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Minifigures for Builders

The Lego minifigure has a long history, and has been around in its current form since 1978. That's a long time for any basic action figure design to survive and remain popular. There is something about the little yellow figures that captures the imagination of every child, making them a collectors item for as long as they've been around.

Unfortunately for action figure fans, collecting minifigures has always meant collecting giant Lego building sets too. It has been impossible to buy individual minifigures until recently, so people were forced to buy large sets alongside their minifigures. Pricing and storage limits quickly become problems with this collecting model. Collectors are burdened with all the extra building sets that may not be of interest.

Minifigures for Action Figure Collectors

Thankfully the Lego Group addressed the difficulty of collecting solely minifigures in 2010 with the introduction of the Lego Minifigures theme. This theme includes minifigures and their relevant accessories sold individually in small polybags, instead of within large and pricey sets.

Each new series that Lego releases introduces 16 new minifigures. Some are clearly based on popular Lego themes such as City or Castle, while others stand on their own as unique characters. Collecting minifigures from the 32 year period before the Lego Minfigures theme was introduced is still extremely taxing, but at least collectors can start some sort of minifigure collection.

Buying Blindly

The Lego Minifigures theme does have one interesting caveat. Figures are packaged blindly, meaning that it's impossible to tell which figure you're getting inside any given polybag. This means you may have to purchase considerably more than 16 figures in order to obtain each of a wave's 16 characters. Thankfully many of the designs lend themselves to "army building", so having multiples isn't a major problem. This also encourages trading among friends and fellow collectors.

Lego Minifigures

Series 1

  • Cheerleader
  • Zombie
  • Robot
  • Magician
  • Deep Sea Diver
  • Forestman
  • Ninja
  • Nurse
  • Skater
  • Spaceman
  • Super Wrestler
  • Tribal Hunter
  • Cowboy
  • Circus Clown
  • Demolition Dummy
  • Caveman

Series 2

  • Pharaoh
  • Explorer
  • Karate Master
  • Lifeguard
  • Maraca Man
  • Mime
  • Traffic Cop
  • Pop Star
  • Ringmaster
  • Skier
  • Spartan Warrior
  • Surfer
  • Vampire
  • Weightlifter
  • Witch
  • Disco Dude

Series 3

  • Tennis Player
  • Hula Dancer
  • Space Alien
  • Samurai Warrior
  • Sumo Wrestler
  • Rapper
  • Fisherman
  • Tribal Chief
  • Snowboarder
  • Elf
  • Race Car Driver
  • Baseball Player
  • Mummy
  • Space Villain
  • Gorilla Suit Guy
  • Pilot

Series 4

  • Artist
  • Soccer Player
  • The Monster
  • Kimono Girl
  • Lawn Gnome
  • Hockey Player
  • Ice Skater
  • Punk Rocker
  • Sailor
  • Crazy Scientist
  • Street Skater
  • Surfer Girl
  • Hazmat Guy
  • Viking
  • Werewolf
  • Musketeer

Series 5

  • Boxer
  • Cave Woman
  • Egyptian Queen
  • Small Clown
  • Evil Dwarf
  • Ice Fisherman
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Gangster
  • Gladiator
  • Graduate
  • Lizard Man
  • Lumberjack
  • Royal Guard
  • Detective
  • Snowboarder Guy
  • Zookeeper

Series 6

  • Flamenco Dancer
  • Lady Liberty
  • Clockwork Robot
  • Sleepyhead
  • Surgeon
  • Skater Girl
  • Mechanic
  • Butcher
  • Intergalactic Girl
  • Leprechaun
  • Genie
  • Classic Alien
  • Bandit
  • Minotaur
  • Highland Battler
  • Roman Soldier

Purchasing these waves is easy when they first hit stores, but as each wave is phased out in favor of the newest one, it can be difficult to track down old figures. Finding past waves at retail is almost impossible, so resorting to online stores or auction sites may be the only option. Specific figures from Series 1 through Series 3 are even harder to track down, as some smart collectors determined a way to identify figures within the blind polybags, making more-desired figures extremely rare. All minifigures are well made and the designs are always eye-catching, so it's impossible to go wrong with any of these intriguing toys.

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