According to LCS Hongkong, this new minifig collector frame is available today until October 18 for a minimum single receipt purchase of 1,000 HK dollars, or roughly equivalent to $127 USD. That’s a rather steep price for a LEGO promotional set in my opinion, considering that with a little patience, this collectible frame will soon be available in the US at the middle of October.
Furthermore, the LEGO Minifigure Collector Frame (5005359) comes with a 32×32 gray baseplate and several LEGO pieces that serve as minifigure stands that can display up to 16 minifigures. Perfect in displaying any of LEGO’s CMF series. To sweeten the deal, LEGO throws in a never-before-seen exclusive minifigure that comes in a summer outfit and lifesaver. There’s also a 2×2 tile with the LEGO logo printed on it, which is quite a rare piece usually found only on LEGO’s gift-with-purchase sets.
Perhaps the only downside for the Minifigure Collector Frame is that it is made of black cardboard instead of wood or light plastic, and there’s no cover of any kind as well. It comes with a kickstand if you prefer not to hang it and have it displayed on your desk or corner table. In any case, this is still a great gift-with-purchase set that will be valuable in displaying your prized LEGO minifigures.
Be sure to keep tabs with shop.LEGO.com in the US and watch out for this promotional beginning October 15.
After almost a month since the reveal of the annual Bricktober minifigures and its confirmed availability in US LEGO Stores and Barnes and Noble locations, the rest of the world, particularly in South East Asia, are now getting ready for the Toys R Us LEGO Bricktober 2018 hype. Unlike in the US and Europe, several TRU stores in Asia are still operational and business as usual. In the Philippines for example, the local Toys R Us management has confirmed via email that the LEGO Bricktober 2018 will be available anytime soon. Additionally, Toys R Us Singapore has now rolled-out the exact dates on when these sought after minifigures will be available in the region. According to TRU Singapore’s official Facebook page, from September 28 to October 26 visitors can have these collectibles as gift-with-purchase sets for a minimum purchase of any LEGO products worth $70 SGD or more.
For your reference, and if you happen to know someone who is in Singapore or will be there during the next few weeks, be sure to mark these dates on your calendars and visit any of the nine (9) TRU Singapore stores located in the area.
LEGO Ninjago Minifigure Pack (5005257) – availability: September 28 to October 4
Includes: Harumi (with Oni Mask of Hatred), Future Jay, Mohawk, and Nya (in Kabuki disguise).
LEGO Harry Potter Minifigure Pack (5005254) – availability: October 5 to 11
Includes: Rolanda Hooch, Prof. Horace Slughorn, Madam Undersecretary Professor Dolores Umbridge, and Prof. Severus Snape as transformed by a Boggart.
LEGO Jurassic World Minifigure Pack (5005255) – availability: October 12 to 18
Includes: Dr. Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum), Claire Dearing, Owen Grady, and Baby Blue with chicken leg piece.
LEGO Marvel Superheroes Minifigure Pack (5005256) – availability: October 19 to 26
Includes: War Machine, Wong, Tony Stark (with sweater) Bucky as White Wolf.
Will keep you posted as more information comes in so be sure to subscribe to our news feed and watch for our notifications. Special thanks to Candid Bricks for the heads up.
After confirming that the LEGO Harry Potter Bricktober 2018 minifigures will be made available in the US via Barnes & Noble, it seems that LEGO is now teasing on where we can expect the rest of this highly collectible minifigures. We know that these annual releases are usually available in Toys R Us before the toy retail giant closed all its stores in the US, UK, and Australia last June. Many LEGO fans were anxious then on whether the LEGO Bricktober minifigure promotions will still run in spite of TRU’s demise. But thankfully, LEGO still has something in store and the release of the official LEGO Bricktober 2018 images a few weeks ago has confirmed that we will still have our usual LEGO Bricktober minifigs soon.
A LEGO customer service email shared via social media seems to suggest that we will not need to look far and wide to find our share of these minifigs. According to an Instagram post that is now making its rounds across the LEGO community, LEGO’s costumer service has confirmed that the LEGO Bricktober 2018 minifigures will available in US LEGO stores this November and December. To quote,
“The Bricktober promotions will be available through the LEGO stores throughout November and December. This is the only information we have to share at this time. Please keep an eye out for more information.”
