(Written by William)
Ever since the LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series was introduced back in 2010, some of the most popular minifigs were always the ones in costumes. This includes the Gorilla Suit Guy from Series 3, the Lizard Guy from Series 5, the Bunny Suit Guy from Series 7, the Chicken Suit Guy from Series 9, the Bumblebee Girl from Series 10, and many more. So, when it was announced that we will be getting an entire series devoted to costumed minifigs, LEGO fans got super excited. And now, that LEGO Minifigures Series 18 is available, the hunt for all the unique costumed minifigs begins! For a detailed review of the minifigs go here: LEGO Collectible Minifigures Party Series Review, and to learn how to find them follow along below. 🙂
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 POLICE OFFICER: While this minifigure doesn’t look that special, it is actually the rarest in the entire series, with only one per full box. It represents one of the first minifigures released in 1978, and commemorates the 40th anniversary of the modern minifig. He may not be so interesting for today’s kids who are used to more detailed minifigures, but it is highly sought after by collectors. Fortunately, he is easy to find, because he is the only one who comes with a 1×2 plate and 1×2 tile. These pieces are easy to feel with your fingers as you go through the bags. The hat is also pretty easy to identify, although it might be simpler to just stick with the plate and/or tile.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – BIRTHDAY PARTY BOY: The Birthday Party Girl and Birthday Party Boy are very similar, so start by finding the 2×2 tile, which both of them have. Next, you can try to feel for and differentiate the hairpieces, but frankly, this could be a bit tough for those who don’t feel for minifigs regularly. Instead, I would recommend looking for the small 1×1 square tiles, which set him apart from the Birthday Party Girl, who comes with 1×1 round tiles. This is one of the rarer minifigures, with three in a full box.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – BIRTHDAY PARTY GIRL: As mentioned above, the Birthday Party Girl and Birthday Party Boy are very similar, and they are only differentiated by the Birthday Party Girl having round 1×1 tiles instead of 1×1 square ones. Granted, she also comes with a party hat, but since the Birthday Party Boy is almost identical, it’s really hard trying to prove to yourself a piece is not there rather than one that just feels different. That’s why I suggest looking for the small tiles, which are easy to find and identify. Just remember, square for the boy, and round for the girl. This is one of the rarer minifigures, with three in a full box.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – CACTUS GIRL: Her costume is rather large with a cylindrical profile that feels a bit like a pickle. Your biggest challenge is going to be to make sure what you are grabbing is not the Firework Guy. To differentiate the two, look for the cactus arms on the minifig’s torso. These appendages really stick out weird as they aren’t close to the body. So, if you find a big rounded costume, you will either have the Cactus Girl or the Firework Guy, check for the cactus arms on the torso, and you will have the Cactus Girl. This is one of the rarer minifigures, with three in a full box.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – CAKE GUY: The cake piece is massive, even compared to all the other costumes, so you should be able to indentify this minifig quite easily. If you find something round that feels kind of like a knob on a cabinet, it is likely the Cake Guy. Just make sure there are two distinct layers to the large rounded piece. Otherwise, you might mistake it with the Flower Pot Girl. This is one of the most common minifigures, with four in a full box.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – CAT COSTUME GIRL: When I was first looking for this minifigure, I thought the easiest piece to identify should be the cat head. But it is actually much easier to look for the fish, which is very distinct. So, save yourself some time and find the fish. This is one of the rarer minifigures, with three in a full box.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – COWBOY COSTUME GUY: This minifig comes with a lot of rubbery elements. These are always difficult to feel for as it’s hard to identify the details with your fingers. Thankfully, he comes with a very distinct cowboy hat. Go for the hat and spare yourself a headache. This is one of the most common minifigures, with four in a full box.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – DRAGON SUIT GUY: One of my favorites in this series is the Dragon Suit Guy, and I discovered two reliable methods to find him. You might first run across the wings, which are hard plastic and feel like batwings (perhaps you are already familiar with this piece from previous minifigs). The second method is finding the two little barbed horns. Just make sure they are curved and not the Unicorn Guys’s spiral straight horn. This is one of the most common minifigs, with four in a box.