5 LEGO Minifigures to Buy in 2023 Before They Retire

19th September 2023

For any serious LEGO collector, the final months of the year are an all important time. It marks the last chance to buy many LEGO sets before they retire and are gone for good. Miss this chance, and you can end up paying much more on the secondary market to pick up your favourite sets or minifigures.

In this article, we pick out five minifigures that we think could see their value skyrocket on the aftermarket and that you might want to prioritise buying now to avoid paying over the odds.

LEGO Adam Warlock minifigure

Adam Warlock

The New Guardians' Ship (76255) was only released in April this year, giving it a very short shelf life of just 9 months. It included Adam Warlock, who has not been seen in minifigure form before. He’s one of the most powerful and influential characters in the Marvel universe, as well as a fan favourite.

The minifigure itself looks amazing, with a fantastic red and gold colour scheme and great detail throughout. All this points to this becoming a very collectible minifigure in the years to come.

LEGO Cad Bane minifigure

Cad Bane

Star Wars is without doubt the most collectible LEGO theme, so minifigures of popular Star Wars characters can soar in value once their set retires.

This could happen with the Cad Bane minifigure from the Justifier (75323), as being the legendary bounty hunter that he is, he has received a lot of admiration and love from Star Wars fans. While two previous Cad Bane minifigures have been released, this latest version is the most detailed and accurate.

The character has appeared in three Star Wars TV series: The Clone Wars, The Bad Batch, and The Book of Boba Fett, but has not been the central character in any. However, a spin-off series of his own is not out of the question and if that happens, this minifigure could skyrocket in value.

LEGO Grand Inquisitor minifigure

Grand Inquisitor

Another Star Wars minifigure that could become quite expensive is the Grand Inquisitor from the Inquisitor Transport Scythe (75336). The character had a key role in the Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off series and an important part in the wider Star Wars canon.

The minifigure has a unique armour piece and cape and a nice continuous print spanning the torso and legs. The previous Grand Inquisitor (sw0622) now fetches a decent sum, and is arguably a more impressive looking minifigure, but we still think this version has enough merits to see its price rise when the Inquisitor Transport Scythe retires.

LEGO Aloy minifigure


Aloy was one of our favourite minifigures of last year as her intricate printing and unique hair mould really set this minifigure apart. It's unlikely that we'll get another Horizon-themed set any time soon, so if you're a fan of the franchise, this may be the only chance to get Aloy at a reasonable price.

LEGO Tigger minifigure


Tigger is the most detailed minifigure from the retiring Winne the Pooh (21326) set, and has both leg and arm printing. The head mould also looks fantastic and captures the character's likeness perfectly.

Although the Winnie the Pooh set has been around for nearly three years, and many people may have picked up the set due to its modest price tag, we still think Tigger is a great looking figure that could become quite desirable.

If any of these minifigures are on your wishlist, we recommend buying them sooner rather than later as many sets can see their stock run out well before their theoretical retirement date!

Posted by Graham on 19th September 2023

Graham is a passionate LEGO collector, who has a penchant for the Castle, Pirates, and Western themes. You can usually find him monitoring the latest developments and giving his opinion on what's hot and not in the LEGO world.