Over the last few years, LEGO and Disney have been working together to bring their products together in creative ways. The Toy Story LEGO sets were oddly meta while the Pirates of the Caribbean and Prince of Persia sets were actually better than the licenses they were based off of. And now LEGO is releasing Disney Princess Duplo sets, but for some reason they won’t release LEGO Disney sets. So for now, this is the closest we’re going to get to a LEGO Genie from Aladdin.
“I’ll grant your wish…your wish for bricks!” Rub the magic lamp and this friendly Genie will pop out to grant your wishes*…as long as they have to do with LEGO bricks! Want a big enough pile of pieces to build a perfect full-scale model of the Great Wall of China? No problem! Looking for that long-lost LEGO Castle set you left in the playground when you were 5 and never saw again? Your wish is his command!
There’s only one limitation on the Genie’s incredible magical powers: he doesn’t do instruction booklets. He’ll give you all the bricks you could possibly want, but it’s up to you to figure out what to do with them. Ask him why, and he’ll just tell you that building steps are another genie’s department!
(*wish-granting requires use of imagination)
It’s no secret that I love mythology when combined with LEGO, so getting a LEGO Genie has me more than excited. I mean, it’s a figure that’s a giant blue man wearing purple and gold clothes! Or maybe it’s because I loved my Genie action figure from the Aladdin toy line in my youth, either way – this figure is incredible.
From the waist up, the Genie isn’t anything special. If the skin wasn’t blue, you would think he’s from the Prince of Persia line. The bearded face is smiling but shows wrinkles around the eyes. His buff body is revealed while a purple vest with gold trim covers the rest of him. A golden sash is wrapped around his waist while gold gloves cover his hands.
But the real appeal of this figure is below the waist (good lord that sounds filthy). Instead of giving him legs, LEGO created a brand new piece that is amazing. Cast in a single color, the wispy leg unit gives the Genie just a smidge of extra height while his astral tail wraps around. Space for a single peg allows him to stand with ease.
To finish off his look, the Genie comes with a bright purple turban. We’ve seen it before, but a new piece is included that is a gold inlaid sapphire. And since every genie needs a lamp, a new LEGO lamp is included as well. Cast in gold, a figure can easily hold it. As an added bonus, when it is set on the ground, the Genie’s tail lines up almost perfectly to make it look like he’s coming out of it! The black display stand is present as well, but it’s kind of weird here because you can’t center the Genie on it.
Good luck trying to find the Genie since he seems to be one of the more rare figures in this wave currently. But between the turban and the unique leg piece, he’s easy to identify. I really hope LEGO makes the most of the Disney license down the road. Could you imagine getting Cinderella’s Castle or Beast’s Ballroom in LEGO form? This genie is perfect and I really hope it is a sign of things to come.
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