The minifigures in this theme were known for their special design. They have spring loaded legs and specially designed hands so players can shoot, pass and even reverse slam dunk. It took a team of four LEGO designers and six engineers a full year just to develop the arms and hands so that the minifigures could properly hold, and throw a small basketball piece.
These minifigures also featured more realistic skin tones, being based on real-life NBA players from real teams.
- Various minifigures from this theme appear in The LEGO Movie as Master Builders,