The wooden minifigure is available now

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The collectors' item 853967 Wooden Minifigure is now available to purchase at LEGO.com for £109.99/$119.99.

It's said to be 'limited edition' so while it's not known how many have been produced you might want to order it sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

50 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

And going off the poll with over 85% of people saying its not a must buy, we'll see it on heavy discount right after christmas.

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By in Belgium,

I reckon it'll fly off the shelves. And there are some pretty decent prices on product bundles that include this.

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By in United States,

Pretty sure I couldn't get more disappointed even if I missed out

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By in Netherlands,

If this is really a limited edition, I'm sure this will sell out. It's not for me, but I can see the appeal of a reasonably unique piece for in your living room.

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By in United Kingdom,

These appeals to me, but what if you muck up while drawing on it?

But £110 is heck of a lot for what it is. £30 seems far more reasonable.

Lego obviously targeting affluent and older fans with this

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By in Norway,

Ordered! Nice price to pay £105 for a bundle with the wooden minifig, a CMF 19 fig + a 5005375 Minifigure Display Case 16, which alone costs £29.99. The wooden minifig only (without a bundledeal) costs £120 in the norwegian store.

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By in United States,

Won’t let me order. Says available for VIP member 11/3, I am logged in, when I hit the login to my account link, it takes me to my VIP account, but the shipping site won’t let me in to order. I guess I am not the “right” VIP?

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By in United States,

@TCSBGDADY, I'm having the same problem. Trying to chat with customer service now to get it sorted out.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is it me? - I just don't get (the appeal or point of) this... :-/

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By in Germany,

@Chilis_no : strange that you get such a "bargain". Over here, the bundle is offered as a "sale" item for 179.99 Euro (marked down from 232.78 Euro mind you):

https://www.lego.com/de-de/product/lego-minfigure-bundle-5006063

So, the wooden minifigure alone is 119.99 Euro, the display case is 32.99 Euro, and the CMF is 3.99 Euro.
All in all, the RRP if I bought all three separately would be 156.79 Euro, but the bundle ("sale") is almost 25 Euro more expensive!?

Something doesn't compute.

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By in United States,

I can;t order it either and I'm a VIP

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By in Germany,

€120,00 for a piece of wood ? No way. However, kudos to the Lego marketing team when this is a success.

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By in Germany,

Another FOMO-article about this overpriced nonsense. Can't stand it any longer.

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By in Ireland,

I’ll be saving that €120 for a nice buildable model like the new Batmobile 1989, but thanks anyway!

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By in Germany,

I rather would craft my own insted of pay 120€ for 20 cm oak wood.

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By in Canada,

Why would anybody spend that much on a block of wood?

Ok, so it's a collector's item. Big deal, it's still way overpriced for a block of wood.

I'm sure the market demographic interested in such things will enjoy it though, even with the pricing issues.

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By in United Kingdom,

It’s surprising how many folk log in to have a whine. So much pessimism :-D

I’ve got one ordered. It’s a nice piece that celebrates the minifigure icon that I’ve grown up with and love and I can display it in the lounge away from all my brightly coloured plastic in my LEGO room. It’s oak, hand-made and well finished and each one will be unique due to the wood used. I’ve also bought one because I’m loaded and I’ll still be buying the sets I’d like to build anyway - I’m the ideal demographic :-D

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By in Norway,

@Mr_skinny Totally agree. If folks do not like (it), just don’t buy it. People are totally free to prioritize what they’re spending their money on. TLC or anyone else cannot stop experimenting or try new markets because some people do not like everything they do or make, mmmkei.
I have do have three complaints tho:
*It should have a classic smiley face
*At least the arms should be possible to articulate
*The release should be last year, the minifigs 40 year anniversary
Anyway, this wooden minifig will do a great apperance on any shelves to those who buys it. Enjoy!

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By in United States,

Just ordered two !! I don't know why so many people are whining. These will make great display pieces for me.

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By in United States,

My issue is the hands. LEGO stated that wooden hands would be too prone to splintering; ok, fine. But then make the plastic hands an upscale version of minifig hands that have clutch and a little bit of pliability. These hands can't actually grip anything - any accessory needs to have a top wider than the handle or it will just slide through. My god, we all though $700 was extortionate for the Star Destroyer??? This might actually be worse considering it's basically a wooden paperweight that can't actually do anything - and it's not even THAT big, to add insult to injury.

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By in Canada,

@Odeinoichus -

I think the pricing is off because I'm sure my daughter would be very happy to get creative with that, but I can't justify that pricing. I think they should've gone with cheaper wood like IKEA, and see the Oak version as a premium product.

Having said that, asking "Why would anybody spend that much on a block of wood?" is kind of ironic when most, if not all, of the people here are spending that much, and a lot more, on blocks of plastic :)

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By in Germany,

I'll ask again: why is the bundle more expensive than the three separate articles combined? Doesn't make sense.

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By in Switzerland,

It is hard to believe that some people are willing to give $120 for something like this.

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By in United Kingdom,

This or the secret Batmobile ?
This or the secret Batmobile ?
This or the secret Batmobile ?
This or the secret Batmobile ?

OK, I've decided. Alfred - Fire up the Batmobile.

