BrickHeadz are a novelty in the LEGO collectors’ world, and if other collectable series are anything to judge by, the first series is usually the one that ends up being most sought after, whether this was the intent or not. Series 1 of BrickHeadz so far consists of 10 buildable figures: four characters from The LEGO Batman Movie, four MARVEL Super Heroes and two Disney characters. Today, we will look at what comes inside the four LEGO Batman Movie figures: Batman, Batgirl, Robin and the Joker.
There are certain pointers which tell me this theme is filled with high hopes of being a great success. For one thing, not a penny was spared in introducing elements in new colours (“recolours”, as we call them here on New Elementary) in order to make the characters look as authentic as possible. Also, since most AFOLs aren’t particularly fond of stickers, you’ll be delighted to know all decorated elements are printed. Every character comes with a minimum of one exclusive print, plus two recurring for this series; the 2x4 tile with the series number and the 1x1 round tiles used for the eyes.
Even though collectability is their primary goal, we are not here to discuss them in that sense. I will try to dissect them piece by piece and see what they are made of. I can tell you right away no new moulds were introduced, but the theme wasn’t cut short on recolours.
Every BrickHeadz figure is numbered, so I will just go through them in that order. And number one is Batman because Batman is always number one.
41585 BatmanSNOT bricks.
Most old SNOT elements are one brick high which means, when stacked directly on top of each other, you can’t connect anything to their side studs without causing a gap between the elements. Sometimes this effect is desired, but a lot of times you just want a seamless surface. For connecting large elements, one solution is stacking SNOT bricks with either two plates or four bricks in between. As shown below; this makes them line up correctly with any element you want to place to their side, but isn’t feasible for every application.
Basically, element 22885 makes a direct projection from horizontal to vertical studs without much planning required, and can be stacked on all sides without causing any collisions. It is the most user-friendly SNOT element to date. It was introduced in last year’s Modular Building 10251 Brick Bank and has been spreading through an infinitude of sets, as though we never knew a time without it. So just in case you are in it for the pieces: 14 is a generous number to get from a relatively small set and this quantity is consistent throughout all current BrickHeadz figures.
On to our next character.
If you are into Medium Lilac [TLG]/Dark Purple [BL], you are in for a treat. We got a bunch of new elements in this colour recently in 70906 The Joker Notorious Lowrider, and Batgirl just continues where The Joker left off. But before I tackle Lilac, I should first mention two other recolours.
Iron Builder Competition for February 2017 in which two exceptional LEGO artists compete against each other in brainstorming some of the most unexpected uses for this element.
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This element’s mould seems to have been updated since its first introduction. The initial location of the injection point caused a flat spot on the outside surface. This slightly annoying cosmetic flaw depends on which production batch your tiles come from. I have black tiles from both the old and new moulds, but all my brown and white ones which are of a later date are flawless.
41588 The Joker
This is the largest set of the series by piece count, mostly as a result of his elaborate hair. While he comes with more Medium Lilac elements, none of them are new in that colour.
21308 Adventure Time. Since they are used for his eye makeup, we only get two (plus a spare) with the Joker.
Posing your BrickHeadz
I was reading some comments when BrickHeadz were first shown to the public and noticed that some reacted in disappointment about their lack of poseability. I couldn’t resist adding a small modification just for fun: a couple of tiles and a 2x2 turntable between the head and body to give Robin some neck articulation.
READ MORE: Our BrickHeadz analysis continues with MARVEL Super Heroes and Disney's Beauty and the Beast
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