LEGO has been upgrading and refining its large brick-built figures collection for at least a couple of decades. LEGO Bionicle is well known for its buildable characters, but LEGO Castle, LEGO Legends of Chima, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Super Heroes, etc. also feature large brick-built heroes and villains.
Brick-built figures are usually larger versions of characters that normally appear in minifigure form, and they come as a separate collection of a larger theme (although they do sometimes appear in minifig-scale sets representing a larger character). They are fun to build, fun to pose, and look great on display.
Early brick-built figures were often too fragile and blocky, but in recent years, LEGO made great advances by making large figures more sturdy, playable, and refined in appearance. The introduction of better joint elements and new parts that allow complex building techniques for locking and cladding really helped in this regard.
The last significant size collection of brick-built characters was the LEGO Star wars Buildable Figures series released between 2015 and 2018. Since then, we got a few humanoid-type mechs, which usually use similar parts and techniques as brick-built figures, but are considered to belong to a separate category (they are basically robots operated by a minifigure and not a larger version of the figure itself).
Earlier this year, LEGO released the #76206 LEGO Super Heroes Iron Man Figure which demonstrates many of the more refined techniques of modern brick-built characters.
And next month, we are getting three new brick-built characters from the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Universe. The #76225 LEGO Super Heroes Miles Morales Figure, the #76226 LEGO Super Heroes Spider-Man Figure, and the #76230 LEGO Super Heroes Venom Figure.
All three characters are roughly 9 inches tall and come with around 250 pieces. All the major joints are movable which offers dynamic and dramatic posing possibilities. The sets are going to be $24.99 each and will be available starting from September 1st at the .
What do you think? Do you like brick-built LEGO figures? Do you have any of them? Did you notice any interesting building techniques and upgrades in the more recent characters? And how do you like the sets released this year? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!
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