Lego minifigures, a visual history

It took 35 years to get around to including a Lego librarian minifigure.

Earlier this summer, I posted the news about a new Lego librarian minifigure, which included my experience hunting one down. I also celebrated the second anniversary of this blog with a librarian minifigure giveaway, here and here. I thought I had thoroughly explored the librarian-themed minifig universe…

I was mistaken. 😉

Last week, while I browsed the shelves at a huge Scholastic book fair warehouse (does anyone else get really excited and wax nostalgic about Scholastic book fairs?), when lo and behold, I turned a corner and encountered the book, LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual History (published by DK, 2013).

Reel Librarians | Lego minifigures, a visual history
Front cover of Lego Minifigure book
Back cover of Lego Minifigure book
Back cover of Lego Minifigure book

So OF COURSE I had to take photos. You’re welcome 😉

Lego librarian closeup
Lego librarian closeup
Reel Librarians | Lego minifigures, a visual history
Lego librarian closeup

Turns out the modern Lego minifigure was first introduced in 1978. Who knew?! The librarian minifigure didn’t show up until this year, in the 2013 Series 10 series, meaning it took 35 years to get around to including a Lego librarian minifigure. We came after the mime, super wrestler,  zombie, cheerleader, musketeer, sleepyhead, lederhosen guy, and lawn gnome, just to name a few.

And when I mentioned that to my husband, here’s how the conversation went:

Me:  It took them 35 years to feature a librarian?!

My husband:  Well, they kept bringing it up, but they kept getting shushed.

SNAP!

Gotta admit, that got a chuckle — or two — out of me. 😀


Sources used:


  • Farshtey, Gregory, and Daniel Lipkowitz. LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual History. DK Children, 2013.
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Author: Jennifer

Librarian, blogger, movie lover

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