Pros: Great figure; unique pieces; chimp is awesome
Cons: The price is getting outrageous
It’s one thing to keep the inmates in check but it’s another to keep an eye on the primates. The Zookeeper from the LEGO Minifigures Series 5 collection will definitely have her hands full as she has to contend with monkey business.
The Zookeeper looks like a female version of the Crocodile Hunter. Maybe in reality she really is. She is outfitted in a khaki uniform with pockets on her shirt and shorts. The only distinguishable part that allows you to know she works at the zoo is the patch over her left pocket that says the word “zoo” on it. Otherwise, she could easily be an explorer. A belt is painted around her waist that slides through the belt hoops. Attached to that belt is a golden key, most likely used to lock up the caged animals. Just to reinforce that this is a woman, the side of her hips are painted black to give the illusion that she has that hourglass figure.
Her face has a nice welcoming appearance with her inviting eyes and nice half smile. There is a beauty mark on her left cheek added to give some characteristics. I also like that her lipstick isn’t of the glamorous type. She comes with a brown hairpiece that’s tied into a ponytail.
Accessories for the Zookeeper are a bit different than other figures. She has a small chimp to deal with instead of things that she would use on the job. The chimp is constructed out of a single black block with one arm above his head. He is in a squatting position ready to do some mischief. The Zookeeper is able to hold onto the chimp’s hand quite easily. I love the detail on his face. It’s simple yet expressive. A banana is the other accessory used to help tame the beast. Also included is a black display base.
I’ve noticed that these minifigures are being sold at $3.99 in most stores now. Wow, talk about a price hike. I thought $2.99 was a bit steep. Luckily I can still find some of these for about $2.50 but the popularity of these figures is making it difficult for the prices to stay relatively low. Each figure comes sealed in a blind package making it quite adventurous in picking these out.
The Zoopkeeper is really not a bad figure at all. I really like the unique pieces that come with her and the chimp definitely steals the show. Then again what chimp doesn’t steal the show? That’s why they call it monkey business.
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