I am very pleased to note that the LEGO Collectable Minifigures reviewing tradition continues right here in Eurobricks. It was just merely a short 3 months when you last seen my previous Series 8 review and now I am back once more to share with everyone of you on the latest most exciting instalment of the incredible LEGO Collectable Minifgures Series which is due for global launch on the 3rd December 2012 and the very first of its kind in the upcoming year 2013! This is the fourth new series, which is released so far in 2012 and even though Series 9 is slated for 2013 new releases, it just made you feel that this LEGO Collectable Minifigures are like FMCG (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods) at every 3 months turnover. That is very amazing and I am certainly seeing TLG (The LEGO Group) is striking hard while the iron is hot. As always and before, I am very excited to share this very special traditional reviewing coverage which exists and only be found solely in Eurobricks and meant for our Eurobricks Community and the entire LEGO Community.
First and foremost, I will like to give my most sincere thanks and gratitude to TLG for giving me this exclusive early insight for the brand new LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series. This very special arrangement had provided me an immense great opportunity and adequate time to prepare for this special review, so I could work on this project and give my very best to provide the most extensive coverage for the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series. Thank you to our Eurobricks Staff/LEGO Ambassador, CopMike and my fellow Eurobricks Staffers for able to facilitate and continue to support me on this very own Eurobricks tradition. This is the ninth time and I hope I will continue to walk this reviewing journey with everyone of you. More importantly, I also wish and hope for such continuing tradition for other future series.
I am fully aware that our very own Eurobricks Collectable Minifigures Poll for this brand new series is still not readily available. Fear not, with the images readily available in this review, you may vote for your favourite collectable minifigure. Before we come to this portion, let's re-cap the past Eurobricks Collectable Minifigures polls once more. It miraculously started with Series 1 and Series 2 in the year 2010 and it continue to spread like wildfire with another 3 strong waves of minifigures mania in the year 2011, putting Series 3, Series 4 and Series 5 in an excellent harvesting year. With the year 2012 coming to an end soon, we celebrated with the new Series 6, Series 7 and recent Series 8. Right now at this very moment before we conclude the year 2012, the brand new Collectable Minifigures Series will be releasing worldwide in a matter of weeks and this will be a great opportunity for our Eurobricks community to cast your preferred votes in this new Series 9 poll statistics.
Name: 71000 LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 9
Theme: LEGO System / Collectable Minifigures / Series 9
Year: 2012 / 2013
Minifigs: 16 unique minifigures
Price for 1 box: USD N.A, GBP N.A, EURO N.A, SGD N.A
Price for 1 packet: USD N.A, GBP N.A, EURO N.A, SGD N.A
Resources: Brickset, BrickLink
An image of an 71000 LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 9 box
Is there anyone who have guessed the new colour schema correctly? I meant guessing it right before the rumours start to surface. In this case, the new LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series comes in mild silver grey looking packaging. I have also provided some of the image links below which show the different angles of the minifigures box.
The 9 different colour packaging themes for Series 1 to 9 boxes
At this rate the boxes are releasing, I am having an incredible hard time to capture all of it together in a single shot. More importantly, do you feel it is essential to have it in future reviews to see the significant growth of new series and able to see the boxes complement with one another to showcase it as absolute single core theme together. As much as I can, I will try my very best to continue to take such pictures but it is definitely going to be very challenging for the future Series 10!
What could possibly contain within these mysterious sealed packets?
Do Series 9 successfully make you feel very anticipated with huge excitement right now?
Well done TLG. The LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 9 had successfully caused me tears of joy and excitement when I first witnessed and received the mint box in November 2012, where the LEGO community and myself, in general do not know what is in-store for this release, especially when we are given unofficial naming and doubting the source if it is legitimate. In fact, TLG had done an excellent job to under-wrap this entire Series 9 without causing a leak in their production factories or supply-chain management unlike previous series that we had seen parts sold in eBay or seeing disappointing preliminary images. TLG have plans to release and launch the Series 9 in a different fashion, like the first official teaser image which was released on the 26 November 2012, where the world had seen for the very first time of the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 9, minifigures' back view in a collage layout. This move is well-executed and definitely done it well with better coordination and planning.
With all of these in place, this launch and the new series is the best Christmas surprise ever and I am sure this is a treat to almost everyone of you out there! I can't speak for all but I am sure the pictures in here will be able to relate how I feel.
