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Mr Gold

Here's a heart warming story that proves that, despite all the issues around Goldgate, it could be you...

Brickset member bodybomb3 emailed to say he'd found one: "I bought it from a "Toy Barn" in Worthing, UK. I went there after being disappointed after Argos had no series 10 minifigures. I went in and picked eight bags at random; just grabbed them from a box in the LEGO aisle.

"When I went to pay, it turned out there was a loyalty card promotion: buy 5, get the 6th one free. So I got 8 for the price of 7. I didn't feel them as I just wanted a bit of old fashion luck and a surprise like I did with series 1. Later, I opened 4 and nothing special, then the fifth of the eight packets I pulled out a double bagged gold plated Mr Gold minifigure and I'm still in shock!"

LEGO's official Mr. Gold tracker is now live. 19 have been registered so far.

83 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Well done bodybomb3, although a little too close to my home for comfort!

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By in United Kingdom,

"then the fifth of the eight packets I pulled out a double bagged gold plated Mr Gold minifigure and I'm still in shock!"

Congratulations, does this mean that you got two mr golds in one packet or one mr gold with a regular CMF??
(I very much doubt I will get this lucky :-( )

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By in United States,

*sniff sniff* Oh well. ;)

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By in United States,

Good to hear a good story around Goldgate. Hopefully we'll hear more where kids actually get it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well done, I think this is how Lego wanted things to work out. But sadly not.

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By in United Kingdom,

Congratulations bodybomb3, I know exactly how that shock feels!
People should still have faith in finding their Mr Gold though, my local WHSmith had four boxes in (it's only a small branch as well) and when I asked if someone had gone through them to check for the 'gold minifigure' already the two staff behind the till just looked at me blankly and said "what gold minifigure, don't know what you're talking about" They seriously looked like they weren't interested and hadn't got a clue what I was on about and just carried on chatting to each other when I walked away.
I resisted the temptation to check the boxes as I've already got one and didn't think it would be fair to try and get another one (that's the god's honest truth) so there'll be boxes out there for people to carry on checking. Don't give up folks!!

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By in United States,

COOL! I'm the only one In P.A. that found him!!!

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By in United States,

Congrats on your find to :)

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By in Spain,

Congrats n finding mr gold.

That its unlikely, I'm hoping this difficulty in finding mr gold is just a publicty stunt and he is easier to find than most expect, but can't this being so.

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By in United States,

The number of minifigs found will shoot up on wednesday when the stores open. I wonder if the minifigs are going to be released from the factory over time or all at once.

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By in United States,

@Kez-by "double bagged" he means that Mr. Golds pieces are separately bagged in a small clear bag inside the gold foil bag. The stand and pamphlet are separate.
3 found in Illinois? That stinks, as I live there and the fact that 3 have already been found does nothing for my spirits and hopes of finding him.

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By in Canada,

The Idea that You can feel for certain figures is not new. If you just casually buy a few packs when you see a box chances are you are only aver going to get the figures that are printed the most. All figures that are short printed have been felt for in the boxes and are gone.

I understand this and accept it as a fact. Now that it had been made harder to find and not guaranteed in every box people have become frantic. This is still not going to affect the casual collector or the Grandmother who buys a few for the little ones as treats. For the most part it is only the AFOL who really is angry at this. There will always be children who are disappointed that they are not able to have one, to that I say do you buy every LEGO product produced? LEGO is very good at spreading important characters throughout all sets in a product line. I am sure most of you have gone through this and had to explain that your child can not have every set produced and if you are one of the few who can afford to purchase all the sets produced than you can probably buy one off of eBay if you are not lucky enough to get one in the stores.

My suggestions - 1) if you feel this is a must have for your collection wait a few weeks, as with limited number sports cards, the first few go for high prices and then they will settle down to a sustainable level. I predict between $300-$400 and may go even lower if a lot of dealers place them all up at the same time.

2) for LEGO in the future, why not place 1 gold Parallel if of one of the 16 figures from that series in each box. There would be 16 chase figures that no one could feel for, it really would be luck of the draw. You could even make them different levels of rarity as you do with the regular figures in each box. You still get people to buy more, because lets face it this is all about making more money and not about a bonus for loyal customers.

I know not everyone out there is going to agree with me but it is just my thoughts on the matter. :)

Good luck to all in the search..

and for those who are wondering I usually buy 1 box from an online source, keep a set and sell off the others in a local flea market. For series 10 I have purchased 4 boxes, I am going to open 2 (Yes I would like a Mr. Gold as well) and sell the other packs in the flea market but I will make sure no one will be able to search the packs to give all the customers a chance to possibly get one without them being searched.

