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{{Minifigure
 
|Title = Sam Sinister
 
|Title = Sam Sinister
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|Theme =[[Adventurers]]
 
|Accessories =[[Gun]], [[Hat]], [[Helmet]]
 
|Accessories =[[Gun]], [[Hat]], [[Helmet]]
 
|Variations =
 
|Variations =
|Years = [[1998]] - [[2001]], [[2003]]
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|Years = [[1998]], [[2000]], [[2003]]
 
|Appearances =[[2541 Adventures Car]]<br />[[2879 Desert Expedition]]<br />[[5909 Treasure Raiders set with Mummy Storage Container]]<br />[[5920 Island Racer]]<br />[[5955 All Terrain Trapper]]<br />[[5975 T-Rex Transport]]<br />[[5978 The Secret of the Sphinx]]<br />[[5987 Dino Research Compound]]<br />[[5988 Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins]]<br />[[7409 Secret of the Tomb]]<br />[[7417 Temple of Mount Everest]]<br />[[7416 Emperor's Ship]]<br />[[5914 Sam Sinister and Baby T]]<br />[[7424 Black Cruiser]]<br />[[7414 Elephant Caravan]]<br />[[7418 Scorpion Palace]]<br />[[7424 Black Cruiser]]<br />''[[LEGO Racers (game)|LEGO Racers]]''<br />''[[LEGO Racers 2]]''<br />''[[LEGO Island 2 The Brickster's Revenge|LEGO Island 2]]''
 
|Appearances =[[2541 Adventures Car]]<br />[[2879 Desert Expedition]]<br />[[5909 Treasure Raiders set with Mummy Storage Container]]<br />[[5920 Island Racer]]<br />[[5955 All Terrain Trapper]]<br />[[5975 T-Rex Transport]]<br />[[5978 The Secret of the Sphinx]]<br />[[5987 Dino Research Compound]]<br />[[5988 Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins]]<br />[[7409 Secret of the Tomb]]<br />[[7417 Temple of Mount Everest]]<br />[[7416 Emperor's Ship]]<br />[[5914 Sam Sinister and Baby T]]<br />[[7424 Black Cruiser]]<br />[[7414 Elephant Caravan]]<br />[[7418 Scorpion Palace]]<br />[[7424 Black Cruiser]]<br />''[[LEGO Racers (game)|LEGO Racers]]''<br />''[[LEGO Racers 2]]''<br />''[[LEGO Island 2 The Brickster's Revenge|LEGO Island 2]]''
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|Theme2 = [[Egypt]], [[Dino Island]], [[Orient Expedition]]}}
{{OtherPage|the Orient Expedition minifigure|the Adventurers Egypt minifigure|[[Slyboots]]}}
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{{OtherPage|the Adventurers Orient Expedition minifigure|the Adventurers Egypt minifigure|[[Slyboots]]}}
'''Lord Sam Sinister''', (formerly known as '''Baron Von Baron/Barron''', '''Sam Sanister'''/'''Sinister''', '''Evil Eye''' and '''Mr. Hates''') was the main villain from the [[Adventurers]] and [[Orient Expedition]] [[List of themes|themes]]. He has a hook in place of his left hand, a pith hat (replaced by a top hat in 2003), a monocle or eyeglass, and a mustache (with small, pointed goatee in 2003), along with a scar on his left cheek. He generally wears a tan shirt, which slightly resembles [[Johnny Thunder]]'s torso printing. Occasionally, Sinister wears a black version of the said shirt, with a white scarf sporting around his neck. Sinister competes with Johnny Thunder in all of the [[Adventurers]] sub-themes (except for the [[1999]] theme), for ancient artifacts and treasures from around the world.
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'''Lord Sam Sinister''', also known by [[#Name|many other names]] including '''Baron von Barron''' (or '''Baron von Baron'''), '''Sam Sinister''' (or '''Sam Sanister'''), '''Evil Eye''', '''Mr. Hates''', and '''Samuel Von Barron''', is the main villain from the [[Adventurers]] and [[Orient Expedition]] [[List of themes|themes]]. Sinister competes with Johnny Thunder in all of the [[Adventurers]] sub-themes (except for the [[1999]] [[Jungle]] theme) as they search for ancient artifacts and treasures from around the world.
   
