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Minifigures
LEGO Minifigures logo
Years:

2010–present


Minifigures, more commonly referred to as Collectable Minifigures, is a theme introduced in May 2010. Each series consists of several polybags, with unique minifigures inside. A new series is released every three to four months, with sixteen new minifigures in each series (excluding the 8909 Team GB Minifigures, which includes 9 minifigures and also 71001 Minifigures Series 10 which includes 17). The minifigures can be based on movies, sports, or history. Each minifigure contains new elements in the form of accessories or uniquely printed body parts.
Eleven regular series, and one special series, have been released to date.
In addition to regular series, five sets based on the theme exist, 850458 VIP Top 5 Boxed Minifigures, 850449 Minifigure Beach Accessory Pack, 850791 LEGO Minifigure Birthday Set, 850486 Rock Band, and 850487 Halloween Accessory Set. There have also been some other sets released affiliated with the theme. Most of these sets contain redesigned minifigures that were already produced.

Description

The Minifigures theme was introduced in May 2010. The first glimpse of the theme was in the April 2010 LEGO Club Magazine, which included a poster of the minifigures. Each series, except the 8909 Team GB Minifigures, contains sixteen minifigures drawn from a wide range of different settings: movies, sports, history, everyday life and almost any other source imaginable. They are intended to be collected and traded, and designed so that interesting new minifigures could be acquired without purchasing a whole new set.
Minifigsbooklet
A LEGO Club booklet about Series 1

Every minifigure features high detail including special, often purpose-made, accessories and a black display base. The theme features new accessories such as maracas, microphones, skirts, guitars, and other new elements such as hair styles, hats, and helmets. Series 1 and 2 include some spare accessories, but subsequent releases discontinued this practice. Many of these elements have not been produced in any subsequent sets.

The minifigures are sold in individual opaque polybags, meant to prevent buyers from identifying the contents. However, barcodes on the backs of the polybags of Series 1 and 2 can be used to identify the respective minifigure, and in response, Series 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, 8909 Team GB Minifigures and 8 use a "bump code" along the bottom of a package instead. These bump codes are designed to be much more difficult to distinguish. Each polybag contains 5-11 elements including a minifigure, accessories, a display base, and an instruction/checklist booklet. Each series is only available for a limited time, which is often three to four months before the next series is released and replaces its predecessor.

Notes

  • The 8683 Minifigures Series 1 and 8684 Minifigures Series 2 polybags' content could be differentiated via imprinted barcodes on the back. This is used by applications such as Mini Collector for iPhone.
  • There was also a special Olympics series for London 2012. It only featured nine figures and all of them have a special stand.
  • The plastic used for Collectable Minifigures is different than the plastic used in other sets. Instead of ABS plastic, it is a cheaper plastic imported from China. As a result, the parts can be difficult to separate or move, such as the hands and the head which become loose quickly.
  • Some minifigures are very similar to other or older minifigures from other themes, such as the Ninja (similar to Bonsai) or the Cowboy (similar to the minifigures from the Western theme).
  • In July 2011, an e-mail was sent to V.I.P. members telling them to vote for their favourite minifigure from Series 1-3. The top 5 picked were announced in January 2012, and were revealed to be the Elf, the Fisherman, The Space Villain, the Gorilla Suit Guy, and the Mummy. A set was created featuring the chosen 5 in it, it was released in 2012, available only for V.I.P. members. However, due to the lack of the Spartan, most likely the all-time most popular figure along with the Elf, it is likely that the minifigures included were decided based on quantity of left-over figures.
  • Series 7 has various throwbacks and references to other characters or sets. (The Elf says that he can track down Trolls, Evil Knight lists villains, saying he's worked for them, Galaxy Patrol says that he can withstand the Alien Clinger mind control, Hippie has a quote from a T-shirt on a previous set, and Swimming Champion says that Ocean King is her biggest fan.
  • There is a possibility that some of the minifigures are previews of future themes for example: Ninja for Ninjago, Elf for The Lord of the Rings, Galaxy Patrol for Galaxy Squad and Dinosaur suit man for Dino.
  • Series 10 is the only series to contain more than 16 minifigures. Series 10 had 17 minifigures with #17 being the rare Mr. Gold.
  • An animal as a Minifigure's accessory was first used in Series 2 (Vampire's bat). From then polybags contained moulds of a fish (Fisherman and Ice Fisherman), a chimpanzee (Zoo Keeper and Jungle Boy), a snake (Egyptian Queen), a starfish (Mermaid), a seagull (Sea Captain), a chihuahua (Trendsetter), a cat (Grandma and Mrs. Scratchen-Post) and a clam (Marsha Queen of the Mermaids).
  • Additional printing, such as back and arm printing, reversible heads, and so on, was not present in the first series, but has gradually become more common as the series progressed. The Olympics Series is the only series so far to have additional printing on every minifigure, as well as being the only series with white display bases with the Olympics' logo, the words "Team GB", and the Great Britain's team's logo. The minifigures that have this exceptional printing are:
Series 1:
  • None
Series 2:
Series 3:
Series 4:
Series 5:
Series 6:
Series 7:
Team GB Minifigures:
Series 8
Series 9
Series 10
Character Encyclopedia
Series 11
The LEGO Movie
The Simpsons

Main Series

SeriesColorYear
8683 Minifigures Series 1 Yellow 2010
8684 Minifigures Series 2 Blue 2010
8803 Minifigures Series 3 Lime Green 2011
8804 Minifigures Series 4 Orange 2011
8805 Minifigures Series 5 Azure 2011
8827 Minifigures Series 6 White 2012
8831 Minifigures Series 7 Scarlet Red 2012
8833 Minifigures Series 8 Black 2012
71000 Minifigures Series 9 Silver 2013
71001 Minifigures Series 10 Gold 2013
71002 Minifigures Series 11 Green 2013
71007 Minifigures Series 12 Grey 2014

Sub-Themed Series

SeriesColorYear
8909 Team GB Series White/Blue/Red 2012
71004 The LEGO Movie Series Dark Blue 2014
71005 The Simpsons Series Sky Blue with clouds 2014


Other sets that include Collectable Minifigures

Reprints several minifigures from Series 3, with some slight modifications. Colour: Light blue
Reprints Hula Dancer, Surfer, and Surfer Girl
Includes Race Car Driver
Includes Cheerleader, Skater
Includes Rapper, Drummer, Guitarist
Includes Witch and recoloured Zombie, as well as a Monster Fighters Ghost.
Includes Birthday Clown and a Child.
Includes Santa

Online games

Series 1:

Series 2:

Series 3:

Series 4:

Series 5:

Series 7:

Series 8:

Series 10:

Minifigures

Series 1


Series 2


Series 3


Series 4


Series 5


Series 6


Series 7


Olympics Team GB


Series 8


Series 9


Series 10


Character Encyclopedia


Series 11


The LEGO Movie


The Simpsons



Gallery

Promotion

CollectableminisDE
Minifigs series 2
Toy Fair Preview

Picture from German 2010 consumer catalog.

Translation:
LEGO collectable figures!
16 very special LEGO Minifigures for building, playing, collecting and trading...
...and what is your favorite figure?

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