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What would you like in future mini-figure series

Postby Marty » Thu May 20, 2010 2:15 am

Well… Like the question says, if there was to be a third mini-figures series, what would your list of the 16 figures be?


1. A Willy Wonka (Think Gene Wilder?)
2. A Doc Emmitt Brown figure. (Think mad scientist?)
3. A Deep sea diver in old style bell helmet.
4. A British police man (Old style Bobby)
5. Oil Sheik
6. Sherlock Holmes character.
7. Lady with the lamp figure (florence nightingale.)
9. Highlander (Scottish warrior.)
10. Angel
11. Eskimo
12. Templar knight
13. A James Bond Character. (Bond, Jaws, Odd Job, the guy with the cat?)
14. Albert Einstein
15. Invisible Man.
16. Boxer.
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby Mister Ed » Thu May 20, 2010 5:49 am

I'm doubting that licensed characters will be in any of these series, so Willy Wonka or Doc Brown will probably be out. (I imagine a generic sort of Mad Scientist would be OK, but it wouldn't look specifically like Doc Brown). I don't know the status of Sherlock Holmes in that regard. A Holmes minifigure would be awesome. I've seen enough Holmes-like characters around to think it may be OK, and it would have cool accessories, like a pipe or magnifying glass, or even a violin.
(It sure would be snazzy, though, if they WERE able to do licensed characters, and put out a whole series that was a LEGO Justice League. Never happen, I know, but it would be cool.)
Einstein would be awesome, but I don't know if they plan on doing real people. If they were, there are any number of recognizeable historical figures they could so, like Napoleon, or Abe Lincoln.
What about a Judge, with a gavel, and maybe even one of those silly, white wigs judges used to wear (do they still wear them in the UK?)
For the invisible man, are you thinking a minifig made with clear plastic (which I think unlikely) or one with a face wrapped in bandages?
I think it would be neat to use the new, longer legs for something, like maybe a basketball player.
Howabout a Gingerbread man? Might need a new head mold to make it look good, but they seem to have no problem with new molds for these.
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby vynsane » Thu May 20, 2010 7:28 am

I like your list, but agree with Mister Ed that they would be more generic.

Marty wrote:Willy Wonka


If they remade the magician from Ser.1 in purple and gave him a more maniacal looking face, this one's in the bag

mad scientist


... would be awesome! Something that could go along with the Agents theme, even.

Old style Bobby
Sherlock Holmes character


These would both go together well. Some kind of generic 19th Century Private Investigator would be really cool... the 'adventurer' from series 2 already has the magnifying glass. OOOH! Maybe a 1920's hard-boiled type of PI

Highlander (Scottish warrior.)


Awesome, again... LEGO Braveheart???

Templar knight


I could see them doing this to tie into 'Kingdoms'.

A James Bond Character. (Bond, Jaws, Odd Job, the guy with the cat?)


I could see them doing a Super Spy kind of character with the 'Mad Scientist' as his enemy in the series.

Albert Einstein


or Nikola Tesla!

Invisible Man.


an empty bag? ;)

Boxer


Of any on your list, this one is the most likely to actually happen.

As for my list, how about:

  • 'LEGO-Man' (generic superhero type of character)
  • His sidekick (Brick-boy?)
  • A supervillain (who turns all your white pieces yellow and sticks all your 1x2 plates together making it REALLY hard to get them apart ;) )
  • A rockstar
  • Punk-rocker
  • 1920's gangster (to go with the 1920's PI)
  • 'Crocodile hunter'
  • Motorcycle dude
  • 1950s greaser (à la Mutt Williams)
  • Sea Creature (Black Lagoon style)
  • Werewolf
  • Frankenstein's Monster (to continue the set with the zombie and 'Dracula')
  • Teacher
  • Doctor (already have a nurse, so why not?)
  • Construction worker
  • Bicyclist
  • Surfer girl (to go with the guy from ser.2)
  • Ice-cream vendor
  • Short-order diner cook
  • Short-order diner waitress (those would both be huge for City collectors)
  • 1970s roller-disco chick (to go with Disco Stu from ser.2)
  • Roller derby chick
  • Marathon runner
  • Business man

EDIT: came up with more:

