Posted by Huw, 05 May 2013 11:25. Filed under
Eric2008 found a Mr. Gold in Rochester, NY and has sent this image of the dot code which those of you still hunting high and low for one might find useful.
I personally don't use the dot codes, bit this may be useful. Thanks for posting HUW.
Well if I want to find...a replacement for my worn off Mr. Gold this can be useful :D
NOW, lets go find the dot code on one of the 300,000 packages! only like 10% more likely to get it, right?
Do the dot codes really work I have only used feel method
You know, I love Mr. Gold and the whole idea, what I don't like is how the chrome doesn't stay on that well, mine has most of the chrome but it seems to be coming off, I just don't understand how they make something so rare and its not in the best quality, and I haven't even touched mine that much!
I've only used the dot code once, it seems to be useful, although since I feel first anyway, it doesn't do any good other than confirming.I think if I'm set on finding Mr. Gold, I would feel every packet first. But I guess laying them all out backwards and searching for the dot code would be a good idea...hmm, maybe I will do that after all.Thanks for posting.
Nice idear, but doesn't work.The dots can't be seen when in shops (to little light).And when one is flattened, you will pick the wrong minifigure.So, nice thought, but no help in finding one.AND for the ones above, be happy you HAVE one (or can offort one), because I and probably many others won't even get one (or even see one in real life). I'm sure I will probably never get one, especially with the prices that are asked at the moment. I had a limit of 50 euro's, even went up to a 100 euro's now, but the prices went up and up and up every time.I just don't have the money.
The feel method has been working for me ever since Series 2. I personally don't care if I get Mr. Gold. If I stumble upon him and happen to get him. Well then that's great. But if I don't, it doesn't matter to me. I'm only going to take time to feel if I haven't got the minifigures I want yet.
So if I find a Series 10 packet and it has that same dot code it a Mr. Gold?
Hi Eric2008. Sorry mate I find one mr gold and dot code is complete different.
They used to be the same on all sets, but changed after series 6 if I remember correctly.This one would work if you had the same letters / numbers in the code on the right side as the picture posted above.
Mr gold is also double bagged, so he should be really easy to figure out *if* you find one.
@af.riem I know and I should be happy! you made me change my mind, lets all remember...IT'S A $3 PIECE OF PLASTIC!!! :D :D
Why is there so much time given over to this "Mr. Gold" on brickset recently? It seems that almost every other day there's another article about it. It's just a lego figure! And if everyone seems anti TLG over how this whole affair has been handled, surely you're just playing straight into their hands by continually promoting it through news references! If I was working in TLG marketing department and saw all this interest on the web I would be rubbing my hands in glee and planning the next one!
I found a Mr. Gold, but I sold it on EBay for 600 dollars, did I get a good price?
Hey guys i was just at the Houston Galleria Lego Store and some of the packets were labeled like one said Baseball Player, Paintball, Book, Indian, and Clown! So I'm wondering why were the packets labeled? Any ideas?
@quackyducks: Exactly. You just hit the nail on the head. TLG is looking more brilliant each day that *we* continue to over-hype this whole thing. I honestly can't understand the anti-lego group sentiment out there, when clearly, they've made excellent moves from a business standpoint. The best way to not encourage a move like this again is to NOT hype up this "Mr. Gold" saga, and to not put so much stock in ONE minifigure. But I fear it's too far gone now.The only people we have to blame are ourselves for continually scouring the retail stores for "Mr. Gold". If we really wanted to make a statement boycotting the idea of a "limited edition" collectible minifigure, than we shouldn't have bought Series 10 figures at all in protest. But that requires a widespread display of discipline across lego fans worldwide, and that simply will never occur.
Just opened an end cap shipper of 140 packs. It will at least make for a nice display for any unopen packs i have left. Anyways, the box was unopen prior to the Target employee cutting it open to verify the contents. I fingered through about half the case and then bought the rest. Needless to say, no Mr Gold. Did get a full set except the bee, in my haste at the store I felt a bunch but didn't keep any. On a side note, the ship date on the box was 03/13/13. Also, the dot code could be matched to nearly one of every figure.
