Collectible Minifigures Series 1: The Forestman

Today we step lightly into the dappled colors of the forest. Hark! What's that in the underbrush?! Ho! Me thinks we've run afoul of "The Forestman"...

Minifigure Parts
The Forestman is composed of five parts, a tri-corner hat with red plume (parts x106 and 4502a), head with bearded face, torso with jerkin print, and green legs. The comparisons back to the forestmen figures, which ran from 1987 to 1990, are uncanny.

The accessories are a quiver and bow in brown (parts 4498 and 4499), again quite similar to what came with the forestmen. Of course, the new minifigure stand is included.

Army Building Potential
The "army building potential" or "ABP" for this figure is moderate. Robin's band of merry men could easily be built by changing out a few heads and/or accessories making the torsos and hats sought after.

Feeling It Out
This figure might be difficult to identify through the packaging with no obvious features or accessories that can be ID'd via touch. Depending upon how the items will be packaged in the polybag you might be able to detect the bow. The figure could be confused with The Tribal Hunter given the similar accessories and parts.

Bar Codes
The following are the secondary bar codes that can be found on the back of each bag which indicates the figure inside. The bar code on the left is valid for the EU while the bar code on the right is valid for the US. These bar codes come courtesy of Brickset.com where a single pdf containing all bar codes can be found.

The Big Draw
The big draws here are the torso, the hat, and the chance to own an updated version of a minifigure that hasn't been around for almost 20 years.

FBTB.net Poll Standings
According to the poll currently on the FBTB.net forums, The Archer has a comparable number of votes to The Ninja and The Circus Clown. As always, those who frequent AFOL forums may not be representative of the broader market, but it looks like these figures might be sought just to fill out a full series one collection.

Official LEGO.com Bio  
“Have no fear, for I am here!”

The brave and fearless Forestman is always arriving just in the nick of time to save the day. Whether he’s swinging down on a vine to rescue a damsel in distress, leaping boldly from the castle battlements to duel an evil duke, or making an incredible trick shot with his bow and arrow to help a friend in danger, he is at all times the very model of a chivalrous hero of legend and yore.

The Forestman loves to make a good first impression and is always practicing his dramatic entrances to get them just right. He’d come to the rescue anyway, of course (it’s just in his nature to right wrongs and fight injustice wherever he finds them), but it’s terribly disappointing for him if no one is around to see him gallantly arrive on the scene for his latest feat of swashbuckling derring-do. He’s only sad for a moment, though, and then it’s off to battle the bad guys and save the day once again!

(Pictures from FBTB.net and Brickset)

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