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Vault Review: Lego
Minifigures – Series 4 (+ Decoder)

#11 Soccer Player
This scruffy looking David Brickham is the greatest Soccer player in the world.  Why else would he be endorsed by the Octan company?  Plus, he’s won this brand new shiny silver trophy in honor of his on-field exploits.  Now we finally have bronze, silver, and gold trophies for our minifigures’ cases.  If only he could have come with a soccer ball too. Decoding Tip: This one’s a hard one, but you’ll have to feel for the trophy and its pedestal.
#12 Werewolf
Not so much a Werewolf as a Wolf Man.  You can tell by the dog-like face and lack of wolf’s snout.  But that doesn’t make him any less vicious.  Don’t let those big yellow eyes fool you.  He’ll tear you apart just easily as he ripped up his best suit.  Your only hope is to distract him with a morsel of bone.  What dog doesn’t love to play fetch? Decoding Tip: Feel for the small bone accessory.
#13 Hazmat Guy
There’s only one man to call when the radiation levels are off the chart.  The Hazmat Guy may be brave, but that doesn’t mean he’s not worried.  His large suit may keep him safe from harm but the scanning device he comes with gives him enough information to get him concerned. Decoding Tip: The helmet of his suit is large and hard to miss.
#14 Artist
The artist struggles every day with his craft.  His style of choice?  Cubism, of course.  With his determined look and tiny soul patch, he studies his easel looking for the perfect spot to place his next brush stroke.  It’s a good thing he has a brand new brush and palette. Decoding Tip: Feel for the pointy brush and flat palette.
#15 Ice Skater
The Ice Skater is all dressed up in her sparkling outfit and her hair molded in place.   She’s got the same new skates as the Hockey Player, but she uses them with grace and finesse instead of brute force.  She’s also got a brand new blue skirt that wraps around her waist. Decoding Tip: Feel for the little skates.  Just make sure there’s not a hockey stick in there also.
#16 Crazy Scientist
Don’t call him mad, because there’s nothing angry about this Scientist.  He prefers the term crazy.  After all, you’d have to be a bit crazy to mix up the chemicals he’s planning to concoct.  So what if a couple of explosions have set his hair on end.   What else is a scientist to do?  He’s got this brand new beaker of green fluid and he’s just chomping at the bit to mix it with something. Decoding Tip: His hair is kind of squishy, but your best off feeling for the new tapered beaker.

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Even though the barcodes have been removed from the packages, there are still ways to root out what’s inside.  On the bottom on the back of each package is a series of slightly raised dots.  Each figure has its own unique set of dots.  They can be difficult to see, but we have compiled a new cheat sheet to point you in the right direction.  Also, in the box we went through, each kind of figure was in a row.  Like all the skaters were together, or all the Hazmat Guys.  This, in combination with the cheat sheet and decoding tips I gave for feeling the bags should help you find, or at least narrow down your search for the figures you are looking for.

If you save this decoder and print it from a picture viewing program “as is” (no enlarging/scaling to fit) it should print to scale with the packages to let you compare between the decoder and the packages easier.

I haven’t been disappointed with this line yet.  There are some great figures in Series 4 and some really nice accessories like the skates and hazmat suit.  My only complaint is there aren’t enough Musketeers.  How am I going to make an army with just three per box?

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15 comments to Vault Review: Lego
Minifigures – Series 4 (+ Decoder)

  • dwaltrip

    Nice work Vault. What was your TRU charging?

  • AdventureVault

    Thanks Dwal. They’re three dollars here.

  • Another great job, Vault! These are so cool, it makes me sad they’re so damn hard to find. There’s really no need for that, ya know. It’s not like they’re spending huge development money on a tool that can’t be re-purposed, I’m pretty sure every part shows up SOMEWHERE in the entire Lego line.

    • AdventureVault

      Thanks Steve. I’m pretty sure Series 4 will be hitting Target in the upcoming weeks. They usually put them in their seasonal isle with the holiday toys, so we should be seeing some by Easter.

      I’m really surprised by how many of the new pieces they haven’t reused yet. I figured they would have used the shorter rods for the new Harry Potter wands and they could have easily used the skates for the Winter Bakery. It’s strange, almost like the other teams don’t know what Minifigure development team is making.

  • orionpax636

    I’m with the guy in the baseball jersey in the second figure skater pic. I too find figure skating horrifying on occasion. Curling gives me the shakes too.

    I’ve NEVER seen these guys at Target. My local TRU got a box of these last week, sold out, and a day later, they got a new box in…of Series 3.

    Luckily, I made off with a Hazmat Dude, Skater and Surfer Girl first. I was gonna pass on the Musketeer, but it occurs to me that you could build a full three guys with some clever headswapping.

    • AdventureVault

      lol, figure skating is definitely intimidating.

      Our Target only gets them weeks after Toys R Us, and they always seem to end up in the seasonal section. They haven’t gotten them yet, but I’m still watching.

      The Musketeer is a must. :)

  • Very nice! I hope the decoder is helpful. I might have to pick up Wolfman and FrankNStiein. The artist is neat too, I like what you did with the canvas.

    • AdventureVault

      Good luck!

      • Just wanted to check back in, I now have the Wolfman, Artist, and Monster! Thanks for the decoder!!! It was spot on!

        I was looking for the Gnome for my friend’s son, but alas, no luck. I THOUGHT I had found him, but it was the surfer girl… oh well!

  • Jealous! I wasn’t able to find a full set (but I did snag three Musketeers!) I’m still missing the gnome, viking, surfer girl and mad scientist but I’ve got plenty to trade if anyone is interested.

    And loving the photography, I’ll step up my game to give you more of a challenge on these little figures!

    • manekochan

      We have plenty of the viking and a few surfer girls… I don’t know if Vault will part with his scientist, though. ^^

    • AdventureVault

      Thanks Jester!

      You might want to check back with TRU. Ours just got another box.

  • Chabs

    Fivebelow has them in their ad for tomorrow

  • Fumanaz

    There is a problem with dot chart. The hockey and soccer player are wrong. Just a pack for my 5 yr old son and it was not the hockey player. We got the soccer player. Please check your cart and update.

  • Fumanaz

    The bump code is wrong on this site. Did a little research is found you have items wrong. Found a site that is publishing the correct bump codes. All a few are wrong, most of them are correct. When a 5 yr old starts crying cause he got the wrong thing, it make a BIG difference to have the correct codes.

    Here is the site with the correct bump codes.
    http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Minifigures_Series_4