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#1 Offline Hapori Tohu

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Posted May 02 2013 - 07:43 PM

With the release of the new Series 10 Minifigures, LEGO has added an interesting twist to the task of the collector: a rare minifigure called Mr. Gold! This gold-painted, top-hat sporting figure has been randomly inserted into packages of Series 10 Minifigures now in circulation worldwide, so there's a chance you might find him if you're lucky. Click the link above to view the full announcement, along with a map showing where other people have already found Mr. Gold around the world. Only 68 have been found so far, so be on the lookout!View the full article
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Posted May 02 2013 - 10:08 PM

hopefully i win, and many others too


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Posted May 02 2013 - 10:12 PM

It'll be cool if I won this, but I almost never buy these.
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Posted May 02 2013 - 10:40 PM

Wow, this is old news. I rarely buy CMF, and with smoke goodies like a Supercharged Jetrax on the online market, I might skip Series 10. I'll buy one probably.
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Posted May 02 2013 - 10:43 PM

Should be easier to feel for Mr. Gold in the bag since he doesn't come with the minifigure stand. At least I don't think he does.


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Posted May 02 2013 - 11:51 PM

Well, i know what my next lego purchase is going to be. Wishe me luck.


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Posted May 03 2013 - 12:16 AM

I know a lot of AFOLs are up in arms about this because it's super rare and causes collectors to go to the extremes to get it, thus making things worse off for others or something.  (Such as people buying out the stock of figs just to find a gold guy, making it harder for the average fan to get ahold of them.)  They complain as if this is the first time LEGO has ever pulled off this gimmick... but really, anybody remember the sterling silver krana kal?  :P

 

Anyway, it's a neat idea to make money, but I'm not too sure about it.  The fig doesn't even look that impressive IMO.  I'll be interested to see how this all turns out.

 

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Posted May 03 2013 - 04:53 AM

Well, I guess I'll keep my eye out for him then!


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Posted May 03 2013 - 05:36 AM

I don't follow the "Minifigures", but thanks for the news - it's always interesting to learn something new about the special LEGO release.


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Posted May 03 2013 - 07:20 AM

Do you also get access to the Lego Factory if you win one?

 

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Posted May 03 2013 - 07:24 AM

This I'll definitely be looking for. My family loves looking for these little guys, and we seem to have a talent for finding the right ones. By the way, Brickqueen on youtube got one like, one day after the series came out... Talk bout lucky! She has everything!


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Posted May 03 2013 - 08:00 AM

I'm wondering if the minifigure just looks gold or is actually gold, as in the case of the gold C-3POs.

 

 

Do you also get access to the Lego Factory if you win one?

 

:D  That's exactly what I was thinking.


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Posted May 03 2013 - 10:21 AM

Well. It's a shame that I need to save for Bristol Comic Expo. Maybe they'll have one there!/sarcasm


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Posted May 03 2013 - 10:30 AM

I wonder how many Mr Golds there are in total. I imagine that even though he is super rare there would probably be at least a couple hundred out there in all. That would be my guess.

 

But anyway, I'll keep my eye out for him.


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Posted May 03 2013 - 10:44 AM

I wonder how many Mr Golds there are in total.

5000. It's written here, on the bottom right corner of the map.


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Posted May 03 2013 - 02:35 PM

[color=rgb(0,128,128);]One of my friends actually collects the figures, and he's able to feel the package and discover what's inside - he gets it right every single time. He found a gold minifigure about a week ago. [/color]


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Posted May 03 2013 - 02:41 PM

I'm wondering if the minifigure just looks gold or is actually gold, as in the case of the gold C-3POs.  

Do you also get access to the Lego Factory if you win one?

  :D  That's exactly what I was thinking.
I'm pretty sure it's just painted, real gold might not last the shipping and all.

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Posted May 03 2013 - 03:39 PM

I'm wondering if the minifigure just looks gold or is actually gold, as in the case of the gold C-3POs. 

Do you also get access to the Lego Factory if you win one?

  :D  That's exactly what I was thinking.

I'm pretty sure it's just painted, real gold might not last the shipping and all.

It's basically the same as all chrome gold (Metallized Gold) LEGO parts. So no; not real gold. A good thing, too. A real gold figure would not take any effort at all to identify — you could tell by weight alone if a package contained Mr. Gold.

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Posted May 03 2013 - 10:38 PM

It's certainly hard enough to get minifigures reliably due to all the scalpers, but I'll certainly keep a feel out for Mr. Gold. There's only a couple of minifigs in this series that interest me anyway, so, if anything, this is a good incentive to pay attention. 


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Posted May 04 2013 - 02:30 PM

I just came back from my first hunt for Mr. Gold at my local Toys-r-us. Didn't find him, as you might expect, but I didn't come home empty-handed. I got the paintball player, still a cool figure!  :)


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Posted May 04 2013 - 03:08 PM

Well, I knew this would be rare, but I wasn't sure how rare! Man, so much hype over a brutaka-gold minifig...


