In the eyes of a lot of people, the LEGO® figures are pretty boring and for the most part have the same exact sculpts used for everyone. The only difference is the paint application and color of plastic chosen to cast the pieces in. So why would anyone like to collect these little figures if they are all the same shape? Well, I think it's the quirkiness of the shape that makes them so appealing to collectors, even new collectors like me.
But one current figure in the first series of LEGO® Minifigures might just be the most boring piece in my collection as of now. The "Crash Test Dummy" or "Demolition Dummy" (as it's called in this set) is the most basic figure I have come across.
Like all LEGO® figures, this one comes unassembled and is made up of three separate pieces; the head, torso, and legs. Each piece is cast in the basic Lego Yellow plastic and has a bunch of painted on crash test velocity markers (used to track speed and location of impact during testing) in black applied all over the front of the figure (one on the forehead, two on the chest, and two on each leg).
The figure features the standard seven (7) points of articulation that most LEGO figures have. The head turns from side-to-side, the arms and legs swing in and out, and both hands turn.
The "Demolition Dummy" figure comes with two accessories. The main accessory is a wrench with a pry bar at the end which is easily held in the hand of the figure as well as a small plate accessory that resembles a European license plate with the letters/numbers printed on; PA7 70. At least that's what I think it is. I could be wrong though.
Like all of the figures released in the first series, this figure comes with a small Black LEGO Plate/Tile that is to be used as a stand and also comes with a fold-out pamphlet with a visualization of all 16 figures in the series on one side and assembly instructions on the other.
It would have been a cooler looking figure if a grey jumpsuit would have been painted on the torso and leg sections with the test markers applied on the jumpsuit. I would have given the figure a higher rating if LEGO would have gone the route I just mentioned. The included accessories are fitting in a way, and then they are not. It would have been better to maybe add a steering wheel for the little guy to hold instead of a tool (since crash test dummies don't use tools...). It would have also been better if some damage or scars would have been painted on too. For the most part, I don't think kids buying this figure would even know what this figure was supposed to represent.
I would suggest taking the head off of this figure and sticking it on the body of the "Zombie" figure. At least the torso and legs of the "Zombie" figure looks like something that would have gone through a crash test...
My final recommendation is to track down this figure anyway if you happen to be missing it for your collection and want to have all sixteen (16) figures in Series 1. If you are content on only having specific figures in your collection, you might want to skip it. I personally wasn't that impressed with it. But I do want to find all the figures in the series, so I am happy in a way that I got it when I ordered the 4 Pack Lot off of eBay.
LEGO® Minifigures "Demolition Dummy" (#08)
LEGO® Minifigures Collection - Mystery Figures Series 1 (2010)
1 ½ inch (1.50 inch) approximately
(Made in China)
© COPYRIGHT 2010 Chris Billings
LEGO® Minifigures Mystery Bag Figures - (Series 1):
Tribal Hunter | Cheerleader | Caveman | Circus Clown | Zombie | Skater | Robot | Demolition Dummy | Magician | Super Wrestler | Nurse | Ninja | Spaceman | Forest Man | Deep Sea Diver | Cowboy
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Amount Paid (US$): 2.00
Type of Toy: Action Figure
Age Range of Child: Other