I am really very excited after buying this long awaited series. Without much hesitation, I went and collected my reservation, and begin to tear those packets apart to find out what are my randomised and spare minifigures. It really excites me a lot because I don't know what is in store for me. Trust me, this is a fun experience to rip the entire box of packets out. For those whom have these minifigures on hand and have not participated in this poll, then come right in to cast your vote. It's very interesting to find out what are the current hot favourites and whether TLG knew which is going to sell well? From here, let me share my experience with the rest of you.
Name: 8683 LEGO Minifigures Series 1
Theme: LEGO System / Collectable Minifigures / Series 1
Minifigs: 16 unique minifigures
Price for 1 box: USD N.A, GBP N.A, SGD$234.00
Price for 1 packet: USD N.A, GBP N.A, SGD$3.90
Resources: Brickset, BrickLink
An image of a 8683 LEGO Minifigures Series 1 box
Side images of the 8683 LEGO Minifigures Series 1 box
You simply can't resist the excitement of seeing so many bags in one single moment!
As you can see, the box is divided into 3 rows and each row contains 20 packets. Now, it's time for us to figure which is which. Of course, you could be standing at the front of the store counter touching and squeezing those packets away, hoping to feel the "right" minifigure that you wish for.
In case, anyone is interested in the dimension of the box, here are the measurements. It is measured at 28cm length, 19.5cm width and 12cm height. It's very compact and friendly to store them inside your storage area if you are intending to stock up.
The objective is to complete all 16 unique minifigures for Series 1!
I am sure many of us are aiming to complete at least one set of the above. This is indeed achievable, and I got mine completed with just one box without resorting the use of bar-code scanner. Nevertheless, it will be very interesting to see how this combination works out and you will be in for a surprise.
This series served as a major milestone for all LEGO collectors, where at least 90% of parts in terms of torsos, leg piece, hair piece, head piece and accessories are all brand new. It has never been seen in any other sets before, and this is one of the key reasons why we are all so eager about it. Just take a quick look around and you will notice new parts like the syringe, club, trumpet, poms-poms, magician's wand, etc. This is indeed an excellent piece of great accessories set for all of us.
Just to let you guys know that the minifig printing for all 16 minifigs are involved at the front of the torsos and some leg parts. There is no back printing for all minifigs. The quality of these minifigs printing are much better than the poor printed minifigs coming from the Vintage Minifigs Volumes, Pirates Tic Tae Toe and etc. However, these minifigs are not "exactly" similar from our regular minifigs coming from the boxed sets. I don't know how to describe them, but it appears to be "in between". Nevertheless, I am still satisfied with these new minifigs. I supposed its the crazy excitement that everyone is experiencing now.
A random sealed packet
Back image of the packet
As you noticed, the bar-code on the left are meant for tracking the type of minifigure behind the bag. However, I must emphasis that going the way of scanning every other bags to get only the minifig which you want for the sole purpose of selling is not right. The bar-code are meant for quality control in terms of packing individual boxes to ensure we get the best variety instead throwing all of them together. Imagine one day, when someone scanned everything and take the good stuff away, leaving only crash dummies in there, I will be very devastated. Instead, I enjoy the process of squeezing the packet and feeling the parts in there. I know it's hard but I can assure you it's definitely achievable and this is all part of the buying sensation.
Trust me, doing this method will make you stay in the shop for a long period of time, speculating the content. It's fun and enjoyable. The concept behind this series is very creative and nicely carried out.
1) The prehistoric Caveman
First and foremost, we go back to the beginning of mankind. The prehistoric caveman is an iconic figures and no such minifig design has ever been produced. With this new addition, we are now able to make prehistoric creations or even our very own Flintstones clan. The printed design is very detailed, especially with the use of small animal bone to grip the worn out robe.
The parts provided are very useful. You might notice that the club is different from the one used by the Castle Trolls. This one is much more suitable for the use of minifigs and is very much applicable for "whacking".
2) The sexy Cheerleader
"Bring it on!". Oh wow, this sexy cheerleader is simply mind blowing! With this hot babe, the High School Cheerleader team will be much more exciting and colourful than before. Now they can jump up and down with their pom-poms and swing up and down with their beautiful long ponytail hair. This fig's lovely expression which is bound to dazzle the spectators. At the same time, you can also easily customised the minifigs parts and transform it into your regular female civilian. After all, female minifigs are hard to come by.
The pom-poms could also be used as blueberry muffins or even a birthday cakes. It is great to have a blonde version of the long ponytail, too.
3) The funny Circus Clown
The circus troupe is in town. Head down and be entertained by the hilarious circus clown! This is the modern day version of the court Jester. Try placing the clown onto the red bicycle and he will be on his way to honk his horn and make jokes. This minifig has certainly brought many smiles to the busy working citizens of LEGO City.
