Forget Mr. Gold... here's how to get a real gold minifig

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If you're fed up hunting for a cheap plastic Mr. Gold or, once you've found one, you're disappointed with its quality, you might be interested in this KickStarter project that aims to produce fully poseable silver, gold and platinum minifigs.

The solid sterling silver version can be yours for $475 which is a lot less than some people are paying for a plastic Mr. Gold. The 14ct gold version will set you back a cool $4250, but I bet it will look stunning...

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By in Denmark,

Is that allowed? Legally speaking?

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By in Norway,

@Icey: Good point. I am really not sure. It should be done under license I suppose. Here is a disclaimer from the pages:
LEGO® , the LEGO® logo, the Minifigure, and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of The LEGO Group which is not overseeing, involved with, or responsible for this product.

It is a nice idea, I would rather spend the money for actual bricks. Hmmm, but this is really tempting. I already posses some hand made Lego jewellery, which is available from DesignTorget stores here in Norway:

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2303/2216061932_0311e910e9_z.jpg

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By in Canada,

Interesting but something I could manage myself with shapeways (not as nice but a lot less expensive).

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By in United Kingdom,

Luckily I know a bit about gold. 14kt gold I would avoid, it's only 58.3% gold, and since it tends to be mixed with other metals such as silver, it often dulls. In addition, it's of course worth only 58.3% of the gold bullion spot price. For $4250 you could buy around 3oz of solid 99.99% proof gold, or about 93 grams. Now I can't see the weight noted on the overview, which is critical, but I would be surprised if it represents anywhere near the bullion value.

The silver ones are a nicer idea and much more sensible in my view.

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By in United States,

I would go for any kind of metal one, just to show off. Even something like steel...

But I would probably pay up to $50 for a bronze one.

@Goldfish-

Well, yes, you could probably buy a solid gold ingot, but this one is molded. And all the angles have to be perfect, and the arms/legs have to be snapped on, so yes, just the manufacturing alone slaps a good couple hundred dollars (maybe, I don't know) on this one.

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By in United Kingdom,

On one hand we chastise companies that make fake lego and then we are encouraged to support this?

Seems fairly pointless, its not an official lego product so it'll have no collectability, if you ever want one you can just have one knocked up by any jeweller.

So a fairly pointless novelty for the rich

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By in France,

@goldfish - very little jewellery represents anywhere near the bullion price for gold. It is the design you are paying for, not just the melted down bullion price.

And as for using pure gold, well it is too soft. His legs would wear down the hip pins when pushed on.

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By in United States,

Oh my... so shiny....
Id love to have one of these...

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By in United Kingdom,

@ccc,
Don't be ridiculous. I have several proof 99.99% sovereigns, gold isn't as soft as some people say, it's a myth, and even if not 22ct at 91% would be fine and wouldn't lose it's sheen as easily. 14Kt dulls!!

And with something like this you should run the numbers, as gold is a great hedge at the moment against future output of quantitative easing. Jewellery is generally a gift, not sure this is..

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By in United States,

I don't even know what Mr. Gold, is it real gold? This one to me looks cool as well.........need to get mr. gold.

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By in United Kingdom,

Mr Gold is real golden Chinese plastic.

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By in Germany,

They cannot just produce something that is an actual Lego minfig and sell it, as it's copyrighted. Either Lego produces or someone under the license of Lego, no other possibilities. Don't want to rain on the parade, and I admit the idea is nice, but only TLC should make something like this. Having said this, I feel the time is right with all the adults spending money on Lego for very high priced items. This, or other things.

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By in Denmark,

My guess is that TLC just having been made aware about this after reading this post is on the phone with the guy as we type our comments - threathening him with fire and brimstone if he doesn't pull this idea off the board straight away.

Poor guy!

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't know how laws like that work, but I imagine the fact these are made of a substantially different material and that because of that the manufacturing process has to be different would mean it might not be as illegal as it seems. Just a thought!
I reckon @icey's right, but I hope not.

And @goldfish and @jockosjungle, as has already been said, it's the fact that this lump of precious material is shaped like a minifigure and on top of that is fully pose-able that gives it its value. The market for it is people who played with Lego as a child and who have money to spare, which I imagine is a good proportion of current company managers and executives and the like. And surely it will only lose value significantly if it turns out anyone can do it, and do it for less.

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By in United States,

This is Jonathan, and I think I can help with the questions.

I contacted the LEGO group before I began this project, and they had no problem with me selling metal minifigures, in fact they thought it was extremely creative. Their constraints were that I couldn't use the LEGO logo or infer that they endorsed the metalfig.