 
== Description ==
 
== Description ==
Sam Sinister's Bio from the Orient Expedition website:
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Sinister has a hook in place of his left hand. He has a monocle over his right eye, a large handlebar mustache (depicted as mutton chops in ''World Club Magazine'' comics), and a scar on his left cheek. He generally wears a tan shirt, which slightly resembles [[Johnny Thunder]]'s torso printing, a pair of white epaulets, and either a pith helmet or an aviator helmet.
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In Orient Expedition, Lord Sinister received an updated design. He wears a black version of his original shirt, with a white scarf sporting around his neck, and his pith helmet is replaced with a top hat. His facial printing now sports a small, pointed goatee. His epaulets are entirely removed.
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== Name ==
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As with all other Adventurers Egypt characters, Lord Sam Sinister has used a variety of names in different regions, and has even changed names multiple times over the years. This character is considered one of the most notable cases, with LEGO even joking about it occasionally; the [[Infomaniac]] wonders if Mr. Hates will change his name, and the [[Detective (Minifigures)|Detective]]'s bio mentions the "Sam Sinister Switcheroo" referring to this character switching names with [[Slyboots]].
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In North America, the character was originally named '''Baron von Barron''' in ''LEGO Mania Magazine'' January/February 1998.<ref>''LEGO Mania Magazine'' January/February 1998 - [http://biomediaproject.com/bmp/files/LEGO/gfx/LegoManiaMagazine/1998/1%20January/02%20Jan%2098.jpg Page 2]</ref> This name is also used in 1998-1999 [[Shop At Home]] catalogs,<ref>Shop At Home January 1998 - [http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/nori-gallery/series-adventurers/adventurers/catalogs/sh1998_january01.jpg Page 8]</ref> ''[[LEGO Racers (game)|LEGO Racers]]'', ''[[Standing Small: A Celebration of 30 Years of the LEGO Minifigure]]'',<ref name=SS>''Standing Small'' - [http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/nori-gallery/series-adventurers/adventurers/the-lego-book/02-01.jpg Page 36], [http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/nori-gallery/series-adventurers/adventurers/the-lego-book/02-02.jpg Page 37], [http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/nori-gallery/series-adventurers/adventurers/the-lego-book/02-04.jpg Page 38]</ref> and ''[[2856195 LEGO Minifigure Ultimate Sticker Collection]]''. This name has been alternatively spelled '''Baron von Baron''', such as in ''LEGO Mania Magazine'' November/December 1998 (which uses both spellings on the same page)<ref>''LEGO Mania Magazine'' November/December 1998 - [http://biomediaproject.com/bmp/files/LEGO/gfx/LegoManiaMagazine/1998/6%20November/02%20Nov%2098.jpg Page 2]</ref> and the online LEGO Shop descriptions for [[5955 All Terrain Trapper]] and [[5975 T-Rex Transport]].<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20020222085518/http://shop.lego.com/ProductInfo.asp?product_number=5955 LEGO Shop - All Terrain Trapper 5955]</ref><ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20020301015306/http://shop.lego.com/ProductInfo.asp?product_number=5975 LEGO Shop - T-Rex Transport (5975)]</ref>
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In the United Kingdom, the character was originally named '''Evil Eye''' in ''[[Bricks 'n' Pieces]]'' March/April 1998.<ref>''Bricks 'n' Pieces'' March/April 1998 - [https://www.stonewars.de/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Bricks_n_Pieces.jpg Pages 2-3]</ref> This name is corroborated by [[5928 Bi-Wing Baron]], which is called "5928 Evil Eye's Bi-plane" in the UK.<ref>[[:File:1998 Medium UK Cat Adventurers.jpg]]</ref> ''Bricks 'n' Pieces'' also advertises an Adventurers cartoon using this name.<ref>''Bricks 'n' Pieces'' March/April 1998 - [http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/nori-gallery/series-adventurers/temp/desig_lettheadventurebegin.jpg Page 15]</ref>
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In Germany, the character was originally named '''Mr. Hates''' in ''LEGO World Club Magazine'' March/April 1998<ref>''LEGO World Club Magazine'' March/April 1998 - [https://www.rockraidersunited.com/uploads/gallery/album_403/gallery_5772_403_590461.jpg Page 4]</ref> as well as in the audio drama ''Die Jagd nach dem Pharaonenschatz''.<ref name=Discogs>[https://www.discogs.com/Susanne-Schindler-G%C3%BCnther-Die-Jagd-Nach-Dem-Pharaonenschatz/release/7178604 Susanne Schindler-Günther ‎– Die Jagd Nach Dem Pharaonenschatz (1998, Cassette) | Discogs]</ref> This name is also used in other countries, as seen in the Danish language version of ''LEGO Racers'' (although he introduces himself as Baron von Baron in his opening cutscene)<ref name=RRU>[https://www.rockraidersunited.com/topic/4820-lego-time-cruisers-comics/?do=findComment&comment=96501 LEGO Time Cruisers Comics - Page 4 - LEGO Media Content - Rock Raiders United]</ref><ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNqcb3uZ9Fc [DANSK<nowiki>]</nowiki> Let's Play Lego Racers - Episode 3]</ref> and on a Japanese sticker sheet for Dino Island.<ref>[https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?G=Gstk037#T=S&O={%22iconly%22:0} BrickLink - Gear Gstk037: Lego Sticker Sheet, Adventurers Sheet of 11 (4324846) [Sticker Sheet:Adventurers:Dino Island<nowiki>]</nowiki> - BrickLink Reference Catalog]</ref> Notably, this name appears in various English sources, including ''[[The Curse of the Mummy - An Interactive Puzzle Book]]'',<ref>[https://www.amazon.com/Curse-Mummy-Lego-Story-Puzzles/dp/1862087008 Curse of the Mummy (Lego Story Puzzles): 9781862087002: Amazon.com: Books]</ref> ''[[LEGO Adventures! Magazine Issue 6]]'',<ref>[[:File:LAM6-4.jpg]]</ref> and ''[[5774 LEGO Island 2: The Brickster's Revenge]]''.