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By in United States,

Mr. Gold is hard to get rage rage rage blah blah blah.

I think the real issue here is Huw's use of Goldgate to refer to Mr. Gold. Is Watergate the only scandal you can think of? It seems like every minor scandal has the word "gate" stuck on the end of it for sensationalism. What about Teapot Gold? Goldhawk Down? Iran-Goldtra Affair? Or at the very least, go with Watergold.

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By in United States,

314 million people out of the 7 billion people on this planet live in the US, that's 4.4% of the world's population. But 6 out of 5000 Golden Minifigures have been found there, that's .12% of all Golden Minifigures. Assuming the Golden Minifigures will be evenly distributed throughout the population of the planet, we'll see approximately 220 Golden Minifigures in the US, about .00007% of Americans will own a Golden Minifigure. However, this is not entirely accurate, since there will probably be a higher concentration of Golden Minifigures where the most Collectible Minifigures are bought per capita. If anybody knows where to find a list of the top Lego markets and how much Lego per capita is bought there, I would love to do more accurate calculations. Otherwise, just look at the map at the link and expect to see more red dots in dot-less areas.

@8BrickMario:
12.86 million people out of the 7 billion people on this planet live in Illinois, that's 0.183% of the world's population. But 3 out of 5000 Golden Minifigures have been found there, that's .06% of all Golden Minifigures. Assuming the Golden Minifigures will be evenly distributed throughout the population of the planet, we'll see approximately 9 Golden Minifigures in Illinois. There're still 6 left, you have a chance!

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By in United States,

mean while in the US only a un official lego store has those minifigs NOT in bags and no gold at all!
The minifigs he does have aren't the cool one either the coolest one are paintballer, grandpa and tomahawk dude.
How ever I do love this delightful story A BIG THANK YOU to Huw for telling us the story of A New Hope thanks!

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By in United States,

Congratulations on your find

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By in United Kingdom,

@8BrickMario thanks, good luck on your find :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

@Legonizer, what are the odds of me still getting one in the UK?

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By in United Kingdom,

@ Legonizer Assuming the Golden Minifigures will be evenly distributed throughout the population of the planet

That is a fairly bad assumption. Population of Africa and India together are about 2.5 billion. Obviously there are rich parts of both continents / countries where lego may be sold, but for the most part, I doubt there is much lego sold there. And that is a third of the world's population, which is going to skew your calculation.

And no-one really knows about sales in China too - again a huge population to take away.

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By in United Kingdom,

Congrats on finding Mr. Gold.

Thats the very shop I frequently go myself, so congratulations again.

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By in United Kingdom,

The Great Lego Gold Rush!

Well done, I hope some KFOLs find them this way.

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By in United Kingdom,

@ Xackula

"Is Watergate the only scandal you can think of?"

I'm afraid that this is a British press thing and it riles me. Every scandal seems to have the word 'gate' on the end of it. Nothing to do with Watergate Hotel , it's very annoying.

Anyway, fingers crossed that there are plenty of Mr Golds in the UK

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By in United States,

Great job on finding him! See, this proves that Mr. Gold can truly be "anywhere!" I'm heading down to my local lego store, TRU, target etc. Hope to find one! I'm crossing my fingers! ??

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By in United States,

On the lego mr gold tracker the mr gold counts are making a circle around me on 3 of my bordering states... they are getting close.
Also all the mr golds logged in are signs of the people who r not scalpers or people putting them away in a closet!

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By in United States,

I might go to TRU on saturday, wish me luck!

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By in United States,

On the tracker 6 have been found in the UK already =D

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By in United Kingdom,

Just popped into my local Lego store and there was one guy and two staff going through feeling every packet.
What a disappointment, thought the Lego store wouldn't stoop to that!

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By in United Kingdom,

Just complained to Lego. Odds of finding one are 1:11million. Odds of finding one from Lego store Watford 0. They should do an old school lucky dip complete with saw dust!

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By in United Kingdom,

^I had a feeling the store in question would be Watford.

Also, Lego have posted a FB status encouraging people to find Mr Gold. Let the real chaos commence!

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow! 31 found already and 7 in the UK! More in the UK then USA Wow!

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By in Canada,

This is how it should happen.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is how mr gold should be found. Nothing but luck. I think bodybomb deserves a mr gold.

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By in United Kingdom,

I bought 50 packs from my local WH Smiths earlier. No feeling of the packs before hand, just bought them all from an open box. Got home, opened them all. Didn't find a Bee Girl, but I did find a Mr Gold!! I was somewhat surprised and let out a rather rude word! ;)

Yes, I am a lucky so and so!

