Monday, May 20, 2013
I've been looking for the Jubilee figure for a while, and James was able to find one for me. Following Kitty Pryde (and before Rogue in the movies), Jubilee was one of Wolverine's teen sidekicks in the comics. She was also a sort of kid identification character in the early 90s X-Men cartoon. Later, she went on to star as a founding member of the Hey-let's-focus-on-school-and-teenagers X-Men spinoff, Generation X. Jubilee had a lot going on in the 90s, which is when I was reading Marvel comics at least fairly regularly.
The Marvel Universe version of Jubilee represents her modern costume, which retains two of the main aspects of her look: the shades and the ridiculous yellow overcoat. I'm not sure what teenager would ever think that is cool, but it actually does look pretty good with the black bodysuit underneath. Unfortunately, this isn't one of the better Marvel Universe figures. The paint on her face isn't great, and her eyes are kind of looking in different directions. Also, her leg articulation is hindered by her overcoat, and her leg was warped straight out of the packaging. A stand would definitely have been a welcome inclusion for Jubilee. On the plus side, she actually includes an accessory! It's a purple energy blast to represent her mutant power of explosive blasts of light. If I remember correctly, the sound effect associated with the use of her power was "paf." It's a substantial enough piece of plastic to throw her off balance, as she's a fairly lightweight figure. Oddly, she has an extra hinge joint in her neck, so her head can look up or down.
I was surprised to find out a while back that Jubilee has become a vampire in the comics, some time after the mass de-powering of mutants. At first I thought it was weird that there were vampires in Marvel comics, but of course there are. Blade and Dracula are straight from the pages of the comics, as well as Morbius. Going from mutant to vampire is probably something that wouldn't happen to one of the bigger name characters, but at least it shows that Jubilee is important enough to have some sort of ongoing storyline.
Generation X reunion. In which nobody is in the same scale as anyone else. Okay, I know Blink was never officially in Gen X, and this figure is from an alternate universe, but she was introduced (and killed off) in the crossover leading to the creation of Generation X. Chamber is the oldest figure pictured, and shows it with only four points of articulation. He does have a neat action figure where his chest lights up when you pull a string on his back. Sporting increased articulation, and better proportions, Blink was released a couple years later. There was a Jubilee figure from the Generation X line, but I never had that one.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Unless I change my mind and hunt down some more, here is the last minifigure from series 10 that I bought, the Revolutionary Soldier. He looks quite dapper in his Continental Army uniform, ready to kick some English butts back across the Atlantic. The pants are plain white, while the coat has printing on both the front and the back. The fancy powdered wig has a blue bow on the backside, and he is armed with a musket rifle. Identifying the revolutionary soldier in the package is pretty easy by feeling for the rifle as it's the only piece in the series that is long, narrow, and crooked. The main reason I wanted to get this guy is to pair him with the tomahawk warrior. Basically, it's LEGO Assassin's Creed III!
Here's the bump code for the revolutionary soldier, with batch code 501B3.
Friday, May 17, 2013
The Sad Clown was kind of a whim. I wasn't really intending to pick one up, but as I was sorting through them, I set one aside. And hey, it's an opera character, so it's classy. Featuring a completely black and white color scheme, the sad clown is a pretty simple minifigure. The only extra pieces are his hat and neck ruffle. Finding him in the package is pretty easy by feeling for either of those pieces. He makes a nice companion piece to the mime from a few series ago.
Here is the bump code for the sad clown, with batch number 501B3.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
We're past the halfway mark on minifigures I got from the blindpacked LEGO minifigures series 10, and here is the Sea Captain. There isn't really a subset of figures that he fits into, unless people at work counts. Mainly I wanted him because of yacht rock, and he's got the cap. He's ready to set sail on a smooth sea of yacht rock. The captain includes the snazzy cap, a pair of binoculars, and a seagull. The seagull is made of a slightly softer plastic, and is nicely painted with black and grey on its wings. Finding the sea captain is pretty easy by feeling for the seagull, although the binoculars are distinctive as well.
Here is the bump code for the sea captain, with batch code 501B3.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Aside from the Medusa, the Bumblebee girl is the minifigure I was most looking forward to from this series. People in animal costumes has been one of my favorite of the sub-themes that run through the line, and this is its representative for this series. She has what is I think an unique helmet, her wings are a backpack piece, and she also includes a honey pot which is reused from the leprechaun. I found her by feeling for the wings, although the helmet or honeypot should be easy enough to identify her with.
Here's the bump code, with the batch code 501B3.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Next up in my acquisitions from series 10 of blindpacked LEGO minifigures (although it was the last one I found), here is the Tomahawk Warrior. I'm not sure if the designers at LEGO based his appearance on any specific Native American tribes or not, so it could be an accurate recreation or it could be completely based on stereotypes. Not to be totally mysterious, but you'll see in a few days why I specifically wanted this particular figure. It's a pretty cool looking design, with different tattoos on both arms. Finding the Tomahawk Warrior in the packaging is fairly easy. The mohawk hair piece is pretty distinct with its ridged, curved shape. The other distinctive piece to feel for is the tomahawk itself. The blade is already attached, and is made of softer plastic, so you probably won't confuse it with anything else. You can also feel for the carved ridges on the handle, there is one at the base, then a few near the bladed end.
Here is the bump code, with the batch code of 501B3.
Monday, May 13, 2013
After a surprisingly brief gap between series (series 9 minifigures are still on the pegs!), I found series 10 of the LEGO blindpacked minifigures at the local Target a few days ago. Although I was feeling a bit of minifigure fatigue with the last series, I seem to have overcome it, as I didn't mind the 20 minutes or so it took me to stand around finding the specific minifigures I wanted in this series.
I tend to collect the monsters from this line, so Medusa was one of the minifigures I looked forward to from this wave. She's pretty easy to find because the lower half of her body is a very large piece of plastic. The lower body piece is shaped like a snake's tail. I'm not sure if Medusa is traditionally depicted with her lower half as a snake's body, but I 'm pretty sure that's how she appeared in Castlevania IV, so that's cool. Given the size of her snake tail, she doesn't get any accessories, although her hair piece is new, and she does get two faces on her head. Aside from the pictured angry face, she has a calmer face with yellow eyes.
And now, on to the bump codes. But first, a caveat. Bump codes aren't all the same. There are different batches, so the bump code for a figure in one batch will be different for the same figure in a different batch. I think this has been going on for the past few series. There is a code embedded into the packaging along with the bumps, so I will be including that with the bumps for all forthcoming LEGO minifigure posts. So here is the bump code. The batch code is 501B3.