If you have a fear of clowns, today’s set, 30565 Birthday Clown, is not for you.


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Birthday clowns. They’re the stuff of legends, fictional characters along with magicians completely made up for child’s birthday parties in movies or tv shows, like live bands at high school proms. I’m not sure what part of the country or how affluent an area has to be for either of those things to be true in real life. Having three kids, I’ve been to my fair share of birthday parties and not once did any of them feature a clown. But apparently it’s a thing, so much so that there was a polybag set named after this made-up phenomenon.

As far as clowns go this one hits all right notes from the big bubbly clown shows to the exaggerated pot belly. An gigantic bow tie is topped off by the clown’s head complete with a big red nose and a colorful wig made from different colored quadruple-scoop ice cream elements protruding out from under a pointed clown hat. He has two ball-jointed arms and holds a balloon.

It’s obvious the back of the clown received absolutely no love as there are just a pair of red tiles. Even swapping one of the tiles for a white one would have at least matched the red and white color blocking from the front.

The clowns face is made up of two eyes and a mouth represented by a hot dog wiener. Given the choice of the eye tiles, they give you quite a number of expressions. There’s the happy clown face that the instructions has you build, along with a sad clown face, the sad but putting on a brave face clown face, and the mischievous clown face:

And my favorite, the murderous stuff of nightmares angry clown face:

Being this close up, it looks like the teeth are above the wiener lips making the weiner look more like some kind of angry clown beard.

Yeah, pretty sure this is why people hate clowns.

Does It Suck or Does It Rock?

This set sucks! 30565 Birthday Clown is nothing more than a desktop or bookshelf adornment. But clowns are scary and with other sets out there at the same size, you’re bound to find something better and more worthwhile to take up residence on your valuable desktop real estate. Say no to scary clowns.

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