As LEGO® fans we have amassed quite the collection of LEGO oddities over the years. From LEGO themed boxer shorts to over-sized Minifigure packets, we thought it was high time we shared some of our favourites with our fellow LEGO loving fans. So we now have a new regular feature called ‘LEGO Treasures’. In this fun new feature, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the weird and wonderful things floating around BricksFanz HQ. In the first LEGO Treasures, we are going to look at a fairly recent addition to our collection – a one-of-a-kind brick-built oversized Minifigure.
Back in 2007, LEGO launched a new space theme called Mission Mars. The theme focused on the adventures of a team of Astronauts as they land on Mars and are forced to do battle with a dangerous alien race. As part of the UK marketing campaign, the National Space Centre in Leicester played host to a Mission Mars launch event. As well as offering visitors to the centre a chance to check out the new Mission Mars LEGO sets, a collection of ten specially built over-sized LEGO Minifigures were created to be displayed around the National Space Centre. At the end of the campaign the team of brave brick-built Astronauts blasted off back to LEGO UK, all but one who was allowed to stay on Earth. Fast forward to 2018 and that lone Astronaut has come out of cryo-sleep and now lives here at BricksFanz HQ.
This really is a one-of-a-kind piece of LEGO memorabilia, as the themed has long been retired and those other brick-build minifigures which also formed part of the exhibition, are long gone. As you can see from the images the level of detail built into the minifigure is very impressive, especially once you compare it to the normal sized minifigure on which it is based. It measures 22 inches tall and features a fair few bricks, unfortunately we don’t have an exact amount.