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What is the difference between a "mini-figure" and a "character"

I got a lego catalog in the mail the other day showing all the new sets on sale on lego.com. In a lot of the descriptions they say for example the Ninja Turtles Baxters Robot Rampage it includes 4 minifigures and 1 character and kraang lab escape includes 2 mini-figures and 1 character.

whats the difference?

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  • kempo81kempo81 Wiltshire, UKMember Posts: 961
    edited January 2013
    it's because there are 4 "official" minifigs, and one "non-official" minifig. mouser ( http://www.brickset.com/minifigs/?m=tnt013 ) is a brick built minifig, and LEGO do not classify them as a minifig. same with the Kraang lab escape, mikey and the foot soldier are classified as a minifig (i.e legs, torso, head - albeit the turtles heads are technically called a "modified" head, but let's not go there...), whereas Kraang is not a standard minifig and is classified by LEGO as a character.

    hope that makes sense and helps answer your question?
  • super_curry_maxsuper_curry_max Member Posts: 75
    Ok I see in the other turtle sets with fishface and dogpound they would be the "characters" in the description? those are mini-figures though right? and if not why in the star wars descriptions are larger figures like rancor or other beasts not called characters but named?
  • kempo81kempo81 Wiltshire, UKMember Posts: 961
    edited January 2013
    correct, they would also be classed as a "character". it would be fair to say there is a level of inconsistency with LEGO and their classification of what is and what isn't a minifigure! it's mainly come about since the introduction of licensed themes and the creation of characters from those movies/tv shows/etc. with reference to your example of the rancor i would simply say that is just the wording being slightly different on the description. the rancor and fishface are characters, luke skywalker or raphael are minifigs. http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=9473-1 the description for the mines of moria is different again and references the minifigs, and then the troll totally seperately. i would still say the troll is a character....
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