LEGO Minifigures Series 1 Review: Spaceman (8683)

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When I was in nursery school, I remember when Mrs. Kozan told everyone to draw a picture of what they wanted to be when they grew up. That was the day I learned I was different from everyone else, because while I drew a baker, everyone else drew a policeman, a firefighter or an astronaut. Had we all followed our dreams, we would have been the most badass group of intergalactic civil servants ever. And I would have been a baker, in space.

“Greetings, strange creatures. I come in peace!”

This brave and intrepid space traveler doesn’t quite realize that he’s not out exploring the cosmos. The Spaceman walks in long, slow bounds across the landscape, somehow ignoring the fact that gravity is perfectly normal for everything else around him. He’s friendly and fearless, always happy to investigate a strange new place or salute a stranger with a universal-greeting hand gesture, but his unshakeable belief that he’s dealing with alien creatures and worlds can lead to a lot of confusion for everyone involved.

The Spaceman carries a sci-fi gizmo for just about any situation, including hi-tech binoculars, a grappling hook, a jetpack and even a tiny, remote-controlled space rover. Just be careful if you startle him into thinking that you’re an attacking hostile alien – his futuristic Electro-Zapp blaster fires a zig-zagging electric beam that can zap the hair right off a minifigure!

Spaceman (not to be confused with “Doctor” Leo Spaceman [he’s legally required to but it in quotes]) is a fancy way of saying Astronaut without only catering to the US. An intergalactic minifigure, Spaceman draws a lot of inspiration from the classic Space themes of old like Futuron. Wearing a white suit with tubes, folds and padding, this guy really shows how far LEGO painting has come.

His toes are padded along with his legs; his black belt even includes a silver buckle. His torso has silver tubes and a chest plate that seems to be a trend set by Darth Vader. But what I love most is the fact that he has the Classic Space emblem on his chest – a planet with an arrow ring around. It’s a fantastic callback to a design that first debuted over three decades ago.

Spaceman’s face is the classic “hero” look. A clef chin, high cheek bones, a wide smile and a raise eyebrow – if he had glasses, he’d be a perfect Tek Jansen of Alpha Squad 7. But without the glasses, he reminds me of an intergalactic Don Draper.

For accessories, Spaceman comes with the display stand, a space helmet and ray gun. The helmet is new but the visor doesn’t move on it. It’s bulky and looks better than the regular LEGO helmet style. The visor is smoky translucent, and oddly, the figure comes with two visors. For some reason, Spaceman doesn’t come with an air tank.

In the weapon department, Spaceman comes with a brand new ray gun! It’s appropriately retro, much like the Robot, and looks great. It also comes with a laser, which looks like a lightsaber blade but is actually shorter than those. It’s translucent light blue.

This LEGO figure feels like Buzz Lightyear, but in a delightfully generic way. He’s a space action hero and he looks the part. Whether he’s fighting aliens, robots or cavemen to save the damsel in distress, he’s a fine addition to the LEGO-verse.

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 1 #86833
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Written by jestergoblin

December 23rd, 2010 at 12:00 am

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