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Published on October 16th, 2013 | by Sharp-O

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LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual History Review

We’re finishing up our LEGO book double-bill with a book that was released a little over a month ago. This is LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual History.

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Unlike the Character Encyclopedia we took a look at, this book is less focused on the character of the Minifigures and is more in line with other reference books that Dorling Kindersley is known for. It’s a pretty hefty beast, being much larger in all dimensions than the previous books. It won’t even fit on my shelves! This 255-page behemoth covers so much that I can barely think where to begin but why not follow the formula that works and check out the Minifigures!

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That’s right, Minifigures, plural! Unlike most DK books, which only come with one Minifigure, this one comes with three! I believe the idea was to pick out three well known “iconic” Minifigures. As such, we are treated to a Townsperson, a Robber and a Stormtrooper. The Townsperson is the very definition of generic, sporting a plain red body and the iconic, yet strangely vacant, smiley face that was the standard for at least a decade. The Robber is a neat little Minifig, one that only debuted last year in a City theme set.  The Stormtrooper is also from 2012 as it is the latest redesign for a Minifigure that’s been around since 2001. 12 years is a long time to be around so I can understand his inclusion here.

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The book itself does exactly what it says on the tin, following a linear year by year retrospective from 1978 to the early part of this year. The sheer volume of information and images in this book is astounding. I can only guess that the author, Daniel Lipkowitz, was either doing this for a year straight or had a time of researchers helping. I couldn’t sit down with this and abosrob all the information in one sitting, it was three or four. While the digest-sized Character Encyclopedia could be skimmed through in a night, this is a much bigger commitment.

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One thing that I couldn’t escape from while reading was the waves upon waves of nostalgia that I felt as I flicked through the pages and smiled at Minifigs from my childhood. Ice Planet 2002, Aquanauts, Extreme Team, and the earliest LEGO Star Wars sets. All of them were a big part of my childhood and it makes me smile to see them again.

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Early in the book, they state outright that some LEGO figs do not count as Minifigures and won’t be covered but I guess they changed their minds because the recent MiniDolls of the Friends theme still get covered a little. And I’m happy to report that the Team GB minifigures get a look in too!

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LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual History is a nostalgic thrillride and a perfect coffee table book (because it won’t fit on your shelf!) for any LEGO fan, toy collector, pop culture buffs and even kids. At £25.00 RRP, it may seem steep but it’s worth every penny!

I’d like to take a moment to thank Dorling Kindersley for the opportunity to review these books and recommend you head over to their website, where you can currently get this book for 30% off, and check out the rest of their range!

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Sharp-O

The Bearded Toy Reviewer and Tokusatsu Fan.



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