REVIEW – LEGO BRICKHEADZ DC COMICS SERIES 1

REVIEW – LEGO BRICKHEADZ DC COMICS SERIES 1

Back in January I brought you news that LEGO were launching a new theme loosely based on the popular Urban Vinyl Designer Toys heavily dominated by Funko’s Pop! Vinyl (link here). Fast forward to today and I’ve finally got my hands on the new LEGO Brickheadz. The first series is broken down into three license themes – DC Comics, Marvel and Disney each containing 4 Brickheadz. For the first review I’ve kicked off with the DC Comics range.

Before I go into each individual review I wanted to discuss some of the core aspects of the new Brickheadz that is universal across the range.

To start off each Brickheadz comes with the same standard base plate that utilises four elements and contains a universal printed tile. The printed tile has a stylised Brickheadz and a speech bubble with a big number 1 denoting series 1. Now not to sound too negative from the get go, but not a fan of this tile. It’s rather boring and kinda distracts from the overall Brickheadz when on the stand. Just my opinion, but a Brickheadz specific silhouette and name of character or maybe logo would have looked better especially when on display. Sadly it doesn’t end there, the other problem is the base should really have used two modified plates (1 x 4 with 2 Studs). With only one the brickheadz connection is a bit unstable.

On a positive note each Brickheadz comes with a generous variety of unique printed tiles and doesn’t utilise any stickers. This is a nice touch especially considering the low price point.

Now the core is fairly simple and LEGO has set a new standard to ensure all Brickheadz follow the same format and dimension. The core heavily utilizes a new brick introduced back in early 2016 with the LEGO Modular Brick Bank 10251 and is now a main stay in over 39 sets and counting. The new brick officially called “brick 1x2x1 2/3 W/4 knobs” which I’m going to call 4 knobs for ease, helps build up the core walls while giving easy options to cover the final Brickheadz with the applicable character specific skin. Also interesting to note the inner core always has a pink 2×2 brick (makes me think brain).

Lastly for series 1 LEGO has fixed the price across all Brickheadz AUD $15.99 / USD $9.99 / GBP £9.99 (prices are based on the LEGO online shop) even though the piece count varies quite a lot across the range. Bearing in mind the target market, this pitches LEGO Brickheadz in direct competition with Funko’s Pop! and even a few dollars (Australian market) cheaper.

Well that’s the core aspects covered now let’s have a look at the individual DC Comics range.

LEGO Brickheadz Batman 41585

First off the rank LEGO Brickheadz Batman 41585 which seems fitting with the LEGO Batman Movie out at the moment (well nearly in Australia). At 91 piece count Batman is the lowest across the DC Comic Brickheadz range.

The box comes with a standard instruction booklet, 2 bags of LEGO and a loose base plate. If your precious with your boxes (I’m not) then you may be disappointed with the punch hole opening mechanism, as it’s hard to open without causing much damage.

The build is simple enough, but given this is Batman the colour palette and detail is quite plain. Not an issue with LEGO, but Batman is the least exciting build and model of the DC Comic Brickheadz lineup. There are some highlights such as his nice detailed utility belt and logo. He also has some cool glow in the dark eyes which worked surprisingly well even in semi dark rooms. LEGO has come a long way with its glow in the dark plastic pieces over the years. The final model has a nice solid feel and was smaller and more compatt than I thought – not a bad thing.

For those interested a few of my Batman standard LEGO minifigures jumped in to give you a feel for the sizing of the Brickheadz.

LEGO Brickheadz Batgirl 41586

Next up is LEGO Brickheadz Batgirl 41586. Batgirl weighs in slightly bigger in the piece count tally at 99 pieces.

As with Batman she comes with the standard array, instruction booklet, 2 x bags and loose base plate. The box colour scheme is the same across the DC Comic Brickheadz utilising the yellow/orange and black.

Batgirl was a bit more interesting to build and had some additional features that helped add character to this Brickheadz. The first was the blocky, but in keeping ponytail cleverly incorporated above the big expansive yellow cape. Her ears are also a prominent feature and utilises the shield tile first brought to us by LEGO via the NEXO KNIGHTS theme. Lastly being a Dockers fan (those not in Australia – local West Australian Football team) I love the colour palette.

LEGO Brickheadz Robin 41587

Now it’s time for Batman’s original sidekick Robin to make an appearance. Robin continues the trend of increasing piece count and comes in at 101 pieces.

Same again instruction booklet, 2 x bags and a loose base plate. Another point worth noting is the packaging is nice and compatt, so you don’t get any needless voids in the box and excess packaging.

Robin takes Brickheadz to the next level and was a really exciting build. All based around the same core as the previous two however, this time round we have a more varied colour palette and some funky details. First off is Robin’s iconic and goofy glasses from the current LEGO Batman Movie (LEGO has smartly used life raft rings for his oversized glasses). Next up is Robin’s cool little hair quiff and to end on is the nicely detailed printed chest tile with Robin’s little “R” patch.

LEGO Brickheadz The Joker 41588

It’s almost like LEGO deliberately designed and numbered the DC Comic range, so that would start with Batman (ok) and end on The Joker (awesome).

The box contents are the same as previous Brickheadz however, you notice straight away that this is a full box. The amount of LEGO that comes out of this box makes you feel like you’ve grabbed a bargain (even at non discounted prices). The Joker comes in at a whooping 151 pieces, but LEGO has kindly held the price the same as the other Brickheadz. Now you can either feel ripped off buying the other Brickheadz or feel that you’re getting a bargain with The Joker – I definitely feel the later!

The hair it’s all about the hair and I love it! so many cool green pieces (a whooping 82 to be precise) go into making The Jokers amazing hair do. Maybe I’m MOC crazy but all I can think is what a great tree I can make if a but 4 or 5 Jokers. Of course there are some other very worthy points to note, such as the printed tiles that hit top marks with small details such as skulls on the tie and buttons and the spot on colour palette.

Now while this is my favorite there is a small issue and that’s The Joker’s center of gravity. With his luscious mane of hair his center of gravity has been shifted to the back of the Brickheadz. On its own this isn’t necessarily an issue, but combined with the base plate problem highlighted earlier (lack of second stud to connect to) means The Joker is a little unstable and easily topples over.

In closing Brickheadz is a great new theme that will definitely appeal to those that have a love for LEGO and Urban Vinyl Designer Toys. If you haven’t heard of Funko’s Pop! or don’t have the space to display these little creations then Brickheadz may not be for you. Personally I appreciate the work and design that has gone into this new theme, but my head space is well and truly into other LEGO themes.

As always would love hear other peeps thoughts on Brickheadz and of course if you’ve got creative and made your own Brickheadz that you would love to share that would be awesome!

Final Rating: 7 out of 10

Happy Building!

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