Store strikes double gold in collectors competition

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A Wetherby toy shop has amazingly struck gold in a global Willy Wonka-style search for the second time in two weeks.

Castlegate Toys celebrated when it sold seven-year-old Jacob Barritt a very rare Mr Gold Lego Minifigure but just days later Claire Emblin opened the little bag to find the glittering prize.

Jacob Barritt, 7 of Wetherby who found a Lego Mr Gold at Castlegate Toys. (S)

Jacob Barritt, 7 of Wetherby who found a Lego Mr Gold at Castlegate Toys. (S)

Nish Kanabar, a partner at the shop, said: “I am so thrilled that now two of my customers have been lucky enough to find Mr Gold, right here in Wetherby.

“It’s a million to 1 shot and very exciting news for us.

“The call for this mini figure is growing on a daily basis.”

From Wetherby to Washington, just 943 Mr Gold figures have been found across the globe with 4,057 still to be discovered.

And a Lego spokesman said they were not aware of any of their UK outlets selling two of the gold coloured figures that have been produced to mark the 10th Minifigure series from the brand.

The spokesman said: “Claire is only one of 172 lucky winners to get hold of a rare Mr Gold in the UK.

“We are so pleased a Lego fan has won the ultimate prize for a Minifigure collector and it is brilliant that Wetherby has been fortunate enough to find two of only 5,000 Mr Golds in the world, and from the same store none-the-less. May the luck continue!”

Claire, 25, of Wetherby is one of just 172 lucky winners in the whole of the UK to find the character.

Part-time, grocery shop assistant Claire said: “I am so excited to be one of the few people in the UK to have found a rare Mr Gold LEGO Minifigure!

“It was such a surprise to find one in my local toy shop and I’m so proud that two of these super rare Mr Golds have been found in my home town!”

Claire follows lucky lad Jacob who found his Mr Gold at Castlegate Toys when he was given a treat on his way to his uncle’s funeral.

To help locate all of the 5,000 Mr Gold Minifigures, LEGO has created a global online mapping system where winners can upload their details on to the world map by entering their Mr Gold VIP code inside their Minifigure pack.

Mr Gold is golden from the top of his tall top hat to the tips of his toes.

There are 16 Minifigures to collect in Series 10 for a limited time only.

Other characters include: Warrior Woman, Decorator, Sad Clown, Roman Commander, Bumblebee Girl, Motorcycle Mechanic, Grandpa, Revolutionary Soldier, Baseball Fielder, and Medusa.