(Written by William)
Whether it is about building a LEGO army or needing a specific minifigure to make your model perfect, the LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series is the place to find the minifigs you want. That’s not easy however as the baggies are all the same within each series, so the only way to make sure you get what you are looking for is to feel through the bag and try to indentify which minifigure it contains. 🙂
To help LEGO fans out, here is a guide on the particular LEGO pieces and accessories you should feel for when trying to locate a particular minifig in LEGO Minifigures Series 10. We’ll also cover elements that can get confused with others within the series. The list has been placed in alphabetical order for ease of reference.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Baseball Fielder: The first piece most will make out is the baseball cap. However, you don’t want to confuse it with the Decorator’s cap with the shorter bill. So you will have to confirm it by finding the torso and see if the hands are different sizes and shapes. The glove is fairly noticeable.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Bumblebee Girl: The honey-pot does stand out as it has a pronounced roundness to it. It could be a bit hard to distinguish it from a minifigure head, or the bucket of the Decorator, and a couple of helmets. If this is the case you’ll need to find the wings. They are fairly rigid and spread wide.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Decorator: This minifigure has many parts that are similar to others in the series. The most distinct piece is the roller handle. It has a light “U” shaped piping with a slightly thicker portion for where it is held. If that doesn’t work, go for the one-by-one round brick. Just make sure it is not a minifigure head.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Grandpa: The coffee-mug might be easy to feel, but it is the same as the Librarian’s, so it is the two-by-two tile (representing the newspaper) you want to look for to confirm you got the right minifigure. Grandpa is the only minifigure with this type of tile within the series.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Librarian: You will want to find the coffee-mug first. From there it is separating her from Grandpa. Her long hair is a good candidate to feel for, but I prefer the unique texture of the book. Please note that the book will be already folded and locked in place instead of it being open.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Medusa: Out of all the minifigures in Series 10, she has the largest piece in the form of her long and curved tail. The piece is extremely large and you should be able to feel it through the baggie easily. She is quite rare (only two per box), so the issue of finding her will be the rarity.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Motorcycle Mechanic: Without a doubt, go for finding the wrench. The head-wrap that goes on his head is also unique within the series, but it feels like a hair-piece with a short ponytail, which is very confusing when you are not able to look at the piece directly.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Mr. Gold: Chances are very slim he will be in the minifigures you are looking through. If he is, you will want to find his top hat. Just to make sure you’re feeling it right go for the diamond on his staff. Finding bar of his staff doesn’t work since it feels like the tomahawk.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Paintball Player: He is the only minifigure with goggles that attach to his helmet. However, to avoid mixing it up with the bucket-handle of the Decorator, you will want to find his gun. Honestly, it feels like a flat Super Soaker. Also notice the chin-strap on his helmet.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Revolutionary Soldier: Find the rifle and you found the soldier. His hair will feel like an odd long ponytail, but the gun leaves no room for doubt. So confirm by feeling for both. This is one of the more common minifigs in the series with four appearing in a full box.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Roman Commander: He is the only minifigure in this series with a sword. However, the sword is on the thin side so you may want to find the piece that goes on his helmet. That piece is very flat and feels like it broke off of something. The closest it is similar to is the hand-fan in previous series.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Sad Clown: For those familiar with the neck-ruffles that feel like a doughnut with ridges, it is one of the parts to feel for. However, there is no mistaking the large cone hat that feels like the bottom of an ice cream cone. No other accessories come with this minifigure.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Sea Captain: This is one of the rarer minifigs in the series. His police style cap is fairly distinct, but the binoculars are purely his alone. The problem is the binoculars are small and may take some time to find. The Seagull is a bit too new and rubbery to make it a good piece to feel for.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Skydiver: His most unique element is the parachute. It is a simple backpack-style with neck bracket. You’ll probably spend much of your time avoiding him rather than picking him out as he is one of the most common minifigs in the series with six in a full box of minifigures.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Tomahawk Warrior: Both the tomahawk and Mohawk are easy to feel for. The hair is rubbery so tends to stick in the bag. The weapon feels like a bar with a small notch on one end. The only thing this can be confused with is Mr. Gold’s bar. And I think that’s a mistake you wouldn’t mind.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Trendsetter: Since the dog is new and the hair is flexible you could have some trouble identifying them, so just look for the one-by-two tile. It is the only one of its size in the series and can be identified quickly. She is one of the rarest minifigures in the series per full box.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 10 Warrior Woman: The spear is her most prominent feature. The only thing it can be confused with is the Revolutionary Soldier’s rifle and that’s only because of its length. She does have a nice rounded shield to help confirm her presence. She is quite common with four minifigs per full box.
