Series 4 dot decoders

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Several Brickset members have bought cases of series 4 figs and have put together dot-code decoders.

NicJ has one at his site minifigcollector.com and achillespdx has posted one on flickr. I haven't compared them closely, but there do appear to be some discrepancies between the two. The dots are so hard to spot that I guess that's understandable. Personally I can't be bothered trying to decode now it's so hard: I just buy a load and trade the ones I don't need...

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By in United States,

Did they change the barcode again?

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By in United States,

Feeling the bag is much easier than trying to read the dots. Plus, I noticed that the patterns changed with series 3 depending on where and when I bought them.

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By in United States,

I just bought 21 series 4 minifigs at my toys r us and got 14 out of the 16! I need the Ice skater, and the Viking. I did find two Hazmat guys but I only took one. By the way Like legokenny said, i just felt around with my hands and was able to identify most of them!

If any one is willing to trade, i have:

1-sailor
1-soccer player
1-artist
1-frankenstein monster

Last night i asked them to hold them for me which they did, they held 16 and they said they had a full box, but when i got there this morning they only had about 30 left + the 16 they were holding for me!

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By in United States,

If anyone needs minifigs from series 1/2/3, i have:
trade me for series four viking, and ice skater
SERIES 1: SERIES 2: Series 3:
2-magicians 1-spartan warrior 2-gorilla guy's/1-samurai/1wrestler/1-tennis player/2-hula girls
1-skater
1-crash dummy
1-cheer leader
1-explorer
1-robot
1-zombie

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By in United Kingdom,

The Musketer, Punk Rocker and Hockey Player all have really similar patterns but seeing as they are the main 3 I want then I suppose it doesn't really matter :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree that the dots are too difficult to read. With series 3 I just spent a little time feeling the packets. I managed to get all 16 in a week, no swaps, 100% success. I think series 4 has enough identifiable pieces to repeat this process, just need to be prepared to get some funny looks.

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By in United States,

reading the dots is not worth the time, feeling is the way to go.
BTW the Hazmat dude is my favorite so far. so many of this series are great.. no sumo's or crash test dummies here.

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By in United States,

I never got into the whole Collectable Minifigs theme because I figured that if I bought one I would have to have them all! :)

But if I did get into them I'd be buying a lot on Amazon and eBay, I wish Lego would just keep all the Series around for a while, then I would buy them!

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By in United States,

- dandantheman - I have a viking and the skater, - wanna trade for zombie and cheerleader?

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By in Canada,

I'm finding that the collectible minifigures are coming out too quickly. In my part of the world, series 3 came out in February. The question I'm currently pondering is that series 4 came out early in the USA, but will it still come out on April 1 where I live or will I have to wait until May? Series 4 has too many good minifigures for me to pass on this collection. I will skip series 5 since the minifigures don't look good at all though.

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By in Europe,

Does anyone know what the distribution per box is yet.

The fantastic review on euro bricks suggested a distribution, just wondering if anyone has managed to confirm the distirbution.

And will it be like series 3 were the distribution changed after the first prodution run.

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By in United States,

Anyone see any of these in california yet?

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By in United States,

legotwins-sure! we just ne to find a way to get them to each of us!

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By in United States,

IMO using dot decoders kind of kills the point of collecting. If you get more than one Rocker, form a band. If you get more than 1 ice skaters, form an ice skating team. But on the plus side, Series 4 is out? Better make a trip to TRU...

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By in United States,

Woo Hoo! 4 new cases were at Smith's Marketplace, 10% off to boot...bought what I needed (29). They were not very happy about me feeling all the bags in a box...all well.

