Well. Baseball is finally over and so, apparently, is October. I kind of lost track of the month. It was September, then my birthday, then was a parade and now it’s November. A big thank you to Fox Sports for scheduling my life.
Anyway, let’s talk about two of my other favorite things: Lego and dissection.
I have been a big collector and player with of Legos for most of my life. From the early Space and Castle kits of my youth to the Blind Bag (unless you can see with your fingers as do I) Minifigure series of today, I love Legos. Very few things I enjoy at the mall more than going to the Lego store and building a bunch of weird-ass minifigs. That’s how I ended up with Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol minifigs. Van Gogh and Manet I had to buy the parts for online. Yeah, I’m an art nerd, too.
Dissection, well, it’s not REALLY a favorite thing, but I did get an A+ in Biology and Physiology in high school as well as college so it’s kind of like almost a favorite thing. I did like cutting up the worms, frogs, and pigs, and I always wondered what it would be like to take the cadaver class. I took the ‘Naked People Drawing’ class, it couldn’t have been that different. Just naked bodies exposing their souls...or guts, whatever.
Which somehow brings me to Mighty Jaxx’s latest release, Jason Freeny’s Micro Anatomic Mini Fig.
I’ve enjoyed Freeny’s ‘dissected’ work for years, I believe it was 2012-ish when I came across some images of his work, especially an oversized Lego Figure that had been cut away to reveal the ‘anatomy’ underneath. I have to say, they were amazing. Don’t believe me, do an image search and see for yourself. Find Nemo if you can, he’s pretty cool. So is Mr. Potato Head, which I’m going to go ahead and show you now.
See. How cool is that?
Needless to say, I flipped out this summer when I saw the test shots of the Micro Mini. I’ve wanted to own one of these dissected Lego figs since I first saw them. Last year for Christmas, I picked up the Dissected Gingerbread ornament from Jaxx when it dropped. Hated by some, loved by me, nothing says Christmas like gingerbread guts. Knowing that these Mini Figs were going to be a wide release, I marked the calendar. Actually, that’s not quite true. I had a friend in Singapore (yes, I have a friend there, she’s cute, be jealous) try to pick me up a set at the Singapore Toy Game & Comic Con (STGCC for short) where they first released. She got there late on the first day of the convention and their show inventory was sold out.
THEN I marked my calendar because Jaxx and Suburban Vinyl were going to carry the remaining pieces.
As of now, I have three of the first four releases: Original, Mono, and Black and Green. The fourth was a clear figure and was exclusive to STCGG. My friend said she could hook me up with that one and stupidly I said ‘Nah’. Guess I’m going to be surfing Ebay.
‘How are they?’ you ask.
‘Awesome!’ I reply.
First off, they’re big. Not like huge or anything, but way bigger than an actual Minifigure. They stand about 3” tall, but keep the Minifigure proportions. They’re packaged in an easy to open, or display, clear plastic clamshell. If you try to display them in their packaging they do lean forward a bit and are a bit unstable, unless you have a peg wall, in which case you can display them like they were in a store. I like to display out of box, so the packaging is perfect.
They are articulated, but it’s limited to the non-dissected arm and leg. It would have been nice if the other arm and leg were moveable, but since you’re not going to really be playing with these, it doesn’t matter much. Figures are molded ABS plastic (like a Lego) and the details are painted. Some of the seams show, especially on the top of the head, but not so much you’re going to send one of these back.
And finally, the details...wow. The insides look like actual insides. Ribs, hips, a wiggle of intestines. Everything in the right places. All of it molded and painted to really look like guts and a skeleton (if you didn’t get the black and green, that is). The paint apps are pretty tight with a minimum of oversprays or bleeds. If you were a Lego chiropractor, you’d have one of these in your office to explain how the Lego body works to your patients, right before you popped an arm or a leg back on.
I’m not going to make a big deal out of this, but….I love this toy!! Er...ABS Art Collectible, I mean. It’s well executed, cool to look at and all around fun! The original releases might be hard to find, but don’t fret, Mighty Jaxx will release a 200 piece Halloween themed ‘Office Zombie’ sometime in November/December. It’s going to look more like a traditional minifigure instead of a blank.
AND part of it will glow in the dark.
It’s being offered through several online retailers, notably Mighty Jaxx, Rotofugi, and Suburban Vinyl.
Until mine arrives, I’m off to Ebay to find the clear STGCC version I passed on earlier in this post. Stupid, stupid me.