Collectable minifigs barcode scanner: native Android application

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LEGO Minifigures Series 1 {Random bag}

Brickset member johnnywashngo has written an Android application for scanning barcodes and identifying the contents of NA and RoW collectable minifigs.

I know series one figs are old news and there are several solutions for this already but I thought I'd mention it here because he's done a really good job with the implementation, and he plans to update it with series 2 codes once they are known.

Search for 'mini figure' in the marketplace to find and install it.

33 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

What does "RoW" mean?

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By in United Kingdom,

Rest of the world

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By in United States,

I can't find it in Market on a Backflip (Android 1.5) in the U.S. Are there any regional or version limitations on this app?

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By in United States,

I don't know, but I think it is going to be a waste of time since they are not going to be doing the barcode for series 3.

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By in United States,

@AZFIREWOLF - I suppose we will have to come up with another solution! (buy the whole box, feel whats inside, ect.)

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By in United States,

@Jayko543: That's The Spirit! Never Give Up! :D

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By in United Kingdom,

Probably not worthy of a news post of its own, but I spotted a box of the series 1 figures in the Sainsbury's supermarket in the centre of Farnborough this evening. There were only a dozen or so packs left in the box, but I haven't heard of them being spotted in a Sainsbury's before now ... I didn't buy them, so they might still be there ... :-)

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By in United States,

I wish i had a android phone :(

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By in Ireland,

If I had an android phone I would definitely use it but I don't : (. Though the barcodes sheet has worked a 100% for me : ). Just the other day I got the zombie, nurse and robot with it. I find if I align the barcodes sheet with the barcodes on the packet then I can tell immediately if it's the right minfigure or not.

Super Robot Wars

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By in United States,

I'm going to miss hovering over a full box of figs, holding my wrinkled sheet against the crisp yellow bar-code as I swat away children and curious adults, counting out "double line, line, bar, double bar, line..." my...precious... (sick)

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By in New Zealand,

@Super Robot Wars: I did the same thing with the barcode sheet myself. No problems whatsoever. Big thanks to Brickset and that German website. The countdown to series 2 continues.....

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By in United States,

On the counting out thing, I eventually found that muttering morse code noises helped me compare my list with the packets faster and with fewer startovers. "Dit dit Dah Dah dit Dah Dah dit dit [*pause*] dit dit." That's the Cheerleader (NA).

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By in United States,

Just downloaded it and it works great. Much faster than using this site's scan barcode feature since you don't have to switch back and forth between your browser and the app.

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By in United States,

Series 1 is old news? I can't find them anywhere!!! I've been to the local toys r us and target trying to find them! Where did you guys find them?

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By in United Kingdom,

I have seen the series 1 figures everywhere lately. Had a bit of a scout the other day where I live in Kent - in Sevenoaks the local toy shop has a new box on the counter and I spotted a second sealed box under the counter. In our small Smiths they had a box and a half left. In Tunbridge Wells both Smiths and Fenwicks had 3/4 full boxes. In Tonbridge the 2 Smiths had half full boxes and Beale's had an almost full box too.

So basically they are very easy to find over here! Hope it will be the same story for series 2!

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By in United States,

Today I'm trying my luck again, going to TRU a half hour befor its open, and then swipe the whole box! (okay, it was my moms idea, and I don't get to keep all the figs . . . :P)

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By in United States,

I live in South Florida, and I can't seem to find any of the figures at any of the retail stores that I go to. Any one know where I should look?

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By in United States,

@copperwonder96 - Ditto. There was something very serene about sorting the minifig packs. Even with an available app, I think I'm going to still go old school on Series 2 and just review each barcode by eye. We got lucky in North America as most of our barcodes were really distinct. I tried developing a mneumonic for the RoW barcodes and found it much more difficult. :o)

@jinxjinx550 - I can only imagine what other people think when they see us muttering to ourselves like Rainman...

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By in United States,

@codysims - TRU, Lego Stores, and Borders definitely have had them. No word yet on any others including Target and Walmart.

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By in United States,

I would call ahead to Borders before stopping by to look for minifigures unless you're going by anyway: the last time I checked at my local Borders, they found them in the system but the store was not carrying them. The clerk pointed out that Borders didn't send some things to every store. However, since these minifigures are popular, I would suppose that Borders probably will send them to more of their stores, as long as they're not out of stock.

