If you’ve already got one of the earlier editions you’ll know what to expect but with corrections to previous entries and even more minifigs. If this is all new to you here’s what you’ll get:
Complete listings of every LEGO Star Wars minifigure including all the promotional, event exclusives, pack ins and spin-offs.
High quality photographs with front (naturally) and nearly all rear (innovative) sides, as well as a strong showing of images of each head piece.
Organised nomencalture, with explanations of the coding structure, that makes it easy to identify each minifig’s theme and year.
Alphabetically indexed by name for quick reference to instantly locate each minifig inside the guide.
Extensive metadata including the number of parts, the set number(s) the minifig came with and the part code of the head print.
Community-friendly with codes that are Bricklink compatible, and a QR recognition system that works with a bespoke smartphone app (iOS and Android).
Price guide with average six month prices (both new and used) taken from Bricklink, which can be used as an indicator of rarity.
For my mind I’d like to have seen slightly larger minifigs – there is enough padding around the images that some of the background (which should always be a consistent white) could have been cropped to bring the minifig up to 1:1. It’d be nice if Amazon’s custom printing service CreateSpace used a higher grade paper as well; this is surely justified by the recommended cover price. The only other improvement I would suggest is that the order of the figures could be a little more intuitive. As they are it’s a little confusing, with perhaps an alphabetical or chronological (by theme) order to make them a little more sensical to browse.
This guide doesn’t really have a place in the average Star Wars collector who is a fan of the LEGO line, but those LEGO Star Wars collectors who have a strong interest in tracking their minifigures will definitely find this a useful resource.
If you fall into this last category – or are just a little curious – you can purchase the book from Amazon.com for $32.00. If you are interested in checking out more of Christoph Bartneck’s LEGO minifigure catalogues head over to minifigure.org, where all of his publications are available.
This post originally appeared on Rebelscum.com on the 3rd of June, 2016.
Fervent documentarian, effusive AFOL and founding partner, Jeremy manages the daily news content and set reviews.
Having enjoyed playing with LEGO from his earliest years, Jeremy started collecting LEGO Star Wars in 1999 when the theme was first released. He has shared his thoughts and opinions on LEGO via a number of websites – including starwars.com, rebelscum.com and brickset.com – contributed to the LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary series and served the LEGO Ambassador Network as a Recognised LEGO Fan Media representative.