Please do note that the naming that I had used for this review are official TLG minifigures' naming which will be used for Series 9. So, there is absolute no doubt on it.
Front view comparison between Series 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 packets
Can you simply believe this wonderful sight? This is the fullest glory of the entire Series 1 to 9 in mint packets. It appears you are witnessing an unbelievable chapter of LEGO history. As you can see, the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series, where many assumed it could be a one-off gimmick in year 2010, was proved wrong as TLG has continued to innovate and launch various new minifigures designs in a series of 16! Yes, 16 is the magical repeating number and it is happening for the very ninth time. Just take a moment and enjoy the sheer systematically progression of these lovely packaging. It tells me a lot that TLG had indeed put in lots of effort to develop and market the entire brand new series, where nobody could ever believe it is made possible. Blind packaging concept is not a thing in the past and it had already successfully infused into our LEGO hobby as part of our ritual culture where almost every LEGO collectors out there religiously hunting for more and at least owning one.
Just take a look around us, whom have actually collecting or buying LEGO. Who could ever miss of not buying at least one packet from any series? I don't believe there is none in the LEGO community or parents that did not buy any. In fact, I strongly believe that this LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series theme is the simplest gateway for anyone to get involved in LEGO! The entire concept and value behind this theme is truly remarkable and the success is very commendable.
Take a closer look at these. This is the front view of the Series 9 packet, while this shows the back view of it. Last but not least, this is an image that shows the back view comparison of all packets.
Oh, and lastly, I had mentioned this before previously and I will do it again. If you are intending to narrow the ones that you are collecting, please hone the 'touch and feel' method. It is a useful skillset to acquire and locate the minifigures that you want. Your mission is to memorise and remember the minifigures assortments for each unique design. Isolate and identify the most unique accessory or accessories that appeared for the particular minifigure. From there, eliminate the torso, head and legs away and feel for other parts. The only disadvantage of this method is much idle time will be most likely wasted if the minifigures that you are seeking for does not exist in the box or ending up having sore numb thumbs after feeling. However, I do think this approach is much practical than any other uncommon approach.
Front view of the Minifigs Series 9 promotional leaflet
Back view of the Minifigs Series 9 promotional leaflet
1) The professional Waiter
Finally I am able to acquire a brand new waiter design variation. Although you begin to see these waiters in the 1990s, but none of these waiters stand out as well as this new seasoned professional looking waiter. This fellow definitely suiting for a posh fine dining environment where you and your guest will enjoy the candlelight dinner over soothing music with the waiter serving the finest red wine in the the restaurant. You will like to have this fine fellow in your dining establishment to serve your dining customers.
This is an image of an another view of the Waiter.
The parts assortment are very nicely done up with new accessories like the food tray where the waiter could place the newly printed wine bottle which shows the vintage grape looking favour. You can have a closer look at these wonderful new accessories. The food tray is supported by a circular stud beneath for the minifigure's arm to hold the centre equilibrium to balance the wine bottle without any usage of LEGO stud to support. The tuxedo design give a refreshing same black look. Suits are always the same for men and you will probably rarely see suits in different colours, probably white.
Gentlemen in Black...
2) The barbaric Cyclops
The Cyclops is both part of the Greek and Roman Mythology, where it illustrates a giant one-eyed monster with sheer brute strength at his wield. At first glance, you might think it was an ogre but on closer inspection, you will soon notice the big round eyeball at the centre of its head. This
The parts and design are done very nicely. I like how the minifigure turns out to be
Knocking the Cyclops to bed
Detailed view of the Cyclops
Our attitudes are too similar with one another
Taking on the challenge of the Cyclops
3) The glamorous Hollywood Starlet
Everyone, let's stand up and give a round of applause to this glamorous Hollywood Starlet! Indeed, this starlet could be originally from the famous Hollywood, the place where many famous movies were made and screened worldwide. I was actually thinking to associate it with the term, 'Actress'. However, her outfit with these shining glittering dress, had certainly made her true starlet where she is ready to receive an award in those similar movies awards ceremony.
The parts are average but the design of the starlet's dress is impressive and is also suitable to be used as night gown for ball parties. Did you notice the beautiful nice looking tiara at her neck? Such details are really amazing. The award trophy is similar to the ones like the first Series 2, Karate Master. I do like her new blonde short-haired appearance with some perm in it.
