Saturday, February 16, 2013

Minifigure Museum: Santa (Series 8)



Santa:  LEGO Series 8 Minifigure

Santa is a minifigure from Series 8 that comes with a red hat, white beard, and a brown sack.

Series 8 was released near the end of the 2012 calendar year which happened to make the Santa figure one of the most popular minifigures at the time of the release.

The Santa figure has a red suit with an all red pants.  There is no printing on the back of the figure.  The figure also has white hands (symbolizing warm winter gloves) which is a nice touch.

The only real accessory is the brown pack of toys that Santa carries.  The bag can sit on a regular LEGO base plate which is nice.  I'm not sure there's a lot of uses for the sack besides in a Christmas scene (it's too small to represent something like a trash bag).  Even so, it's a unique piece in my collection.

Overall, the Santa figure is one of the better Santa LEGO figures that I've seen (this isn't the first time LEGO created a Santa figure).  It is the only Christmas figure (to date) in the various collectible minifigure series, though I wouldn't be surprised to see an elf or something like that (maybe even a Mrs. Claus) at some point in the future.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Lego Collectible Minifigures - Series 9 Review

As many of my readers probably know, I collect the LEGO minifigures from the various collectible series.  LEGO recently released Series 9 (and my first two packages of Series 9 should be in the mail today).  Using images from their Facebook page, here is my review of the Series 9 Minifigures by LEGO.

Note:  Originally posted to my Nachos Grande blog


Alien Avenger:

The various Space Fighters and aliens from the minifigure sets are some of the least interesting figures (at least to me).  That said, this little guy appears to be ripped from the game Halo (or some similar game) so I am sure that there will be plenty of people who will chase after the alien avenger.

Battle Mech:

I'm not well-versed in Star Wars, but this guy sure looks like he belongs in a LEGO version of the movie.  I have to give LEGO credit for the fun background images (again, all photos from LEGO's Facebook page).


Chicken Suit Guy:


The chicken suit guy follows the tradition that LEGO has started with a minifigure in "costume."  Other examples include the Easter Bunny and the dinosaur from previous sets.  It might not be the most exciting figure (why no duck feet?) but it's still humorous.

Cyclops:

There are a bunch of figures in Series 9 that I think are awesome, this is one of them!  The club is great and of course the single-eyed head (with horn) is neat looking as well.  The head model appears to be similar to the Minotaur from a previous series where the head is its own entity rather than a "mask" over the typical yellow LEGO head.

Forest Maiden:

I can't help but think that this particular model is designed to appeal to those who loved The Hunger Games. I suppose Katniss didn't have a shield but you could certainly see how Hunger Games fans will scoop this character up.

Fortune Teller:
The Fortune Teller is a rather unique character, though not one that I personal have a lot of interest in.  I suppose it could be a recurring character should I ever do my blog in a way that combines baseball (or football) prognosticating with LEGO minifigures.

Heroic Knight:

When I was a kid, I was crazy for all the castle LEGO sets.  I think I had two or three of the smaller castles (I could never afford the biggest castles) plus lots and lots of the smaller castle sets (often in duplicate or triplicate).  I would have loved to have had an army of the heroic knights back in the day!

Hollywood Starlet:
One of the great things about the LEGO minifigure series is that each series has a figure or two that is specifically designed for a certain population.  I think it's clear that I'm not the target audience for a red carpet walking beauty...but I do dig blonde women.

Judge:

Of all the figures in Series 9, I think the judge is the funniest!  His powdered wig and gavel make him look so regal, and yet...he's LEGO.  Good stuff here!  I'm glad to see it's not just mythical characters and warriors in the set (in fact, there a bunch of "regular" jobs represented this time around).

Mermaid:
Another blond lady!  The mermaid comes with a starfish which will make those who construct beach/ocean scenes happy.  I can imagine plenty of people will "steal" the poor mermaids hair and use it to spice up one of their other minifigures instead.

Mr. Good and Evil:
Each minifigure series seems to have some sort of villain or monster in it (previous sets have included vampire bats, mummies, and a Frankenstein-inspired creature).  I think this figure is made complete by the mysterious blue beaker!

Plumber:
I mentioned earlier that I like having a few "regular" jobs represented in the minifigure series.  The plumber is a riot with his gigantic plunger - talk about having to do a dirty job.

