A useful immigrant was a minifigure with no obvious defects, potentially with some uniqueness, and whose monetary value lay somewhere in the “Goldilocks Zone” away from the poles of Worthless and Worth-a-lot.
Urging minifigs to gather the instructions and parts to make themselves look “as good as new”, the Emperor explained that doing this would dramatically increase the chance that they will be made protected subjects of the Empire.
“Looking good may mean you’re in and it’s your ugly lookalike cousin that’s on the ship,” he chuckled.
A state programme to identify and document minifigs who migrated to the Empire post 2006 is currently underway. Persistent rumours tell a tale of minifigures being “fixed up” by surgical teams in massive internment camps numbering a couple of hundred each.
It is understood that immigrants granted permanent residence status will be “micro-chipped” to distinguish them from minifigs born in Legoland. The micro-chipping process is understood to be facilitated by advances in plastic surgery since 2008 that allows a printed paper ID be inserted inside the torso of a minifig.
The practice however has been criticised by some minifig rights groups.