  • Sushi or Hibachi chef
  • Standard gourmet chef
  • Christopher Walken (never happen, but that would be awesome)
  • Bride
  • Groom
  • Bank robber
  • Spacewoman (to go with ser.1 Spaceman)
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby firstjediknight » Thu May 20, 2010 5:57 pm

all great suggestions above (so i repeated some of them...i couldn't resist - great minds think alike

motorcycle dude (james dean and harley guy)
indian chief remake
rock band
navy sailor
american gladiator
other wrestler variations
other clown variations
other court jesters
mariachi band member
buddhist monk
rockette dancer
bank robber (2nd '20's type of gangster)
civil war soldier
genghis khan soldier
japanese samurai
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby GIR3691 » Thu May 20, 2010 8:56 pm

rock guitarist
girl scout with box of cookies
WWII, Vitenam, modern,...any kind of military personel
wolf man
Frankenstein's monster
mummy
Creature from the black lagoon
ghost
samurai
baseball player (and other sports players)
zombie hunter/ apocalypse survivor
generic office employee (dress shirt and red tie)
grumpy old man with chess board
guy in a toga
space cowboy
school teacher
30's gangster
hazmat suit guy
Scotsman with bagpipes
greaser
punk rock fan with mohawk
biker
fisherman
nerd
supermarket cashier
artist
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby vynsane » Thu May 20, 2010 9:08 pm

Awesome stuff in here... thought of some more.

  • Hula girl
  • Red uniform cheerleader, so the blue one has to 'bring it on'
  • Mermaid (for use in Atlantis/Aquazone)
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby Marty » Fri May 21, 2010 12:56 am

Great ideas,
But Frankenstein, Werewolf, Mummy & Mermaid, Ice cream vendor have all been made, so it would be easy for Lego to re-release them, as to the ghost.

What I did find interesting was;

A old style Judge. with wig and hammer (I think it's called something else?)
A guy in a Haz-mat suit
Punk-rocker. (Yay the young ones?)
A rock star (Freddy, Mick or Bowie, would be great!)
Gangester (1930's)
A Dentist

Other idea's have been
Paperboy (Old style)
Weather man / news reader
Monk, (Old style.)
Zulu warrior
Sky diver
Chopper pilot

These are not likely but we live in hope!
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Bill & Ted
Jay & Silent Bob
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby Morgan19 » Fri May 21, 2010 5:53 am

Anything that doesn't fall back to cheap Chinese-esque plastic again? (I thought these quality-control issues had been "identified" and "resolved".)

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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby vynsane » Fri May 21, 2010 6:59 am

Marty wrote:Weather man / news reader


That reminds me - a 'Field reporter' and cameraman would also be good ones. Or a 'storm chaser'.

Also, bear in mind - while there may have been many of these types of figures before (how many LEGO spacemen have there been, for instance) there is a marked difference in the styling of these figures (they tend to be more outlandish and/or cartoony - the collectible minifig spaceman is VASTLY different from most standard figures, from accessories to torso print to facial features) so there's opportunity to redo some of the themes that have been touched upon in the past, but in a more 'wacky' way.

  • Tightrope walker/stuntman/daredevil
  • Lion tamer (to go with the clown from S.1 and the Ringmaster from S.2)
  • Trapeze artist (once again, for the circus sub-theme)
  • Strongman
  • Bearded Lady
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby Jabba the Taff » Fri May 21, 2010 9:35 am

vynsane wrote:[*]Bearded Lady[/list]


:lol:
The best idea yet, but NEVER going to happen! We can but dream of a lego freak show!

Also unlikely to happen is a Cricketer.

And wouldn't mind a miner.
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby banthafodder » Fri May 21, 2010 10:29 am

Genie with a bottle ala Barbara Eden
ninja turtle
cyclops with the long legs
minataur
luge dude with luge
rock climber
matador
whirling dervish
surgeon
tatooed man/woman
boss hogg
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby enorazzi » Fri May 21, 2010 11:40 am

I would like to see
1 A mob Boss (tony Soprano type)
2 A dective (either like Sherlock Holmes or an undercover cop like Columbo)
3 Hula Girl
4 Wrestler (Like Hulk Hogan/ Stone Cold type)
5 Samurai
6 Cave Girl
7 Wolfman
8 News Reporter
9 a Mayor for my town
10 a secret service man
11 A Hockey player/ Goalie
12 Rock Star (Like Lemmy, Kiss, or Alice Cooper)
13 A Rambo type soldgier
14 a Silent Movie type Director
15 a paperboy
16 a Scottsman (Git in my belly!!)
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby Daz Hoo » Fri May 21, 2010 1:16 pm

All great suggestions above, but like others have said, I think the more "generic" the suggestions are, the better their chances are to be actually made. I also think that, in order to sell well, these figures need to meet one of these two criteria :

1) They are not from one of the current theme (like the zombie or the spartan)
or
2) They can be match with a current theme (like the spaceman, the robot or the nurse)

