The Artist is basically a given in this format. If you're going to do a collectible line made entirely of archetypes, it's practically essential. LEGO went all out by giving this figure one of the more distinctive facial expressions in the entire line, with an arched eyebrow, a soul patch, and little squinty eyes. If I ever make figures of my friends from college, this is totally going to be one of their heads.
With new deco on the back, the front is pretty spiffy. You can see plotches of red, blue, purple, black, and grey paint on his outfit plus more colors on his palette. The artist has an ascot thing going on, and the paintbrush has more paint than you would expect. Not only does it have a silver "metal" band holding the brushes in place, but there's a dab of green paint on the brush. Nice touch, LEGO.
As a synthesis of that quasi-creative person you no doubt hung out with at some point in your life, it's a nifty figure. His head gives him a very specific personality, so kudos to LEGO for abandoning a traditional smiley in favor of something more intense. Articulation is standard, of course, but the deco and accessories always make the figure. I should probably make a LEGO apartment building just to have this guy hang out and scream upstairs all day like Brian from Spaced. (Have you seen Spaced? You should watch Spaced.)
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