30/03/2011 06:55 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

ParentView: Lego Minifigures

Say hello to the little guys who are all set to become this summer's playground craze. For the first time, Lego Minifigures are available to buy individually, and they're coming to the pocket of a schoolboy near you.

Lego sent me some of the Minifigures for review, and my testing panel of six-year-old boys gave them the thumbs up, and the ultimate accolade of "Awesome!". They predicted that all their pocket money for the rest of the year is going to be invested in completing this set.

Each figure comes in a sealed packet, so you don't know which one you're going to get until you open it. We had a good feel of the packets and were able to identify that one was the skateboarder, but beyond that it's anybody's guess.

They retail at £1.99, and for that you get the figure, a few accessories and a flat plate stand to display it on. You also get a little leaflet with instructions on one side, and illustrations of the full set of figures on the back, so collectors can tick off which ones they've got.
There are sixteen figures in this series to collect: Tribal Leader, Cheerleader, Caveman, Circus Clown, Zombie, Skater, Robot, Demolition Dummy, Magician, Super Wrestler, Nurse, Ninja, Spaceman, Forestman, Deep Sea Diver and Cowboy.

My panel of Lego fans pronounced the Ninja, Robot and Zombie to be the coolest. They were least keen on the female Nurse and Cheerleader figures, but that's little boys for you.

This is a limited release, with more figures coming in September.

Lego Minifigures have just been released and are widely available from retailers including: Argos, Tesco, WHSmith, John Lewis, Smyths, Amazon and Toys R Us.