LEGO Minifigure Series 4 Kimono Girl Review (8804)

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Part of me loves how LEGO perceives Japan through their minifigures, especially the collectible series. After classic European medieval sets taking the main stage for years, LEGO has occasionally dabbled with ninja and samurais, but we’ve also gotten a sumo wrestler and now the Kimono Girl!

“Hello, everyone / I am the Kimono Girl / This is my haiku.”

The Kimono Girl has the deepest respect for tradition. She has studied hard to learn exactly the way her traditional kimono robe should be worn, how her traditional makeup must be applied, and even just the right angle for holding her traditional folding fan.

The Kimono Girl’s most favorite tradition of all is haiku poetry. She writes haiku verses about everything that she sees and does during the day. She’s gotten so good at it that she can have entire conversations in lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables!

I absolutely love haikus. I once tried running a website that retold classic comics through haiku form, but that didn’t last. So a LEGO figure that reignites my love of the form? Sign me up! But on to the figure!

The Kimono Girl (probably called that because LEGO doesn’t want to use the term “geisha” to avoid misconceptions in America) is your standard female LEGO figure wearing a skirt piece just like the Witch. The sloping red tile piece makes up her legs, while the torso is red as well. But what really sets her apart is the paint.

The kimono robes are beautifully painted with white cherry blossoms in the front. The glossy plastic really shines giving the illusion of silk. A second and third layer can briefly be seen at the base and neck. Around the waist and on the back is an obi done in black and gold that shows just how perfectly precise LEGO’s painting applications are (and further showing that the Racecar Driver was an exception, not the norm).

The head is cast in white plastic to give the appearance of being covered in makeup. The lips are pursed and bright red, while the eyebrows and eyelashes are augmented. Her hair is tied up in a bun and is identical to the Sumo Wrestler’s but also has flowers and a headband painted on it.

For accessories, the standard display stand is included. Her only other accessory is a maroon fan that looks great and is unique to this figure.

The Kimono Girl is in great company with the rest of the Japanese-themed LEGO figures but even without them, she’s truly unique. The painting is absolutely phenomenal and shows just how versatile the LEGO minifigure really is.

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 4 (8804)
Artist | Street Skater | Hazmat Guy | Frankenstein’s Monster
Soccer Player | Gnome | Surfer Girl | Viking
Hockey Player | Punk Rocker | Crazy Scientist | Sailor
Figure Skater | Musketeer | Kimono Girl | Werewolf

Written by jestergoblin

April 30th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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