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A Swedish print ad{{fact}} names this character '''General Galning'''.
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The Spanish language version of ''LEGO Racers'' names this character '''Barón von Tyssen'''.<ref name=RRU/><ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfBlLVd9P9Q LEGO Racers Parte 18 Sendero Amazonico Español]</ref>
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Starting in the Dino Island subtheme, the character was first called '''Sam Sinister''' in North America's ''LEGO Mania Magazine'' September/October 2000; confusingly, this issue refers to him as "Sam Sinister (aka Baron von Barron)" despite each name belonging to a separate character in the Egypt line.<ref>''LEGO Mania Magazine'' September/October 2000 - [http://biomediaproject.com/bmp/files/LEGO/gfx/LegoManiaMagazine/2000/5%20September/02%20Sep%2000.jpg Page 2]</ref> The name was also used in most 2000-2001 LEGO Shop At Home catalogs<ref>Shop At Home Fall 2000 - [http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/nori-gallery/series-adventurers/adventurers/catalogs/sh2000_fall01.jpg Page 4]</ref> and some online LEGO Shop product descriptions for the Dino Island theme,<ref name=BabyT>[http://web.archive.org/web/20020228022623/http://shop.lego.com/ProductInfo.asp?product_number=5914 LEGO Shop - Sam Sinister & Baby T (5914)]</ref> and he would continue to be called Sam Sinister in online media such as [[The Lost Treasure of Ancient Greece]] and the LEGO Adventurers Minifigure Handbook. Adding to the confusion, this name is sometimes alternatively spelled '''Sam Sanister''', such as on the box art of [[5914 Sam Sinister and Baby T|5914 Sam Sanister and Baby T]] (although the online LEGO Shop calls the same set "5914 Sam Sinister and Baby T"),<ref name=BabyT/> German and Polish 2000 LEGO catalogs,<ref>German 2000 LEGO catalog - [https://www.stonewars.de/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Catalog_DinoIsland_2000.jpg Pages 56-57]</ref><ref>Polish 2000 LEGO catalog - [http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/nori-gallery/series-adventurers/adventurers/catalogs/2000b_01.jpg Pages 56], [http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/nori-gallery/series-adventurers/adventurers/catalogs/2000b_02.jpg Page 57]</ref> and ''[[LEGO Racers 2]]''. ''World Club Magazine'' uses both spellings in different issues: Number 2 2000 calls him Sam Sanister,<ref>''LEGO World Club Magazine'' Number 2 2000 - [http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/Phyoohrii/stuff/blogstuff/clubmagazines/june2000/june_2000_11.jpg Page 11]</ref> while Number 3 2000 calls him Sam Sinister.<ref>''LEGO World Club Magazine'' Number 3 2000 - [http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/Phyoohrii/stuff/blogstuff/clubmagazines/september2000/september_2000_04.jpg Page 4]</ref>
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According to a user on Lugnet,<ref>[https://news.lugnet.com/adventurers/?n=1156 LEGO SYSTEM Adventurers : 1156]</ref> the character was known as '''Alex Gluipstra''' in the Netherlands during the Dino Island theme.{{fact}}
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The Orient Expedition subtheme would firmly establish '''Lord Sam Sinister''' (or simply '''Lord Sinister''') as the character's name, using this name for all printed and online media in multiple languages. This name would continue to be used throughout the 2000s, including [[LEGOLAND Parks]] Land of Adventure attractions such as [[The Lost Kingdom Adventure]]<ref>[https://www.sallydarkrides.com/dark-rides/lost-kingdom-adventure Lost Kingdom Adventure Dark Ride by Sally Dark Rides]</ref> and ''Journey to the Lost Temple''.<ref name=Journey>[https://www.ramadaoceanside.com/Attractions-Oceanside-California.php Contact Ramada Inn Oceanside California CA Hotels Motels Accomodations]</ref>
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According to a fan website,<ref>[https://www.oocities.org/enchantedforest/cottage/5900/WhoIsWho/MrHates.html Who is Who? Mr. Hates]</ref> the character was sometimes known as '''Ulrich Unhold''' during the Orient Expedition theme.{{fact}}
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As previously mentioned, the books ''Standing Small'' and ''LEGO Minifigure Ultimate Sticker Collection'' revert the character's name back to Baron Von Barron for the first time since 2000. However, these books contain [[User blog:Jamesster.LEGO/Standing Small screw-ups|multiple errors]], such as referring to Slyboots as "Lord Sam Sinister"<!--referring to Slyboots as "Sam Sinister" would be correct, but "Lord Sam Sinister" was never used for this character--> and "Mr. Hates",<ref name=SS/><ref>''LEGO Minifigure Ultimate Sticker Collection'' - [http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6LuULNoi-cw/UZdYs_bzFPI/AAAAAAAAAMc/cbh0yRXh2uk/s1600/IMG_3061.JPG Page 13]</ref> while ''[[The LEGO Book]]'' also refers to Lord Sam Sinister as the recurring villain of Dino Island and Orient Expedition.<ref>''[[The LEGO Book]]'' - [http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/nori-gallery/series-adventurers/adventurers/the-lego-book/01-01.jpg Page 91]</ref> The later 2012 edition of ''The LEGO Book'' addressed this by clarifying the difference between the original Sam Sinister and the later Lord Sinister, as well as listing some of their alternate names.<ref>''[[The LEGO Book]] Expanded and Fully Revised'' - [http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/nori-gallery/series-adventurers/adventurers/the-lego-book/03-03.jpg Page 100]</ref>
