What is your favourite 'classic' minifigure?

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A couple of weeks ago we asked Brickset readers to submit their favourite minifigure in preparation for a poll which will determine the most popular minifigure ever produced! Your response far exceeded our expectations so we have chosen to divide the poll into categories, as some of you suggested in the comments.

The first poll category contains twelve 'classic' minifigures which were released between 1978 and 2002. The three figures that receive the most votes will proceed to a final poll, including minifigures from across LEGO's history.

Submit your vote after the break...

What is your favourite 'classic' minifigure?

Three further polls, focused upon minifigures from different themes and eras, will be published shortly so keep an eye on the homepage for those.

Which minifigure did you vote for? Let us know in the comments.

 

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114 comments on this article

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By in Netherlands,

Johnny Thunder is the only character from this list that I personally own (missing its head tho).

In general, I really like the LEGO Racers characters, it gives me a nostalgia feeling.
Pepper Roni is also a good one. I played LEGO Island Xtreme Stunts a lot as a child, but I was very young when the actual sets came out, so I don't own any of the sets.

I would love too see a new LEGO Racers or a LEGO Island Xtreme Stunts game.

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By in Poland,

King Kahuka. Sentiments won, even though at the time I had no idea he was named like that.

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By in Netherlands,

Captain Redbeard will deservedly win this I think.

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By in Hungary,

It's like choosing your favorite child! I was torn on the Spyrius Droid or King Kahuka but ultimately picked the latter.

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By in United States,

I picked ghost as its the only one I have from 10176. Even though that ghost is bashed for looking like someone in a ghost costume with yellow hands its an easy fix to swap them for whites.

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By in United Kingdom,

Blue Classic Spaceman!

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By in Australia,

The one from this list I have the greatest attachment to is the pirate captain from the Black Seas Barracuda (I got the original as a reward for learning to ride my bike and I now have the reissue in my current collection)

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By in United Kingdom,

Well, given the choice between Red and White Classic Spacemen, I have to choose Red... because we've had reprints of White in recent years ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

While the classic spacemen were classic and redbeard was a nice step forward, I had to go with Johnny Thunder in the end. I've spent too much time brickfilming him not to.

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By in United Kingdom,

I loved the glow-in-the-dark Ghost so much as a child, that I rested him up against a lamp to "charge up". This resulted in the back of his body melting and becoming mangled. Perfect! A disfigured, crazy Ghost to add to my castle!

20 years later I still have that disfigured Ghost :-)

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By in Denmark,

I'll vote for Ice babe or the Ice Planet Chief if they show up in the polls - for now, Redbeard wins for iconic design.

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By in Bulgaria,

Great poll idea. Any chance we could get photos or at least links attached in the future so we don't have to go off memory?

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm with @Alonzo Brickovsky on this one. King Kahuka wins for me as it was my first ever minifigure. :) I too had no idea of his name or even the theme or what other Lego was about at the time; I was just taken into Woolworths by my mum when we were staying away from home and told I could pick a small Lego set to keep me busy from what seemed like a large wall of sets coming from the eyes of someone so young. I took set 6236 back to my hotel room and loved his bright mask and all the colours.

@ajbrown141 Great story! Ghost is probably my second favourite though I never owned one as a child.

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By in Germany,

Blacktron 1
Because a Black Helmet with Black Vizor looks awesome. :D

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By in United States,

I would have chosen the yellow spaceman

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By in United Kingdom,

A coinflip between the two Reds

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By in United States,

Holy cow. It was easier to pick my favorite mini figure out of the lot than to pick one out of these twelve. I keep going between Forestman and Ghost... Ghost is such a good figure, but after Paradisa, the Castle Forestmen sets were the sets I played with they most. So many good memories, but I guess I have to go for Ghost. I think it was the first minifigure to make me say, “Dad, we need to get that figure.”

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By in United Kingdom,

Why not just have 'Classic spaceman', to avoid splitting the vote for them? And what about people who like the other colour spacemen best? :)

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By in Germany,

I‘m missing a knight.

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree, this is a bit unfair on Classic Space as the vote is getting split in two.
For anyone in any doubt, it looks like red is more popular, so vote red!

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By in United Kingdom,

I also agree with GarethMoore and JoeFish: redraft the poll, combine the results for red and white spacemen, please.

