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Lego Minifigures Series 8 - Release Date, Bump Codes, Characters

Updated on May 7, 2013

Today we are going to be looking at Lego Minifigures Series 8. We will check out the new minifigures and see what exactly the new characters are going to be. Then we will take a look at release dates, prices, codes, bump codes and where to get hold of Lego Minifigures Series 8. So if you are after some details about this series then this page should give you the answers you are looking for.

Lego Minifigures first hit the shops back in early 2010. Series 1 brought us 16 new characters that immediately captured the imagination of children and collectors the world over. Due to the success of the first series Lego continued to release series after series and now were at series 8! In the past few years we have seen some really memorable characters and the new series looks like being no exception to the rule. So let’s tell you a little bit about series 8.

Series 8 Coming Soon

Santa Minifigure

Lego Minifigures Series 8 Release Date & Characters

So the first thing we can tell you is the release date for these minifigures. This has been confirmed as September. No exact release date when these will go on sale but we do know it will be some time in September 2012. We were given series 6 in January 2012 and then series 7 in May, so it is no great surprise about the timing of the new minifigures. Another thing we do know is that the new surprise bags will be black, something we have not experienced before. As per usual these will come in sealed bags so the idea is that you do not know which figure you will be getting. The idea is trade them with friends to complete your set. We are expecting the price for these to be the same as normal, so that is usually around the $3 mark and of course there will one again be sixteen figures to collect.

So now we do have a list of 16 new characters. As you can see from the picture on the right these are now confirmed and we will soon be seeing them in our shops. So here are the new minifigures for Series 8: Cowgirl, DJ, Diver, Skier, Vampire, Trader, Pirate, Santa, Red Cheerleader, Ancient Thespis, Conquistador, Boy in a Bavarian Outfit, Enemy Robot, Evil Female Alien, Football Player and Fairy. As soon as this list was revealed fans were up in arms, we already have a skier, we already have a vampire and a cheerleader. But as you can see from the picture the new characters are completely different from any we have seen before.

Some of the highlights of the new series then include the Vampire, this one was something of a surprise, we thought it might be a modern vampire based on Twilight, however it is actually a vampire bat. Santa and his sack will be a big favourite as this is one that people have been asking Lego to make for a long while. The Ancient Thespis looks very good and we love the little skull he is clutching, this is possibly the best accessory in the new series. The Evil Female Alien does not look at all like we were expecting and is a really unusual figure that we like very much. We also really like the fairy, the wand and wings work very well together, however she is wearing one of those annoying paper skirts which are awkward to put on.

On the downside the new red cheerleader looks remarkably like the blue one from the first series and the enemy robot also looks very familiar. The skier is quite different to the skier we have seen in a previous series but still it is another skier which maybe shows a slight lack of imagination from Lego. Apart from that though this looks like being a really good series.

The New Mystery Bags

Bump Codes, Bar Codes, Touching Techniques

Due to the fact that these minifigures come in mystery bags, there is a real issue with collecting them. The first few you buy are fine but then you start to accumulate doubles. At around $3 a time this can soon become an expensive pass time. So for this reason there has been much made of ways of finding out what figure is contained in the packets. With the first few series of figures you could work this out by reading the bar codes, something that was not really that tricky if you knew how. But soon Lego got wise to this and so changed their system so that this would no longer work.

In later series’ you could use the bump code method. This was simply feeling for small bumps on the packets, each figure had it’s own specific pattern of bumps and so again this would be a way to work out which minifigure would be contained inside. This was far more tricky than the bar code method but still something that people could manage. Something that has recently been reported was the weighing method. Someone actually worked out how much each figure weighed and then could determine the contents of the bag. For this to work though you would need incredibly accurate scales as surely there can't be that much difference from figure to figure.

The most popular method for working out what is inside the mystery bag is simply to feel around for the contents. If you are familiar with the series you know which characters have which accessories, and in most cases you could work out to a reasonable extent which figures are which. Some however were easier to spot than others, for instance the rock star was easy to pick as he has a large long necked guitar, whereas the sleepy head characters has very little to discern him from others. So although this is the most popular method it can have it’s flaws.

