The 30 Greatest Lego Minifigs of All Time

By Rob Bricken in Daily Lists, Toys
Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 5:00 am


15) Medieval Town Woman
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It was clear with this mini-figure that the Lego Group had decided it was no longer holding back when it came to mini-fig sex appeal. This pretty maiden is wearing an ornate dress that shows off her ample cleavage, a shock to those of us who thought minifigs were only distinguishable as female if they had long hair. Even stranger, the box art depicts her preening herself in the upstairs bedroom of an inn, waiting for.... uhh... a customer?

14) Forestman
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We all knew that at least one of Lego's many Forestmen was Robin Hood, and that made for hours of swashbuckling, arrow-shooting adventure as the little green mavericks caused havoc for our Castle knights.

13) Captain Red Beard
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The greatest captain of Lego's pirate crews was none other than Red Beard, complete with pegleg and hook!

12) Mermaid
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The Mermaid is not just the most naked female Lego has ever produced; she's also one of the toughest, as evidenced by box art that depicts her leaving her place on the pirate ship's bow to fight beside her crew, cutlass in hand.

11) Police Officer
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The cops have been a fun staple of Lego Town sets since the beginning, unless you've ever driven your Lego car too fast down Main Street. The early 1980s officer had the best, yet simplest design.

10) Darth Vader
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This minifigure manages to perfectly capture the likeness of Darth Vader and also be as cute as a button on an Ewok's vest. For an added surprise, removing his helmet will reveal his adorably desiccated face.

9) Futuron Astronaut
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These late-'80s Space figures had very appealing uniforms that were a combination of the original Space astronauts' uniforms and Star Trek: The Next Generation. And importantly, the astronauts finally had visors to protect their faces from the cold, sucking nothingness of outer space!

8) Fantasy Era Knight
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Lego brought back the majesty of the original Castle sets with the Fantasy Era sets in the last couple of years. The new knights are based on the originals but have been made even better, with shiny, more detailed armor.

7) Blacktron
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Lego reportedly stopped production of the original Blacktron sets early because they feared the minifigs would be seen as evil. That's because these astronauts, clearly shown to be the thieves and scoundrels of the Space theme, were bedecked in shiny black uniforms that made them all look like the Wraith. They were clearly the coolest minifigs ever produced, and remain so.

6) Skeleton
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Kids somehow didn't mind the specter of death in their Lego sets despite the horror of seeing what cute little Lego characters look like after they die and rot away. Maybe that's because the skeletons were adorable, carrying that perpetual minifig smile into the netherworld.

5) Imperial Guards
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With ornate uniforms and shakos, and armed to the teeth with the best the 18th Century has to offer, these little British guys certainly surpassed their foes, the Pirates, in style.

4) UFO Alien
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UFO was a controversial theme among Lego Space fans for a variety of reasons, but most could agree that the alien minifigs were the most badass little plastic guys Lego had ever produced. Their detailed armor is elegant yet scary, and their freaky heads are translucent neon colors! Awesome.

3) Black Falcon
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Lego's Castle theme has always featured some of the best sets and minifigs the company had to offer. The Castle soldiers made in the 1980s were among the greatest, and the Black Falcons were the coolest of these designs. Black, blue and silver (with a little bit of red, here and there), these minifigs were things of beauty.

2) Indiana Jones
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Many Long-time fans of Lego tend to see the company's more recent trend of producing licensed sets as a sell-out, as the Lego Group did just fine creating its own themes and characters for several years, thank you. So, it's with trepidation that a licensed character takes the #2 spot. But there's no denying it -- from his excellent likeness to his awesome accessories, Lego Indiana Jones is sheer perfection.

1) Classic Space Astronauts
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Lego's Space theme is one of its most popular, probably because the sets involve so much imagination, both in design and play. The Classic Space astronaut dominated toy shelves for the first 11 years of the minifig's existence -- and went pretty much unchanged during that whole time. It was available in five different spacesuit colors -- red, white, yellow, black and blue. With the Classic Space astronaut, Lego demonstrated how it could create an engaging design in the simplest of ways. With their one-color spacesuits, air tanks, awesome chest emblem of a rocket circling a moon, and classic Lego smiley faces, the original astronauts mini-figs were a flawless, utilitarian design. We'll even forgive the fact that their faces were left open to the vacuum of space.

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