One way to quickly identify the above mentioned parts and accessories is to first shake the baggies so that all small parts fall into one corner. This way you can identify them quickly. It is also a good idea to have a printout of the minifigures with accessories that you can look at as a reference while you are searching for the minifigs you want. You can go through a whole box of Collectible Minifigures quite quickly following these simple methods, and as a bonus you will also improve your tactile skills! 😀
Hope this helps with your LEGO Collectible Minifigure hunting! They have been showing up at Toys’R’Us, Wal-Mart, Target, and other retailers, and will be officially released at LEGO stores at the beginning of May. If you have your own tips and tricks on identifying them feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉
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Thanks for the tips! I’m gonna find that Roman Officer!
I think there are four of those in the packs, shouldn’t be too hard.
I hope I can find Mr. Gold! Also my friend feels all the mini figs! He’s an expert!
I wish I had a friend like that. (ha-ha) it would have been So helpful finding sleepyhead. 🙁
My sister brings the sheet with the figures so we can look at the sheet when we find a piece we need help with.
Yeah, that’s what I do too. I just print one out from online (like the one pictured in the article), then once I have an open packet I just take the insert with me next time I shop. It really helps, especially when the packets are not in the original box but hanging up on hooks. The box has a picture of all the minifigures, but the individual packets don’t, so having a sheet really helps. 🙂
Woah admin you commented seconds before me!!
LOL! I just happened to be online. Just finished writing an article for tomorrow. I think you guys will like it. 🙄
Same with me and my sister.
wow that looks cool its relly nice to have something like this if you want to pic up a lego minifig 😉
I’m going for the paintball player. that guy is AWESOME!!!! if I don’t find him and the series ends I will be disappointed because WARNING: amazon.com is very expensive.
Admin, I have a new blog opening this summer and I’m wondering if you would put an image in the widgets like you did with brickpicker and the brickshow
Have fun with your new blog! Let me know when it’s open! We can also add it to your Contributors Page. As far as the side-bar those are reserved for sponsored/paid ads or very large LEGO sites. I have to somehow pay the bills! 😉
How do they pay you? Could you tell me a little about that?
It depends. You can sell ad-space on your website directly to advertisers. How much you can charge depends on your traffic and the nature of your site. They will usually pay a monthly flat-fee thru Paypal. You bill them directly. Or they may be part of a network, and the network will pay you either by Paypal or direct deposit to your bank-acccount.
The other way is affiliate marketing. These are advertisers who won’t pay a flat-fee, but as their products are sold thru your links you get paid a commission – usually somewhere between 3-10%. They may have their own affiliate program to handle all of this, or they may be part of a network. Amazon and eBay has their own affiliate program, LEGO is part of a network. The affiliate program or network takes care of all the tracking and accounting, and they pay you once a month. Again; either through Paypal or directly to your bank account. It’s all pretty automatic once you set it up. For bloggers both of these are good ways to pay for the maintenance of their website.
One other method you can use is ad networks (there are networks that will place ads on your site). Adsense is like that. The benefit of this is that your visitors don’t have to buy anything for you to get paid. If they just click on an ad on your site or even just see an ad you will make some money. It is only pennies per click or view, but it adds up if you have a lot of visitors.
And the fourth method to help pay for your website is selling your own products. People do things like sell eBooks or sell and ship their own products. This is the best way because you can keep all the money for yourself, however it is not easy to develop your own products or books – it is going to take some serious work, testing, advertising, etc.
I use the first three methods to help pay for this website. 😉
How do you contact the stores? Like do they have a page where you sign up? Like where’s the amazon and lego page to sign up?
Usually links to the affiliate programs are at the bottom of the homepage of pretty much any website that sells stuff and allows affiliates – same place where they have contact info, sitemap, etc. Just look for the word Affiliates, or Affiliate Program, or something similar. Then just follow the directions. Usually you have to fill out an application with your personal info and info about your website.
