One of the really great things about the LEGO Minifigures range is that you get to see LEGO artists make some really great figures using, on the whole, really old parts. The Witch hat has been around for years, and this isn't even the first witch figure-- there was a yellow-headed one with bad teeth in the 1990s as part of a castle theme which ended up getting dumped at Kay-Bee Toy Stores on the cheap. (Yes I bought one, yes I was in college, and yes, I managed to somehow haul it back while riding my bike. Don't judge me, you read this, that makes you an enabler.) This time around, she looks a little more traditional-- or should I say trad-witch-ional? (No, I shouldn't.)
The weird thing about this figure is that without a nose, I'm not entirely sure what kind of witch they're going for. Clearly this isn't a "good witch," but I mean is this supposed to be a "hot witch," which is, of course, an insane discussion to have with one's self when referring to a small, non-sexual block figure meant for children. The eyebrows, makeup, bright white teeth, and nice cheekbones make me think they're going for something hotter, but there some dark green warts. Maybe they're beauty marks, I don't know, it's tough to tell after you've grown up in the post-Cindy Crawford world. I figure they'd have tacked on a few more wrinkles if they were going for "ugly" with this figure's deco, they've done those before on the zombie and, of course, Darth Vader. Some figures even have some sort of smile lines.
The main reason to get this figure-- or any of these figures-- is to augment something you're already building. As a collectible thing, the fun wears out pretty quick, but if you play with them or add them to your LEGO castles and towns, I think you're in for a treat. The witch eschews the traditional legs in favor of a sloped brick, so she doesn't have any articulation other than her head and arms. This is OK, though, because there are some great details on her dress like the spellbook with a frog skeleton and the word "Spells" written on the cover, complete with a purple bookmark. The level of detail is higher than you might expect for a LEGO figure, so I can safely say that of series 2, this is one of the highlights-- do get one, given the chance.
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