Series 17 CMF box distribution

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LEGO has kindly provided us with a box of series 17 minifigures to review, which I'll be starting this afternoon. In the meantime, here's the collectors' sheet and box distribution. Sorry, I am not at liberty to reveal the mystery figure yet but I can tell you that there are five of it in the box.

5 in the box:

  • {Mystery figure}
  • Corn Cob Guy
  • Circus Strong Man

4 in the box:

  • Roman Gladiator
  • Connoisseur
  • Retro Spaceman
  • Yuppie
  • Hot Dog Man
  • Battle Dwarf

3 in the box:

  • Professional Surfer
  • Gourmet Chef
  • Veterinarian
  • Butterfly Girl
  • Rocket Boy
  • Dance Instructor
  • Elf Girl

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The secrecy around the 16th figure is something of a mystery If I'm honest but presumably LEGO's marketing team have its reasons!

I'm also perplexed as to why figure 9, who appears to be in stereotypical French attire, is called a Connoisseur.

43 comments on this article

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By in Finland,

Well, they cannot call him Frenchman (too specific and pointing), so what can you do? Art and epicurism are big part of the French stereotype (with no offense at all!), so I can see why he is called Connoisseur.

Concerning the subject matter, I think it's a pretty OK series. There aren't really any particularly fantastic characters, which is a big shame in my book. I can't even see a figure good enough to be my favorite. But as always, most of the figures in these non-themed series are very beneficial when it comes to good spare minifigure parts. This series seems to have especially nice selection of everyday people.

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By in United Kingdom,

As per usual, all the female minifigs are rarer. It's getting very very frustrating and I would love to know why.

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By in United States,

^Agreed. So annoying, especially when it is every female figure and there are less of those to begin with.

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By in United States,

So, the mystery figure that no one can know who or what it is...

...is one of the most common figures in the box? Ok.

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By in United Kingdom,

The spacers are going to go wild when they see what Rocket boy is wearing underneath his rocket...

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By in Germany,

Greeaaat part for MOCs in this series. Corncob zombie, here we go. And I hope weight of the lifter is one oft he short antenna pieces.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ They are indeed!

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By in United Kingdom,

Oooo tell us Huw, what is he wearing under the rocket!?

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By in United States,

My theory is that the mystery guy will be called "French Conquerer" (based off Napoleon) and that's why the Connoisseur is called the Connoisseur.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ Picture to follow in about an hour...

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By in Turkey,

The mystery figure very much looks like a pirate or sea themed person, considering its hat and pistol. but I wonder why the mystery... Maybe a Ninjago movie character or recreation of a vintage figure? hmmm....

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By in Serbia,

Oh, the Connoisseur is a must have minifigure for me, but there are many good ones in this series!

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By in United States,

The Hot Dog Man is awesome.

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By in United Kingdom,

I assume a classic space related emblem given the flag.

The French guy is surely more of a peasant (looking like a stereotypical onion seller) than a degustateur.

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By in United States,

Maybe the mystery guy is a dandy highwayman and they're waiting for clearance from Adam Ant.

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By in United States,

Ugh. As always the main ones I want are those 3s..(all except 1)...none of the 5s and only 1/2 of the the 4s. Having girls that like these, it would be nice just once in a while to have a distribution that makes the female minifigs slightly easier to find.

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By in United Kingdom,

Shame they couldn't find a stash of old grey pellets...
Does that tray have studs on? And is one of the rabbit's ears folded down?

I like the rabbit, the shark-print surfboard, rocket, fairy, elf, and space villain. I might have to get an ugly dog too. But the rest don't seem that interesting.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not much of a CMF collector. Mostly I can't be bothered with feeling the bags. But I fancy getting quite a few of these, so might just buy a load on "pot luck". I guess my favourite, Rocket Boy, will be the easiest one to feel :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

The absence of occult and witchcraft figures in the series will mean they are available in The Entertainer stores in the UK.

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By in Australia,

Is the hot dog man wearing any pants behind that apron? It looks like the entire side of his leg is yellow...

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By in United States,

There are some good ones and the new pieces are great.

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By in United States,

I still think the best part of many of these figures is their accessories. My Series 17 (btw I know no one cares but I don't feel like actually working right now - so get off my back!) "there's a weirdo groping blind bags in the Toy Isle (please don't call security)" wish list goes like this: Hot Dog Man, he'd look great behind the counter of any reputable hot dog selling establishment, however I really want a bunch of those trays and the drink/salt-shaker/milkshake? pieces, oh and a million more hot dog buns. Gourmet Chef, she'd get hired by the Assembly Square bakery in a heartbeat; but mostly because if she started selling that strawberry pie piece on her own then AS Bakery wouldn't hold up to the competition, oh and that whisk wil really come in handy when stealing the strawberry pie recipe. Circus Strong Man, he's not such a great figure but when you consider he is curling 200 lbs... I mean that's just darn impressive and that kind of effort should be rewarded w/a purchase. Connoisseur, he's got an awesome bulldog and he would make a great albeit perfectly stereotypical critic for my PR. Rocket Boy and Butterly Girl, because they'd look great Trick-or-Treating w/my Cute Little Devil from Series 16. Veteranarian, because my city is really lacking in trained medical professionals and she comes w/a cute bunny, which would look great thrown in the snake pit that occupyies most of the 1st floor of my PS. Who wins, bunny or snake? You decide. And lastly the Yuppy, I want 100 of those phones (is it a new mold or two printed pieces on an old school walkie-talkie?). Plus I want to put him behind the wheel of my Speed Champions Mercedes AMG GT-3, which will be getting rear-ended by the ugliest MOC POS car I can create. Anytime I can recreate karma w/plastic bricks is pure gold.