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By in United States,

I'm not sure how they feel at my TRU about me feeling up the minifigures, but I do know that my activity in the Lego aisle when I bought some Series 3 before Christmas seemed to attract people and next thing you know I'm feeling minifgures up for other people! A crowd literally formed right around the 3 or 4 boxes of figures within 10 minutes after I started trying to find the 5 or so figs I still needed. I helped tons of people find the figure or figures they were looking for. Interestingly enough, everyone seemed to want something different. It wasn't like they were all out for the elf or fisherman like many collectors. I know not everyone is like this, but you know they're out there. Anyway, I have to believe that more people bought figures that night because I started feeling them up. TRU sold more figures, people got what they wanted, and (at least when I left) the boxes weren't picked over. Many people even commented that they would not have purchased them if it was a blind draw. (partly due to the fact that they were marked up to $3.99) Personally, I am torn on the idea of a blind draw vs. knowing what's in there, but I do know that $3.99 is too much for me to spend without knowing what I am getting, and even $2.99 is a bit much so I will continue to choose by feel.

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By in United States,

I helped some kid at Toys R Us when I got all 16 (no duplicates) of Series 2 minifigs using barcodes. After I got what I needed, I tried giving him the barcodes, but he didn't understand the concept so I just helped him find the two minifigs he wanted.
Anyways, I really like the looks of Series 4. My Easter money is going towards these guys. I'm actually hoping for some of the more common ones: Punk Rocker, Hockey Player, and the Hazmat guy. I want this whole Series, but because I'm saving up for Summer set's I'll probably only be able to get my top 5. It seems that I'll only every entirely own Series 2... Oh well, I'd rather have Summer sets with good quality than some cheap minfigs.

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By in United States,

So the series 4 is out? But only at TRU? I guess Hawaii is gonna be sometime 3 weeks from now. :(

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By in Sweden,

I wonder when they will come out here in Sweden. Maybe two to three weeks from now... :(

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By in Netherlands,

For as far as I can tell (I asked around in a few shops) it'll be April before they're available here in Holland.

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By in United States,

the LEGO store i work at still has aprox 25 boxes of series 3 minis. if the trend continues, we should be getting a boat load of the series 4 minis in two weeks. it seems like a bunch of the stores still have them.

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By in United States,

dandantheman - i haven't gotten any of the series four guys yet as they are not available in Utah yet. I am in need of a cheer leader and the spartan if your interested in selling them i will buy them from you.

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By in United States,

izziebitt - You wouldn't know how much a box of series 3 costs?

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By in United States,

legmatt3-how much would you by them for?

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By in United States,

by the way i have some extra from series 4 as well!

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By in United States,

i will sell lot of four minifigures series 4 for 2.50 each or 10 dollars for all of them!

by the way i heard some rumors that the hazmat guy would be t he hardest to find and that there were only two in each box!

but my TRS had a half picked over box and still had 3 hazmat guys in it not including the one that i bought! He is easy to find because you can feel the big helmet inside!

I still need series 4 viking and ice skater to complete my collection, does anyone have those?

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By in United States,

@legomatt3 - Smiths MarketPlace in Utah has series 4. I got a whole set yesterday. Smiths is also having a 10% off sale til the 19th...which means you get them for 2.70 each.

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By in United States,

My Fred Meyer in Portland Oregon only had a partial box of 37 and I ended up with the following distribution:

4X Hazmat Guy, The Monster
3X Ice Skater, Lawn Gnome, Musketeer, Werewolf, Viking
2X Artist, Hockey Player, Punk Rocker, Street Skater
1X Crazy Scientist, Kimono Girl, Surfer Girl
0X Soccer Player

I have pictures up of all my Series 4 finds on Flickr at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wiredforsound23/tags/8804/

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By in United States,

@legomatt3 - they are definitely here in Utah at Smiths Marketplace but I have not seen any at Walmart yet. Haven't tried ToysRus as I have all I wanted already. Good luck!

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By in United States,

Cool! It looks like our two independent decoding attemps came out very close. Here are the changes I see on mine (http://www.minifigcollector.com/) vs achillespdx (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaredboehm/5536241594/):

1. My packages have "502B1" instead of "402B1". I don't know how that affects the bumpcodes, so the following changes may be because of that.
2. Viking - I see a fourth dot on the right hand side around the B.
3. Soccer Player - I see a third dot on the right around the 1.
4. Werewolf - I didn't initially see the top two dots on the right (I'm looking closer now).
5. Artist - I see a third dot on the "B" and a consistent pattern of "lines" next to the right-most dot.

