LEGO’s new Star Wars licence rumoured to exclude Collectible Minifigures
The LEGO Group’s reported new Star Wars licence agreement apparently still doesn’t include the option to produce Collectible Minifigures.
The blind-bagged characters have expanded their reach to encompass licensed properties like Looney Tunes, The Muppets and even Marvel in recent years, but there’s still no sign of a Collectible Minifigures series based on Star Wars. According to the LEGO Group, that’s thanks to the specifics behind the theme’s licence agreement.
Last year, LEGO Star Wars Design Manager Michael Lee Stockwell confirmed to Brick Fanatics that the existing contract with Disney and Lucasfilm forbids the LEGO Group from releasing individual minifigures. “We can include minifigures in our construction sets, because that’s part of the play experience, but we do not have a licence to develop action figures,” he explained.
The renewal of the Star Wars contract this year may or may not have provided an opportunity for the LEGO Group to renegotiate those particular terms, but according to The Holo-Brick Archives, it’s one it hasn’t exercised: the new contract, which will reportedly run through to 2032 and include all Disney properties, apparently hasn’t changed with regards to developing action figures.
That’s disappointing news for anyone still holding out hope for a LEGO Star Wars Collectible Minifigures series, but at least we’ve got another full decade of sets to look forward to.
The next series of Collectible Minifigures will be 71033 The Muppets, as rumoured for months and recently confirmed by the LEGO Group. Look out for those new characters to start appearing on shelves next month.
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4 thoughts on “LEGO’s new Star Wars licence rumoured to exclude Collectible Minifigures”
Not true lego can and has sold collectable minifgs on there own. Case in point first order general, red armed c3po, chrome storm trooper, a wing pilot, just to name a few. Its not that they can’t they won’t. The reason is quite simple, minifigs on there own means less profits for the company.
10 more years of MandR whining about no minifigures, here we come.
Lego are just choosing that to make separate Star Wars minifigs. There is no such deal that they can’t them because their “action figures” MandRproductions did YouTube video special about it with documented proof that it’s just them choosing not to do it…
Surely the Luke SkYwalker blue milk minifig is an individual minifig??
And then there are buildable figures such as the ubiquitous 75119 Jyn Erso !
So why would the Lego design manager say they are not allowed to do this ?
Questions questions ….