No, I don't think I will be selling it for a quick profit.

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By in United States,

WOW what a lucky lucky man.;)

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By in United Kingdom,

@Maniac, yes I saw the FB status update and promptly left a little ranty message about 'horribly cynical way to drive up sales, etc.'

Not like it will make any difference as Lego seem to be unaffected by the ill-will this is generating in some corners of FOL-dom compared to the extra sales they will make on S10.

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By in Netherlands,

Iran-Goltra-afair I like a lot, even though it has nothing to do with Iran.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow!! I live in Worthing!

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By in United Kingdom,

I guess that this was at Toy Barnhaus in the town centre?

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By in Spain,

Update/ got 14/16 regular figures at my Watford store. However they say there is no mr golds found yet and they cannot tell you if they find a mr gold (which if they do, they will most likey lie).

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By in United Kingdom,

today i took a chance and went practically every where i live. but to start two days ago i started in my home town of merthyr and i managed to get all 16 minis, but did not find Mr Gold. whsmiths had one unopened box and nothing found whilst i searched four unopened boxes in the two argos' still nothing found apart from the 16.

so that was 5 unopened boxes and nothing, so i thought Cardiff a big capital with so many shops to check how can i not find him.

so off i went today, first stop whsmiths three opened boxes at the till nothing found but according to the lady a guy may have found one yesterday although she said he said it was bulging so that could of been Medusa... so who knows.
next i went to the entertainer but they didnt have them in stock. so then the first argos, 2 unopened boxes great i thought... but no nothing.
so off i went looking around stores that i thought would have had them but no not out yet, so then i went to the lego store who literally put out two new boxes into their lego minifig holders on the counter, but once again nothing found.

so then i decide to go on a 20 min bus ride to the bay, toys r us first and they had four opened boxes with contents scattered everywhere in fact when i finished looking, their display looked like they were just put out rather than a ebay scalper was raiding the store, so nothing there.

Morrisons and asda nex nothing apart from series 8 and 9.

so on to my second argos one unopened box, nothing found. so i go back into town and catch another bus to another argos one opened box nothing found

by now my feet where killing me. so i got on the bus and went to pontypridd on my way back to merthyr.

whsmiths was my first stop two unopened boxes and nothing found, by now i was fed up..
so i went to my fourth argos, just put out in their display a new box and guess what.. nothing found :(

so i gave up and went back to merthyr town for one look in tescos, seeing they didnt have them out the other day.
one unopened box on the top shelf i took it down opened it up looked and you will never guess... nothing found

so rare is defiantly the word my feet have blisters and my back is in half i didn't eat all day just because i wouldn't have had the time to go everywhere to find him if i stopped for food.

so that makes 14 unopened boxes and 7 opened boxes (i think)

i am frustrated as a collector and completest that people are just walking in to shops on the off chance and going yey found it, and scalpers going yey (ponds/dollar signs in there eyes) with out the thought of the actual collectors. i have to realize if i want this character it will have to be ebay but not at the silly disgusting prices they want, im just unlucky :(

so south wales seems to have little or no Mr Golds what so ever :( so far!!!

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By in Canada,

I just find one in a walmart in Montréal, Québec , Canada ! i'm so happy !

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By in United States,

LUCKY!!!!

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By in United States,

Come on @Zackula: GOLDWATER.

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By in United States,

@timelash: WOW. That's determination.

I've had some odd results in my area: First thing this morning an employee told me they didn't received a toy shipment for today...while standing not 10 feet away from the 3 pallets of toy boxes (including LEGO) waiting to be cracked open and stocked.

At other stores I've seen Series 10 displays stocked full of Series 10, Series 10 displays stocked with Series 9 packs, Series 9 displays stocked with both Series 9 & 10 packs.

Mostly I'm just left laughing, not trusting the employees and thinking 'this endeavor is crazy...but oddly exciting.'

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By in United Kingdom,

@ Curtis L: yes it was. but i am so knackerd now and would love to go to other areas like aberdare, ebbw vale and swansea but after today's 7 hours of disappointment i really cant be bothered. i know there are more lego boxes yet to go out to stores and there's is plenty of time but arrr... lol.

Tesco just don't know nothing i went yesterday and said do you have lego minis and they said we are not aloud to release them till the 1st, and so i showed her what i got in argos and she said sorry, went today and they said if its not on the shelf its not in the store yet, but i went down and saw it, small writing in a brown box on the top shelf and i just opened it. but no luck ...
last year they had about 6 boxes of series 9 out on display but one box this time so dumb or clever on them.

but should i give up?

