Following on the popular success of the Lego Minifigures Series One (#8683) is the next wave of awesomeness. Lego Minifigures Series 2 (#8684) is as equally diverse as the first series, but with slightly more catering towards City theme fans this time around.
With another sixteen figures to add to your collection, the Lego Universe is becoming more diverse than ever before. But these new characters aren’t the only thing to get excited about, because there’re also a handful of new and unique accessory elements to accompany them. I do have to mention that my biggest complaint about the last set still exists. There is a lack of detail on the back of these figures. Most of the time this isn’t a problem, but on a couple of the figures it is entirely noticeable. This is probably most noticeable on the Surfer, who seems to be mooning everyone since the back of his shorts weren’t painted on. It’s still early in the making of these figures, and I’m hoping that little issues like this work their way out. But like the first wave, for $2 a figure, these are still a great deal.
Unless otherwise noted, the figures below all have new heads, torsos, and legs.
|#1 Mexican Hombre|
|This Hombre is one of my three favorite figures in this series. Although he is wearing a plain gray shirt, he comes with plenty of other unique accessories to cover it up, literally. First there’s a large green sombrero with little gold tassels printed along the edge. Then there’s his poncho, which is actually made of two separate cape pieces that rest over his front and back. Last, there’re the new maracas to make sweet music with. Strangely he comes with three maracas. I’m not really sure what he’s going to do with that extra one.|
|THIS IS LEGO! C’mon, you know I had to do it. This Spartan warrior is a good representation of King Leonidas himself. I love his angry face with its burly beard and twitchy eye. I love his armor and the fact that they printed sandals on his feet. And I really love the new shield, long spear, and Spartan helmet with its vibrant red crest. This is my favorite figure in the second series. Now how do I get a hold of 297 more?|
|Decked out in classic circus garb, the Ringmaster is one snazzy guy. Top hat, red suit, and white gloves, this guy is surely dressed up to put on a show. I’m also a big fan of his long and curling mustache. Not only does this make for a good carnie boss, but it can double as a 1920’s villain just like the Magician from Series 1. Even though the Ringmaster doesn’t come with any new pieces, he does have a bent whip which appears for the first time in white with this set.|
|The Witch doesn’t include any new accessories or parts, but she does represent the first time that a classic green Witch has been made into a minifigure. With a couple of warts on her face, she gives me a strong impression of The Wizard of Oz. I wish I had a Scarecrow, Lion, and Tin Man now so she could terrorize them. Or maybe even a Lego flying monkey, which would be truly scary.|
|This is my second favorite figure in the series. The Vampire doesn’t have any new pieces, but he does have a very different look from the old Studio’s Vampire figure. I like that they gave him his more classic widow’s peak hairpiece. I also like his newly printed tuxedo chest with its cliché medallion. Then there’s the face, which can only be described as cute with those giant red eyes and smiling fangs. You almost forget that he’s an undead hell beast.|
|#6 Highway Patrolman|
|The Lego Highway Patrolman seems just a bit too cocky for me. With his handcuffs and speeding ticket at the ready, I have the feeling he’s either just made an arrest or the Lego State a lot of money. The cool thing about the ticket is that it actually has real words printed on it. Most of them are too small to read, but you can make out a couple. It’s pretty rare for something so small to have real words and not just lines printed on it. I’m impressed.|
|#7 Jungle Explorer|
|Dressed in his finest khaki outfit, pith helmet, and monocle; our intrepid Explorer looks like he would fit in perfectly journeying into the uncharted regions with fellow adventurer Johnny Thunder. But with a pair of binoculars and a magnifying glass that really works, who needs that braggart Thunder? Our Explorer can discover his own lost treasures and dinosaur islands. Heck, he’s so self confident, I’m sure he’ll even make an arch nemesis before the day is up.|
|Baywatch anyone? Although I’m slightly disappointed in the absence of a brick Hasselhoff, brick Pam Anderson makes up for it. She’s built for one thing, and one thing only: to run at the slowest speeds possible while trying to save your Minifigure’s lives from beach stuff. A job this important requires a brand new piece. Miss Brickwatch here gets a lifeguard float that can be held from the back and both sides. Don’t you feel safer already?|
|The Mime has this great monochromatic look that’s unique among all the yellow. I also like his chest piece, which seem like it could double for a prisoner’s striped outfit. The Mime is the first in the series to have multiple heads: happy, sad, and scared. Maybe it’s just me, but they actually seem French somehow. He also has a unique piece in the form of his French beret. The most difficult thing about this figure is posing him in a convincing mime caricature.|
|Beads of sweat falling off his brow, teeth clenched in determination, you can see it all over the Weight Lifter’s face that he’s beginning to feel the burn. The barbell he’s using is actually made up of three pieces: A short bar like the wand from the Magician, and two new weight pieces that fit on the ends. I’m not sure where that neon green suit comes from though. Maybe he’s on off-duty Power Miner?|