LEGO reveals 40504 A Minifigure Tribute as the new LEGO House exclusive set [News]

Revealed today, 40504 A Minifigure Tribute becomes the fourth LEGO House exclusive set. Fans will be able to get the latest addition to the limited series only at the LEGO branded store in Billund, Denmark starting March 1, for 599DKK (which is about US $85 or €80).


Below is the official press release.

LEGO House releases tribute to the iconic LEGO minifigure

This year’s LEGO House Exclusive set “A Minifigure Tribute” (40504) is a celebration of the LEGO minifigure — an indispensable part of the LEGO history since 1978. For 45 years, the tiny character has made it possible for children and adults to step into any adventure built in LEGO bricks. This limited edition set will be released on March 1, 2023.

Every year, the LEGO House Limited Edition set celebrates an iconic moment in LEGO history. One such moment was the launch of the LEGO minifigure in 1978. The small figure magically gives you the opportunity to become part of any LEGO adventure you choose to build – whether you dream of a noisy battle at sea, putting out a fire in LEGO city, entering hyperspace in a rocket, or hosting a feast in a castle. That magical ability turns 45 this year.

That’s why this year’s LEGO House Limited Edition had to be a heartfelt tribute to the more than 10 billion minifigures that have conquered the world since the launch. And it’s done with a big scale version of the legendary Captain Redbeard minifigure – now with special details!

Kathrine Kirk Muff, LEGO House Managing Director, said:

“Can you imagine LEGO play and the LEGO House without the minifigure – | can’t! The tiny, charming figure, just four LEGO bricks tall, is a standing invitation to LEGO fans of all ages as an empowering tool to tell unlimited stories.

“To highlight a significant part of the LEGO Group history – the invention of the minifigure – this year’s exclusive LEGO House product simply had to be a tribute to the minifigure. The minifigure can be found everywhere in LEGO House, not least in the Character Creator and World Explorer play experiences. We also started the 2023 season with a photo exhibition where the minifigure was at the centre.”

Since the first minifigure was launched in 1978, LEGO designers have created a staggering 8,000 different minifigures with every imaginable face expression, hairstyle, hat, beard, dress, or superhero cape. Since 2010, they’ve even had their very own LEGO minifigures collectable series.

LEGO Group Designer Jens Nygaard Knudsen was the master of the minifigure design that we know and love today. He had to go through at least 50 different prototypes before finding the perfect design – a small figure that fits perfectly into the LEGO System in Play scale.

The original Captain Redbeard minifigure from 6285 Black Seas Barracuda was created by Niels Milan Pedersen, and we chose to recreate this iconic figure in large scale for this year’s LEGO House Limited Edition set. Niels has been involved in the development of many popular LEGO sets during his long but still-active career as a LEGO designer. However, of all his many sets, his favourite set is still 6285 Black Seas Barracuda from 1989.

Captain Redbeard is an intricate design with lots of fun details such as a hook for hand, peg leg, epaulettes on his shoulders, and a black captain’s hat with the ‘Jolly Roger’ emblem. All of that is meticulously recreated in this new set. The build stands 30 cm tall and consists of 1041 LEGO bricks and as a little extra detail, the pirate has a LEGO House bracelet on his hook hand and a treasure map in his hand with a secret reference to the designers behind the product!

6 comments on “LEGO reveals 40504 A Minifigure Tribute as the new LEGO House exclusive set [News]

  1. Andreas

    Again a big f*** you to all not near enough or rich enough =(
    No wonder china made stuff is growing in market share. While they get better in that game Lego just f***s around even with their fans…

  2. Dan Massey

    Arrrghgh me hearties!
    Whilst this brick built fig looks really nice, it’d be amazing to see an actual decent Lego Pirates set come out. The parrot is the closest we’ve got for ages… Even some bricke heads would do, whilst we wait for El Dorado!

  3. Thor96

    I think this is a perfect set to be exclusive to the Lego House. There must be some unique sets that you can buy only there, to have that experience of being there. And this one is such a specific niche product for adults that remember this iconic fig from childhood. This is for die hard fans of lego. I cannot imagine such dust magnet could be a popular set on regular shelves. This is not for today’s kids, not for adults outside of lego realm. This is for die hard fans growing up with lego in the 80s/90s era and that’s a niche demographic.

  4. Thor96

    I think this is a perfect set to be exclusive to the Lego House. There must be some unique sets that you can buy only there, to have that experience of being there. And this one is such a specific niche product for adults that remember this iconic fig from childhood. This is for die hard fans of lego. I cannot imagine such dust magnet could be a popular set on regular shelves. This is not for today’s kids, not for adults outside of lego realm. This is for die hard fans growing up with lego in the 80s/90s era and that’s a niche demographic.

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