So for series 8 of the new Lego minifigures some things to feel for would include the thin skies from the skier, the football players trophy, the round helmet for the diver, the wings and wand of the fairy, the DV and the trader both hold a square item which you should be able to find, although telling the two apart may be tricky. As you can see though there are ways of working out what is inside the mystery bags.

The Lego Minifigures Series’ have been getting ever more popular over the years. They are not only loved by children they are also seen as collectors items and some people believe that in years to come they may even have some significant value. Series 8 of the minifigures looks like being another really strong one. At this point Lego have made no announcements as to whether or not the figures will continue into 2013, but if these remain as popular as they currently are then there is no reason as to why they won’t. So now you know a little bit about Series 8 Lego Minifigures you can go out and collect the entire set.


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      9 years ago

      I think they should make a game show host with a microphone

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      9 years ago

      I think Lego should put into Series 9 should be:

      1. Christmas Elf/Helper

      2. Celebrity

      3. RAF Pilot

      4. Wolf (To go with the Grandma Visitor from series 7 so it would be like Little Red Riding Hood )

      5. Willy Wonka

      6. Small Girl Dressed for Bed with Teddy

      7. Cinderella

      8. Teenage Girl Listening to Music

      9. Paper Boy (With Bag)

      10. Babysitter

      11. Paparazzi

      12. Victorian Gentleman with Top Hat

      13. TV Show Host

      14. Ballerina

      15. Chef

      16. Scarecrow

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      9 years ago

      Look i probably think the skeleton isn't going to come out but i just can't find one so please

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      9 years ago

      baker, dentist, gardener, balerina, golf player, gymnist and a cyclist.

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      Simon Beck 

      9 years ago from Penge

      It ain't gonna happen, Tina. From it's earliest days, the LEGO company has had a strong ethical policy which includes not making realistic (modern) military weapons or characters. It is rumoured that this is one reason that for many years LEGO bricks were not made in green - to try to prevent children from making "camouflage" models. Oh, and the sailor is obviously a merchant seaman... ;-)

      But historic (pre-20th-century) militia are acceptable; Greek, Roman, Celtic, Musketeer, Aztec, Native American and Samurai. Not forgetting the wonderful Royal Guardsman.

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      9 years ago

      I agree that Lego needs to make some military minifigs. They have the sailor, now make some for Army, Air Force, etc. We are a military family, and my sons would go crazy for a soldier in ACU!

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      DR. Mick 

      9 years ago

      Ghost king




      Tv suit man





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      9 years ago

      The other day a guy at a Lego store told me that the Lego company had 5 minifigures that they are putting in to series 8 and I thought that I should tell you. The minifigures that I no are going to be in the series is a munk, a space lord, a sky diver, a fan, a scout and an angel. These are all I no but I am going to the Lego store this week and I'll ask if he knows anymore minifigures for series 8. If he does I will tell you as fast as I can.

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      LEGO fan 

      9 years ago

      I really can't wait for LEGO minifigures sieries 8 its gonna be awesome. :)

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      Santa :) 

      9 years ago

      We think you should make a santa. Maybe it would be better for series 9 instead, because it would be closer to Christmas. He would have:

      a bandanna (to go on his head) with a white rim and a "puffball".

      a present (or gift bag, or stocking)

      a bag on his back (would go in the same place as an air pack)

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      9 years ago

      Maybe a construction worker (holding a hammer) and a chef that is holding a frying pan

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      Just a Sugestion 

      9 years ago

      Maybe you can make a juggernaut. It could have the same armor as the galaxy patrol guy, but with a helmet you can attach visers to.

