Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

In New and Noteworthy in the App Store Reference section

I just saw that SWMinis was at the top of the iTunes page as a new and noteworthy app! I took a screenshot very carefully before that changed!


SWMinis hit #35 overall in the reference category in the United States today in paid apps! Thanks for your support!

Update on 3/19 - The app fell out of the top new and noteworthy spot yesterday but moved back after Yoda showed his stuff. Thanks Yoda!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

SWMinis is live as of 8:00 pm EST March 15th, 2011

SWMinis was just approved and is live in the app store!


The 'List by Name' screen shows the figures listed alphabetically. You can flick the list up and down to scroll through all 350+ and watch them whiz by, or go to a letter using the index of letters on the right side of the screen.

The 'Year Introduced' screen breaks down the figures into categories from 1999 to 2011 by the first year they appeared in a retail Lego set. YOu can see the earliest minifigs to the most recent ones. As of publication the figures go up to the most recent releases in early 2011.

The 'My Favorites' screen shows the figures broken down by how you rated them. All the ratings are your ratings and reflect which figures you like the most. When you first get the app all the figures will be unrated until you assign them ratings from one to five stars! If you mark a figure as owned it appears in gold letters in all the lists.

SWMinis has over 350+ unique minifigs, but the differences are sometimes obvious and often subtle for versions of the same character. There are over 20 version of Luke for example, although in some the outfit is clearly different, but in others its as small as changing the head color or eyes. For true collectors, these are the distinctions that matter and one of the main reasons this app was created - to help collectors quickly compare figures visually. This is really apparent once you flick through the figures with the app.

A personal favorite! The first version of R2-D2.

Monday, March 14, 2011

SWMinis has 350+ Lego Star Wars Minifigs

Because SWMinis is a complete reference to all the Lego Star Wars Minifigs ever released (over 350+ from 1999 to the present), you will find some of the rarest and most valuable (from a collector's view) in the app. For example, there are three minifigs (Chrome Black Vader, Metallic Gold C-3PO, and White Boba Fett) that were randomly throw into 10,000 sets each, and a lucky person might find one of these when they a open a set. They could be found in any of the Star Wars sets, but it was a very small chance to find one. The Boba Fett (left) with printed arms and Legs from Cloud City is also one of the most valued minfigs for collectors.

Many of the rarest figures appeared only once, and only later did fans realize that this version of a popular figure might not be released again. Jango Fett and Greedo are other good examples.

Some of the newer figures from 2011 just released show that the head molds have vastly improved and are some of the most visually stunning minfigs ever created.

Minifig Detail Screen Explained

This is the detail screen you see when you click on a minifig in any of the lists. The name appears at the top followed by a short and simple description. The description's main purpose is to point any differentiating factors between alternate versions or styles of figures with the same name, but all figures have some description. This is a total count of all the different versions of that figure that have ever been released. To the left is the number of styles. Here there are eleven Stormtrooper styles. Some have different head colors, or shoulder pauldrons, backpacks, armor details, etc. The stars allow you to click on them and they turn gold as you select from one to five stars. You can slide across the stars or click on one. (Dont slide too fast or you might swipe to the next figure though). Once you have rated a figure it shows up in that section in the Favorites list. The year mentioned is the first year that style of figure was introduced. It could have appeared later as well, but this is just the first year. The set number and description under the figure description is simply just one of the sets the figure came with. This set number, and any other set numbers that included this figure, are listed to the left of the main figure photo. If the figure is wearing a helmet, has a head with dual sides (ie Zam or Lobot), or has an interesting head that is hard to see clearly, then the head is shown in detail to the left. On the right is a picture of the main accessory that comes with this figure. The app has over 40 different accessories included, ranging from spears to binoculars. Some figures come with different accessories in different sets, and sometimes its not clear if an accessory belongs to the figure or not, so this was a little subjective. Under the figure is a button that lets you pick if you own the figure (gold) or not (gray). The number to the right is a model number that can be used to reference the figure and is used by Lego fan websites such as bricklink.com, brickset.com, and others.

SWMinis Loading screen

This is an screenshot from the apps loading screen that shows a portion of the 350+ minifigs that you will find detailed in the app. On newer model iPhones this only appears briefly since the app starts up so quickly (a good thing!), so I thought it would be nice to show it in detail here in case you missed it.

SWMinis Support

Please send an email to ideas@cherryhilltech.com if you need help with SWMinis or have a suggestion to improve the app. We would like SWMinis to be as factual and accurate as possible.