LEGO Minifigure Review Series 2: Pharaoh (8684)

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Someone at LEGO must love ancient Egypt because it seems like every where I look; I’m seeing mummies and pharaohs. But that’s fine with me because it finally gives me a chance to use all the stuff I learned in Humanities back in high school. Because if anything would make Dr. Stone and Mr. Day proud, it would be the simple fact that I still shudder at the idea of a slide test.

“That spot looks just right for a pyramid!”

This Pharaoh of ancient Egypt woke up in a museum one day, and he’s been a little confused ever since. He doesn’t know how or why he’s in the modern world, but it’s definitely taking some getting used to! He’s not used to taxi cabs and supermarkets yet, and he can’t figure out where all the sphinxes and crocodiles have gone, but he’s trying to make the best of things in his strange new circumstances.

First off, the place is definitely going to need some pyramids…so with the help of his friends at the museum, the Pharaoh is taking matters into his own hands and using all the bricks he can find to build his own. Now he has a little piece of home to share with everyone!

The Pharaoh is a perfect addition to the LEGO-verse since his mummified remains have been harassing my personal LEGO world for over a decade now. On one hand, he’s the most basic LEGO figure with just a slightly fancier headdress and some nicer paint. But it’s amazing what a little paint can do to a figure.

Pharaoh’s waist has a great looking white wrap around that covers the sides of his legs. The front is detailed with blue folds and golden cords. Around his neck is an elaborate pectoral with a scarab in the center holding up a sapphire. The scarab represented Ra, the sun – a very fitting symbol for the Pharaoh.

The figure’s face is very different from most LEGO faces. It’s stoic and the simple addition of cheek lines make him feel so unique. His mouth looks like lips while his eyebrows (all four of them) are blue, probably a reference to the fact that Egyptians were big on makeup. Two glaring oversights are the fact that he has regular eyes instead of the classic “Egyptian eye,” though his second set of eyebrows may be trying to make them. Also, no pharaoh would be without his pastiche!

For accessories, the Pharaoh comes with his black display stand, his Nemes headdress and a cobra staff. The headdress is cast in gold and painted with navy lines, making it look a lot like Tutankhamen’s famous mummy mask. The staff is brand new and would be right at home either with Jafar from Aladdin or in the firm grip of Cobra Commander.

To finally get a living Pharaoh as a LEGO figure is really cool. Between him and the Spartan, I would love if LEGO did an ancient world series drawing across mythology from Greece and Egypt. Or make two different series, I’m not picky I just want more figures as fantastic as this one.

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 2 (8684)
The Witch | Pop Star | Karate Master | Spartan Warrior
Pharaoh | Vampire | Surfer | Lifeguard
Mime | Explorer | Skier | Mariachi
Ringmaster | Disco Dude | Weight Lifter | Traffic Cop

Written by jestergoblin

January 19th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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