(Written by William)
LEGO Collectible Minifigs Series 13 is now available at most retailers and at the Online LEGO Shop, so today we will look at how to identify them inside the blind bags. One thing I want to mention before we begin is that, unfortunately, gone are the days when these minifigs were $2.99 a packet. You may get lucky and find a retailer that initially puts out the new series at the old price, but likely most of them already caught up on the new pricing of $3.99. This means that you will either have to be paying $16 more (+tax) for the whole set of 16 minifigs, or you will only get the ones you really want. Either way, with the higher price you would want to make sure that what you pick is what you really want. And that’s where this guide is going to help. 🙂
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Classic King: Sadly, the best piece to feel for is the sword. That’s not to say it’s a bad piece, however there are lots of swords in this series -so the sword you are feeling for needs to be thin to avoid the larger swords of the Egyptian Warrior and the Goblin, but it can’t be too thin like the Fencer’s foil. And it needs to have a wide hilt to avoid the Samurai’s katanas. Ultimately, once you find a sword, try to confirm the King by checking for his beard. Or if you find what you think is a beard, make sure the package doesn’t have a gun, as that would indicate the Sheriff. There are four Kings in a full display-box.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Sheriff: This is an easy minifigure to find. All you have to do is shake the baggie so that the small pieces fall into one corner, then find the 2×2 tile that represents the “Wanted” poster. This is the only 2×2 tile in the entire series, so you can’t mix it up with something else. The other pieces included with the Sheriff can be easily confused with the accessories of other minifigs in the series. There are four Sheriff minifigures in a full display-box.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Unicorn Girl: This might be a little tough to identify. Her horn feels a lot like the Disco Diva’s microphone or the Snake Charmer’s flute. And you can’t depend on her tail since that feels a lot like the new snake piece for the Snake Charmer. So if you find a small bar-like piece, go for trying to identify her headgear. While the Disco Diva and the Snake Charmer have very round headgear pieces, the Unicorn helmet is very textured. The mane of the helmet feels a bit ridged like an open zipper. There are three Unicorn Girls in a full display-box, so this is one of the rarest minifigs in the series.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Snake Charmer: Start with finding the small bar. For those of you with good tactile perception, you can make out that this bar feels different from the Unicorn’s horn and the Disco Diva’s microphone. If you can’t tell, try to find the snake. It’s rubbery and flexes a bit, however you’ll want to confirm by finding the turban next, because the Unicorn Girl’s tail also has some flex to it. The turban will feel very round with an opening – like a cracked marble. There are four Snake Charmers in a full display-box.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Goblin: This minifig is quite difficult to identify. The big notched sword is easy to find, but it’s almost impossible to tell apart from the Egyptian Warrior’s sword. So you will need to find the minifigure’s head, headgear, and sack. At a glance they all have a rounded head shape, however in the case of the headgear and sack there is a bit of extra texture. So basically if it feels like you have found three heads, you most likely have the Goblin. There are five Goblins in a full display-box, so this is one of the most common minifigs in the series.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Paleontologist: It may be small, but the 1×1 round tile is the most recognizable item that you will find with this minifigure. The bone is okay, but you don’t want to mistake it for the Sheriff’s gun, so it is best to stick with trying to identify the 1×1 round tile. It’s very small so tends to fall easily into a corner when you tip the bag. There are three Paleontologists in a full display box, so this is one of the rarest minifigs in the series.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Alien Trooper: If you find the 2×2 dish (seen on the picture as attached to the end of the gun) then you just found the Alien Trooper. And that’s all there is to it. The gun would be another decent candidate to look for, but the dish will result in more consistent identification and fewer mistakes. There are four Alien Trooper minifigs in a full display-box.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Egyptian Warrior: This is the only minifigure in this series with a shield, so although it may take a bit of work locating this triangular shield piece, it is worth it. The rest of the parts (sword, headgear) can be too easily confused with other minifig accessories. There are four Egyptian Warriors in a full display-box, so he is one of the more common minifigures in this series.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Carpenter: The saw is hard to miss, but since this is a brand new piece and we are not used to how it feels, it may be a bit difficult to identify. So if you rather feel for something more familiar, go for the 1×4 tile. It has a simple shape and is easy to recognize. There are five Carpenters in a full display-box, so this is one of the most common minifigs in the series.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Evil Wizard: Find the 2x2x2 slope and you got the Wizard. Being the only dress slope in the series, this minifigure is easy to identify. The only downside is that we tend to focus on the small pieces when identifying minifigs, and here you have to look for a large one. So, if you find a lot of small pieces and you are not sure which minifig you have, do a quick feel through for the larger items and see if you can find the slope. There are four Evil Wizards in a full display-box.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Fencer: Here is another minifigure with a sword, and unfortunately finding this sword is pretty much the only way to identify him. The piece feels a lot like an antenna, and the basket hilt gives this very thin sword a unique profile that you should be able to recognize, however make sure you don’t mix it up with the Samurai’s katanas. There are three Fencers in a full display box, so this is one of the rarest minifigs in the series.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Female Samurai: The big armor piece is easy to find, but it feels really close to the Galaxy Trooper’s armor, which is also very large. So the next step is to find the two swords, which are unique to this minifigure and will help you narrow down the identification. There are three Samurai ladies in a full display-box, so this is one of the rarest minifigs in the series.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Disco Diva: I wish there was something better than the skates to look for, however the rest of the pieces feel a bit too similar to others. The skates and the microphone are some of the smallest elements in the series so if you find three tiny pieces, you may just have ran across the Disco Diva. There are three Disco Diva minifigs in a full display-box, so this is another one of the rarest minifigs in the series.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Hot Dog Man: Hopefully you’ve felt a standard minifig ghost-shroud piece before, since that’s exactly what the hot dog costume feels like. Fortunately, even if you aren’t familiar with the LEGO minifigure ghost, the hot dog is the largest piece in this entire series, which makes it easy to identify. There are three Hot Dog Men in a full display-box, so this is one of the rarest minifigs in the series.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Lady Cyclops: The club is the piece to look for, as the headgear can be easily confused with other pieces. It is narrow on one end and fat on the other, with some texture thrown in, so it is fairly easy to identify. There are three Lady Cyclops in a full display-box, so this is another one of the rarest minifigs in the series, and a perfect match for the previously released male Cyclops.
➡ LEGO Minifigures Series 13 Galaxy Trooper: Although the armor is nice and big, it is the guns that will help to distinguish this guy from other minifigs with big pieces. The guns are the double-barreled variety, which makes them feel like binoculars with a small handle off to the side. Just make sure that when you find the armor that it’s not the Samurai. Essentially, swords equals Samurai while guns equal Galaxy Trooper. There are five Galaxy Troopers in a full display-box, so this is one of the most common minifigs in the series.
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 Series 13 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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