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Guide to feeling for The LEGO Movie minifigs

(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! 🙂

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The LEGO Movie Abraham LincolnThe 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 DroneThe 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 GailThe 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 EmmetThe 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 LarryThe 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 MermaidThe 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 Cat LadyThe 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 PandaThe 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 Lord BusinessThe 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 Good CopThe 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 GuyThe 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 Lady RobotThe 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 Pantless GuyThe 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 WyldstyleThe 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 Dinamite RobotThe 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 ShakespeareThe 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.

The LEGO Movie Minifigures

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! 😀

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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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  • BLProductions January 13, 2014, 10:40 AM

    These are really helpful. I’m not too good at feeling, though I usually do well. I really want to get Lincoln, Larry the Barista, and the Taco Tuesday guy.

    • ninja of stealth January 13, 2014, 12:13 PM

      yeah! eighth comment! too bad this wasn’t here on Saturday, I got: Larry the barista, lord/president business, and William shakesphere. which is cool! because I got a rare one! 😀 and my sister got Larry the barista too.

  • ~EliteBrick~ January 13, 2014, 10:48 AM

    I saw these at my local Toys R Us and found Good Cop/Bad Cop, The Mermaid, and Wyld West Wyldstyle. My brither bought G/B Cop though he was expecting a good cop face. He now dosen’t play with G/B Cop because he’s scared of the face 🙁

    • admin January 13, 2014, 11:20 AM

      Nice! Hold on to your mermaid, she is very hard to find! Maybe your brother could replace the face with another minifig head? It is a very nice minifig, so it would be a shame not to play with it just because of the face.

      • DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (Seriously i have a mouth of lightning) :) January 13, 2014, 5:02 PM

        yes that face is very scary! it reminds me of that cartoon skeleton movie that came out a few years pback…can’t remember it though.

        • Fikko3107 January 14, 2014, 3:16 AM

          Uh…The Nightmare before Christmas?

        • admin January 14, 2014, 10:58 AM

          Hm… I wonder if LEGO is aware of how kids perceve this minifig…

    • ninja of stealth January 13, 2014, 12:14 PM

      I don’t blame your brother.

      • matthew April 2, 2014, 6:51 AM

        I said screwed face cop is a funny minifigs

  • Chi-bacca January 13, 2014, 10:56 AM

    I always look forward to these posts whenever there’s a new series as it helps loads 😀
    One thing I did notice though is that there’s a lot of only two in a box and not many others 😕

    • Chi-bacca January 13, 2014, 10:57 AM

      Others as in 4/6 in a box I don’t remember other series having this many rares

      • ninja of stealth January 14, 2014, 12:44 PM

        yeah, usually there is more common ones. by the way, I really like your avatar! how did you edit that?

        • Chi-bacca January 15, 2014, 5:14 AM

          If you want me to do one for you then just ask I will quite happily do one and send it to admin to pass on to you (this goes for everyone 😀 ) just tell me what sort of effect you want 😉

          • ninja of stealth January 15, 2014, 12:41 PM

            hmm, 😈 i want something that says “me!” (okay not really saying me but something that describes me.) hmm, something that’s like my name.

            okay I’m not being very specific, do you want me to describe want I want in detail or is this good enough? 😕

            • Chi-bacca January 15, 2014, 1:06 PM

              Hmm I think I have enough… Something dark and stealthy to suit your username but also fun and wacky for your personality……. I’m gonna edit one right now 😀

              • Ninja of stealth January 15, 2014, 1:47 PM

                Yay!!! Thank you chi-bacca! 😀

                • Chi-bacca January 15, 2014, 2:00 PM

                  I’ve sent admin an email with two different ones attached so you can choose I also attached the original images so you could see what changed if you don’t like them tell me what I should change 😉

                  • Ninja of stealth January 15, 2014, 6:59 PM

                    Okay cool! So I will be getting them from admin?

                  • Ninja of stealth January 15, 2014, 7:33 PM

                    Hey chi bacca!! I liked it and I’m going to save the picture! But the only problem is, I don’t want to offend you! But I don’t want Cole on there, then again I am the (one who knows everything ninjago… Great now I don’t know what to do!! If you feel like it and want to make another one and I will decide which one i want out of the two or whatever number than that would be cool! But I’m going save this picture anyway because it made me “lol” when I saw it.(what’s with people and lol anyway? 🙄 )

                    • Chi-bacca January 16, 2014, 5:08 AM

                      I wasn’t sure if you wanted cole but I went with him despite him being the ninja of defense as he seemed more stealthy looking than Zane (the actual ninja of stealth) so tell me what ninja you want then 😀 I probably should’ve asked before……

    • admin January 13, 2014, 11:17 AM

      Yeah, six of the minifigs have only 2 per box. That is a very high ratio of rare minifigs. Sometimes there can be variation of box contect, but in general it is pretty reliable info.

      • ninja of stealth January 16, 2014, 12:15 PM

        I had to reply from down here. strange. anyway, I think maybe I don’t want any of them but if you do pick one of them maybe kai, and keep him red or somehow make the ninja suit black and just maybe find a picture of him with a funny look on his face. and my other suggestion, if you feel like it, find a random older ninja and its animated and its just doing something funny like tripping over nothing… so yeah! cool 😎

        • Ninja of stealth January 16, 2014, 1:43 PM

          When I said I don’t want any of them I meant Zane cole and jay.

  • Steven January 13, 2014, 11:40 AM

    Just wanted to let everyone know, in the Chicagoland area Toys R Us has lowered their price on the minifig bags to $2.99 down from $.3.99 so that is a win win.

