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Trail talk: Lego BRMC Camper (2018)

Three Points of the Compass is no great collector of Lego. I well recall the plaything from my youth but now it is primarily a minor nostalgia element. In common with many of a certain age I suspect, a handful of minifigures relevant to my personal interests sit on one of my bookshelves. I am no Lego completist. I don’t wish to be and couldn’t afford to either.

BRMC Camper Minifigure. Image Created by Iconasys Shutter Stream
BRMC Camper Minifigure. Image from minifigs.blog
Screenshot of Camper map tile
Screenshot of Camper map tile

Each year there is a conference for Lego Brand Retail Managers (BRMC) at which some attendees are given a very rare, very exclusive minifigure. There is a different minifigure for each conference. The 2018 BRMC gathering was at Clayton in the US and was actually called a Summit rather than Conference. That year’s minifigure was a backpack and map carrying Camper. This little minifigure comes with brown backpack, complete with waist belt and shoulder straps on the torso. He sports a blue cap and the LEGO brand is emblazoned across his yellow apron. One major difference with this minifigure, common to the majority of the BRMC releases, is that the head is flesh coloured. The hands are also grey rather than the yellow that Lego use for most minifigure head and hands.

BRMC 2018 Lego Camper. Image from eBay. Each figure came in special clamshell packaging. He also has a small map tile showing the air route to the Lego conference
2018 Lego Brand Retail Manager’s Conference Camper minifigure. Each of these extremely limited edition figures came in special clamshell packaging. There is no printing on the rear of the packaging. The Camper minifigure also has a small map tile showing the air route to the Lego conference. Image from eBay
BRMC Camper Minifigure. Image Created by Iconasys Shutter Stream
BRMC Camper Minifigure. Image Created by Iconasys Shutter Stream
BRMC Camper Minifigure. Image from minifigs.blog
BRMC Camper Minifigure. Image Created by Iconasys Shutter Stream

BRMC minifigures produced were:

Zombie, female head
BRMC Zombie, female head
Zack
BRMC Zack
Magician
BRMC Magician
Four years of limited release figures for the Lego Brand Retail Manager's Conference. Image from https://minifigs.blog/
Four years of limited release figures for the Lego Brand Retail Manager’s Conference. Image from minifigs.blog

The very few minifigures produced for the BRMC attendees have ensured that they remain amongst the most desired of Lego products though few collectors are even aware of them. It is debatable as to which are the rarest and most collectible of all the Lego Minifigures and most of those will never sit in anyone’s personal collection. For example, in 2011 Lego produced aluminium Jupiter, Juno and Galileo non-posable minifigures that were sent into space on NASA’s Juno spacecraft. These three are not returning from Jupiter any time soon, particularly as the vessel is to be deliberately crashed into the planet!

Space figures
Lego Jupiter, Juno and Galileo figures. Detail from collectspace.com

The BRMC Camper is an interesting addition to the minifigure range. How many were produced? I have no idea. I have read various accounts suggesting anything from less than a hundred to around two hundred. Images are few and still fewer are offered for sale. Three Points of the Compass does not have one of these little chaps. Despite being “not for resale” the odd one does occasionally turn up on an auction site. Am I interested? Not when they each sell for well over two thousand pounds.

Three Points of the Compass has also had a closer look at a handful of other hiking and camper Lego minifigures:

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