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By in United Kingdom,

Get in quick. 13 people already own it. Lego can't loose as they prey on people that are on the fence, but anything limited pushes them. Bet it will be out of stock soon...... to push people over the edge when it miraculously comes back in stock they will HAVE to have one.

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By in United States,

Naw.

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By in Norway,

I think the reason for the "whining" is that it's another "close, but no cigar" product - a bit like the Jurassic Park set where everyone wanted the Ideas concept, while Lego tried too hard to make it something different to avoid accusations of plagiarism. As others, I'm quite enticed by the concept of a wooden minifig but am turned off for the same reasons - price, lack of articulation and those garish plastic hands.

The price is high, but it could be justified if the figure had hit on the other points. To compare, a 20cm Kay Bojesen monkey sells for 130 euro, but that one's articulated AND made in Denmark.

The lack of articulation and the "zombie" posture is a major issue - just having one or both arms down would've helped a lot. As others have mentioned, there must be dozens of ways to use hidden plastic/metal/magnetic fittings to make it poseable AND sturdy/safe without compromising the all-wood look.

And of course those ugly yellow hands is the final nail in the coffin, there must be so many ways to do this better. Tan hands would be less conspicuous, while yellow head+hands would have looked better (even if it's less wood). At least if the figure had been a little larger I'd imagine it would be possible to laminate (like plywood) the curved part of the hands, which would be much stronger than just cutting out the shape.

I also find it worrisome that it seems like Lego's main motivation behind this product is to fortify their trademark on the minifig shape - even if it's in other materials and sizes. As said earlier I find it deeply wrong that a product's design (as opposed to names, logos and packaging) should be covered by ever-lasting trademarks, that's what we have design patents for.

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By in United Kingdom,

Spotted today at the brand store in Manchester Arndale

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By in Sweden,

I would have liked it if it would have been twice the size, half the price, with wooden (or wood-colored) hands and an arm position that's more natural. That would have been a nice display piece for my home or office. Too bad, moving on.

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By in Switzerland,

I will avoid disappointment by simply not buying it.

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By in Italy,

I love and I have always loved legos and they are my favorite pastime, I have many collectable sets too and I will continue to have them, but I spend over 100 euros for a piece of Vietnamese wood and besides that it has no mobility I find it absurd.

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By in United States,

Whenever you hold a wooden item that’s decorative (as opposed to more functional or ‘utility’), there’s a fairly quick separation between the more novelty, Pier-1 type items and items of higher quality. and You can note how it’s finished, the weight, the appearance of the grains and the consistency, the attachment points. The better it gets the more expensive that gets. What’s even more impactful in mass produced, age-graded toy items is safety and chemical testing, etc. Even sourcing the wood is an expensive difficult process mostly due to supplier consistency. Pests and keeping them out of the entire process is also a money issue that isn’t present in plastic production.

These look to be priced well...or, well enough considering 2015-2020 LEGO pricing trends.

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By in United States,

I think the fact that Lego went all DMCA Game of Thrones on the 3D printing community prior to the release of this thing sends a message almost as bad as recent PR snafus by Disney or Blizzard.

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By in United States,

I remember on the Netflix show the "Toys that Made Us" the point was made that LEGO's biggest failures all involved things that didn't quite fit into the "System". And a huge chunk of wood definitely is. While I do think the wooden fig looks neat, and I am a fan of wooden toys, it's not coming home with me anytime soon, unless LEGO realizes it's a flop, and starts clearing them out at 50% off, and even then, it's a stretch. $120 can buy my choice (save a few Classic Space sets) of pretty much any of the 200+ sets in my wishlist. Given utility for dollars spent, this is clearly not worth it. $120 right now is about halfway into what I want to spend on an upcoming PC upgrade.

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By in Germany,

With the current number of investors and resellers, this will sell out. Doesn't mean it's great, though.

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By in United States,

Ordered mine today. Will be a nice and quality wood display.

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By in Ireland,

To the people whining about the people whining... well, need I say more? :P

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By in United States,

What about the people whining about the people whining about the people whining? That says it all right there. ;P

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By in Malaysia,

Maybe if they made a minifigure (minifig size) out of wood... then it might be cute?! :D

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By in United States,

If there's no actual number telling us how limited it is, then it's effectively not limited. I would consider this as an investment--they'll be hot and retain their value if, say, there are only 10,000 made. But without knowing that number, forget it. Taken on its own merrits, it's just not compelling at that price.

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By in Singapore,

I agree with above. It’s not as limited as marketed. If it’s popular, they’ll make more. Currently it does not wear a badge or a unique number of a total limited number to justify its collectibility.

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By in United Kingdom,

Are resellers buying into this? I doubt it. There are better wooden minifigures out there than the ones made by LEGO. They will keep the aftermarket prices down, even if this does turn out to be limited to a small number (which I doubt).

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By in Norway,

The wooden minifig/all the bundles are out of stock in the norwegian store. I guess they sell well afterall.

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By in United Kingdom,

They weren't flying off the shelf when I visited a brand store today. They were high up and definitely not designed to catch the eye line of kids.

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By in Portugal,

Just ordered one in a “Lifestyle bundle”. Without any doubt, it’s overpriced. But for a real AFOL, it’s simply irresistible due to the beautiful celebration of the classic and eternal Minifigure.

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By in United Arab Emirates,

I want four to paint up like KISS.

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