LEGO Minifigure Review Series 2: Surfer (8684)

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Reviewing toys based on sunny, sandy beaches just feels wrong since when I woke up this morning it was 4 degrees outside and the forecast says more snow.

“G’day, dudes and dudettes!”

Wherever the waves are radical and the surf is bodacious, that’s where you’ll find the Surfer. He’s the most relaxed guy around, but as soon as it’s time to hop on his surfboard, nothing can keep him from hanging ten from sunrise until sunset!

The Surfer has traveled all over the world and surfed at every beach he can find. No matter where he goes, he’s always sure to find a fun challenge on the rolling, splashing ocean!

LEGO Surfers have been around for years now, but their design never quite made sense since the boards were way too big and the figures stood on them the wrong way. But now LEGO has designed a new board for all the wave riders.

The LEGO Surfer looks like he just got off the waves, or just spent the last two hours making sure he looks just right. The figure is sporting some great looking board shorts that are navy and light blue with a floral motif and drawstring tie. The paint continues on the side of his legs as well. He’s bare-chested with his abs painted in orange giving the impression he’s tanner than regular LEGO figures without changing the color of the skin – it’s really well done.

Surfer’s face is smug with a half smile, high cheekbones and covered in stubble. His bushy light brown eyebrows are hidden behind his long hair that’s identical to the Skater’s. In this situation, it actually works because I figure his hair is wet, so it’s supposed to be floppy like that.

For an accessory, the Surfer comes with his boring 4×3 stand (it would have been great if it had been sand yellow or blue). He also comes with his brand new surfboard! About a head taller than a LEGO figure, the board is great. The edge is made so LEGO figures can grip it. Two pegs are on the top for stability and the bottom can attach to bricks as well. One issue with the bottom is that it needs to be raised on like a 4×1 flat piece (or the display stand) and doesn’t connect to other sizes. The white board is detailed with a beachside sunset decal in orange and black and continues the floral pattern at the base.

As someone who grew up in Maine, surfing is one of those things that just doesn’t seem real to me. Warm sandy beaches with giant waves just don’t exist up here in the Northeast where our beaches are rocks and the water is frigid year round. But if the original Ninja Turtles cartoon taught me anything, it’s that surfers are totally bodacious and this set is a lot of fun.

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 28th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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