BrickHeadz is a genre determined by some strict guidelines. However Krzysztof J does an awesome job of building beyond any rules. A ridiculously huge and funny trumpet and a wide glowing smile are what making a little figurine of Louis Armstrong instantly recognizable. Bonus points for such a smart one-piece classic bowtie.
BrickHeadz are a bit like Marmite, dividing opinion into “love them” or “hate them” camps. It seems that even this famous theoretical physicist is not immune to becoming a squared mass of bricks. Krzysztof J has chosen to depict Einstein with his infamous tongue sticking-out pose next to a blackboard demonstrating his widely known equation E = mc 2. I love the 1×1 tile representing the ‘squared’ part of the equation and the builder’s clever use of a grille tile for Einstein’s furrowed brow.
Disney’s Frozen left us with a couple of heavy earworms still playing in the very background of our minds, but CK HO doesn’t let our favourite winter characters go. Recreated in the style of BrickHeadz, Elsa and Anna (featuring Olaf and Swen) do not look as excited as the versions by YOS Lego we featured previously, but this time they include not only bananas, but also some croissants.
Ever since LEGO revealed their BrickHeadz line, AFOLs around the world have entered a building frenzy trying to replicate the souless, blocky style of the series. Out of the hundreds of custom BrickHeadz I’ve seen, Yang Wang‘s Rick and Morty Brickheadz are hands down my favorite.
Yang chose the perfect color palette to depict Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith. Just look at Rick’s unibrow and spiky hair! Morty even has two Megaseeds. And while the background might be an offense to the eyes, it’s a clear reference to Dimension 35C (home of the coveted Megaseeds).
There’s been a lot of LEGO creations inspired by LEGO’s new Brickheadz line recently. So it takes something special to catch the eye and rise above the rest of the blocky crowd. James Zhan does exactly that with these renditions of the Staypuft Marshmallow Man and Dr. Venkman from Ghostbusters.
Mr. Puft is looking very dapper in his sailor’s hat, and there’s good work on his little red bow tie too. Setting him loose amidst some microscaled buildings is a nice touch to give an idea of a different scale. Peter Venkman looks fetching in his boiler suit, and the ghost trap is excellent. But just check out Smiler — the use of a green minifigure tub as his mouth is absolutely inspired!
The animal suit characters from LEGO’s Collectible Minifigures line have proven to be highly popular and rather hard to find. The result: many crumpled blind packs left in every retail case, due to heavy violation by human fingertips in search of a pig- or chicken-suited minifigure. Jared Chan decided to stop looking and build his own – in a slightly different scale. And thanks to Jared’s talents they look just as cute in Brickheadz form. My favorite? Lizard Suit Guy on the rampage! I really hope Jared works on the rest of the suit family members, just to satisfy our completionist needs.
These cute incarnations of famous fast food characters by Eric Mok in LEGO Brickheadz fashion are a tasty treat. Ronald Mcdonald’s hairdo is spot-on, as are his clothes, right down to his collars. Eric has managed to sneak in the signature arches on Birdie’s outfit, and Hamburglar’s tie even spots a burger-like printed element. And as if the figures weren’t enough, the base stands are shaped like mouth-watering cheeseburgers.
If I was in McDonalds marketing, I’d be trying to figure out how to mass-produce these for a Happy Meal giveaway promo.
The Brothers Brick gives you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our Weekly Brick Report for the third week of March.
TBB NEWS & REVIEWS: Ahoy, me mateys! This week we have the skinny on all the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sets, as well a tour from inside LEGO’s US headquarters.
- New sets from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales now available – LEGO VIP-card holders can now purchase the 71042 Silent Mary as well as the Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Armando Salazar BrickHeadz.
- Review of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 71042 Silent Mary – In our exclusive review, we found that this ghost ship packs a ton of parts and play features, but heads up, it has a few holes and will not float.
- Review of LEGO BrickHeadz 41593 Captain Jack Sparrow and 41594 Captain Armando Salazar – Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Armando Salazar retail for $9.99 USD/£9.99/9,99 €. They have 109 and 118 pieces respectively, and what could be a bacon tile!
- LEGO announces new McLaren 720S Speed Champions set – The bright orange McLaren 720S (set 75880) will be joining the likes of the Ford GT, Bugatti Chiron, and more.
- Inside the LEGO Enfield RLUG Workshop – Get TBB’s the inside scoop from LEGO’s US headquarters with interviews from LEGO Ideas, Rebrick, LEGO House and the LEGO Ambassador Network.
- The LEGO Group reports highest earnings ever in 2016, but US sales flat – LEGO reported the highest revenue in the company’s 85-year history in 2016, though US sales were flat.
- This week’s Amazon Sales include Star Wars, Minecraft, Technic, and Creator Sets – We have the best of Amazon’s LEGO Sales and Deals for you with some awesome sets.
TBB INTERVIEWS & INSTRUCTIONS: We’ve got double the building fun for you this week and two interviews with some amazing builders.
- Instructions to build DOOM Guy – TBB’s own Iain Heath shared some instructions to build DOOM’s hero equipped with a basic shotgun.
- Build your own LEGO Tallneck from Horizon Zero Dawn – Here are some instructions from builder Wayne de Beer to make your own Tallneck from Horizon: Zero Dawn.
- Spaceship, Spaceship, Spaceship: A peek into the mind of British builder Jeremy Williams – Do you like space? because British builder Jeremy Williams sure does!
- Bricks, Bikes and a Book: a talk with German brick artist Aran Jistukawa-Hudson – We talk to Aran about his super cool LEGO art and unique philosophy on life.
We all knew this was going to happen sooner or later: the invasion of BrickHeadz has crossed over to a galaxy far far away. Jared Chan brings us four Star Wars characters; the twins Luke and Leia along with Han and C-3PO. I’m impressed with the builder’s use of a limited palette of gold bricks to pull off the shiny protocol droid.
With LEGO’s introduction of BrickHeadz, we’re starting to see fan builders apply their creativity to featuring their favourite characters in this new form. Mark Gotidoc captures the essence of these five Pixar characters’ emotions cleverly with just the right tones and elements, but with one difference from LEGO sets: no printed body parts. The only parts which are printed are the eyes, which truly convey the expressions of each individual. The rest are cleverly fashioned in minimal parts but with maximum effect.
I particularly like how some of the fists are fashioned with “lamp holder” pieces, instead of the expected plate holders (which to me look like hooks more than anything else).
Last week, we brought you reviews for the new LEGO BrickHeadz LEGO Batman Movie characters and Marvel characters. This week, we’re taking a look at the next two in the series: 41595 Belle and 41596 Beast. Like all the BrickHeadz, they retail for $9.99 USD, and they’re available now for LEGO VIP-card holders both in LEGO stores and from the LEGO Shop Online.
LEGO’s new line of BrickHeadz characters are available now for LEGO VIP Program members on the LEGO Shop online. These sets will be available to the general public beginning Wednesday, March 1. LEGO’s VIP Program is free to join, and you can sign up online, so you can still order your BrickHeadz today even if you’re not already a VIP member. You can check out our reviews of The LEGO Batman Movie sets and Marvel Avengers sets if you’re not sure which one you want to buy first.
Also revealed today are two new characters from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Included in the instruction books and on the boxes for 41595 Belle and 41596 Beast are images for none other than Captain Jack Sparrow (41593) and a new character: Captain Armando Salazar (41594).