The 5 Rarest LEGO Minifigs of All Time

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The 5 Rarest LEGO Minifigs of All Time

Key Points

  • The #1 rarest LEGO minifig is Mr Gold
  • The rarest LEGO minifigs are usually those with the fewest production numbers
  • They usually fetch a pretty steep price but are extremely valuable to any LEGO collector
  • If you get the opportunity, adding your favorite minifigs to your collection is a chance you can’t miss

One of the best things about LEGO is how universal and approachable it is. If you’re looking for a gift for your young one or a LEGO lover, buying a brand-new set of bricks is a no-brainer. Sometimes, though, a new minifigure is a better choice, especially for those who prefer to collect and display their precious pieces rather than spend time building them. While many of these are relatively affordable, there are some coveted figures out there that command insane prices. Through a combination of limited production and high demand, some minifigs can be extremely hard to get hold of. But if you manage to get your hands on one, count yourself very lucky indeed. Without further ado, let’s take a look at 5 of the rarest LEGO minifigs ever made.

Mr Gold

Mr Gold is undoubtedly one of the rarest LEGO minifigs out there. As part of the 10th rendition of LEGO’s Collectible Minifigures collection, Mr Gold was produced in minuscule amounts – only 5,000 figures were made. Mr Gold could be found inside LEGO’s blind bags, which were a steal, considering the price he fetches nowadays.

You’d think, given the price, that Mr Gold might be made of actual solid gold. Sadly, however, this isn’t the case, as he’s merely been sprayed with a layer of chrome paint. Nevertheless, he’s one of the most iconic minifigs ever released and helped make the 10th anniversary of LEGO’s minifigure collections that much more memorable. Many young teens have fond memories of frantically feeling as many bags as they could, trying to find out if any of them had the coveted figure inside. Other collectors, however, were understandably enraged at the likely outcome that they would never be able to complete their collections. As such, Mr Gold remains as controversial as he is invaluable.

Solid 18K White Gold R2-D2

Unsurprisingly, Star Wars minifigs feature fairly heavily on lists of the rarest LEGO minifigs. It’s difficult to overstate the enduring and extreme popularity of Star Wars-themed LEGO pieces, especially since The Mandalorian came out. And seeing as there was only one of these white gold R2-D2 figures produced, you can’t really get any rarer than that. This doesn’t necessarily make it one of the most expensive pieces, because the chances of obtaining one are virtually nil. Even so, it’s a very highly prized piece, and the only one made out of white gold. A lucky man called Bryan won this piece in a LEGO contest, and even received a certificate of authenticity along with it, proving this is truly a one-of-one piece. All we can say is: congratulations on your win, and we are jealous, of course!

Solid Bronze C-3PO

Keeping with the crazy-rare Star Wars minifig theme, we have another example in the form of the solid bronze C-3PO minifig. While the gold C-3PO is also incredibly rare, five of those were produced, whereas there’s only one bronze figure in existence. This lovely bronze droid was produced to commemorate San Diego Comic-Con in 2007. Just as with R2-D2, the recipient of this figure got a certificate as well to prove that it’s genuine. Given the popularity and rarity of this piece, LEGO lovers often get replicas custom-made. We can’t say we blame them, but we would obviously rather have our hands on the real deal. We may just have to settle on a replica, though.

Iron Man & Captain America 2012 Collectors Preview

A little easier to get hold of, but still appreciably rare, are the Captain America and Iron Man minifigs that were given away at the New York Toy Fair in 2012. If there’s one theme that collectors go crazy for that isn’t Star Wars, it’s probably Marvel. Around 125 of these were produced, so you have a better chance of getting one of these. But they’re still very uncommon all the same. These figures are notable for having rather stern facial expressions. Not only that, this is the only rendition of Iron Man with a printed helmet. Captain America also features a different shield than the typical one, which just makes this set of figures stand out even more. Any Marvel fan would be over the moon to add these minifigs to their collection.

14K Gold Boba Fett, Sterling Silver Boba Fett, and White Boba Fett

Rounding off our list is another fantastic example of Star Wars minifigs. Who doesn’t love this little bounty hunter? As if one of these precious metal pieces wasn’t amazing enough, LEGO gave away two of these trio sets at San Diego Comic-Con and the Star Wars Celebration V event, both in 2010. Although all three pieces are rare, the gold and silver figures are significantly more so. Only two of these were ever produced, whereas around 16,000 white Boba Fetts are in circulation. You’ll have much better odds of getting a white Boba Fett. But if by some miracle you stumble upon a gold or silver minifig, you’ll want to keep it in a very safe place!

Rarest LEGO Minifigs: Wrapping Up

The more valuable the material and the lower the production number, the rarer a LEGO minifig tends to be. Understandably, pieces from the most renowned franchises are highly sought after, with Star Wars and Marvel-themed figures among the most popular. LEGO often gives away one-of-a-kind pieces at promotional events, such as Comic-Con, usually as part of a contest or a raffle. Sometimes, a special minifig isn’t part of any theme, however, such as in the case of Mr Gold. While he isn’t actually made of solid gold, many of the rarest LEGO minifigs are made of precious metals, including gold, silver, and bronze. These are naturally extremely difficult to obtain, but if you keep looking, you just might get lucky one day.

Summary Table

Mr GoldPart of the 10th rendition of LEGO’s Collectible Minifigures collection, only 5,000 figures were made.
Solid 18K White Gold R2-D2Only one of these white gold R2-D2 figures was produced, making it extremely rare.
Solid Bronze C-3POProduced to commemorate San Diego Comic-Con in 2007, there’s only one bronze figure in existence.
Iron Man & Captain America 2012 Collectors PreviewGiven away at the New York Toy Fair in 2012, around 125 of these were produced.
14K Gold Boba Fett, Sterling Silver Boba Fett, and White Boba FettLEGO gave away two of these trio sets at San Diego Comic-Con and the Star Wars Celebration V event, both in 2010.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a minifig so rare?

Usually, the rarest LEGO minifigs are produced in small quantities, made out of expensive materials, and only available during special events, such as giveaways and contests. Discontinued pieces also tend to end up fairly rare over time, as the chance to obtain them becomes slimmer.

How can I tell how rare a minifig is?

You’ll want to conduct some research into how many figures were produced, including consulting LEGO, and also check for a certificate of authenticity or any marks on the packaging indicating exclusivity.

Are rare LEGO minifigs expensive?

Yes, the rarest of minifigs tend to fetch very high prices. This is especially true if they’re related to a popular franchise, such as Marvel or Star Wars. There isn’t always a perfect correlation between rarity and cost, though, and prices can and do fluctuate over time. So if you have your heart set on a particular piece, it’s smart to keep checking back for availability.

Can I get rare LEGO minifigs directly from LEGO?

Sometimes, yes, but generally, they’re so rare that you can only really obtain them from a collector who has already gotten their hands on one. Alternatively, winning a contest or attending a promotional event are among the most common ways to collect rare pieces.

Are rare LEGO minifigs only for adults?

While adults will normally have more opportunities to purchase the rarest minifigs, they’re not just for adults. Many minifigs are from franchises that are loved by people of all ages, and any budding collector would love the chance to have such a coveted piece.

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