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In 2020, the [[10273 Haunted House]] press release<ref>[https://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/news/2020/may/lego-haunted-house-2020/ LEGO Haunted House 2020 - About us - LEGO.com US]</ref> and online description<ref>[https://www.lego.com/en-us/hauntedhouse LEGO Haunted House | LEGO Creator Expert | LEGO.com | Official LEGO Shop US]</ref> refer to this character as '''Samuel Von Barron''', combining his two most well-known names "Baron von Barron" and "Lord Sam Sinister". The designer video only refers to him as Baron von Barron.<ref name=DesignerVideo>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIuGpNGpd4c LEGO Haunted House | Scary Theme Park Ride | Designer Video 10273]</ref>
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== Background ==
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=== Egypt ===
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In the Egypt subtheme, Baron von Barron and [[Slyboots]] are the two main villains plotting to steal the [[Re-Gou Ruby]].
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In ''Johnny Thunder and the Lost Ruby'', Baron von Barron successfully takes the Re-Gou. However, he becomes trapped in the Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins with [[Pharaoh Hotep]], who tortures him by telling endless bad "mummy" puns and jokes.
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=== LEGO Racers ===
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[[File:LEGO Racers - Baron Von Barrons Opening|thumb|300px|Sinister's cutscene in LEGO Racers]]
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In ''[[LEGO Racers (game)|LEGO Racers]]'', Baron von Barron is the boss of the 5th circuit. His preferred tactic is using powered-up blue bricks to shield himself. This is one of the few places he is shown to have a German accent. Much like [[Captain Redbeard]], his in-game model does not have epaulets.
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In ''[[LEGO Racers 2]]'', Sam Sanister was the boss of the [[Dino Island]] world, driving his super-fast Island Racer. He had to be defeated in a race in order to acquire a very powerful power-up for the player's car engine. His epaulets and hook are missing from his model, leading him to be depicted with two normal hands.
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=== Dino Island ===
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After being absent from the Amazon subtheme, Sam Sinister returns as the villain of the Dino Island subtheme. This time, he is teamed up with his sister [[Alexia Sinister]] and his henchman [[Mr. Cunningham]]. Their goal is to capture dinosaurs and profit off of them by opening a dino theme park.
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=== LEGO Island ===
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In ''[[LEGO Island 2: The Brickster's Revenge]]'', Mr. Hates captured Dinosaurs. The player had to save them by flying a hot air balloon, winching them out of cages, and then had to drop sandbags on Mr. Hates so that he would fall off his brontosaurus, which shoots fire to stop you. He spoke in an English accent, and was assumed to be working for [[The Brickster]].
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=== Soccer Mania ===
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He makes cameo in a cutscene in ''[[5784 Soccer Mania]]''. However, he is not a playable character or even a member of the Adventurers Villains team.
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=== Minifig Handbook ===
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Sam Sinister appears in the LEGO Adventurers Minifig Handbook, which is based on Johnny Thunder's Journal. The journal describes Johnny Thunder's adventures to Brazil, Mt. McKinley, and Colorado River, with Sinister constantly sabotaging their journey and stealing their treasures. In the end, the Adventurers take back the stolen treasures while Sinister is asleep.
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=== The Lost Treasure ===
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Sam Sinister appears as the main villain of this Flash online game on the LEGO Adventurers website. He is given a unique design, resembling his classic appearance but with a black top hat and a red hook.
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Sam Sinister follows the Adventurers to Greece, where he plans to steal the Golden Bull of King Minos. He steals the map to the [[Minotaur (Adventurers)|Minotaur]]'s labyrinth and acts as an enemy during the maze minigame. He uses a jetpack to scale a large cliff, only to crash once the jetpack malfunctions, allowing Johnny to tie him up.
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=== Orient Expedition ===
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The newly-redesigned Lord Sam Sinister is the main villain of the Orient Expedition subtheme. He pursues the Adventurers across Asia, allying with other villains such as [[Maharaja Lallu]], [[Ngan Pa]], and [[Emperor Chang Wu]] in his plot to steal the golden treasures of Marco Polo.
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=== LEGOLAND Parks ===
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In [[The Lost Kingdom Adventure]] ride in [[LEGOLAND]] California, Lord Sam Sinister appears to be the main villain.
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Lord Sam Sinister also appeared in a prominent role of the live musical show, ''Journey to the Lost Temple''.
   
