LEGO Minifigure Review Series 1: Cowboy (8683)

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It’s hard to get more classic American than Cowboys & Indians. Sure, they should probably be called Native Americans but Cowboys & Native Americans just doesn’t have the same nostalgic ring to it.

“Yee-haw and yippie-ki-yay!”

This hero of the Old West is a master of the lucky shot. With the help of his trusty pair of six-irons, the Cowboy can hit any target at any distance, no matter how large or small. It’s a talent that he’s used to get himself out of plenty of sticky situations, and he’s happy to show it to anyone who asks for a demonstration.

Though he’s a bit of a show-off, the Cowboy is impeccably honest and fair, and always raises his hat to the ladies. He enjoys a good game of cards and a campfire cook-out, especially if someone’s brought along his favorite: chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers. He never stays for long in any town, though, because he’s always out on the trail looking for his lost horse. After all, who’s ever heard of a cowboy without a horse?

The Western iconography of the US had been explored by LEGO ages ago, so it’s fitting for them to return to the world that brought LEGO guns that weren’t muskets or from the future.

The Cowboy is firmly ingrained into the youth of the United States and this little figure crams so much in, you’d almost think he’s a little John Wayne. The most defining part of the figure though is easily the color choices. LEGO went the path of brown, brown and tan to color the figure and the drab colors work wonderfully.

The leather pants and matching gloves are unpainted but work fine. His arms are tan, like a linen shirt while his torso has a light brown vest. A strap of bullets run across his chest while a massive silver buckle rests above his hips. This guy just screams Cowboy.

The head has a great 5-o’clock shadow on it with some hair on the sides. His squinting eye makes him look a touch crazy but adds some wonderful character to the figure.

For accessories, the Cowboy comes with his signature hate in dark tan that looks great. For weapons, he comes with three dark gray revolvers (one for each hand and an extra to spare) along with the black display stand to show him off on. It would have been great if LEGO figured out a way to give him a holster to store a gun.

What I love about this figure is the simple fact that he isn’t clearly marked as a good guy or a bad guy. The lack of a sheriff’s badge makes his morality delightfully ambiguous in the LEGO world. He could be the leader of a group of horse thieves, or a lone ranger who protects those in need. Or he could be a mishmash, like Jonah Hex and that makes him a great figure.

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 1 #86833
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Written by jestergoblin

February 26th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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