Then they may or may not approve it. It is a good idea to build up the site a bit with maybe 20-30 posts and a good number of visitors before approaching a company to join their affiliate program.
Also, please note that you have to be at least 18 (or sometimes 21) to join them with a Social Security Number (so they can send out your 1099 tax forms at the end of the year) and a bank account and/or Paypal account.
Nice guide. I’ve added a link to this post on my What’s in the Bag? page. It a page on my site where I list tips and links for discovering what is different blind bags.
Also I had my hands on some series 10 figures yesterday. But the register wouldn’t let them sell the figures till May 1. I had a Medusa, Sad Clown, and either a Roman or a tomahawk warrior. I didn’t have pictures with me and the bag didn’t show all the figs. So I didn’t know all the parts.
*link for what’s in the bag is on top of my page.
Oh, that’s a shame that they wouldn’t sell you the baggies! So many stores are selling them already so I don’t know what is their problem. 😕
Great guide, well written, and extremely helpful. Series ten is really neat, I might just have to pick up a few next time I see them at the store. Who knows, maybe I will find Mr. Gold 🙂 I would keep him, after all there’s a reason he sells for so much.
Then again if people do not like him, it would make sense to sell him for things they would enjoy.
The only problem I have with feeling is, it’s so time consuming. Whenever I want to buy a minifig, it takes around 20 min for me to feel for the one I want. By them my mom wants me to hurry…
Yeah, it takes some time, but you can improve your skills and learn to go through a box faster. I worked out a method based on Will’s suggestions taking these steps;
1. lay out the cheat-sheet with all the minifigs in front of me
2. pick up a baggie
3. shake the small parts to a lower corner
4. feel for the smallest (or obvious big) pieces
5. identify them by looking at the picture
6. save the ones I want, put aside the ones I don’t want
7. go to the next baggie
I haven’t timed myself how long it takes to go thru a whole box like this, but next time I will. 😉
I’m so glad that so many people find this guide useful.
I’ve actually timed myself on a few minifigures over the years and I’ve actually gotten down to under a second for identifying some of them. Of course that’s when I’ve grabbed the exact piece that identifies the minifigure when I’m pulling it out of the box.
The only thing I would add to the admin’s steps is to make sure that the paper insert and possibly that minifigure stand are pushed to the top of the bag when you shake the smaller pieces down. Then if you turn the bag sideways, you can push larger pieces like the minifigure legs and head to the top of the bag since they don’t help you identify any of the pieces.
I’m not surprised that the store didn’t sell the minifigures. Many of the stores are a case-by-case basis. And some pay attention to the release date more than others. I think my worst experience was when I had gone through about hundred minifigures and I had picked out about 20 and the whole time I’m at the front of the store with the store clerk watching me. Finally, when I’m just about done, she comes over and says that you can only buy 5 at one time. Let’s just say that I don’t frequent that store much at all anymore.
Good luck to everyone on finding the figures you want, especially Mr. Gold. Just remember, he’s out there!
Very nice guide! the good thing in the philippines is that the salespeople from Toys R Us already feel the packets for you. so when you come in the store, tell them what minifigure you want and they’ll give it to you in less than a minute. it’s clever that they assign numbers on each minifigure to help identify which minifigure is which. i asked them why they did that. and they said Lego is expensive here (approx $5 each), we don’t want our customers waste money and have a hard time in our store. Love their initiative!
Oh, that’s nice of them! 😀
Is Mr. Gold really gold? Were does it say and is it proven?
He is chrome gold plated. Same as C-3PO or the chrome plated stormies. 😉
I want the paintball player :/
Fantastic post but look what it reduced me to – “Sir! Please Stop Fondling the LEGO! http://t.co/LQdN2eFrl1
LOL! Best article ever! Thanks for sharing! 😀
Here, in Sweden, we have the dots on our packages. I got 4 packs and all were different since I looked at the dots. I wonder if there will be any dots on Mr Gold…
Henry, we have the dot system here as well, but I don’t trust it. They are known to change from box to box, however within a box it can be reliable. Mr. Gold does have a dot-code. But again, take it with a grain of salt, and always double check with the feel method: https://brickset.com/article/6432
thanks for the guide, im going to try and find mr gold.
