One of the most anticipated LEGO books of the year has just been published. Dorling Kindersley's LEGO Minifigures Character Encyclopedia is the fourth character encyclopedia they've produced, after Star Wars, Harry Potter and Ninjago. It's much the same as the others in terms of layout and content, and as you've read below, also comes with an exclusive minifigure, a Toy Soldier which is arguably the best book-mounted one-to-date.
The book is 204-pages long and features 162 minifigs, which is series 1 to 10, Mr Gold and the Toy Solder. Team GB figures are not included.
The 40-odd pages that are not about a single minifig are double spreads introducing each series and also some (largely superfluous) spreads featuring all figures of a particular type, e.g. circus performers, bad guys, sportsmen and women, etc. There is however, a very interesting page at the front, 'How a minifigure is made' that describes the design process and introduces the design team.
- Image of the minifig, which is a rendered image rather than a photograph, but they are natural poses, not with legs at unachievable angles and so on.
- Introductory paragraph similar to the bios at LEGO.com.
- Mini facts box, likes and dislikes, and also a 'see also' list of similar or related minifigs.
- Another box with a 'fact' about the figure or how it interacts with others in the series.
- A 'Did you know' section that explains something about the figure's design or printing. They make really interesting reading and are reason enough to buy the book. For example:
- Nurse, series 1: the name Dawes on her chart refers to designer Laurence Dawes.
- Hazmat guy, series 4: should have been released in an earlier series but his helmet was so complex to assemble that he had to be delayed.
- Traffic cop, series 2: the signature on the speeding ticket is that of designer Tara Wike.
This is pretty much a 'must have' book for all collectable minifig collectors. Although most of the content is aimed at kids who are of course the target audience, the 'did you know' facts are fascinating and, as I said above, reason enough to buy the book.
At under £10 / $18 it's a bargain. You can order it from Amazon:
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