The additional dots I put down are all pretty hard to tell (they're in the letters), but I'm pretty confident they're there.

@Rich69: Here's the distribution I got:
4x Soccer Player
2x Crazy Scientist
4x Artist
3x Viking
4x Kimono Girl
4x Street Skater
5x Punk Rocker
4x Sailor
5x Werewolf
5x The Monster
4x Surfer Girl
4x Hazmat Guy
3x Lawn Gnome
3x Hockey Player
3x Ice Skater
3x Musketeers

This is essentially the same as Eurobricks got (http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=52837), except I got an extra Monster and one less Sailor than he did.

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By in United States,

@NicJ

thanks for the decoder. Worked great to verify after feeling the bags.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the number. I called TRU and confirmed only one store in Kansas City (MO/KS) has any. Once again they had them at the counter (so I felt a little odd feeling up the bags with people waiting in line behind me). TRU put a limit of 5 per customer so my wife and I were only able to grab 10. The bar codes were pretty good, but still hard to read (especially the Soccer player which seemed to have the dots on the right side in the numbers if they were there). We ended up with:
3x Soccer Player
1x Kimono Girl
1x Surfer Girl
1x Crazy Scientist
1x Sailor
1x Lawn Gnome
1x Werewolf
1x The Monster

All are awesome. Werewolf was hardest to tell, until we realized he had a bone (thought it might be the ice skater and what we felt was a skate). Soccer player was easiest (trophy) but we ended up with so many because I could not feel them up and we thought we had the scientist (if you feel a single stud it is the soccer player for the bottom of the trophy not a stopper for the flask, flask is all one piece), or the street skater or even the hazmat guy (like I said that second dot on right does not exist on some).

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By in United States,

I just bought the last three in the TRU in Metairie , Louisiana. The lady let me keep the box. :) I got Artist, Werewolf, And Surfer girl

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By in United States,

dandantheman
how about 10 dollars for the cheer leader and spartan? what series 4 guys do you have?

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By in United States,

i'm looking for the Crazy Scientist, it is the only one i'm missing. these are the figs i am willing to trade:

Werewolf
Ice Skater
Soccer Player
Artist
Spartan
Mr Maracas
Pilot
Hula Girl
Traffic Cop

also missing from a few from the first series if anyone is willing to help me complete my collection.

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By in United States,

TRU also has buy one get one 50% off Series 3 if they have any left, expires tomorrow.

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By in United States,

TRU also has new Ninjago Nya and Nuckles. Hope to get my box of figures soon!!!

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By in United States,

I still find it funny you guys have to decode, my local Borders labels them for the customers and lets you pick, they are always correct too.

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By in United States,

^Hahahaha that's crazy! I can't believe a store would do that.

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By in United States,

You know, I never even figured out Series 3. Where are the dots?!?!?!?!

@TBOC, That's and epic store! Where do you live? JK! :D

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By in United States,

Yeah, they literally have people do that, they kinda like me too, I showed them a sheet, and they were like: "Oh, we have them labeled" So, it was amazing. They also set aside a full set of sixteen for people who want to buy them, and they gave me an empty box once.

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By in United States,

@RedBrickMarket: It's not worth splurging on a case of Series 3 right now because everyone has them and you would not be able to sell/trade the extras. Not totally a bad deal, but wouldn't it be better to just buy a complete set for like 70-80 bucks?

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By in United States,

@TBOC Borders is bankrupt...They went 10, 20 now 30% off Legos at my store and are almost out of everything. I picked up 3 extra S3. Borders has always been 20% over MSRP so right now its like 10% off. Was able to make a deal on several copies of the DK star wars books. Just ask your connects...

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By in United States,

Finally they are out. I plan to buy a case at my local TRU. Last time I checked was a wee ago. Hope they got them!! :D

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By in United Kingdom,

@legomatt3: Wow you gave me a fright for a moment there, thought someone was posting comments using my log in, until i looked closer and spotted the difference. Nice name, i like it. lol.

