In a slight diversion from the Arkham Asylum MOC and the Lego Super Heroes side of things, it has weighed heavily on the minds of many a Lego fan recently that the popular Collectable Minifigures line has taken the step to include a chase Minifigure in the form of the notorious Mr Gold.
That fear however subsided last night after I found a Mr Gold in my local toy shop! While feeling through a half empty box of Collectable Minifigures in search of the final four Minifigures I required from this series, I came across the tell tale 4L bar which only appears with Mr Gold in this series. Such was my excitement to get the packets home and open them up that I did not even purchase the final two Minifigures I required, but it was worth it when I got home and opened them up to find...
My Mr Gold Minifigure is No.2264/5000, and is pictured here with the much rarer (and better if you ask me) Brickset Minifigure. While the chrome has a reasonable finish and the rarity of the figure goes a long way to make up for it, I do feel the Minifigure lacks something to really make it stand out. Lego should at least have ensured that the chroming was of appropriate quality, which given the stories going around at the moment about people finding scratched Mr Gold Minifigures, does not appear to be the case.
While I still do not endorse the decision of Lego to include a chase Minifigure in the Collectable Minifigures series, it is a huge weight off my mind to have my hands on a Mr Gold, now leaving me able to easily complete my collection hopefully. Had I not been lucky enough to come across the figure, I would doubtless have ended up paying for one online, and while the prices are dropping all the time, that is something which I am glad I will not have to do.
Nevertheless, if you are still looking for a Mr Gold Minifigure, here are my thoughts on the subject. Firstly, while at the time of writing the average sale price for Mr Gold on websites such as eBay or Bricklink is around the £500 ($770) mark, I guarantee this price will drop dramatically as more and more Minifigures flood the market. I anticipate an eventual selling price of around £80. If you are unwilling to wait however, why not head over to Brickset and take a look at the brilliant raffle being run? The raffle features many excellent prizes, including the elusive Mr Gold.
Good luck to anyone searching for Mr Gold. With only 5000 out there in the world, the chances of getting a Minifigure seem slim, but if I could find one in the first box I have searched and felt through, which was already half empty (in part thanks to me purchasing the first sixteen Minifigures I got from the very same box, twelve of which were different) then I am quite sure any of you might find one.