Well, I guess we should better start calling this Brickvember and Brickcember for that matter.
We should bear in mind that even if LEGO’s customer service email seems to have confirmed the availability of the LEGO Bricktober 2018 minifigures in local LEGO stores, it will still be wise to consider this as a rumor. In the past, LEGO’s customer service and their social media managers were a bit off the mark when it comes to accurately telling when and how new LEGO sets will be released.
We’re also not sure as of the moment if this will be a future store promotional of some kind. And since the LEGO Store October Calendar has already been released, and there was no mention of any Bricktober promos, then we have to probably wait for the November Store Calendar to be released next month. The LEGO Shop@Home portal is also mum about these LEGO Bricktober 2018 minifigs as of this writing. My best guess is that it may be a part of a Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal in November. Whatever the case, we will soon find out.
If you still remember back in May, we reported on two LEGO Star Wars collectible minifigures that were released back then as a promotional in connection to the release of the Star Wars Han Solo film. Following the likes of other collectible minifigures that were launched together with previous Star Wars films, the LEGO Star Wars Kessel Mine Worker (40299) and a version of Solo in disguise as a Mimban Mudtrooper or the LEGO Star Wars Han Solo Mudtrooper (40300), are now next in line as the theme’s promotional CMF. We also noted back then that these were supposed to be Toys R Us-related freebies, but since TRU’s closure and unfortunate demise, we were left hanging on when and where these minifigs will arrive in the US. It also seems that Europe has the better end of these promotional deals since the sighting of Han Solo Mudtrooper (40300) in the LEGOLAND Store in Germany.
But thanks to the recently released LEGO Store October 2018 store calendar, we now know for sure that the Han Solo Mudtrooper (40300) collectible minifigure will now land in LEGO Stores in the US and at shop.LEGO.com this October.
From October 1 to 14, any purchase of LEGO Star Wars sets worth $35 and above will entitle you to this free collectible Han Solo Mudtrooper minifig. This offer is valid only during the dates mentioned above or while supplies last. This particular collectible joins the ranks of other previous Star Wars collectible minifigures such as DJ (40298) from The Last Jedi, the Scarif Stormtrooper (40176) and R3-M2 (40268) both from Rogue One.
Today marks the 40th birthday of the iconic LEGO minifigure and to mark this special occasion, The LEGO Group has shared several images and videos that traces the history of one of the world’s most recognizable toy element. To be exact, it was in 1977 that LEGO patented its unique yellow, plastic minifigure with the first minifigures rolling out in to the market a year after. Since then, LEGO’s minifigures have evolved from being single modular-like accessories to a full range of articulated figures that unmistakably give life to any LEGO set.
Read on for LEGO’s full press release and a video snippet highlighting the LEGO minifigure’s journey throughout the years. While you’re at it, and in case you have not gathered all 17 minifigs yet, be sure to check out the special 40th anniversary LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 18 (71021) blind bags over at Amazon.
LITTLE FIGURE, BIG STORY – CELEBRATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LEGO® MINIFIGURE
In 1978, Disco was dominating the charts, mobile phones were non-existent and the Internet was still more than a decade away. It was also the year the very first LEGO® minifigures went into production. Fast forward to today and those inaugural characters have evolved nearly as much as the world around them, offering endless roleplay possibilities. So, as one of the planet’s tiniest icons celebrates its big 4…0, here are some milestone moments from its very big story.
The evolution of the LEGO minifigure
It all started in 1974 when the LEGO building figure was launched, made mostly of large square LEGO bricks with moveable arms but immoveable legs. This was followed in 1975 by LEGO stage extra figures with solid torsos, immoveable arms and legs, and no printed features. Basically, very different to the LEGO minifigures we know and love today! Not that we had to wait too long for them to arrive, with 1978 ushering in a new era of LEGO minifigures equipped with moveable limbs and simple facial expressions comprising two solid black eye dots and black painted smile. Fast forward to 2018 and there are now more than 650 unique faces in the collection, meaning children can have fun roleplaying different characters and personalities – anytime, anywhere.