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By in France,

Hours and hours of play mixing forest men, pirates, soldiers and even knights and medieval warriors in the Castles (including Eldorado fortress). But for my favorite Knights apart, this fierce pirate leader that is called Cap'n Redbeard had so impressed me when I got it with his crew, wooden leg and missing hand added to the details printed made him one of my favorite for playing - and he still is today in the category.

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By in Puerto Rico,

I have to go with Johnny Thunder. The Adventurers theme as a whole might just be the greatest original theme LEGO's ever made.

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By in Germany,

No Classic Knight is a serious oversight on the whole, but my favorite is definitely Captain Redbeard, which strangely I never had as a kid and still haven't got. Yet I was always so envious when playing with my friends and their Pirates sets. I "only" had City and Classic Space, which also had their fair share of nice figures, but not as cool as the pirates ;-)

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By in Canada,

A peg leg, a hook hand, how can Captain Redbeard not win this...

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By in United States,

I disagree with what seems to a be becoming my the popular opinion. The differently colored spacemen should be listed separately as they are indeed different minifigures. Grouping them together would be more unfair as several minifigure choices would be getting funneled into one voting option.

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By in United Kingdom,

Johnny thunder is really cool !
My favourite in this list is him!

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By in Netherlands,

Ghost, because nostalgia and I did thoroughly adore the figure as a child. As an afol, I have him waiting in line for the Palace Cinema.

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By in Belgium,

Blacktron I without a doubt.

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By in United States,

King kahunka was probably my favourite, so I selected him. Although out of Minifigures I still own, (my brother ran off with kahunka for his needs and never came back...

Blue classic spaceman I have 2

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By in United States,

@ericjohn
I understand both sides of the issue. I think the best solution would be to just list one specific colored spaceman. That avoids splitting the spacemen vote, but also doesn't allow lots of minifigures to be grouped together.

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By in United States,

Why isn’t the Blue Classic Spaceman on here? He is my overall classic minifigure favorite. From the list I chose Spyrius Droid. I love his transparent helmet and the smiling cybernetic head.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Bumblepants - Links to each minifigure in the Brickset database have been provided.

@AustinPowers - The Classic Knight received fewer nominations than any of the minifigures on this list so was not included.

Both the red and white Classic Spaceman received numerous nominations a couple of weeks ago, hence we have included them in the poll. Other colours received a couple of nominations too but none were as popular as these twelve minifigures.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just looked at the results then at the photo. It's rigged in Redbeard's favour XD

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By in Australia,

I imagine Redbeard is gonna win this in a landslide, and fair enough, he should. He was one of my favourite characters as a kid, too.

But ... as much as I wanted to vote for him or the Ghost (and the Ghost still has a presence in my Lego City), for only one of the figures, can I actually recall the moment where I opened the Lego catalogue, saw the figure and actually thought, "wow that is so cool".

Spyrius Droid all the way.

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By in Poland,

I chose Baron von Barron, Aka Sam Sinister. I love everything about him, his snazzy safari uniform, classy epaulets, hat and monocle, and that dastardly moustache and simle. He's the most charming and stylish villain in all Leo Action themes.

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By in United Kingdom,

Captain Redbeard all the way. Such an iconic minifig. All the Lego Pirates figures were revolutionary back in 1989. The first to feature facial details and other variations like peg legs and hook hands.

I remember as a kid desperately wanting one of the new Pirate sets for Christmas just so that I could own the Redbeard figure.

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By in Luxembourg,

Forestman is my favourite from those. Love the green colour and the quiver.

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By in United States,

This is so difficult to decide!

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By in Hungary,

Oh boy, black monarch's ghost. The best minifig from my childhood. It worth at least two g.i. joe. I also liked the classic skeleton as much as the ghost, but the ghost glowing ability was outstanding for me. So I bought a 6034 set for my son, believing (hoping) that he will fall in love too in classic castle...

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By in United States,

I picked the Red Classic Spaceman, it has a very cool look.

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By in United States,

My vote is for King Kahuka. Something unexpected and different rather than just another pirate. I truly miss the Islanders/Adventurers themes.

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By in United Kingdom,

My main man Redbeard for the win!

Although forestman and ghost are close runners up

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By in United States,

Had I own King Kahuna I would have chosen him and not Johnny Thunder. Thanks for this method.

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By in United States,

I gotta go with my boi Johnny Thunder!

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By in United States,

I'm a Classic Space guy so I'm a little sad that the vote will be split between Red and White... but on the other hand it's moot because Blacktron I. Those sinister black visors were just the coolest!

