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I first bought some of these minifigures, when I was in a shop in my local town and ever since I haven't been able to stop myself from buying them and I have loads of swaps, but I nearly have the whole collection. I don't normally buy or collect lego and the main two reasons I bought these are just because they are brilliant to collect and also I make lots of stop motion animations, which generally look excellent when made with Lego figures and these are brilliant because sometimes I just like to use completely random characters to make the animations more amusing and entertaining which for obvious reasons, can't be done when you are using sets with characters. Also, another great thing about these is that they each come with a little black block for them to stand on so they look great when stood up on a shelf as a display or something like that. The only problem I can see with these Lego characters is that they are quite expensive. They will cost you £1.99 each and bearing in mind that you may well get one that you already have and they are just the size of a normal lego man. If you are looking for a specific character, you are better off buying them off eBay, they make set you back £5-£6, but you could spend £10-£20 if yo just buy random ones hoping for your favourite.
Lego has been around forever and a day, and thank god too. The wonderful toy which appeals to all ages has been in child hood and even adult memories.
Lego being the original building block toy has many different and varying designs and themes.
With Lego though you usually look on the internet or in a catalogue and you can see their product ranges.
With all Lego products you will more than likely buy one that comes with minifigures. These little characters enable you to bring your creations to life. Small guys and girls with various accessories. They come with pre decorated bodies, usually to match with the theme of the set you bought. You can change their hands to different colours if you have more figures, the same goes for their heads and hats/caps/hair.
As always the figures are bright yellow! And made extremely well!
However this time round rather than buy out of a book and get what you want, Lego have had a very good idea and have basically thrown you into a lucky dip. That's right the newest release in terms of mini-figures that is, is the Lego mini-figures.
A yellow packet with numerous figures on the front and the Lego logo on the left.
The deal with this is that you cant actually see what is inside the packet. You could get one of many different characters from any of their ranges.
Who will you get?, A knight in shiny armour, a spaceman, a cowboy perhaps. Maybe even a police man, you might come out with robin hood!
The great thing about this is that you just don't know until you tear open that little yellow bag!
As with all Lego stuff they are made to a superb quality and these are definitely no exception! The only problem is the high-ish price tag! They cost around the £2 mark.. A little expensive for what you actually get. But the money is being spent on the packaging too!
So why not throw yourself into a Lego lucky dip and treat someone you know, be them 8 or 28, a great little gift to bring a smile to anyone's face!
Now i have a 10 year old little brother, young i know considering that i am 22 and my older brother is 28! But the main advantage of having a little brother is not the fact that you have someone little to push around, but that from time to time you can secretly indulge in having a rummage through their toys and having yourself a little fun. Sad i know.
Now depsite all the modern distractions of computers, games consoles and electronical gizmos he still remains a toy lover at heart. Yes he has an Xbox and a Wii etc, but he also loves letting his imagination run wild and consequently is a big fan of Lego. I remember Lego from my child hood, pouring all your pieces from your toy box into a heap on the floor and spending hours building something from your imagination. It really was tremendous fun.
Sadly however times have changed. Children are now far more restricted, and are given little opportunity to be able to follow their imaginations. Walk down any toy isle or go into any major retailer and you will be greeted with a wide range of Lego merchandise. Now i remember a few years ago when i was little that you could simply buy boxes of Lego. Of course they had custom designed playsets and what have you, but they also sold simple bags or boxes of lego, each with about 200 - 300 different pieces for you to take home and do as you pleased with. To me this was where Lego excelled, offering you uncompromised design and allowing your imagiantion to run wild.
Nowadays thought playsets dominate. Children are lead by the hand and told exactly what they are supposed to build. Gone are the days of constructing things of pure fantasy from the ground up, and in its place precise instruction manuals providing step by step guides to build pre-designed playsets. It really has taken away what made Lego so appealing; its versatility.
