Collectable minifig barcode decoder

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Further to our article last week about being able to find out what's inside the bag before you buy, the German website bricks.inof.de has posted information showing which barcode relates to which minifig.

There's still some uncertainty as to which countries the information presented relates to, but my guess is that there will be two types of packaging: North American and everywhere else. The NA packets will have barcodes on the right, as shown on the Eurobricks picture, and everywhere else will have them on the left. The information at the link above is for left-barcoded packets.

Update: It's now confirmed that the information at inof.de does also relate to the packets that will be available in the UK, and the barcodes on the US packets are different.

(via the rather good The Ugly Duckling at BrickLink minifig blog)

37 comments on this article

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By in Belgium,

Thank you very much Huw and Germany people.

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By in United States,

i Didnt really understand the website, are those Europe codes or US codes?

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By in United States,

@knuclear200x: He's saying that this works for European codes, but the important thing is as soon as someone gets a case of them at retail, they're likely to make a list like this for the US market. YAY!

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By in United States,

Are they released in US stores yet?

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By in United States,

Well I don't know about you guys but I'm just going to feel the bag to see whats inside! :-)

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By in United States,

I've got a strategy, why not just keep track of the barcodes numbers once you buy one so you can collect them all without duplicates! I'm saying this to all of the US folks like me who want to collect 'em all.

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By in United Kingdom,

@r2d2qa, because the barcode which identifies the contents doesn't have a number under it...

@inof, thanks for the clarification.

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By in United States,

How are people getting them so early?

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By in United Kingdom,

I've checked the details on bricks.inof.de and the barcodes are the same as the ones I have. Mine are all item number 4559116 with barcodes on the left of the rear of the pack. I have the following minifigures: Zombie, Caveman, Robin Hood, Astronaut, Diver, Crash Test Dummy, Magician and Wrestler and my barcodes exactly match the ones printed on those PDFs. Therefore the only thing that's wrong on that site is the suggestion that UK barcodes are different; they're not.

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By in Japan,

Hey, does anyone know if these figs are available yet in Japan? I just moved (lovin it!) - but now I need to relearn the Lego landscape! Thanks!!

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By in United States,

Using the barcode app on my android phone I was able to scan the spaceman package and it gave me a barcode# of 14471416 now while this is deffinatly different form the european barcodes this does give us the opportunity to cheat a bit, provided that someone has a barcode scanner on them and someone else posts the barcode #'s on the web such as oh say a website, wink wink nudge nudge. oh and on a totally unrelated subject there opening up a lego store in Miami soon! yeah!

for those interested the european barcode # for spaceman is 673419133807

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By in United States,

My Lego Brand Store says the release date is May 1. She said they would sell them by the case but so many people have asked her about the mini's that she doubts she will be able to sell them as cases since their first priority is for the kids and these will likely sell out within the first few days. I would check online for sites that allow pre-orde and start fishing around at Target and Wal-marts for inventory.

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By in Germany,

@Martin: Thanks for clarification! I'll correct the description on my site ASAP.

@mrdennings: Are you sure about your barcode number? These barcodes are so-called EAN codes that should have 12 digits, and they should all begin with 673419 (the vendor code assigned to LEGO). Maybe your barcode app didn't recognize the code completely? Note that the very left part of it is obscured by that "flap" of the bag, so be sure to move it out of the way.

By the way, I would be willing to create a PDF for the US barcodes, just like one I did for the European ones. This would be pretty easy because I already have all the software in place. I just need some help to collect the barcodes. So, if you're in the US and got one of these minifig bags with the barcode on the right (the smaller barcode without numbers beneath!), please mail a photo of it to [email protected] ... It doesn't have to be high quality, but if your camera has a macro mode, please use it. Of course, if you have a scanner, you can use that, too (300 dpi should be perfect). And if you're able to decode the barcode yourself, you can just mail me the EAN number, of course.

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By in United States,

Just a few thoughts this poly bag mini-fig release.
-Count on the bar codes being removed in future releases.
-look forward:
- to series dedicated to type (like castle release, space, city)
-Licensed series (Star Wars, Harry potter,etc)

Further, this poly bag concept lends itself to the “chase figure”, we see that with baseball cards, pokemon.

As a toy dealer for years I think this will be a long term good investment, putting back a sealed (very important) box or two, will likely serve you well in the long term; as series 2, 3, 4…. Come out traditionally people seek to fill their collection with prior releases.

One other trick companies do to increase sales, is to produce the “accidental” color or printing variation.

