Since roaring out the gate in 2010, the blind-packaged LEGO Minifigures collection has been an exciting way to buy just figures-- as so many of us want to do. The LEGO Lifeguard was one I missed out on in 2010, but oddly stumbled on at a closing Waldenbooks in 2011-- not at a particularly good price (actually still above SRP) but I snagged it and a couple of others anyway. The second series of Minifigures had three women-- an old hag, a young starlet, and a sex object. If you assume this one is modeled after Pam Anderson... insert punchline here.
The figure uses mostly recycled parts, you'll recognize the hair from the Cheerleader and the body from every LEGO figure ever. The boogie board (or whatever it is) is small and clips into the figure's hands securely. Truth be told it's a pretty dull accessory, because I can't much do anything with it. The hair is good, and the deco on the figure is creative. The initials "GT" are over her right breast, while a small life preserver is printed on her left hip. There is no deco to speak of on the back, implying a thong, while part of her suit is painted over the front of her lower legs. I'm not quite sure what her facial expression is supposed to be telling me. It seems to be a look of "You aren't serious, are you?" and I'm pretty used to women giving me that exact look.
Given the lack of female characters in the LEGO range, you pretty much need to buy this one. If the design doesn't grab you, you can probably swipe the hair or head to make other figures-- more tennis players, maybe a girl-in-an-ape-suit, or whatever. I like this figure, but I'm not crazy about it-- the little girl pop star has a more interesting design, but this is a Baywatch girl. "Hot brick blonde girl" isn't the norm in boy construction lines, so odds are that novelty alone will drive your purchase. Looking on eBay, I may have been better off buying this figure on their site than at retail-- it goes for as little as a buck.
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