Best Leading Actress
Some new dresses to choose from...
4) The brave Heroic Knight
I am so excited and feeling extremely happy to see this minifigure being created in the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series. Even though it is just a typical medieval knight which had appeared in countless series of LEGO Classic Castle, such as the Black Knights till modern castle theme like the recent new Kingdoms. This Heroic Knight is fantastic and epic, simply because it is a new design which can be associated with an existing castle faction of the superb re-introduction of the Fantasy Era, Crown Kingdom that is the single Castle theme which ends the dark age of all Castle fans, including myself. Therefore, this minifigure definitely holds a symbolic meaning to many.
You can take a closer detailed look at the Heroic Knight.
The parts assortment is very good which includes a brand new short sword. I am quite sure I have not seen it elsewhere unless it might be from the new LEGO Heroica Games, but I am pretty confident it is a new weapon type. The shield and armour are completed with a nice coat of silver. The helmet is completed by adding it with a white plume and it can be represented as 'White Knight'. It is a pity that the torso is just a plain grey piece instead of having some design printed onto it, but it is common to see a plain torso behind an outstanding piece of beautiful armour. You can take a closer look of the back of the Heroic Knight.
For the victory
WhiteFang standing together with the new Heroic Knight
Don't they just look quite similar with one another? It is a very nice coincidence and another increase of liking from me. Here is another image without the helmet visors on to show their real faces.
Crown Kingdom New Knights of Honour
Our new leading commander
Marching out to battle
5) The supreme Roman Emperor
The mighty line or rulers of the Roman Emperor is renowned in ancient medieval history. Initially I was wondering who might this Roman Emperor be, without assuming, even though my first impression could be Julius Caesar. The written scroll which states 'VENI, VIDI, VICI' wordings had confirmed my suspicions and it refers to 'I came, I saw, I conquered' when Julius Caesar said in his campaign.
This is an outstanding historic minifigure. Take a look at the back view and side view. There are many fine details as how a Roman Emperor looks like. I particularly like th golden laurel wreath at the top of his head. Do note that the wordings are printed onto a 2x2 tile and in my opinion, anything that is printed LEGO parts are always welcomed. Furthermore, I will tend to think that the outfit can be used for other Roman citizens by changing the hairpiece away. It can be a good way to populate the Roman Empire with citizens.
The Roman Empire will rule the land with my mighty legionnaires
Protect the Emperor
6) The upstanding Policeman
When this name was initially surfaced as rumours, many claimed that this minifigure is not required and it is not needed since the LEGO Police had been there for many many decades, like an evergreen theme. It is true that the Policeman might not be highly desired. However, now that you have seen the design of this Policeman, do you still think it is not required? In fact, I personally felt that this is the most outstanding piece of Policeman design which I have not seen for a very long time. It has all of the right details in there, right from the cap, badge, tie, belt, pockets, etc. At one glance, I know you will be dealing with the men in blue.
The parts assortment are great and the police cap is truly an outstanding design which no other police officers in previous and current LEGO themes were introduced. This is one of the best supporting reasons why this minifigure is to be sought for to safeguard the City interest. The Police ID printed badge is very nice and the officer's ID is '2101'. I wonder if it has any meaning in it but I do like the anonymous minifigure face in there. It also comes with a standard handcuff. I got to admit that this could be my very first City minifigure which I am determined to buy in multiples. Furthermore, I don't really recall seeing nice navy blue policemen in LEGO. It is always 'black' uniform.
Law Enforcement Department
7) The cute Chicken Suit Guy
Many have anticipated and wondered how does the Chicken Suit Guy looks like and it is no disappointment. TLG has definitely done an excellent job to capture the chicken suit mascot very well. It look like the guy from Toy Story 2, who is standing in front of the Toy Outlet. Even though it may look simplistic but the challenge lies in the connection of the wings to the torso at the side. I will love to have a few of these to march around the City, that could entice and interact with the children.
This is an image where you see the cute Chicken Suit Guy attempting to flap his wings.
There is no accessories for this fellow, but the detail are pretty decent even though there is actually no print for the torso for the front and back. If you look at the torso carefully, there is no indication which is the front or back since the wings are symmetrical. Take a moment and see some of the closer looks through its side view and back view. The headpiece and the entire suit is a nice piece of work. You can take another look on the minifigure's building parts.
A good rest after a hard day at work!
