LEGO's newest theme-of-the moment thrills me. I love nature, I love animals, and I love fantastical adventure with warring tribes. Basically this type of property is perfect for me. My formative years in the 1980s were full of this: ThunderCats, Silverhawks, TigerSharks, even G.I.Joe got reptilian when Cobra-La was introduced. But in modern times, this formula has definitely lost it's mojo. With the exception of the more silly variety (TMNT, Biker Mice From Mars, etc) anthropomorphic characters have really been on the back-burner. Then Chima came along and made up for decades of neglect. There are tons of different animal species represented in the different tribes and female characters get decent recognition. This mini-figure of Li'Ella is notable because she's the first female in the Lion tribe. The main character of the Chima cartoon is a young male lion (basically Lion-O), so it was important to get some female representation in this "main" tribe. Let's check her out in detail below!
Li'Ella comes in a large playset that includes 7 minifigures. She is a guard of the Phoenix Temple.
Here are some images without her chest armor.
All Chima figures come with double-sided heads so you can choose your facial expressions. In this particular figure there isn't much difference in the eyes, so the "helmeted" versions look practically identical.
Here are some images of Li'Ella from the cartoon.
Time for a Group Shot!
Here she is with a bunch of the Chima ladies. I reviewed them all back in Spring.