I don't know about you, but hearing about the chrome easily coming off the figure puts me off Mr Gold completely, and I certainly won't be paying top dollar for one off eBay for that reason. Even if it wasn't manhandled much by using the code method of finding it, I don't think I could enjoy having it, I'd just be too afraid to touch it for fear of it tarnishing and falling apart. :P@quackyducks - you're absolutely correct, it's getting too much attention with all these articles, but going by all the comments it's getting, it's still a big hot topic for discussion.
earlier today, i was at the lego store and one of the employees said 1 out of 13 boxes has mr. gold.
if you could build a machine to read these codes that would be brilliant
I've found that sometime the dots vary by batch and sometimes are near impossible to see.
@lukeSkywalker I dont know the chrome might be coming off mine...or it coul've always been like that
Really....front page news for dots that mean nothing without knowing the batch that they came from. As mentioned, the dots vary based on the batch so this breaking news is nothing to get excited about.
In my experience, dot codes are about worthless.
@ MrMonsieurGreen - Thanks for sharing that. I've been wondering for a while what a typical run of a of series of CMF's would be. Based on that, around 65,000 boxes.
@ Blockland .. you got an almost 20000% roi (return on investment) in a couple of days, while long term (average) yearly return on stockmarket investments is situated somewhere between 8 and 10 %.. so I guess you got a good price.. Just look at what other Lego you can buy with those 600.. and imagine that pile next to one single minifig..Of course it could be more, or less.. those ebay prices aren't related to real value and don't follow any logic.See it as winning a lottery jackpot.. one week it might be 15 million, the next week "only" 1 million.. Still would be happy with that 2nd one..
Another statistic that follows from that "1 out of 13 boxes" statement. Your chances of finding Mr. Gold should be 1 in 780 (assuming you're drawing randomly from boxes not yet molested by touch-feely AFOLs). Far better than lottery odds, and a nice ROI as the Engineer above points out.
Who else remembers the barcode Method from series 1 and 2. That was much easier than the dots method that we have now. If I'm going to find a Mr gold it will be the feel method.
The chrome is probably worn off by a bunch of people using the "feel" method!
Has anyone tried feeling for the plastic?
I don't believe that 1 in 13 figure. Remember, most LEGO stores employees get their facts the same place that we do, on Internet forums, and most of it is gossip and guessing. If an employee at the LEGO store really knew that information, they most likely would be prohibited from sharing it under NDA. When you add the number of Wal Mart, Target, Fred Meyer, Toys R Us, etc. stores just in the US alone, and multiply it by the quantity of boxes that people are reporting finding at these sites, I think these are far more rare than that.
That is not Mr. Gold's dot code. CM4S from Eurobricks said that was Medusa's. Trying to throw us off? The feel method is most reliable anyway.
I was under the impression that dot codes stopped being reliable from Series 8 onwards...Nevertheless, congratulations on finding a Mr Gold Eric2008!
Understand that I don't have a Mr. Gold. But I can't believe for a moment that the chrome has worn off because someone groped the bag before landing in the purchaser's hands. I don't see anyway that someone able to identify the contents of a bag by touch would identify a Mr. Gold and but it back on the shelf.
well the odds on this must be more greater than what people are calculating, for the past week i have been up and down south wales with only Barry, Swansea and Newport left to check.i have visited many tescos on the way to the places i have been who had quite alot of unopened boxes and have stocked multiple boxes as well, so if anyone can work out why then the odds are against me i would love to know, as i have been through...18 unopened boxes and 12 opened boxes so far and still nothing, and on average the open boxes contained roughly about 30 - 40 packs.so lets say then that's about 1400 minifigures i have felt (and i know im pretty good at feeling as ive had no double ups since series 6) so why am i so unlucky.perhaps the next unopened box i find may be it, but its been out for sometime now and there are many kids and AFOLS feeling for these that an unopened box may not be around in the places ive yet to go to.
