Posts Tagged ‘crash test dummy’

Hi-Res Series 5 Collectible Minifigure Pic

May 6, 2011

Series 5 single shots

Even though Series 4 has only been out for about a month, the buzz is already spinning on Series 5. As these Collectible Minifigure Series continue to come out I am both excited and frustrated with some of the choices.

Most of the figures are innovative. I love the new elements, hair styles, and printed outfits. But at the same time I wonder why they continue to come out with multiples of the similar figures — i.e. the skater, surfer, etc. I also wonder why they are making yet a third “fisherman” in a row. Its great and all that they designed a new fishing pole and getting a sand green fish is fun, heck I even like the Eskimo fig, but is a third fishing figure what we need?

It seems with each Collectible Series there are the “crash test dummys” and there are the “Spartans.” What I mean by this is that there are figures that some people don’t really even want and then there are the figures that people want several or even hundreds of — and yes, some one actually got 300+ Spartans.

Perhaps LEGO, even with all of us AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) telling them), doesn’t understand what is happening with these Collectible Minifigures. They had barcodes on the first two Series and the codes were cracked within days of them coming out. LEGO didn’t like that so they eliminated them. LEGO’s explaination — “The figures are meant to be traded.”

Series 1 was the worst because LEGO didn’t know how popular the Collectible Minifigures would be. They didn’t make enough. Now at least, although there are no barcodes, LEGO does produce enough so that you can at least find multiples pretty easily without paying the exorbitant prices on Bricklink.

But sometimes I, and I’m sure many, would just like to get the figures I want and not have to try and figure out what is in the bag. The ironic thing is that I can actually tell. I’m very good at feeling through the bag and knowing with a 99.99% accuracy what figure is there. In fact, I’ve helped many frustrated parents and LEGO fans find the figures they want.

On a supply standpoint I understand why LEGO wouldn’t want to just sell the figures so you could tell what they are. They’d have to have 16 different packages for one thing instead of just one per Series. But, if they actually did sell the figures where you could tell what they are, like Playmobil does, LEGO would know with much more accuracy what figures are more popular — a good indicator on what possible future themes LEGO could produce.

Even so, the Collectible Figures as a whole are one of the best new things to come out of LEGO in the past several years. It certainly brought me back to actively wanting Minifigures again. 🙂

Collectible LEGO Minifigs Series 1 Contest

May 25, 2010

Eurobricks is holding a Vignette Contest all about the Collectible Minifigure. The catch? It has to be a City vignette and you don’t actually put the minifigure its made for in it.

What You’re Building
Create a town based vignette where you could display any one of the 16 new Collectible Minifigs from Series 1. It’s just that simple. I’m not even going to provide examples for risk of taking a good idea, but I’ll tell you this: Imagination is the key. People vote for creative entries, not the same old boring scenes we all expect. Do something surprising, just make sure it’s town based.

From what has already been posted there are a lot of creative builders out there. For a complete set of rules and prizes check out Eurobricks. The contest will end on June 6th, 2010. So if you want to participate, get building. 😉

LEGO’s Collectable Minifigs Homepage

April 28, 2010

LEGO.com has a new section all about everyone’s favorite new Minifigures. Not only do we get to see what each one looks like, we also get to know the official names of all the figures (like we couldn’t figure out most of them ourselves).

Collect all 16 unique LEGO minifigures!

Each minifigure comes in a sealed “mystery” bag, so you never know which minifigure you might get. And each minifigure has its own special accessories, display plate and collector’s leaflet. Inspired by movies, sports, history and just everyday life, this collection includes: Demolition Dummy, Forestman, Cowboy, Super Wrestler, Zombie, Ninja, Cheerleader, Skater, Tribal Hunter, Circus Clown, Magician, Deep Sea Diver, Robot, Nurse, Caveman, and Spaceman.

The most interesting name of the 16 is “Tribal Hunter”, I guess they didn’t want to offend any one. 😀

Not only can you find out each figure’s name, but you can also read a bio about each figure. Some of them are actually pretty funny.

