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How many Minifigs do you own (how many is too many)?

KiwiLegoMeisterKiwiLegoMeister New ZealandMember Posts: 212
My daughter recently built an Opera House. It had some 260 seats. I know. I had to buy them. Each of those seats was filled.
And just this morning, I was re-organising my Lego-Cave (re-organising = euphemism for trying to squeeze a bit more in), and came across a few instruction manuals in the wrong place. That meant I hadn't included them last time I inventoried for insurance purposes.
So off to BrickSet I go to update my records. Turns out I have nearing 1,400 Lego sets (nearly 900 unique), containing some 2,400 minifigs.

I've never actually sat down and counted all my minifigs; and I know my insurance Lego inventory doesn't reflect all my ad-hoc and bulk part purchases over the years (from op shops, auction sites, school fairs etc), so I'd estimate that I'd have another 50% over and above my inventory. That will give me something like 3,600 minifigs!

I haven't tried to collect every CMF; but have certainly bought those that appeal, and often multiples where they serve a good purpose (especially girly ones for my daughter). I'm strict about keeping certain ones with their sets - mainly the modular sets.
The 'ad-hoc' second-hand ones will include mixed up variants (I'm not fussed about them being in original configs). Really cruddy ones have been sorted aside, and broken bits always get tossed (I recycle parts like heads and hand etc).
Some have been 'sorted' into armies, awaiting one-day-I'll-use-them. I'm not a Star-Wars AFOL, so I don't build up Star-Wars related armies.

In essence, I have four banana boxes devoted to minifigs and their accessories!
So I'm curious - how does all this compare to other people?

Norlego
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  • kekekekekeke united kingdomMember Posts: 33
    Hmmm... I have about 200-300 minifigure and already feel guilty of spending too much money on Lego (as I had to hide them all the time from my husband)... ... Why do you have "buy" 250 minifigures for your daughter when you have 2400 minigures?
  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    My figs are mostly decapitated with torsos stored by color. With hundreds of extra heads and hair pieces, it would be hard to do a count. Maybe it is easiest just to count torsos, but many of them are not much worth. So I will pass on that.

    Many CMF's are built and stored with others in their series, so this amounts to quite an army of little people.

    Some figs are stored with the sets they arrived in, so not all are in pieces. Those are the easy ones to count using the set inventory of brickset.

    Just a guess, but I think it would be very tedious for most of us to count figs at this point.
  • KiwiLegoMeisterKiwiLegoMeister New ZealandMember Posts: 212
    #kekeke - I bought the seats, not the minifigs. And she only got oddments from my supplies - non of the good ones.
    Cheers
  • jdylakjdylak Member Posts: 281
    I have 1200 unique, cataloged ones. That number doesn't include ones from my sets. i have a "sets" collection and "minifigure" collection.
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,333
    4188, apparently.
    yys4u
  • NatebwNatebw Tampa BayMember Posts: 339
    Lol, I only have around 100.
  • MathiasMathias United StatesMember Posts: 94
    I have roughly 300. Still working on getting a few of my Star Wars display frames up to date and also finish collecting all the older series CMFs.
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 940
    According to Brickset....10098.
    Guroooyys4u
  • TheCultLeaderTheCultLeader Member Posts: 48
    2,144
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,377
    1600+
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,356
    According to Brickset in the sets owned section it is 6550. I tried to add my extra minifigures to the separate minifigures owned, but it is very time consuming. I would estimate that I have another 2000 or so in a large bucket all built and complete but not cataloged.
  • klintonklinton CanadaMember Posts: 299
    edited August 2014
    Insane. I'm so completely jealous of most of you guys.

    I've only really just started actively collecting Lego again this year, so I've only got about 120 of them.

    There's always 'that one part' I see in pictures that I really want. I can't wait for the day when I have thousands to choose from.
    yys4u
  • KiwiLegoMeisterKiwiLegoMeister New ZealandMember Posts: 212
    #1265 out in front at 10,098.
    #OldTodd33 second with 6,550.
    #huw has 4,188
    #KiwiLegoMeister with 3,600

    Leads me to another thought. How many have Lego ever produced? No, I don't want to account for them all - but who knows? Does the Lego MiniFig population exceed the human population?
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,217
    Up to a few years ago, there were about 2,500 different Minifigures produced :)

  • KiwiLegoMeisterKiwiLegoMeister New ZealandMember Posts: 212
    According to BrickSet, there are 6,593 different mini-figs now. That includes Friends (87) - which I accept should be included, Belville (112) and even Scala (17), and Duplo (627),

    What that snippit also states, is that there are over 4Billion minifigs at that time, so perhaps that too has doubled and there are now over 8Billion? Like us mere mortals, I expect a good number of minifigs are deceased.
    bobabricks
  • iancam33iancam33 Member Posts: 407
    2958 according to brickset.
  • gratefulnatgratefulnat SwitzerlandMember Posts: 259
    edited August 2014
    2004 according to Brickset.

