LEGO Minifigure Series 1 Review: the Zombie (8683)

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If I have one single complaint about the LEGO collectible minifigures, it’s the fact that getting just one of these guys isn’t enough. Some of them are fine as one-ofs, but the caveman and cheerleader scream for additional friends. Another guy who desperately needs to become a regular is the zombie.

“Briiiiiiiiiicks…”

Slow in speed and even slower of mind, the lumbering Zombie may look a little scary, but he’s completely harmless in every way. Everything he does is slow, mindless and repetitive, from zoning out while watching TV, to waiting in line at the grocery store, to stacking one brick on top of another to build a perfectly even, completely featureless wall that stretches along for miles and miles.

If you interrupt him, he’ll just stare at you blankly before going back to whatever he was doing before. If you put an obstacle in front of him, he’ll keep bumping into it over and over again until someone turns him around. If you pick him up and move him to a new place, he’ll start doing something mindless there instead. The only thing that seems to motivate him is his cherished turkey leg – if you dangle it in front of him, he’ll stretch his arms out toward it and follow it wherever it goes.

When the LEGO Ghost first came out, he was a great toy since he was more than just a human. Then some robots came along and the skeletons cleared the path for the aliens. In one of the few toy lines where generic everyday people make up a large portion of sets, zombies would make a fantastic offshoot of the City LEGO theme!

Zombie is the standard LEGO minifigure with nothing new or extra added to his body. No headgear or anything, just a gray-skinned undead scourge that wants to devour the bricks of other figures! Wearing the tattered remains of a gray suit, the zombie looks like he used to be some generic white collar worker. His disheveled tie and ripped collar look great. The only thing his body is missing is a bit of blood, but I can see why LEGO would avoid that detail.

The zombie’s skin is light gray. His face shows an open mouth missing some teeth while his sunken red eyes peer from under his brow. His left eye looks like he’s been stuck once with a shovel.

For accessories, the zombie comes with a chicken leg and a black shovel. Well, I hope it’s a chicken leg and not a LEGO figure’s leg. The shovel is fine, but I prefer my zombies unable to use tools. He also comes with the 4×3 stand.

Like the Robot, the zombie is just a great inclusion in the LEGO world. But one zombie isn’t that scary, what you need is a dozen of them in a horde invading a town! Seriously LEGO, make a zombie line that’s a subset of the City sets. It’ll be worth it.

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 1 #86833
Cheerleader | Caveman | Clown | Tribal Hunter
Robot | Zombie | Ninja | Spaceman
Super Wrestler | Forestman | Skater | Nurse
Demolition Dummy | Magician | Cowboy | Deep Sea Diver

Written by jestergoblin

December 21st, 2010 at 12:00 am

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