We’ve got our hands on one of the very limited LEGO Unity minifigures – but is it worth the extraordinary prices it’s currently changing hands for?
Earlier this year, the LEGO Group and Unity teamed up for a LEGO Ideas contest that saw fans create their own LEGO Microgame using Unity’s game creator tools. The winner received an awesome bundle of LEGO and gaming goodness, including 71360 Adventures with Mario Starter Course, 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System, a Unity Pro subscription and more.
As a way to say thank you to everyone who took the time to participate, the LEGO Group also produced and handed out a limited-edition LEGO Unity minifigure, which is now selling for exorbitant sums on eBay. Our copy has finally arrived, so let’s see if it’s worth the investment.
The minifigure comes with both a male and female head, and is made up of a collection of fairly common parts. The male minifigure has brown spiked hair (used for characters such as Hawkeye and Louis Tully) and a generic smiling face. The female variant also uses a fairly standard face, first appearing in 2016 and used for another 22 minifigures, mainly from the CITY theme.
Her dark orange hair, however, is a lot rarer. It was originally created for (and has only been used by) the Harry Potter theme’s Molly Weasley, in both 2020’s 75980 Attack on The Burrow and 75978 Diagon Alley. This at least makes the female version of the Unity minifigure a little bit more appealing. Both come with plain black legs and are armed with everything a potential game developer could need: a computer keyboard and game controller. Again, they’re both fairly common parts.
What does make this minifigure slightly more coveted is the exclusive and limited-edition Unity-printed torso, which features both the Unity logo and name. The print is decent and feels to be made with the same quality as you’d expect from a regular LEGO minifigure.
As a free giveaway to the people who entered the competition (regardless of the quality of their entry) it makes for a nice oddity to a collection. There were only 1,146 entries, so in theory, there should only be 1,146 of these minifigures out in the wild. And that number may be even smaller in reality, given users could enter multiple times (but would still only receive a single minifigure).
If prices on eBay are to be believed (one has supposedly sold for nearly £3,000) it could be a minifigure that becomes highly coveted over time. Remember, though, that those sums should be taken with a liberal amount of salt.
For what’s really just an exclusive torso, it’s obviously difficult to justify any of the prices currently seen across the secondary marketplace. But as with all officially-produced LEGO rarities, it’s perhaps also not surprising to see it apparently fetching such a ridiculous amount of money. And if you’re one of the lucky 1,150 who bagged one through the Microgame contest, nobody could blame you for cashing in…