8) The daring Roller Derby Girl
I did not really expect to see Roller Derby sport to be seen in the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series. At first, I am not too familiar with this sport and do not know what to expect. After I had done some reading, I realised this is a sport which is popular in the United States. This sport involves in lots of body contact and you need to skate it through to win as a team. In a nutshell, Roller derby is played by two teams of five members simultaneously skating counter-clockwise on a circuit track, where one person is designated as a jammer while the other four are blockers. This move surely introduces more unique characters in this series.
The Roller Derby Girl comes in a number representation, '49'. She has tons of body protective gears from elbow guards, knee guards and helmet. You can take a glimpse through the side view. The new skates design is great. Even though it does not come with moving wheels, but I am totally impressed that the skates enable you to hold the minifigure on top of any LEGO stud. There is a stud at the skates below. I am sure this will be another popular piece of accessory.
The new skates can hold its grip onto the LEGO stud
Hanging out with friends
9) The mysterious Fortune Teller
Ah, so where is the crystal ball, that the Fortune Teller will look into it and say, 'What do you see in there?' to the visitor. Geez, there is no crystal ball but there are tarot cards that were used by mystics and gypsies to cast predictions and divinations. She isn't really mysterious but she does make a fine maiden.
The parts assortment for the Fortune Teller is decent and the printed tiles for the tarot cards are very pleasing. Too bad, I do not know the meaning of these particular 'castle' and 'sun' card but personally I felt these can be made as fine pictorial portraits. Her hairpiece with the purple bandanna at the top is one of the nice touch in this design. You can see the shape of it from her back view.
The new Wild West expansion
10) The impartial Judge
I do believe as long a country have legislation and law which governs law and order, there will be an important person in the court system which will pass sentence at the end of the court trial, and it is none other but the judge. Every single details right from his wig, to the grey frowned face with round-rim glasses and robe is captured in this minifigure. At one glance, anyone will immediately recognise it is a judge and more importantly, he is the first ever judge in the LEGO minifigures history. Every city needs at least one judge to be present to hold the court trials.
The new judge hammer is a wonderful invention. It can also be made as a fine mallet or be used in a workshop. The wig is also pretty good. You can take a careful examination through its side view and back view to see the well-defined line of layers of hairs in the wig. The only disappointment is the discoloured pinkish stain which ought to be white. Oh well, TLG has not been able to rectify this known issue. However, this is not a huge concern to me since the robe managed to cover the most of it. The torso itself is very useful for designing aristocrats. However, it actually gave me a strong resemblance towards the Series 8 Pirate Captain.
What can you relate in this picture?
You are going nowhere but prison
11) The nasty Alien Avenger
Who could have ever expect the Series 7 Galaxy Space Patrol will face a new threatening rivalling space faction, known as the Alien Avenger? The naming itself suggest that there are like avengers seeking revenge on their enemies for destroy their home planet? I tend to think that the Alien Avenger is somehow related to the orc/ogre species. Still, their armour and equipment are equally advanced against the Galaxy Space Patrol. This will be another exciting minifigure which many space army builders will seek to build up the new warring faction.
The parts are equally the same like the one in Series 7 for the jet-pack armour, the laser pulse gun and the helmet. It comes with a different colour schema and prints at the shoulder pads and the rest of it are generally covered in grey. If you have taken a careful look, you will also noticed that on the top right hand upper corner indicates a name called 'SHAMI' or 'SHANI'. To be honest, I can't make clear on the fourth letter.
Detailed overview of the Alien Avenger equipment
Inter-galactic Space War
Different space warring factions
The struggle for survival is always ongoing for us
12) The beautiful Mermaid
Wow, simply great to see the mermaid in the yellow fleshed looking. I will think this is the only approriate mermaid design which combines both the 2009 Pirates Mermaid and the recent Pirates of the Caribbean flesh mermaid. Both of these design had actually formed a much better original looking mermaid which will let many LEGO fans to acquire it. It is just perfect and welcoming to see such a wonderful and proper design.
The parts assortment are good especially for the new hairpiece which I am quite sure I don't see it elsewhere and the lovely starfish. I love the torso as well and it could be used interchangeable for other minifigures customisation purpose. I really could not find what does this minifigure lack of but seriously this will be very popular among many.
