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Idea for Collectible Minifigures -- Hey TLG...
I had an idea for the next Collectible Minifigure series. I hope someone at TLG is reading the Brickset forum!
What if certain minifigures in the series had an extra piece (torso, head, etc), and you had to collect a bunch of minifigures to collect all the pieces. The pieces would all then go together to make a special minifigure that you can't buy separately. So, if you had the complete series of 16 figs you would actually be able to build 17 figures.
Alternately, the minifigures could be designed so that there would be an extra minifigure that could be built using pieces from other minifigures. Obviously, you can mix and match pieces to make a random-looking minifigure, but in this scenario, the extra minifigure would be a coherent looking fig. For example, you could take the plaid shirt from the woodcutter fig and a hairpiece from another and a bearded head and put them together to make a George Lucas minifigure (just an example). I got the idea while watching the Padawan Menace with my son for the 10th time...
For the people who already have Series 5 minifigures, let's see the best minifig you can put together using pieces from series 5 only, and no two pieces from the same set! I'm anxiously awaiting my series 5 figures from the Toys R Us pre-order...
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I don't know if they did a post-mortem on this strategy, but I can think of some reasons why they might not continue the practice:
1) it probably created only a minimal additional desire to collect the whole series. That is to say, buyers with a collector's mentality would probably get the whole series anyway.
2) it could be seen as confusing to the building of the main model
3) it adds to the cost of each set, and if 1 and 2 are true, it does so with little justification
Another option is a Series with purely female minifigs or a theme minifigs.
They are pretty specific parts that makes it really pretty tough. I couldn't really come up with anything, unless you count a short green legged snowboarding lizard woman with a pink boom box....
It reminds me of the old castle sets where each set came with a different Chrome piece, so if you collected them all you could build a guy with chrome chest, helmet, shield, and sword
I'd like to see a Scotsman with kilt, shield and spear, or bagpipes.
What would you like to see in series 6?
I'm a sucker for lego animals and I'm loving the new monkey/chimp/primate mould and want about a million of them, so maybe a bird-watcher with new bird mould or snake charmer with coiled snake?
Really, anything with new moulds, or new colors makes me happy.
I'd love to see them release the new style helmet in Red, Yellow and Blue, now that we've got the trans-clear visors. Thanks Alien Conquest team!
@andhe - Agreed. A bird that isn't a parrot/crow/owl would be great. More colors of fish, please.
I wasn't aware that they did this with the Star Wars mini vehicles (dark ages for me), so, yeah, maybe it isn't workable... I was thinking as a buyer instead of from the perspective of TLG. Fun for collectibility, but maybe not profitable enough. They would probably just turn around and offer the special fig in a brick-built calendar or keychain or something later. ;)