@af.riemIf the ambient light is insufficient to allow the dots to be read, then it might be dark enough to use a torch to see through the packet. If you turn the packet face down and shine a light up through it, there is a window behind the central flap that you can see through. It's probably faster than either dot identification or feeling. And, of course, it doesn't just work for Mr Gold.For the record, I'm not looking for Mr Gold. If I find one, great. But if not, I don't mind.
This is the same code my Medusa had.@Zander - Where'd you hear that from? I think I discovered that.
I thought I would add this, not that im into the CMF's the whole Mr Gold thing is intriguing and whilst in Tesco Home Plus in Southampton, I couldn't resist and started to have a quick feel of the three or so full Series 10 boxes in the shop. It was clear that it had been looked through already, but not the extent that I was about to discover. I will recreate the dialog with the Tesco employee.Man: "you looking for that Mr Gold?"Me: "yeah"Man: " I wouldn't waste your time, the three boxes are all returns. some chap came in brought around £500 worth of collectable minifigs, came back a few hours later returning them all"!!!I find that shocking, and very naughty, even I felt like I was cheating a bit by having a fondle, but that's just unfair for kids.my two cents.Also, new Southampton news - my wife was able to confirm (who works in west Quay) that TLG had planned to be in west Quay for approx. 2 years, but wanted a specific plot. don't expect it until 2014, and will be taking over what is currently the Monsoon store. (they are moving downstairs)
ok, story time, I got 5 packets with that same barcode, at that time I thought somethings funky here....its not like youd get 5 mr. gold packets, right? I got home opened the packets they were ALL SOLDIERS!!!!!!!FAKE BARCODE WANRNIG!!! THIS CODE BELONGS TO THE ROMAN SOLDIER!
I told you my mr gold have complet different dot code
Been following the comments on this article....I've printed out the image above and I'm hopefully I'll go to the stores this week. I had a look at my Series 10 Medusa's dot code and it looks different to the one on here (only two dots, not three). I'm wondering whether the code on the bottom back of the packet (mine says "511B3"). I can't quite see the code in that image. If anyone here has Mr. Gold, could they post what their codes are? Because then we might be able go on that (if all the Mr. Gold codes are all the same). Thanks in advance. :-)
This is complete nonsense. Everyone is making a big fuss about a 3 dollar package with a minifigure with CHROME GOLD!cSince theres such a big argument, id expect it to be made out of 14 carrot gold! Why didnt anyone get so crazy about toy fair exclusives? This is utter madness! Plus, dot codes dont work as we've heard many times already. If someone finds one, hurray for them, but dont bug me about some figure an adult collector essentially steals from a kid.....
@legos, 14 carrot gold is rich in vitamin A. Very good for you.
@legos: Isn't it obvious? It's because you can get it from a pack that costs (2/3, I have no idea because I don't like CMFs) dollars?
Had same DOT code but was not Mr. Gold, was the Indian.
I feel like this was a troll post, would have been good to verify first with other people that has Mr.Gold.
I have him, but I lost the package :\
Well, I think LEGO is trying to throw us off with the dot codes specifically for this series, to make Goldy harder to find (but seriously, most of us have fingers that work to feel, anyway), and so multiple minifigures may have the same dot code. Maybe that was his Mr. Gold's code, but another person's Medusa's and another's Tomahawk Warrior's.
that was a good comment!
All this talk about Mr. Gold...what I haven't seen yet (and what is usually out by now) is the case breakdown, the number of each minifig in a 60-count case. Are female figs rarer again, as with series 9?
