I first reviewed these Lego minifig packs series 1 awhile back before they came out. But now I have visited the Lego Store here in Chicago and I have nabbed some of the new minifig packs to show you up close!
I visited the store on the Friday that they were offering a “preview” early release. These minifig packs come shipped to the stores in display boxes about 1.5′ x 1′ x .5′ big.The sales person at the Lego store said by 5p.m. that first day they already had sold the contents of 25 of those display boxes and it was still going strong.
That should give you an idea about how popular these minfigures are! The bad thing is they limited 5 packs per customer per visit. This of course is to ration them and to get people to keep coming back to the store.
I went twice that weekend so I bought 10 packs so far. The come in these little foil packs almost like a pack of fruit chew snacks. I wouldn’t eat what’s inside though, it’d be way to crunchy!
Don’t expect to open these packages with anything less than the jaws of life. Lego didn’t bother to perforate a “tear here” slot in the corner. I suspect because they didn’t want people opening them up in the store to find out which minifig is inside before purchasing. So I guess it was smart of them to seal them up tighter than Fort Knox. Needless to say, you will need scissors to open. (kids ask a grown up to help)
It is of course are a mystery what minfigure is inside each pack. You can kind of feel the bag and see if you can determine what is in it. Believe me there were plenty of people (most of them adults fans) doing this in the store. Of the ten packs I bought I only ended up with three duplicates, which isn’t that bad of a ratio considering they came from the same display box. Each minifig pack comes with a black plate to stand the minifig on and a folded instruction sheet on how to build the minifig and shows all the minifigs available in Series 1.
Here is a closer look at the ones I got…
The Cheerleader. I wasn’t really hoping for this one but I’m glad they included some gender diversity in the series. She comes with blue and white pom poms. “Gimmie an L! Gimmie an E! Now let’s GO – LEGO!”
The Nurse. The other lady in the series. My only problem is that the women they include are all in stereotypical roles. Cheerleader and Nurse? Come on, why couldn’t they make a female space adventurer or something. Hear that Lego Group? That’s a great idea for Series 2! On a positive note I like the syringes that she comes with.
The Cowboy. This rootin’, tootin, dual revolver shootin’ buckaroo is a nice addition to the series. It’s been awhile since they have made any Old West sets.
The Forest Man- Always fun to see a Robin Hood or Merryman archer minifig. We’ve seen similar minifigs back in the Lego Forestmen sets that came out in the late 80’s.
The Spaceman. What, this is unprecedented! Lego has never made a space themed minifig before! Hehe, sarcasm aside I do like the design of this minifig a lot. They tried to spice it up a bit from the recently released Mission to Mars and other space sets.
The Crash Test Dummy. Okay this was one of my main “must have picks” from this series 1. I had to have this one. Come on a minifig crash dummy is like waking up to find that Brussel’s sprouts now all taste like chocolate cake. It’s a big slice of awesome.
The Robot. If the crash dummy was awesome then the robot is awesome squared! This is my favorite of all series 1. I was so jazzed to get it. I love the design of this minifig and think Lego Group really outdid themselves on this one. Check out the helmet and the decalling of the torso. Yep, you gotta get this one!
You may also notice when opening these sets that there are extra tiny pieces. Anyone who collects Lego notices a few extra parts in the bags now and then. I think I may have explained this before, but this isn’t a mistake and Lego isn’t just giving you extra parts in case you lose them. (though now harm in thinking that). What actually is happening is that Lego uses highly sensitive scales in weighing the contents of each bag of bricks they release in order to make sure the right pieces are always included. Sometimes in order to round up the weight for a particular bag they include a few of the tiny elements like studs or minifig accessories just to make it easier to measure. Just a little trivia, that’s what I am here for–infotainment! hehe
And here is the minifigs all set up. I still lack a few of the really must-haves of the must-havies. I need the Ninja, the Wrestler and can’t face tomorrow until I’m holding the Zombie in my greedy little paws!
So I may just get those on Bricklink. I know that’s the lazy way to do it. But I already have duplicate nurses, cowboys and forestmen. I do not want to risk paying $1.99 for another cheerleader. Can you blame me?