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Parts and Accessories
The Viking is composed of four main parts - horned helm, head, torso, and legs.
The horned viking helm is composed of a light pear gray version of part x1533 and two pearl gold barbs/horns. This is a new color for the helm.
The head features a new facial print featuring a bearded face and scar over the left eyebrow.
The torso is reddish brown with yellow arms and hands. The torso print features a fur vest over a mail shirt and belts. There is no print on the back of the torso.
The legs and hips are dark tan with print on the knees resembling wrapped patches of fur.
The accessories for this figure are an axe and shield. The axe is composed of a 3L brown bar and a flat silver axe head (part 53705). These are both new colors for these parts.
The shield is the same that came with the Series 2 Spartan in dark brown. Unlike the Spartan shield, however, the viking's features print with dragons, Celtic knots, and rivets.
“There are monsters everywhere, and I’m just the Viking to fight them!”
Raised on heroic ballads of sea serpents, forest trolls and fire-breathing dragons, the fearless Viking sees monsters everywhere – and the most important thing he knows about monsters is that when a Viking sees one, he’s got to fight it!
With axe and shield in hand, the Viking happily plunges into battle like a shouting whirlwind of clattering, clashing leather and iron. He’s ready to take on any monster he spots, and it can take some explaining to get him to understand that plenty of monsters aren’t really all that bad!
Army Building Potential
The army building potential for the figure is moderate to high. A village of vikings is not too hard to imagine.
Feeling It Out
I would try for the helm and shield as both would be relatively distinctive.
Series 4 will be using the same 'dot code' approach to identifying which figures are inside each pack. The following dot codes were provided by minifigcollector.com who will have a corresponding app for Android smart phones. You can see the entire dot code sheet here.
The Big Draw
The head and shield may have the highest level of desirability. Although not likely to be on par with the Spartan, these Nordic warriors may be desirable overall.