From 20 to 8,000
To begin with, there were around 20 different LEGO minifigure characters, including a police officer, doctor, firefighter, knight and astronaut. But in the four decades since, the number of minifigures available has risen to more than 8,000. To put that into context, if the global population had grown at the same rate, there would now be nearly 144 trillion of us living on Earth!
The perfect height Take away the hair or any other headpiece and LEGO minifigures are exactly the same height as four LEGO bricks fitted together. This means they fit perfectly into the LEGO System in Play. Oh, and if you stacked them head to toe, you would need 20,750 to reach the height of the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.
Jack of all trades
Over the years, LEGO minifigures have shown they can turn their hand to pretty much anything. From pirates to paramedics, engineers to elephant keepers, veterinarians to Vikings, there have been thousands of different minifigure characters. Three LEGO minifigures even blasted into space onboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft in 2011. But one thing has remained consistent throughout: whatever role, character or personality children fancy playing, there’s sure to be a minifigure to match.
Did you know the traditional yellow colour of the LEGO minifigure’s head was chosen based on focus group feedback in the early and mid-1970s saying this was preferable to white ones? Since then, minifigures have become increasingly diverse – from the first figures with natural skin tone in 2003 (Lando Calrissian from Star Wars and NBA basketball players) to 2016’s inaugural wheelchair. LEGO minifigures have also done their bit for unstereotyping gender roles with the likes of female firefighters and ninjas, through to fathers equipped with baby carriers. In fact, the whole point of minifigures is they let children create and be anyone they want – male or female, helmet or hair, freckles or glasses, anything. And if you’re worried about our robotic friends, don’t be. There have been plenty of C-3POs and R2D2s (not to mention other robots) too.
The LEGO minifigure has starred in a number of Hollywood blockbusters, including THE LEGO® MOVIE™, THE LEGO® BATMAN MOVIE™ and THE LEGO® NINJAGO MOVIE™. In 2007, LEGO Group even created 10,000 gold chrome C-3PO minifigures packed in random sets to mark the 30th anniversary of Star Wars.
1978-2018 precision mates
Did you know that eight different moulds are used for the production of every minifigure? Two sets of these moulds are the same in design but reversed to mould the right and left minifigure arms and legs! The precision that goes into these moulds is exceptional, and because the original moulds are almost identical to the ones we use today, minifigures from 1978 can be mixed and matched with the more modern characters from today! However, one thing that has changed is the number of elements each mould can produce and the speed scale of this – for example, the minifigure head mould construction has improved from an initial eight elements per 9,8 sec. to 128 elements per 14.7 sec. today!
More than just a figure
LEGO minifigures may be made for fun but there’s a serious side to them as well. By offering an endless choice of roleplay possibilities, they’re designed to let children play inventively, engage with different emotions and tell their own stories. First and foremost, that means a whole lot of enjoyment. But, crucially, it also allows young people to develop key life skills like emotional intelligence, creativity and communication – skills that, according to new research for the LEGO Play Well Report, parents believe will be vital to helping their children build their own bright future.
For the specific sort of LEGO collector who focuses his efforts on finding uncommon and rare minifigures, there are several online retailers that meet his needs. One of them is Minifigure Maddness, based in Europe but able to send LEGO minifigure packs and sets by express delivery worldwide; and partnered with several major affiliates online.
The month of August is close to an end, but Minifigure Maddness sees fit to send off the month with some sweet offers for collectibles in two product lines, a LEGO original and a big licensed franchise. Whether you’re up for the most awesome and sweetest four-legged brick princess or more in tune with the Boy who Lived, these Minifigure Maddness offers have you covered. Do note, these sets are limited in quantity so it will be wise not to delay.
As said earlier, these LEGO minifigure set offers won’t last forever so if you want them from Minifigure Maddness, you’d better hurry. Do note that they accept only Euro as currency for online orders. You might also want to check out Minifigure Maddness’ partner affiliate Brickset for details on a special offer exclusive to them.
After the discovery of the LEGO Bricktober 2018 flyer in Germany, Toys R Us has released the official images of this annual collection of LEGO Bricktober minifigures giving us a closer look at what to expect from them. At first it was thought that the deal is just available in Europe owing to the sad reality that TRU stores in the US are now closed. However, a recent tweet from the LEGO Group suggests that these highly sought after collectible minifigures will also find their way in the US through other retailers. Furthermore, LEGO has previously announced via Twitter that the LEGO Bricktober 2018 sets will be available in Barnes and Noble stores, but later on clarified that ONLY the Harry Potter Minifigures Pack (5005254) will be available at the said bookstore chain.
