3.99.

So without further ado, let’s get to it!

Sorcerer Mickey and Beymax Disney characters
Sorcerer Mickey and Baymax Disney characters

Sorcerer Mickey

What LEGO Disney Minifigures set would be complete without a Mickey Mouse?! Well, just as we predicted in our original post, we’re getting another version of the Disney figurehead: Sorcerer Mickey!

However, while we initially thought that we might get Mickey dressed in his fanciest outfit, it seems that leaks point to him wearing his red sorcerer robes, as seen in the 1940 Disney movie Fantasia.

Our prediction may have been wrong, but we can’t say we’re disappointed. This is certainly an iconic look for Mickey Mouse and one that is sorely needed in LEGO Minifigure form. So far, there have been no versions of this character!

We assume that Sorcerer Mickey might be one of those Minifigure with a solid bottom half to represent his robes better. While painted legs offer better articulation, a solid brick bottom half looks more accurate.

He will come with a bucket and a mop to complete the look that he has in the movie. These are simple but super-effective accessories.

Baymax

Up next, we have Baymax from the 2014 movie Big Hero 6. This is another character that has never been seen in Minifigure form before.

This one is quite an interesting choice, as while he is certainly a beloved character, his design is pretty bland and not very inspiring. They are going to have to pull something out of the bag with this one.

With his slightly larger body and strangely proportioned design, it’s certainly going to be interesting to see how LEGO tackles this particular character.

While a larger Minifigure may have been more appropriate, they’re certainly not going to do that here, as all Minifigures are the standard size.

While Baymax might not have been our first choice when it came to characters for this LEGO Disney Minifigure series 3, we’re still going to keep an open mind and see how he turns out – he might prove us wrong!

Baymax will come with one accessory: a red hoverboard.

The Evil Queen and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Disney characters
The Evil Queen and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Disney characters

The Evil Queen

As the main antagonist from the 1937 movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Evil Queen is one of the most iconic and recognizable Disney Villains, and it makes sense why LEGO is finally making a Minifigure of her.

It seems like a missed opportunity that they haven’t ever created an Evil Queen Minifigure before. In fact, they haven’t even got a version of her in their Mini-doll line!

We imagine that Disney will employ the use of a soft goods cloak for this Minifigure. It would be nice if it was black on one side and red on the other, though they will probably go with just black to keep costs down.

We’ve all heard the line “mirror, mirror, on the wall…”, well when it comes to accessories, The Evil Queen will have the Magic Mirror to help you recreate that classic scene.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

As a very early Disney character that was quickly overshadowed by Mickey Mouse himself, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is still considered by many to be the original Walt Disney character.

If we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Disney company, it seems only right that we look back and celebrate a character that was so important and integral to its formation.

He’s a black and white character anyway, but we’re not sure whether we’ll get a version of Oswald in his blue pants or whether they’ll go completely black and white as they did with the retro Mickey and Minnie Mouses in the LEGO Disney Minifigures series 2.

There have also been rumors that we will be getting a LEGO BrickHeadz version of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit too, so to be getting a Minifigure makes a lot of sense.

So far, there are no rumors as to what accessories he may or may not come with; however, we personally think that the inclusion of this character alone in this LEGO Minifigure set is special enough.

Mulan and Ernesto de la Cruz Disney characters
Mulan and Ernesto de la Cruz Disney characters

Mulan

As the title protagonist from the 1998 movie of the same name, Mulan is one of the coolest princesses that Disney has ever given us. We love that we’re finally getting a LEGO Minifigure of this warrior princess.

This isn’t the first Mulan that LEGO has produced, though she has only previously been available in Mini-doll form in sets such as 41151 Mulan’s Training Dan and 43174 Mulan’s Storybook Adventures.

It’s great that we’re finally able to get a proper LEGO Minifigure version of the only Asian Disney princess to date.

Accessories-wise, she will come with Cri-Kee, though we imagine he will be an absolutely minuscule accessory considering he’s only a bug.

It might have been cool for her to come with Mushu the little red dragon, as that makes a lot of sense too, but Cri-Kee is a good enough alternative.

Ernesto de la Cruz

Venturing back into villain territory now, Ernesto de la Cruz is the main antagonist from the emotionally devastating 2017 Disney/Pixar movie Coco. And he’s certainly an interesting LEGO Minifigure choice!

Ernesto de la Cruz is a skeleton that is dressed in a white mariachi band leader-style outfit, complete with the big sombrero hat.

It’ll be interesting to see exactly how LEGO makes this Minifigure look skeleton-like. They have done skeletons before in plenty of sets, but we wonder whether they’ll go with printed details or a molded skeleton body.