Father and Daughter
Seeing is believing
Great White Shark Attack
13) The advanced Battle Mech
This fellow is a surprise to me. I can never imagine that a orange looking Battle Mech could be represented in the form of minifigure. It does somehow reminded me of Gundam. Until recently, when I saw the images of the new 2013 Galaxy Squad, I saw other similar looking mechs accompanying the space troopers. Well, it seems that they are evolving and changed their robots assistance to more sophisticated and advanced looking machine. I am not even sure if a real person is controlling this mech or if its controlled by a computer or even have a robotic mind of its own? Nonetheless, I am sure this will be also a very popular minifigure as well.
The parts assortment for this highlight is definitely the the Battle Mech's armoured jet pack and the sleek looking armoured helmet. All of these parts contribute to the fitting of the Battle Mech's design. However, it is a great pity that this minifigure does not come with any accessories to complement. I did wish he can hold a laser pulse gun or something different. Still, this is not really a main concern but I thought it could be suggested as a good improvement.
Battle Mech exo-gear
Battle Mech in action
Battle Mechas standing by
Unite with Exo-Force
14) The radical Mr Good and Evil
This Mr Good and Evil is like a combination of two extreme personality merged into one single character, with each of the personality fighting to struggle with one another, like these iconic dual personality characters such as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Batman Villain, Two-Face. The entire design appears that Mr Good and Evil has indeed gone through a struggle to keep his sanity from both sides to prevent the evil transformation from taking place. Just take a look at all of these torn clothings. Even the hat itself had some torn marks.
The parts assortment is pretty average. Please do note that the potion bottle of vial is not blue. It is purple and I am not sure how come my camera capture it in this manner. I could see TLG is trying their best to illustrate this minifigure by even taking note of their hands between normal and abnormal differentiation. The tattered torn black suit is quite nicely done and even extended it down to the black pants. I do enjoy seeing this minifigure securing a place in the Monster Legends.
Struggling with different personality issues
Whose vial is more potent?
Special Collectable Monsters Collection
15) The steadfast Forest Maiden
The steadfast Forest Maiden had finally unveil its beauty and charm. This Forest Maiden will be considered to be known as the most highly sought minifigure in this Series. Read on to find out why as this minifigure will appeal to many groups of LEGO fans and largely appeal to the army builders. This Forest Maiden can be used between theme of Forestmen or could be even considered to use as part of Elves counterpart. It does reminds me to see a new version of her previous life as a Forestwoman. It is really very nice to see female warriors to stand up and bear arms to defend their lands from danger.
Just take closer look at the Forest Maiden torso and parts. Isn't it amazing? I could not find any faults in this minifigure. The elfish long bow and the beautiful shield of the tree emblem is simply remarkable. The torso and skirt piece is laid nicely in dark green outfit. Do note that the orange long hairpiece is not ABS hard plastic. It is made up of soft rubber.
Isn't she suitable being a female elf warrior?
16) The reliable Plumber
Plumbing is not an easy job and this Plumber will always do his best to come up front to repair and rectify all problems with his tools? I could see one of his main tools that the Plumber carry is the newly designed plunger. Little do they known that the plunger is very useful to remove chokes in basins and toilets. It is fun to see this fellow coming to the series and I really do not recall seeing this occupation made available in LEGO City or Town before.
The parts assortment is average but the design of the Plumber is nicely done. There is back printing for the Plumber. I do wish there are more tools but the main highlight for this fellow is the plunger. Are you curious to find out what is beneath the plunger? The surface of the plunger below is made up of soft rubber. This is an image which shows the side view of the Plumber with a closer look at the plunger.
Populating with more new jobs
It was an accident
A concluding thought for the Collectable Minifigures Series 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
So, what do everyone feels about the current LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 9?
A few words cannot describe the adrenaline rush which I am feeling at this very moment. Even after I had completed writing this review, I still cannot believe the epic creation of using mere LEGO minifigures to construct a theme together. No such LEGO theme is ever created before and this is the first and only longest running line of collectable minifigures which encourage and continue to entice many LEGO fans to be immense and crazy with the chasing and collecting.
With a total of 144 minifigures released for the entire Series 1 to 9, that is considered tremendously a lots of minifigures to be seen and is no easy feat to attain. Even by placing them onto the display requires a substantial amount of time to do so. I had taken an image above and showcase every single minifigure out there and I had to admit that it is damn impressive! Words of unlimited joy and thrill can't simply describe the feeling when I assemble and put them altogether as one single theme! Each time, I do this and it is just so incredible to see how much this theme had actually evolved to a great magnificent transformation.