  • legostuff71 January 13, 2014, 12:23 PM

    I found most of the rare ones( Shakespeare twice my mom wanted one of him.) Sorry off topic. Hey , William when is the next meeting?

  • Chris of Yoda Archives January 13, 2014, 12:38 PM

    I found the Panda suit guy and Mermaid just before Christmas. I had a Calamity Drone in my hand. If I’d known she was that rare I might have gotten her then. I haven’t been hunting since then, I was saving my LEGO budget for the Brickfair over this past weekend. There were several booths selling loose Movie figs but since it is the current series I passed on those and got stuff I couldn’t get elsewhere.

  • Will January 13, 2014, 1:39 PM

    That explains a lot. The weird thing is that rarity seemed to carry over to the Target displays as well which used to be two boxes worth of figs.

    The next SacBB meeting is January 25th. I think we’re planning a speed build? Don’t quote me on that.

    As it is, having rares at all in this series is kind of strange since all the figs are specific characters. It doesn’t lend itself well to army building.

  • Håkan January 13, 2014, 3:46 PM

    Compared to Mr. Gold, finding any of these should be a cinch. If my calculations are correct, picking up a bag at random should give you 20% chance of finding a rare minifig… 😉

  • Will January 14, 2014, 5:57 PM

    That would be true, as long as you don’t have some one who combs through the box and clears out the box.

    However, your percentage would work on LEGO S@H. So, theoretically if you buy 5 figs, 1 should be a rare one.

  • Brickolas_Nicholas January 19, 2014, 12:10 AM

    This helped out so much! Up until today the fiancé had bought a few random packs so I had 3-4 already. Today was my first chance to really dive in. Took me about an hour but i managed to nab them all. Minimal doubles too.. 2 Scribble Faces, 2 Prez Business, 2 Mrs. Scratchen (someones going to be disapointed looking for one from that box), 2 Larry’s and 3 Lincon’s (but that was on purpose). Its the first series since I started (with series 8) where I didn’t need to head to eBay to finish the collection. And its all thanks to this post. Thanks!

    • admin January 19, 2014, 7:42 PM

      Nick, I’m glad you were able to use William’s guide and get the minifigs you wanted! It is great fun to discover that you can do it! 😀

  • Legoman640 January 22, 2014, 5:09 PM

    I’d really like to get the Wyldestyle, Emmet, Larry The Barista, Abe Lincon, and Where’s My Pants minifigures (if they arrive in Nassau). 😀

    • admin January 23, 2014, 10:04 AM

      Hope you get them soon! 🙂

  • Nucleous January 30, 2014, 8:12 AM

    I just quickly went past Toys r Us in my lunch break but did not have time, I’ve become quite adept at finding minifigures just had time to get Wildstyle and Panda-guy, I’ll be heading there after work to find Abe/President Business/Shakespeare/Mermaid, should not take more than 20minutes I hope it’s a new box they got the stock this morning.

    • admin January 30, 2014, 9:28 AM

      Nice! Also, if you ask nicely they may allow you to go through a new box. Especially if you ask a TRU rep who is also looking for some minifigs. You find some for them and they are happy, and you get a new box to go thru. A win-win! 😀

  • Sonny February 14, 2014, 3:18 PM

    Despite this many rare figs, I’m determined to find them all. I figured I could be spending my money on worse things and I would certainly regret not having a full set, like with the older series.
    Today I got my first three and as soon as I get the time I will look for the rest. With the guides the search gets so much easier and faster, thank you!

  • Ryan February 14, 2014, 5:59 PM

    Hey I hear the next series should be the simpsons! And also the next series shall be dc or marvel! Any info u get pls post it thx

  • Jacob February 15, 2014, 5:36 PM

    Are you sure the next series is the Simpsons

    • admin February 15, 2014, 9:47 PM

      Jacob, yes, quite sure. 😉

  • Jacob February 15, 2014, 5:40 PM

    I heard that there’s new the lego movie sets coming out late spring or early summer. One of the set are metal beards ship.

  • William February 22, 2014, 1:43 PM

    Hey guys I really want Emmet and I got Badcop :[ he’s still cool though. I was just wondering if anyone could give me some tips on how to get him and what he feels like?

    • admin February 22, 2014, 3:21 PM

      William, as it is mentioned in the guide, Emmet is one of the hardest ones to feel for as he is quite close to Bad Cop. You have to make sure that there are no handcuffs, and also check to make sure that his helmet is textured. Bad Cops helmet is smooth. On the positive side there are quite a bit of Emmet’s in each full box, so there is a good chance you will be able to find him. 😉

  • Jacob February 26, 2014, 7:52 PM

    Is William Shakespeare hard to get I found him more than 5 times

    • admin February 26, 2014, 8:26 PM

      Jacob, there are four of them in a full box, so they are not super rare, but not really common either.

  • Jacob February 28, 2014, 6:17 PM

    Your guide says that there is 2 per a full box

  • harry April 5, 2014, 5:24 AM

    ive got taco Tuesday guy hard hat emmet scribble face bad cop and gail

  • harry April 5, 2014, 5:26 AM

    is there any other tell tale signs on how to get mrs scratchin post cos shes my favourite and so far have had no luck finding her

    • admin April 5, 2014, 10:22 AM

      Harry, the issue is that there is only two Mrs. Scrathin Post per full box. It is not hard to identify her, the hard part is that she is so rare. If you can’t find her locally you can always get her on BrickLink.

  • harry April 6, 2014, 2:32 AM

    oh right I see now thanks for your help ill be sure to check out bricklink

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