The 7th Frame of CFMs?

Alright, I have to admit, as an Englishman, the idea of buying German footballer Minifigures felt a bit off. But let’s be real—if they’d been sold in the UK, I’d have snapped them up in a heartbeat! The GB Olympic team minifigs were a modest nine figures, so they got their own little frame. Now, the collection has grown so much that I’m working on filling a seventh frame for all my Collectible Minifigures (CMFs).

You can dive into my collecting journey right here—at least the beginning of it. Since then, it’s been a delightful ‘business expense’ to keep up with the endless parade of new CMF releases. I’ve lost track of the exact number because they sometimes skip numbering when they come with names like Lego Movie, Simpsons, Disney, Lego Batman Movie, Lego Ninjago Movie, Harry Potter, Looney Tunes, Marvel, and Muppets (seriously, how cool would Marvel Muppets be?). So, while the latest release is labelled as Series 26, by my count, it’s actually the 43rd. And before anyone brings up Unikitty or Vidiyo, I don’t count those as CMF series—but hey, I’m no purist.

Space is becoming a bit of a challenge. We sell the frames, so I have as many as I need, but wall space is another story. I’ve got eight frames currently adorning my office walls, and there’s no room for a ninth. I could swap out one of my non-CMF frames for the seventh, but then where would my DC/Marvel/Indiana Jones/LOTR/Other IPs frame go? Glad you asked! We’ve decided to move the guinea pigs to the garden and reclaim the Lego room solely for Lego (okay, plus a sofa and maybe a TV to keep the kids off ‘our’ TV, but it’s a start). With the guinea pigs out, I’ll have plenty of space for more frames and more figures.

I have no idea where this journey will end. Will we eventually hit exactly 56 CMF series (by my count, of course)? Who are we kidding—Lego has struck gold with these, and with those new, frustratingly unsmooshable boxes, it doesn’t look like they’ll stop anytime soon. I do wonder, though, if they see any value in discontinuing lines to make them rare and collectible. We all know those short-lived themes (looking at you, Monster Fighters) vanish in a blink. But CMFs have been going strong for 14 years. Will they ever retire them, or is this a forever thing? Part of me really hopes it is.

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