Thank you so much for your help ! 🙂 Where can I print out the sheets of the minifiguires with the accessories ? 🙂
You can just click on the picture and print it, if you want. 😀
Thank you so much ! 🙂 I am excited to purchase some minifigure packs today !:) Thank you once again my dear friend and keep up the excellent work ! 😀 🙂
Have fun! Hope you find the ones you are looing for! 😀
There is an error in the guide. I just got Trendsetter and her hair is NOT FLEXIBLE, it’s hard plastic.
Pete, thanks for mentioning that. I’m going to forward this to Will. Perhaps there is a variation (which happened before), or they are all indeed hard plastic. I also have two trendsetters and both have hard plastic hair pieces.
Hey Pete, you are absolutely right. Usually with a style like the Trend Setter the design has been rubbery, but this time it definitely wasn’t. Since hair pieces are typically bad to feel for I think I just completely over looked this piece. I asked the admin to correct the mistake. As for advice in light of this, I still suggest that people search for the one-by-two tile since it is unique and easier to feel for. You will want to avoid the hair since it is the same style and hard plastic as the librarian’s. Thanks again, Pete!
Hi there thanks for the guide. I not got too many to get now. Just a few 🙂 what’s this dot thing? And where are the dots? I can’t see any!
The dots are at the bottom edge on the back of the bags. They are just little bumps. The number of bumps and placement of bumps is one method of finding which character is in the bag. But it is not as reliable as the feel method.
The bumps change from batch runs, which is a number printed on the bag. Search for “LEGO Bump Codes.” But like I said the feel method is better.
I found the bee girl today! I found her by looking for her antennae! I also grabbed a captain and his bird was his distinguishing feel! My son was a happy guy!
Caroline, I’m glad you were able to find the minifigs you were looking for! The Bee Girl is quite rare, so congratulations! 😀
I disagree with the part about the dog and the Trendsetter. At Target, I was given packs at random, and they were placed into a bag. In the car, I couldn’t calm my curiosity and I felt around. I instantly knew that I had a Trendsetter since the dog was there. You should be able to squeeze around the neck and then feel up for the circular head. Sure enough, I got the Trendsetter. But, I AM SICK OF TOMAHAWK WARRIORS!!!!! They are not a very good figure (in my opinion) and are the most common for me! Just my luck. And I have yet to find a Mr. Gold, Grandpa, or Revolutionary Soldier (my series 10 favorite) With my luck, I’ll get Mr. Gold before him! Good luck to everyone else though!
Frankie, keep hunting! That’s part of the fun! 😉
I work at Toys R Us, so this is some useful info. Thanks!
Well I got the sad clown because I felt his hat but I wanted Medusa but I had to go my family was getting tired
I have the Librarian, the Trendsetter, and the Bumblebee Girl. My brother wants the paintball player but we can never find it at the store.
woah guys just use the bubp codes
they’re not always reliable. here’s what I do:
1: figure out which minis i’m geting
2: get first packet
3: feel for the small or big parts
4: identify the mini inside
5: keep ones i want, put aside ones i don’t
Hi. Looked through the post and comments, but didn’t see this: how many packs are in a box? just to compare to the nombers in the post…
Anders, there are 60 packs in a full box. 😉
Thanks! just picked up 3 medusas 😀
I thought the tail was in two pieces, turns out it’s just a rare figure.
Anders, sweet! The Medusa is very nice! 😀
Thanks so much for the clear explaination. Excellent.
This has been EXTREMELY helpful for me. Thanks a lot. In the past I used to buy lot of minifigure series and ended up with multiples of what I didn’t want and less number of what I actually WANTED! 🙁 But after following your guide, I have been able to select exactly which minifig I want and ignore the rest. I have seen your minifig series 11 guide also. That series has not yet come to my country but when it does..I’ll follow your tips!
Wear did you find these figyrs
I want to get the mini figures ?I want to get the mini figures.
These figures are so cool.
How did you find these things?
I want to find these things wear did you find them?
Adley, they are available at most department stores that sells LEGO, toy stores, etc. and you can also get them directly from LEGO.
Thanks so much for the clear explanation excited.
Mr. Gold also has a Braille bar code at the back of his packet. Check for that