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Unique Pieces at LEGO Build-A-Minifig Stations

Official LEGO stores have a station called Build-A-Minifigure, where you’ll find a variety of minifig heads, hairpieces, torsos, legs, and accessories. A pack of three minifigures with accessories costs $9.99 and comes with its own packaging. A minifig is considered to include five pieces; a legs piece, a torso piece, a head, a headgear/hairpiece, and a handheld accessory. LEGO stores have been quite lenient about this rule, so if you would like to get all torsos, or only heads and accessories – as long as the number of pieces adds up to 15 – they will allow you to purchase them.

Build-A-Minifigure stations have been around for quite a white a while now, and they are a good source of minifigure parts and accessories. Minifigure parts usually come from the LEGO City, LEGO Creator and LEGO Collectible Minifigures lines, and occasionally you could find some rarer accessories. And in the past few weeks, something interesting has been happening. LEGO fans are reporting that they are finding some very unusual pieces at the Build-A-Minifigure stations; pieces in colors that never appeared in official LEGO sets, as well as new printed elements that are also not from any known sets.

Initially, LEGO fans thought that these pieces are from yet to be released sets. However, it has been confirmed by Matthew Ashton, Vice President of Design at LEGO, that the parts were specifically made for the Build-A-Minifigure stations. Unique pieces include several hair and headgear re-colors, uniquely printed minifig heads, leg assemblies and torsos, animals in new colors, and a brand new printed shield. So, if you are near a LEGO store, make sure you check out their Build-A-Minifigure station. You may find some of these interesting pieces, or perhaps even more!

Another good source of recently released unique LEGO pieces has been the Bricks & Pieces section of the LEGO Customer Service website. This service was initially established to easily get replacements for missing or damaged parts, but now you can also make regular purchases for loose LEGO elements. While the online Pick-A-Brick section is a good source of common parts, the Bricks & Pieces section also carries unique accessories, printed elements, and minifigure parts. Prices also tend to be better at Bricks & Pieces, so it’s worth comparing the two services both for selection and price. (Please note that you cannot earn LEGO VIP points on Bricks & Pieces orders as it is considered customer service rather than the shop.) Both PAB and BAP are serviced from Europe, but from different locations. If you are ordering from North America, packages take about 1-2 weeks to arrive.

What do you think? Have you been to a LEGO store recently? Did you check out the Build-A-Minifig station? And did you find any interesting pieces? How about using the online services? Did you find any interesting pieces there? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below!

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  • Håkan August 17, 2019, 2:48 PM

    Ah yeah, I own a few of those by now, including the baseball torso, minifig head shorts, blue and orange hair, bowl, cat and lobster…

  • Legostuff14 August 17, 2019, 5:33 PM

    I think that’s great. Now is this also on the web site( where you can get minifigure Parts like in the store?) Or did I miss something. Right now ( besides in the middle of building the Treehouse set) I’m thinking of making a ghostbusting kid squad for my hidden sides sets. All the adults turn into ghosts or ghouls and the city kids form a ghostbusting Squad. I even turned an old townhouse set into their headquarters. Just like the tv show Grimm and a page from the Percy Jackson series written by Rick Riordan. The are descendants from various Ghost Hunters in certain Fairy Tale story books .

  • Treasure Huntress August 18, 2019, 10:45 AM

    I went to the Lego store yesterday & got 5 sets of minifigures (15total) from there. There were so many new pieces like new heads, hair, torso & legs. I got 3 of the shields, those are awesome! They also have helmets to so you can build your own knight set.
    I love expanding my collection with unique pieces that I made.
    What a great thing for Lego to do.

  • Master Builder August 18, 2019, 11:12 AM

    Wow! So these are just for the minifig station and not in any future sets? That’s really unique! I would love to get those shields!

    • Håkan August 18, 2019, 12:40 PM

      If you’re not near a Lego store, they would at least find their way out on BrickLink in time. (I haven’t really had any experience with Pick-A-Brick, myself.)

  • Hayato August 18, 2019, 11:43 AM

    Thanks for the heads up. We will stop by the lego store on the way back home to get some of these. Our store is pretty lenient with which five pieces we get.

  • Martin August 18, 2019, 12:37 PM

    I would love to have that tan guitar for my guitar shop. But what about those of us who don’t live near a Lego store? How can we get these items?

    • Håkan August 18, 2019, 12:41 PM

      Those pieces should at least find their way out on BrickLink in time. (I haven’t really had any experience with Pick-A-Brick, myself.)

      It might take some time for new pieces to be correctly classified, though.

  • Peter August 18, 2019, 4:57 PM

    This is really cool. I hope they will also make them available online.

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