Monday, July 20, 2015

Minifigure Museum: Gladiator (Series 5)

Gladiator:  LEGO Series 5 Minifigure
The Gladiator is a Series 5 minifigure that comes with a helmet, shield, and sword.

I am always a sucker for historically based minifigures so the Gladiator is right up my alley.  Even better, I've actually been to Rome (and the Colosseum) once before - so the Gladiator is even cooler to me than it might otherwise have been!

The gladiator comes with a gold helmet (used by the murmillo class of gladiator according to my research (wikipedia)).  The helmet has lots of small, circular openings in it - it's an odd design for sure!  The gladiator also has a small sword and a plain shield - neither are anything special...clearly the helmet is the main draw of the minifigure!

As for printing, the gladiator has a lot of nice printing on his front (both torso and legs).  He also has some gold armor printing on his right arm (but not his left arm).  There is no printing on the back of the figure however.

Overall, I like the Gladiator quite a bit - though I will admit that I don't see a lot of uses for the helmet pieces outside of a ancient Roman scene.  Even so, I actually like it when LEGO makes some specialized pieces for the Collectible Minifigure line!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Minifigure Museum: Lizard Man (Series 5)

Lizard Man:  LEGO Series 5 Minifigure
The Lizard Man is a Series 5 minifigure that comes with a mask/helmet and a tail piece.

Using the labeling on the figure sheet that comes with each minifigure, the Lizard Man is #6 in the series.  All things considered, I found Series 5 to be a fairly strong entrant in the Collectible Minifigure line - and the Lizard Man is definitely one of the top figures of this particular set!

For me, I've always loved dinosaurs - I had tons of toy dinos when I was a kid, Jurassic Park came out when I was a teenager, and then this year we had a reboot of both the Jurassic Park movie series AND dinosaur sets within LEGO.  That's pretty cool - and it definitely adds to the appeal of the Lizard Man figure.

After all, if you were to build your very own LEGO Jurassic Park MOC, surely you'd want some mascots running around said park...and who better for the job than Lizard Man?!

Although I do love the figure a lot, it must be said that you don't actually get much with this particular figure.  In fact, you get a tail piece (that attaches at the neck) and a face mask piece...and that's it.  There is no printing at all on the legs of the figure nor on the back of the figure.  The front of the torso does get some scaly stomach and abs printing but that's it!

All told, sometimes simple is still pretty cool - and in the case of the Lizard Man, I'd say simple works well!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Everything is Awesome (Ferris Wheel Edition)

I haven't had a chance to write up a proper review yet (it takes a lot of time to photograph the set) but I will give you a sneak peek of one of my next sets to review.

And, yes, I can report that the set is AWESOME.