“Like a shadow in the night, I – oops!”

Stealthy. Sneaky. A cunning master of martial arts. None of these things describes the Ninja, although he sure wishes they did. He tries his best to dramatically blend into the shadows or hide in plain sight like all the other ninjas can, but no matter what he does, he always seems to mess things up. The truth is that he’s just plain clumsy, and no matter how gracefully he may start a back-flip, creep along the rafters or launch himself into an epic sword battle, healways manages to trip over his own feet, fall off the ceiling, or bonk himself on the head with his ancient and mystical blade. Also, he’s afraid of the dark.

No one is quite sure how the Ninja ever managed to graduate from ninja school. But no matter how bad he may be at his chosen profession, he always keeps trying and never gives up, convinced after each blunder that the next time, he will prove himself a true ninja warrior for the ages.

To read the other Minifig Bios or check to out the Downloads and Games go to LEGO.com.

Collectable Minifigs Series 1 available June 2010

January 23, 2010

I mentioned in November about the possibly of Collectable Minifigs coming this year. Well now Brickset has posted detailed pictures of both the figures and the packaging.

I was already excited before I saw the close up images, but now I’m practically drooling (okay, not really 😉 ).

Apparently Mike Rayhawk was one of those who came up with this idea. He recently stated on Facebook:

They finally did the collectible minifigures idea that James Knight and Eugenia Chen and I pitched years ago – they told us it would never, never happen, but that was before Joergen took the helm. The luchador and the magician were part of my contribution to the original pitch; my caveman was still sitting on Cephas’s shelf last time I was in Denmark.

The only “problem” I see is that at the rumored $2 per unit price, people will be buying entire cases to ensure that they get all the figures or so that they can turn right around and sell the figures at outlandish prices.

The hardest thing to predict is what will be the most popular. I’m sure everyone who has seen these figures already has their favorites. Of course any of the exclusive elements that have never been produced before such as the cheerleader’s pompoms, the clown’s wig and trumpet, and the spaceman’s helmet and gun will go for more on the second market (i.e. Bricklink).

They are all exclusive, and the “Series 1” indicates that there will be more to come. I just hope that LEGO will be smart enough to not make them too exclusive so that everyone can get some! 🙂

Series 1 of the Collectable Minifig

December 16, 2009


Translation:

“16 very special
LEGO minifigures
to build, play,
collect and trade…

…and what’s your
favorite minifigure? ”

I mentioned earlier about these new collectible minifig series that are coming out. Still not much info on these yet, but at least we get a better image.

I’m very interested to know if —
1. Will they be available in the States?
2. How much will they be?
3. Will it be in a bag or a box?

I guess will have to wait and see. 😉

New Collectable Minifigures in 2010?

November 29, 2009

Brickset has a very interesting article posted via Legobloggen.

“In June 2010, Lego will launch a new collectors series with only minifigs. The figures will be of various types, but is reportedly not being those from current themes. They could be anything from cowboys to ninjas or adventurers, etc. The first wave will appear in stores in June, reportedly contain 16 different characters. These will then be replaced by 16 other figures in August.

“Figures will be sold in opaque polybags, so it is chance that determines which figure you get. This is the same approach as in the example trading cards. The bag with the figure will cost 25 SEK. May seem much given to impulse setter costs only £ 5 more and then there is also the accessories. But I suspect that the high price is because the characters will be unique to this collector series and that they will only be produced in two months (at least the first wave).” (thanks et314 for the news and translation)

On Brickjournal.com we get an even better view of some of the figures.

If this is true it is possibly the coolest thing coming out next year! 🙂

Think collectible cards meets LEGO. I’m rather excited by the concept. Although to be fair Playmobile has been doing that sort of thing for years.

The only difference is the “unknown” factor. But from the look of the figures available even if you do get multiples it would be okay because these are all pretty neat looking and I can see lots of uses for the figures and their respective parts.

No word on if these will be available in the States. In fact there is very little info on these at all. As soon as I know anything I’ll let you know.