The LEGO Sad Clown is, in and of itself, not terribly interesting, the LEGO people made some interesting design choices. Clown iconography is inescapable, and various frowns or trails of some sort on the face help to convey the emotion of the character. In this case, the character has a single teardrop tattoo which I didn't notice until I had it in my hands. I was immediately delighted to see this, because instead of merely being a clown, this is a clown that has murdered someone in prison. (Or was raped at Oaxaca State, and while I know the jury is out on rape jokes right now, well, look at this figure. Tell me that isn't slightly amusing when applied to a LEGO man.)
This may be the simplest clown yet, and between clowns and mimes we've had some surprising variety. With three white circles on the chest, two more on the hat, and a couple of ruffles, there's not much to this black-and-white figure. The sad face would be amusing in its own right, and the ruffle below the waistline reminds me a lot of the wrapper on a Crayola crayon. (I'd buy 8 of these in various colors; he does look a lot like a crayon.) The back of the figure is blank white and he has the same articulation you've come to expect from a LEGO mini man. Which is handy, because I assume you will appreciate he can bend over should you make a LEGO Oaxaca State prison.
I lucked out and got the entire set cheaply on eBay, presumably because I assume people are chasing Mr. Gold and have tons of extras. (Me, I've preemptively given up on Mr. Gold to save money and sanity.) The series ha slots of great figures with neat accessories, and Sad Clown has no accessories nor is he a great figure, unless the teardrop marking is as amusing to you as it is to me. The rest of the set, which we'll get to eventually, is loaded with awesome faces, great accessories, and exceptional paint jobs. This is the one you hope you don't get when buying them blind in stores.
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