Actually, we misspoke. Only the Harry Potter Bricktober set will be available at Barnes & Noble later this year. Stay tuned for details on the other sets.
Regardless of the venue, this is much welcomed news from LEGO regarding the availability of their LEGO Bricktober 2018 minifigures. It may be a bit challenging though to locate each of the minifigure pack in varying locations or retailers other than Barnes and Noble, and it would even be convenient if LEGO brand stores will sell them as well. But since these are exclusive and very limited LEGO minifigure collectibles, perhaps looking at it as a sort of a treasure hunt will make the search for them more fun and enjoyable.
For now, let’s feast our eyes on these official images and take a closer look at each of these LEGO Bricktober 2018 sets. A word of thanks to The Brothers Brick for sharing these images and to Brickfinder for additional info.
LEGO Harry Potter Minifigure Pack (5005254)
Expected availability: August 28 to September 2
This pack includes from left to right: Flying Instructor and Quidditch Referee Rolanda Hooch, Prof. Horace Slughorn, Madam Undersecretary Professor Dolores Umbridge, and Prof. Severus Snape as transformed by a Boggart.
LEGO Jurassic World Minifigure Pack (5005255)
Expected availability: September 3 to 9
This pack includes, from left to right, a long overdue Dr. Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum), Claire Dearing, Owen Grady, and a baby dinosaur with chicken leg piece.
LEGO Marvel Superheroes Minifigure Pack (5005256)
Expected availability: September 10 to 16
This pack includes a very nice collection of minifigures unique to Avengers Infinity War: War Machine, Wong, Tony Stark (with sweater showing a partially covered arc reactor), and Bucky in his new White Wolf garb. Among this pack, the last two is a sure grab for me since this is the first time that we will be getting these versions of Tony and the reformed White Wolf all in one place.
LEGO Ninjago Minifigure Pack (5005257)
Expected availability: September 17 to 23
Last but definitely not the least, we have a staple of the LEGO Bricktober series which is LEGO Ninjago. This pack includes unique Ninjago minifigs based on the show’s latest season. This set consists of: Harumi (with Oni Mask of Hatred), Future Jay, Mohawk, and Nya (in Kabuki disguise).
All in all, this year’s collection of LEGO Bricktober 2018 minifigure packs is a sure win, with each set containing unique and never-before seen minifigures that will surely catch the eye of the most dotting collector: Prof. Horace Slughorn, Dr. Ian Malcolm, and the Avengers Infinity War versions of Bucky (aka Winter Soldier/White Wolf) and Tony Stark (with his sweater on). Will keep you posted for any developments regarding their availability so be sure to keep us under your radar.
The new wave of LEGO Wizarding World Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast sets are now out, together with the highly in demand LEGO Harry Potter and Wizarding World Collectible Minifigures (71022). As we all know by now, the LEGO Harry Potter CMF 71022 comes with an array of impressively designed minifigs of familiar Potter verse characters, including a chase minifig of Percival Graves/Gellert Grindelwald. We already reported on its box distribution earlier last month, giving us an idea on the odds of getting that minifigure that you really want.
This time around, an avid collector of this latest LEGO CMF have shared additional info via Reddit that will somehow increase the odds of finding that elusive LEGOF CMF (71022) character that you are looking for. According to Mabubifarti, s/he observes that the way the sixty (60) blindbags of this particular CMF is placed inside its sealed box follows a peculiar pattern. Furthermore, this tendency for a ‘preferred’ arrangement was also observed by Mabubifarti to be applicable to LEGO’s Anniversary Series 18 CMF (71021), particularly in reference to where Series 18’s chase minifig (which is the Classic Police Officer) is located inside the sealed box.
Based on the above layout, the upper row of the table represents the back portion of the box, while the row at the very bottom of the table represents the front portion of the box. According to reports from other LEGO Harry Potter CMF collectors, Mabubifarti’s arrangement is quite accurate with 2 other slight variations from the one s/he originally shared. If this is true and you’re still on a mission to complete your very own LEGO Harry Potter CMF (71022), then it will be better to keep in mind that picking up the blind bags from both the front and back end of the box will probably yield a handful of duplicate minifigs. It seems that the best strategy to avoid any unwanted duplicates is to pick things up per column, and getting each blind bag per column alternately.
