• The Definitive Evolution of the Minifigure

    Compiled by Alemas. Updated 19 March 2010. Contains 23 sets.
    This BrickList lists all the major steps during the evolution of the minifigure!

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374: Fire Station

5 reviews
Pieces
349
Minifigs
4
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Category
Normal
Related sets
European version of 590-1
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1978: The modern minifigure is launched! With movable head, arms, hands, and legs, it proved to be an instant hit! Notable differences to today's minifigures are: Solid stud head and no or small prongs in the torso.
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432 own this set, 294 want it

376: House with Garden

5 reviews
Pieces
221
Minifigs
2
Category
Normal
Notes
Same set as 560.
Related sets
European version of 560-1
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One thing worth mentioning is that, until around about 1983, women minifigs had pigtail hair! The pigtail hair made a small "cameo" appearance in 1994 though. And, amazingly, in 2010, in "Vintage Minifig Collection Volume 5", they re-released the pigtail hair!
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623 own this set, 398 want it

8620: Snow Scooter

3 reviews
Pieces
100
Minifigs
1
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Category
Normal
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1986: If Fabuland minifigs were XL-sized, then Technic minifigs were XXL-sized! WAY bigger than the minifig, it had knee and elbow articulation, technic pin holes in the legs, moving feet, and slightly larger hands! Also, it could not be dismantled!
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981 own this set, 191 want it

6251: Pirate Mini Figures

7 reviews
Pieces
33
Minifigs
5
RRP
USA: $6.50
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Category
Normal
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1989: Arrr, here be Pirates! Pirates marked a departure from the smiley face, using proper piratey expressions, and there were also hooks for hands and the all-important peg-leg!
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2204 own this set, 620 want it

7121: Naboo Swamp

26 reviews
Pieces
82
Minifigs
4
RRP
USA: $10.00
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Category
Normal
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Also in 1999, LEGO Star Wars introduced moulded heads! Also, the battle droids were the first minifigs to not have the standard body!
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3433: The Ultimate NBA Arena

4 reviews
Pieces
491
Minifigs
10
RRP
USA: $80.00
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Category
Normal
Notes
Comes with four orange-coloured basketballs. Three basketballs have SPALDING and NBA markings.
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Also in 2003, LEGO launched a variation of the legs: spring-loaded legs! The two legs were fused together, and there was a spring in each "leg" to launch a basketball! Another variation came: arms with modified fixed hands to hold basketballs!
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387 own this set, 272 want it

3560: NBA Collectors # 1

4 reviews
Pieces
12
Minifigs
3
RRP
USA: $8.00
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Category
Normal
Notes
Set includes Tim Duncan, Ray Allen and Pau Gasol.
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In 2003, LEGO Basketball heralded the arrival of flesh-coloured minifigs! In 2004 LEGO started adding flesh minifigs to their licenced themes!
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415 own this set, 156 want it

7594: Woody's Roundup!

5 reviews
Pieces
502
Minifigs
4
RRP
USA: $49.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Category
Normal
Bricklist notes
In 2010, Toy Story introduced the most extreme variation of the minifig based on the standard body: Extra-long arms and legs!
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2558 own this set, 896 want it

7595: Army Men on Patrol

39 reviews
Pieces
90
Minifigs
4
RRP
USA: $10.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Category
Normal
Bricklist notes
Also in the Toy Story theme, LEGO introduced a strange colour to the minifig: green!
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Well, this is the end of the BrickList! I hope you enjoyed the ride!
Alemas
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