DK Minifigures Character Encylopedia

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DK Minifigure Character EncylopediaOne 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.

DK Minifigure Character EncylopediaThe individual minifig pages are laid out the same and consist of the following sections:

  • 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.

 

DK Minifigure Character EncylopediaThis 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:

 

23 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

I got mine today and agree with your review.

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By in United States,

Sounds Great, I'll have to buy one.

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By in Ireland,

I do find it very strange that the Team GB figures don't get a mention. They have the "minifigures" logo on the packets, came in an identical display box, and were certainly more readily available than Mr Gold. And they are definitely part of the theme, even if they're something of a spin-off and didn't have a series number, unlike the toy soldier, which was never included in a series box to begin with. It really is odd that they would be completely omitted from the book.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ I guess because the unconnected world outside of the UK won't even be aware of them.

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By in United States,

^I actually got all of the Team GB mini figures from the U.K. Lego Store online. This book would be a must have for any one interested in Lego trivia too.

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By in Canada,

There still should be a special mention about the team GB figures. I think any serious lego fan knows about them and as far as I am concerned they were part of the theme. I ordered my set from UK and im from Canada...

But I can see how Lego may be trying to avoid the many many phone calls and emails from parents In say North America where they never were sold in store. Especially since now they are off the market.. I believe.

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By in Canada,

Thanks!!!
.....wheres the.ca link?
Lol

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By in United Kingdom,

Amazon.ca aren't selling it yet.

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By in United Kingdom,

£11.24 now at amazon. I'll think I'll wait until it is £3 at TBP.

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By in Canada,

I have mine on preorder in Canada, hopefully it will become available. Sorry to see no Team GB. Yes they were only sold in the UK but I'm pretty sure there are lots of us around the World who have them.

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By in United States,

I need to buy me one of these. Although, I might wait a bit till it's on sale. . .

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By in United Kingdom,

Mine arrived yesterday, which was surprising as I thought the release date was next week - so well done Amazon for sending it out early! And the Soldier minifigure is really nice too :)

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By in United Kingdom,

It's a nice book and i will definitelly get mine from W H Smiths on May 1st for sure!
Still, they could've mentioned the GB Minifigures and just said they were only available in the UK because of the olympics, couldn't they?
-Connor

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By in United Kingdom,

Mine has just been dispatched from Amazon Can't wait

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By in United States,

In paragraph two, I believe it's soldier, not solder.

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By in Canada,

@davedude If you pre-order on Amazon.ca it's only $15.15 CDN. I just pre-ordered mine and the site says it's available May 6. Not sure if I'll get it on that date or after.

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By in Singapore,

I got mine today. Happy to have this. Only the Mr. Gold hard to find!

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By in United States,

Am I missing something? Clicking on the US .com link, the book is $17.44. But it is also listed for preorder on amazon.com for $14.21. Is that an affiliate thing?

Looking forward to getting it.

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By in United Kingdom,

It appears the book has two entries at Amazon for some reason. I'll change the target of the link when I get home tomorrow.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is there an entry for the book / minifigure in the Brickset database?

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes

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By in Puerto Rico,

Great book, however I am saving for this weekend deal.

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By in United Kingdom,

Picked this up in Asda for £6 - well worth it, £2 for the figure, £4 for the book - great deal!

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