Published on July 4th, 2013 | by Sharp-O1
Mint in Box: Top 10 LEGO Minifigure Collection
Since there are 10 Series of the LEGO Minifigures Collection, now seems like a good time to time to do a list of my all-time favourite minifigs from this blind bag phenomenon!
I didn’t really jump on to this craze when it first appeared, I bought one of the Series 1 and wasn’t impressed with the Spaceman I got but I got into the line much later on when more and more interesting minifigs started showing up. More on that later as we check out the first of our list!
(10) Olympics Team GB – Brawny Boxer
Released as a special series to tie-in with the London 2012 Olympics, the Olympics minifigs were a fun little bunch but the only one I cared for was the Brawny Boxer. I loved the Series 5 Boxer and to get another with an opposing colour was too good an oppurtunity to pass up! I believe this series was exclusive to the UK but if you can find them, I’d urge you to pick them up because they’re Olympic chachkies that don’t suck.
(9) Series 8 – Santa
Ho, ho, ho boy did I ever need this one. Hell, I needed two! The Santa minifigure is so multipurpose and to have one that doesn’t look like a bad kitbash (I’m looking at you, LEGO Advent Calender Santa!) is great. The series was also released around Christmas time so it tied in perfectly.
(8) Series 6 – Clockwork Robot
Ol’ Tick-Tock Automaton is not the first robot in the Minifigures Collection but he’s the one who I love. He’s got the aesthetic of an old tin wind-up robot toy, with a wind-up key for his back and everything, and brilliant tampo details that make this an eye-popping addition to any collection.
(7) Series 9 – Chicken Suit Guy
The epitome of a subline running through the 10 series of LEGO Minifigures, Minifigs in Animal Costumes. Chicken Suit Guy is just so damn goofy, you can’t help but love him. Look at that derpy face! Priceless. An interesting thing to note, his torso has no printing whatsoever making it unique amongst all the LEGO minifigures to date.
(6) Series 8 – Vampire Bat
Given the variety of different genres that the Minifigure collection draws from, the most prevalent is the horror genre; with vampires, mummies and Frankensteins joining the menagerie from series to series. The Vampire Bat is the latest that could join the ranks of the traditional “Universal Monsters” quite easily. I love his little manbat arms, they look dumb in any other position.
(5) Series 9 – Cyclops
Some Ancient Greece for you now, and the Cyclops is a very weird one. Despite obviously being based on a monster, he’s pretty adorable. His head piece makes him look grumpy but not in a threatening way and the double-printed face underneath includes a pretty sweet smile!
(4) Series 8 – Diver
Oh man, old-timey deep-sea diver, this guy is pure joy. You’ll notice that I love any minifig that has weird parts that you don’t usually see in LEGO and this guy was top of my list along with Santa when Series 8 came out. They did a great thing by using the magnifying glass for the helmet’s visor so you can see the minifig’s face clearly. He’s taller than other minifigs due to the “weight” studs on his feet.
(3) Series 3 – Gorilla Suit Guy
The first in the Minifigs in Animal Costumes collection, the Gorilla Suit Guy won points for the Minifigure Collection early one due to putting so much character into one minifig. He’s got a zipper on his back, a unique gorilla mask, giant banana and a face that shows how uncomfortable the suit is to wear. He’s chock full of character and I love him for it. ‘Ave a banana!
(2) Series 5 – Lizard Man
The natural enemy of Gorilla Suit Guy, Lizard Man was the minifigure that truly sold me on the Minifigure Collection, being the second minifigure I ever bought. This was my first step down the slippery slope of Minifigure collecting and I haven’t looked back since. But while I adore this minifig and he served as a gateway to yet another plastic crack habit he doesn’t win the top spot. That honour goes to…
(1) Series 4 – Hazmat Guy
This guy. This guy right here. Hazmat Guy was the first of the LEGO Minifigure Collection that I bought with the intention of keeping. He’s got a novelty costume, he looks terrified and its an occupation you don’t expect a minifig to have. He’s certainly not the most visually interesting but as someone once said: “I found him paranoid, jittery, delusional, and appalling at his job. I liked him. I liked him for his flaws.”
So that’s my Top 10 LEGO Minifigures, what do you guys think? I know a few other contributors collect minifigs and some who I’ve given minifigs to in the past but what are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!