The Star Wars LEGO Minifigure Catalog, 2nd edition

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The Star Wars LEGO Minifigure Catalog, 2nd editionChristoph Bartneck is on a mission to produce comprehensive and complete books for minifig collectors, and he is showing no signs of slowing down. This year he has published three new books including the one I'm going to take a look at now, The Star Wars LEGO Minifigure Catalog, 2nd edition.

I reviewed the first edition this time last year. The second edition is, of course, much the same, but includes the 2012 minifigures and numerous corrections and additions to others.

It's a 134-page paperback book, about A5 in size.

The Star Wars LEGO Minifigure Catalog, 2nd editionThere are high quality photos of all 460 Star Wars minifigs and, where appropriate, photos of their backs and heads, as you can see from the sample page on the right. The data panel next to each minifig shows the number in Christoph's taxonomy, the BrickLink number, a list of sets the minifig appeared in and also a price guide for new and used examples, taken from BrickLink.

The book is organised by movie appearance (Clone Wars, Episode 1, 2, 3, 4/5/6, etc.) with a chapter for each. Within each chapter, the order appears to be random, mostly ordered by BrickLink minifig number (which is pretty random).

There are extensive indexes at the back of the book listing each figure in BrickLink number order and also, new for this edition, by name.

My main gripe with the first edition was that it was difficult to find particular figures, or all instances of a particular character. That has been addressed by the new name index, but personally I'd still rather see, for example, every C-3PO next to each other on the same page, rather than scattered across the book just because he appears in multiple movies.

It's an expensive book, no doubt about it, particularly compared to DK offerings, but it is unique and complete and a must buy for any avid Star Wars minifig collector.

The book is available from Amazon, where you can 'look inside' to see more example page spreads.

13 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Surely the droid in the middle of the sample page has 5 parts rather than 15, correct?

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By in United States,

Very interesting. Thanks!

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By in United States,

I really appreciate the effort it goes into researching these books. The level of organization and details is really worthwhile.

The only problem with them is they're usually outdated 6 months after they come out and then you already want the next edition!

*Ooof* says my wallet.

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By in United States,

I admire all the work that goes into books like this about MF's. I just wish that they had a comprehensive book about LEGO parts. I'd love to see pictures of all the bricks, plates, tiles, etc. It seems like a good project for someone (I just want a free first edition copy of it).
Wouldn't you like to see when such-and-such a part came out/went EOL?
That'd be interesting to me!

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By in United States,

Aren't the Bricklink numbers given in the order that the figures are released?

For example, the oldest figures started with the very first Star Wars set at SW001 and the newer ones are given the next number along (SW002, SW003, SW004, etc) as they are added to the database.

That is my understanding of it.

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By in United Kingdom,

This looks like a must buy for me, I am nearing 100% completion on the Star Wars Minifigures and bought the first book. Thanks for the overview Huw.

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By in United States,

this is a no-buy for me. I see space for new and used price, but those prices are always changing = worthless lines to me. I'd just rather see the parts number for all the body parts, instead of a space to write in information which will fluctuate with the buying market.

I do love the attention to visual rhetoric. Wonderful organization. This design gives me the feeling I'm playing a video game, and I might be able to select the outfit/design of my character.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^Now that's exciting! Which ones are you missing? I'm a stuck-up purist so I've only gone for Episodes 4, 5 and 6, and the best version of each set if there are duplicates, but there are a few figures from sets I don't think are worth it that I would like and haven't sourced yet, like Greedo and the figures from the 2012 Y-Wing.

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By in United Kingdom,

I cannot really see the point of these books. For a coffee table flick-through book, the DK ones are fine and significantly cheaper (£3-4 sometimes in the UK, and that includes the Han figure). For reference purposes, I just use brickset or bricklink (if I also want up to date pricing information). The latter are more up to date than any printed book, and contain the same information.

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By in Germany,

The layout and design aren't very appealing, especially the font choice bothers me.

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By in Canada,

@ Rare White Ape, to an extent, but the exact order depends on which sets get inventoried first within each year. Nobody takes an overview of all 2013 figures, groups them sensibly and then numbers them. That wouldn't be possible in any case.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have one of these books from the author, the layouts are always the same. Reading and owning the book makes me feel like a slightly more discerning adult expert in the field. Perhaps that's a bit pretentious, but it might also be because although I own the Star Wars DK book, two of the other people I know who own it are 7 & 9 respectively.

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