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Collecting every minifigure of a specific line.
There has been a large uproar over Mr. Gold. I myself was disappointed to here about this chase figure in series 10 because I feel that I will now never be able to truly collect all of the different series as I have been trying to do. I missed series one when it all started and I just recently bought the whole set at once. I have put it into my head to collect all of the Harry Potter minifigs. The challenge of this for me is that I just started collecting Lego Harry with this last release of sets and I know that a lot of these figures are pricey these days, but I figured that it still could be possible to collect all of them as opposed to, say, trying to collect all of the Star Wars universe. What is the point of these ramblings? I was wondering how many collectors out there have complete sets of figures and from what line or lines you collected and why. I just thought it might be an interesting topic.
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In the AFOL scene, there is an indefinite energy to accomplish all sorts of goals, may it be in collecting or building. It all depends on what your heart says. If it makes you happy to collect HP, then do it! oh, and you want to buy this book: http://www.minifigure.org/book/the-harry-potter-lego-minifigure-catalog/
The only figure I sort of lack is the 'smooth hair' variant Leia from the Tantive IV set (but I consider that a misprint).
I however do not collect the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy minifigs, so my collection is pretty specific.
I guess I've also specifically collected all the Castle-Ninja minifigs from 1998 - 2000, including the unique ones in the minifig packs.
Ah yeah and i try to get as many of the more rare SW figures(stupid i know)!
Now they are caning at new series at an alarming rate, I just buy the ones I want...
I plan to collect Lord of the Rings, Super Heroes, Collectible Minifigs and TMNT. The super rares are goal for me to chase, but I am still content with not having them.
I also have a complete series 1-9 of CMFs, but have been thinking series 10 may be my last. And a nice number to end it at (especially with the encyclopedia coming out).
I usually pick a couple themes I want to collect each year and try to limit myself to those, and that coupled with limiting purchases that would net me duplicate figs means I can often get a complete or near-complete minifigure collection as a result. For instance, my family all combined has every Exo-Force fig if I'm not mistaken, and we're only missing a small number of Ninjago figures (not counting this year-- still haven't made any 2013 Ninjago purchases, sadly). But then there are also a number of themes for which our collections are incomplete, like Star Wars (even back when I collected the theme from 1999-2005, I don't think I ever could claim to have every fig). And generally I have no desire to have every fig from most themes, or at least no desire strong enough to make the huge investment of trying to fill out my collection. It's only when my collection of figs from a theme or CMF series happens to become near-complete that I will actively stake out ones I am missing.
I'm nearly there with all the Superhero minifigs need about another 15 and I should have them all :o)
The Vikings I completed 100%.
HP I own 51 sets, but there are things I don't wan't to have, like certain books or so. I'm into completing my wishlist and try to buy all the sets from the theme's i'm in to.
So I often buy newcoming sets, and on the other hand I search on eBay and marketplace for the older ones. And ones in a while I'm lucky when I find the older stuff.
I am put off collecting minifigures in general for two reasons; Firstly, I just can't keep up with the conveyor belt of new ones for the more interesting and therefore more commercial themes and secondly, while I like the concept of limited editions, the run should not prevent the average collector from completing their set.
Otherwise, I also have a complete collection of villains (I love the bad guys, what can I say, they're the ones I tend to keep) from several other lines, including Galaxy squad, Space Police 3, Ninjago Serpentine (my favourite Ninjago wave!), Alien Conquest, Atlantis and Power Miners (including the 3 big figs)
With Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit though, I so far have all the released sets except for Riddles of the Ring and the Wizard battle. Can't decide if I need the slightly different Gollum from the Lotr sets or the Gandalf and Saruman figs which are almost completely the same as in the orthanc set.
Luckily these two are the cheapest sets in each line, so I probably will grab them just to avoid future remorse, but I need to figure this out going forward.
I monitor most of the eBay auctions but can't snag one at my price point. Eventually I will, I hope.
Star Wars- I pick and choose all the time. Don't care about Jabba's Palace much, for example. I get all the core characters, Rebel and Imperial troops, and a few odds and ends here and there. I have most of the Old Republic figures and a few Clone Wars/Prequel figs, but I only actively collect OT.
Marvel- Pretty easy when you ignore SDCC exclusives. I pick and choose here too, since I'm only really a movie fan. Only have 1 original Spider-Man minifigure, but I have every character from the new line that has appeared in a movie.
DC- I have a handful of original Batman minifigs. I'd love to have them all but I won't pay stupid prices for them. Since there aren't that many new DC sets, I have everything except Two-Face Chase and Batcave-exclusive minifigs. Again, ignoring SDCC exclusives. I actually went to NYCC so I have the 2011 Batman and Green Lantern.
Pirates of the Caribbean- Ignoring PotC4 because I disliked the movie and characters, which made things a bit easier. Just need Admiral Norrington and Hadras and I'll have all of the PotC 1-3 minifigs.
Indiana Jones- Again, ignoring IJ4 because I disliked the film and characters. Still need the exclusive minifigs from #7263 and #7197 to have a complete set.
Lord of the Rings- I've hesitated with this one just because I don't want to have to collect dozens of minifigures only available in one set at a time. I have a couple and will gradually collect the full fellowship, Saruman, Gollum... Don't care about the Hobbit series.
I also have a full set of Series 1-10 Collectible Minifigures, except Mr. Gold (because why even bother?) I also have the alternate color minifigs in the 3 packs, like the Halloween and Rock Band sets. I'd like to get the Toy Soldier from the dictionary at some point, as well as the alternate clown in the cake-topper set. I categorize the BR and Olympic minifigures as a separate line, so those I'd only get if I can get a great deal on them.
If they are in an inexpensive set, that is perfect. If not, I go to BL or eBay. I am not into Star Wars, but collect some of the female figs because they have such wonderful designs, Leia, Luminaria, etc. Same with HP's Luna, McGonagall, etc. That way I don't have to buy so many sets. If extras are under 5USD, I may buy several so I can change their hair, arms, faces, etc.
My favorite figure may be Katara (Avatar) because of her face. But I have none of the sets.
If I were a completist, bankruptcy would be my only friend!
Batman - Complete
Lord of The Rings - Complete
DC Universe - Incomplete. Need around 20 figures to finish.
Harry Potter - Incomplete. Need around 30 figures to finish.
Star Wars - Incomplete. This one is the furthest away from being complete. Id say 150-200. Its been hard for me to get caught up on this line with all the other stuff Im trying to do.
Hobbit - Havent started yet. Once I finish with Harry Potter Ill move on to these guys.
CMF - I recently started collecting these. I only have Series 1, 9 and 10 complete.
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