Over the weekend our local ToysRUs received their first batch of LEGO Minifigures Series 5. I’d been anticipating this for the last couple weeks, making sure to visit each time they got a new truck in. Friday night paid off and I spent way too long deciphering dots and crinkling baggies. Man, I miss those barcodes.
UPDATE: This time around the LEGO Group has made decoding by the dots a bit trickier. The figures are now being produced in batches and the dot patterns are changed between each batch. You can find the batch number stamped in the area where the dots appear. Our cheat sheet is based off of batch #125B1.
This series is colored in a dark blue packaging, and like usual, Toys R Us is the first to get the new series in. But there’s a little different setup this time. It seems TRU and The LEGO Group have made arrangements to carry these figures specifically on the endcaps of the LEGO aisles. Instead of boxes TRU is putting them on pegs, similar to Target. But the good news is they’re back down to $2.99 here.
Unless otherwise noted, the figures below all have new heads, torsos, and legs.
|I like the Boxer way more than I thought I would. He’s got a brand new headgear piece, but my favorite part is his gloves. I expected they would just make giant gloves to fit over his hands, but instead they created new boxing glove hands that replace the normal minifigure hands. This way they don’t look cartoonishly big. Hopefully we’ll see a guy in another color or trunks and gloves for him to spar with soon. Decoding Tip: This one’s a bit hard, but you can feel for the larger gloves on his torso piece.|
|This Cavewoman is pretty cute for a Stone-Age gal. She’s kind of got a puzzled look on her face, like she’s trying to figure something out. I also like the little dirt smudge on her cheek. Plus, she’s got that Pebbles Flintstone vibe with her red hair tied up with a bone. There’s also a great cavegirl bikini printed on the front and back of her torso, and that little onyx jewel she’s wearing is a nice touch. She’ll make a great date for the caveman of Series 1. Decoding Tip: Feel for her large club.|
|#3 Egyptian Queen|
|The Egyptian Queen is a great LEGO representative of Cleopatra with her shining gold jewelry and white dress. She also makes a great partner for Series 2’s Pharaoh. I just wish she came with more than just a green snake. A LEGO ankh would have been pretty cool, or even just a new scepter. Decoding Tip: It’s very easy to feel for the large sloped brick that’s the bottom of her dress.|
|#4 Small Clown|
|I’m really curious how many circus themed characters are going to be made. This Small Clown fits in great with the regular Clown and Ringmaster from previous waves. Plus, he comes with pies to throw at people. You’ve got to love that. Also, his bowler hat is a great new piece and I can’t wait for it to appear in more traditional browns and blacks. Decoding Tip: Feel for the round serrated edges to his pie.|
|#5 Evil Dwarf|
|I had no idea this dwarf was evil until I checked the LEGO website. But I guess not all dwarves are happy just digging through the earth for a living. I really love these fantasy dwarves. It’s just too bad that their sculpted beards cover up most of the great printings on their faces and chests. This guy has an all new armor pattern and face, but you can’t see most of it when he’s wearing everything. The Evil Dwarf comes with a double bladed axe and a shield with a new pattern. Decoding Tip: This one’s a bit difficult, but you can feel for the stick to his axe handle or his winged helmet.|
|#6 Ice Fisherman|
|Someone at The LEGO Group is obsessed with fishing I think. This is the third series in a row to include a fishing character. Not that I mind, I just think it’s odd how many we’re getting. But it makes much more sense for the Ice Fisherman to have a fishing pole instead of a gnome. Plus, I really like the hood on his parka since he can actually turn his head in it. Decoding Tip: Feel for the long and thin fishing pole.|
|#7 Fitness Instructor|
|This Fitness Instructor looks a lot like the Pop Star from Series 2. Is this a future look at her after her career’s downhill a bit? What I really find odd about this character is how much she reminds me of the 80’s. I don’t know why, I just get that vibe from her. Maybe it’s all the garish colors? Even her boom box is a bright purplish pink. Decoding Tip: Feel for the rectangular boom box with its textured speakers.|
|They did a great job of giving this Gangster a wiseguy face. With his pencil-thin mustache and mischievous look, you know he’s up to no good. I also really like his pinstripe suit. You don’t see too many of those in LEGO fashion. The Gangster comes with a revolver and an empty violin case. The machine gun’s too big to fit in it, but it looks like it can hold a LEGO violin. I wonder if we’ll be seeing that new piece soon. Decoding Tip: Feel for the thick and oddly shaped violin case.|
|I’m really surprised by how historically accurate this Gladiator is. The tampoed armor on his body looks fantastic, and they even printed the customary manica armor going down his right arm. The two new pieces in this set are also terrific. There’s his short gladius sword and his large fish-shaped murmillo helmet. Not only does the helmet have great sculpted details, but you can even see his eyes through the holes in the faceplate. Decoding Tip: Feel for the short sword or the large helmet with its jutting fin.|
|The Graduate is one of those character’s I never would have thought of making. Dressed up in his nicest sweater and slacks, his graduation robes are a fabric piece that goes around his neck like a cape. I actually really like it and would rather see the Harry Potter characters in this rather than a cape. The Graduate also comes with a brand new mortarboard with a molded tassel hanging down and diploma to hang on his wall. Decoding Tip: Try to feel for the small square shape of the mortarboard hat.|