I feel Lego is missing the point in some way. Yes we enjoy playing with our creations once we had finished building, but truth be told this is not what makes Lego so popular. Once you have built something, the fragile and fiddly nature of Lego makes it hard to play with, often falling apart in your hands under a little pressure. For a child this can be extremely annoying. So it is often the case that this is not what appeals most to a child, and instead the notion that they are able to design and create anything they want is what really makes Lego so endearing.
It is this very reason why i despise what Lego have done with their Mini Figure series so much, and consequently the direction they have taken in terms of marketing. Lego simply isn't about collecting items, especially not pointless little figures. Looking through my brother's toy box he has a number of these figures, each with their own accompanying little base. But when asked if he really plays with them, he simply shrugs his shoulders.
The question that really needs to be asked here is what is the point. If Lego is going to market their miniature figures as collectibles, then what advantage do these possess over other forms of collectibles. The figures aren't particulary attractive or intricate in anyway, and they are small and made of cheap plastic. Lego claims that you should collect them all and position them on your shelf perhaps, but one glance at my brother's toy box and it is clear that clidren simply don't care for this notion.
So what you are essentially blessed with is a range of cheap, overpriced and over pointless group of collectibles. You can purchase them for 50p on Ebay but they retail for anywhere up to £2 on the high street, which is just ludicrous. Besides if Lego really wanted these to be seen as serious collectibles they would tell you which figure you were purchasing on the pack. Instead you are purchasing one at random, in the hope of getting one of the ones you want. Essentially the Lego Mini Figure Series 1 is nothing more than a money spinner for Lego and another way of removing anything remotely imaginative away from the brand. Just rubbish.
Another classic from lego!
With Lego being a brand name for what seems like an eternity they have done well in keeping up with the times. Forever launching new and even quirkier ideas and lego characters they have held their own. They have come a long way since the days of little plastic bricks. The mini figures are their latest venture.
Lego is a must for everyone as we all know that regardless of our ages when the chance has arisen, be it with our children or grandchildren, we have all took the chance to return to our youth and assist in the building of various lego projects. With the new characters holding our childrens imagination such as Indiana Jones and Batman, Lego joined the bandwagon and made their own lego version of the characters.And now you can collect them all!
Lego have released a series of miniture replicas of some of their various characters and you can buy them all without having to get the whole lego set first! The best thing is they are a bargain at around £2. Some places differ the prices but the packet is the same. For your money you get a suprise lego man and a traditional lego base for you to stand him/her on and put him/her on display.There are around 16 to collect and there is no way of guessing with character you have so expect ebay to be flooded with doubles!
Each figure is about 3- 5 cm tall depending on character and made from sturdy plastic.Some figures have movable joints.The detail on the figures is very good and accurate to the real item.Needless to say they are not really recommended for under threes, they are however ideal for any other age,a favourite with the 20s and 30s!lol
These would be great little stocking fillers or pocket money toys and are available in most major shops, apparently they are on amazon for 99p atm - above link, so why not treat yourself??! You know you want to!!
Just when you think that Lego have a future of various licenced endorsements and planned releases mapped out, they throw in another commercially viable venture. This time, there's an element of mystery about it. Lego is perhaps one of the most commercially durable types of toy, featuring fun and education and developing elements such as motor skills and hand/eye coordination. Many people collect Lego as a serious hobby, and it has been around for years now, without going out of fashion.
In fact, it's going from strength to strength, and now they've added some mystery to what you get with these Mini Figures. Usually, when you buy a Lego item, you choose what it is. Here, however, the mystery is that it's pot luck which character you get, and this is a bit of an adventure for kids: an extra little surprise.
The minifigures range features a number of Lego characters created specifically for this. We're currently on series 1, which implies they'll release some more at a future point. For the moment, the range includes a Demolition Dummy (the first one we got), a zombie, a wrestler, a samurai, a clown (probably the most vibrant and original), an archer and a magician. There are 16 in total, and each one comes in a wrapper. There is no easy way to open them, and you have to sort of fight with the packaging, which is a bit annoying.