''Lord Sinister is Johnny's arch enemy. He is selfish and evil, with no limits to his ambition or greed. He has a huge private collection of ancient and valuable treasures from around the world and is always on the hunt for more.''
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=== Creator ===
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[[10273 Haunted House]] is named the Manor Von Barron and is portrayed as the residence of this character. Samuel Von Barron is prominently featured in the set's marketing and lore. While he does not make a physical appearance as a minifigure, he is depicted in the cursed portrait of Samuel von Barron. According to the set's lore, Samuel von Barron was driven mad by Pharaoh Hotep's bad puns (referencing the ending of ''Johnny Thunder and the Lost Ruby''), leading him to install the Madman's Elevator in his manor.
   
 
== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
* This minifigure is famous for his constantly changing name. When he first appeared in the original [[Adventurers]] [[Egypt]] sets in [[1998]], he was known as Baron von Barron, and was working with a man named Sam Sanister. He also appeared as Baron von Barron in [[LEGO Racers]] in [[1999]]. However, next time he appeared on [[Dino Island]], he was called Sam Sinister, the name of his old partner, who was now known as [[Slyboots]]. In [[LEGO Island 2]], while he refers to himself as Sam Sinister, [[Pepper Roni]] and [[The Infomaniac]] refer to him ''Mr. Hates'' once each, and the level is called ''Mr. Hates' Camp''. Even worse, [[LEGO Racers 2]] referred to him as Sam S'''a'''nister. When [[Orient Expedition]] was released, he had even taken Slyboot's outfit, and by that time was dubbed ''Lord'' Sam Sinister. His true name shall perhaps always be a mystery. LEGO has even joked about this
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* In ''Die Jagd nach dem Pharaonenschatz'', Mr. Hates is voiced by Klaus-Peter Kähler.<ref name=Discogs/> In ''Journey to the Lost Temple'', Lord Sam Sinister was portrayed by multiple actors, including Marty Martin, Drew Larson, and Jaysen Waller.<ref name=Journey/>
*In [[LEGO Racers]], he is the boss of the 5th circuit. This is one of the few places he is shown to have a German accent.
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* In the preliminary design document for an unproduced Adventurers-themed ''[[5731 LEGO Island]]'' sequel (with the working title ''DIG''),<ref>[https://twitter.com/ProfBrickkeeper/status/1260647851840831489 Ben Davies on Twitter: "Seems a suitable day to share this... Preliminary design document artwork for Mindscape's unproduced LEGO Adventurers game (working title DIG), which would have been the third game in the LEGO Island series." / Twitter]</ref> this character was named '''Colonel or Baron von Brickoff of Buildovia'''. The document mentions that he often changes his name and story.<ref>[https://twitter.com/ProfBrickkeeper/status/1264322733120327685 Ben Davies on Twitter: "At least it was in-character." / Twitter]</ref>
[[Video:LEGO Racers - Baron Von Barrons Opening|thumb|300px|Sinister's cutscene in LEGO Racers]]
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* In ''LEGO Island 2'', Mr. Hates was originally planned to make a comeback along with [[Cedric The Bull]]; he would have appeared during the Asteroids Belt game in an enemy ship shooting lasers, and in Brickster's Palace as an obstacle or possibly a boss while the player is ascending up the tower. Due to the game being severely rushed, this was scrapped; however, unused voice clips for him meant for these areas can still be found in the [https://tcrf.net/LEGO_Island_2:_The_Brickster%27s_Revenge_(Windows)/Unused_Dialogue#Ogel_Island game's files]
* In [[LEGO Island 2]], Sam Sinister (now named Mr. Hates) captured Dinosaurs. The player had to save them by winching them out of cages, and then had to drop sandbags on Sam Sinister so that he would fall off his brontosaurus, which shoots fire to stop you. He spoke in an English accent, and was assumed to be working for [[The Brickster]].
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* In the Designer Video for 10273 Haunted House, senior LEGO designer Carl Merriam is dressed as Samuel von Barron.<ref name=DesignerVideo/>
* In [[LEGO Racers 2]], Sinister was the boss of the [[Dino Island]] world. He had to be defeated in a race in order to acquire a very powerful power-up for the player's car engine.
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* The [[Detective]] from [[Minifigures (Theme)|Collectible Minifigures]] solved the case of "The Sam Sinister Switcheroo", which possibly refers to him taking the name Sam Sinister while the original Sam Sinister was renamed [[Slyboots]].
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== LEGO Description ==
* In the Lost kingdom adventure ride in [[LEGOLAND]] California, he appears to be the main villain.
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{{QuoteLEGO.com
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|Other source = ''LEGO Mania Magazine'' January/February 1998
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|Description from LEGO.com='''BARON VON BARRON'''<br/>
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The Baron collects rare treasures from around the world and keeps them for himself. Even though it looks like the Baron is a real bad, bad guy, he really takes orders from the sinister Sam Sinister.
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|Other source = ''[[Bricks 'n' Pieces]]'' March/April 1998
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|Description from LEGO.com='''Evil Eye'''<br/>
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A real 'baddie', Evil Eye searches the world for buried treasure to add to his collection. He's very, very bad and very, very rich.
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{{QuoteLEGO.com
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|Other source = ''LEGO Mania Magazine'' November/December 1998
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|Description from LEGO.com='''Bad Guys Sam Sinister and Baron von Baron<!--do not change to "Barron"-->'''<br/>
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Even the treasure-stealing Sam Sinister and Baron von Barron<!--do not change to "Baron"--> exchange holiday gifts. They just don't wrap them. It's too hard to wrap a snake or scorpion.
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|Other source = ''[[LEGO Adventures! Magazine Issue 6]]''
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|Description from LEGO.com='''Mr'''<sup>[''sic'']</sup>''' Hates and Slyboots'''<br/>
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Sneaky bad guys out to steal the Adventurers' discoveries!
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{{QuoteLEGO.com
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|Other source = ''LEGO Mania Magazine'' September/October 2000
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|Description from LEGO.com='''Sam Sinister <small>(aka Baron von Barron)</small>'''<br/>
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Sam's hobby is stealing rare treasures for his own collection. The only person that has ever stopped him is Johnny Thunder. Sam says that if Johnny gets in his way he will use him as bait in a T-Rex trap.
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{{QuoteLEGO.com
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|Product page URL=https://web.archive.org/web/20030402152008/http://www.lego.com/eng/orient/bios.asp
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|Archived webpage?(Y, N)=Y
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|Not a product description?(Y, N)=Y
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|Description from LEGO.com='''Lord Sam Sinister'''<br/>
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Lord Sinister is Johnny's arch enemy. He is selfish and evil, with no limits to his ambition or greed. He has a huge private collection of ancient and valuable treasures from around the world and is always on the hunt for more.
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|Other source = ''LEGO Magazine'' March-April 2003
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|Description from LEGO.com='''LORD SAM SINISTER'''<br/>
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Clever and greedy, he will do anything to get his hands on ancient treasures!
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|Product page URL=https://www.lego.com/en-us/hauntedhouse
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|Description from LEGO.com='''Samuel von Barron'''<br/>
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Manor von Barron was once the home of Samuel von Barron, one of the world's greatest villains. He travelled the globe in search of ancient artefacts to steal for his private collection. But, after snatching the Re-Gou Ruby from the tomb of Pharaoh Hotep, Von Barron met his fate - and the Pharaoh cursed Manor von Barron for a thousand generations!
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Though Samuel may be gone, the von Barron curse still haunts the house to this very day.
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== Appearances ==
 
