Since 1978, Lego's been entertaining kids and adults alike with its minifigures – the little people that populate its spaceships, castles and cities.
Now they're making the leap to the silver screen with The Lego Movie – so we've taken the opportunity to rummage through the Stuff toybox and pick out the best minifigures from the vintage and recent ranges. Has your favourite made the grade?
Classic Space Astronaut (1986)
Oh, how it warmed the cockles of our hearts when "1980-something Space Guy" floated past in the trailer for The Lego Movie. This little chap ventured out into the black in the Lego Classic Space sets, long before the days of Star Wars and Iron Man.
Everything is better with zombies, and that includes Lego. We just have one question: why can't we buy a bucket of official Lego Zombies to stage our very own re-enactment of Dawn of the Dead?
One of the stars of The Lego Movie – and a host of video games – Batman only works in black. Or very, very dark grey. Variant minifigures feature the Caped Crusader in his comic book and movie duds – but sadly there's no Adam West version as yet.
This fella makes the grade for purely nostalgic reasons. A staple of the 1980s Castle series, he was feared by the bad, loved by the good, and chewed by the neighbour's dog.
We're certain that someone at Lego HQ is having a laugh – this butcher from the recent Minifigures range looks eerily like The League of Gentlemen's Hilary Briss, complete with cleaver and "special stuff."
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Luke Skywalker (1999)
The very first Lego minifigure based on an outside license, Luke came packed in the Star Wars X-Wing set alongside his luckless moustachioed wingman Biggs Darklighter. The star of video games and a charming Father's Day animation, Luke's one of the centrepieces of the modern Lego range.
Old Style Minifigure (1975)
Before there were the blandly grinning Lego men we're all familiar with, these more abstract characters were the norm. Next to the modern minifigures, they're a bit eerie, with their blank faces and limbless bodies – especially the cowboy-hatted one, which looks like something out of Westworld.
Ice Planet Female (2002)
Smashing through the glass ceiling with a laser blaster, this was the first female minifigure in the Space range. Princess Leia's got nothing on her.
Punk Rocker (2011)
This axe-wielding guy is as loud as his hairdo. We approve. Swap his head for that of the Scottish Highland Battler minifigure and you've got yourself a Metallica fan, circa 1985.
There's been a lot of talk recently about how Lego minifigures are all angry and confrontational instead of the smiley happy chappies of old. So in the interests of balance, here's a monder minifig who's only interested in peace and love, proffering a fistful of flowers with a gently baked expression.