LEGO Minifigure Series 2 Review: Vampire (8684)

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The LEGO Collectible Minifigures seem to have a few undercurrents running through the line, a noticeable one being the Universal Monsters. And it all started here with the vampire.

“I’m supposed to drink WHAT?!”

The Vampire may be a 200-year-old creature of nightmare and legend, but that doesn’t mean that he has to be uncivilized. He likes to read comic books with his pet bat, take long walks by the seaside (after sunset, of course), and throw huge parties in his big stone castle.

He’s not a big fan of the more traditional vampire activities (though he has to admit that the flying is pretty cool), and much prefers a fruit smoothie to the classic beverage of choice. The local villagers might have been a little spooked at first, but now they’re very excited to have a friendly vampire in town!

The Vampire is clearly based off Béla Lugosi’s look in the 1931 classic Dracula. The black suit, the vest, a bowtie and golden brooch all scream classic and that’s they way LEGO should be doing it. No point in reinventing the wheel when this is the quintessential version after all.

Like always, the paint work is impeccable. The golden brooch with a ruby in it glistens; the golden chain runs across the maroon vest. The white head features sunken, bright red eyes while the mouth has two huge incisors.

The hair piece on the figure is identical to the Karate Master’s and works well for the combed back look. The cape is frustratingly intricate that requires far too many folds to get the collar to work right but the end result looks fantastic.

The Vampire comes with his black 4×3 display stand as well. A final accessory included is a LEGO Bat. Lightly detailed, it hasn’t changed in the last 15 years and looks like a LEGO bat. It works as a pet for the blood sucker or as an alternate form.

In a time when vampires sparkle and people want to marry them, it’s great getting the classic version of the undead lord. He’s classic almost to the point of being campy, but it works so well. Now if LEGO would release a Vampire Hunter.

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 2 (8684)
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Written by jestergoblin

January 27th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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