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By in United Kingdom,

hi went to my localtesco on littlehampton tonite new box and felt ever figure loads of medsussa and paintballer but no mr gold was feeling for the hat got some very strange looks as i was there about 15 minutes but will keep trying

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By in Canada,

btw me and my girlfriend (who found it), had to feel minimum of 12 full boxes that means close to 800 bags felt one by one in 5 different Wal-Mart. I still felt Lucky to find it, even if odds were on my side !

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By in France,

As many are already found, can you say if :
- MrGold's bag comes in addition to the 60 in the box, making them to 61,
- or does it take the spot of a regular CMF meaning a box can contain only 1 full set of 16 CMF ?

Thanks for the information.

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By in United Kingdom,

^I asked someone on the forum who has one the other day, it's 60 still. It took the place of a Baseball Fielder so still 2 sets.

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By in United States,

Congrats I might go to Toys R Us soon maybe so if they have series 10 I will try to feel every single pack and hope to get a Mr. Gold but that is if I go.

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By in Canada,

LEGO's tracker says seven found in Canada... Hopefully that there's a fair number out there so it's findable, even for maybe only 150/250 lucky people.

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By in United States,

So much excitement on this Mr. Gold thing :D congrats on your finds people! no need to spend 900-3000 on him!!!! I didnt when I got mine!!! :D

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By in United States,

I went to a TRU a few days ago, and the employee asked if I was hoping to find a Mr. Gold. He then proceeded to tell me that they had 4 boxes and he'd been through all 4 of them feeling for one without any luck. Hmmm.... I guess that's an unintended suggestion to shop elsewhere!

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By in United States,

I went to a LEGO store that seemed like it had 200 CMFs... not enough time to check 'em all, so if there was a Mr. Gold, I missed it! Will be going to a Target on Saturday. Wish me luck! I'll need it. That Tomahawk Warrior is the bane of my Mr. Gold-seeking existence. Stupid axe pole! Yesterday, I felt the handle of the Roman's sword and freaked out until I found out it wasn't Mr. Gold.

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By in United Kingdom,

Everyone who is feeling bags and thinking it's something like 800 bags until you're likely to find him, don't forget that the number goes up when the boxes your are feeling through have been raided by someone else first. ;)
Maybe there should be some sort of tagging system, so if you've rifled through every box in a store you leave a mark by the entrance to save others the trouble. :P

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By in United States,

For what it's worth, I can verify that someone found a Mr Gold at a LEGO store in Florida. Not an employee, either. Just a regular customer.

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By in United States,

Hey Folks, I have not posted a message in a year.

Well, I just heard about Mr. Gold, and want to say that I called this one a LONG time ago. during series 1 or 2. I posted my thoughts on how TLG was likely to start inserting Chase figures, when interest in the minifigs started to wane.

Let see my other prediction comes true. Theme oriented minifig pack boxes. Like Star Wars, or Lord of the Rings, etc.

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By in United Kingdom,

I would be astonished if the Mr Gold tracker ends up with all 5000 on there to see.

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By in United Kingdom,

Congrats bodybomb3! And to anyone else who has been lucky enough to find Mr. Gold! I bought 3 packs at random a few days ago at Smyths Toys but didn't find him. I collect minifigures anyway and have every series so I am just buying series 10 as I usually would. I would love to find a Mr. Gold and if I did I would never sell him, not ever! I would display him with my army of minifigures : ) I really hope that the majority of Mr. Golds are found by people who just love Lego, plain and simple. I have just ordered 9 packets of series 10 from lego.com with my spare VIP points, I need 7 more to complete the series ( not including mr.gold) so i will be happy with whatever I get. Good luck everyone : )

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm hoping that's not the only one in Worthing... :|

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By in United Kingdom,

Would also be interesting to see if the Brighton Lego store have been through and checked the bags - they're normally quite good at finding characters like that...

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By in United Kingdom,

@ Obi_G The Lego store employees are not aloud to feel this time round, they have been told if they are seen to be feeling there will be serious consequences, so you will have to go it your self.

going else were today to see if im lucky after my bad luck of almost searching over 3000 bags on Wednesday im hoping it might be found in the places im going today crossing my figures

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By in United States,

This is a little of topic but when you buy 5 minifigures from lego shop.com in the US you get a free poster, 19 by 27 inches with every minifigure from series 1-10. also my fingers are still crossed about finding a mr gold!

