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Lego Minifigures (theme)

This page is about the 2010-2013 Lego theme. For the Lego toy people themselves see Lego minifigure.
Minifigures
Subject Collectible minifigures
Availability 2010–present
Total sets 225 (16 Series)
Characters Various, such as from sports, history, popular culture, etc.
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Minifigures is a 2010 Lego theme based on a set of collectible Lego minifigures. Each figure is an original character with new clothing and facial designs, and most contain previously unseen accessories. Each of series 1 - 14 have contained 16 different mini figs. Series 10 will include a limited Golden Figure of 5000 worldwide for a total of 17 figures in the series.

Details

The series consists of a number of individually themed collectible Lego minifigures based on movies, sports, history, and popular culture.[1] The figures are sold individually in sealed, unmarked packages, giving customers a random chance at obtaining any particular figurine. While considered a novel approach by some, it has raised controversy amongst enthusiasts and collectors, increasing the amount of difficulty in obtaining a complete collection. Purchases from many retailers make no guarantees regarding the contents of a particular package. Despite attempts to obfuscate the contents of these packages, the bags of Series 1 and 2 have a second figurine-specific bar code on the rear of the packaging, next to the EAN/UPC product bar code (which is unique to each series). This has allowed customers to identify individual figures within the packaging, significantly decreasing the amount of money and effort required to obtain a complete collection, and eliminates the possibility of unintentionally receiving duplicates.[2] There are also apps for both iPhone and Android devices that utilize these bar codes.[3]

Lego has eliminated the figurine-specific bar codes on all Series 3 and 4 packages and replaced them with a braille-like system of dots embossed in the lower seal of the bag. In theory, this will allow customers to continue identifying the figure enclosed within.[4][5] Later series do not have any markings to indicate their contents.

On average a new mini fig series has been released every 4 months. Release dates sometimes vary between countries. The most recent series' in 2014 were The Simpsons series and Series 12.

Sets

Series 1

The 16 units in Series 1

Series 1 (set number: 8683) was first released on March 5, 2010 in the United Kingdom and was released on June 4, 2010 in the United States. The first series consists the following units:[6]

Series 2

The 16 units in Series 2

Series 2 (set number: 8684) was first released on September 2, 2010 in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The second series consists of the following units:[7]

Series 3

The 16 units in Series 3

Series 3 (set number: 8803) was first released on January 14, 2011 in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The third series consists of the following units:[8]

Series 4

Series 4 (set number: 8804) was first released on April 1, 2011 all around the world. The fourth series consists of the following units:[9]

Series 5

Series 5 (set number: 8805) was first released on August 22, 2011 in the United Kingdom and the United States. The fifth series consists of the following units:[10]

Series 6

Series 6 (set number: 8827) was released in the UK in December 2011 and was released on January 9, 2012 in the US. The sixth series consists of the following units:[11]

Series 7

Series 7 (set number: 8831) was released in the spring of 2012. The seventh series consists of the following units:

Series 8

Series 8 (set number: 8833) was released in September, 2012. This series consists of the following units:

Team GB Olympic Series

To commemorate the London Olympic games, an exclusive series of minifigures was released exclusively in the United Kingdom to mark the opening of the Olympics.
This series (set number: 8909) was released in July, 2012. This series consists of the following 9 units (rather than the typical 16):

Series 9

Series 9 (set number: 71000) was released in late October 2012 in the UK and January 2013 in the US. This series consists of the following units:

Series 10

Series 10 (set number: 71001) was released in the UK on February 6, 2013 & in the US on May 1, 2013. This series introduces 17 figures one being a limited Gold Figure of only 5000 worldwide. This series consists of the following units:

Character Encyclopedia

There is also an exclusive Minifigure that comes with the Lego Minifigures Character Encyclopedia:

Series 11

Series 11 (set number: 71002) was released in the UK on June 30, 2013 and the US on September 1, 2013. This series consists of the following units:

The LEGO Movie Series

The LEGO Movie Series (set number: 71004) was released in January 2014 and includes characters from The LEGO Movie. This series consists of the following units:

The LEGO Simpsons Series

The LEGO Simpsons Series (set number: 71005) was released in May 2014 and includes characters from The Simpsons. This series consists of the following units:

Series 12

Series 12 (set number: 71007) was released in mid-August in the UK and September 2014 in the USA. This series consists of the following units:

Series 13

Series 13 (set number: 71008) will be released in 2015

The Lego Simpsons Series 2

The LEGO Simpsons Series 2 (set number: 71009) will be released in 2015 and includes characters from The Simpsons

Online Games

Series 1

  1. Track Crasher
  2. Brick Builder
  3. Target Zapper
  4. Street Skater
  5. Dance Master

Series 2

  1. Sea Retriver
  2. Disco Dance Challenge
  3. Karate Champion
  4. Spartan Thrower
  5. Puzzle Hunter

Series 3

  1. Space Trap
  2. Fish Catcher
  3. Sports Mania

Series 4

  1. Brick Builder 2
  2. Fish Catcher

HOCKEY PLAYER

Series 5

  1. Mountain Ride
  2. Tree Challenge

Series 6

  1. Sleep Roar: Sleepyhead, Minotaur
  2. Space Bricker Race: Intergalactic Girl
  3. Robo Flamenco: Robot, Flamenco Dancer
  4. Surge for Gold: Surgeon, Leprechaun

Series 7

  1. Rock & Blocks
  2. Carrot Rain
  3. Viking Flames
  4. Danger Waters

Series 8

  1. Treasure's Island
  2. Brick's Yards
  3. Fairy In The Sky
  4. DJ Plastic

Series 9

  1. Serving Stars: Hollywood Starlet,Waiter
  2. Mer with Mer: Ocean King, Mermaid
  3. Mech to Peck: Battle Mech, Chicken Suit Guy
  4. Police Trend: Policeman, Trend Setter

Series 10

  1. Mr. Gold

LEGO Minifigures Online

On August 29, 2013, Funcom officially announced an massively multiplayer online game based on the Minifigures theme, in which there are several worlds the player can travel to and fight enemies, as well as dungeons based on the setting. The game uses traditional click-to-move mechanics, allowing younger users to jump into the action. However, for advanced users, there are special abilities activated using the number pad. It is going to be free-to-play, but you can unlock Minifigures by purchasing one and entering a code, however they can also be obtained in-game. It will be released in late 2014 for iOS, Android, and PC as either a download client or in-browser on the LEGO website.[12]

References

  1. ^ LEGO Minifigures at the LEGO Shop
  2. ^ Barcodes for European Series 1 and 2
  3. ^ Mini Collector for iPhone
  4. ^ Dot codes for US Series 3
  5. ^ Dot codes for Series 5
  6. ^ "8683-0: LEGO Minifigures Series 1". Brickset. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  7. ^ "8684-0: LEGO Minifigures Series 2". Brickset. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  8. ^ "8803-0: LEGO Minifigures Series 3". Brickset. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  9. ^ "8804-0: LEGO Minifigures Series 4". Brickset. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "8805-0: LEGO Minifigures Series 5". Brickset. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ "8827-0: LEGO Minifigures Series 6". Brickset. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  12. ^ "funcom.com - LEGO Minifigures Online". Retrieved 30 September 2014. 

External links

  • LEGO Minifigures Official Webpage
  • Minifigures on Brickipedia
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