Also, consider keeping your poly bags, I have seen many situations where in lieu of a chase figure companies will run a reward program like “send in xx proof of purchases barcodes and receive your special…”

I guess we'll all see pretty soon.

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By in United States,

@inof it is verry possible that i got a bad read off of the barcode, I was just using the picture of the back of the bag from the above link for the scan and it took a while do get it to take, so I have no problem admitting that I may have been wrong. If someone doesn't beat me to it, when I get home tonight I'll scan the barcodes and email you the #'s but heres the thing, the way the barcode scanner works on my phone is that it will read the barcode and then give me the option to search the web for that #. For a typical barcode someone has posted it online usually with the hopes of selling said scanned item so, wham, bam I have a price comparison in hand. I am all for creating a PDF database however to one up this process (short of someone making an app for it) I'd like to see these barcodes and figures posted online in a way that will allow a google search to find it and display it when scanned. This may be simply creating a flicker gallery with each figure labled with the barcode # or it may be more difficult than that I'm sorry to say thats a bit beyond my knolwedge base.

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By in United States,

Does anyone have any Idea as to what scale lego is producing these collections? are they aiming to fuel a secondary market with limited releases or will they be saturating the market with a Gianormious production run?

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By in United Kingdom,

This first collection will be available until September: buy them while you can, or pay inflated BrickLink prices afterwards!

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By in United States,

Re: mrdennings question:

"Does anyone have any Idea as to what scale lego is producing these collections? are they aiming to fuel a secondary market with limited releases or will they be saturating the market with a Gianormious production run?"

Lego does few things on a small scale. Priority one is to make money. I think the question is will / can these end up in smaller stores (like comic book shops)

I think the what will answer this question will be: Are these mini-figs going to be available throught Diamond Comic Distribution. DCD supplies comic / collectible toys to ALL comic shops and many speciality shops.

In fact, if they are available via the secondary market like comic shops, etc. they might fuel a fire under them.

Fact is, if you act fast you're going to be better off on this product. What is 16 figures going to cost anyway... $32 USA. Be smart and get em fast.

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By in United States,

yes these are available thru Diamond. The Previews catalog solicited the first series in the April catalog page 380. Your local comic shop would have been able to order these if the deadline for ordering hasn't passed, and I believe the orders deadline for the April items has passed. I didn't go with my shop for ordering these for my own reasons. But anyone could ask at their local shop to flip thru the catalog and inquire about ordering. Be prepared to *pre-pay* and also be prepared to order a full case, most comic shops will probably require both. Watch the May 2010 Previews catalog for Series 2...

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By in United States,

inof: I don't know if someone will get around to it before me, but as soon as they are released I am going to buy a box ang well try to email the pics.

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By in Australia,

I too am really curious as to what the strategy will be in terms of volume of production, both with this initial run as well as with future series releases. It seems this product is stirring up quite an interest. I will likely be buying extra sets in case these sets will become high demand items in the future.

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By in United States,

Let me just add that I am assuming Series 2 will be solicited in the May Previews. I don't guarantee it will be there.
I'm curious to see how many retailers will be stocking these and how long they will last/ sell out...

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By in United States,

Hey Huw I hav a question, will these be available online at legoshop.com? If so then would the just send you a random one? Also when are these gonna be available in the US? I'm drooling over the pics of the minifigs there so cool! :)

Keep on Brick'n

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By in United States,

Woo hoo, got em preordered!

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By in United States,

And how did you do that?

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By in United States,

Yes, how and where did you preorder them? Are you able to choose which ones you want online, or did you order a case of 60 or more?

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By in United States,

@cjg - Thanks!

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By in United States,

Yea, that's where I got mine. I ordered a master case. I figure I should get one set out of them.

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By in United States,

Strictly speaking, assuming Lego hasn't got any plans for 'rare' variants or color variants (how about a sand green Zombie?) , a factory-sealed box of 60 should yield almost four complete sets. I'm sure most of us will try to keep at least one set sealed in their packet :-) I know I'm going to try to, either by feel or watching for the 'barcode key'.

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By in United States,

When are these released at TRU in the USA? Anyone know?

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By in United States,

Yea, that's actually where I got mine from too. I thought the post above was right but got them from EE for like $10 cheaper.

I'm hoping to keep a box sealed. Those bad boys are going to be HOT!

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By in United Kingdom,

Anybody know they if can be pre-ordered in the UK, and if so where from?

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By in United States,

dustinmroberts: Thanks! I might get a ten pk from that site.

cjg

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