LEGO Collectible Minifigures continues to launch new series a few times a year and more than a decade into the theme, the LEGO character designs are still amazing. It’s pretty mind-blowing that there have been 21 regular blind bag series at this point.
For minifigure collecting newbies, searching the blind-bags is usually called ‘feebling’ – a mixture of feeling the packet and fumbling through the dark spaces inside for the character. It’s a bit of a LEGO art form. So, whether you’re a pro who can find every character without duplicates, or are just starting the minifigure collecting obsession, hobby, here are a handful of tips and tricks for hitting minifigure gold.
Look at photos
Whether it’s the helpful little paper pamphlet that comes with each of the Collectible Minifigures, or the official images online, take a long look at every character. Note what pieces or accessories are unique to each and whether the elements are small or large. This will help you create a mental picture of what you’re looking for when feeling packets, without having to check any references in a busy supermarket or other store.
Find the big ones first
In the latest series there’s a whole dolphin and plane stuffed into the little plastic bags. These big pieces are always easier to find first, taking up most of a packet and usually making them fuller with trapped air. Plus, it’s often the big ones that have fewer packets included in a whole new box, so grab them while you can!
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It’s all in the legs
There are almost always some child characters in Collectible Minifigure series and they have the shorter non-posable legs. This makes them stand out (pun intended) because if you can feel the minifigure legs but not bend them, then this narrows down your search. Identifying which child character it might be can then be achieved through feebling the accompanying accessories.
Is it round or square?
Speaking of accessories, the shape is a key feature to feeble. Square tiles or round plates are usually quite easy to feel. It’s also important to notice not just the shape, but whether it’s a smooth tile or the piece has studs.
Flexibility can be another clue too. Certain LEGO elements, like swords or head-pieces might be flexible and you will be able to bend them gently within a packet.
Take your time
When it comes to feebling, do not rush. If you can’t identify a LEGO character straight away, put it aside in a different pile and come back to it. The last thing you want to do is buy a minifigure that is a duplicate – they’re not getting any cheaper after all. Take your time and feeble away in your own world. One word of advice – if the security guard is looking at you funny, tell them what you’re up to, otherwise you may feel their stare on you the whole time!
Collectible Minifigures collecting is a fun hobby, so don’t feel pressurised to try and find every character in one go. If you get a duplicate, don’t panic. You can always swap it with a friend or sell it online.
Take these tips, go out minifigure hunting, and happy feebling!