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By in United States,

Anyone spot series 4 in the eastern states? Toys-r-us said none in Nj....

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By in United States,

@teal93mr2:
I'm sure RedBrickmarket would agree... if it wasn't his auction that he was recommending...lol

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By in United States,

@madforlegos: Good one, I did not notice that until I looked at it again. Better off holding on to it for a while and the value will only increase, as is the case with S1 Minifigs.

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By in United Kingdom,

when are they coming to the uk

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By in United States,

legomatt 3-ok! I have for series for which i am willing to trade-1 soccer player-1-frankenstein monster-1-sailor-1-artist

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By in United States,

I have tons of figures from Series 2 and 3 left to trade for a racecar driver, if anybody else is interested.

By the way, where are you all finding these figures? I don't think they're around where I live in the Washington, D.C. area.

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By in United States,

RPMKris- I know, but mine isn't closing. Borders hasn't made a profit since 2006, they usually have 1 box labeled and another freshly opened one that isn', after going yesterday to get an Elf, Cheif and Cyborg, the had none of them, so I picked randomly and got a Space Alien, Mummy and Cyborg, all of which are very nice, especially the Alien and Cyborg.

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By in United States,

I have Series 4 to trade:
2x soccer players
1x sailor
1x artist
1x skateboarder
...1x figure skater
2x werewolves
2x surfers

Need:
1x gnome
1x hazmat guy
1x musketeer

Let me know if you want to trade...

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By in United States,

I just stopped into the TRU in Des Moines, IA yesterday and between my girlfriend and I, we bought 26 of the 40 that were left in the only box. Out goal was any Hazmat Guy and then one of each of the rest, we were able to get 15 of 16 plus 2 extra Hazmat by doing a little feeling of the bags once we were back home, and then we returned the 9 unopened we had. We then went back and found the Surfer Girl which was the last one we needed. So over all just using the feel method alone we got 16/16 of the figures and 2 extra Hazmat Guys without any wrong openings. Good luck to everyone finding the figures they want!

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By in United States,

dandantheman
how should we go about exchanging the money for the Lego men?

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By in United States,

evilempire22
I haven't gotten any series 4 guys yet but if you are willing to sell some of the extra guys i am willing to buy them from you. I am interested in the sailor and one of the soccer players.

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By in United States,

Spotted a couple in the San Jose,CA. Got the sailor,werewolf,the monster,and the punk rocker. Going again today possibly to get a couple more. They are pretty freakin awesome. All of them.

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By in United States,

@legomatt3 What would you pay 4 the sailor?

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By in United States,

I found some at my local TRU. I didn't get a chance to use the dot sheet from flickr, but did use the one from Minifigcollector, which I found to be accurate. The ones that I have checked are all correctly pictured on the sheet.

On a more random note, I was happily surprised with the Soccer Player minifigure. The trophy stand actually isn't a 1x1 cone, it's actually a black fez and 1x1 round stud. The fez in the new color is a great addition to minifig collections. :)

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By in United States,

skipper1011
I would pay like 4 dollars or whatever you feel is a good price.

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By in United States,

legomatt-what about my offer?

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By in United States,

I have the sailor to! legomatt! ill trade mine for free for the viking or ice skater!

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By in United States,

ONCE AGAIN:
Series 4
If any one is willing to trade, i have:

1-sailor
1-soccer player
1-artist
1-frankenstein monster

SERIES 1: SERIES 2: Series 3:
2-magicians 1-spartan warrior 2-gorilla guy's/1-samurai/1wrestler/1-tennis player/2-hula girls
1-skater
1-crash dummy
1-cheer leader
1-explorer
1-robot
1-zombie

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By in United States,

My TRU is sold out now and ill have to wait for the 2 i am missing are on ebay in april! ice skater/viking

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By in United States,

@legomat3, I'd have no problem selling them to you, but I really need to see if I can trade for the three I am missing...

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By in Italy,

How does the dot format work?

