If, like me, you're a CMF collector, you've probably also appreciated the variants that LEGO have been releasing as boxed GWPs in recent times. Hot on the heels of 5005249 Easter Bunny Hut comes this, 5005250 Party Banana Juice Bar. It's a Banana Suit Guy, and as we saw one not that long ago in Series 16, is there a need for another so soon? Is there anything that makes this one special? Slip on ahead for the lowdown.
He comes in a small cardboard box with a paper wrapper, the same shape and size as 5005156 Gingerbread Man.
Peel off the skin (groan) to reveal what I presume to be a surf shack supposedly serving drinks. It's nicely printed and has a number 40 by the door – is that a nod to the anniversary of the minifigure? The door is perforated so you can open it up and reveal the minifig. I haven't pictured this open as I didn't want to damage the outer box, but the top lifts up easily and you can slide out the inner tray to reveal the minifigure itself.
At a first glance he doesn't look that different – however a little more investigation shows that there's a few reasons why he's quite desirable in my opinion. In the plastic tray you can see he has a funky orange accessory in his hand. This is a boom box, and I believe is it's first outing in this colour. Let's take him out of the tray.
Looking at the front, his banana suit is plain. The Series 16 version has a blue “Banana” print on it so that's the first obvious difference.
From the back, you get a hint of what lies beneath.
Take off his costume and well, whoahhh. The legs are dual moulded and have prints for sandals and a cord to keep his shorts up. The torso is printed with a superb banana pattern – brilliant for any beach party. In fact it's a real shame to have it hidden under the banana suit at all. I think most people will want to show it off. It's the torso that makes this figure stand out. The head with cheesy grin works perfectly here.
The printing continues all over the back and on the sleeves as well.
Here he is with his de-costumed Series 16 counterpart. I don't think I need to write any words about this comparison....
I rummaged around to find a suitable wig and came up with this – and I think this is how he will stay in my collection for now. Is he my new favourite minifig? He just might be.
So how can you get him? Well at the moment, not very easily. I got mine at Legoland Billund – apparently a park exclusive to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. He's available only when you buy more than 200g at the Pick a Brick bar– roughly a £19 spend. (This was easy for me as they had a load of Sand Green elements). I wonder if he'll start turning up at other parks too? I hope so, as it would be a shame if he wasn't widely available.
If anyone discovers him elsewhere then please let us know in the comments along with what you think of the figure. Let's cross our fingers that he makes it to Brand Stores and online as a GWP.