Once inside, you get the bits of the minifigure, and some instructions on how to put it together. The instruction are generic for each figure, detailing how to attach the body to the head, and then the various extra bits and pieces that can go with the figures. Some characters are quite simple, with just the figure and maybe one extra item, but some are a bit more involving. The wrestler, for example, has a pretty cool cape, and the diver has a pair of flippers.
Each figure also gets its own stand, which is quite good for display purposes. I liked the variety you get with these figures, and it makes for a nice addition to the already expansive range of figures you can get with various Lego toys. Naturally, the figures are interchangeable, as are the accessories, and do expect to have some pieces mysteriously vanish every now and then, as they are very small pieces. We have a huge range of Lego, as we've got mine from when I was a kid and all of the bits and pieces my son has, including some licenced ones, such as the Star Wars and the Indiana Jones items. Harry Potter seems to be the next one to come out soon, which means the accompanying Wii game, and no doubt the inevitable Lego Hogwarts at a ridiculously high price will be on the demand list for a birthday or Christmas for the near future. For the moment, this seris of minifigures doesn't have any of these, although one of them looks suspiciously like Indiana Jones. My son assures me it's not, though. It's just a cowboy. I stand corrected!
The exposure for these toys isn't huge at the moment, as they're relatively new. A few stores have them, Argos being one, and there's an independent store near my in laws that stocks them - we received one in the post the other day for my son from them, with an excited note! They retail at £1.99 each, which is an okay price for something a bit limited such as these figures. If you have a look on amazon, they're going for even more, with stores charging £3 or £4 for them.
I can see these really hitting off, with people keen to collect all 16. However, you may find yourself buying a few more than 16 before you finally manage to collect them all. Rumour has it that Argos are actually advertising which figure is in each packet, so this may be a good place to get specific ones. I'm not sure we'll worry too much about getting the whole set - there are more than enough Lego figures in our collection at home, and although my son seems enthused by this series, he's not chomping at the bit to get them all, so perhaps as special treats and surprises they'd be great.
A lovely new commercial idea from Lego - great stuff and highly recommended. Lego do it again!
When my children spotted the new Lego Minifigures cleverly placed by the tills at Toys R US, for a brief moment it was probably hard to tell who was more excited, me or them. Of course Lego Minifigures have existed for years, as parts of sets, but now, we saw they were available in small packs for a mere £1.99. We saw, we got excited, we left clutching the start of a collection of what is a brand new product.
What you get in the packet:
Each individual Lego Minifigure comes in a small plastic pack, like the ones that you will probably familiar with if you are a parent, the kind that football stickers or Gogo's come in. There are 16 different figures to collect in all, in what is called optimistically "series 1" - more about the actual figures later. You can't actually see through the pack at all and the bar code on every pack is frustratingly identical, though there is a way round this I've discovered - more of which to come. You can have a little feel to see what you might be getting and this we did, before purchasing and ripping open our packs as soon as we were through the tills in very undignified fashion. A small point here is that they are incredibly hard to open and probably really need the use of scissors, perhaps Lego could have made the packet tear open, or maybe this was a cunning ploy to prevent collectors from having a sneaky peak?
Once you have opened the packet the contents are revealed, there's the figure itself, accessories, and a sheet with a picture of the 16 figures that can be collected. This small sheet has instructions on the back, presumably in case you can't work out how to slot together a head, torso and little Lego legs. There's a little black stand for your figure, with 4 Lego studs that each mini person can be slotted onto for display purposes.