The printed details would, of course, be cheaper and easier, though the molded skeleton body would certainly give it a unique and exciting look.

Whatever the case, we think that the Ernesto de la Cruz Minifigure has the potential to be one of the real highlights of this LEGO Disney Minifigures series, and we look forward to seeing it!

When it comes to his accessory, Ernesto de la Cruz will come with his signature guitar. He is a musician, after all, so LEGO made a wise and easy choice with that one.

Miguel and Stitch Disney characters
Miguel and Stitch Disney characters

Miguel

Continuing on with the Coco LEGO Minifigures, we have the movie’s main character, Miguel. This one will be a simple-looking Minifigure, and a lot of it will be down to the face mold/printing to really sell it.

The character’s outfit is pretty bland: blue jeans, a white t-shirt, and a red hoody, which LEGO can pretty much produce in its sleep. That’s why it’s going to be important that they get the head correct.

We imagine that because Miguel is only a boy, he will be a shorter Minifigure. Whether they will go with a fixed leg piece or one that is actually articulated remains to be seen. Hopefully, he is articulated, though.

The Miguel Minifigure will not only come with a guitar, but he will also come with his dog, Dante. It’s always fun when we get little LEGO animals, and Dante will be a fine and unique addition!

Stitch

As one of the most popular and lovable Disney characters, it comes as no surprise that LEGO is throwing a Stitch Minifigure into the mix.

First gracing our screens in the 2002 movie Lilo & Stitch, it’s a wonder that we’ve not had more Stitch Minifigures in the 20 years since it was first released. Still, better late than never, and LEGO is filling that hole.

Stitch has previously been available in Minifigure form, though it was only available in the first series of LEGO Disney Minifigures. Does this mean that we’re going to get the exact same Minifigure again?

Luckily, the answer to that question is no! Whereas the original stitch had two arms and looked like he did in most of the movie, this new version will have four arms and have his more alien, other-worldly look.

This Stitch Minifigure will also come with a ray gun, so LEGO is really leaning into the whole alien aesthetic of this version of the character.

Pocahontas and Cruella de Vil Disney characters
Pocahontas and Cruella de Vil Disney characters

Pocahontas

Another Disney character that has been overlooked by LEGO, Pocahontas is a really nice choice when it comes to who LEGO chose to include in this Minifigure series.

From the 1995 movie of the same name, we find it surprising that we haven’t even got a Mini-doll version of Pocahontas before!

She will no doubt look fantastic in Minifigure form. While Pocahontas may look relatively simple, we do wonder whether LEGO will include arm printing to represent the red tattoo around her arm.

Pocahontas will have a printed compass as an accessory. This will no doubt be printed onto a small round piece and fit neatly onto and into her hand so she can hold it.

Cruella de Vil

Cruella de Vil is the iconic villain from the 1961 movie 101 Dalmatians, and we can’t deny that we’re excited to see exactly how LEGO manages to pull this character off.

The half-black, half-white hair piece alone will be worth the price of admission, and that’s before we even come to the rest of this particular Minifigure.

There are a lot of ways in which LEGO could make the Cruella de Vil Minifigure special, and we hope that they don’t skimp on the printing applications.

We do wonder how LEGO will achieve her big fur coat. Printing may look a little cheap and be too easy, so perhaps we will get some sort of soft goods coat that goes over her arms and is held in place around the neck piece.

As with the Miguel Minifigure, we will be getting a dog with Cruella de Vil. This time though, it will (predictably) be a dalmatian. This is not a type of dog LEGO has made before, so it will certainly look unique and iconic.

Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket Disney characters
Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket Disney characters

Pinocchio

As the title character from the 1940 movie, Pinocchio is certainly one of the most iconic Disney characters out there, and we can see why he was an easy choice for this LEGO Minifigure series.

This should prove to be a fairly easy one for LEGO to produce, as Pinocchio’s torso is pretty bland as far as Disney characters go. Red shorts and a yellow top and waistcoat.

If LEGO prints the big blue bow on the front, it will certainly add a splash of much-needed color. Could they include the bow as a separate piece to sit around the neck? Yes, but we don’t think they’ll do that,

What remains to be seen is how LEGO will make the head piece. Will they give him a short nose or a long nose? In an ideal world, we would have liked to have seen LEGO include an alternate head; however, in reality, we guess they’re just going to go with an average length, shorter nose.

Pinocchio will come with a printed fishbowl as his accessory. Not the most exciting or interesting of inclusions, but still an accessory that makes sense considering the movie that he comes from.

Jiminy Cricket

Up next, we have Jiminy Cricket – Pinocchio’s tiny sidekick. We’re pleased to see that we are getting a smaller, more auxiliary character included in this LEGO Disney Minifigure series, and not just the main characters.