The trumpet is very nicely designed and can be supplemented for other purposes like military band or vintage cars. The clown hair piece is made up of hard plastic.
4) The reckless Cowboy
Wild west LEGO fans are in for a treat! The reckless looking cowboy wearing his dark tan fedora is geared up and ready for a showdown. You can either use him as an outlaw or customise him to be a deputy. The belt is one of the nicest details on the torso.
The dark tan fedora and 3 pistols are useful accessories. I could easily use them for other purposes, eg the additional armaments are suitable for the City Police Force.
5) The Crash Test Dummy
What will you do when you need somebody to test crash survivability? Who do you look for? Try this very durable "Crash Test Dummy". It's supposed to withstand any kind of shock and impact. At first, it reminded me like some sort of radioactive dummy and I never thought it was supposed to test safety features. I don't really understand why a crash dummy required a spanner but the 1x2 printed license plate is a big welcome to our accessories bins.
I have not thought of what to do with the minifig parts, but for the printed license plate, it's very useful to include it as a vehicle registration plate.
6) The responsible Deep Sea Diver
I noticed there's a divers trend for our City folks. From the 1990s Divers to the recent Coast Guard theme, now we have a new deep sea diver whom participates in aquatic expeditions. The overall appearance of the diver is pretty nice looking, especially with his blue diving suit. If only the diver could have had something to hold on to such as a harpoon.
These are the regular diving stuff equipment. Nothing else to mention about this packet.
7) The resourceful Tribal Hunter
When there is a cowboy, there will be a tribal hunter hiding by. This tribal hunter is similar to the one released for the early Wild West theme, but in this case, this hunter is more cheerful looking. I like the printing of its torso, it can certainly blend in well. There is one thing about the naming of this minifigure. Earlier ago, before the official name are released, I thought this minifig was supposed to represent "Red Indian" until recently, I was taught that this term is not a friendly term in the United States and was replaced by the term "Native Americans", whereas other parts of the world such as Europe and Asia are not very familiar with it. I supposed for TLG to stay neutral on this stance, they choose "Tribal Hunter" instead.
You get an extra printed plume, plus useful medieval parts like the bow and quiver. I will touch up on this image later.
8) The mysterious Magician
The magician is now ready for his magicial performance. I wonder what tricks he has up his sleeve? There are certainly no bunnies in his hat. This is a very lovely minifig for performance purposes or street acts. Take a look at this image of the Magician with his hat off.
An additional hair piece in this packet is certainly very good for customising male minifigs. Furthermore, you can even use the special magic wand to conduct your own "magic".
9) The stealth Ninja
As a Ninja fan like myself, I was pleased to discover that the Ninja has made a re-appearance. Initially, I wasn't very fond of this design but when I opened it and felt it with my hands I realised this character itself is very nice. I even thought of utilising it to be part of my current Ninja collection. The robe or tunic is also generic and somehow or anot, it keep reminds me of the Star Wars Episode VI, Luke Skywalker torso. Then again, I am really pleased to have this inside my collection.
You get a new headpiece and a spare katana, but I really prefer the katanas to be either grey or black. I am not fond of gold colours for such weapons.
10) The beautiful Nurse
Finally, we have this beautiful medical nurse who is now appointed to take care of patients inside the hospital. This is one of the few female minifigures available in this series apart from the sexy cheerleader. Her hair does reminds me of Star Wars' Princess Leia to some extent, and her expression is simply so loving with her bright pink lips. I also like the detail on her uniform like her watch, for example.
This is one of the best parts assortment. The syringe is specially made for this series and in this packet, you get a total of 2 syringes. In addition, you also receive a printed 2x2 tile which reflects the medical condition of the patient.
11) The brave Forestman
Forestmen are one of the legendary factions proclaimed in the 1980s for their cunning and resourceful strategies. 20 years later, the newer and stronger Forestman is now back. Equipped with his trusty bow and arrow, this forestman is now ready to take down any enemies and take the treasure away from them to share with the poor. It's also one of the very most iconic figure of all time, "Robin Hood". Seriously, this is one of my favourite minifigure in this series and one that will sway me to get the most multiples.
The extra red plume plus many nice medieval parts like the bow and quiver make this definitely one of the best combination ever released. I will be changing the faces around with other minifigs to create more variety.
12) The mechanical Robot
I heard many people are looking for a robot and this is not your usual space robot. I am sure many people would like to build an army of robots to swarm our the spacemen! At the same time, I feel this minifig is very much suitable for steam-punk as well.
Here is the mechanical parts breakdown for our robot. There are many grey and silver parts in here and the prints of the screws do make the robot appears to be quite machine-like.
13) The cool Skater
This is one handsome and cool looking civilian boy. I really like his dashing smile and wavy hairm which is one of a kind apart from the "Max" minifig. The torso with the skull design makes him look young and hip. Take a look at this image of the Skater attempting his moves on the skateboard.