== Appearances ==
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== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==
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Lordsinister.gif|The computer-generation of Sam Sinister
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Sam Sinister LR1.png|Baron Von Barron in LEGO Racers
 
Sam Sinister LR1.png|Baron Von Barron in LEGO Racers
Sam Sinister.png|Sam Sanister in LEGO Racers 2
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Sam Sinister.png|Sam Sanister in LEGO Racers 2. Note the missing hook hand
 
Sam Sinister GBA.png|Sam Sinister in the GBA version of LEGO Racers 2
 
Sam Sinister GBA.png|Sam Sinister in the GBA version of LEGO Racers 2
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baron football.png|Baron/Sam's cutscene cameo in Soccer Mania
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Revision as of 18:51, May 30, 2020

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This article is about the Adventurers Orient Expedition minifigure. For the Adventurers Egypt minifigure, see Slyboots.

Lord Sam Sinister, also known by many other names including Baron von Barron (or Baron von Baron), Sam Sinister (or Sam Sanister), Evil Eye, Mr. Hates, and Samuel Von Barron, is the main villain from the Adventurers and Orient Expedition themes. Sinister competes with Johnny Thunder in all of the Adventurers sub-themes (except for the 1999 Jungle theme) as they search for ancient artifacts and treasures from around the world.

Description

Sinister has a hook in place of his left hand. He has a monocle over his right eye, a large handlebar mustache (depicted as mutton chops in World Club Magazine comics), and a scar on his left cheek. He generally wears a tan shirt, which slightly resembles Johnny Thunder's torso printing, a pair of white epaulets, and either a pith helmet or an aviator helmet.

In Orient Expedition, Lord Sinister received an updated design. He wears a black version of his original shirt, with a white scarf sporting around his neck, and his pith helmet is replaced with a top hat. His facial printing now sports a small, pointed goatee. His epaulets are entirely removed.

Name

As with all other Adventurers Egypt characters, Lord Sam Sinister has used a variety of names in different regions, and has even changed names multiple times over the years. This character is considered one of the most notable cases, with LEGO even joking about it occasionally; the Infomaniac wonders if Mr. Hates will change his name, and the Detective's bio mentions the "Sam Sinister Switcheroo" referring to this character switching names with Slyboots.

In North America, the character was originally named Baron von Barron in LEGO Mania Magazine January/February 1998.[1] This name is also used in 1998-1999 Shop At Home catalogs,[2] LEGO Racers, Standing Small: A Celebration of 30 Years of the LEGO Minifigure,[3] and 2856195 LEGO Minifigure Ultimate Sticker Collection. This name has been alternatively spelled Baron von Baron, such as in LEGO Mania Magazine November/December 1998 (which uses both spellings on the same page)[4] and the online LEGO Shop descriptions for 5955 All Terrain Trapper and 5975 T-Rex Transport.[5][6]

In the United Kingdom, the character was originally named Evil Eye in Bricks 'n' Pieces March/April 1998.[7] This name is corroborated by 5928 Bi-Wing Baron, which is called "5928 Evil Eye's Bi-plane" in the UK.[8] Bricks 'n' Pieces also advertises an Adventurers cartoon using this name.[9]

In Germany, the character was originally named Mr. Hates in LEGO World Club Magazine March/April 1998[10] as well as in the audio drama Die Jagd nach dem Pharaonenschatz.[11] This name is also used in other countries, as seen in the Danish language version of LEGO Racers (although he introduces himself as Baron von Baron in his opening cutscene)[12][13] and on a Japanese sticker sheet for Dino Island.[14] Notably, this name appears in various English sources, including The Curse of the Mummy - An Interactive Puzzle Book,[15] LEGO Adventures! Magazine Issue 6,[16] and 5774 LEGO Island 2: The Brickster's Revenge.

A Swedish print ad[source?] names this character General Galning.

The Spanish language version of LEGO Racers names this character Barón von Tyssen.[12][17]

Starting in the Dino Island subtheme, the character was first called Sam Sinister in North America's LEGO Mania Magazine September/October 2000; confusingly, this issue refers to him as "Sam Sinister (aka Baron von Barron)" despite each name belonging to a separate character in the Egypt line.[18] The name was also used in most 2000-2001 LEGO Shop At Home catalogs[19] and some online LEGO Shop product descriptions for the Dino Island theme,[20] and he would continue to be called Sam Sinister in online media such as The Lost Treasure of Ancient Greece and the LEGO Adventurers Minifigure Handbook. Adding to the confusion, this name is sometimes alternatively spelled Sam Sanister, such as on the box art of 5914 Sam Sanister and Baby T (although the online LEGO Shop calls the same set "5914 Sam Sinister and Baby T"),[20] German and Polish 2000 LEGO catalogs,[21][22] and LEGO Racers 2. World Club Magazine uses both spellings in different issues: Number 2 2000 calls him Sam Sanister,[23] while Number 3 2000 calls him Sam Sinister.[24]

According to a user on Lugnet,[25] the character was known as Alex Gluipstra in the Netherlands during the Dino Island theme.[source?]

The Orient Expedition subtheme would firmly establish Lord Sam Sinister (or simply Lord Sinister) as the character's name, using this name for all printed and online media in multiple languages. This name would continue to be used throughout the 2000s, including LEGOLAND Parks Land of Adventure attractions such as The Lost Kingdom Adventure[26] and Journey to the Lost Temple.[27]

According to a fan website,[28] the character was sometimes known as Ulrich Unhold during the Orient Expedition theme.[source?]

