LEGO Set Highlight: 3433 The Ultimate NBA Arena

Released in 2003, 3433 The Ultimate NBA Arena was a unique set in multiple ways. It led the charge of 27 sets in the year to be the only ones ever to include altered minifigures: the legs had special springs for ‘jumping’ and the hands were cut off at the bottom so that a minifigure could hold a basketball. Also, it was the largest of the NBA sets which included minifigure representation of actual NBA players; this one contained 10 of the most famous players of all time. The theme lasted only 2 years and was the only one with such minifigures, until 2016 when a series of 16 minifigures of the German soccer team was released.