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – ELEPHANT COSTUME GIRL: The mouse is a different mould from the LEGO rat we are accustomed to. Therefore, I’d recommend avoiding it and instead going for the skirt piece. It’s very flat and only similar to the orange plate the minifigures stand on. However, since the skirt has no studs, it’s easy to differentiate it from the plate. This is one of the rarer minifigures, with three in a full box.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – FIREWORK GUY: The cylindrical shape of the costume really stands out. The only thing you need to make sure is whether the top of the costume comes to a point. There is a lip to the conical top, which can make it easier to identify this piece. If you’re still not sure, then find the torso and determine if the arms are noral (Firework Guy) or stick out strangely (Cactus Girl). This is one of the most common minifigures, with four in a full box.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – FLOWERPOT GIRL: Check for the small flowerpot, as it really does feel like a pot and it can’t be mixed up with anything else. If you are still not sure, look for the flower headpiece. The petals are nice and distinct. This is one of the most common minifigures, with four in a full box.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – LEGO BRICK SUIT GIRL: The Brick Suit Girl and Brick Suit Guy are very similar, so we have to be careful here. You will likely find the rectangular torso immediately, as it feels like a regular LEGO brick, however, note that the arms and neck-post is built into the brick (it’s not a slip-on costume like the other ones). Once you got the torso, you know you either have the Brick Suit Girl, or the Brick Suit Guy. Their only distinguishing feature is the hair. The Brick Suit Girl has a side ponytail, much like Wildstyle from The LEGO Movie. This is one of the most common minifigures, with five in a full box.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – LEGO BRICK SUIT GUY: As mentioned above, the Brick Suit Girl and Brick Suit Guy are almost identical. They are easy to find because of the rectangular torso, however differentiating them is tough because the only different piece they have is their hair. Make sure it only has a bit of texture and no ponytail, and you should have the Brick Suit Guy. This is one of the most common minifigs, with five in a box.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – PARTY CLOWN: I’ve felt for probably close to two thousand collectible minifigs up to this point, many for myself and many for friends and family. So believe me when I say that when you run across the balloon dogs, they’ll feel very confusing. I even thought they might be spider legs that broke off the Spider Boy’s costume. So, don’t waste your time with those. Instead, look for the top hat, which is much easier to identify. It is the same design as the Penguin’s top hat from The LEGO Batman Movie, with a little bit of cartoony flaring on the sides. This is one of the rarer minifigures, with three in a full box.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – RACE CAR GUY: The car is big, but it comes with a lot of details, so you might think it’s multiple pieces stuck together. To avoid misidentification, try to look for something more simple and common. I recommend the helmet’s visor, as it should be familiar to most LEGO fans, and easy to identify (feels a lot like a fingernail). A good backup is the wheels for the car. They feel like tiny dumb bells. This is one of the rarer minifigures, with three in a full box.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – SPIDER SUIT BOY: The spider that attaches to the back of Spider Suit Boy is big, but it’s rubbery and I tend to shy away from using those types of parts for identification. Instead, I look for the small spider the boy holds. The spider’s body is about the thickness of a plate with legs coming off of it. I like to look for the spider because it’s a common piece that appeared in many LEGO sets, and my fingers got used to feeling for it. This is one of the most common minifigs, with four in a box.
➡ LEGO MINIFIGS SERIES 18 – UNICORN GUY: This is another minifigure I really like in this series and try to get multiples of. To find it, keep it simple and look for either the sword or the shield. The unicorn horn is also fairly easy to identify, but only if you have enough fingertip sensitivity to feel the texture along the horn. I would recommend to just stick with looking for the sword and/or shield. This is one of the most common minifigures, with four in a 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 feel through them easily. It is also a good idea to have a printout of the minifigures with accessories, so you can look at the picture as a reference while searching through the bags. By following these methods, and knowing which parts to look for, you should be able to go through a whole box of Collectible Minifigures fairly easily, and as a bonus you will also improve your tactile skills! 😀
Hope this helps with hunting for the LEGO Series 18 Minifigs! 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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