Of course, we must always take such reports with a grain salt, but with almost every collector reporting the same with only slight variations on the preferred arrangement, then it may also prove that such an arrangement do exist. If you’re still in doubt, you should always feel your way through each of the blind bag. The reported blind bag arrangement may only help as far as narrowing down your search, but feeling your way through each of them still gives you a much better chance of landing on that minifig that you really want.
Speaking of feeling your way through each LEGO Harry Potter CMF (71022) blind bag, The Brothers Brick has published an excellent guide that will help you increase the odds of finding that tricky minifig that you really want. Be sure to check out their feel guide before you head to your local LEGO brand store for your LEGO Harry Potter CMF hunt. Alternatively, you may also visit shop.LEGO.com if you don’t mind getting a randomly selected blind bag.
If you recall back in 2012, DK Books released its first version of the LEGO DC Superheroes Visual Dictionary focusing on the LEGO Batman universe. Like any most LEGO-inspired DK book, this particular visual dictionary also comes with a free and exclusive minifigure which gives us an idea on how Batman may look like if ever he is in a Tron movie. In case you missed this exclusive back then, you might be glad to know that after almost 6 years, the LEGO DC Comics Superheroes Electro Suit Batman minifigure is once again available as a new promotional give-away by Media Offers in the UK.
The return of the Electro Suit Batman minifig marks the celebration of the return of the updated 2018 LEGO DC Superheroes Visual Dictionary, together with an exclusive Ultimate Activity Kit and a special pull-out poster. There is no purchase necessary to claim these freebies, however, you are expected to cover the cost of handling and postage which is £2.99 for the Electro Suit Batman, and £1.99 for the Ultimate Activity Kit. If you wish to avail both of these items, you have the option of shelling out £4.45.
If you’re eyeing on the LEGO DC Electro Suit Batman, then this is the best time to avail this. Just follow the instructions which you can find on Media Offers’ website. While you’re at it, be sure to check and pre-order the upcoming revised and expanded version of the LEGO DC Superheroes Visual Dictionary coming in September.
It seems that LEGO still has something in store for DC and Justice League fans. The LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Knightmare Batman Accessory Set (853744) has now been listed at shop.LEGO.com, and is scheduled to be available in September. It features another rendition of the Dark Knight based on the scene where Batman had an apocalyptic vision of a world ruled by fear from a raging Superman, as seen from the DCEU film Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. This particular Batman minifigure sports the sand brown trench coat he is seen wearing in that particular scene. Here’s a closer look at the said minifig.
The LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Knightmare Batman Accessory Set (853744) has 46 pieces, including two Parademons and some pieces to build a turret, and will retail for $12.99. Here’s the official product description for your reference. I reckon that this accessory set will be a hit for Batman minifig collectors once it is made available in September 1. To be honest, I lost count already on how many LEGO Batman minifig variants are out there to the extent that I feel the LEGO DC Super Heroes theme is quite over saturated of it already. But I guess having a LEGO Knightmare Batman minifig can be a forgivable exception.
LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Knightmare Batman Accessory Set (853744)
46 pieces; $12.99
Prepare for a fright with Knightmare Batman™!
Let the battle commence against the Parademons with this LEGO® DC Super Heroes 853744 Knightmare Batman™ Accessory Set. This cool toy for kids features Batman’s turret with 2 stud shooters and 3 minifigures with assorted weapons, including the new-for-September-2018 Knightmare Batman minifigure and his rifle with an attachable LEGO tile of The Joker’s face.
Includes a new-for-September-2018 Knightmare Batman™ and 2 Parademon™ minifigures with detachable wings.
Batman’s turret features 2 stud shooters.
Weapons include Batman’s rifle (with an attachable decorated LEGO® tile of The Joker’s face) and the Parademons’ 2 stud shooters.
Recreate the famous Knightmare scene from the Batman™ v Superman™: Dawn of Justice movie.
Turret measures over 1” (3cm) high and 1” (5cm) wide.