So, considering all this, here are my picks and suggestions:

1) Hockey player (this one would sell well in Europe and Canada)
2) Male rock star
3) Musketeer
4) Mummy
5) A Monk or a Friar
6) Baseball player
7) Bride
8) Groom
9) A classic Princess (like a pink Barbie, but in minifig)
10) Hazmat suit guy
11) Mad scientist
12) Cowboy Sheriff
13) 1930s style gangster
14) African Savana Hunter
15) A Rocket Man (like The Rocketeer)
16) Modern hunter (with the rifle, and the brigh orange shirt and cap)
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby Mister Ed » Sun May 23, 2010 3:44 pm

This time of year just suggested another obvious one to me...a Graduate. Y'know, with the traditional mortarboard cap, and a printed gown and stole, and maybe a dilpoma accessory?
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby vynsane » Mon May 24, 2010 6:34 am

Mister Ed wrote:This time of year just suggested another obivous one to me...a Graduate. Y'know, with the traditional mortarboard cap, and a printed gown and stole, and maybe a dilpoma accessory?


Yeah, that makes sense. It's funny, there's major reasons to NOT blind-pack these. I'm sure there are people out there that would want a LEGO minifig of their profession or hobby even if they only played with them as a kid, but didn't transition to AFOLs. The Nurse from S.1 would be one example, the cheerleader another. That said, no one who's not a collector will buy a bunch just to make sure they get a nurse to put on the desk at their workstation or a cheerleader to pin to their backpack. Additionally, your suggestion of a grad makes TOTAL sense, but no one will shell out a bunch of money in the hopes that they get a graduate figure out of an entire series of 16.
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby TwistedFate » Mon May 24, 2010 7:22 am

vynsane wrote:
Mister Ed wrote:This time of year just suggested another obivous one to me...a Graduate. Y'know, with the traditional mortarboard cap, and a printed gown and stole, and maybe a dilpoma accessory?


Yeah, that makes sense. It's funny, there's major reasons to NOT blind-pack these. I'm sure there are people out there that would want a LEGO minifig of their profession or hobby even if they only played with them as a kid, but didn't transition to AFOLs. The Nurse from S.1 would be one example, the cheerleader another. That said, no one who's not a collector will buy a bunch just to make sure they get a nurse to put on the desk at their workstation or a cheerleader to pin to their backpack. Additionally, your suggestion of a grad makes TOTAL sense, but no one will shell out a bunch of money in the hopes that they get a graduate figure out of an entire series of 16.


Secondary market, or a lot of people know an AFOL that can get them for them. But I do agree, sort of. Maybe sell some of them as visible figs, like the ones you mention that would appeal to non-Lego folks. Say 16 blind, and 4 visible for a total of 20 in each series.
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby Mister Ed » Mon May 24, 2010 10:11 am

It seems like the "blind" packaging is kind of pointless anyway, since it sounds like pretty much anybody looking for a particular fig is able to feel the bag and find it anyway.
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby vynsane » Mon May 24, 2010 12:08 pm

Mister Ed wrote:It seems like the "blind" packaging is kind of pointless anyway, since it sounds like pretty much anybody looking for a particular fig is able to feel the bag and find it anyway.


But once again, only to a collector - to the layman (non LEGO collector) they wouldn't know what the pieces feel like or anything about the barcodes, thereby negating any random sales they may accrue.
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby Mister Ed » Mon May 24, 2010 1:34 pm

Well, aren't there are pictures of the figures on the box? If so, then anybody that saw that there was, say, a nurse figure, would be able to feel the packages to find it, I think. Unless they weren't interested enough to be bothered to put in the effort, in which case, yeah LEGO would lose the sale.

If they didn't look close enough to notice the figures on the box, they would be unlikely to take the time to look through non-blind packages on the off chance that something of interest would be there, IMHO.
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Re: What would you like in mini-figure series 3?

Postby vynsane » Mon May 24, 2010 2:32 pm

Mister Ed wrote:Well, aren't there are pictures of the figures on the box? If so, then anybody that saw that there was, say, a nurse figure, would be able to feel the packages to find it, I think.


There are a LOT of people out there who don't think like us (read: toy collectors) - they're normal people who don't go around luridly feeling up packages for indicative accessories ;)

If they didn't look close enough to notice the figures on the box, they would be unlikely to take the time to look through non-blind packages on the off chance that something of interest would be there, IMHO.


They would probably do some other sort of branding or display showcasing the various figures, that being the case.
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