As I said last time, there are certain pointers which tell me this theme could be a great success. Apart from its collectible perspective, the theme is jam-packed with pieces in new colours and exclusive printed elements, and I would assume this kind of budgetary flexibility isn't given to every LEGO design team.
Previously I built (and destroyed) the characters from The LEGO Batman Movie for your delectation; today it is the turn of the MARVEL LEGO Super Heroes and the characters from Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
41589 Captain America
Although I only have one brick on hand, I can use some digital trickery to visualise its 'stackability'.
41590 Iron Man
By the way, in case you are wondering why TLG changed the name of Dark Red to “New Dark Red”, it is because it was indeed new at some point. BrickLink doesn’t differentiate Dark Red as two separate colours, and apart from adding “New” to the name, neither does TLG. It isn’t entirely clear when the change was made, but I estimate around 2009/10, with people reporting getting both versions of the same part in the same set.
41591 Black Widow
On to one of my favourite BrickHeadz characters. As soon as I first saw pictures of her, I jumped for joy as she brings us two curved slopes in never-before-seen Dark Orange! Almost as soon as we got these two slopes Brick W. Arch 1X1X1 1/3 (Design ID: 6091) and Plate W. Bow 1X2X2/3 (Design ID: 11477) in Medium Nougat, the colour’s next door neighbour Dark Orange comes along to follow in its steps.
Although part selection is highly subjective to your personal needs, this is the best set in the series to get for parts in my opinion. Her piece count is 143 elements which is only second to The Joker from this series, and she comes with a large array of both new and old plates and slopes in Dark Orange. There are no large quantities of a single brick, but I am already planning to buy a couple more Black Widows when they hit the market, mostly for all the cool bricks.
If you are impatient to see more new Dark Orange elements introduced in this series, skip down to the last character 41596 Beast.
41592 The Hulk
Our next character owes its slight disappointment in new and interesting elements to mostly being composed of the ubiquitous shade of Dark Green [TLG]/ Green [BL]. But maybe this series is beginning to spoil us, two new recolours in such a small set is still fantastic.
The Hulk comes with two of the accompanying Dark Green hinge bases (6170765|3937) to form a pair of complete hinge assemblies in Dark Green - used here for his shoulder joints. The hinge base isn’t new in this shade, but hasn’t been seen since 2004. Its re-introduction just slightly preceded this set, in 70903 The Riddler Riddle Race earlier this year. Hinge elements in green are always useful for building trees and foliage at an angle.
Speaking of hinges, our next character - from the Disney range of BrickHeadz - gives us some more new recolours of the aforementioned hinge.
Some hinge elements designed by TLG, such as the 'finger style', have been retired since their initial introduction and replaced with a redesigned system. This was, in most part, in order to reduce their susceptibility to wear and cracking over time. However, this hinge assembly has been with us unchanged since 1979, so it comes as great news that it’s finally been given some more colour choices.
If we take into account the recently re-introduced hinge base in Brick Yellow[TLG]/Tan [BL] from another 2017 set, this gives us the fourth colour in which this element was either newly introduced or brought back from dead this year.
read my review here), and is now also included with Belle. Unfortunately, there is only one piece of each in Belle, but at least you can make one complete Reddish Brown hinge assembly from this set.
Belle brings some new recolours I have already described in other Brickheadz characters such as Plate 1X2 W. 1 Horizontal Snap (6179329|11476) in Bright Yellow (seen in 41586 Batgirl) and Plate 2X2X2/3 W. 2 Horizontal Knobs, (614301|99206) in Reddish Brown (seen in 41587 Robin).
Her exclusive printed elements are one Cool Yellow [TLG]/Bright Light Yellow [BL] 1x4 Brick with her dress decoration (6188699) and four Plates W. Bow 2X4X2/3 with her dress pattern (6188184). Both elements could easily be reused as any curled yellow fabric with fancy decoration.
Belle’s companion is our last character (for now) and he brings us some more exciting Dark Orange elements.
We also got two Plates 1X1 W/Tooth (6186048|49668), one Plate 1X4 W. 2 Knobs (6186047|92593), and finally, the most recoloured element in this theme - Plate 1X2 W. 1 Horizontal Snap (6186049|11476) gets its Dark Orange version, which puts us at eight total new elements in this colour just from this theme. Plate W. Bow 1X2X2/3 (6186009|11477) was already mentioned in Black Widow, but Beast gives us just one more piece.
ConclusionWhile LEGO minifigures never stop growing in popularity, I am hoping themes with buildable characters like BrickHeadz manage to steer some focus on building a collection of recognisable characters rather than just obtaining it. Whether you ultimately decide to collect and display or take them apart and build your own, knowing the potential is there feels more appropriate to the philosophy of a construction toy.
I am eager to see what this theme brings us in the future, and indeed the new Pirates of the Caribbean BrickHeadz are revealed on the boxes of Belle and Beast! I am especially looking forward to rummaging through their inventories of exciting parts and colours.
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