If you have also taken a careful look, there is a consistent distribution of designs to allocate for the female minifigures. Previously in Series 7 and Series 8, there are a total of 5 female minifigures available, and in this case, it is the same distribution as before, which include the Hollywood Starlet, Roller Derby Girl, Fortune Teller, Mermaid and Forest Maiden. All of which had shown a determined consistency to provide a much higher attention to the female minifigures counterparts.
We have now heard and seen rumoured news of a potential Series 11 where we have not even seen confirmed images of Series 10. This goes to prove that the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series will just end in Series 10. All I can do, is to continuing hoping for their continuation of this theme, so more new inspirational potential discoveries may appear through the magical wonders of the LEGO Collectable Minifigure Series theme!
All of the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Parts mixed together (Series 1 to 9)
I thought of creating a small little section to dedicate these to the LEGO Collectable Minifigures accessories. Every accessories in this image belong to the LEGO Collectable Minifigures. Little do we realise, there is actually many new accessories created through these series. I do apologies that I didn't line them up in proper filing but I tend to like them in an artistic mess where you can test your identification knowledge through a glimpse of it. Most of the accessories in there are pretty much exclusive to a certain designed minifigure, like for example, Series 1, Clown's Trumpet, Series 6, Sleepyhead's Teddy Bear, Series 8, Fairy's Wings, etc. By utilising the exclusive accessories, you will be able to customise and diversify further in touching up the minifigures' details in your collection or MOCs. And I just noticed that among the pile, there is actually a very few parts that should not belong in there. I just put all of these parts in a single bin as I did not really sort them accordingly
General Statistics for Minifigures Series 9
Below is the combination which I have received from my box,
2 Hollywood Starlets
6 Heroic Knights
4 Roman Emperors
4 Chicken Suit Guys
2 Roller Derby Girls
2 Fortune Tellers
6 Alien Avengers
4 Battle Mechs
4 Mr Good and Evil(s)
2 Forest Maidens
Based on the above, I managed to achieve only 2 full complete sets of 16 unique minifigs each. It means I will have only 28 remaining random spares left. Read down to find out what are the remaining spares I have.
My remaining spares
0 Hollywood Starlets
4 Heroic Knights
2 Roman Emperors
2 Chicken Suit Guys
0 Roller Derby Girls
0 Fortune Tellers
4 Alien Avengers
2 Battle Mechs
2 Mr Good and Evil(s)
0 Forest Maidens
Based on the complete new data which I have complied, I have drafted my basic analysis based on my own take. Buying 1 full complete MISB box will allow you to achieve 2 maximum complete unique sets. By far, even with the low possibility of completing an additional complete set, this is actually the best news ever to see such a distribution coming true. It is just like a dream and the entire feeling is as if TLG is listening to our thoughts and taking it into careful consideration.
Personally, I felt this is an excellent opportunity to actually provide equal and better distribution for the regular LEGO Collectable Minifigures collectors who just want to complete at least one unique set and the army builders, in general that is hunting and acquiring many of the popular army building minifigures like the Cyclops, Heroic Knights, Policemen and Alien Avengers. I really hope the given distribution above; will be the very same distribution for the rest of the world.
So far, each of the 16 unique collectable minifigures have an equal chance of getting 2 out of 32 packets, when a fresh untouched box is opened and consumers will rush in to buy it separately. That will be a 6.25% probability based only on 32 packets. When you add the remaining 28 spares into the calculation, the probability will varies further. 6 unique minifigures are now only available at 12 out of 60 packets and this translates to 20% in total and 3.33% each, which makes it very much harder than before to achieve by just doing it randomly. Whereas, the probability of getting the perceived popular Cyclops, Heroic Knights, Policemen and Alien Avengers are on the very much higher new frequency, since they are available at 24 out of 60 and this translates to 40% in total, which is a jump of 15% (9 minifigures more) and 10% for each mentioned type.
However, the likelihood that this percentage will change further due to many fanatic LEGO minifigure hunters/molesters like ourselves who are scrambling high and low to search for the ones that they are highly desired by many fans. Moreover, I am extremely very pleased to note that some of the more likely popular minifigures like the Cyclops, Heroic Knights, Policemen and Alien Avengers are on the highest possible distribution point since these 4 minifigures are generally classified and rated under the army-builders' portfolio expansion. Thus, this will provides a much higher chance for us to likely find it in those opened boxes. At least, that is what it had happened back in Series 6 and 7 where I can still manage to find some very small trace of Celtic Highlanders, Minotaurs, Evil Knights and Galaxy Patrols.
