LEGO Minifigure Series 4 Gnome Review (8804)

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While I missed out the first time LEGO did high fantasy sets (I even worked at Toys “R” Us at the time and passed on them!), I love that they’re giving these little guys a second chance at life. Of course, I don’t really know how a single gnome fits into my war of two kingdoms, a horde of trolls and orcs, twin wandering elves and a single dwarven blacksmith.

“I should really get a move on, but it’s just so nice here…”

The Lawn Gnome is quite happy to stand perfectly still and watch the world go by. As long as the view stays interesting and the weather isn’t too bad, he’ll stay in one place for years on end, not budging even an inch no matter what may happen around him.

This may lead you to mistakenly believe that the Lawn Gnome is merely a statue. But the joke’s on you if you pick him up and carry him home to your front yard, because if you don’t give him something interesting to look at, he’ll pack up his fishing pole and pointy green hat and be off on his way!

Gnomes have come to mean something very specific in modern day: a tiny looking man wearing a pointy hat and having a beard. That’s it and this figure meets those minimal requirements with flying colors. Of course, in my mind this isn’t some lawn gnome, he belongs in the realm of swords and staves fantasy!

To make the gnome smaller than other LEGO figures, he got the new short legs that I love. A blue, single piece that prevents him from being able to sit down, the short legs really make the Gnome work. His bright red torso has a fancy red jacket with golden fasteners and a black belt around the waist. The belt is higher up than normal to help give the illusion that he’s short or possibly fat. It would be a fantastic torso for Santa Claus.

The head is a smiling old man with a bushy white beard. Again, it screams Santa Claus! On top of his head is a new green cone hat that looks like he stole it from a Smurf, while his white beard is identical to the Fisherman.

Accessories include the black display base and a brown fishing pole with a black string. The fishing pole feels too big for the figure, but I don’t know what else he could have come with – a mushroom or two perhaps?

The gnome is downright adorable. Sure, he’s probably way too big from a scale stand point but I don’t really care because he looks great. He definitively isn’t an army builder by any stretch of the imagination but having one of them hiding in the medieval village is a nice touch. Now I just need more dwarves and elves.

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 4 (8804)
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Written by jestergoblin

April 12th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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