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By in United States,

“Classic” should’ve been 1978 until the year the first non-smiley face minifigs debuted. I don’t remember what year that was, but I remember it being a pretty big deal.

This time period is just too large to capture the term “classic.”

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By in United States,

Johnny Thunder since he's the only one I own on this list.

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By in United Kingdom,

As a younger Lego fan I feel literally no nostalgia for these classic figs. I know they were cool at the time but they do not hold up against today's standard.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well my personal favourite didn't make the cut :(
Out of this lot...I think Johnny Thunder takes it.

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By in United States,

An excellent selection of characters. It is an extremely difficult decision to pick just one. After mulling it over and factoring in what speaks the most to classic lego (mainly its eclectic zaniness) I have decided on King Kahuka. His print is excellently detailed for his time and that mask is absolutely fantastic.

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By in United States,

It's between Blacktron and the Spyrius droid, but I had to go with Spyrius since that was in my youth prime time of LEGO.

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By in Sweden,

How about the classic Dragon Knights Wizzard - Majisto? From set 6048 among others =)

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By in United States,

Johnny Thunder beat out Ghost for my vote. Such nostalgia with that figure, I had a few Adventurers sets when I was younger and I had at least a couple Johnny Thunders from those sets (and still do). I was also a big fan of the Xtreme Team sets when I was little, the guy with the blue outfit probably would have beaten Johnny if he had been a choice.

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By in United States,

red classic spaceman for me!

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By in Germany,

I played with M-Tron and Pirates as a child, but I went with Johnny Thunder, even if he was late to the party. That was Indy 2.0 - even before Lego Indiana Jones was something!

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By in United States,

'Twas a tough decision, but I ended up choosing "Ghost". They're just amazing!

Surprised nobody has voted Pepper Roni yet. :/

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By in United States,

Interesting that Redbeard is the photo for the poll- I wonder how many choices have been affected by people seeing him before any of the other choices?

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By in United States,

Slitting the vote by decade would have been better. 1978-1987, 1988-1997, 1998-2007, 2008-present.

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By in United Kingdom,

Having two options for Classic Spaceman, red and white, will split the vote between them, unfairly under-representing this design.

I've gone for red, but could just as easily have gone for white. (I'm also tempted by the Ghost.)

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By in Netherlands,

Honestly I feel pepper roni kind of exudes that badly designed/badly drawn feel that was symptomatic of Lego as a whole around that time period (cough galidor). Face prints in general were becoming especially terrible. I guess he's not even the worst example, not by far. Look at these two: https://brickset.com/sets/4794-1/Alpha-Team-Command-Sub Like, what the heck?

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By in United Kingdom,

@Judgeguy, Sure, there's a nostalgia factor, but that may not be the only consideration. If, for example, you used innovation as your main criterion, you would probably go with the Red or White Classic Spaceman. The difference between slabbies and minifigures is greater than that between minifigures of the 1970s and those of the 2010s in terms of innovation.

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By in United Kingdom,

@PDelahanty - The voting categories are divided according to the nominations given by Brickset members. Roughly a quarter of those nominations selected minifigures released before 2002 and from original LEGO themes, which I have termed 'classic' for the purpose of this poll.

@Zander - The vast majority of the Brickset members who nominated the Classic Spaceman specified a particular colour, of which red and white were by far the most popular. We could have rolled all the Classic Spaceman nominations into one but that might raise an issue with other characters who have appeared in different forms, such as Boba Fett or Darth Vader.

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By in United States,

Seriously? There was't enough support for a basic every-day minifigure?

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By in United Kingdom,

What a great feature. My wife is going crazy as I am now in an absolute frenzy to get my hands on Mineral Detector and Space Digger sets I cherished as a boy. Red Spaceman all the way .....

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By in United States,

The classic spaceguys are automatic winners. Claw hands down.

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By in United States,

I was really torn between Captain Redbeard; the most innovative minfigure of its' day, and Blacktron 1; the most intimidating and cool looking minifigure of its' day. In the end I went with the Captain, with his awesome peg leg, hook hand, and whole crew of no longer generic smiling faces but band of pirates with menacing beards and eye patches. Blacktron 1 will always have a special place in my heart as my favorite bad guys though. I used to turn their heads around so they had no faces, it made them look even more evil, haha, hahaha (evil laugh). Ok I'm over it. Sorry for that, moving on...

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By in South Africa,

I had no other choice...Johnny Thunder dragged me out of my Dark Ages.