@timelash, I think you have hit the nail on the head, and this is why I decided from the start I would simply feel for figures, but this time 17 not 16, if I thought I had Mr. Gold id risk £1.99 to find out. I think I have all 16 now, bought 18 figures (ive not opened them all due my own system for dragging out the completion of the series) but feel sure I havent got a Mr. Gold. The point is you can feel one box and get a Mr. Gold, or you can feel 1000 boxes from your local area, and get none as none of them ever had a Mr. Gold (even if no-one else got there first) but once you start you have to check them all.
Sadly, probability is disheartening. If the odds are 1 in 13 boxes, then the odds of finding a mister gold in N unopened boxes are about:1 box - 7.7%2 boxes - 14.8%3 boxes - 21.3%4 boxes - 27.4%5 boxes - 33.0%6 boxes - 38.1%7 boxes - 42.9%8 boxes - 47.3%9 boxes - 51.3%10 boxes - 55.1%11 boxes - 58.5%12 boxes - 61.7%13 boxes - 64.7%14 boxes - 67.4%15 boxes - 69.9%16 boxes - 72.2%17 boxes - 74.4%18 boxes - 76.3%19 boxes - 78.1%20 boxes - 79.8%Given the current hype, I think it's pretty safe to assume that if you see an opened box, chances are good that it does NOT have a Mr. Gold, and it's already been picked through. Hence, the only useful metric is likely to be unopened boxes.That said, the only clue I've heard is that the LEGO Brand Retail store near me reportedly was told that every LEGO store should get at least 1 Mr. Gold.DaveE
In my personal experience, the dot codes are useless.I have bought and sold a few complete boxes. The idea was to differentiate between the minifigures and sell them on at a small profit, knowing what was in the packs.But the dot codes were all over the place, especially in Series 6. I eventually moved on to the feel method and that became tiresome, so I sold the boxes as complete sets of sixty.
@davee123so ive been through 18 unopened boxes giving me a really good future odds in finding mr gold with it being 76.3% at the moment, theoretically i should keep going as my chance of obtaining it is with in 10 more unopened boxes...i am so screwed, as i doubt there are any unopened boxes out there now as i said my Tesco only had one case and has yet to put out the four box display that ive seen in the 7 or so Tesco stores ive been too, so i have to be vigilant and opportunistic if im ever going to get this little golden pain in the backside.
@Anomaly24The breakdown in each box of 60 is:2 Medusas2 Bumblebee Girls2 Paris Hiltons2 Sea Captains2 Grandpas2 Librarians4 Decorators4 Revolutionary Soldiers4 Mohicans4 Amazons4 Paintballers4 Pierrots6 Baseball Players6 Centurions6 Biker Mechanics6 ParachutistsI don't know if Mr Golds bring the box count up to 61 or if they replace one of the others. If they do replace another, I don't know if it's always the same one.Hope that helps even without the details about Mr Gold.
Mr. Gold replaces someone. One person reported that a Baseballer was missing and replaced, but it may vary. The minifig count is still 60 for each box. Seems like everyone calls the Trendsetter Paris Hilton!
Just went to shops to feel through some Series 10 (in New Zealand's official LEGO distributor - we don't have brand stores) for a while and found everything but Mr. Gold. The lady behind the counter mentioned that, while feeling through packets so that they could identify them, they found a Mr. Gold (which everyone can guess what they did with it :P). Tried the dot code method as well (although I couldn't find any packets that had the exact same code). My earlier theory (the number) is wrong because all of the Series 10 packets have the same number. Felt for the staff and found a few Warrior Woman (the one with the spear), but not Mr. Gold.Like most people here, I'm starting to think that the whole thing is basically LEGO's way of getting people to keep the Collectable Minifigures from the shops....by having the whole "Mr. Gold incentive". The lady at the store also said that Series 10 was pretty easy to feel for the minifigures and I know that they do feel through quite a bit of the minifigs and have been for previous series' as well.
Wow, that is a very uneven box distribution. And too many of the ones I'm after are in the 2's.