As previously mentioned, the books Standing Small and LEGO Minifigure Ultimate Sticker Collection revert the character's name back to Baron Von Barron for the first time since 2000. However, these books contain multiple errors, such as referring to Slyboots as "Lord Sam Sinister" and "Mr. Hates",[3][29] while The LEGO Book also refers to Lord Sam Sinister as the recurring villain of Dino Island and Orient Expedition.[30] The later 2012 edition of The LEGO Book addressed this by clarifying the difference between the original Sam Sinister and the later Lord Sinister, as well as listing some of their alternate names.[31]

In 2020, the 10273 Haunted House press release[32] and online description[33] refer to this character as Samuel Von Barron, combining his two most well-known names "Baron von Barron" and "Lord Sam Sinister". The designer video only refers to him as Baron von Barron.[34]

Background

Egypt

In the Egypt subtheme, Baron von Barron and Slyboots are the two main villains plotting to steal the Re-Gou Ruby.

In Johnny Thunder and the Lost Ruby, Baron von Barron successfully takes the Re-Gou. However, he becomes trapped in the Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins with Pharaoh Hotep, who tortures him by telling endless bad "mummy" puns and jokes.

LEGO Racers

LEGO Racers - Baron Von Barrons Opening

LEGO Racers - Baron Von Barrons Opening

Sinister's cutscene in LEGO Racers

In LEGO Racers, Baron von Barron is the boss of the 5th circuit. His preferred tactic is using powered-up blue bricks to shield himself. This is one of the few places he is shown to have a German accent. Much like Captain Redbeard, his in-game model does not have epaulets.

In LEGO Racers 2, Sam Sanister was the boss of the Dino Island world, driving his super-fast Island Racer. He had to be defeated in a race in order to acquire a very powerful power-up for the player's car engine. His epaulets and hook are missing from his model, leading him to be depicted with two normal hands.

Dino Island

After being absent from the Amazon subtheme, Sam Sinister returns as the villain of the Dino Island subtheme. This time, he is teamed up with his sister Alexia Sinister and his henchman Mr. Cunningham. Their goal is to capture dinosaurs and profit off of them by opening a dino theme park.

LEGO Island

In LEGO Island 2: The Brickster's Revenge, Mr. Hates captured Dinosaurs. The player had to save them by flying a hot air balloon, winching them out of cages, and then had to drop sandbags on Mr. Hates so that he would fall off his brontosaurus, which shoots fire to stop you. He spoke in an English accent, and was assumed to be working for The Brickster.

Soccer Mania

He makes cameo in a cutscene in 5784 Soccer Mania. However, he is not a playable character or even a member of the Adventurers Villains team.

Minifig Handbook

Sam Sinister appears in the LEGO Adventurers Minifig Handbook, which is based on Johnny Thunder's Journal. The journal describes Johnny Thunder's adventures to Brazil, Mt. McKinley, and Colorado River, with Sinister constantly sabotaging their journey and stealing their treasures. In the end, the Adventurers take back the stolen treasures while Sinister is asleep.

The Lost Treasure

Sam Sinister appears as the main villain of this Flash online game on the LEGO Adventurers website. He is given a unique design, resembling his classic appearance but with a black top hat and a red hook.

Sam Sinister follows the Adventurers to Greece, where he plans to steal the Golden Bull of King Minos. He steals the map to the Minotaur's labyrinth and acts as an enemy during the maze minigame. He uses a jetpack to scale a large cliff, only to crash once the jetpack malfunctions, allowing Johnny to tie him up.

Orient Expedition

The newly-redesigned Lord Sam Sinister is the main villain of the Orient Expedition subtheme. He pursues the Adventurers across Asia, allying with other villains such as Maharaja Lallu, Ngan Pa, and Emperor Chang Wu in his plot to steal the golden treasures of Marco Polo.

LEGOLAND Parks

In The Lost Kingdom Adventure ride in LEGOLAND California, Lord Sam Sinister appears to be the main villain.

Lord Sam Sinister also appeared in a prominent role of the live musical show, Journey to the Lost Temple.

Creator

10273 Haunted House is named the Manor Von Barron and is portrayed as the residence of this character. Samuel Von Barron is prominently featured in the set's marketing and lore. While he does not make a physical appearance as a minifigure, he is depicted in the cursed portrait of Samuel von Barron. According to the set's lore, Samuel von Barron was driven mad by Pharaoh Hotep's bad puns (referencing the ending of Johnny Thunder and the Lost Ruby), leading him to install the Madman's Elevator in his manor.

Notes

  • In Die Jagd nach dem Pharaonenschatz, Mr. Hates is voiced by Klaus-Peter Kähler.[11] In Journey to the Lost Temple, Lord Sam Sinister was portrayed by multiple actors, including Marty Martin, Drew Larson, and Jaysen Waller.[27]
  • In the preliminary design document for an unproduced Adventurers-themed 5731 LEGO Island sequel (with the working title DIG),[35] this character was named Colonel or Baron von Brickoff of Buildovia. The document mentions that he often changes his name and story.[36]
  • In LEGO Island 2, Mr. Hates was originally planned to make a comeback along with Cedric The Bull; he would have appeared during the Asteroids Belt game in an enemy ship shooting lasers, and in Brickster's Palace as an obstacle or possibly a boss while the player is ascending up the tower. Due to the game being severely rushed, this was scrapped; however, unused voice clips for him meant for these areas can still be found in the game's files
  • In the Designer Video for 10273 Haunted House, senior LEGO designer Carl Merriam is dressed as Samuel von Barron.[34]

LEGO Description

LEGO.com-icon-yellow This is a description taken from LEGO Mania Magazine January/February 1998. Do not modify it.

