LEGO Minifigure Review Series 2: Mime (8684)

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The only thing that sets most LEGO figures apart is a simple one: paint. Sure, they’re cast in slightly different shades of plastic but in the last few years, paint is where LEGO has really been excelling with their minifigures.

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If you’ve ever been sure that somebody was silently following you and making silly faces, but nobody was there when you turned around, it was probably the Mime. He shows up in public parks, outside restaurants and in market squares, where he performs routines and does impressions of passers-by without ever making a sound.

No one pretends to be trapped in an invisible box or walking against the wind as well as the Mime does. His best pal is the Circus Clown, and the two frequently join forces to get even bigger laughs and applause from their audience!

Without the paint, the LEGO Mime is just a standard minifigure with black legs, a black torso, white arms, white hands and a white head. There’s not remarkable about the figure from a design standpoint, he’s average in absolutely every way. Of course “average” in the LEGO world means perfectly executed and crafted with precision.

The front of the Mime is painted with white to give him a vest and striped shirt. His white arms are painted with black stripes as well – a rarity for LEGO figures since the Mummy is the only other figure I have that also has that application.

To set the Mime apart though is his head – I should say heads. This minifigure comes with three different faces: scared, frowning and happy! The heads are solid white with black paint that definitely overemphasizes like a mime should. The smiling and frowning faces immediately make me think of the classic drama masks. And Nano from the Ninja Turtles.

Mime comes with his black display stand along with a new hat – a beret! It’s cast in black is slightly uneven so it looks best off to one side. Now Flint can show up in LEGO form! His other accessories are every single thing you can imagine – he’s a mime after all!

The inclusion of the extra heads on the Mime is genius. LEGO could have taken the easy way out and just painted both sides of the face but instead they really went above and beyond. But I’ve got to say, getting a toy that comes with two severed heads is kind of disturbing.

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

February 14th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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