This series of Lego Collectible Minifigs is really driving me nuts.
I don’t know if it’s bad luck, bad mix at the factories, maybe there are people feeling through the bags long before I get to them … something is making Series 11 even more painful than most have been as of late! I normally get my minifigs from Target. Walmart never seems to have them, and I guess I’ve gotten a few from Toys ‘R Us, even though they mark them up another quarter, which is annoying. But as you can see from the pile of duplicates shown in the picture above, I’ve literally had runs where every pack that I bought was Constables … to the point where I’ve almost got enough to form my own squad, or platoon, or whatever the heck a gaggle of constable is called!
I honestly wonder if my local Target has been subject to some bag feeler-uppers. I know that people have been doing it for a while, but I think it grew exponentially worse with the quest for Mr. Gold last season. Personally, it kind of bugs me because the whole thing is supposed to be random, so if you go in and fish out the rarer minifigs to complete your own sets, then I’m left with Mechs and English Police Dudes only needing a couple left to finish up my own set without a glimmer of hope in sight… 😛
It kind of reminds me of collecting sports cards and later Marvel and Magic cards back in the day, except that there was no real way to cheat at grabbing packs of those. It hasn’t been uncommon for me to actually find opened packs in the display at Target lately … and I’d even consider buying them anyways if all of the pieces were still there, but they’re never minifigs that I actually need. I keep saying that I’d love to just buy an entire box of the new series when they come out and call it a day, except that there are 60 in a box, which makes that box cost $180 … a bit tougher to justify than $10 worth each time I go to the store! 😯
Anywho, I’m trying to avoid just buying the last five that I need via BrickLink because I haven’t placed an order in a while and I could really use some more of the older ones to fill in gaps in my collection, so I hate to waste money on buying the latest ones when I’ve got a whole pile here for trading if I can find an eager trading partner. I finally threw up a new post on reddit this evening soliciting such help, so if you’re interested, do hit me up over there and let’s talk!
For series 11, the only ones that I still need are:
- Pretzel Girl
- Island Warrior
- Holiday Elf
- Lady Robot
I haven’t seen a date yet for series 12, but I’d really love to wrap this one up … along with some of the older stragglers … before the new ones come out.