As we have discussed at the beginning of the month (see: February 2017 – New LEGO Sets & Promotions), the LEGO BrickHeadz collection is now available for LEGO VIP members (general release will be in March). While some LEGO fans are scratching their heads and can’t see the appeal, others instantly fell in love with these blocky and brickbuilt collectible characters. So let’s take a closer look. 🙂
The first time we heard of LEGO BrickHeadz was last summer at the San Diego Comic-Con, where LEGO released a series of eight characters (four from the Marvel and four from the DC Comics universe). People compared them to the limited-release LEGO CubeDudes from 2010, Funko Pop figures, and the Mega Construx (formerly Mega Bloks) Kubros figures. You can read more about the exclusive San Diego Comic-Con LEGO BrickHeadz sets here: LEGO BrickHeadz Collection Coming!
While in the Comic-Con sets there were two characters per pack, with the regular release sets, we get one figure per box. I think this was a good decision, as it allows LEGO fans to only pick the characters they want (although I suspect that most people who get these will collect them all). You will also notice that each of the figures have a red number 1 printed on their display plate. This means that they are part of Series 1, and we should expect more series in the future.
The LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes characters are all from The LEGO Batman Movie. This includes the #41585 LEGO BrickHeadz Batman, the #41586 LEGO BrickHeadz Batgirl, the #41587 LEGO BrickHeadz Robin, and the #41588 LEGO BrickHeadz The Joker. The LEGO Marvel Super Heroes collection includes the #41589 LEGO BrickHeadz Captain America, the #41590 LEGO BrickHeadz Iron Man, the #41591 LEGO BrickHeadz Black Widow, and the #41592 LEGO BrickHeads The Hulk.
There are also four special characters in LEGO BrickHeadz Series 1 that aren’t superheroes; the #41595 LEGO BrickHeadz Belle, the #41596 LEGO BrickHeadz Beast sets are available now, and the #41593 LEGO BrickHeadz Captain Jack Sparrow, and the #41594 LEGO BrickHeadz Captain Armando Salazar sets should be available soon.
LEGO released a corresponding app as well, LEGO BrickHeadz Builder RP, if you want to have some virtual fun with your BrickHeadz. You can download it here.
In the video-player below I have included a few videos for you. The first is a preview of all the boxes and characters in Series 1, and the others are reviews of the Comic-Con LEGO BrickHeadz sets. They should give you a better idea of how the sets look like and how is the building experience. And there is also a really good review of the Series 1 LEGO BrickHeadz characters at the Brothers-Brick (just follow the link).
As I mentioned at the beginning, some people love the whole concept of LEGO BrickHeadz and are already committed to collecting the characters. Others are not so sure. I would say though, that even if you aren’t planning to collect all the figures, you might still consider picking up a couple. The parts selection is very interesting with a number of recolors and rare elements. Also, all the decorations you see on the figures are printed pieces. I particularly like Belle and the Beast because of the nice colors. You can find all the sets under the LEGO BrickHeadz section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like LEGO BrickHeadz? Are you planning to collect them all, get a few, or pass? Which are your favorite characters in the collection? Feel free to share your thoughts and own review in the comment section below! 😉
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Okay, I’m starting to like these. They are not too big, not too small, recognizable, good designs. Should be fun to collect.
Yeah, that’s basically a good summary. They are also great as a template for building more characters. I will be discussing some of my favorite custom BrickHeadz soon. 🙂
These guys definitely have potential. I expect that this first series will also rise in value because some people will catch on late.
That’s a good point. We have seen that with all previous series; Collectible Minifigs, Mixels, Star Wars Planets, etc. A lot of people miss the first series, then really want them later when they are no longer available. It might be worth investing in this first series just for that. They aren’t very expensive, so the risk is low.
I think the BrickHeadz are an interesting (albeit not very innovative) idea, but I have little interest in these kinds of sets, which is good as it means I can save some money for other sets this year. I do, however, like how they’re based off a mostly identical core design, with all the recognizable character features added to it second, as this very interesting Brickset article shows: http://brickset.com/article/26620/the-anatomy-of-a-brickheadz And that large quantity of 22885 SNOT bricks is great, since most sets that have them only contain a few of those parts.
I wonder what LEGO will come up with for the future series. There are innumerable possibilities thanks to the basic design, and many ideas have already been tested by LEGO fans, so I’m interested to see where this theme will go.
I think that’s exactly the strength of BrickHeadz. While the design is quite complex, it is all based on those newish SNOT bricks, which are much easier to use than brackets and other complicated sideways building techniques. Basically, anyone can build BrickHeadz. I have already seen hundreds of them from the fan community. And I also wonder what else LEGO will make, because it seems like fans have built pretty much every imaginable character. 😀
Nah, their idea’s aren’t copyrighted, anyway…
Yeah, of course, but there are only so many ways you can build them. With the rate the community is churning out BrickHeadz, by the time the sets arrive they might be obsolete. 😀
They do look fun. The detail is nice, I agree on Belle and the Beast. They may end up in my house.
Yeah, I think it’s worth trying out one or two… or three… 🙄
Got the first 10; built the 4 TLBM figures and Beast. Waiting on a friend to build Belle. They are nice and quick builds and would make excellent parts packs. Also nice that everything is printed.
Yes, the printed pieces are very nice and give a lot of possibilities. Have fun collecting them! 🙂