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By in Ireland,

I found a mr gold in ireland

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By in Republic Of Korea,

It's going to be harder finding Mr Gold here with whole-sale toy stores only selling series 10 as full box sets or each individual bag locked in plastic boxes in retail stores. Opened boxes can't be returned, but I could refund bags. Or maybe I could feel some at local Korean stationary stores...

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By in Netherlands,

got a box of series 10 today. NO mr. gold.
strange was that the outer box was sealed, but the inner box was sealed twice???(once cut open)
The only thing that explains that is that in the chech republic (where all lego is shipped from)
the box had already been gone trough.
This figure is really bringing up the bad in people.

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By in United States,

Yesterday at a Florida LEGO store, a little girl picked out several minifigures but came back into the store because she got a Mr Gold and wanted to return him and the family had no clue what he was. They were soon told how rare he is so they did not return him. I found it interesting that she picked the figures at random and got one even though people had been looking for him all day!

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By in United States,

I think it's so much nicer to see a little 5-7 year old looking for Mr. Gold than a crazy 39 year old. I saw this little kid looking for the "special" minifigure in five below today of course I'm a lot older but its nice to se that little kids are looking for him to. :D

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By in United States,

Does anyone else see different chrome color on their Mr. Gold up by his arms?

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By in United States,

What do I do with Mr Gold should I act as if he's a normal CMF or "trophy" him?

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By in Canada,

I just went into a Toys R Us in Canada and the sales clerk was laughing, saying that one of his colleagues had already gone through every box they had looking for Mr Gold's. So no kids from that Toys R Us will be getting any. Pretty sad.

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By in United States,

Any one have an answer?

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By in United States,

@datsunman:
I plan to put him in a small clear wall-mounted case (if I get him), so that he can be played with or displayed!

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By in United States,

yes I put mine in a case, but does anyone know if I can fix him if chrome comes off?

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By in United Kingdom,

Ok so I went to aberdare, ebbw vale and several tescos on the way.. In total I searched through 5 unopened boxes and 4 opened boxes and still nothing, this mr gold is becoming a pain in my backside I have spent out so much on bus travel, I have walked my feet into the ground and had writers cramp feeling what feels like 1500 figures.

18 unopened boxes and 12 opened boxes and still nothing, I am so unlucky.

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By in United States,

@datsunman
I don't know about the (tragically poor) chroming issue. If you re-chromed it, wouldn't the printing be lost?

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By in United Kingdom,

OK finally my Tesco's put out the series 10 display, three boxes opened (well i say three as one was just ripped open at the front with a handful of minis taken from the center) and two unopened boxes bringing now my total to 20 unopened and 15 opened, this time i thought i found it i got so excited but i thought one last feel and it confirmed it was the tomahawk. i really don't know how i got that wrong wishful thinking probably.

so ive now exhausted everywhere i can get too in south wales, some lucky kid, AFOL or some bad eBay scalper out there probably has the only Mr Gold in south wales and congrats, i have dedicated these past couple of weeks in finding it up and down the country blisters on my feet, cramp in my hands looking for 6 pieces of chromed plastic, and now i call it a day hold my hands up and say i will never finish my collection. i refuse to pay eBay prices as they are... for one i don't have that kind of money (being a out of work animator supporting three kids) paying out £500 - £600 on one little toy is ridiculous when you could get two Death Stars for that.

I hope who ever is looking for the rest of these golden sods the best of luck, and im sure if you live in a granny town or some secluded place (which i kinda thought south wales was) that you will be lucky unlike me :(.

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By in United States,

Getting a little bummed seeing that 13 have been found in Texas already, which is a staggering amount when compared to the other states.

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By in United States,

have you found one in Toys R S

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By in United Kingdom,

the problem with the Mr Gold tracker is that it tells you what states have found him but for the UK it only says UK. Wales and Scotland are separate and yet we don't know where they have been found for all i know with the 48 found in the UK all the ones in Wales could have been found, its not clear enough on where they have been found a list of city's and towns would be good to give all whos looking an idea of where not to go lol.

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By in United States,

21 in California 49 in the UK

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By in United Kingdom,

i just wish it was a bit more specific rather than 49 in the uk as there are three country's in the uk. oh well im still looking one more unopened box in merthyr today bringing my total of unopened boxes searched to 21 giving me a 82.5% of finding him i think. but i didn't again, i am now getting bored and frustrated im just glad that prices are falling on eBay..

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By in United States,

Well, 10 have been found in IL. According to previous calculations, there are either two left in Illinois, or none. :(

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