LEGO minifigures first came on the scene in 1978. The one-and-a-half-inch-tall figures were created to expand the world of LEGO and children’s imaginations. Prior to minifigures, characters had to be created using only LEGO bricks, which left a little to be desired when it came to creating personalities that matched the child’s own environment.
The story of this wildly successful LEGO accessory’s evolution can be found in LEGO Minifigure A Visual History New Edition, an update to the original 2013 publication by Gregory Farshtey, Daniel Lipkowitz, and Simon Hugo.
The 256-page hardcover book is a colourful year-by-year exploration of over 2,000 minifigures and how they have been influenced by pop culture. It charts the journey that minifigures have taken since their conception as a way for children to engage in storytelling based on their own environments. Today, these ubiquitous playthings are featured in books, online games, puzzles, and movies, where they star in stories, often based on Marvel superheroes, Stranger Things, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and other franchises.
LEGO Minifigure A Visual History New Edition is priced at $40.00 USD and is available for purchase through major online retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, and Barnes & Noble in addition to many independent bookstores in the US and Canada.