LEGO Minifigure Series 5 Review: Detective (8805)

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Thanks to the lull of summer television and the fact that Netflix has gotten some absurdly good shows on Watch Instantly, I’ve been working my way through as many BBC shows as I can. So while I’m horribly addicted to Doctor Who now, another amazing show is Sherlock. But I don’t see LEGO making versions of Martin Freeman or Benedict Cumberbatch anytime soon (unless they happen to get the Hobbit license).

If you’ve got a major mystery to solve, the Detective is your minifigure. He’s famed across the land for his amazing deductive skills, and he never gives up on a case, no matter how impossible it may at first appear. He just whips out his magnifying glass, follows the clues, and always arrives at the right solution in the end.

You may have heard of some of the Detective’s most famous cases. He’s the one who single-handedly solved the Brickster’s Baffling Brick-Napping, the Sam Sinister Switcheroo, and the Mystery of Timmy’s Nose. Why, he even tracked down a missing pet from the Racing Drome…and robot monkeys don’t leave footprints!

While LEGO refers to this guy as the Detective, it’s pretty obvious that this is Sherlock Holmes. But like all the collectible LEGO minifigures, he’s blind bagged. The easiest way to feel for him is the shape of his magnifying glass – his hat is too similar the Lumberjacks. Just make sure it has a handle.

The Detective Sherlock is an older man who looks quite distinguished in his tan, tweed jacket. The design is applied perfectly with crossing lines; he would make an excellent stand in as any liberal arts college professor too. Under his jacket, you can see his shirt and ties peaking out. The face is older, showing wrinkles but boasting a confident smile. His mutton chops are absolutely majestic.

Accessories though complete the figure. The display stand is present but I have nothing more to say on those really. The deerstalker hat is a new piece and looks perfect on the figure’s head. The side flaps are painted with a plaid pattern. The other accessory is a LEGO magnifying glass that actually works! The only thing this figure is missing is a pipe.

As a figure, the Detective continues LEGO’s trend of releasing figures that are classic tropes in fiction but ones that could never hold their own as a line. Would I love a turn-of-the-century London LEGO theme with heavy steam punk tones? Absolutely, but I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t catch on like ninjas versus the undead, so I’ll have to make due by getting excellent figures and making my own stories.

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 5 (8805)
Lizard Man | Detective | Small Clown | Fitness Instructor
Evil Dwarf | Boxer | Zookeeper | Royal Guard
Gladiator | Cavewoman | Lumberjack | Ice Fisherman
Egyptian Queen | Graduate | Gangster | Snowboarder Guy

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 4 (8804)
Artist | Street Skater | Hazmat Guy | Frankenstein’s Monster
Soccer Player | Gnome | Surfer Girl | Viking
Hockey Player | Punk Rocker | Crazy Scientist | Sailor
Figure Skater | Musketeer | Kimono Girl | Werewolf

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 3 (8803)
Gorilla Suit Guy | Space Villain | Elf | Sumo Wrestler
Fisherman | Samurai Warrior | Mummy | Hula Dancer
Space Alien | Tennis Player | Rapper | Pilot
Snowboarder | Tribal Chief | Baseball Player | Race Car Driver

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 2 (8684)
The Witch | Pop Star | Karate Master | Spartan Warrior
Pharaoh | Vampire | Surfer | Lifeguard
Mime | Explorer | Skier | Mariachi
Ringmaster | Disco Dude | Weight Lifter | Traffic Cop

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 1 (8683)
Cheerleader | Caveman | Clown | Tribal Hunter
Robot | Zombie | Ninja | Spaceman
Super Wrestler | Forestman | Skater | Nurse
Demolition Dummy | Magician | Cowboy | Deep Sea Diver

Written by jestergoblin

August 24th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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