The Fitness Instructor is basically a brick version of the dad's second wife in a number of 1980s movies/TV shows/and so on. I assume. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of having random Lego careers in my toy box - firemen are a drag, and "mom" is dull, dull, dull. A spandex-clad, brightly-colored teacher with electric pink clothes and a lavender tape deck just screams 1987.
The deco is pretty sharp, all jokes aside - the pattern of small geometric objects printed on her torso are actually quite nice, as are what appear to be legwarmers and a green headband on her head. It fits in perfectly with her long, brown hair. The thing I find the most exciting is another reuse of the "boombox" piece, because there was a time in our history where people carried around giant battery-guzzling heavy boxes with two giant speakers and a tape deck. It may not scream "working out" but it's certainly quite illing.
While numerous figures seem designed to be troop-builders, this one is a fantastic individual that practically demands her own building in the LEGO town you're going to build during your midlife crisis. (It's coming, so get ready.) This one feels like an alternate universe concept for LEGO Friends, because you get a blocky lady figure with a real job that isn't "baker" or "student" or whatever it is they are doing this week. I wish LEGO went along this route for its girls' line, but I'm a guy, so of course I would. Here's hoping we see more women in the blind-bagged minifigures line, especially if the overall quality and design are as good as this one.
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