A LEGO theme
that focuses entirely on minifigures
. Each wave, or "Series," contains 16 different minifigures individually-packed in sealed opaque bags.
Not to be confused with the actual minifigures themselves that LEGO has used since 1978 - obviously minifigures are what the LEGO Minifigures line is about, but the line doesn't cover every minifigure ever made, just the 100+ collectible minifigures the line contains. Adult fans of LEGO tend to refer to the theme, and accordingly the minifigures therein, as "Collectible Minifigures" to distinguish them from normal minifigures.
Provides examples of:
- All There in the Manual The website is the sole source of background information about each minifigure; none of the packaging even hints about characterisation, which is probably for the best given the creative nature of LEGO.
- A Load of Bull: Series 6 features a minotaur.
- British Royal Guards: The Royal Guards description fills the trope to a degree, except... he tells you he's not allowed to speak.
- Cassandra Truth: Poor fisherman, every story he tells is the absolute truth. Nobody ever believes him.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Seemingly everyone.
- Companion Cube: The Zombie's turkey leg.
- Compressed Hair: The Series 6 Intergalactic Girl has an almost absurdly long, billowy blonde mane... and a space helmet.
- Conspiracy Theorist: The Series 6 alien has been out of touch with his kind for a while, so most of what he thinks comes from tabloids.
- Dreamworks Face / Fascinating Eyebrow: It's been incredibly common in minifigures in general since 2008, so much as you'd expect, almost every one of these minifigures does it. The few that don't are robots, aliens or have an obscuring beard.
- Everyone Calls Him : All of the minifigures.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: The vampire, of course. Literally so, as he invites his neighbors to lovely parties he hosts for them. Once they get past the appearance he ends up being quite the popular guy.
- Genie in a Bottle: In Series 6.
- Gotta Catch Them All: There are 96 figures, including the upcoming Series 6.
- The Greys: In Series 6.
- Hazmat Suit: A "Hazmat Guy" is part of the fourth series, though he and his work are treated in a rather lighthearted manner.
- Horny Vikings: In Series 4.
- Leprechaun: In Series 6.
- Lighter and Softer: If a certain figure looks evil or dangerous, the worst they'll likely be is an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
- Little Green Men: In Series 3.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Each series comes with 16 figs, and there are up to three series per year...
- Mad Scientist
- Neighbourhood Friendly Gangsters: The Series 5 gangster minifigure seems to be a nice enough guy.
- Ninja: One of the first-series minifigs.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: A number of minifigures are nods to various celebrities. The Daredevil is a clear nod to Evel Knievel, the Thespian is William Shakespeare (coming with a skull to reenact the famous gravedigger scene in Hamlet), and the Hollywood Starlet from series 9 is a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe. Series 10 also has a "Trendsetter" with a small dog who looks quite like Paris Hilton.
- Only Six Faces: All the female minifigure faces in this line are very similar with only minor tweaks.
- Our Elves Are Better: They're friendlier than usual.
- Our Gnomes Are Weirder
- Our Vampires Are Different: He enjoys fruit smoothies.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: He just acts like a dog.
- Our Zombies Are Different: He's slow-moving and completely harmless.
- Raised by Wolves: The Hockey Player.
- Read The Fine Print: On the Series 6 Genie's online bio:
- Sherlock Holmes: Actually turns up in Series 5.
- Shout Out: "The Deep Sea Diver once traveled twenty-ONE thousand leagues under the sea."
- Also loads to other LEGO Themes:
- The Space Villain from Series 3 has the logo from the second iteration of Blacktron, LEGO's oldest villainous Space faction. His online bio contains plenty of name-drops to the other Space factions, if not in a particularly accurate manner (M-Tron Nebula?)
- Similarly, the Series 1 Spaceman's outfit includes the emblem of Classic LEGO Space.
- The Elf's online bio describes him as "Hailing from deep within the mystical forests of the Elflands, to the north of the Great Western Kingdom..." This is a reference to locations on a map in LEGO Club Magazine, on which the domains of the human, troll, dwarf, and skeleton factions of the 2007-2009 Castle theme were marked along with a mysterious elf faction. Fans of the theme were very disappointed when no elf faction ever emerged. This mention might be an example of Sure, Why Not?
- The Series 3 Race Car Driver's jacket includes sponsors such as Octan and Stafford Motors. The former is LEGO City's primary oil and energy company, and the second appeared in the 2008-2009 Agents theme as a reference to one of the designers, Mark Stafford. Octan is also a sponsor on the jersey of the Series 4 Soccer/Football Player.
- The online bio for the Series 2 Disco Dude says he "has traveled back in time to relive the days of disco dancing, bell-bottom pants, and the very first LEGO Space sets".
- The Series 2 Traffic Cop has the LEGO City police badge on his uniform, as well as printed on his traffic ticket.
- Considering the Robin Hood-esque theme as part of the Castle series was called Forestmen, it doesn't seem to be a coincidence that they went with "Forestman" over, say, "Archer" or "Forester" or "Robin Hood" for one of the figures.
- From the Zookeeper's bio:
- The Lumberjack's quote is "I'm okay!"
- The last paragraph of the Detective are to earlier themes and games:
"You may have heard of some of the Detective’s most famous cases. He’s the one who single-handedly solved the Brickster's
Baffling Brick-Napping, the Sam Sinister
Switcheroo, and the Mystery of Timmy’s Nose
. Why, he even tracked down a missing pet from the Racing Drome
…and robot monkeys don’t leave footprints!"
- Skilled, but Naive: Many of the characters are excellent at what they do, but don't quite know when to stop.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: The Businessman is definitely not a highly-trained secret agent.
- The Unintelligible: The Deep Sea Diver, because he never takes off his mask.