Fake! Me and my friend went to stratford and every single one had that dot code on it and NONE of them were Mr. Gold. Oh well, looks like this tactic won't work but it was still cool :-)
I'll purchase a sealed box and hope I'll get a Mr Gold, but I get no illusions about the odds. Don't think about de 1/13 ratio too. Must be far more boxes for sale. The real Mr Gold is the one in the Lego group that proposed this idea ^^
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 my total of boxes ive been through at 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 :(.
^ or mabe nobody has one, as long as some lego dealers can get 4, others like you and me don't have a chance of finding one because they are maybe not shipped to our regions.P.s. I still want one myself, but all boxes (the few shops that sell them around me, others don't even get them in store)are always searched through. I have just given up searching and hope one cheaper one will cross my path at one point.
Have to add that the Mr Gold I had the chance to look at has a totally different code, too. Feeling for them hats seems to be the only sure way.
Could anyone with Mr. Gold's packet post the code? I want to see if there's discrepancy between them, and therefore unreliable.
I don't use the dot method. I find feeling the packets the most reliable! Today that was proven!I found a Mr. Gold at the LEGO store at the Mall of America!!!
I was in Rochester last weekend too!I didn't go shopping, I can't stand the local people, but it's beautiful there. :)
I got the Tomahawk Warrior (twice -_-) with that code..
So, I have been reading all these comments, and I am just getting upset that so many people are selling these Mr. Gold minifigures for such a high price. I am a collector of all LEGO minifigures, and he is one that I am determined to get one. I have decided that since a minifigure costs normally $2.99 USD, I in turn will not pay more than $5.00 USD for one, and I am convinced I will get one. I have heard stories of people buying boxes to feel and then returning them (Ithink the store should refuse the return) and even some stores keeping them behind the counter and not letting customers feel the packages. I think this is something that is meant to be fun for people to find, not for people to search for to make big money. This is a toy, and I wish more people would view it that way.
@fshepherdjr76I dont think feeling the packets is an issue, its the eBay scalpers who see this fun and exciting hobby of ours as a quick buck scenario.. understandably it is difficult these days to pay off bills and sure this could help in the short run but at the expense of a child's happiness or an AFOL who loves to collect like me. i think its sad times that things like this has come too.I personally have spent a week searching up and down South Wales dragging my kids in tow looking for this golden pain in the ass, i have felt almost 2000 packets and im not going to stop, not because im trying to make a quick buck.. no im doing it as i am a AFOL and a completest knowing that there are still over 4500 odd Mr Golds out there makes me optimistic that i will get him. we have three months before series 11 is out (so we still have plenty of time), most stores have only had there first shipment im sure there will be more providing the stores sell them well enough to buy more stock.We can only hope that if we find it, it will be a treasured item even more so when all have been found and most go on eBay where the value will drop due to everyone's greed taking over and they sell for below £100 which it will. but we don't want that, what we want is the fun we just want to find it and say "i found it" rather than "well lets look on eBay".I think those who want it will get it, im sure i will find it my odds have risen to 80% after feeling 21 unopened boxes. so im hopeful i will find it when new stock enters wales and i think you lot should be too.
Don't know if anyone mentioned this, but I got this very dot code today, by random, and it was Tomahawk Warrior.
Dot codes don't work. I went to my local TRU and found at least 5 packages with this particular dot code. They aren't Mr. Gold, which I could tell by feeling the packages.
I received Mr Gold from a box 206B3 and the dot code was pretty much the same - except flip the image and bring the double dots closer together.I couldn't contain my excitement when I realised I was feeling the top hat! It was in replace of a Fielder/Catcher. I'm not removing from clear plastic and most certainly not selling it.
cale, where in Aus you find yours?And can you tell that there is a second plastic bag easily?Sean.
I found two yesterday, by using the 'feel method'.
Uh guys I had gotten a Tomahawk warrior and it has the exact same dot code as Mr. Gold :-O!?!?
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