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Posted May 04 2013 - 03:38 PM

I never buy this minifigures,  but knowing how random life is, the first package I buy would surely come out with Mister Gold.

 

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Posted May 05 2013 - 02:50 PM

Well, I knew this would be rare, but I wasn't sure how rare! Man, so much hype over a brutaka-gold minifig...

It's chromed gold.

 

Anyways, Lego stores suck at having Mr. Golds, I heard. Why? Because the employees feel the bags and get first dibs on buying possible Mr. Golds before they even hit the shelves. It's probably better to go somewhere like Toys R Us or something.


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Posted May 05 2013 - 05:02 PM

Even if I got one, I'd have to sell it because it's going for like £400 online. If I got it and didn't sell it, it will have effectively cost be £400. :o

 

There are some pretty good pearl gold custom figures on eBay though. Maybe Lego should have included regular gold figures and then 5000 shiney proper gold ones on top of that.


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Posted May 05 2013 - 07:05 PM

My only motive for finding and buying Mr. Gold would be just so I can not tell anyone on the internet I have him, throwing all the fanatic AFOLs into a panic looking for THE VERY LAST MR. GOLD after the other 999 have been found... not knowing it lies in my possession the whole time.
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Posted May 05 2013 - 07:51 PM

Minifig...

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Posted May 06 2013 - 05:55 AM

Series 15 or 20 will have another gimmick of some sort. I'll try then. Like... Mrs. Gold...?


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Posted May 09 2013 - 05:39 PM

Series 15 or 20 will have another gimmick of some sort. I'll try then. Like... Mrs. Gold...?

Actually, from what I've read, I think Lego plans to have a "chase figure" like this for all future series. So you won't even have to wait that long.

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Posted May 12 2013 - 09:29 AM

If I got one, I would sell it, even though I am a great Lego collector, $800 is just to much money to pass up!

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Posted May 12 2013 - 02:31 PM

If I got one, I would sell it, even though I am a great Lego collector, $800 is just to much money to pass up!http://www.ebay.com/...=item1c32a90c1e

I'd hold off on selling it if I were you. Even if you intend to sell, I imagine the value's only going to go up once series 10 is gone from stores.

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Posted May 23 2013 - 11:50 AM

Looks like I'm going to go on a hunt after exams. :D


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Posted Jun 14 2013 - 04:45 PM

I really like the map, because it shows not only how many Mr. Gold minifigs have been found (nearly 800, as of this post), but also shows how many have been found in each country and U.S. state/territory. The concentrations across the world are pretty clear by this point.

 

It seems we're far more likely to see Mr. Gold in North America, Europe, and Australia than in South America, Africa, and Asia. Just one in Brazil, two in China, and four across all of Africa. At the same time, 28 have been found in Australia (the country, not including the surrounding island nations), 150 in the United Kingdom (plus one more in Guernsey), and (adding up all the U.S. states and territories) 297 in the United States.

 

I find it interesting that these concentrations (at least in the U.S.) seem to reflect population densities. For example, Calfornia, most populated state, also has the most Mr.Gold minifigs, at 44; while thinly populated states like Wyoming, North Dakota, and Alaska have not yet found any Mr. Gold minifigs. I honestly can't wait to see what the final tally will be once all 5000 have been found. B-)


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Posted Jun 15 2013 - 03:27 PM

I really like the map, because it shows not only how many Mr. Gold minifigs have been found (nearly 800, as of this post), but also shows how many have been found in each country and U.S. state/territory. The concentrations across the world are pretty clear by this point.

 

It seems we're far more likely to see Mr. Gold in North America, Europe, and Australia than in South America, Africa, and Asia. Just one in Brazil, two in China, and four across all of Africa. At the same time, 28 have been found in Australia (the country, not including the surrounding island nations), 150 in the United Kingdom (plus one more in Guernsey), and (adding up all the U.S. states and territories) 297 in the United States.

 

I find it interesting that these concentrations (at least in the U.S.) seem to reflect population densities. For example, Calfornia, most populated state, also has the most Mr.Gold minifigs, at 44; while thinly populated states like Wyoming, North Dakota, and Alaska have not yet found any Mr. Gold minifigs. I honestly can't wait to see what the final tally will be once all 5000 have been found. B-)

It also probably has a lot to do with which areas ordered more of Series 10. From what I've heard, Lego in general can be harder to find in South America, for instance. I don't know how much Lego may intentionally skew distribution of Mr. Gold, but even if they kept it completely random, some of the areas you identified as receiving very few would still probably receive less overall.


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Posted Jun 15 2013 - 04:19 PM

 

I wonder how many Mr Golds there are in total.

5000. It's written here, on the bottom right corner of the map.

 

Wow, that is more than I thought there would be. I was expecting there to be only one or two thousand made for production, but five thousand is an even better number than those.


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Posted Jun 15 2013 - 09:22 PM

Well...       The great hunt will start riiiight NOW

 

I took a look at how many was found and it show that only one person found Mr. Gold in Kansas so hope i get lucky as well.


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