With the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Blu-ray/DVD tomorrow, and Target having their exclusive version that comes with an exclusive Bilbo Baggins minifigure, and with the announcement of the exclusive Special Forces Commander Clone Trooper minifigure included with The Yoda Chronicles book, I figured now would be as good of a time as any to make a checklist for all the exclusive minifigs that came with a book, video game, or Blu-ray/DVD release.
Many items on the list are still available, though mostly the book exclusives as they are still in print. There are a few non-book items that are available for pre-order still. This list also includes non-licensed minifigs at the bottom. I should clarify that minifigures that came with the Brickmaster series of books are not included since they are available in another set.
Looking over the list, I'm a bit amazed that no LEGO Star Wars game has ever come with an exclusive minifig. The LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean started the trend with games and that came out well after LEGO Star Wars 3. The Lord of the Rings and Batman 2 games followed suit each with their own exclusive minifigs. As we look forward to the upcoming LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game, I can only hope that it will come with its own exclusive. The Marvel universe is vast and with over 100 playable characters in the game, the possibilities are endless.
- LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray/DVD) - Young Han Solo
- LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out (DVD) - Medal Ceremony Darth Vader
- LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia (Book) - Medal Ceremony Han Solo
- LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary (Book) - Medal Ceremony Luke Skywalker
- LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles (Book) - Special Forces Commander Clone Trooper
- LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World (Book) - Yule Ball Harry Potter
- LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World (Book) - Dress Robes Harry Potter
Pirates of the Caribbean
- LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game - Voodoo Doll Jack Sparrow
Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Target Exclusive Blu-ray/DVD) - Bilbo Baggins
- LEGO Lord of the Rings: The Video Game - Elrond
LEGO Super Heroes
- LEGO Batman: Visual Dictionary (book) - Electro Suit Batman
- LEGO Batman: The Movie (Blu-ray/DVD) - Shirt Ripping Clark Kent
- LEGO Batman 2: The Video Game - Power Suit Lex Luthor
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: The Video Game - ???
- LEGO Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia (book) - Lloyd ZX
- LEGO Minifigures: Character Encyclopedia (book) - Toy Soldier
- LEGO City Undercover (video game) - Chase McCain
Too bad the Toy Soldier comes with an expensive accessory (the book). It would make a great army builder. I'm just glad it wasn't another Space Marine.
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