Team GB minifigs press release (better late than never!)

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Here's the press release from LEGO HQ. Last week's release was sent out by a different agency, apparently. Note the lack of the 'O' word anywhere in it:

OFFICIAL TEAM GB LEGO MINIFIGURES LAUNCHED
To celebrate the London 2012 Games, the number one selling toy in the UK market* is back with an exclusive special edition line of Team GB LEGO Minifigures.

With less than 71 days to go until the UK’s biggest sporting event of the century, for the first time in history LEGO has launched a special edition range of Team GB Minifigures. The collectible range will only be available in the UK to commemorate this once in a lifetime event for the nation.

The Team GB LEGO Minifigures spark the sporting imagination, so you can stage your very own Games.
At just £1.99 each, the Team GB LEGO Minifigures will be in stores from 1st July 2012 in John Lewis and other good high street retailers.

There are nine exclusive Team GB LEGO Minifigures in the line-up:

  • Brawny Boxer Punching his way to the top, this lean machine in blue is ready to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee for Team GB!
  • The Stealth Swimmer Like a fish in the water, the Stealth Swimmer is ready to torpedo through the water into pole position.
  • Relay Runner Sprinting to reach the winning line, could this give Team GB a relay team victory?
  • Judo Fighter Taking down her opponent’s one at a time, this mistress of martial arts knocks down anything in her way to grasp that gold medal.
  • Tactical Tennis Player First on the court in his gleaming whites, this tennis ace will knock the white socks off of any competition.
  • Flexible Gymnast Balance and co-ordination is the name of the game for this agile Olympic contender.
  • Wondrous Weightlifter Powerlifting his personal best, the crowd looks on as this burley guy weighs up his chances of going for gold.
  • Horseback rider Riding her way to the last hurdle, this athlete won’t be horsing around when it comes to winning!
  • Agile Archer Complete with bow in hand, let’s hope this little fella will be on target on the day!

Here are pictures of them all on flickr:

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28 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Definitely getting these, as I have all the other collectible minifigure sets.

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By in United States,

How can We in the USA get a set of these?

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By in United States,

^^There have been some people in the UK who said they would be willing to sell these to people in the USA for a non-jacked-up price, plus shipping and handling. :)

^Haha...

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By in United States,

How much can someone send me these for? I'd need to figure out S&H before I decide.

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By in Germany,

Are the archer's hair and the horseback rider's helmet new pieces?

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By in United Kingdom,

^dunno about the rider but its brown superman hair on the archer

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By in United Kingdom,

@Psymon, well spotted, I missed that. I thought it wasn't used for licensing reasons.

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By in United Kingdom,

If people overseas would like to me to obtain some for you, please get in touch via the BL contact page.

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw, both you and FBTB have uploaded these picture's to flickr, so I have two of each picture in my con that box :P

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By in United Kingdom,

Why is it 3 female to 6 male? Poor effort by Lego on gender equality yet again. My daughter loves Lego so I've recently become more aware under-representation of women in the minifigs. You can excuse it with some of the themes (LOTR, Castles etc) but they really should aim for 50:50 on a sports line.

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By in South Africa,

Well one thing for sure is that surprisingly out of the whole mini series the only new piece is the riding helmet of the horseback rider,ironic really

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By in United States,

^ Isn't a similiar riding helmet piece coming with the next wave of Friends sets?

Again, these look awesome and I'm jealous of everybody who has a chance to pick some up. :)

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By in United States,

I think it was a last minute thing so they didn't have time for new pieces.

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By in Canada,

@samworm

I totally agree about the lack of equality in minifigure production for many sets. I think there are definitely more female figures proportionally than when I was growing up (as girl playing lego), so I hope Lego continues to improve. Some sets, like the modular town hall have 50/50 representation, though I wish they had a female mayor and male assistant :)

I agree with you that for something like this, I don't know why they couldn't have made one more of the figures female, since there are so many female Olympic athletes. I do like that they made the Judo athlete female.

I can just hope that they continue to put female mini-figures into more and more sets, and that they give female minifigures as much variety in occupation and what-have-you that the male figures have. And while I do appreciate what Lego has tried to do with the "friends" line in trying to appeal to more girls, I wonder if more "girl" oriented sets will serve to undo more female representation in traditional minifigures. I hope that doesn't happen.

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By in Australia,

"Tactical Tennis Player" might just be the best possible name for anything ever.

That said, though it's clear these are pretty much collectible minifigs, it's a little disappointing that some of them are inevitably lacking in items which are important for their work - for example, the rider lacking a horse, or the archer lacking the target mentioned in his profile. It's a silly complaint given this is how this has always been on the collectible minifig front, but still... (not that it affects me either way)

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By in United States,

I don't care too much for these ,except for some of the hair pieces in the new colors. (Oh well, I wouldn't dought that they might appear in series 9,10..11..or12)

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By in United States,

I am happy to get some of these for anyone in the USA. Happy to trade. Email [email protected]

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By in United States,

^How much are you asking?

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By in United States,

What's wrong with the word Olympic?

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By in United States,

@jonbuddy: Shhh, they might sue you! :-)

I'd love to pick these up, but, being a U.S. resident will make that difficult.

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By in United States,

Love to get a set of these. Hoping Lego can make an Olympic set for various nations. I like the catchy names....Flexible Gymnast gave me a chuckle. Made me think...are there Inflexible Gymnasts?
Great to have for the kiddies attending the Olympics and have some national pride.

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By in United States,

These...are...AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By in United States,

I hope that winking archer face is used somewhere the rest of us can get it.

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By in Singapore,

Anyone in the UK can assist in acquiring a complete set for me? Will pay exact cost + a sum for your time and effort as well...

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By in France,

> What's wrong with the word Olympic?

They are not Olympic figures since the Olympic license costs way more than a Team GB one.

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By in United States,

It's too bad that they are available only in England.

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By in United States,

I'm dissapointed that only residents of England can get these minifigures. But don't forget- there's always Ebay!

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By in United States,

Does anyone think that they might be available before July 1? My girlfriend is going to be there until June 13.

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