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LEGO Minifigures: Character Encyclopedia Hardcover – May 1, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 1070L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; Nov edition (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1465401725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465401724
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[It] does an outstanding job showcasing the more than 160 figures that have been released to date in a way that's very friendly to early readers." –

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Customer Reviews

Bought this as a gift & recipient loved it.
Kathryne Wiebel
The exclusive Toy Soldier Minifigure that comes with the book is also really neat. a must have for any Lego Minifigure fan!
Rebecca Drexler
Very satisfied with the quality and content of the book.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Glennon on June 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Those collectible little LEGO people called minifigures have taken the world by storm and this book serves as the ultimate reference guide for them all. This book features pleasing full color photography throughout and catalogs more than 160 minifigures in entertaining detail. Each page is dedicated to a different minifigure and is packed with fun and interesting facts about its design, production and unique attributes.

This Encyclopedia was written by Daniel Lipkowitz--the same author who created the colorful, The LEGO Ideas Book-- and the quality shows. Lipkowitz apparently had great access to the minifigure design team as the book kicks off with a short overview of how a minifigure is made, then includes trivia throughout the book that is the stuff of experts. For instance, Lipkowitz shares that the hair on the Shakespeare-like minifigure was created in 1983, then the collar was created by the same designer 29 years later!

Built into the cover of this 208 page book is an exclusive, Toy Soldier Minifigure, offering yet another reason to snap up this book.

Whereas this book reads more like a set of trading cards-- with each page standing alone--the younger set will enjoy the vibrant pictures while adults will enjoy the humor. Serious collectors of all ages, meanwhile, will relish learning the insider details of their growing minifigure collection.
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When I was young, LEGO and, particularly, minifigs didn't exist. In my son's time LEGO wasn't the LEGO it became and minifigs still didn't exist. My grandson, however, has known LEGO and minifig since his earliest moments or at least since he no longer tried to eat them.

So I came late to LEGO and minifigs, but a million years ago I was a filmmaker and when I saw videos on YouTube of what others had done with LEGO minifigs and stop-motion photography, I became a fan. My grandson has moved on, not entirely away, from LEGOs, but his interest is slackening - while mine is increasing. I am researching the possibilities of creating my own custom minifigs and bought this book in hopes of learning mroe about the drawing styles that make LEGO minifigs so appealing and photogenic.

This book with its closeup and well done photography of more than 160 minifigs is a treasure trove. The informative and often amusing text is a bonus.

For the money, regardless of your purpose - research, st7 op-motion photography, collecting, playing or just dreaming - this book is an excellent value. However, as others have pointed out, the binding is very poor. After only three readings, the binding on my copy appears to be ready to separate in two places.My review is based n the quality of the contents, not the binding, but you should be aware that this book will not stand up to even normal handling.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By louanne on May 10, 2013
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First of all,you get an exclusive mini figure that only comes inside the book-[the toy soldier] each mini figure has its own page with details about the figure and also its accessories. The book starts with series 1-10 in chronically order,before each new series there are two pages together showing the 16 mini figs together,also Mr Gold and the toy soldier have their own page each.The book introduction tells you how the lego design team came up with ideas for the series mini figs.The back of the book has two pages together[right side and left side of book] with all minifigs together from all of the series.Nice colorful pages,book size is about 71/2 by 91/2 inches and weighs a little over two lbs. Adults and children will love this book and it will probably become a collector's item.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 29, 2014
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The name of the book and the description make it sound like this is a complete volume of all minifigures. In fact, the book's description reads "Go on the ultimate LEGO adventure and meet every single LEGO Minifigure character." A discreet caveat, however, lies in the capitalization of the word Minifigure. As I only found out when I opened the ebook and read through the introduction, standard Lego characters are called "minifigures," whereas the collectible characters are "Minifigures"--the only difference being in the capitalization of the M. Unfortunately this information was not included in the title nor description (On a side note, it is interesting they chose to write "LEGO minifigures", not capitalized, at the top of the book cover.).

A die-hard Lego fan might know this delineation already, or might pick up on the more subtle contextual information. Admittedly, I did not see "FEATURES MORE THAN 190 MINIFIGURES" printed on the cover picture, and now looking back 190 seems a rather small number to encompass "every single LEGO" character, so I will own up to that mistake. However, I feel this detail could be made clearer in the description and title. I had been going through my old Legos and inherited some more where the characters were exploded, mismatched, and jumbled, and was hoping to find a character reference that would help me reassemble the pieces accurate to their respective theme/set.

There already are plenty of good Amazon reviews of this product for those of you expecting this to be a book about the collectible Minifigures. In fact, the illustrations are great, the Minifigure trivia is exciting, and the character design process is insightful. I just wanted to warn those looking for information on standard, non-collectible minifigures that this is not your book. I continue my search...
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