LEGO expands Disney partnership to launch LEGO Mickey and Friends range for younger builders

The LEGO Group has lifted the lid on a new Mickey and Friends range developed in partnership with Disney, launching five new sets all aimed at younger builders aged four years old and over.

Geared towards its younger audience, each set in the new collection comes with instructions designed for children who are just starting to learn to read, and feature Starter Brick elements such as a big car or plane chassis to help kickstart the building process.

The instructions also feature short build-and-play loops to help develop confidence and ensure a great building experience that will boost children’s problem-solving, role-play and concentration skills as well as encourage resilience while they play.

“I loved Disney Mickey Mouse, Disney Minnie Mouse and all of their friends when I was younger so designing these sets felt very nostalgic. We hope the new LEGO Disney Mickey and Friends range will offer great fun and role-playing opportunities to help young children learn about friendship, communication and resilience with characters they know and love,” said James Stephenson, senior designer at The LEGO Group.

“With these five new sets that explore firefighting, flying, trips to a farm, space exploration and shopkeeping, we aim to inspire young children and introduce them to LEGO building whatever their interests.”

The new range will feature the LEGO Disney Mickey and Friends Mickey Mouse’s Propeller Plane, a 59-piece set featuring a plane Starter Brick chassis, a minifigure and an exclusive Mickey Mouse tile. It also comes with fun details and accessories such as a maintenance tool rack.

Meanwhile, the LEGO Disney Mickey and Friends Minnie Mouse’s Ice Cream Shop is a 100-piece set featuring an ice cream shop, a car with a Starter Brick chassis, Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck minifigures, and an exclusive Mickey Mouse silhouette tile. A beach chair and parasol, a small wave build and a surfboard complete the set.
The LEGO Disney Mickey and Friends Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse’s Space Rocket comes with 88 pieces to build a rocket, station, a large rock that opens and holds an alien inside, a camera, and a small flag build to boost role play.
Next in the range is the LEGO Disney Mickey and Friends Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck’s Farm; a 118-piece set that includes animals and vegetables, a variety of accessories including a winch function on the barn and a buildable chicken coop toy, tools, fruits, vegetables, animals and an egg.

The range is made complete with the LEGO Disney Mickey and Friends Mickey and Friends Fire Truck and Station. This 144-piece set includes a fire station, fire truck, three minifigures and a dog figure with rubberised ears and tail, a food dish and bone for Disney’s Pluto, and firefighting tools.

The new Mickey and Friends sets for builders aged four and over will be available from June 1st globally from LEGO.com, LEGO Stores and other retailers and from August 1st in AMS priced from €/$ 9.99.

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