We may as well get it out in the open: politics will bleed into this blog. I proudly describe myself as a crunchy-granola, borderline socialist, tree-hugging, secular humanist who also self-identifies as a feminist. While LEGOs offer a pleasant diversion from the real world, one can also use them as a means to directly confront and release some of the angst caused by current events. A need to cope with misogynistic, anti-science, anti-environment, post-truth Presidential administration was the birthing creche of my first true original minifigure creation: Trumplestiltskin, “Trumpy” for short. He will be leading a team of fictional characters that inhabit something similar to DC Comics’s Bizarro universe.
This Frankenstein monster-like creation contains all 100% LEGO components that anyone can purchase from many different third party LEGO part vendors. For those who wish to build their very own Trumplestiltskin, his hairpiece originally came from Gilderoy Lockhart, his head from a LEGO Ninjago character, Cole, his torso from Dollar Bill, a Joker-like villain in LEGO’s Agents series, standard black legs, and standard “flesh” hands. I’m still contemplating some kind of black cape, seeing as a disproportionate percentage of cartoonish evil masterminds wear them, but I’m happy with his current state — especially the dollar bills sticking up out of Trumpy’s coat pocket — should I decide not to provide a cape.
As for his posse, a few existing LEGO minifigures immediately come to mind. The most notable is Gollum, who looks eerily enough like Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions to serve as a convincing doppelganger, henceforth known as “Jeffy.” Some point soon, the entire team will make an introductory appearance, before appearing in future builds. Hopefully, if you’re a Trump supporter, you will take all of this in the good-natured spirit it’s intended. If not, well, you can always skip all the future political posts.