However, it is a also a great pity that the Forest Maiden is classified as the lowest probability distribution since there is only 2 Forest Maidens in each sealed box. Furthermore, the Forest Maiden is classified as army builder minifigure. I strongly believe the Forest Maiden will be the most expensive minifigure in Series 9 and it will be as hot as its predecessors like the Series 2, Sparten and Series 3 Elf. The less general popular minifigure but still relatively in high demand, are the beautiful Mermaids and Battle Mechs. I am also extremely pleased to note that the very much less popular minifigures where fans only requires a handful of these selected minifigures in their collection since these are not too suitable for army building like the Plumbers, Roller Derby Girls and Hollywood Starlets.
Overall, I am very glad to note this very positive revolutionary change in the LEGO Collectable Minifigures distribution listing.
To conclude and summaries, based on the probability demonstrated by this review, as an example, here are the results,
Very High probability
2) Heroic Knights
4) Alien Avengers
Total range: 40% (increases by 15% more based on 3 complete sets equation)
1) Roman Emperors
2) Chicken Suit Guys
5) Battle Mechs
6) Mr Good and Evil(s)
Total range: 40% (remains the same based on 3 complete sets equation)
Very Low probability
2) Hollywood Starlets
3) Roller Derby Girls
4) Fortune Tellers
5) Forest Maidens
Total range: 20% (decreases by 15% less based on 3 complete sets equation)
Some of my close-up images of my current LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series collection
To conclude, the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 9 has blown my mind away and hit beyond my 'wow' expectations. It can be considered the most 'legendary' series, ever released so far especially given the mixed reactions in Series 8, in the LEGO Collectable Minifigures standards. This new release had indeed raised the mark to a higher level of quality and achievement. Series 9 had seen many new characters like the Judge, Battle Mech and designs plus outstanding expansion and integration like the Alien Avenger, Heroic Knight with other LEGO themes and previous series. I am just loss for words. It had exceed my expectations and had overtaken my love for Series 1 and Series 7 which are my primary preferences over the course of these releases. The Series 9 had also witnessed a brand new milestone of achieving the best optimum balance which will satisfy two main camps of collectors, largely minifigures' collectors and army builders. Furthermore, every of these minifigures are appealing and is best in its own class and definition. I will just have to sum it up and note that the Series 9 had truly re-ignite the charm, beauty and most importantly achieving the fundamental true principles of what a high quality LEGO Collectable Minifigures concept is all about. You can't satisfy everyone in this world and to a very large extent, TLG did an excellent job to retain and attract new buyers. Lastly, it made me feel the same excitement when Series 1 was first launched.
Please note that the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 9 do not contain the placement of LEGO spare parts/accessories. This was practiced since the start of LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 3.
Playability: 9/10 (Incredible to see more and more new LEGO Collectable Minifigures integration across many new and existing themes.)
Design: 9.5/10 (Very detailed and limited new LEGO minifigures' parts and accessories with more endless incredible accessories like the heroic sword, starfish, hammer, plunger, etc but the pinkish discoloured stains for Judge is still a little disheartening.)
Price: 8/10 (Rating for price went up by one notch and I believe pricing will remain the same and to me, the quality has definitely improved and worth much more in terms of perceived value.)
Overall: 8.8/10 (One of my highest ratings ever, on the LEGO Collectable Minifigure Series and is definitely worth buying more of almost everything.)
I gave it a "5" based on my Review Score Card. What about yours?
I hope every one of you enjoyed reading this simple review of mine. Comments and Criticisms are strongly welcomed.
Pictures can be found in My Flickr and
If you are interested to read the past LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series reviews, you may find the following links below!
8683: Collectable Minifigures Series 1
8684: Collectable Minifigures Series 2
8803: Collectable Minifigures Series 3
8804: Collectable Minifigures Series 4
8805: Collectable Minifigures Series 5
8827: Collectable Minifigures Series 6
8831: Collectable Minifigures Series 7
8833: Collectable Minifigures Series 8
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Edited by WhiteFang, 07 January 2013 - 09:42 AM.