I love staring longingly at the incredible LEGO sets I missed out on the opportunity to own. It’s probably a little bit masochistic, but knowing they are out there and wanting to one day hold some of those holy grails keeps me going. The problem is things like the Millennium Falcon will forever be out of my reach (I just don’t have that kind of money), and today I went to that masochistic place and decided to scratch my “thing’s I’ll never own” itch by finding out what the most valuable minifigures go for.
You can imagine my surprise (and I’m sure some of you long time collectors know the feeling), as I scrolled through eBay’s sold listings and the Minifigpriceguide, along with Brickset, to find the known values of some of the rarest figs in history. I’m going to say now, I’m not touching on one-offs, misprints, or prototypes. Those don’t count because they are a run size of ??? and you can’t accurately compare their value to others. There is also an honorable mention to this list because I’m bad at stopping at 10 and 11 already was pushing it. I got my historical data from Minifigpriceguide, and my recent numbers are pulled from recent sales on eBay.
SDCC 2013 The Hobbit Azog
LEGO has been giving away minifigures at San Diego Comic-Con for years now. If you’ve never made it to SDCC getting near any of the big booths, and getting your hands on anything they have is a nightmare. The convention is fun, don’t get me wrong, but trying to get ahold of any exclusive is not an easy task. If you fight the crowds and get handed a minifigure, consider yourself very lucky. In 2013 an assortment of different minifigs was given away (others made the list–lots of others). The Hobbit was a big hit when it released in 2012, and LEGO released some awesome sets to go along with it. At SDCC 2013 the Azog figure was one of the giveaways the reps passed out. This minifig was identical to the ones in The Hobbit sets, but the packaging had the SDCC logo which is what makes it rare and valuable. I’ve seen these figures selling for as much as $1,000 recently. But I don’t see them go up that often.
SDCC 2013 Black Suit Superman
In 2013 we finally got the launch of the DCU. Man of Steel released to mixed reviews. Even so, I thought its release marked something thrilling–though it’s been a rocky road as a DC fan. I won’t go into my opinions on that, because this is about LEGOs, not movies. The reason I bring up Man of Steel is because it introduced black suit Superman to the big screen. In celebration one of the figures handed out at SDCC 2013 was the dark-suited caped crusader. I love seeing the variant suit on a minifig. Sadly much like all of these holy grails, it’s out of my price range. He’s been selling for around $1,200 recently, which is flying high outside my budget.
New York Toy Fair 2012 Captain America and Iron Man
Look, I know this is supposed to be a list of individual minifigures, but sometimes exceptions must be made. These two get a place on my list together not because they are friends turned enemies, but because they were given away as a two pack at the New York Toy Fair 2012. They are considered one of the harder to find minifigure sets, but I’ve seen them selling pretty often on eBay as of late (my F5 key is getting pretty tired of me). Sadly, seeing a higher number of the pair selling hasn’t driven down the price. Recently they have been going for as much as $1,500.
SDCC 2013 Green Arrow
Green Arrow made the SDCC cut in 2013. The CW show came out in 2012 and was met with instant success (and spawned a whole series of other “Arrowverse” shows). This achievement was rewarded with an exclusive minifigure, that is now worth a small fortune. I have seen it sell for as much as $1,500 on eBay, but you might be lucky enough to catch it going for less.
2015 Manager’s Conference Zombie
The Manager’s Conference is a collector’s dream. Sure it’s a business conference for LEGO retail managers to discuss issues, new policies, upcoming events, and so on. It’s all very hush, hush, and fans don’t know until after the event that it’s even happened. Probably to keep us from showing up looking for dropped mini-figures like zombies descending on a town in search of survivors. The yearly event comes with a bunch of swag for managers, including an exclusive minifigure. It’s sort of a “thanks for your service” award–but it’s a little plastic person. In 2015 that fig was a male zombie with a female zombie’s head so you could change out the gender of your zombie. The corporate zombie and it’s head goes for around $1,600 right now, so it might be a bit of a crawl to save up enough to pick one up.
