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The Unofficial LEGO Minifigure Catalog app review: 3900 LEGO mini-figures to enjoy

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Introduction

The Unofficial LEGO Minifigure Catalog is an iPhone and iPad cataloging app that has unofficial images. That's how it's free, but it includes over 3,900 characters, filtered into several categories.

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The Unofficial Minifigure Catalog for LEGO

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3,900

The Unofficial LEGO Minifigure Catalog has more than 3,900 mini-figures, 1,400 non-standard scale figures, and 700 heads. It includes the collectable series 1-12, Team GB, The LEGO Movie, and Simpsons characters. If you're a LEGO fan, or have a child who is, they'll get a lot of entertainment from browsing through the collections, and individual figures dating back to 1975.

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Additionally, if you want to scroll through more characters such as LEGO Duplo, Fabuland, and Belville as an in-app-purchase.

Growing Collection

As more LEGO characters are released, The Unofficial LEGO Mini-figure Catalog continues to grow. Each year, several hundred hours are spent photographing, cataloging, and updating with new minifigures. The developers take the job of providing a high quality catalog very seriously, and they take pride in their work. I played around with it with my daughter who likes LEGO and really enjoys building and making up scenarios with the mini-figures. For her, the navigation was easier when she randomly browsed, because she wanted to see the female characters such as the space lady, bride, red riding hood, and the Olympic swim medalist. These are her favorites from our collection, but they were missing or hard to find. I appreciate how they need to make money, so the 2011 through 2013 collections are currently set to in-app-purchase. That’s why her favorites are missing, but it rendered the app boring for her quite quickly.

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The lists show a thumbnail of the characters, and when you select it, you can zoom in, out, read set name, release date, and the proper name of the mini-figure if your child is a stickler for proper terminology. My daughter doesn’t care and likes to make up names, but she did enjoy reading proper names too.

The Unofficial Minifigure Catalog for LEGO

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Search by category or by word
  • High resolution professional photography
  • More than 3,900 min-figures, 1400 non-standard scale figures, and 780 heads
  • Uses data once and saves to device rather than constantly downloading the same image
  • Regular updates with more figures

Cons

  • 2011, 2012, and 2013 are additional in-app-purchase, so many of the figures your child may favor will be in these selections
  • Name search is a bit finicky as your child may be searching for the more recent figures as above
  • Browsing gets boring when you are looking for specifics versus reading for enjoyment

Final Thoughts

The Unofficial LEGO Minifigure Catalog is a fun catalog app for iPhone and iPad users to view and read about LEGO mini-figures. I downloaded it expecting a vast database that would be easily accessible for my kids, but without the in-app purchase, most of the characters they wanted to read about are not available. That being said, if you are a more seasoned collector or fan, then the figures date back to 1975 and there are over 3,900 and growing all the time. Overall, it’s a great concept, I just want them to release the more recent characters, even some, for free and make the name search a bit more friendly.

 

The Unofficial Minifigure Catalog for LEGO

$4.99
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