We’re excited to see the printed detailing on this little guy, as he has the potential to be very intricately detailed indeed.

We’d like to see a soft-goods ‘skirt’ around his waist that gives the impression of him having actual coattails.

As a smaller character, we guess that Jiminy Cricket will come with a shorter leg piece. Because he’s meant to be a tiny insect, we expect that LEGO will go with the shortest set of legs possible.

While this makes complete sense considering the tiny size and scale of the character, it does mean that Jiminy Cricket will more than likely have no leg articulation.

Luckily, all is not lost when it comes to size. The tall, blue top hat should give him some much-needed height and make him a little more comparable to the other Minifigures in this series.

As an accessory, Jiminy Cricket will come with an umbrella. While it would be fun to get an open umbrella, we think it’s far more likely that the umbrella will be closed, as it saves space in the packaging.

Robin Hood and Prince John Disney Characters
Robin Hood and Prince John Disney Characters

Robin Hood

We always love a good animal hero, and Robin Hood is one of the original ones! First seen in his eponymous 1973 movie, the Robin Hood Minifigure is a really nice choice.

We love it when LEGO creates its own version of animal characters, as they often do a fantastic job. We can see them doing a great job here; they need to get that head piece perfectly right.

As his costume is not the most detailed, it is important that they get the tiny details right. For example, the belt, shoes, and even the little patches on his shirt are what will really sell the Robin Hood Minifigure.

We expect that we’ll see a separate tail piece that can be sandwiched between the torso and leg pieces. This will provide Robin Hood with his trademark large and bushy tail.

It should come as no surprise that this Robin Hood Minifigure comes with a bow and arrow. We’ve seen this weapon piece in a bunch of different sets, but it still fits in perfectly as an accessory here.

Prince John

Similar to the Robin Hood Minifigure in a lot of ways, Prince John is a far more detailed and opulent character, and LEGO could really knock it out of the park with their design for this one.

A detailed lion head piece is a must, complete with the crown to really add a little sparkle to this LEGO Disney Minifigure.

We are, of course, more than likely going to get that long thin, yellow/orange tail piece, but what we’re hoping for more is his long red robe.

They could either use a printed block for his bottom half and while this would look great, his articulation would be severely limited. The alternative is soft goods.

LEGO could print the top half of Prince John’s robe on the torso piece and use a soft goods skirt to represent the bottom half. That seems like the best of both worlds, being both detailed AND not limiting articulation!

Prince John will come with a bag. There’s nothing too exciting about that, but it’s good to see that he does at least come with some kind of accessory. LEGO could have easily just not included anything!

Princess Tiana and Dr Facilier Disney characters
Princess Tiana and Dr Facilier Disney characters

Princess Tiana

Moving onto one of the more recent additions to the Disney princess roster, and we have Princess Tiana from the 2009 movie The Princess and the Frog. She’s certainly going to be a highlight of this Minifigure series.

LEGO are sure to do a good job with the detail printing on her torso. Over the years, printing technology has gotten better and better, so we’re sure that they’ll get in as many intricate details on her dress as possible.

One of the most eye-catching things about Princess Tiana is her large, flower or bell-like dress. It’ll be interesting to see how LEGO does this one.

While a soft goods version would look nice, we think that a larger, solid bottom half would look much better. In terms of outfits, it would most definitely make this particular princess stand out from the rest of them.

Accessories-wise, it’s a little up in the air as to what this Minifigure will come with. The rumors just say a printed 2×3 tile…but that could mean anything. We’ll have to wait and see!

Dr Facilier

Up next is the villain from The Princess and the Frog, it’s Dr Facilier. This one should be a fairly straightforward Minifigure for LEGO to produce, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be any less awesome.

With mainly dark purple/black clothes, and nothing particularly wild or crazy about his design, LEGO should have no problem making Dr Facilier look exactly as he needs to.

That big top hat with a skull printed on it certainly gives Dr Facilier an instantly recognizable look, and we look forward to seeing the tall hat being included with the Minifigure.

He has coattails on his jacket, so as we mentioned when talking about characters such as Jiminy Cricket, we would expect that LEGO will give Dr Facilier some kind of fabric ‘skirt’ coattails.

Accessories-wise, Dr Facilier will come with his walking stick. While it’s only a thin little accessory, it’s still integral to the character and all part of his look.

The Queen of Hearts and Aurora Disney characters
The Queen of Hearts and Princess Aurora Disney characters

The Queen of Hearts

We have another bad guy, next! The Queen of Hearts is the primary villain from the 1951 movie Alice in Wonderland. And she certainly has an exciting and fun look that will undoubtedly look fantastic in LEGO form.

