(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):
- Olympic Weight Lifter
- Olympic Judoka (similar to the karate guy from Series 2)
- Olympic Boxer (you can pair him up with the red boxer from Series 5)
- Olympic Swimmer
- Olympic Tennis Player
- Olympic Equestrian Rider (new headgear!)
- Olympic Archer (Superman’s hair in new color!)
- Olympic Relay Runner
- 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!