What is your favourite theme and minifigure of 2018? Results...

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Towards the end of 2018 we invited Brickset members to select their favourite theme and minifigure released during 2018. A week has passed since those articles were published so now we are ready to present the final results.

View those results after the break...


Why was the Wizarding World theme so popular?

I think consistency is vital to a successful LEGO theme and the Wizarding World range is an excellent example. Four different sets were nominated among the most popular of 2018 and some minifigures were mentioned too, as shown below. In addition, the smaller sets offered fantastic value for money and the connecting models were designed perfectly. Hopefully additional sets will be produced in the future and they will maintain this high standard!

Why does Star Wars continue to rank highly?

The LEGO Star Wars range offered comparatively few exceptional sets during 2018 but came second in our poll. This is presumably attributable to the enduring popularity of the subject matter rather than specific models being truly extraordinary.


Why did the Classic Police Officer rank in first place?

Nostalgia is an important factor in LEGO collecting for many adult fans, particularly during the fortieth anniversary of the minifigure and the sixtieth anniversary of the LEGO brick. The Classic Police Officer was therefore an appealing minifigure, despite its relative simplicity and disappointing scarcity. This poll demonstrates that nostalgia remains a significant draw.


Are you surprised by these results? Let us know in the comments.

 

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47 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Not an overwhelming majority for classic police officer, would be interesting to do a second round run off with only the top few minifigs.

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By in United Kingdom,

Normally, I'd think the favourite theme is more a reflection of the fandoms and numbers sold rather then quality of the sets. Star Wars being second reflects this as it had a lot of sets, and a number of poor quality ones. (First order AT-ST anyone?)

However, The Wizarding world sets even tempted me with some of them, and I'm not a Harry Potter fan. But, Aragogs Lair, Grindlewalds Escape, the Quidditch Match? You can't tell me that those are worthy of being in a best set competition.

As for the minifigures, I think that the Classic Police man is more of a protest vote then anything else as really, this was a very plain and dull figure. There were loads of better designed figures, with arm and leg printing that were superior in technology and asthetics all around.

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By in United States,

It's no wonder Percival Graves is so low on the minifigure list; he represents everything ridiculous about the chase minifigure system.

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By in United Kingdom,

Classic Police Officer really surprises me. Apart from nostalgia, there's nothing new or exciting about him except for the hunt. There were far better figures than him.

What does interest me is that Minecraft theme is so low on the list. I've done a few Minecraft reviews now, and on the whole, I have always felt I'm writing for the few and not the many - especially as this is an AFOL site. I realise this poll was for a favourite overall, but the fact that Minecraft sits lower than the much slated Brickheadz and Unikitty is an eye opener given just how big Minecraft actually is.

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By in United States,

Huh. So I guess people actually do like the chase mini figures...

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By in United Kingdom,

@iso3200: I think that Minecraft has actually had its day and its a perceived popularity, rather then it actually still being popular. Kinda like Warcraft in that most people have actually not played it for ages. Know most of my friends who played minecraft haven't touched it in months.

Completely agree about the Police officer, many many way better figures out there.

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By in Netherlands,

I actually am quite curious how well the Minecraft sets do. I've never had more than a passing interest in any of them, but apparently they sell enough for Lego to continue making them. I assume it's mostly kids who don't use sites like these who buy them.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Mechahamster: Can only comment for my local stores, but at the local Smyths (big chain store) they seem to be shelf warmers, and the small independants won't stock them as they say they don't sell.

Think its probably because lego having paid for the licence keeps doing stuff for the theme rather then let licence payments go to waste.

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By in Netherlands,

Yeah, I guess it's easier to cut your own IP's like Elves and Nexoknights over a licensed deal that isn't selling, which in the case of Elves especially is a massive shame as I feel that one still had a lot of potential.

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By in United Kingdom,

I own a couple of toy shops and Minecraft sets do not sell at all, Brickheadz are very popular. Although having said that, Superheroes sets do not sell - neither DC or Marvel. The Harry Potter sets have been my biggest seller of second half of last year, but Fantastic Beasts sets have struggled.

