Since I bought Series 3 as a complete set, the Race Car Driver managed to get its way in my collection without my express written consent. It's actually a good figure, it's just that I lack the necessary race cars needing drivers. Like the bulk of the figures in this line, all of the heavy detail is on the front of the torso while the back in largely unpainted.
This mostly red outfit has a ton of stitches and black outlines showing detail, an Octan logo, and another one which I don't immediately recognize due to my not being a car guy. "Stafford Engines"? I can't quite make it out, whatever it is, but it's there and it's a nice touch-- putting detail this fine in these figures is unnecessary but awesome. A name, presumably his, reads "N. Groves" on his belt. It's also worth noting his bio, which comes from LEGO's web site:
"Years ago, the Race Car Driver met a mysterious man with a robot monkey who told him that he would be compelled to go faster and faster all his life. And it was true: from tricycle races to soapbox derbies, he has always been happiest when moving as fast as safety and the laws of physics will allow." Wait, robot monkey? WHERE CAN I FIND THIS ROBOT MONKEY?
There's also detailing on top of the helmet, which has a flip-up visor, plus the figure has a winning smile. Or smirk. I'm not sure which. It's much less subtle than Han Solo's and the grin really does work nicely here. It's a cool figure in terms of quality (and awesome back story), but do you need another LEGO race car driver? (If yes, run, don't walk, to get this one.)
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