Brick Fanatics’ top 10 LEGO minifigures of 2022 – honourable mentions

We’ve already counted down our top 10 LEGO minifigures of 2022, but here are the nominations from the team that didn’t make the cut.

2022 has been a pretty solid year for new LEGO minifigures, with plenty of eclectic, colourful and detailed plastic people vying for a spot in our annual top 10. That means there were plenty of characters left on the cutting room floor in our finalised list, so here are personal nominations from across the Brick Fanatics writing staff for our faves that didn’t quite make it…

Chris – Animal

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As an on-again, off-again drummer and an ardent fan of The Muppets, there was only going to be one minifigure that belonged in the top 10 for me. But nobody else on the team agreed, so here we are, with Animal only getting an honourable mention. He’s definitely the stand-out character in 71033 The Muppets in my book though, from his incredibly detailed headpiece to his dual-moulded arms and legs.

He’s in desperate need of a full-sized drum kit, but that would never fit in a Collectible Minifigures bag. The one that is included is almost too much to have asked for, so you won’t hear me complaining.

Jack – NED-B

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75334 Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader isn’t the most appealing LEGO Star Wars set of 2022, seemingly prioritising its minifigures over the model itself. At the very least, that strategy has given us NED-B.

Not only was this charming droid a highlight of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, but they also have an intricately-designed minifigure with an exclusive element to capture the most important details. No matter your opinion on this model or the source material, the quality and attention to detail in NED-B might make the asking price worthwhile.

Matt – Rowlf the Dog

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Often overlooked as a secondary character, Rowlf the Dog actually debuted on TV more than a decade before the arrival of The Muppet Show. A hand puppet operated by Henson himself, Rowlf the Dog often appeared on the show in sketches as a pianist, hence the minifigure’s sheet music and Beethoven accessories.

The character is also an essential member of The Muppets’ band, the Electric Mayhem, so his inclusion in LEGO Collectible Minifigures 71033 The Muppets alongside Animal lets fans at least get halfway to recreating the musical group in plastic form.

Rachael – Kuiil

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Getting new moulded elements is always exciting, but especially when they look as accurate as this. 75331 The Razor Crest’s Kuiil’s headpiece incorporates his helmet and goggles into it, complete with his sagging cheeks and impenetrable stare.

As the first death in The Mandalorian to make me well up, it’s heartwarming to see my favourite supporting character from the show immortalised as a minifigure. While there’s not much else to write home about when it comes to the legs, arms, and torso, the overall appearance is great, especially when coupled with his trusty buildable Blurrg.

Jonathan – Ice Planet Man

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Ice Planet 2002 isn’t the LEGO Group’s most popular Space theme, but its frozen setting and vibrant colour scheme help to differentiate it from its fellows. This chap (who debuted in 80109 Lunar New Year Ice Festival) is a tasteful tribute to that era – and right at home in space or on terra firma.

The orange ushanka hat is a particularly nice update, especially as the original helmet is peak ‘90s by today’s standards. ‘90s kids fatigued by the constant Classic Space tributes should definitely look out for him on the secondary market – fingers crossed he reappears in a future set, however.

Click here to see our final top 10 LEGO minifigures of 2022, and head here for all our stories recapping the year just gone in LEGO.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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