The short version
: I've created several bricklists that group CMF minifigures into related themes (links below).Longer version
I collected CMF series sight-unseen up to around Series 10, at which point I started to feel 1) burnout from regular releases, and the effort of feeling through bags, and 2) 'duplicate fatigue' - rehashes of previous minifigs bugged me, and 3) that if the series kept going, there would be no way I could ever display them all. Since then, I've been a bit more picky about which minifigs I buy when a series is released, but I haven't really had much of an approach - I just pick up the ones I like.
Recently I've started thinking more about the types of minifigs that would be useful to me and fit in with my larger collecting habits. I've always loved the 'trade' type minifigs, for example (janitor, welder, etc.) and I could see myself having a framed display of these one day. I'm a huge horror fan, so 'spooky' minifigs have always had an attraction to me. I've started collecting 'citizens' because my modular town is growing to an unwieldy size and it will need a bigger population. And so on.
That has led me to this categorisation project, as a way to help me to prioritise which minifigs I want, and which I can lose (a related marketplace thread will probably follow, though I traded a lot of my CMFs some years ago when I did something similar, but less structured). The Bricklists
In total there are 10 bricklists containing 258 minifigures - the breakdown is 16 series x 16 minifigures + 2 promotional (Mr. Gold and Toy Soldier). The only 'themed' CMF line that is included is Series 14; none of the IP-related CMF lines (TLM, Simpsons, etc.) are included.
One problem with this kind of project is that there will always be overlap between categories - any 'sport' minifig could also be an 'occupation' minifig; the 'mythology' minifigs would fit quite nicely into the 'history' minifigs, as would the 'warrior' category I've come up with. Some of the longer lists could be broken into multiple lists. Obviously the calls made here are going to be subjective.
What's the point in posting this? Well, I figure someone might find it helpful, or at the very least it might be an interesting topic for discussion. If there is consensus around certain categorisations I can make edits accordingly, perhaps with a view to making this a collaborative effort.
Anyway, here are the lists:
- Anthropomorphic: http://brickset.com/sets/list-16079
- Citizens: http://brickset.com/sets/list-16077
- Fantasy, Mythology, and Fairytale: http://brickset.com/sets/list-16082
- History: http://brickset.com/sets/list-16073
- Sci-Fi: http://brickset.com/sets/list-16078
- Suit Guys: http://brickset.com/sets/list-16083
- Spooky Minifigs: http://brickset.com/sets/list-16076
- Sports & Outdoor Pursuits: http://brickset.com/sets/list-16080
- Trades & Occupations: http://brickset.com/sets/list-16075
- Warriors: http://brickset.com/sets/list-16081