(Written by William)
The Collectible LEGO Minifigures are back this year, but instead of random minifigs from various themes, this time they are all characters from The LEGO Movie. There are 16 different minifigs to collect and there are 60 minifigures in a full box, just like in previous series. And of course here we are also getting the blind baggies, so you could either pick some up at random, or use the feeling-guide below to get the ones you want. I have to admit there are some minifigs in this series that are really hard to tell apart. But let’s begin and see what we can find! 🙂
➡ The LEGO Movie Abraham Lincoln: The stove-pipe top-hat is a dead give away. It may throw you off a bit feeling the squishy beard at one end, but the hat is so tall it’s hard to miss. Also, if you feel the 2×2 tile, try to then look for the hat to identify this minifigure. There are 4 Abraham Lincoln minifigs per full box, so he is fairly common.
➡ The LEGO Movie Calamity Drone: The 2x2x2 slope is an obvious first choice when you start looking for her. However, since Wildstyle also has a dress with the same slope element, you’ll need to try locating the shotgun. It’s the longest accessory in the entire series, so it’s quite unique. There are only 2 of these minifigs per full box, so she is one of the rarest in The LEGO Movie series.
➡ The LEGO Movie Gail the Construction Worker: Those with a decent sized LEGOCity collection should be familiar with her jack-hammer. It’s roughly a “T” shape with a boxy middle. Her hard-hat is unfortunately not distinct enough to focus on despite the hair being built into it. There are only 2 of these minifigs per full box, so she is also very rare.
➡ The LEGO Movie Hard-Hat Emmet: This is one of the minifigures that can get a little difficult to identify. First locate the 1×2 tile. Only the Police Officer has one like it. Now you’ll either have to make sure there are no handcuffs, or that his helmet is textured and not smooth. It’s up to you to decide whether or not you trust your fingers to identify that much detail. Take your time with this one. He is one of the most common minifigs, with 6 in a full box.
➡ The LEGO Movie Larry the Barista: Due to the plain nature of this minifigure, he can be a bit tough to pin down. You want to find the cup first. It feels like a 1×1 round brick with a slight lip on one end. It will be notably smaller than a minifigure head. Just make sure it is not President Business’s coffee mug. There are 4 of these minifigs per full box, so he is quite common and you should be able to find one.
➡ The LEGO Movie Marsha Queen of the Mermaids: It’s all about the mermaid tail with this one. It will be one of the bulkier pieces you come across. It can take some time to orient it properly to make sure you got it right. All the other pieces are distinct too, but take much more time to identify than the tail does. There are only 2 mermaids per full box, so finding her is going to require some effort.
➡ The LEGO Movie Mrs. Scratchen: She does have the largest hair piece in the series, but feeling for hair in general equates to asking for trouble and misidentifying the minifigure. So it comes down to feeling for the cat. If you got the Grandma from LEGO Minifigures Series 11, you can practice identifying it. Otherwise at first it will probably feel like a minifigure torso to your fingers. Which of course means that if you feel like you found two torsos than it is most likely this minifigure in the bag. There are only 2 of these minifigs per full box, so she is very rare also.
➡ The LEGO Movie Panda Guy: His round bulbous head feels like too many other head pieces in the series. So you will need to find the toy bear. It’s the same mould as the teddy bear from previous series, like with the Christmas Elf and Sleepy Head. You’ll have to find an oddly textured piece roughly the size of a finger tip, and make sure it has two little arms. It may feel to some a little like a LEGO bat, but with smaller wings. There are 6 Panda Guys per full box, so he is very common.
➡ The LEGO Movie President Business: Chances are you will run across his hair and get stuck on trying to figure it out. It’s square enough to feel like so many brick shapes you’re used to, but the hair piece quality throws a wrench in its identification. So stick with the mug. It’s simple and it has a handle. This is also a common minifig, with 6 in a full box.
➡ The LEGO Movie Scribble-Face Bad Cop: The 1×2 tile is your first goal to find. Then move straight to the handcuffs. His helmet is too smooth and round to get a clear feel for it. Stick with the accessories since after the 1×2 tile you will either have him or Emmet. Bad Cop in another common minifig with 6 of them appearing in a full box.
➡ The LEGO Movie Taco Tuesday Man: This is the easiest minifigure to find in The LEGO Movie series. Both his dish and hat are wide and round. Look for one of these two accessories and your job is done. There are 4 Taco Men in a full box of minifigs, so he is quite common and you shouldn’t have a problem finding him.
➡ The LEGO Movie Velma Staplebot: She is another minifig that is hard to pinpoint as she doesn’t come with much. You will want the 2×2 tile as a starter. Then her only other unique element is her round hair. Just make sure it’s not William Shakespeare or Abe. William will have the ruffle and Abe will have the top-hat. There are only 2 of these minifigs in a full box, so she is one of the rare ones.
➡ The LEGO Movie Where Are My Pants Guy: The difficulty with finding this guy is that we typically ignore parts like legs when we try to identify minifigures. But that is what makes this minifig unique; he has two sets of legs. This means you’ll want to do a body-check of any minifigure that’s giving you identification problems. There are 4 of these guys in a full box, so he is fairly common.
➡ The LEGO Movie Wild West Wyldstyle: This is the other lady with the 2x2x2 slope. Her identifier is the fan. You’ll probably think flat fin when you find it. Just make sure there’s no shotgun, otherwise you will have the Calamity Drone. Wyldstyle appears 4 times in a full box, so you should be able to find her.
➡ The LEGO Movie Wiley Fusebot: This guy has a mess of unique elements. The dynamite is a good piece to find, but so is the pistol or the beard piece. The pistol is tied with the mermaid’s gem for smallest piece in the series that is three dimensional. The beard feels like a small oddly shaped ring. Even his coon-skin hat has a rubbery feel to it that could remind you of a long ponytail. There are 4 of these minifigs also in a full box.
➡ The LEGO Movie William Shakespeare: The 2×2 tile is the highly recognizable piece for this minifigure. Of course two others also have a 2×2 tile so you need to find the neck-ruffle. If you got a Sad Clown or Hamlet from previous series then you know what to look for; it’s a round ring with a lot of texture. You shouldn’t mix it up with Wiley Fusebot’s beard if you found the tile first. Only 2 of these minifigs appear in a full box, so finding him requires some luck.
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 hunting for The LEGO Movie minifigures! They should be available at all LEGO retailers and are also listed at the Online LEGO Shop. If you have your own tips and tricks on identifying them feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉
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