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By in Canada,

If there was a police station set with 3 copies of that same police officer, I think it would not be in the top 20.

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By in United States,

This poll shows that fans here have no taste in minifigures.

Much like USA election I will ignore the will of the people and say the dragon guy is the top minifigure of 2018.

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By in United States,

Voted for Ideas and Dragon Suit Guy from the beginning, really happy to see them ranked relatively high :D

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By in United States,

Wait for this poll towards the end of 2019 and we’ll all see the overwhelming popularity of Benny’s Space Squad :P It’s such a good set, it may actually be one of my favorite sets ever even compared to my larger ones like the LNM Destiny’s Bounty and modular Detective’s Office

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By in Australia,

I guess voters don’t read questions very well.
Favourite minifigure of 2018. Not 1978. The police office is just a reprint of the 1978 version.

Hands down the Dragon suit guy tops police office in so many ways.
The level of complexity from the dragon head, to the body print,
to the wings and tail,
and toe print.

Come on people, let TLG know we want more complex and mind blowing minifigures.
Not boring 1980s one. Those can be purchased on Bricklink.

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By in United States,

I am amazed. I own 8 of the top 20 minifigures...

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By in Ireland,

Wizarding World definitely deserved the top theme; really solid across the board.

Disappointed that the Dragon Suit guy didn't win best minifigure. The classic police officer was cute, but I don't think it was the best figure of the year, and its purposefully limited availability doesn't help.

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By in United States,

My bet is Police Guy won due to the demographic of this site skewing older, and fans of newer figures having so many options they couldn't pick 'just one.' So with votes for highly detailed figs getting scattered across several candidates, of course the "Lego peaked in '78" crowd surged ahead.

My cousin absolutely loves Lego Minecraft. I have no clue what sales data really is globally, but for that kid that theme is a complete success. And I can't complain about any Lego theme kids love.

As for Harry Potter winning, duh. When every set is a masterpiece and taps into nostalgia of course its going to get headways. I love Marvel and Star Wars (as a fan moreso than I care for Harry Potter) but neither theme has had an entire wave were everything just feels 'right' (I'd dare say 2016's Rogue One wave got close for Star Wars, but not quite there). Wizarding World's 2018 launch was a series of nonstop homeruns in set and figure design.

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By in United States,

So Capn, no analysis for the minifigures?

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By in United Kingdom,

Who voted for Nexo Knights as theme of the year? Possibly the biggest ripoff of all time and I really hope the original castle stuff returns soon.
P.S. As someone who owns every figure in the top 20, about half of them are terrible (Chase figures, Thanos, Cactus Girl etc.).

Why is DC Super Hero Girls on the list, it had no sets this year (or it did but they never put them out due to the lack of sales).

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By in Germany,

I'm as baffled by the popularity of the Star Bores sets (2018 felt especially uninspired) as by that of the lame chase fig. Oh well ...

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By in United Kingdom,

@LuvsLEGO_Cool_J - I have been working on something else this afternoon but will update the article with some further analysis shortly.

@DaftArcher20968 - DC Super Hero Girls is not listed.

Out of curiosity, why do you not like the Cactus Girl minifigure? I noticed that you made a similar comment on the earlier article and was just wondering why you felt strongly about that particular minifigure.

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By in United States,

Wow. I only own one of those minifigures

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By in United States,

Police officer? Is this a poll of best and most quality minifigure or one which most closely resembles your childhood?

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By in United States,

My pick for minifigure was the dragon suit guy, although Wizarding World would have been about last on my theme list as I despise Harry potter.

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By in Switzerland,

I'm a massive Minecraft fan along with my son. They are some of the most enjoyable and playable sets I've ever built. I love putting them together - actual bricks rather than small tiny pieces with some other sets.

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By in United States,

@LegoHobbitFan: Same

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By in United Kingdom,

@CapnRex101 I’m not sure, don’t really like the arms or the fact that the suit limits arm articulation. Same with the rocket man.
Yeah, misread the listings.

