LEGO Minifigure Series 1 Review: the Robot (8683)

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When I was much younger, my favorite LEGO figure had to be the Spyrius robot figure. In fact, I distinctly remember getting the Space Explorers pack one night in 3rd grade. So it’s no surprise to me that the Robot minifigure turned out to be very popular.

“Not building does not compute!”

With his powerful metal body and mighty claws, the Robot may look tough, but what he really loves to do is build, build, build! Constantly clanking, beeping, whirring and sending out jets of steam, he works tirelessly day and night, searching out spare bricks wherever he can find them and stacking them together to create the biggest, tallest and most incredible structures that you can possibly imagine. In fact, he loves constructing things so much that sometimes he forgets to recharge his circuits and freezes in place, right in the middle of building.

He’s slow to react to things that he doesn’t expect, and prone to occasional short-circuits, with a tendency to walk right into holes, spin around suddenly in place or crash through walls without even noticing. He also has a bad habit of “finding” bricks in other people’s creations and marching off with them, right over or through any obstacles in his way, but don’t blame the Robot – it’s just his programming!

The LEGO Robot is a great figure. Mostly made of light gray parts, the figure is kind of plain but in the perfect 1950’s sci-fi way. He looks like a guy in a suit, and it works so well. The right arm of the Robot is a different arm design that’s slightly longer than the normal LEGO figure arm and much more detailed. To make him less than human, the Robot’s right hand is actually a wrench accessory (and the figure comes with an extra one).

The helmet is a new piece that looks a lot like a bucket with an eye-slit cut into it, again matching the aesthetic of a 50s-era robot design. It’s covered in rivets and a pair of antennae. Otherwise, he’s just your regular LEGO figure that moves at the shoulders, wrists, legs and neck.

On the body of the figure, the paint work is clean and crisp as always. The figure’s legs are dotted with bolts, along with his torso. A pressure gauge and plates are present, along with an impressively detailed abdomen. But the best paint work is clearly the face.

While usually hidden by the giant bucket helmet, the robot’s red eyes peer out still. But once you remove the helmet, he looks fantastically creepy. His red eyes glow, his mouth-screen grimaces as bolts keep his face attached. His cheeks are tubes and the whole look is delightfully twisted. Like all minifigures, the Robot also comes with a black 3×4 display stand.

The Robot is easily one of my favorite figures in the first series of LEGO Collectible Minifigures. While part of me wishes both of his arms were unnaturally long, I like how asymmetrical the figure looks – like he was cobbled together by some crazy scientist.

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 1 #86833
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Written by jestergoblin

December 19th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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