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Limited edition LEGO minifigures Olympic Team

by admin on April 19, 2012

in LEGO Minifigures

(Written by Nicolas N.)

There have been rumors circulating about a limited edition LEGO minifigures Olympic Team, specially designed for the 2012 London Olympics. Recently however LEGO-fan website Brickset has confirmed that the #8909 Olympic Team LEGO minifigures are indeed for real, and also posted a preliminary picture (click for larger view).

The packaging of the Olympic Team LEGO minifigures is pretty much the same as for the regular collectible LEGO minifig series, but with the special Olympic logo, and the image of the 9 minifigures specifically made to commemorate the 2012 Olympic Games.

Although these limited edition LEGO minifigures are referred to as the Olympic Team LEGO minifigs, they in fact only represent the UK Olympic Team, and will only be available in the UK (although I’m sure they will also show up on Bricklink and eBay – so you should be able to get them even if you are in a different country). I have not heard any news on any other country’s Olympic Team being represented in LEGO this year. 🙁

The limited edition Olympic Team LEGO minifigures are as follows (from left to right on the picture above):

  1. Olympic Weight Lifter
  2. Olympic Judoka (similar to the karate guy from Series 2)
  3. Olympic Boxer (you can pair him up with the red boxer from Series 5)
  4. Olympic Swimmer
  5. Olympic Tennis Player
  6. Olympic Equestrian Rider (new headgear!)
  7. Olympic Archer (Superman’s hair in new color!)
  8. Olympic Relay Runner
  9. Olympic Gymnast

All of the packets will include the appropriate accessories for each Olympic LEGO minifigure  as well as a gold medal (first seen in LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 7) you can adorn them with in case the UK Olympic Team gets some winnings. 😉

Some dissatisfaction has been voiced by LEGO-fans in regards to why only the UK Olympic Team gets its own special minifigures. Some suggests that LEGO could have just made a generic “Team LEGO” to make the minifigures more neutral and appealing to LEGO and Olympics fans from other countries. Others point out that LEGO regularly makes event-specific minifigures, and a UK Olympic Team is appropriate since the Olympic Games are held in the UK this year. Perhaps LEGO plans to continue the trend in the future with Olympic Minifigure Teams in colors of the host-country.

What do you think so far of the Olympic Team LEGO minifigures? Any plans on getting them? Which one is your favorite? Or not interested at all? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below. You might also want to head over to the LEGO Minifigures section to read about the regular Collectible Minifigure Series. And thanks for reading my first post here! 🙂

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gid617 April 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM

they are really cool!!
Especially all thouse medals. It’s too bad they are only in the UK, but what is lego going to do in the US, for example? Are they just going to skip series nine? I would say the one with the sleepy heads hair is my favorite. And I certainly hope i’ll be able to get some! 😉 It’s interesting tht there are nine and this is series nine (Lego probably did that on purpose! )

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admin April 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Please note that this is NOT Series 9 of the regular collectible minifigures. The nine at the bottom of the packet simply refers to the 9 minifigs in the limited edition series. 😉

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gid617 April 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

OK. So that’s why they don’t have to have a different one for every country!! 😉

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Nick Nox April 19, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Oh no 🙁 Please dont tell me we’re going to loose a whole series (series 9?) just to the Olympic Games minifigs! 😮 And whatever happened to series 8? Did I miss something? 😮 lol

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admin April 19, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Please note these are NOT part of the regular series. They just have similar packaging. 😉

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The Ultimate Spinjitzu master April 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM

You didn’t have spellcheck on when you wrote this, did you.

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lego chronicler April 19, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I’m going to get the archer and make a wheelchair for the paraplegic olympics! (in honor of someone)

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Dave e April 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Admin will they beavalible in the US

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admin April 19, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Dave, they will be available in the UK only, but I’m sure we will be able to get them on Bricklink or eBay. I’m definitely planning to get the boxer. 😉

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gid617 April 21, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Me too. He would go great with the other bozer (series 5)

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Da Truth April 19, 2012 at 6:04 PM

omg you guys are all idiots! -__-
do you all at read what he writes?
its like you just look at the pictures and immediately offer up comments and questions without reading!

not series 9!
not available anywhere other than the UK!

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admin April 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Your opinion is appreciated, but there is no need to be rude. Some people have busy lives and only have a couple of minutes to catch up on LEGO news. Sometimes it is just not possible to read all the details. I know it happens to me too. 😉

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lego chronicler April 20, 2012 at 6:54 AM

well said, just a question that keeps nagging me, why are you a crash dummy? As opposed to something else?

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admin April 20, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Chronicler, one of my favorite hobbies is minifig-customizing, and this website originally started out as a place to share some of the tricks I have learned in customization as well as with LEGO in general. If you check out my older tutorials you see that I often use the crash-test dummy for illustrations purposes. Since then TBB avolved to be much bigger and broader, but I still use the test-dummy when I write my own tutorials. I always liked the test-dummy; it is cute and tolerates all my tests without complaints. 😉

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nicolas-n. April 20, 2012 at 11:05 AM

That’s a very cute idea Admin :D,does anyone have any more questions about this mini series. Note that it is not series 9,9 is the quantity of minifigures in this series,the also is the first and so far the only subtheme of the collectible minifigures theme,any other questions regarding this minifig miniseries 🙂

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Jacob April 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I will say that I am incredibly disappointed that these will not be available outside of the UK from LEGO. Although I don’t think they would sell great compared to the other minifigs in stores, I don’t think that they would have any problem selling them from LEGO.com. I think enough people in the UK and the rest of Europe would still buy these (even if they are marked specifically as UK) just for the exclusive parts and prints. Its too early to say if the faces are duplicates of existing ones or not, but (save for the runner and possibly the Judoka) they all have either new or a new color of a head piece and their body printings are completely new.

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nicolas-n. April 20, 2012 at 3:42 PM

thats true and surprisingly the only entirely new piece is the equestrian rider’s headgear,a little bit too little from LEGO

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nicolas-n. April 20, 2012 at 3:43 PM

another thing is that LEGO has so far confirmed that the face of the olympic judo is the same face as the tennis player from series 3

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flying lego May 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

i think there should be a dude on a bicicle or a skier

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nicolas-n. May 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Flying lego,yes I do very much agree but not another skier as Lego has already made 3 skiers,but a cyclist would be very good indeed

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flying lego May 13, 2012 at 2:49 PM

thanks

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fanny May 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Hi,
is this series avaliable in uk now? would u pls tell me where i can buy it?

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admin May 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Fanny, I don’t think they are available yet. They will be released with the Olympic Games, which I believe won’t begin until July.

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nicolas-n. May 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I’m not so sure probably at the Lego retailers and it is only available in Summer

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Swifty118247 June 19, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Grrrr i’m from the UK and has been reading your messages.
1) The series is for team GB as the oylimpics is in GB!!!! Thats why only that country has been made
2) How hard would it be to make a series for every different country thats in the olympics!!! Theres Loads.
3) Finally its not a HOAX its real

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Weyr July 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Not Series 9! Just 9 minifigs. Possibly for sale on ebay? I will call it ‘Series 0’

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MARS March 21, 2013 at 6:28 AM

VERY GOOD

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