on 3 October 2011
If you're trying to return a mixed-up bunch of Lego minifigures to their original state, or work out what exactly you have in your collection, then this is the book for you. All minifigures, in their official configuration, are clearly photographed, head on, on a white or grey background.
Well, almost all. Only figures released up to the end of 2010 are included, so don't expect to see series 3, 4, or 5 of the collectible figures, as only the first two came out in 2010. Maybe the idea is for yearly updates to be issued? Because the book is printed on demand, this would mainly depend on the author's whim.
Pictures are mainly of standard sized Lego figs, but do include quite a few non-minifig figures, eg giant trolls and brick-built droids. But strangely enough, not the oversized yeti/tygurah type creatures from Orient Expedition sets which are lot more figure-ish, in my opinion, than the ExoForce mini Venom Walker which is included. Neither will you see any Duplo or Primo figures here.
And if you look really carefully you might spot the odd grey silhouette where a figure couldn't be tracked down. Well, I found two. So the author has the good grace to acknowledge his failings.
An inset showing the heads would be handy for helmeted/masked figs, so you could see the face print under, for example, Darth Vader's mask. Instead you need to consult the "head index" at the back.
Taller figures, eg Woody from Toy Story or the pre-Pirates of the Carribean mermaid end up heaving the very top of their heads cropped due to the standard sized picture frame employed. Wider figures like the Castle trolls get their sides cropped too. Still, gives you a good idea of scale though.
The author thoughtfully provides BrickLink codes to help you hunt down that elusive figure via the BrickLink trading website. He's also come up with his own somewhat lengthier taxonomy style code, eg nfi.par.par.1996.08 for a Paridisa female fig. Time will tell whether this is useful or not.
on 1 October 2011
This is an invredible effort to attempt to catelogue ALL Lego minifigures from the very first ones through to 2010 (covering about 30 years and 3600 figures in total).
For any serious collector this will become an invaluable resource for helping to index your collection and provide specific details as to what set the minifigure may have appeared in and which is the right head for that figure (very useful when a minifigure has a hood, etc... knowing which is the right one was real guess work, this book solves that with a comprehensive catelogue at the back of the book!)
An excellent book and one that has not left my desk since I bought it.