The minifigures in this theme were known for their special design. They have spring-loaded legs and specially designed hands so players can shoot, pass and even reverse slam dunk. It took a team of four LEGO designers and six engineers a full year just to develop the arms and hands so that the minifigures could properly hold, and throw a small basketball piece.
These minifigures also featured more realistic skin tones, being based on real-life NBA players from real teams.
- Various minifigures from this theme appear in The LEGO Movie as Master Builders,