We’re not going to pass up a chance to celebrate a Lego milestone! They celebrated the 60th anniversary of their world famous plastic-studded brick earlier this year with a handful of play sets, and now they’re in line for another anniversary celebration! 2018 marks 40 years of the minifigures that have been at the heart of so many dreamed-up Lego adventures over the years, and to mark the occasion, 16 new 40th anniversary Lego minifigures are being released in mystery bags starting April 1. Oh, and there’s one more surprise — a re-release of the first minifigure ever produced!
Officially called the Party Series, the new minifigs are filled with wild costumes — looks fun! If you’re a minifig vet, you know the drill, but for everyone else, here’s how you’ll get your hands on these guys. Lego regularly releases sets of 16 minifigures, then sells them one-by-one in mystery bags that you can find online or in stores for $3.99. So yeah, you don’t know what you’re getting when you buy — it’s as devastatingly effective a scheme as it sounds, especially if you really, really want to collect all 16. Or, 17 in this case, thanks to this guy!
Here’s the man of the month! The police officer was the first minifigure ever created. He arrived on the scene in 1978 along with the Police Car set, but he wasn’t the first Lego guy ever. Before 1978, Lego did have something resembling minifigures, but they lacked faces, poseable limbs, and, most importantly, those accessory-friendly hands. Unsurprisingly, he’ll be harder to track down — with every mystery bag you’ll have a 1-in-60 chance of him making an appearance.
Birthday Party Boy and Girl confirm that this hypothetical Lego party is extremely lit. When the presents are as big as you are, you know it’s going to be a good time.
Cactus Girl is the most committed to the costume of all the minifigs. Collectors, you’ll be scoring not only that new cactus suit element, but individual cactus arm elements, too.
Seriously, this party has life-sized presents and people bursting out of cakes? TFTI. The cake element is brand new to the Lego family.
I guess this would be lowercase c catwoman? Maybe she’s worried about copyright infringement, maybes she’s just actually going as a cat. Either way, the cat mask is a newcomer to the Lego world.
Guy with a wearable horse costume is always the life of the party.
Dragon Suit Guy is bringing all-new dragon wings and a dragon hat to the party for Lego collectors.
Meanwhile, Elephant Costume Girl comes bearing brand new gear like the elephant mask and that adorable mouse. The mouse’s tail is actually soft!
We will refer to him as Rocket Man, regardless of his official title. He looks like an extremely cool dude.
Both the pot and the flower of Flower Pot Girl are new goodies for collectors to grab.
Love these two! These all-new brick bodies are perfectly useful as regular Lego bricks, so you can finally create the Lego Edgar Allan Poe stories you’ve always imagined.
You knew this party had to have a proper clown. This guy is bearing a new hat and not one, but two brand new balloon animal accessories. This clown comes prepared.
The fastest man at the party is rocking a new race car hip piece. As you’ve noticed, hip pieces are a big thing in this collection.
This sort of seems like someone with arachnophobia dressing up as a spider anyway? Bold way to confront your fears, I like it. The spider hat and those legs coming from the back are new elements.
And finally, there’s the Unicorn Knight, who 100 percent wins the costume contest in our book.