The figures themselves:
We have 6 figures so far out of the 16; a bit of a homage to the "Village People" circa 1979, with a couple of extras - a Native American, Diver, Ninja, Cowboy type, and our latest additions a Clown and Cheerleader. There's a good range of figures to collect, though women are rather unrepresented - there are only two, the aforementioned Cheerleader and a Doctor, I'm not sure what comment Lego is making here about what girls can aspire to, presumably more opportunities will be open to them when Series 2 is released. The other figures range from Astronaut through to Magician via what is appears to be a Crash Test Dummy - if you are interested in seeing them all details can be viewed at minifigures.lego.com where you can vote for your favourite. The Robot seems to be ahead at the polls at the moment, my kids definitely wanted the Clown the most.
None of the figures are Licensed figures such as Indiana Jones or Luke Skywalker which have featured in Lego games, perhaps this is a plan for the future I don't know, it would certainly be a good idea. All the figures are of the same quality as those we already had in our collection from other Lego sets. The packet does say that they are made in China, but all the little legs and hands are articulated, and when you look at them they do seem of normal Lego quality, despite their non-Danish provenance. There are nice little details on the figures we have - the Diver has a lowerable visor and all the little faces and clothes are well printed. I particularly like the Clown's red afro wig and little horn - too cute!
Lego have, in my experience, been quite generous in terms of the pieces supplied - the Native American came with a spare set of feathers, by design I assume - this was just as well as one has already been swallowed by the hoover. The Ninja man had an extra sword too.
All the 6 sets we have so far have been easily assembled and my kids have been really pleased with them, though the little diver man doesn't attach to his stand if he has his flippers on, this is a minor point and doesn't detract from the enjoyment of this item.
In terms of playability these Minifigures are just great. I think every home with children should probably have a box of random bits of Lego for rainy days. We have such a box and the Minifigures have soon be absorbed into them, and the Cowboy has already had a house and car built for him whilst the Native American is the proud owner of his own cafe (go figure!).
The figures are sturdy and handy to be slipped into a pocket or back pack; the Cowboy went on a lovely day trip to London Zoo and came back minus one of his guns - suffice to say these Minifigures are much enjoyed and my children are keen to collect more. You could in theory swap around body parts, to make more characters as all the parts are compatible, and like all Minifigures these will sit down and attach to Lego blocks and have removable hair, and can clutch the items they come with. I like the fact that the figures encourage imaginative play and that Lego have chosen to feature characters that children are actually interested in.
I suspect Lego fans and collectors are going to love these - opened packs are already available at a big mark up on Ebay and Amazon. I would say they are a sure-fire winner with kids too if my children are anything to go by! We were lucky and did not get the same figure twice when "buying blind", this would obviously decrease enjoyment, but if, as I suspect, these catch on, they are sure to be traded in school playgrounds across the land. I'm not sure whether some figures are more rare than others - I guess time will tell!
One slight issue at the moment is availability of this item - I've only seen them at Toys R Us, as a lego passholder I did get an email saying these were being launched properly in June, and on a very recent trip to Legoland they did seem to be promoting these, so maybe they will be more widely available soon - I hope so. They are also available at Argos at £1.99 and from other on-line stores.
When we went to Argos this weekend we made the happy discovery that Argos have numbered the sets - not the case elsewhere, hence we were able to choose our most wanted figures, and now there's a new Clown in town! This does remove the surprise element a tad but does provide a way of getting the figures you actually want.
As I've already said my children definitely want to have more of these, and I will be happy to get more over time to add to their collection.
I think Lego have come up with a great idea here; it's a product that kids love, that I think parents will like too. When you buy these you do get the feeling that you are adding to a Lego collection rather than buying yet another small bit of plastic. If you are an Aunt, Grandparent, or an Uncle turning up to visit with one of these packs is sure to see you receive the most enthusiastic of welcomes. Considering a minifigure key ring is about £4 I think these are good value too.
I'm pleased that Lego have brought out these series of figures which are great to add to our existing sets, and I hope that they bring out lots more, it's one toy that I, personally, don't mind buying for my kids at all!
Link to the Website for the Interested:
Update: Looks like Series 2 is out in September!
(originally on ciao and adapted for dooyoo)