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      9 years ago

      1. Hell boy

      2. Man in a lion suit

      3. Swamp monster

      4. A power ranger samurai red ranger in shogun mode

      5. A power ranger wild access red ranger with its sword and 12 animal marbles ( red lion, white tiger, yellow eagle, green alligator, light green deer, purple hammerhead shark, grey wolf, blue rhino and armadillo, orange giraffe, dark blue elephant and dark green gorilla)

      6. Man in a dog suit

      7. Assassin

      8. Chin dynasty warrior

      9. Black ops soldier

      10. Skier with a minifigure snowmobile

      11. Big foot

      12. Yeti

      13. Medusa

      14. Man in a chicken suit

      15. Man in a banana suit

      16. Race car driver with a minifigure car, like a motorcycle but a car shape

      17. Game player with an Xbox, wii, and play station 3 and all three controllers

      18. Po from kung fu panda

      19. Green goblin from Spiderman

      20. Air force flier

      21. Man in a dragon suit

      22. Gears of War soldier with chainsaw gun

      23. Power ranger dino thunder red ranger in triumph mode with the shield of triumph and morpher

      24. Power ranger dino thunder white ranger with morpher and feather sword

      25. Paintball player, with gun, bodywear and mask

      26. Tron with two disks

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      9 years ago

      Make a

      Army man

      Another surfer (because I missed series 2)

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      9 years ago

      chicken suit guy-man

      grim reaper-man






      basketballer - man

      millionare -man




      ballet dancer-woman

      school boy- man



      angel ,

      rugby player,

      homeless man,

      madussa (snake lady),

      a mascot,

      teracotta soldier,



      classic explorer,

      zulu warrior,





      female skier,

      couch patato (with popcorn)

      dragon tamer

      cat costume girl

      male hula dancer

      uncle sam (fourth of july guy)


      lottery winner

      science fiction nerd



      hawaii guy

      skeleton (clear transparent parts that have skeleton printing)

      dude in banana suit

      secret agent

      secret agent's villain

      Buissness man

      Buissness woman

      Gang member




      GolferA golfer with a golf club, baseball cap, sweater vest and shorts ( the vest like the series 7 computer dude) , and a smiling face showing his teeth. If possible, give him a catty. The catty can have one skateboard wheel piece, and a new mold for the rest. ( the new catty mold should have a handle so he can hold it, and a hole for the golf club ).

      School Attendant

      Limo Driver

      Video game tester

      Dino Hunter

      Pizza delivery man


      Kung Fu Master

      Angry man


      Toy creator

      weather man







      Piano Player

      Trumpet player

      Dog owner



      Romantic Guy with Bunch of Roses

      Middle Eastern Dancing Lady with veil

      Medieval Lady with long cone hat

      Victorian Guy with Tall Top Hat

      Jack O Lantern


      Fortune Teller with Crystal Ball

      Rock Climber

      Greek Soldier




      BMX biker


      a diver

      a policeman

      a trucker (With wheat in his mouth)

      King henry VIII (Gold pants, red belt, gold and white patterned shirt,red sleeves,

      yellow hands, black knife, brown bearded face, black squire's hat with white hat feather)


      a dragon warrior (gold dragon warrior helmet with red dragon hat piece and left and right dragon wing hat pieces, cross yellow face, yellow guard body, yellow sleeves, red gloves, red spear and golden pants and black belt

      soldier (camo trousers and belt, camo army suit sleeves and gloves, yellow face with facepaint and camo army hat)

      .jack frost

      .a ghost

      .a karate dude



      a train driver

      shop assistant

      Guy in a horse costume

      Old Granny

      Birthday boy (with birthday hat and present)

      Scientist (with test tubes)

      FBI dude (in black suit)

      SWAT policeman


      Dog Walker (with dog on lead)

      Plumberwith a new plunger piece, body and leg printing, and possibly a new hat. P.S. On his profile, say he hates his job. P.S.S. Make a new piece for a bottle of toilet detergent. Oh, and his face will be a face that makes him look like he's gonna barf.

