Review: 'NY I Heart' Yoda Minifigure

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NY I Heart Yoda Minifigure

As a Star Wars and Super Heroes minifigure collector among many other things, the seemingly constant release of exclusive figures can become frustrating at times. However, I was lucky enough to source one of the exclusive 'NY I Heart' Yoda minifigures. One thousand of these were distributed in conjunction with the unveiling of the largest LEGO model ever created in Times Square, the X-wing Starfighter, with a purchase of 9493 at the nearby LEGO store.

Immediately this minifigure struck me as a 'must have' more than many other exclusives do. Beyond being rare, and therefore highly desirable, I also find his shirt rather witty. As this is a limited edition minifigure, of course not everybody is going to be able to obtain one, nevertheless, to Star Wars minifigure collectors (or collectors of hard to find minifigures) this is inevitably going to harbour a great deal of interest.

Cardboard Sleeve

With the purchase of 9493, as well as the Yoda minifigure, was a cardboard sleeve to go around the box. This is a lovely memento of the occasion, with lots of details surrounding the construction of the five million piece life-size X-wing model, and some fascinating statistics on one side.

NY I Heart Yoda Minifigure

On the other is an advertisement for the Yoda Chronicles which has recently aired on Cartoon Network and will be continued a little later in the year.

NY I Heart Yoda Minifigure

Minifigure

The head for the minifigure is the same as is included with Yoda in 75002. It is rubberized and cast with plenty of detail. The printing and moulding are both very accurate to the animation model in the Clone Wars television show, complete with bulbous eyes, enormous ears and white hair. Naturally, the torso for this minifigure is the main attraction as it is the only exclusive component. It is predominantly white, and is printed with the classic I Heart NY design, albeit with a clever twist to reflect Yoda's speech patterns, as the verb goes to the end of the sentence. A photo of the front can be seen at the top of the review. The back of the torso is not printed and his legs are the standard short tan legs, again without printing.

NY I Heart Yoda Minifigure

Overall Opinion

As an exclusive minifigure, this is not an easy collectable to get hold of, and is certainly one for collectors only due to the fairly hefty price online. However, if you are lucky enough to find this Yoda for a good price, do not hesitate as it really is an excellent minifigure in my opinion and I find the adapted T-shirt charming.

Of course, one should be careful though as this would be a very simple minifigure to customise. Thus, without the cardboard sleeve the figure becomes far less desirable and beware of customs masquerading as the real thing.

27 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Surprisingly, this figure is rarer than Mr.Gold, due to the fact there were less made.

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By in Puerto Rico,

Why do they keep locking this awesome minifigures behind such limited production?

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By in United States,

There are a bunch of empty bars in the minifigures section

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By in United States,

Great review Capn! And BTW why is there eleven blank spaces between the sleeve part of the review and the minifigure part of the review?

EDIT: The second I posted the comment they disappeared, your way ahead me! ;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

I want that so bad!

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By in United States,

That's quite a funny minifigure; obviously I'll never acquire it as I am not a Lego Star Wars fan; but nonetheless, I find it quite funny.

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By in United States,

Speaking of TV shows The Legends Of Chima TV Show is Premiering July 10. Another great review CapnRex101

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By in United States,

How can I get one now? because I REALLY want one!

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice review Cap,

Good point about the risk of customs floating about.

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By in United States,

@datsunman- Your best bet is on eBay or Bricklink, the promotion at NY TRU has long passed! Currently, they are fetching prices of roughly $150 on eBay.

Regarding customs, the minifigure does come in a sealed plastic baggie with a small slip of paper with license information (Lucasfilms, Star Wars, Toddler warning, etc.).

This does make it somewhat harder to duplicate, and I would feel confident purchasing them with a bag (although having the slip would make me all the more confident.).

As Captain Rex already mentioned though, any that do not come with the slip or bag should be avoided.

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By in United Kingdom,

This whole discussion makes me feel so much better about the levels of my addiction to Lego. At least I am not a minifigure collector!!

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By in United States,

I love the
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Classic :)

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By in United States,

Love the figure, but why must it be so rare?

Good thing I got the need to "collect them all" out of my system while chasing the Kanohi Vahi back in the day, or else this Yoda and Mr. Gold would be keeping me up all night!

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By in Germany,

Sorry, I don't get the hype at all.

The only (!) thing special about the figure is the torso.
I'm not sure if it is unique at all, but nevertheless it doesn't even fit with the Yoda head and feet.
Has there ever been a Yoda in a movie wearing this shirt?

What will be next?
I don't know what it is, but I'm sure everyone will go nuts again.

You are totally crazy, but I believe you MUST be crazy if you are a (hardcore) minifig collector.

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By in Netherlands,

Partially agreeing with HOLODOC: I'm not crazy (yet) but it's starting to drive me crazy that LEGO's keep coming out with these Exclusive Minifigures.. but that's not all..

WHY OH WHY does the majority of the exclusives are handed out or offered in the USA?? It's either at the SDCC, NY Toy Fair, Toys-R'-Us or some other big venue. I'm standing out in the cold here (literally, 'cause I live in The Netherlands).