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By in United States,

dandantheman
I do want to buy the cheer leader and spartan for 10 dollars like we had disgust. I just need to know how to get the money to you.

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By in United States,

My TRU did have them! Im so glad! I got a whole case!

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By in United States,

Picked up 26 at Fred Meyer in Richland, WA today. Will decode what I hauled in later on, just went for the obvious ones I was looking for and passed on others. The dots suck. Just use the "feely" method, much faster and you can usually make a positive ID with the accessories. The Hazmat and the Geisha are the easiest to feel. Was able to find several guitarists, but again will give the play by play later tonight. Happy hunting.

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By in United States,

I think the werewolf was also easy to find, it was the skinniest package and his bone was in the corner of the bag. The surfer girl was also an easy find along with the gnome.

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By in United States,

@teal93mr2 ...I'm selling them in lots of 16 as well: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320664061967&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT#ht_1063wt_1139
...much lower than you had listed. Just letting you know.
@madforlegos ...it's true that I am promoting my own listing, but I also sell the series in sets of 16. In my opinion, the better deal per figure should be purchased. You can always resell the ones you don't want for at least $0.15 - $0.25 more than you got them for. Usually $1.00 more.

Anyway, I'd say it was a bad deal if they weren't selling, but that's just it.

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By in United States,

I was looking at the series 3 and noticed that they came out on the 22nd of Dec. Wonder if they'll come out in the US the 22nd of March.

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By in United States,

@dandantheman- I live by the Mall of America and I am in the Lego store all the time. I can find you whatever minifigure you need as a trade for Series 1 robot.

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By in Australia,

I would much prefer the dot barcode. As I do not appreciate my minifigures felt up.

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By in United States,

nightfury-ok i need the viking from series 4!

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By in United States,

I have found that the painter is tricky and the viking as well. The shield of the viking can seem like something else and the handle of his axe feels a bit like a paint brush. The head of the axe comes separately so feel for the shield, the axe handle and the axe head. Any spottings yet at WalMart??

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By in United Kingdom,

Does anyone want to trade? I have 2x geisha and figure skater, 1x artist, soccer guy, hockey guy, monster, sailor, skateboarder and gnome. I really need a punk, hazmat and scientist. Thanks everyone (o:

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By in United States,

The only problem with the dots that were listed is that every time I get a werewolf code it's a Hockey Player, and every time I get a Hockey Player code, it's also a Hockey Player. :( Wonder where the Werewolves went?

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By in United States,

@RedBrickMarket it was a full moon recently, maybe they got lost while they were out. :)

I never had much success with dot, so I admit i feel them up. Will do the same if I find them in store.

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By in United States,

I managed to get a full box and the following is what I got:
4x Soccer Player
2x Crazy Scientist
4x Artist
3x Viking
4x Kimono Girl
4x Street Skater
5x Punk Rocker
5x Sailor
5x Werewolf
4x The Monster
4x Surfer Girl
4x Hazmat Guy
3x Lawn Gnome
3x Hockey Player
3x Ice Skater
3x Musketeers

Which is strange because this is the same as Eurobricks but not the same as nicjansma. Does anyone have the exact listing of what comes in a full box. I went off of what nicjansma had indicated and double check the sailors and the monsters just to make sure I didnt get it wrong.

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By in United States,

Still willing to trade:
I have Series 4 to trade:
2x soccer players
1x sailor
1x artist
1x skateboarder
1x figure skater
2x werewolves
2x surfers

Need:
1x gnome
1x hazmat guy

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By in United States,

@Legotwins: Just curious, did you get your 60 pcs from TRU online order? Thanks.

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By in United States,

@Xena6296 - I purchased in store.

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By in United States,

@dandantheman- Series 4 hasn't launched at the Lego stores yet but I will let you know when it has.

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By in United States,

S4 at Toys R Us in NH... picked up 4 tonight, and ordered another 30 online.

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By in United States,

We have Fred Meyer, TRU confirmed. What about Target and WalMart? Any sightings there?

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