The Punk Rocker as a LEGO figure says a lot about our culture. At one point, the kids with the crazy hair held up by glue and safety pins in their noses and loud music were scary outliers and are now cuddly mascots or worse-- it's "retro." The punks have been afforded a degree of respect that the hippies haven't been given culturally, but both have probably evolved to a point that would make their respective founders vomit. Where was I? Right, LEGO figures.
This figure has a black sleeveless shirt with a skull on what appears to be a bed of flowers. The detail police will enjoy his pants, which have the generic Hot Topic studded belt and, in a move which made me smile, holes held together by safety pins. (Well done.) The "jeans" are a faded blue color, and he has a face that's either a sneer, or someone smelling a fart. You tell me. I'm not going to decide.
The two new bits here are actually pretty cool. The mohawk is a rubbery plastic, molded in pink and fairly flexible. His guitar is a single piece which he can hold in one hand while "strumming" it with the other. Or, because it's more fun, holding like a club and beating someone with it. Molded in black plastic, it's slathered in white with some silver elements to bring it to life-- it's impressive. I think you'll dig it.
There are two takeaways from this figure. One, there really ought to be enough "band members" in this line to assemble an actual rock band. I want drums and a bass player. Two, it now occurs to me that it should be incredibly easy to cobble together pre-fat Mac from Always Sunny using one of the many delightful goatee heads. I like this figure, and I hope that LEGO decides to crank out other goofy kid archetypes, like the two-tone Ska kid, an emo putz, or a series of bored hipsters. Let's do this!
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