With Denmark being a real small country (well, as small as The Netherlands but only a 1/3 of the population), the big sales for LEGO in the past came from the surrounding (Western Europe-) countries like Germany and The Netherlands. I don't know a single child in my country that doesn't own LEGO or Duplo.. YOU GET IT AT BIRTH!

I understand from a business point that with the saturation of the market here, LEGO MUST have bigger sales in grow-markets like the US and Asia. And I also understand that the quickest way to do it is by publicity extravaganzas, giving out exclusives and opening their own Brand Stores.. But over here there was never a need for Brand Stores, EVERY SMALL CITY has numerous toyshops and they usually carry the whole(!) LEGO assortment!!

So we'll never get the Brand Store Opening Figures, Monthly Builds, Specials, not even a special Dutch Minifigure only available here, or a special Amsterdam Diorama..... Even the polybags were a nuissance to us up until a few years ago (and still we can't get them in stores, only via LEGO.com or Ebay).

All right, that was my rant, maybe I am crazy. But also a loyal LEGO-fan of 37 years and LEGO.com-VIP (not that it's gotten me much besides free shipping..)

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By in United Kingdom,

On his own, Yoda isn't very exciting....but, I agree with CapnRex101, as a complete set the minifigure and special packaging for the X-Wing are a must have for Star Wars LEGO nerds....I just wish I could get to the US to see the X-Wing in all it's glory....anyways, I've pulled the trigger and bought a set off eBay!

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By in Canada,

So really the only thing new (exclusive) is a white torso with I love NY pint in Yoda talk.

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By in United States,

I also am glad I'm not a completist when it comes to themes or figures. I am a hardcore minifigure collector, but not as hardcore as a lot of people since I don't particularly care for a lot of the exclusives. If they came in normal sets, I would happily take them, but not hardcore enough to spend hundreds on ONE figure when I could buy many sets for that same money. To each their own..

As far as this figure goes, I wouldn't want it anyway since the new summer Yoda is far more accurate to looks (IMO). The torso isn't that amazing, but funny enough in itself with the Yoda speech pattern.

Thanks for the review. Good thing you are such a hardcore SW LEGO fan to give us these great reviews!

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By in United States,

You can't blame those so called "completists" for wanting rare figures. I thought I was nuts for paying $$$ for those hard to find figures a few years ago.

But now I feel pretty good, knowing the value doubled or tripled over the years. I feel little guilty too, because I contributed to making this hobby very expensive one.

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By in United States,

This is one of the times I am actually wanting to get a Star Wars set.

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By in United Kingdom,

I was lucky enough to pick one of these up in New York, as I was visiting a couple of weekends after the X-Wing had left. I didn't expect to see any sign of him, but you could still buy 9493 and get a Yoda, although the sleeve wasn't available any more- it was just a regular box with the minifig in a small bag: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blech/9126280095/

On the other hand, the set was only $55 (before tax), which is a little below RRP. For a Toys R Us, especially in the middle of a city where even the Lego store has a 10% markup, that's not bad.

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By in United Kingdom,

This puts me in mind of Woody from Toy Story, gesticulating madly with Buzz, before finally shaking him to the words "You. Are. A. Toy.".

Come on LEGO, stop this nonsense of lining the pockets of people who happen to be in the right place at the right time and remember that the products are for children. Do the right thing and either stop this silliness or instead let any Tom, Dick or Harry buy decals directly from S@H so that anyone can enjoy playing with these toys. Children shouldn't be left paying well over the odds on the secondary market for a piece of moulded plastic that cost LEGO pennies to produce.

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By in United States,

The people who complain about exclusives being released only in the U.S. should also realize that many American AFOLs actually can't get at these exclusives themselves- I live in the Midwest, and Lego only does these events on either coast. Honestly, it's probably easier for a European AFOL to go to a neighboring country for an exclusive than it is for a lot of folks in the middle of the USA.

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By in United States,

We happened to be in NYC that weekend and picked up the Xwing set. We were fortunate to be at the right place at the right time, but I totally agree that this exclusive/collector mentality has gotten out of hand. I have one of the darn things, and I read this post and immediately started thinking, "I should have kept it in the bag!" No I shouldn't have! It's a toy! I'm glad he is where he is: http://instagram.com/p/a-p3zwwPm5/

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By in United States,

^^True, very true. I live in the Upper Midwest, and there's never any LEGO events that I'm ever aware of. :(

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By in United States,

I opened mine as soon as i got home... lately all my exclusive and rare figs are hanging out around Home One and Yoda who my hometown hearts is right next to a slightly disheveled Clark Kent =-)

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By in United States,

Agreeing with everyone here at the bottom of the thread: I live in the Midwest US and can attest that it's very difficult to get to these exclusives even if you live in the US. I can't even get the nearest LEGO store without a 3-hour drive or 2-hour flight. And if I wound up going to some of the most expensive cities in the world (NYC or LA) and attending the necessary conventions, there's no guarantee I even manage to be one of the lucky ones to nab one of the exclusives. It's a total crap-shoot and really only serves to give a few hundred people an easy $200. The people who really want these exclusives are never the ones to get them.

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