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#1 just2good

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:50 AM

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Saw this at Smashing Bricks. DK is releasing a Minifigures Character Encyclopedia with Series 1-10 and an exlusive figure. It's due to release in May 2013, and I'm curious.
What could this exclusive figure be?

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:50 AM

I guess this finally confirms series 10 (unless there has already been official confirmation I am unaware of). Funny thing is, the note on the cover page could be misinterpreted as the book containing the actual 160 minifigs. It's awesome to see this theme grow as it has. :cry_happy:  I love my 128 CMF collection, and I can't believe we have got this far! I'm probably not getting the book, since I hate buying books that are quickly rendered incomplete, but it does certainly seem like a neat book, and I can't help but wonder what the exclusive fig is. However, given the disappointment with the VIP sets of minifigs, I'm not keeping my hopes up too high for the fig, at least for the moment.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:15 AM

From the sample pages, it looks like it confirms that S9 and S10 will NOT contain a:
  • fisherman
  • snowboarder
  • skier
Of course, no guarantee they won't throw in a girl skate boarder to balance out the existing three.
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Frankly, those pages look so bland and uninteresting, similar but worse than the little blurb you find on the cardboard backing of a G.I.Joe action figure. I may only get it if the included minifigure is fantastic. Perhaps something silly like an early minifigure... in solid gold. :)
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:30 AM

In the front cover I saw two Series 8 minifigures one is the Alien Villainess and the other one is Red Cheerleader (a.k.a The Laughing Cheerleader).

And the Red Cheerleader scares me in that book.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:44 AM

Strange how it's "Build An Exclusive Minifigure" which suggests it'll be parts.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:18 AM

Sounds interesting, my addicion for CMF will dicatate that I will need to pick this up (and the exclusive minifig will help make my mind up too)

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:37 PM

I can't wait to see the exclusive figure. I think the book will be interesting to look at, but out of the figures I don't have I don't have them for a reason. I'm not sure how much I'll want to look at them in picture form, but I will end up getting the book anyway. And that Yoda Chronicles book looks neat (with another exclusive figure).
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:35 PM

Darn it, why do the SW books have the CW figures on them? No no no no no no no!!!

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:54 PM

View Postjohnnyvgoode, on 17 November 2012 - 10:35 PM, said:

Darn it, why do the SW books have the CW figures on them? No no no no no no no!!!
DK Readers books covers seems to be preliminary to me.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:20 AM

View PostKrulis, on 17 November 2012 - 10:54 PM, said:


DK Readers books covers seems to be preliminary to me.
Since the author is listed as "A. N. Author"? Definitely.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:25 AM

View PostKrulis, on 17 November 2012 - 10:54 PM, said:

DK Readers books covers seems to be preliminary to me.

View PostAanchir, on 18 November 2012 - 03:20 AM, said:

Since the author is listed as "A. N. Author"? Definitely.
Whew, what a relief. I do hope they end up changing that. That being said, I'm probably not getting those two books anyways, so I'm guessing there's absolutely no reason for me to feel distressed. :tongue:

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:39 PM

I love it great idea and exculsive minifigs are great :classic:

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:11 AM

I absolutely love the DK Lego books so this is a must for me!  I love flicking through with my kids and enjoying the artwork.  It does mean that I'll pine for all the minifigs that I've missed though - I've only just started to grab a few for my town.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:02 AM

View Postpjonze, on 17 November 2012 - 07:44 AM, said:

Strange how it's "Build An Exclusive Minifigure" which suggests it'll be parts.

Some of the DK books do it that way. The recent Ninjago book with the Green Kimono Ninja was a build it yourself type. The fig came disassembled in a round compartment. I think they do it that way when the included fig has accessories or unusual parts such as the pauldrons on the ninja. I think it also helps keep the secret. By making it a build it yourself fig they don't have to worry as much about the shape of it cut into the cover.
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:07 AM

I had a feeling DK would make a book for CMF after all the previous releases. (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Batman, Ninjago,) I'm curious to see what the exclusive minifig will be.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 03:22 AM

A CMF book exclusive MF would be a great addition to my minifigure collection. Let's hope TLG wouldn't recycle any minifigures. :grin:

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:24 AM

Maybe the Toy Soldier that is not listed in Series 10 will be an exclusive minifigure.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:32 PM

It looks like the "bio" for each figure is almost an exact copy or an abbreviation of the bio info on the LEGO website. I guess these books are getting easier and easier to put together.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 03:55 PM

View Postbadbob001, on 06 December 2012 - 08:32 PM, said:

It looks like the "bio" for each figure is almost an exact copy or an abbreviation of the bio info on the LEGO website. I guess these books are getting easier and easier to put together.

Same principle as their re-use of printed pieces. Lego has already paid someone to write the web bio's, why pay again? Lego *loves* to recycle :sceptic:

Shame they couldn't expand and show the design process of each figure.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

View PostMonkeyCrumb, on 07 December 2012 - 03:55 PM, said:



Same principle as their re-use of printed pieces. Lego has already paid someone to write the web bio's, why pay again? Lego *loves* to recycle :sceptic:

Shame they couldn't expand and show the design process of each figure.
It would be incredible if they could do that, but unfortunately, there's hardly precendet for that sort of thing in books of this kind. Essentially what this book is, as with the other character encyclopedias, is a fancified collectors' guide. DK publishes these for other companies too-- I've seen one of characters from Disney's Cars with a focus on the die-cast toy cars.

Meanwhile, I don't know how many series this book will cover, but if it has through Series 9, then that's already 144 pages of content, not counting section divisions, a table of contents, or other supplementary pages. Since these books have had 144-208 pages in the past, a page count like that is already bumping up against that lower margin. And that's with the assumption it won't feature more than Series 1-9, which isn't certain (Series 10 is due for an April release, so it's not impossible that they'll plan this book to feature all the series that are out at the time of publication, just as was done with the LEGO Ninjago Character Encyclopedia). Overall, there might not be much room to have more than one page per minifigure.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:07 PM

View PostAanchir, on 08 December 2012 - 08:33 PM, said:

Meanwhile, I don't know how many series this book will cover, but if it has through Series 9, then that's already 144 pages of content

The book cover snapshot says "includes more than 160 minifigures" so I'm thinking it covers at least the first 10 series but may also have the 9 team GB olympians.
That would be 169 pages for one minifigure per page ratio, although maybe the TeamGB (if included at all) is presented on a more compact layout.
Of course the bundled exclusive minifigure might have its own page as well...
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:41 PM

Putting the minifig into parts might make it a little more difficult for someone to pinch the minifig from the bookshop?
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 02:41 AM

View Postbjtpro, on 08 December 2012 - 11:41 PM, said:

Putting the minifig into parts might make it a little more difficult for someone to pinch the minifig from the bookshop?

It also means that the casing for the minifig doesn't have to be specially formed to fit them. This is especially important if the fig would be wearing something on their back, like the Lloyd fig in the Ninjago book or the speculated tin soldier in this book.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:43 AM

View Postbjtpro, on 08 December 2012 - 11:41 PM, said:

Putting the minifig into parts might make it a little more difficult for someone to pinch the minifig from the bookshop?
Nope. As a bookstore employee I can assure you this does absolutely nothing to deter theft.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:07 AM

This confirms that the minifig is a Toy Soldier.

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