The blind-bagged toy and minifigures in particular are having a great year right now. LEGO's Yeti reminds me a bit of the Gama-Go mascot, mostly because of the white fur and blue skin. LEGO's bio of the character paints him as a recluse who later discovers he's famous through the Internet - which, I have to admit, sounds like a fantastic short film that I wish someone would make.
The Danish toymaker tends to squeeze in a monster or two in each series, and after exhausting most of the famous creatures of film we're moving into mythological beings. As usual, the body is the same as any old figure. Cast in white plastic, the figure has blue fur highlights painted on the feet, legs, and torso with matching blue plastic hands. The head has sculpted waves of fur and is one solid piece - there's no human head under a Yeti mask. His eyes more or less match the humans in this line, and he's got a nice underbite with two big teeth sticking up.
Accessorizing this figure must have been quite the discussion. A club or a slab of meat would be the obvious choice, but instead LEGO gave him a clear blue popsicle. It's pretty adorable, and is one of this series' highlights. It's tough to say that it's really worth the four bucks, as you can get more bang for your buck in a full-size LEGO set or a polybag in the checklanes. Of course, it isn't an adorable little hairy yeti, so you may as well just go for this one.
It's worth noting series 11 has quite a few winners - a Grandma/cat lady, a Pretzel Girl, a Gingerbread Man, an Island Warrior, and what appears to be the long-lost member of the Blues Brothers are all here. The next batch features Abraham Lincoln, multiple Zombies, and some guy who can't keep his pants on. I swear, this line just keeps getting more and more interesting - the toys themselves offer little new play variety, but the character selection seems to show no signs of slowing down. Well, except the zombies. I think I've had enough zombies and robots now, and I like robots.
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