Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lego Minifig Barcode Decoder

So my cousin recently had a birthday and on his list of wanted items were a bunch of LEGO Minifigures. To that point I hadn't heard of them, but after checking them out I have to say they are pretty awesome. Little individual LEGO people with unique accessories following different themes. LEGO has made two different series of figures with 16 different characters in each.

The big problem for me was that my cousin of course wanted specific figures, and they are only sold in blind packages so you can't tell which is which. Now I can see how this is a nice marketing strategy by LEGO to promote trading among kids etc. However, I can imagine it getting really frustrating when you're trying to complete a set and end up with 4 Pop Singers, but can't find that lone Spartan Warrior to save your life.

Lo and behold, a hole in LEGO's strategy... each blind package has a unique barcode corresponding to a specific figure. Check out this handy chart:
Pretty cool litte trick to find those ones you are looking for. I managed to find some of the figures he was looking for, and picked out 3 for myself. The only other problem was finding them in stock in stores. They seemed to be pretty much sold out everywhere, that is until Target started stocking them in their Halloween section.

Enjoy the decoder now though, rumor has it that series 3 of the figures due out in January 2011 will have fixed the barcode loophole.

Happy Hunting

43 comments:

  1. Nice work! I may actually start collecting these now!

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  2. Need more of those, they may become in handy when I go see my niece.

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  3. This blog is relevant to my interests.

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  4. nice blog dude!!! looking forward to the next post

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  5. Nice man, I remember the good ol' days of lego, still got my set about somewhere :)

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  6. Great post!

    looking forward to reading the next one

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  7. lego hack haha thats awesome

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  8. cool hack, makes me want to play with some legos

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  9. awesome blog brosky. following this blog.

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  10. Legos were one of my favorite toys

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  11. haha how did you even figure this out? trial and error?

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  12. This reminded me of those Scannerz toys lol

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  13. Cool. I might get this for my nephew

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  14. Thanks for the info man, look like pretty neat toys

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  15. i love the bar code stuff, its cool

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  16. lego will eventually take over the world- the themepark is only the begining!

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  17. How much are lego minifigs? I really like your blog!

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  18. The minifigs actually retail for $1.99, but at Target and Toys R Us they're $2.99. I haven't found them in any store lower than that

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  19. I liked your perspective in this one... I'm going to have to agree with you

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  20. LEGOS!

    Like the name of your blog, more like that

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  21. i remember this next time i buy legos

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  22. I guess LEGO Inc. Isn't very clever. ... at all... if these are supposed to be blind packs. Such choads!

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  23. Wow, thats pretty neat. I miss my legos :(

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  24. thats great keep posting cool things

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  25. wth! legos have gotten way too complicated since the days i played with them

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  26. That's unfair, selling them in non-revealing package!

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  27. thanks for the codes. they are very usefull

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