LEGO is an amazing toy since the first plastic brick was created in 1958, however the invention of the LEGO minifigure in 1978 took the brand to a different level. Today there are many types of LEGO collectors from the person receiving a birthday gift, the young child wanting a Batman minifigure, to the adult set collector, and the poor frustrated minifigure collector, which this article is about! (You know who you are!)
I am an avid collector of LEGO Super Heroes minifigures. As with most collectors, I want to have all the minifigures in that theme, so it was a simple plan of collecting about 50 minifigures and putting them in a display case, but oh how I was wrong!
LEGO Spider Man sets came out between 2002 to 2004, however there was a limited number of sets resulting in 30 minifigures which are still quite easy to get hold of.
The first LEGO Batman sets were released in 2006 following the release of the movie Batman Begins however the theme was discontinued in 2008. There were 25 minifigures to collect in the Batman Theme, although some of the minifigures such a Bane, Killer Croc, and Scarecrow are quite expensive to buy, they are still relatively simple to get hold of.
Today LEGO is more popular than ever so when I heard that the Super Heroes Theme would be introduced in January 2012, based on the DC Universe and Marvel comic books and movies, I was really excited. However this time around collecting all the minifigures is not all that simple following the introduction of exclusive, limited edition and polybag minifigures.
LEGO release sets from a current theme twice a year so in principal you have time 6 months to collect all the minifigures, before moving on. However to promote the launch at the New York Toy Fair, exclusive Iron Man and Captain America minifigures were released, and also at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 LEGO released two more exclusive minifigures, Batman and Green Lantern.
Making it even harder for Super Heroes collectors came four more exclusive minifigures at the San Diego Comic Con July 2012, These were Black Suit Spider Man, Phoenix, Shazam and Bizarro. The good news is these minifigures can still be found on ebay however the bad news is that there is only very limited numbers made of each, and they are very expensive to buy.
To frustrate the collectors even more special edition Super Heroes minifigures have appeared in books, movies and video games. An Electro Suit Batman appeared with the released of the DK LEGO Batman Visual Dictionary. A limited edition Lex Luthor Minifigure was included in the LEGO Batman 2 DC Super Heroes Video Game, and an exclusive Clark Kent Minifigure is set for release later this year in the release of the LEGO Batman: The Movie DC Super Heroes Unite.
A special promotional pieces LEGO from time to time release Polybags around the world and these can be quite hard to track down. There are currently 5 Super Heroes polybags to collect.
Finally if you have collected all of the above and still cannot control your addiction to collect, then there is now a range of high quality Custom Minifigure Designers who create Super Heroes minifigures that LEGO have not yet produced.
In conclusion if like me you want to collect every minifigure by your favourite theme, then I suggest for your wallets sake you only pick from one or two!