LEGO Minifigure Series 5 Review: Ice Fisherman (8805)

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LEGO seems to be doing their best to stay politically correct with the collectible minifigures. So while this figure may be called “Ice Fisherman,” there is no doubt in my mind that he’s actually an Eskimo.

The Ice Fisherman might be the most patient person in the world. He’ll carefully choose just the right spot on the ice to drill a hole, then he’ll lower his fishing line and wait…and wait…and wait. He might wait for hours. He might wait for days. Sometimes he even waits for weeks! But eventually, there’s always a tug on the line and up pops his catch.

It’s not just fish, though. It seems like the longer the Ice Fisherman waits there at his little hole in the ice, the better the thing he catches will be. He once caught a ship in a bottle. Another time, it was a treasure chest full of gold and jewels. And once, after three long months of sitting and waiting through the cold Arctic winter, he even fished up a magic lamp with a wish-granting genie. (The first thing he wished for? A warmer coat!)

Compared to other figures in the series, the Eskimo looks rather monochromatic. Being made of tan pieces, his colors are simply but work well to convey the idea of a man wearing a snowsuit made of animal skins. The torso shows off two pull strings to tighten the hood, while the stomach is decorated with thatched leather to give him some design elements.

The legs are only painted on the front, but show off some furry fringe on the legs and the belt is given a few tufts of fur for details. The face is simple and rather generic looking. If the high cheekbones were removed, he would look like any other LEGO figure. Part of me wishes he got rosy cheeks like the choir singing figures though.

The Eskimo’s accessories aren’t anything too fancy either. Like the Fisherman and the Gnome, he comes with a brown fishing rod, a black line and a green fish. They’re all good pieces, but we’ve seen them a few times before. For headgear, a new hood piece is included with a fur fringe that looks much better than some of the older snow gear pieces. A display stand is also included.

The Fishing Eskimo isn’t a bad figure, but he isn’t terribly exciting to me. He’s happy, he’s fishing and that’s about it. Maybe a tribe of them would look neat hunting polar bears in the frozen lands, but otherwise he’s just a semi interesting one-of figure that isn’t really worth finding.

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

September 16th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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