Lego Collectible Minifigures – Series 18
When I first laid my eyes on the (then) upcoming Series 18 of the Lego Collectible Minifigures I didn’t know what to think.
Yes, at first look, they were all very fun-looking, a few even qualified as “awesome”, but upon further reflection, I wasn’t sure if I really “needed” so many dressed up minifigures in my collection. What use of them would I have?
Then, I remembered that providing how often I make “minifigure cartoons” and such these days (basically not much time for them at the moment, and probably a certain lack of inspiration too), I don’t really use any of them anyways, except for display.
So, I selected a few that I would get, but decided against spending too much money on them. I also let my daughter select a few more, and that was gonna be it.
Except that no, I couldn’t resist.
I ended up getting most of them (some just for me, some just for my daughter, some for the two of us – so bought in double). And yes, once again, I spent too much money on Collectible Minifigures (and their price seems to be getting higher and higher, getting one entire whole series is almost the price of a large set nowadays).
Here they are:
The only one I ended not wanting was the “knight unicorn.” I don’t know, it just doesn’t appeal to me in any way.
And there’s another one I didn’t get, but it wasn’t for lack of trying, it’s the “star” of this series; the Classic Police Officer.
In case you don’t know, the reason why all those minifigures are dressed-up for a party is because they’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Lego Minifigure.
Indeed, the very first Lego Minifigure was released in 1978 with the “Lego Police Car” set.
I didn’t own this set, but that same year a somewhat different design was released with the same minifigure, and I had that one, which is one of the first Lego sets I’ve owned.
Unfortunately, as I may have mentioned before, I don’t have my original sets anymore. I must have given the green light to my parents to give them away at some point of my late teens, early 20’s (and of course I’m beating myself about it every time I think about it).
So, I was kinda excited to get a replica of that original minifigure (although I believe that the very first minifigure I owned was the red (or the white?) classic space man).
However, it was not meant to be.
See, I usually buy my Collectible Minifigures at my local Toys R’ Us (the brand is not going bankrupt in Japan by the way), and the way they proceed to put them for sale goes like this.
On the first day, they tend to put only half a box in the stands. It’s both convenient and inconvenient. It kinda makes it easier to find the first minifigures of the series, but of course that also means that you’ll have to return to the store at a later date to get the whole series (I assume that’s the reason they do that).
Knowing that there was only one Classic Police Officer per box, I went on the day of release. I found a few minifigures of course, didn’t find others, of course. Among the latter, the Classic Police Officer wasn’t there. It obviously was on the second half of the box (I’m pretty confident that I was the first person to buy minifigures that day, they looked pretty untouched).
I returned a few days later. As expected the rest of the first box had been put for sale, but no second box yet, just that same first box. I looked and looked, got all the minifigures I needed, but still no Classic Police Officer. As I don’t exactly know what day they put the second half of the box for sale, I must have gone a few days too late, and someone (following the whole process more closely than me?) must have arrived before me and caught the Police Officer.
While I’ve seen adults buy collectible minifigures before, it’s mostly kids here. However, I’m pretty sure that there’s at least one hardcore collector, or probably re-seller in town (rare individual figures can be sold for quite high on Amazon Marketplace and similar sites in Japan).
For example, remember, the shark-suit minifigure from series 15?
Somebody swiped all of them as soon as they were released. I remember feeling all the bags several times, all minifigures were there, except for the shark. It was just a mere day or two after release.
Same thing here. Except that this time, because it’s so rare, it could just be a kid that grabbed it at random.
I still suspected otherwise, most of the bags had clearly been felt. Actually it makes me wonder how they feel them. When I do it, you can’t really see it’s been touched, with those, just looking at the plastic bag tells you someone felt it.
I’m afraid that someday some minifigure will get damaged, some customer will complain and we won’t be able to feel the bags anymore.
Anyways, the conclusion was: I could find all the minifigures of the series, except for the Classic Police Officer.
Later (yes, I kinda often went to Toys R’ Us for the past few weeks – lots of promotions and stuff – including free promotional Lego sets for my daughter), more minifigures were put on display for sale, but then there were too many, I just didn’t have the courage to go through all of them, possibly for nothing.
No Classic Police Officer for me… Oh well…
Except that this wasn’t the end of the story, and luck decided to get involved.
See, this week, Toys R’ Us has a pretty amazing promotion concerning a bunch of brands: buy two, get the third one three. That includes Lego. Unfortunately, I need to save money at the moment, so I stayed away from the big sets (that kind of promotion is ideal for big sets, even more so than the usual 20 or 30% off – which only puts the price on par to the price on Amazon). I got three cheaper sets, though (my daughter got an unexpected present this week-end, she was pretty happy). I guess Toys R’ Us Japan is really afraid to go the US/UK way, I feel that they have more and more promotional events lately and they’re more and more interesting.
Anyways, while choosing which sets to get, I realized that they had put a new box of minifigures for sale, and this time (they rarely do it) the actual box was there, opened… but untouched.
They must have put it there just a couple of hours earlier, and no one had touched it. It seemed to contain the full 60 minifigures it’s supposed to contain.
There was my (probably last) chance to find the Classic Police Officer…
And, indeed… a few minutes later:
I have to admit that I’m pretty happy about that. 🙂