      Invisible man

      Ugly man with a paper bag on his head

      Australian (with cork hat and didgereedoo)

      Jet pack guy


      School Kid (in uniform with LEGO city school written on it and a homework book)




      Health and Safety guy (with loads of glow-in-the-dark stuff and clipboards and armbands attached to him)

      Old Granddad

      Half robot half human

      Mum (with pram and little baby in it)

      Famous people

      A news reporter

      A mountain climber (male) with a grapple hook, bottle of water, helmet, special rough clothing printing, and printing on the feet parts so it looks like he's wearing either boots or cleats ( you decide on the shoes :) His head will look determined.

      A female Baby with a reversible head ( one side with a binky and another crying ), pink bonnet, plain yellow torso with baby like features, diaper, milk bottle with pink cap, and a rattle

      a ghost




      a knight

      a bully

      football player

      a super hero

      a giant

      a greek god

      .Pirate Captain

      .Footbal Referee













      . Tooth Fairy: Wand, Wings, Tooth

      . Leprechaun: New Cauldron Piece, 3 Gold Bars

      . Weather Woman: Pointer, Map

      . Patient: 2 Crutches

      . Sports Fan: Foam Finger, Popcorn

      . Paper Boy: 2 Newspapers, Bike w. Basket

      . Balloon Man: Balloon Cart, 2 Balloons

      . Anime Man: 2 Clearish Red Katanas

      . Santa: Present, Sack

      : Echo: Red Apple

      : Cook: Cleaver, New Rubber Chicken piece

      : Figure Skater: Ice Skates, Tutu.

      : Wizard: Wizard Staff

      : Vet: Stethoscope, Black Cat

      . Disk golf player; items: frisbee

      . Ice cream truck driver; items: ice cream in a ice cream cone

      . An angel; with wings and a halo

      . Bug exterminator; items: spray can

      . Hotel door man

      . A guy in a polar bear costume/suite; items: snow cone

      . Janitor; items: broom and dustpan

      A banker; wearing a visor and holding a hundred dollar bill

      . Night guard; items: flash light and night stick

      . A babysitter with a baby

      . A dog walker; with a dog on a leash

      . A scarecrow

      . A pastor with a Bible

      . A sky diver with a parachute

      . A game show host with a microphone

      Candy Man (with lollypop and ice cream cone)

      - Chocolate Man (man made out of chocolate with chocolate bar)

      Teacher (with pencil and maths book)

      Store clerk

      guy in a scooter

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      9 years ago


      a prom queen

      an angel


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      9 years ago

      Ghost hunter, sky diver, greek soldier, zues, real steal robot, midusa, and space man.

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      Dr. Mick 

      9 years ago

      Killer with jason mask

      Hocky gollie

      Jousting knight


      Exacutioner with axe

      palace gard midevle

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      9 years ago

      moth man.

      swamp monster.

      gondorinn warrior.

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      saggy nip 

      9 years ago

      I think you should make a pilot a pirate a wizard aking a goblin and a hunter. I hope you do these.

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      9 years ago

      a monster

      a skeleton

      a gost

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      9 years ago

      a superman a nerd a cowgirl a police girl a kamikaze

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      9 years ago

      The queen , a basketball player , a golfer , a drummer , a cadet , a teddy bear, a baby , an Olympic runner , a super hero, a postman, a female racing car driver .

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      brandt christophe 

      9 years ago

      x-ray skeleton


      one eyed alien

      robot cup


      treasure hunter

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      brandt christophe 

      9 years ago


      jungle woman

      hotdog seller

      rodeo clown






      curly moe


      julius cessar

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      brandt christophe 

      9 years ago



      red beard



      dr. jekll and mr. hyde

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      brandt christophe 

      9 years ago


      king arthur

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      brandt christophe 

      9 years ago

      big foot

      icecream seller

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      brandt christophe 

      9 years ago

      gardener(with a rake)

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      brandt christophe 

      9 years ago

      little girl(in pink pijamas and tedy)


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      brandt christophe 

      9 years ago

      ghost rider

      elvis preslei

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      9 years ago

      I used to play with legos a lot when I was younger but they got lost or thrown away or something. I still remember spending hours just building random stuff.


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