LEGO: I Love That Minifigure (a J!-ENT Book Review)
November 2, 2015 by Dennis Amith
BOOK: I Love That Minifigure
AUTHORS: Jonathan Green
Company: DK Children
Availability: Available Now | 5-9
Hardcover: 208 Pages
Release Date: October 6, 2015
For children or the young at heart (AFOL’s like myself), DK has released wonderful books on the history of LEGO minifigures.
Two that I recommend are the “LEGO MINIFIGURE YEAR BY YEAR: A VISUAL HISTORY” and for those who love those hard to find, mystery bags, there is the “LEGO minifigures: Character Encyclopedia” (note: the type distinction between MINIFIGURE and the mystery bagged versions as minifigures). And of course, there are books that are tied to specific LEGO series such as LEGO STAR WARS, LEGO NINJAGO, LEGO HARRY POTTER, LEGO CHIMA to name a few.
But here we are with “LEGO: I LOVE THAT MINIFIGURE”, some may see it as a sequel or companion to “LEGO MINIFIGURE YEAR BY YEAR: A VISUAL HISTORY” as it features LEGO MINIFIGURES from 1978 to 2015.
But also, what gets LEGO collectors even more excited with DK LEGO book releases are the fact they now come with MINIFIGURES (only available with the book purchase, so you can’t buy them separately in retail). For “LEGO: I LOVE THAT MINIFIGURE”, it comes with the Zombie skateboarder.
With the latest book, the book is broken down in the following segments:
– EVERYDAY HEROES
– YOU’RE HISTORY!
– OUT OF THIS WORLD
– YOU’RE MY HERO!
– SPOOKY AND SCARY
– THE WORLD’S A STAGE
– ONE OF A KIND
– WILD AT HEART
– ROTTEN ROGUES
– WE HAVE POWER!
– ALL-TIME ICONS
So, the LEGO MINIFIGURES featured are not by year, but by the categories listed above. Factoids are given on various LEGO MINIFIGURES, their role and also rarity.
For example, EVERYDAY HEROES features the first true MINIFIGURE, the Policeman for LEGOLAND TOWN and how the original was too big to fit in his police car and his rarity is a 3 out of 5.
For ADIDAS SUPER GOALIE, the factoid features how the goal keeper was given out with pairs of Adidas sneakers in 2007 and how it’s a very rare figure (4 out of 5). Factoids on the actual MINIFIGURE and how Stripes’ gloves have a real LEGO rarity, fingers and thumbs.
And of course, one of the rarest LEGO MINIFIGURES to be made, a 2007 LEGO STAR WARS gold chrome C-3P0 that were randomly inserted into LEGO Star Wars Sets around the world (only 10,000 were made to mark the 30 years of “STAR WARS”).
For the most part, there are really good selections of LEGO MINIFIGURES from past and present. There is a good selection of various types of LEGO MINIFIGURES from normal to wild and crazy.
But “LEGO: I LOVE THAT MINIFIGURE” is a wonderful book that children and the young at heart will no doubt love, and if you have the chance, I also recommend picking up “LEGO MINIFIGURE YEAR BY YEAR: A VISUAL HISTORY” and “LEGO minifigures: Character Encyclopedia” for your LEGO book collection as well.
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