To conclude my reviews of series 17 collectable minifigures I take a look at three contemporary figures: circus weightlifter, surfer and yuppie, and also give you my overall opinion of the series.
I don't know if there has really been any mustachioed strongmen dressed in animal skin leotards wielding heavy dumbbells but there are certainly loads of cartoon images of them, so they must be based on something!
A nice enough figure, I guess, but one you'd only need one of. The mustache looks great at the front but more like a scarf at the back. With long hair it would not be a problem but with a bald head it looks a bit daft.
I was going to start this sentence with "not another surfer... " but looking at the database there has only been two others in CMF series and the last one was in 2011, in series 4.
This is the first one to be wearing a full-body wetsuit and he certainly has the coolest decoration on his board!
No bi-coloured limbs or back printing, but he doesn't need them, he looks spot-on without.
For those too young to remember, the term yuppie was coined in the early 1980s and means "young upwardly-mobile professional", a fashionable young middle-class person with a well-paid job.
This figure certainly has all the traits of one: a 'brick' phone, flashy suit with rolled-up sleeves, cool shades and a smirk.
The phone comprises a standard walkie-talkie, which is rare in light grey, a printed 1x1 tile for the speaker and a printed 1x1 cheese slope for the keypad.
Overall opinion of series 17
CMF series seem to come and go so quickly that I have trouble remembering what figures we've had before, and never seem to find the time to fully examine and appreciate them. Ask me to name those in series 1 and I could probably do it, but series 14, say, I don't have a clue!
So, reviewing series 17 has enabled me to commit them to memory and also to take the time to inspect them properly.
What's immediately evident is how much care and attention the designers pour in to each and every one of them. I guess this has always been the case but advances in manufacturing techniques and printing processes have resulted in their visions being realised as miniature works of art, almost. Even the less-appealing ones like the circus weightlifter and dwarf have their redeeming features that make them must-haves.
Bi-coloured arms and legs were introduced with The Simpsons figures in 2014 but they remained relatively rare for a few years after. Now, if a figure doesn't have them, and printing on all surfaces, it's almost disappointing!
The CMF design team continues to show imagination and flair and I look forward to seeing how much longer they can continue to delight us with their miniature creations, so full of personality and character.
Later on today we'll launch a poll just for fun to find out which one you're most looking forward to, and when we are allowed to we'll review the mystery figure!
Once again, thanks to LEGO for providing the figures to review. The review is an expression of my own opinions.