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By in United States,

It's like LEGO wants everyone but the usual WhiteFang to review CMFs

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By in Austria,

A Retarius without a net? Poor!

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By in United States,

Pretty excited for this series. There are relatively few Minifigs that I don't really care about: Elf Lady, Battle Dwarf, Roman Gladiator and (probably) the Highwayman. As a City guy, most of these will easily find a place in our LEGO town. I think the Hot Dog Vendor is my favorite. Look at all those pieces! I usually don't care for the space guys, but I love the Retro Spaceman.

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By in Serbia,

@CM4Sci - honestly, WhiteFang's reviews have become too long for my taste, so I enjoy this new approach.

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By in Canada,

To the folks complaining about the distribution of female characters...

1. Do we have to find outrage in everything? Can't we just have fun?

2. Even at three in a box, huge numbers will be made. Will anyone who wants a Dance Instructor really be denied if they go out and put the slightest effort into finding her?

3. I'm sure LEGO has done its market research - still more boys/men than girls/women play/collect LEGO. Yes dude like myself will buy female characters and vice-versa, but it's about selling.

4. The scarcer the number, the more valuable they become. Is that not a good thing?

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By in Canada,

rib...

I completely agree. It's kind of a boring figure unless your are into historical Romans, but the inclusion of a net of sorts would have definitely created a buzz and expanded the interest, besides being much cooler.

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By in Canada,

For me, I'll probably pick up:

Corn Cob Guy
Connoisseur
Retro Spaceman
Yuppie
Hot Dog Man
Gourmet Chef
Veterinarian
Butterfly Girl
Rocket Boy
Dance Instructor

But at the new higher pricing, these add up even faster, so I may scale even these down a fig or two.

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By in United States,

^^^ Yes, I am sure Lego discovered that more kids want a circus strongman over a kid in a rocket suit. ???? I am sure the circus strongman is a great army builder and makes a ton of sense at a distribution of 5 over an elf warrior, retro spaceman, gladiator or dwarf.

Nothing wrong with being displeased over distribution. It happens most releases... often the very best minifigs are limited, and it is not simply the female minifigs limited.

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By in United States,

Not only does the mystery figure not seem to deserve the secrecy, but it seems pointless for him to be so widely available in a case. Why hide him at all? Wouldn't that normally be done for a rarer and/or more desirable figure? Sure a tricorne-wearing man might be popular with AFOLs, but I doubt most kids are going to be intrigued.

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By in United Kingdom,

What bothers me most is the fact that the Fast Food Server is called Hot Dog Man, the same name as the hot dog suit guy! Really irritates me hehe ;)

All in all, a good series imo.

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By in United States,

The Mystery Figure is probably Napoleon, or a French Revolutionary Character.
There is obviously a tricorn hat, a cape, and a gun.

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By in United States,

I have to get the Luke Skywalker surfing on a Jaws board.

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By in United Kingdom,

Could it be that the Highwayman is a mystery as there will be different designs/colours???
Just a thought.

Why else have such a common minifig a mystery?

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By in New Zealand,

Wait...you said "it"....does that mean anything?

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By in New Zealand,

The mystery figure will be a Batman costume. Because, y'know, there's such a shortage of those.

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By in Australia,

A great series. My favorites are: (in no particular order) Hotdog man, gourmet chef, connoisseur,yuppie, rocket boy, surfer.

The vet is cool, but since I don't have a veterinary clinic I won't get her. The corn on the cob guy is nice too. I cannot wait to put the connoisseur in my Parisian Restaurant.

The mystery minifigure: At first I thought it was a toreo but now it seems to be a pirate of some sort (I would prefer a Naval figure but pirates are more popular then the redcoats)

Someone suggested the mystery guy is a highwayman, I think that is correct. However, I would only get him if he was a pirate/naval guy.

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By in United States,

Does anyone know the release date for the packs?

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By in United States,

silhouette iiiiiis a pirate ; im pretty sure
he has a cape
he has pirate guns
he has pirate hat
who the else has this things????

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By in United States,

I'm hoping the Mystery Figure represents a certain American historical figure who has returned to the attention of many people in the past couple of years, mostly those with an interest in musical theatre but also many who normally eschew such things. Of course, LEGO would never give a CMF a proper name, so they would likely call him "Treasury Secretary" or something equally generic.

Just my personal theory (and hope). :)

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