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By in United Kingdom,

I was told by a designer a few years ago that in the first year Minecraft sets were available, they were the third-best selling theme that year. That might have changed since, but it explains the endurance of the theme.

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By in Ireland,

I voted for the Elite Praetorian Guard and voted for Star Wars for the best theme. The minifigure is a wonderful design and if I am honest I voted for Star Wars because BrickBros UK came up with wonderful alternative builds this year and I really enjoyed the Advent Calendar.

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By in United Kingdom,

I thought Star Wars was pretty weak this year which was actually good for me as I did not have to spend much of my already stretched student loan

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By in United States,

I don't understand the support behind the policeman. He's a very boring figure despite the nostalgia.

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By in United Kingdom,

The bare chested bear was robbed!

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By in Australia,

I don't understand the support behind Wizarding World. The castle was small and over-priced (I own 4842 and 4841. You get a full castle and not just two walls, for about the same price), and the new train was just ... horrible.

What I think the results say is that people still love Harry Potter.

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By in United States,

These polls were about choosing your favorite theme and minifig from the nominated list, not necessarily what was the best (which btw is wholly subjective to each person's own preferences without specifically setting the poll parameters to determine what would entail best theme/minifig).

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By in Australia,

I forgot a Powerpuff Girls theme happened. I think the sets were just entirely unavailable in Australia

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By in Singapore,

I am a LEGO Star Wars Guy (not that lame VIP Falcon figure)... but I SO loved the RE-release of the Classic Police Guy because I bought the originals way back in 1970s. I’m equally excited for new versions of Classic Space found in LEGO Movie 2. Not the best figures of all-time, but it’s what they represent. As for the future best of 2019... new figures, themes, sets... I love the freedom that LEGO seems to have with DC. “Welcome to the Apocalypse” also represents some of the best possibilities of IP in bricks as do many of the IDEAS sets.

Ironically, I gave up LEGO back in the early 80’s for Kenner Star Wars... so the merging of the two, as an AFOL is a childhood dream come true. While I’ll continue collecting new LEGO Star Wars Minis... as for the boring sets they are packaged with, they will be sold-off on eBay... unless the sets represent fresh ideas, like Darth Vader’s Castle. Perhaps the blame should be placed on Lucasfilm not LEGO as Warner Bros...seems to have given LEGO lic to fully create: Potter, DC, etc...

Time and again, I’ve suggested to LEGO that they offer a Star Wars: Holiday Special Advent Calendar or do an origins Ralph McQuarrie line of minis, ships and sets. There is so much of Star Wars (Minis, vehicles and locations) yet unrepresented... yet we continue to get RE-treads, over and over and over. Zzz...

Need to be more disciplined about buying unique sets like the range from Rebels as we’ll likely never see another Imperial Assult Carrier, Rex’s AT, Ghost... again.

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By in Australia,

I'm very surprised that the Praetorian Guards didn't go well. Probably because of the set they came in.
No surprise for the best theme.

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By in United States,

The reaction to Classic Police Guy seemed really negative and I'm shocked he won and it says a lot most comments are annoyed about it, but I guess that tells some difference between the lurkers and posters here, eh?

I strongly believe the set version of Dumbledore is superior to the CMF though, huh

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By in Italy,

I agree with the user that propose a "second round" with the most voted minifigures and themes. Very surprised by the results, anyway.

It is a pity I can't see Quorra minifigure in the list (my vote :D), anyway there are other good entries. In a second round my vote would be assigned to Nya Kabuki or maybe the Dragon Suit Guy. The Brick Suit Guy was a good idea too, but I dislike the realization, the body as a single brick was a terrible discovery for me.
The Classic Policeman as the first in the classification got me thinking. The minifigure is nothing special, so... why so many votes? Ok the "nostalgia effect", but it is not enough. Maybe this is partially a protest vote, as another user wrote. I think this have something to do with desire. It is a very rare minifigure, so it is one of the prohibited wish for many and a great satisfaction for others (as having it required many efforts/sacrifices).
This minifigure (such as Percival Graves, that have not the nostalgia effect and it is not a protest vote, and few others) is a mirror of the perverse mechanism around collecting of which the choices regarding the last Collectable Minifigures series is a clear example (and the reason why I hope this theme will be closed or at least heavily reduced).

