There are times when LEGO surprises me with the type of characters it creates for its collection. LEGO Minifigures has proved to be a bona fide hit with the variety of characters it produces with each 16-character set series. Series 5 proves to be no exception with some interesting personas emerging from this set with great personality and the Gangster definitely fits the billing in that department.
The Gangster definitely follows the stylings of the 1920s gangster, Al Capone-type look. He is all decked out in a black, three-piece suit. In fact the torso area shows the pinstripe stylings on his double-breasted jacket complete with a black shirt and tie. It’s a shame that the pinstripe lines don’t carry over onto his arms to complete the look. Otherwise it looks like a vest rather than a jacket. The shiny black plastic makes the Gangster look even more spiffy. The look is completed with plain black pants.
I love the crooked face meaning that he has a devilish mean streak showing on his visage. The sinister smile complete with thick eyebrows and a pencil mustache gives him such a slick appearance. The black fedora really adds to his powerful mystique.
And what is a gangster without any weapons? I love the fact that he carries a violin case, though when you are dressed up in a black suit like he I wonder how anyone wouldn’t know what’s inside the case. The violin case does open up but doesn’t hold the obligatory tommy gun at all. Instead he has a pistol, but at least it’s an actual pistol and not some modified ray gun. It’s a grey gun that adds some nice contrast against his black suit. Also included is a black display base.
These sealed, blind packages add to the drama in collecting these characters. It also makes it harder in trying to figure out exactly which character you bought as a result. Each figure retails from around $2.99, though there are places that do sell them for a bit less than that.
The Gangster is a great iconic figure with all the popular stylings associated with the character. So far I managed to pull two Gangsters from the line up. A couple of more and I’ll have a genuine mafia on hand. I think some FBI agents are needed to even the odds.
Series 1 (8683): Ninja || Super Wrestler
Series 2 (8684): Karate Master || Pharaoh
Series 3 (8803): Elf || Space Alien
Series 4 (8804): Artist || Crazy Scientist || Gnome || Hockey Player || Kimono Girl || The Monster || Punk Rocker || Soccer Player || Viking || Werewolf
Series 5 (8805): Royal Guard
Series 6 (8827): Bandit || Butcher || Classic Alien || Flamenco Dancer || Intergalactic Girl || Mechanic || Minotaur || Roman Soldier || Sleepyhead
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Amount Paid (US$): 2.50
Age Range of Child: Kids to Teens