These nutcracker figurines were inspired by the wooden nutcrackers that are somewhat symbolic of The Nutcracker ballet. I have have created four of the most common varieties (drummer, soldier with a rifle, soldier with a sword, prince with a staff), but there are certainly many more that one could conceive of. Each figurine has a functional nutcracker mechanism (but I wouldn't try to actually crack a nut with it :-). If you like these nutcrackers and would like to see LEGO produce them as official sets, consider visiting my LEGO Cuusoo page and supporting it.
The following group of pictures the drummer nutcracker from various angles.
The next group of pictures show the nutcracker solider with a rifle.
The next group of pictures show the nutracker prince with a staff.
The final group of pictures shows the nutcracker soldier with a sword on his belt. This is probably the most traditional type of nutcracker (with the most traditional color scheme).
These nutcrackers are just excellent. Not only do they remember me of the Nutcracker of Tschaikowski but also of Christmas in my region of Germany. In Saxony, and even more in the Erzgebirge (a mountain region of Saxony) you find them in every window in December. Great built.