She has a very cartoonish look that could really translate well into LEGO form. We look forward to seeing her head piece and how they have replicated this classic exaggerated character.

Much like Princess Tiana, the Queen of Hearts has a large bell-like dress. This might not look too great just with leg printing alone. We hope that LEGO comes up with some kind of plan to really make her outfit ‘pop’.

They could do this via a larger molded piece, or they could cleverly utilize soft goods to give it a larger, more flowing look. It remains to be seen how they’re going to tackle that little challenge.

Accessories-wise, we don’t know what the Queen of Hearts will be coming with. A playing card printed onto a flat tile piece would be cool, but in truth there has been no indication as to her accessory.

Princess Aurora

Last but not least, we have Princess Aurora, from the 1959 movie Sleeping Beauty. It’s always nice when we get Minifigures of characters that we’ve never had before, and this one is no different.

Sure, we’ve got Mini-doll versions of her in sets such as the 43173 Aurora’s Royal Carriage and 43188 Aurora’s Forest Cottage, but it’s not the same as having a proper, classic Minifigure.

When you think of Disney princesses, Princess Aurora isn’t the first one that springs to mind. And that’s what makes her inclusion so nice and special.

As with many of the other characters with longer dresses, we do wonder whether LEGO will choose looks over articulation. It’s a tricky line to walk that won’t please everyone.

Still, with Princess Aurora, we’d personally choose articulation. Her dress is not detailed enough to warrant it being a pretty static figure, so LEGO may as well lean into the articulation and provide some play value.

Princess Aurora will come with an owl as an accessory. We imagine it will be a single-piece molded owl that will be able to sit nicely on her hand as if she is holding it.

LEGO Disney Minifigure Series 3 Overview

MinifigureAccessoryMovie / Year
BaymaxRed hoverboardBig Hero 6 (2014)
Cruella de VilDalmation101 Dalmatians (1961)
Dr FacilierWalking stickThe Princess and the Frog (2009)
Ernesto de la CruzGuitarCoco (2017)
Evil QueenMagic mirrorSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Jiminy CricketUmbrellaPinocchio (1940)
MiguelGuitar and Dante the dogCoco (2017)
MulanCri-KeeMulan (1998)
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit???Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series (1927)
PinocchioFish bowlPinocchio (1940)
PocahontasCompassPocahontas (1995)
Prince JohnBagRobin Hood (1973)
Princess AuroraOwlSleeping Beauty (1959)
Princess Tiana???The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Queen of Hearts???Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Robin HoodBow and arrowRobin Hood (1973)
Sorcerer MickeyBucket and mopFantasia (1940)
StitchRay gunLilo & Stitch (2002)

What We Got Right and Wrong!

In our original blog post made just after the tease that both LEGO and Disney put out, we made a few predictions. Let’s see how right or wrong we were!

Firstly, we stated that: ‘we’re more than likely going to get Tinker Bell. With her arm and wand prominently featured in the teaser poster, we can see her making an appearance here.‘ Clearly, that was wrong!

Would it have been nice to see Tinker Bell? Sure! But then it seems that LEGO wanted to provide us with characters that have never before been seen in Minifigure form.

Similarly, we got no Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, or Pluto. Again, it seems that LEGO wanted to make some deeper cuts.

We also predicted that the series may include some live-action characters such as The Mandalorian, Jack Sparrow, and Ahsoka. Well, we were wrong there, too! It seems like they stuck with cartoon and animated movies.

Another prediction we made was that ‘we have NEVER gotten a Snow White Minifigure before – only Mini-doll versions. It would be a great opportunity for LEGO to fill that obvious gap.

And once again, we were wrong! We got the Evil Queen, but not Snow White herself. Still, we’re happy to be wrong, as it’s fun to speculate.

And besides, while we weren’t on the money with our guesses, it’s nice to be surprised by what we will be getting.

Final Thoughts

If these rumors are 100% correct (and let’s be honest, we have absolutely no reason to believe they aren’t), then this Disney Minifigure series is certainly one of the best yet.

Not only do we get some great characters, but LEGO has gone a little deeper and made some interesting, exciting, and quite frankly daring choices.

We would never have expected them to include characters such as Ernesto de la Cruz, Prince John, or Dr Facilier, but we love the fact that they didn’t just go with obvious characters.

As we mentioned in our previous blog post about this series of LEGO Disney Minifigures, LEGO could have played it safe and chosen characters that they have done before…but they didn’t!

This series of Minifigures is completely new, and none of the characters can be found in any other LEGO sets. The closest we get to a reuse is Stitch, but even then it’s different enough not to matter.

So we’re certainly looking forward to actually getting our hands on series 3 of the LEGO Disney Minifigures, and think that the characters included will make fine additions to anyone’s Minifigure collection!