We all love LEGO® Minifigures and I bet you’ve got your favourite. There really is a character for everyone. So we wanted to find out and share some of the magic surrounding LEGO’s Minifigs.
The LEGO Minifigure, also known as Minifig or just fig was first introduced in 1978 and the first character was a Police Officer. Before this time, early figures had no facial features, gender, arms or even moveable legs.
Since then, over 4 billion Minifigures have been made. Imagine if they were real people? That’s the largest population on Earth and more than double China’s population!
Minifigures are all made 4 LEGO bricks tall (without hair, hat or other accessories on their heads).
The very first Collectable Minifigures series began in 2010 with Series 1. There were 16 Minifigures to collect in that series. Since then, 29 others have been made consisting of 549 Minifigures!
In 2013 as part of LEGO Minifigures Series 10, LEGO had fans running all over to hunt for the limited edition Mr Gold Minifigure. There were only 5,000 distributed globally and he’s valued over $2,000 US dollars on second hand market!
How long do you think it would take to make a Minifigure? It takes LEGO designers over a year. It initially took over 3 years to come up with the basic Minifigure we know and love today. It was a long wait between Minifigures in the early days!
Minifigures are even in space! A special set was launched aboard the 2011 NASA Juno mission to Jupiter. This set the record for the furthest distance travelled by a LEGO Minifigure. The Minifigures were modelled after the Roman god Jupiter of course, his wife Juno and Galileo Galilei. They may not come back to earth anytime soon… but what a ride and rare find for any aliens out there!
Lucky last, what is the most expensive Minifigure ever made? Well according to the Guinness World Records, the gold reproduction of Boba Fett, bounty hunter from the original Star Wars Trilogy wins that prize. There are only two of these in the world and valued at $11,500 US dollars! They are solid 14-carat gold of course.
If you love your Minifigs – there are plenty to find in Brickman Wonders of the World – in fact you can find hundreds of them around the exhibition, whether they are cruising around the Arc de Triomphe, swimming to safety from the HMS Titanic and more.
Are you in the mood to see 50 great LEGO brick builds?
Visit Brickman Wonders of the World at Queensland Museum. It’s on now until 4 October 2021.
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