I think this happened because of 3 reasons. 1 - I'm not marketing this as a toy, but as art. 2 - The material and how the joints are assembled are completely different. 3 - This is a small production run.

I did look at Shapeways and since you have to do each piece separately it would cost $375 for the glossy, but still imperfect surface quality, or $480 for their limited premium version. You would still need to change all of the joints, find a new joint restraint method, and take into account silver loss due to polishing.

As to the gold metalfig, I'm estimating 38g of 14kt gold, and offering your choice of yellow, white, rose, or green gold. But I could also have them make up a boring cube of gold if you would prefer that. ;)
14kt was chosen due to its relative hardness, meaning it would hold up better. I could also do 24kt yellow or 18kt white, rose or green.

Thanks for the interest!
Jonathan

P.S. Bronze is going to be a future option if we meet the funding goal...

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By in United States,

^Really? Awesome! Could you give me a rough estimate of how much it would cost for a bronze one?

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By in United States,

Why is it always gold? Gold jewelry, gold records, gold bathtubs. Why are people so attracted to gold? It's ugly and tacky.

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By in United States,

The design patents on the Lego Minifigure have expired and, because there would (presumably) not be any confusion among consumers regarding the source of the figures, I believe Lego has no choice but to let you do it as long as you disclaim any association with their brand.

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By in United States,

@lego613master
I'll announce pricing on the bronze as we get closer to the goal - you can follow the kickstarter progress or even help it along if you like! http://kck.st/121VyBn

@binaryeye
I prefer silver myself, but did you notice that there is a Platinum version? I'm only making one of those though.

@velcrodave
Exactly.

If you don't like the metalfig, or even the 1/3 scale earrings (which are pretty awesome, if I do say so myself), then I also have custom display cases with flush-mounted bricks.

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By in United Kingdom,

It is a nice idea, but I would never buy one.

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By in Netherlands,

^my thoughts exactly, would rather have the original lego mr. gold, if i could even get hold of one

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By in United Kingdom,

This was my point, 38g of 14k gold is around 22g of fine gold, yet the price equates to 93g at today's bullion price. I know you are paying for design and stylising, but I would rather buy 3ozs of gold and put away for my daughter.

I don't want to sound harsh, as the silver stuff is great and to be honest I would consider buying one in a cheaper base metal. Gold makes no sense though on a cost basis.

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By in United States,

@Goldfish
I agree, just looking at the gold pose-able version on a cost basis, it doesn't make much sense.
Pure gold bars will be a much smarter investment, but I put the gold metalfig option out there to grab people's attention as a new way to "play" with your money. :)

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By in United States,

I'll stick to my chrome gold minifigure keychain :D

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By in United States,

Mr. Gold looks A LOT better than that!

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By in United States,

That's one way to invest in gold...

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By in United States,

Biggest waste of money ever.

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By in United States,

I'm getting quite a bit of interest in the bronze line, so I thought I would put my early estimates in here first.

The full scale metalfig in bronze (not pose-able) is estimated at $75, not including shipping.
Since it is highly labor intensive, the pose-able full scale metalfig in bronze is estimated at $350, not including shipping.

These rewards become unlocked at 22k, follow the project here: http://kck.st/121VyBn

You can always up your pledge when the reward becomes unlocked, and there is no obligation if we don't meet the goal.

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By in United States,

^$350? Well, I guess that's not bad, not bad at all.

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By in United States,

@ Kinetic curiosities yes that and the lego group isn't as mean as you think they found out my friend was making lego iron-man stickers and you think they'd say quit it now or we'll sue! But actually they said cool as long as you don't use our logo its fine!

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By in United States,

Also there are custom mr gold's for 20$

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By in Canada,

A bronze minifigure sounds pretty cool, I imagine it'd be the cheapest option as well. But I have to ask myself why I would want one, and I have no reason to give other than it's cool.

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By in Australia,

The actual silver figure is cheaper than the chromed/badly-painted figure.

... no way to respond to that, really.

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By in Taiwan,

Interesting to see this just now, as yesterday I was wondering how Mr. Gold's eBay price compared to real gold. The current gold price is USD1473 per troy ounce, which is USD47.36 per gram. The parts of Mr. Gold that have the shiny finish (hat, head, torso, legs, handle & stick) weigh in at a total of 3.9 grams. So for any price over USD185 that figure is literally worth more than its weight in gold.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Kinetic Curiosities:

How much would a poseable all steel fig cost?

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By in India,

Can I get it for 99 cents somewhere?

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By in United States,

omg! 99 cents awesome. :)

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