    After seeing some of the other numbers I feel a little better about my LEGO habit... :-)
    I'm not really addicted, no way, maybe just a little fascinated by anything made out of ABS and produced by a certain company in Denmark.
    Nothing too serious that I can't control.


    What that snippit also states, is that there are over 4Billion minifigs at that time, so perhaps that too has doubled and there are now over 8Billion? Like us mere mortals, I expect a good number of minifigs are deceased.

    Got me worried, so I checked my minifigs, they all look fine.
    Maybe the next modular should be a 'home for senior minifigs'...?

  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    1265 said:

    According to Brickset....10098.

    WOW, we have a winner!!! :-)

  • DrmnezDrmnez USA, Planet earth Member Posts: 844
    I thought I had more, but according to brickset 685. I don't think it includes the four SDCC 2013 SH exclusives though.
  • akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,025
    Some of you guys definitely have dangerously too many. I'm happy to help out and relieve you of your burden. I only have about 600, so can take on a few more...(c;
  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 500
    I stopped count somewhere around 2,000. I just know that my minifigs take up more space than my partner's shoe collection. So I never complain about her shoe collection ;)
  • SilentModeSilentMode UKMember Posts: 541
    Not enough, that's how many!
  • ACWWGal2011ACWWGal2011 Member Posts: 534
    The last count I did was about 350-ish not counting keychains or 4 junior guys. But after that count I got more figures from sets or parts from online orders, but then I traded 80 with a guy for 3 small sets, a few stray parts, and about 20 or 24 figures including the 2 that came from the sets. And I have the fixings for more figures in my room but then I have another 6 in to be traded pile. So I don't know the current score.

    Once I can get my hands on a clicker counter though I do hope to do a current tally on minifigures.

  • kezkez United KingdomMember Posts: 814
    Brickset says I just have slightly over a thousand however the actually number is 2000+ (I stopped counting after that lol). And the simple answer to 'how many is too many' is-you can never have too many. :-D
  • ACWWGal2011ACWWGal2011 Member Posts: 534
    I am starting to think that i'm collecting rabbits and not minifigures.

    I found a clicker counter app on my tablet(temp solution since i still want a real clicker counter) so i just finished doing a current tally that doesn't include the 4junior figs, friends dolls, skeletons, or the character figures nor the loose parts or the few figures missing heads and hair or the 6 figures i have on the side for trading yet the tally was shocking to say the least. just the minifigs alone are at 561!!! That mean b4 the trade I did, that would of put me at about 616!
  • ACWWGal2011ACWWGal2011 Member Posts: 534

    I am starting to think that i'm collecting rabbits and not minifigures.

    I found a clicker counter app on my tablet(temp solution since i still want a real clicker counter) so i just finished doing a current tally that doesn't include the 4junior figs, friends dolls, skeletons, or the character figures nor the loose parts or the few figures missing heads and hair or the 6 figures i have on the side for trading yet the tally was shocking to say the least. just the minifigs alone are at 561!!! That mean b4 the trade I did, that would of put me at about 616!

    Ran out of time to edit. Make that 570 figures. Just realized I missed some on the count. -_-
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    So, how many minifigs do you have @ACWWGal2011‌? ;-)
  • beegeedeebeegeedee Galway, IrelandMember Posts: 380
    I reckon I have maybe 1150 give or take. Saying that, I have like 7 batmans, 8 Harry potters and loads of duplicate CMFs as well so probably about 600 unique ones.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,217
    The CMF's are going to be hard for me to figure out 100% I have every minifigure from the series (including Team GB) except for Mr. Gold. I have full boxes from Series 5-11 including The Lego Movie and The Simpsons. Just a quick tally and that makes 900+ in CMF's alone.
  • ACWWGal2011ACWWGal2011 Member Posts: 534
    margot said:

    So, how many minifigs do you have @ACWWGal2011‌? ;-)

    Thought it was 570 but I just found another 4 figures so it's 574 not counting the 4juniors, friends, non-minifigure character figures, skeletons, keychains, or unassembled figures. Ran out of steam after the main count to do the rest.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia BG/Dallas TXMember Posts: 5,463
    872 for me. Ask me again next week and it will be a few more...
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,217

    margot said:

    So, how many minifigs do you have @ACWWGal2011‌? ;-)

    Thought it was 570 but I just found another 4 figures so it's 574 not counting the 4juniors, friends, non-minifigure character figures, skeletons, keychains, or unassembled figures. Ran out of steam after the main count to do the rest.
    Looks like you are suffering from premature approximation ;)

    margotRenegade007cjhkor
  • augenaugen Worcester, UKMember Posts: 317
    Is there a way to see what minifigs you have just by your set inventory in Brickset, or do you have to record them separately?
  • ACWWGal2011ACWWGal2011 Member Posts: 534
    Pitfall69 said:

    margot said:

    So, how many minifigs do you have @ACWWGal2011‌? ;-)