Personally, I think this is another great pack for customising male city civilians. Previously, we have always been getting boring hairpieces for males and this hairpiece is strikingly different compared to its predecessors. I can still remember one of the first hairstyles which is similar to this, is the new Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker. Plus, this assortment offers a cool blue skateboard. I really like this a lot.
14) The adventurous Spaceman
I am not a very big fan of space but this spaceman is very special in some aspects, especially if you have taken a closer look at his space suit where there is a classic space logo embedded at the centre of his chest. The helmet itself is not the usual regular helmet but something different and concealed when the visor is put on. It can't be adjusted unlike the usual helmet with visor. You also receive a ray gun with the light saber part in it.
Space fans are bound to be excited with these new parts like the ray gun, helmet and suit. It seems the visor is given a spare piece in case you lose it. The light saber part is very useful but this is not the same as the Star Wars version. Thanks to Eurobricks LA, CopMike for taking a comparison image.
15) The daring Super Wrestler
The "World Wrestling Federation" has taken LEGO by storm! The masked muscular wrestler is equipped with a gigantic belt and an intimidating mask.
Please note that the red robe is not placed inside a small box like the one packed inside regular building sets. The red robe was placed together inside the packet as it is. There are no other parts which I like, except for the red robe. This is not very useful in my case.
16) The dangerous Zombie
When I first saw this undead zombie, I knew this would be a smashing hit for "Apoc creations". You could easily remake many scenes from movies like the Resident Evil series and Land of the Dead. The gruesome expression shows no signs of mercy to its victims! The torn shirt and tie really made this zombie look awesome as he shambles towards his victims. It's amazing to see the first official zombie minifigure.
I am not sure why a zombie needs a spade and drumstick, but to me, these are some very useful City parts.
There are quite a lot of spare parts down here, with the exception of the skate board and the flippers, which are not spares.
General Statistics for Minifigures Series 1
Below is the combination which I have received from my box,
3 Circus Clowns
5 Deep Sea Divers
5 Demolition Dummies
3 Super Wrestler
3 Tribal Hunters
Based on the above, I managed to achieve 3 full complete sets of 16 unique minifigs each. It means I have only 12 remaining random spares left. Read down to find out what are the remaining spares I have.
My remaining spares
2 Deep Sea Divers
2 Demolition Dummies
Based on the data given, I have drafted my analysis accordingly. Buying 1 full complete MISB box will allow you to achieve at least 2 or 3 maximum of the complete range.
So far, each of the 16 unique minifigures have an equal chance of getting 3 out of 48 packets, when the box is opened and consumers will buy it separately. That will be 6.25% probability based only on 48 packets. When you add the remaining 12 spares into the calculation, 7 unique minifigures are only available at 21 out of 60 packets and this translates to 35% in total and 3.5% each, which makes it even harder to achieve by just doing it randomly. Whereas, the probability of getting the Ninja, Demolition Dummies and Deep Sea Divers are on the higher note, since they are available at 15 out of 60 and this translates to 25% in total and 8.33% each.
To conclude, based on probability demonstrated by my box purchase, as an example, these are the probable results,
2) Demolition Dummy
3) Deep Sea Diver
Total range: 25%
Total range: 40%
2) Circus Clowns
5) Super Wrestler
6) Tribal Hunters
Total range: 35%
Hope the above simple analysis and probability will help you when you are picking up a random packet inside the shop, and roughly estimating what are the harder ones and easier ones.
A few close up images of my Minifigures Series 1 collection
Opening this box was one of most enjoyable LEGO experience ever, simply because I just bought the whole box without refererring to anything, and just wanted to share the experience with the community. This entire series is practically all thumbs up for me. I am very happy with all of the minifigures designs, new elements and parts for this exclusive series. There are many special unique minifigures which many will appeal to fans of themes such as City, Castle, Space, Wild West, Ninja etc. This series has reached out and attracted many LEGO collectors to join the craze! In fact, this is the very first kind of LEGO product to ever ber marketed in this manner. In short, everyone seems to loves this concept, and for sure, I am one of them. It's definitely worth buying and collecting, and getting them all before they are all gone. I have a feeling this series will not last long, and when Series 2 is out in the next few months, we will all be busy scrambling for more!
Playability: 9/10 (More minifigs to be added in your LEGO themes collection.)
Design: 9.5/10 (Most of them are very unique and special. You don't get to see these kind of minifigs in other sets.)
Price: 9/10 (Pretty affordable for an unique minifig with some useful accessories.)
Overall: 9.2/10 (Highly recommended to get this entire series, especially when you are a minifig collector.)
I gave it a "5" based on my Review Score Card. What about yours?
Hope everyone of you enjoyed reading this simple review of mine. Comments and Critics are strongly welcomed.
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