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By in United States,

Well, since none of the pre-1978 armless/faceless minfigs made the list, had to go with the Red Spaceman. From the earlier listings, I have a sneaking suspicion that a certain Blue Spaceman from a certain movie will be also making an appearance in a later poll as well.

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By in France,

A lot of hesitation, between the Blackton one, and the Forestman with the yellow feather (who always was Robin Hood, when I played).

In the end, I chose the Blacktron one (I would have chosen a Futuron one if it was proposed), and for one reason:
You can't imagine how amazed I was at the apparition of visors on spacemen's helmets, back then. I liked the classic figs very much, but I always regretted the fact that I thought they looked silly with big, open helmets in outer space.
Really, those helmets with visors were so cool. And Blacktrons made for great villains with that all-black look.

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By in Spain,

I also miss a Knight. Then I vote for the Forestman, one of the my favourites. However, I do not mind if Captain Redbeard wins!!

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By in United States,

Spyrius Droid is an easy pick for me. A fantastic, highly detailed design that in my opinion still holds up to this day.

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By in United States,

i have red classic spaceman but i'm missing the helmet and air tanks. :(

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By in United Kingdom,

Hmmm I wonder what the psychological effect of showing a nice picture of red beard before people vote is? Hmmmmmm:)

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By in United States,

King Kahuka!! Such a great minifigure

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By in Serbia,

@waylander - you are a couple of weeks late with the nomination.

@Jumbo Bricks Blue - what exactly is a basic every-day minifigure? There were so many in Town but I really don't think any are particularly iconic - certainly not as much as spacemen or pirates.

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By in Portugal,

For me, the Forestman. Nothing gave us that "castle feeling" like Robin Hood and his Lego gang. :-)

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By in United States,

Red Classic Space all the way.

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By in United Kingdom,

My heart said King Kahuka, but my head said Johnny Thunder. Having grown up in the 90s I like minifigs such as the classic spaceman but he can never hold the special place for me that he does for many others on Brickset.

I'm not only intrigued to see analysis of this final result, but also what the other categories are. Star Wars surely is a given, contemporary System themes, Collectible Minifigs, Harry Potter, girls and mini dolls, the list goes on!

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By in Australia,

Blacktron 1 all the way. Coolest minifig ever.

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By in United States,

@Sammael a minifigure with little to no major identity. The common minifigure which by merely existing paved the way for the spacemen, the ghosts, the skeletons, the islanders, the pirates, the knights, the ninjas, ect. Without the success of the plain of the minifigures none of the minifigures in the pole would exist. (Kind of like how if the status of celebrity would not exist without common individuals.)

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By in United States,

Redbeard, the minifig I most resemble.

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By in United States,

Came down to RedBeard and Johnny I played with more adventurers sets but red beard was the first minifigure I ever coveted I still remember bringing him to show and tell

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By in Hungary,

There is a picture of Redbeard, but no of the other candidates. Of course he will win:
"Hey, I remember him, let's vote for him"
Please insert pictures of the others and start over.
And there are two spacemen, tje votes will be divided between them.

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By in Poland,

Redbeard is the best. But as far as I remember the proper name is Captain Red Beard.

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By in Austria,

White Classic Spaceman is the hero of my childhood. I'm sorry but i'm allergic to Captain Red Beards red beard ... where is some shaving cream?

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By in United States,

Redbeard is great, and I chose Forestman (with the full green tunic, belt pouch, and the back satchel), but my real answer is George. He's a red vest/breastplate Lion with blue sleeves. Blue legs with blue hips. Blue Lion shield. Gray bars helmet and red three plume. That's the minifig of choice.

(Or gray legged Lion siege cart crew guys. Yeah, it could totally be gray-legged Siege Cart Lions.)

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By in United Kingdom,

Classic castle Blacksmith is my favourite from that era.

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By in United States,

It's the Ghost all the way

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By in Denmark,

As I’m from 2000, I think, I only have had Pepper. He was one of my favourite minifigures when I was born - along with Kim Cool :D Still have these figures. They’re so cool. Got a lot of minifigures from the series, when they were in Chupa Chups lollipops in Denmark from that time

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By in Germany,

I chose the "glow in the dark" ghost. He came to me in 1990 in my beginning dark-ages and since then still haunts my collection and makes everybody shake and shiver. Also my Captn. Redbeard is afraid, so the ghost is truly my winner!!!

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By in United States,

I'm torn between Johnny Thunder and the Spyrius Droid! I think I'm gonna go with Johnny.