    Thought it was 570 but I just found another 4 figures so it's 574 not counting the 4juniors, friends, non-minifigure character figures, skeletons, keychains, or unassembled figures. Ran out of steam after the main count to do the rest.
    Looks like you are suffering from premature approximation ;)

    I might work on the count tonight but i'm afraid to see the final tally. But I've got to work on getting another 6 drawer unit to expand my figure storage so i can get the things in a more confined area since I just thought of yet another minifigure I have.
  • ACWWGal2011ACWWGal2011 Member Posts: 534

    Pitfall69 said:

    margot said:

    So, how many minifigs do you have @ACWWGal2011‌? ;-)

    Thought it was 570 but I just found another 4 figures so it's 574 not counting the 4juniors, friends, non-minifigure character figures, skeletons, keychains, or unassembled figures. Ran out of steam after the main count to do the rest.
    Looks like you are suffering from premature approximation ;)

    I might work on the count tonight but i'm afraid to see the final tally. But I've got to work on getting another 6 drawer unit to expand my figure storage so i can get the things in a more confined area since I just thought of yet another minifigure I have.
    ARRRGHHH!!! just remember 2 more so that's 577.
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,356
    @augen Yes, there is and you can do both. If you want to see your minis in sets, log in first, then click on my sets tab and look down and to your right and you will see all of the figs you own in sets if you haven't entered them singly.

    If you want to enter the loose figs you have that are not in sets. Go to the top right of the front page and search for minifigs there and you can enter them one at a time but it takes a while depending on how many you have.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,217

    Pitfall69 said:

    margot said:

    So, how many minifigs do you have @ACWWGal2011‌? ;-)

    Thought it was 570 but I just found another 4 figures so it's 574 not counting the 4juniors, friends, non-minifigure character figures, skeletons, keychains, or unassembled figures. Ran out of steam after the main count to do the rest.
    Looks like you are suffering from premature approximation ;)

    I might work on the count tonight but i'm afraid to see the final tally. But I've got to work on getting another 6 drawer unit to expand my figure storage so i can get the things in a more confined area since I just thought of yet another minifigure I have.
    ARRRGHHH!!! just remember 2 more so that's 577.
    Ok, settle down there. What you need to do is finish tallying up every minifigure you own. Exhaust all the possibilities of where all of your minifigures are located and then post.

    Renegade007cjh
  • augenaugen Worcester, UKMember Posts: 317
    @oddtodd33 When I click on my sets and then minifigs that I own, I only see 16, but I have over 1000 sets.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,217
    Does Brickset consider a sealed CMF bag a set?
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 463
    According to Brickset I have 3517 minifigures. I know that number isn't correct as I don't enter duplicate sets and I have a large number of minifigures unaffiliated with any sets. Mostly Imperial Guards and Soldiers. Without pulling them out and counting I couldn't possibly tell you what the real number was.
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,356
    @augen Try clicking on the "update your collection" in that area, maybe that's the problem. The white numbers just under the Minifigs Owned area should tell you how many you own most of the time.
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 940
    Pitfall69 said:

    Does Brickset consider a sealed CMF bag a set?

    Yes. That's why I have an inflated number of total sets. :)
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,217
    edited August 2014
    ^Are you saying that owning 500 Polybags is not as impressive as owning 500 Modulars?
  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    Hahaha! Very funny!

    We will never know who has the most because most folks don't know how many they own, and even if they did, would not say so....for various reasons.
    Pitfall69
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,217
    That is why I just stuck with CMF's. The fact I have over 900 CMF's is enough for me. Why bother counting anymore?
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 940
    Pitfall69 said:

    ^Are you saying that owning 500 Polybags is not as impressive as owning 500 Modulars?

    I say it's a wash. Much like owning 500 lbs of feathers vice 500 lbs of gold. "What difference does it make?"
    Pitfall69
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,233
    In response to the thread title, you can never have too many minifigures.
  • KiwiLegoMeisterKiwiLegoMeister New ZealandMember Posts: 212
    All right; so I know I'm in good company;

    I especially liked the idea of a modular home for deceased (or decrepit?) minifigs. Would it be a morgue or a Sanatorium for the constructionally insane?
    What about amputee minifigs (have lost a hand, an arm or a leg); Whree do the go to convalesce? (Apart from an ubiquitous parts box)
    Maybe there's a place for Orphaned Minifig Placement and Adoption Services?
  • augenaugen Worcester, UKMember Posts: 317
    Thanks @oldtodd33, found it. I'd just been looking in the wrong place.

    According to Brickset, I own 5800, although this only includes 16 loose minifigures and I know that I bought about 500 on eBay over the last few years. I reckon what with sets that I've never entered on Brickset and older Lego that I've never inventoried, I'm probably at around the 8000 mark.

    I always wanted to build a football stadium, so at least I know I can fill it now!
  • mrfuturemrfuture NorwayMember Posts: 31
    Brickset says that i have 304 but I think I have more. May be closer to 350+ Some dubbel sets and minifigs from buckets of used Lego that I have not yet registred, If I get a full set out of the Lego in bucket then it wil count in.
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