About themes, I didn't even image that the Wizarding World would have so many votes. Maybe that's why here in Italy so many sets are so overpriced (especially the two little ones 75950 and 75951 and the in part Whomping Willow 75953).
As I think that price is an important element in the judgment, surely this theme don't deserve my vote, even if there are some excellent sets such as the Great Hall 75954 that appears very good for its price.
On a second round my preference would be assigned to Creator/Creator Expert or Ideas. Very interesting BrickHeadz and Classic too.

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By in United States,

I do think people that voted for the policeman kind of missed the point of the poll...or perhaps the poll needs to be better refined to just brand new figures. There were quite a few great, brand new figures this year with never before scene detailing, yet a bland and not new rerelease is the winner. Of course the poll means nothing, but it skews results.

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By in Germany,

Funny about the Classic Police Officer. If you got your hands on an unopened box of CMFs from that series, is was the easiest CMF to find ever. It's what I did. That series was a shelf warmer over here anyway, no wonder at 4 Euro per fig. So just went there, took the one in the spot that it was known to be, and voila. Even funnier that I wouldn't even have needed it as I have about four or five of the original from the late Seventies, as police sets at that time were some of the first LEGO sets I ever got.

I'm just happy that the baby with the reindeer design I voted for made the top ten as imho it is one of the best minifigures ever. Those baby figures are cute to begin with, but this specific clothing design is just awesome.

Many of the figures on the list have intricate printing and details, but they are basically all just licensed stuff with no heart or soul other than marketing dollars*. I prefer LEGO's own ideas far more, like all those City figures (for example from the excellent people packs series) or the ones from the Modulars, or even those classic guys like the police officer or now the classic space figures from Benny's Space Squad.

*The "soulless minions of orthodoxy" so to speak - if anybody gets that obscure reference ;-)

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By in United States,

Now that a poll has been done regarding favorite themes, it would be interesting to see which themes sold better according to Lego. For example, I don’t see Elves outselling BrickHeadz even though the poll here would suggest that. I also don’t understand why a Overwatch was even a consideration since the sets didn’t officially launch until 2019.
As far as the minifigure selection, it is beyond me as to why anyone would choose the classic Police Officer as the favorite. Especially when there so many better options on the table. It was simply a reissue of an old minifigure that truly was a bit lame in my opinion. I guess that in 40 years everyone will be going nuts for the Dragon Suit Guy then.

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By in United States,

I lost and I won! Wow!

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By in United Kingdom,

Bricksuit Guy, I still love ya. You're the best of both worlds and you were a deserved winner, although you didn't

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By in United Kingdom,

There seem to be a LOT of people moaning about the policeman winning.
The title of the vote was your ‘Favouite’ minifig from 2018.
Not the most innovative, or best printed, or most detailed.
Whether it’s due to nostalgia, collectibility or rarity, it was obviously the favourite of more people than any other figure!

I collect minifigs (3581 currently) and this year it was the minifig that I would have been most disappointed not to have got. Therefore, my favourite.

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By in United States,

@Mechahamster Minecraft is actually one of my favorite themes they're doing right now (just feels so "classic" as far as LEGO goes, and it's so much easier to build a world with it than with City.) Around these parts it seems to go a lot faster than Star Wars, but not quite as much as Superheroes, which is the opposite of what people normally report. Maybe they just restock the Star Wars more frequently and only do one batch of Minecraft so it looks like it's selling faster? Idk.

I for one am surprised that Ninjago isn't higher than Ideas on this list, and got no minifigs nominated. I've seen a lot of praise for the Sons of Garmadon and Hunted going around online. I guess that's just another effect of the age gap, most people on here are AFOLs.

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