So without further ado, I bring you a one of kind minifig with a theme that Lego has never explored yet: The Spartan! (From Series 2.)
There are so many minifigs out there now that I get excited seeing one that I've never seen before.
This guy is one of them. The Rangerlord and I scoured the land but all the Spartans had somehow been swiped. Then on one of his numerous overseas rangings, he finds one for me. And I think he offered to get me more but I turned him down the, thinking that one Oozer of Machismo was enough of a testosterone overload. Well, I was wrong. And here's why...
Paint: This is where he shines. He's got dark red sandals, matching skirts, and helmet crest. His armor is sharply painted in gold outlined with black, while his face just screams King Leonidas, which in turn is screaming "Thissss issss, SPARTAAAAA!!!" (Cue shower of saliva.)
Unique Features: Gerard Butler here sports a new rubber tipped spear that a massive improvement over the standard issue all-plastic ones from before. The haft and the spear tip are now separate pieces, with the top of the haft ending in a clear ring at the top end. The spear-tip is made of a a softer plastic, which is probably a new safety feature but also gives the weapon a great two-tone look that Lego spears have lacked so far.
Aesthetics: 8/10 - He'd smack me in the head if I said he looked pretty. So I'll say he looks every bit a warrior. It's as if I popped in 300 in into the Blu-Ray player and he stepped right out of a screen, right through Legoland, and into my photo studio. Heh. :P
Fun: 8/10 - You don't need a whole army of these guys for him to be cool. Just a handful would be great. You could then switch out the heads (there can only be one King Leonidas aka Gerard Butler ;]) and you'd have your own band of spear-wielding, ab-crunching heroes! So it's a *good* thing that I decided to get all of one single Spartan... -_-
Value: 8/10 - Gerard here's got a big-ass crested helmet, brand new spear, a bronze shield and a crimson cloak. What more could you want? He's a Spartan!!! But also because he's a Spartan, there are no designs on his helmet and his shield, which looks like it could use a decal/sticker--it just looks a little bare.
Overall Minifig Rating: 8/10 - As far as Lego minifigs go, this is one of the best. Sure, he's barely wearing any accessories except for his cape and helmet, but the best minifigs capture the imagination with good torso paint and great head-top piece. The best part about him is that you can easily build your band of Spartans with just a few of these guys--swap out the heads and you instantly have different warriors. The bad part is that he's highly sought after. He's only a 3-of in every box, making him pretty tough to find compared to other figs with 4 or 5 in each box.