2017 Manager’s Conference Magician
If you thought you would only see one Manager’s Conference minifig on this list, you were mistaken. Given how hard they are to get ahold of, it’s not surprising to me that another turned up. In 2017 the manager’s conference minifig was a magician–and it commands a magical price tag. If you didn’t have the luck of managing a LEGO store in 2017, adding this minifig to your collection is going to be harder than pulling a rabbit out of a hat. It’s been selling for about $1,700.
SDCC 2013 Marvel Spider-Woman
The Hobbit and DC weren’t the only big brands repped by LEGO in 2013. Marvel’s Spider-Woman was one of two Marvel minifigs given away in 2013, with Spider-Man being the other. Each one came with special packaging with the SDCC Logo which is what makes these figs worth so much. Spider-Woman is the most valuable of the SDCC minifigures from 2013. If you kept one in the packaging, I’ve seen them sell for as much as $1,825.
LEGO Minifigure Series 10 Mr. Gold
As with all blind bags and boxes, the chase figures always tend to be the hardest to find, and LEGO doesn’t let us down on that. They gave us a chase figure to long for and one that quickly became one of the most valuable LEGO Minifigs ever. Mr. Gold was released in 2013 to mark the 10th minifigure series. Only 5,000 were made, and they were hidden in boxes all over the world. Which means he was incredibly hard to find even when he first came out. Collectors have been searching ever since to add him to their collections–which means the price keeps going up. Right now Mr. Gold sells for about $2,200. Which is a little rich for my blood, but I understand the desire to own him, I’ll just stare longingly from a distance.
LA’s BEST Will.i.am
LA’s BEST is a non-profit in, you guessed it, LA. They work with students to advance their opportunities and help to get them engaged in the community. Each year they host fundraising events to honor some of their most significant contributors and people who have been the most active in the project. In 2016, the fundraiser acknowledged Will.i.am, and had LEGO as a sponsor. To honor Will.i.am, LEGO made 200 commemorative minifigures that they gave away to attendees. With such a small run I’m sure you won’t be too surprised that they are worth more than a gold microphone– which he happens to come with. I’ve seen this icon sell for as much as $3,000, which is a pretty steep price, but worth it for a die-hard Will.i.am fan.
Limited Edition Club Australia Gold Chrome C-3PO
Pretty much every dedicated LEGO collector knows that for the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, LEGO released 10,000 gold chrome plated C-3POs into their Star Wars LEGO sets. But there was a lesser known version of this promotion. LEGO made 100 of these special C-3POs and sent them to Australia for promotions. Because the run size was even smaller, and they came packaged on a special sheet of cardboard, these figures have grown in value over the years. Finding one can be tricky, and you’re probably better off looking for the 1/10,000 version instead. But one of the Club Australia versions still in it’s packaging sold in late 2018 on eBay for an impressive $3,571.
14K Solid Gold Boba Fett – Comic Con 2010
These bounty hunters are about as rare as they come when we are talking LEGO Minifigures. They only ever made two. Yes, you heard me right, two. At San Diego in 2010, LEGO gave away a Boba Fett set to con-goers. Inside of these sets, you could find a White Boba Fett (1/10,000), a solid silver Boba Fett (1/2), or the most coveted 14K Solid Gold Boba Fett (1/2). Now the silver historically sells for more than anything on this list, but as you might expect–as there are only two in existence–you almost never see them. When it last sold the price was an incredible $8,360. Impressive right? Well, the gold version is also in hiding, I haven’t seen one on the market in a long time. But the last time a 14K Boba Fett hit the market in May of 2016, it went for a staggering $19,855. I can only speculate what it’s worth now. But I know this golden grail is guaranteed to be out of my budget.
Honorable Mention: International Space Station Life on Mars Alien
Why does this amazing piece of LEGO history not go on the actual list? Because I can’t find a current price. There are none for sale. I can’t find any recent records of one going up for sale, or one selling anywhere. The collectors who have one are clinging to them with the ferocity they deserve. What makes them so rare and why are they my holy grail of minifigures? Well, the international space station part of their name isn’t just for show. They launched all 300 Life on Mars Aliens into space. SPACE! The minifigures spent about a day in 0G before coming back to Earth and getting themselves a certificate of authenticity. If you buy or own one, I would love to know the value, because this is my out of this world holy grail.