Policeman:
I would imagine that most LEGO collectors already have plenty of policeman so I don't know why LEGO decided to use up one of their 16 slots with yet another cop.  If I had to guess, I would think that this figure will end up being one of the least sought-after characters in series 9 (even though there's nothing wrong with the figure itself).

Roller Derby Girl:
Apparently roller derby is a big deal around a decent portion of the country.  However, to the best of my knowledge, no even roller blades (or roller skates) anywhere near where I live.  As such, I think this is #16 (out of 16) in terms of my want list for series 9.

Roman Emperor:

While I may not have any interest in the roller derby girl, I have LOTS of interest in the roman emperor!  I love ancient Greek and Roman history, so this particular figure is a must have for me when the set is released.

Waiter:

Finally, we end with the waiter who (surprisingly to me) has a bottle of wine on his tray.  I would have thought that perhaps LEGO would have shied away from alcoholic props but kudos to them for NOT being overly politically correct.

So there you have it, the newest set of 16 LEGO minifigures, coming to shelves near you soon (I think?).  Which figure(s) will you be chasing?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

LEGO 30062: Target Practice - REVIEW

When I was a youngster, the castle line of LEGO was one of my favorites.  I still remember playing with various factions like the Wolfpack, the Forestmen, and even the Dragon Masters.  As such, when I saw the Target Practice set for sale (and for under $10), I knew I had to have it for old time's sake.

The set itself consists of 31 pieces including an archer, a target, a small tree (with apples), and a campfire (complete with a chicken leg).  Once again, if I had this set when I was younger I would have loved it - the closest set I ever had was this target set which was much, much lamer than the Target Practice set that I now own.

This is only the second LEGO set that I've opened up since I gave up LEGO years and years ago.  Seeing how many minifigures I've purchased, I can tell that this is a slippery slope indeed!  Let's not waste any more time - here's the polybag that houses the set.

The set itself is fairly simple (as expected for a polybag set) but there are a few interesting pieces.

According to the complete instructions (which fit on a small sheet), one should start by first building the "base."

The base consists of a 4x4 green plate that houses both the apple tree and the big target (which you can swivel up and down).


From there, the second half of the build consists of the small fire pit (with chicken leg) and sticking a pair of included spears in the brown box.

After completing the figure (complete with quiver for arrows), the set is finished.

For such a small set, there is a lot to like about the Target Practice set.  For one, the figure has plenty of weapons (bow plus two spears) (all of which can work with the target).  My completed set came with a pair of extra pieces (a flame and the hook used to hold the target).  For someone who would be interested in the parts for bigger sets, that's also great since both pieces are fairly unique (and useful)!



The Bottom Line (out of 10):
Fun:  9
Play Value:  10
Kid Value:  10
Adult Value:  8
Overall:  9

It's hard to find much to fault with the set.  The figure is nice, you get plenty of weapons and a nice target.  The apples would make for some fun target practice as well - and the chicken leg over the fire completes the small base.  As a kid, I would have loved to add this to my larger castle sets.  As an adult, I appreciate the various pieces (especially the flames, the chicken leg, and the apples).  For the price, you can't really beat this set - highly recommended!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Minifigure Museum: Football Player (Series 8)

Football Player:  LEGO Series 8 Minifigure

The football player is a Series 8 minifigure that comes with a trophy, helmet, and shoulder pads.

The football player is #5 in the set.  In an unusual move, LEGO also included a cheerleader in the same series (a figure that would go well with the football player) except for the fact that the cheerleader's colors are red and white.  It would have been a much more harmonious pairing if LEGO had made the cheerleader blue and white as well.

Looking at the football player on its own merits though and it's a rather nice figure.  The shoulder pads are pretty much perfect (and the number is printed on both the front and back of the pads).  The knee pads are a nice touch as well.

Unfortunately, once the football player is stripped of his shoulder pads, there's not much left.

The torso is completely bare!  However, both the helmet (with protective face shield) and the trophy are nice.  In fact, the handles of the trophy are made in such a way that the figure can clutch both sides with his hands (something that I was happy to see).

Overall, I like the football player but I don't love him.  I would have preferred to see him come with a LEGO football (although I suppose the trophy has more uses outside the realm of minifigures).  For me, the highlight of the figure is the wonderful helmet and the shoulder pads - and I suppose the figure's eye black on his face!

Now if only LEGO would make a red team for the blue team to play against!