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By in United States,

My lonely vote for Pepper makes me feel my age a bit ?? I was only alive for 6 years of this category. ??

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By in United Kingdom,

@SpiderMana I'm even younger but grew up with lots of 'classic' minifigures up to 90's. It's amazing how much of a difference that makes as I feel all the nostagia towards half of those listed but pretty much never heard of pepper.

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By in United Kingdom,

Have to say having a list with two very similar Space men may alter the end result. As in if there was only one Classic Spaceman more people would vote for it than the now split. I went for Red, not sure why as Black was my favourite then Blue, Yellow, and my first was white... somehow Red stands out.... I probably had more of them and the White ones did fade a bit.

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By in Germany,

I'm missing the skeleton. So I had to pick the ghost.

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By in United States,

The Spyrius Droid was my pick. the Spyrius theme was SO much fun for me when I was younger, and it's the reason I collected space kits for awhile. The ghost and Johnny Thunder were close though.

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By in Poland,

It's very hard to decide. I love Captain Redbeard, King Kahuka, Forestman and Ghost, but my vote goes to Forestman. All classic Castle minifigures were brilliant!

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By in Belgium,

Damn, this is a tough choice! All of these looked great in catalogues. Wasn't fortunate enough to have them all, so my choice is biased.

I picked Johnny Thunder as a favorite, because he played the biggest role in all of my Lego tales and his theme is my all-time favorite. King Kahuka and the Spyrius Droid are close follow-ups. Having printed legs was very rare at the time. Captain Redbeard has enough love, I reckon :-)

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By in United States,

I'm surprised that Pepper Roni is last. He seemed to be a favorite to many when they asked the initial question. I'm happy to see Redbeard in first, though.

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By in Netherlands,

Show love for pepper roni.

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By in Bulgaria,

No Basil the Batlord? I'd say he's a fairly iconic minifigure and can't be omitted in such a list!

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By in United States,

I have to go with Johnny Thunder. He's an absolute classic!

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By in United Kingdom,

Amazed at how some folk are still asking "Why wasn't X included?" even after the explanation was literally the first line of the post and has been repeated several times in the comments to clarify :)

On another note, I'm away from home at the moment and logged in on a different computer and the poll allows me to vote again even though I've already done so (presumably due to cookies). So as I don't skew the results I'll refrain from voting again and will just have to wait to get home to see the results :(

Is Redbeard still winning?

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By in Canada,

Captain Long John Redbeard Pegleg Patcheye Hook! The scourge of the bounding main!

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By in Ireland,

Most of these are not 'classic' if you ask me. I expected only minifigs with the classic smile. Where's the policeman? Where's the classic fireman?
Also think showing an image of only one of the candidates is rigging the voting...

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By in United States,

Hard for me to choose--Forestman, King Kahuna, Spirius Droid, Baron von Barron, and Blacktron 1 all retain enormous appeal for me even without childhood nostalgia coming into play (I was already in my Dark Ages when the minifigure was invented!), but Captain Red Beard has to win the day, because if any series could have ended my Dark Ages prematurely it would have been Pirates. Even now, the Black Pearl is one of the few large sets I've bought since my AFOL emergence that I've actually built, as opposed to vowing I will build when I have the time. And once I built it, I rebuilt it to have a proper third mast down to a longer keel, with more gunports and many more cannons...so that set was also my gateway to the world of the MOC. Without Captain Red Beard, would TLG have ever thought about the POTC license? I doubt it.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Duq - The term 'classic' has been applied here simply to define older minifigures. In truth, this poll encompasses 'minifigures from original themes that were released in 2002 or earlier' but that would be rather verbose for a title. Furthermore, the image at the top of the article is being changed periodically in an effort to reduce bias.

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By in United States,

Thanks, CapnRex101, for the rotating image. I had already voted (go Spyrius droid, though Mtron and Blacktron were contenders too), but I wondered whether a photo of just one minifig would give an artificial boost to that one. Probably a good idea to rotate photos for the other semifinal polls too. And I will admit that Redbeard was a revolutionary fig, one of the first with a customized face, as well as hook, hat, and peg leg. So not a bad choice if only one was shown.

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By in Netherlands,

Gonna go with Johnny Thunder. Always loved the hat he came with, and his general adventure-outfit was really cool too!

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By in United Kingdom,

For me it would have been the old Norman Soldier from early Castle, but unfortunately none were here...

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