BARON VON BARRON
The Baron collects rare treasures from around the world and keeps them for himself. Even though it looks like the Baron is a real bad, bad guy, he really takes orders from the sinister Sam Sinister.


LEGO.com-icon-yellow This is a description taken from Bricks 'n' Pieces March/April 1998. Do not modify it.

Evil Eye
A real 'baddie', Evil Eye searches the world for buried treasure to add to his collection. He's very, very bad and very, very rich.


LEGO.com-icon-yellow This is a description taken from LEGO Mania Magazine November/December 1998. Do not modify it.

Bad Guys Sam Sinister and Baron von Baron
Even the treasure-stealing Sam Sinister and Baron von Barron exchange holiday gifts. They just don't wrap them. It's too hard to wrap a snake or scorpion.


LEGO.com-icon-yellow This is a description taken from LEGO Adventures! Magazine Issue 6. Do not modify it.

Mr[sic] Hates and Slyboots
Sneaky bad guys out to steal the Adventurers' discoveries!


LEGO.com-icon-yellow This is a description taken from LEGO Mania Magazine September/October 2000. Do not modify it.

Sam Sinister (aka Baron von Barron)
Sam's hobby is stealing rare treasures for his own collection. The only person that has ever stopped him is Johnny Thunder. Sam says that if Johnny gets in his way he will use him as bait in a T-Rex trap.


LEGO.com-icon-yellow This is a description taken from LEGO.com. Do not modify it. (See an archive of the product’s page)

Lord Sam Sinister
Lord Sinister is Johnny's arch enemy. He is selfish and evil, with no limits to his ambition or greed. He has a huge private collection of ancient and valuable treasures from around the world and is always on the hunt for more.


LEGO.com-icon-yellow This is a description taken from LEGO Magazine March-April 2003. Do not modify it.

LORD SAM SINISTER
Clever and greedy, he will do anything to get his hands on ancient treasures!


LEGO.com-icon-yellow This is a description taken from LEGO.com. Do not modify it. (see the source of this quote)

Samuel von Barron
Manor von Barron was once the home of Samuel von Barron, one of the world's greatest villains. He travelled the globe in search of ancient artefacts to steal for his private collection. But, after snatching the Re-Gou Ruby from the tomb of Pharaoh Hotep, Von Barron met his fate - and the Pharaoh cursed Manor von Barron for a thousand generations!

Though Samuel may be gone, the von Barron curse still haunts the house to this very day.


Appearances

Video Game Appearances

Variations

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Gallery

References

  1. LEGO Mania Magazine January/February 1998 - Page 2
  2. Shop At Home January 1998 - Page 8
  3. 3.0 3.1 Standing Small - Page 36, Page 37, Page 38
  4. LEGO Mania Magazine November/December 1998 - Page 2
  5. LEGO Shop - All Terrain Trapper 5955
  6. LEGO Shop - T-Rex Transport (5975)
  7. Bricks 'n' Pieces March/April 1998 - Pages 2-3
  8. File:1998 Medium UK Cat Adventurers.jpg
  9. Bricks 'n' Pieces March/April 1998 - Page 15
  10. LEGO World Club Magazine March/April 1998 - Page 4
  11. 11.0 11.1 Susanne Schindler-Günther ‎– Die Jagd Nach Dem Pharaonenschatz (1998, Cassette) | Discogs
  12. 12.0 12.1 LEGO Time Cruisers Comics - Page 4 - LEGO Media Content - Rock Raiders United
  13. [DANSK] Let's Play Lego Racers - Episode 3
  14. BrickLink - Gear Gstk037: Lego Sticker Sheet, Adventurers Sheet of 11 (4324846) [Sticker Sheet:Adventurers:Dino Island] - BrickLink Reference Catalog
  15. Curse of the Mummy (Lego Story Puzzles): 9781862087002: Amazon.com: Books
  16. File:LAM6-4.jpg
  17. LEGO Racers Parte 18 Sendero Amazonico Español
  18. LEGO Mania Magazine September/October 2000 - Page 2
  19. Shop At Home Fall 2000 - Page 4
  20. 20.0 20.1 LEGO Shop - Sam Sinister & Baby T (5914)
  21. German 2000 LEGO catalog - Pages 56-57
  22. Polish 2000 LEGO catalog - Pages 56, Page 57
  23. LEGO World Club Magazine Number 2 2000 - Page 11
  24. LEGO World Club Magazine Number 3 2000 - Page 4
  25. LEGO SYSTEM Adventurers : 1156
  26. Lost Kingdom Adventure Dark Ride by Sally Dark Rides
  27. 27.0 27.1 Contact Ramada Inn Oceanside California CA Hotels Motels Accomodations
  28. Who is Who? Mr. Hates
  29. LEGO Minifigure Ultimate Sticker Collection - Page 13
  30. The LEGO Book - Page 91
  31. The LEGO Book Expanded and Fully Revised - Page 100
  32. LEGO Haunted House 2020 - About us - LEGO.com US
  33. LEGO Haunted House | LEGO Creator Expert | LEGO.com | Official LEGO Shop US
  34. 34.0 34.1 LEGO Haunted House | Scary Theme Park Ride | Designer Video 10273
  35. Ben Davies on Twitter: "Seems a suitable day to share this... Preliminary design document artwork for Mindscape's unproduced LEGO Adventurers game (working title DIG), which would have been the third game in the LEGO Island series." / Twitter
  36. Ben Davies on Twitter: "At least it was in-character." / Twitter



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