LEGO Minifigure Series 3 Review: Pilot (8803)

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One old man exploring LEGO figure is fun and quirky, getting a second one seems a touch odd. Seeing as they both are dressed old timey and have majestic mustaches.

“This is just like when I outflew the Red Baron over the Sahara!”

In his day, the Pilot has flown just about everything with wings. Biplanes, triplanes, jetplanes, and seaplanes: he’s piloted them all through every kind of wind and weather, and he’s had all kinds of incredible experiences along the way. He’s discovered long-lost mountaintop civilizations, battled sabotaging gremlins at 20,000 feet, and once he even flew a rocket to Mars to stop an invasion of water-stealing Moon Men.

Yes, the Pilot has led a colorful and exciting life indeed. He’s long-since lost track of how many years he’s been flying, although he definitely gave the Wright brothers some helpful advice at Kitty Hawk in Nineteen-Ought-Three. And if you even think of suggesting retirement, he’ll just chuckle at you with a wink of his eye and a twirl of his elegant moustache, and start the propeller spinning for his next grand flight!

The Pilot looks like he should be driving around in red bi-plane shooting down his enemies or something. Everything about this guy screams classic. Actually, a lot of him screams older version of the figure Harry Cane (not to be confused with Harry Caray).

The Pilot is wearing a brown bomber jacket with fur trim that’s zipped up tight for the colder temperatures high in the sky. Saying the paint is perfectly done makes me feel like I’m repeating myself – but it is! His tan legs and brown arms are left unpainted. Pilot’s face has a bushy white mustache that completely covers his mouth while his eyes look sunken and tired thanks to some well placed wrinkles.

For accessories, the Pilot comes with a tan backpack – possibly holding a parachute, which is identical to all the other LEGO backpacks that have been made for decades. His helmet is dark brown with dark gray goggles and does a fine job making this figure pop with the idea of “pilot.” He also comes with a display stand.

The Pilot suffers from one major thing as a collectible LEGO figure: the complete lack of airplane! Just getting a grizzled veteran feels kind of lacking. He’d be perfect with some old plane design as a pack but I guess that just means I’ve got to rummage through my LEGO box and find the pieces to make that plane myself.

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 3 (8803)
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Written by jestergoblin

February 19th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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