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By in Belgium,

Why does everyone need all these high tech features. I finally saw them last friday in my supermarket. I sat down on the floor and in ten minutes I had 16 different barcodes. No phone, no sheet, just good eyes and good brains to lay them in a logical order.

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By in United States,

@Xiaolong - that would work, but maybe not everyone wants a complete set, maybe just some of them.

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By in United States,

I loved the sheet; and, where she would mostly likely never admit it, I think my wife enjoyed the sheet too because she was able to beat me to identifying the barcode before me most of the time. She was even holding our seven-month-old daughter who was pulling her hair during the ordeal.

After witnessing a number of people buying complete boxes at Toys R Us, I had given up hope of ever owning any of the minifigures let alone the ones that I wanted. Then while out looking for Thomas the Tank Engine Wooden Railways items, we found two full boxes of minifigures at the Boscovs in our mall. The figs were $1.99 each; our Toys R Us raised the price to $2.49 each. I was freaking out because I had left the sheet at home, but luckily I work at the mall part-time. I went to the store that I work at and printed out a sheet. We quickly found the sixteen different figures and have enjoyed our "line-up" of them on the television stand for about a week now. Well, I'm enjoying them; my wife puts up with a lot living with me.

(What seven-month-old girl needs a Thomas Wooden Railway system anyway? She's never asked that...)

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By in United States,

U guys need to make an iPhone app...

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By in Serbia,

Can't find it on the store with HTC Tattoo (Android 1.6). What am I missing? Did you make the app require an auto-focus camera? It isn't necessary for bar code scans, you know...

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By in United States,

I talked with a LEGO rep and they were telling me how LEGO was not thrilled with the Series 1 launch and how everyone is able to figure out what's in the package. They wanted them to be more like baseball cards to where you didn't know what you'd get.

He said that most likely in Series 2 or 3 the bar codes will be the same for all the figures and have some sort of clear casing over them so you can't feel what your getting either. So, i think the barcode days are numbered.

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By in United States,

Xiaolong- DUDE! thats ingenous! i never thought of that, and if you want only a couple just feel.

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By in United States,

@brickshow - I've heard the same at my local store and online; the bar codes are going away since it has caused such an opposite effect of what TLG was hoping for. The "good news" is (for those of us who like to poach) there SHOULD still be identification bar codes on series 2, but series 3 will not have them.

Series 2 is also supposed to have the same number of figs to circulate so don't expect the scarcity to go away (unless they were able to kick the quantity up after the initial rush of sales), but rumor has it that they will be producing way more for series 3.

I know someone always says it when TLG is surprised when a product does well but "how do they not expect these to sell more?"

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By in Germany,

Since everyone here seems to be complaining about a shortage of these minifigures in their country, I just want to remark, that there's no sign of a shortage in Berlin, Germany. I've checked two toyshop in Berlin today. The Toys R Us I attended had plenty of them. I estimate there were about 300. Second I attended a store of the german toy store chain "Spiele Max" and there were enough too. In both shops not all of the packets were displayed in boxes. Some of them were attached to long plastic strips hanging from the corners of the shelves. The Toys R Us had four of those strips.

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By in United States,

I am glad they will still have barcodes for Series 2 at least, as well as a wider circulation of figures for Series 3.

@Xiaolong - I agree that your strategy is very helpful if you only want a complete set, and I initially thought of doing that as well. If, however, a person receives five random figures in the mail from Lego (or at least bought them before they sold out online), does not want a complete set, or wants multiples of certain figures for extra collecting or selling, the barcodes *are* actually necessary. Thanks for your great input though! :-)

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By in United States,

Cool App. We compared bar codes first then used the app to finish our mini fig collection. Also a Lego store employee in Honolulu told us he does not think the store here will get anymore series 1 after they sell out of what is in stock. Cant wait for Series 2. When I first saw the packages I thought of sport card collecting. It is a great concept.

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By in Canada,

i just called my local tru and they said that they were getting another shipment in augest, which will have both series one and series two, they will be getting it in on the first or second week of augest, meaning that series two will be out sooner then september! and maybe series one is gonig to come back once lego has mad more of the product?

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By in United States,

I can't find any lego minifigs in any store!!!!! Any suggestans to where I can find some?
P.S. Please and Thank you

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