- User Rating: Very Good
Pros:Great modern version of a soccer player; nice trophy accessory and hairpiece.
Cons:LEGO dropped the ball. Like...literally.
The Bottom Line: This soccer player gets his kicks LEGO-style, on or off the field.
LEGO is currently in their fourth series of Collectible Minifigures. They started the idea last year, with sets of sixteen different minifigs that aren't included in any other LEGO playsets. They come blind packaged in opaque bags, so you don't know which figure you're buying until you open it up. These little characters have unique designs and accessories that make them compulsively collectable, and for kids or adults that love LEGO, they're lots of fun.
One of the things we've seen is the inclusion of several different sports in the line, so we've seen a Baseball Player, Weightlifter, Martial Arts Champion, and other athletes. The latest one is one that LEGO has made before, but with a fresh look and new design: the Soccer Player.
The Soccer Player makes good use of some new pieces and newer designs: he's got a detailed blue and white striped jersey, and white shorts. Corporate "logos" are printed in gold and black on his clothing, including the LEGO "Octan" gas company logo and a gold LEGO brick. He's got a more modern shaggy looking haircut than previous LEGO soccer players, and a bright smile under a stubbly beard that has him ready for toothpaste endorsements. His only accessory is a silver trophy--a tiny silver LEGO minifig atop a black stand. It's odd that LEGO didn't include a soccer ball with this figure, especially since they have the molds and designs for soccer balls kicking around from their soccer line a few years back. In any case, he comes with a trophy, and with the same black figure stand that all of the other collectible minifigures have.
This is a great example of a 21st Century soccer player, and a good addition to the LEGO Collectible Minifigures. Alongside the Surfer, and Tennis Player, and the new Hockey Player and Figure Skater in this lineup, there's a veritable Olympics Games being built...just on a very small scale.
If you're a fan of LEGO or of soccer, this is a fine minifigure, and a good addition to any collection. They're available at Target, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart and other retailers, and also at the LEGO Stores and online. They retail for anywhere from $2.99 to $4.99--shop around before you pick them up.
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Amount Paid (US$): 2.99
Type of Toy: Blocks
Age Range of Child: Kids to Teens