|This Cowboy may be a little loco. He comes with three guns, although he can only carry two. Maybe he can put one under his hat, which looks suspiciously like Indiana Jones’ (available for the first time in dark tan). Guess he’s planning on using all those bullets across his chest. The Longhorns belt tells me he’s not an Oklahoma cowboy. I like the new head and torso, but I would’ve liked to see a pattern on his plain, reddish brown pants. My dream of Lego chaps will have to wait another year.|
While Lego decided to blind box these figures, they also gave each package a second, unique bar code. Now, if you don’t read bar code, that’s okay because this gives any Lego enthusiast three options when buying the minifigures:
- Simply ignore the bar codes and enjoy the random fun.
- Track the bar codes you’ve bought to avoid buying doubles, but maintain the “suspense”.
- Crack the code and buy the figures you want.
For myself, I did number two and three. My first time at the store, Manekochan and I sifted through the packages until we got sixteen unique bar codes. Or so we thought – when I got home, I ended up with two Super Wrestlers and no Magician. I had to go back, but I wasn’t going back without a plan. I wanted a decoder.
I knew there were a few available online for the European versions, but the United States minifigures have different bar codes. I’d struck out while looking for an easy printout of the US releases, so I did what anyone here at IAT would do, I took my fifteen packages to Noisy and had him make me a checklist.
Really, he brings it on himself. I mean, look to the right, and check out how sharp that looks. He’s practically begging to be given work. With Noisy’s Decoder in hand, I made my triumphant return to Toys R Us, found the Magician, picked up a couple extras, and rushed home to open ’em up.
The decoder didn’t really spoil anything. Even though I knew I had certain figures in my bag, it was still fun to open them up each time. I may have checked the codes at the store, but at home I enjoyed the randomness of opening up an extra robot or crash test dummy while searching for my magician. Lego has that much of a home run on their hands. I love series on and I can’t wait for series two.
If you click on the decoder, it will open in a new window and will fit on one sheet of paper. The good thing about the bar codes is that the first two-thirds of them are all the same. You only have to look at the last third (outlined here in a red box) to determine which minifigure you’re buying. You do have to pay careful attention, though, as some of them are very similar to others.