The LEGO® BrickHeadz theme continues its domination of all known and imagined universes by bringing us collectable characters from some of today's most popular franchises. Sven Franic sees how this latest batch get along, including its introduction of a new template for smaller BrickHeadz characters. Editorial note: Although views expressed by Harry Potter's creator do not align with that of New Elementary, we continue to cover HP sets. Read about our stance here.
review the first batch of BrickHeadz more than a year ago. I never would have guessed at the time that Marcos Bessa’s standard for chibi characters would gain so much popularity. There is a high standard of quality behind the sets, considering the price range. Despite their blocky outer appearance, it takes a lot of tiny slopes and tiles to capture the spirit of a character. All decorations are printed and applied generously, and the sets tend to come with a lot of freshly re-coloured pieces.
Let’s sift through the inventories really quick.
Harry Potter BrickHeadzHarry Potter recently made a smashing comeback onto the shelves of LEGO stores, and BrickHeadz were some of the first tangible characters available from the franchise. 41615 Harry Potter & Hedwig is also the first of the new format of BrickHeadz sets where one full sized character is paired with a smaller companion based on a 3x3 footprint rather than the original 4x4.
Some of the most exciting new elements of 2018 for me are the 1x1 bracket (Design ID 36841) and 1x1 inverted bracket (36840). It just so happens that Mr. Potter and his owl are the first to find their way to me with a sample. The set comes with the inverted version of the 1x1 bracket (Element ID 6234695 | Design ID 36840) in Black, shown on the left below.
The set is also home to some new recolours of existing elements. 1x3 Jumper (6195371|34103) in White, Brick, Modified 1 x 1 x 1 2/3 with Studs on 1 Side (6228987|32952) in Black and the 4l Bar (6238014|30374) in Dark Brown.
41616 Hermione Granger shares the wand with potter, 4l Bar (6238014|30374) in Dark Brown and her printed skirt piece (Element ID 6237035) looks like it has good potential to be used for other applications.
Frozen BrickHeadzUSA|UK) are another 4x4 & 3x3 pair and the set is a gem in terms of newly recoloured pieces.
- Brick 1 x 1 with Studs on 2 Adjacent Sides (6224811|26604) in White,
- Plate, Modified 1 x 2 Rounded with 2 Open Studs (6210272|35480) in White,
- the “coffee filter” Bar 1L with 1 x 1 Round Plate (6233909|32828) in Reddish Brown,
- the “pizza tile” Tile, Round 1 x 1 Quarter (6228968|25269) in Dark Orange and (6228968) Bright Reddish Violet [TLG] / Magenta [BL],
- and also shares the Brick, Modified 1 x 1 x 1 2/3 with Studs on 1 Side (6228987|32952) in Black.
USA|UK) is home to another colour of the new 1x1 inverted bracket, now in Cool Yellow [TLG] / Bright Light Yellow [BL].
Star Wars BrickHeadz
41619 Darth Vader (Amazon USA|UK) is bit low on new recolours, but his decorations have potential for reuse.
41620 Stormtrooper (Amazon USA|UK) shares the 1x3 Jumper (6195371|34103) in White with Harry Potter & Hedwig and Plate, Modified 1 x 2 Rounded with 2 Open Studs (6210272|35480) in White with Anna & Olaf.
The addition of the new 3x3 standard makes the BrickHeadz more scale-dynamic. Uneven stud counts usually require more complex constructions which means more variety of parts.
Here is a comparison between a regular Nonnie (the "blank template" for BrickHeadz) and a 3x3 version.
I am not sure about the ears since all the 3x3 characters so far are non-human creatures.
Come back next time for an exclusive in-depth interview with BrickHeadz designer Marcos Bessa.
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