A few days ago we reviewed the first four LEGO BrickHeadz characters, all from The LEGO Batman Movie. Today we’re moving on to the second four characters in BrickHeadz Series 1, the Marvel characters. We get Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, and The Hulk. Like all the BrickHeadz, they will retail for $9.99 USD, and they’re available beginning Feb. 15 for LEGO VIP-card holders both in LEGO stores and from the LEGO Shop Online.
As we mentioned in our last review, each of the characters’ boxes are numbered for Series 1, with the DC characters being 1-4, the Marvel characters 5-8, and the Disney characters 11-12. The back of the Disney character boxes reveal what the missing two characters are, but LEGO has asked us not to show them yet, although images are available elsewhere.
The brick-built figures adorn the fronts of these cubish boxes, and they won’t take up too much space on store shelves, which is good because we’ll be getting 12 at a time.
The blue boxes look nice, and show the characters from Captain America: Civil War. Poor Hulk didn’t get a contract for that film though, so he’s stuck with red box art from Avengers: Age of Ultron, meaning this particular piece of merchandising is appearing nearly two years after the film’s debut—an oddity in the Marvel cinematic universe’s toy sales.
All of the BrickHeadz come with a stand made of four elements, including a 2×4 black tile displaying the BrickHeadz logo and the series number.
41589 Captain America, 79 pieces, $9.99
This Captain America is dressed in dark blue, unlike the San Diego Comic Con exclusive Captain America BrickHead who wore a standard blue outfit of an older design with helmet wings.
Cap gets a few exclusive printed elements for the torso and giant A on his mask. The shield is the same one that appears in the minifigure versions. This character uses the fewest pieces of any of the Series 1 sets.
Cap’s right hand has the clip facing forward to hold the shield, and he also gets a clip built into the back for his shield. His skin is dark tan with tan tiles over top, and he has a 1×2 dark tan rail plate sticking out as a chin. I’m not sure why it’s not just a regular plate, and it makes the figure look a little bucktoothed from the side.
41590 Iron Man, 96 pieces, $9.99
Iron Man uses a nearly identical design the San Diego Comic Con exclusive version, but this new Iron Man is built with dark red and bright light orange instead of classic red and yellow. He’s also got square tiles on the sides of the head instead of 2×2 round plates.
Iron Man gets two unique tile prints for the armor suit, and a printed 4x2x2/3 curved slope for the helmet. He joins Batman as the only other character to not use the printed black 1×1 round tiles for eyes, instead going with trans-light blue 1×1 tiles with big white squares printed in the middle.
The body of Iron Man is a little different, using headlight bricks to inset the armor tiles. The back uses the same design (just without printing on the tiles) so you’ll get four bright light orange headlight bricks and eight dark red ones. The bright light orange ones only previously appeared in one Legends of Chima set in 2013, so chances are good you won’t have any already.
Lots of dark red tiles, in a variety of shapes from 1×1 to 2×4, and the ear tiles are held on with dark red jumper plates. I can’t help but think that the printed 1×2 tile on Iron Man’s torso looks like eyes staring back at me. My one complaint is that the SDCC version included Iron Man’s hand thrusters, made with 1×1 plates with a handle, and it’s a shame they’re not included here.
41591 Black Widow, 143 pieces, $9.99
With a utility belt buckle big enough to make a cowboy ashamed, Black Widow comes equipped with a pair of batons and extra pockets on her legs.
Apart from the standard BrickHeadz elements, Black Widow’s prints consist of a 1x2x2 dark grey brick for her suit, sporting a bright red belt buckle, and and two cuffs.
Black Widow has the second highest part count in Series 1, and a good chunk of that is dark orange elements for her hair. I was shocked when I realized that half the bag contents were dark orange, in quite a variety of elements.
Black Widow’s two batons are simple black bar 4Ls, though I mistakenly photographed her holding only one. Her utility belt wraps around, but the back is just a simple tile.
Here you can see just how voluminous Black Widow’s dark orange hair is, standing off the head by more than a brick in all directions.
Sadly, LEGO has some issues with color to work out, as not all of the dark orange elements are precisely the same shade. In my copy, this was particularly noticeable in 2×4 curved slopes on the top of her head, where the rear one is distinctly lighter.
41592 The Hulk, 93 pieces, $9.99
The only BrickHeadz character with arms extending away from their sides, Hulk looks like a cute green plushie doll.
Hulk’s only unique printed elements are his pecks and abs. They’re generic enough patterns on their own that I could see them being incorporated into a spaceship.
The Hulk’s think arms connect with a green 1×2 hinge brick (part 3937) and a green 2×2 top element (part 6134). The rare green hinge brick had only previously appeared in a few small sets in 2004 until its reappearance a few months ago in The Riddler’s Riddle Racer. The top half of the hinge has never appeared in green before.
Hulk’s green brow sticks out level with his eyes, giving him a slight Frankenstein’s monster look. His unruly hair is made with a mess of black cheese slopes and exposed studs.
Conclusion and recommendation
Although I’m generally a bigger Marvel fan, I think I prefer the ultra cute DC characters in this series. Nevertheless, these figures are great, and Hulk probably takes a close second to the Joker in adorableness. Even if you don’t like the characters or the art style, at $9.99 a pop these figures are loaded with great parts, including many exclusive and hard-to-find elements in great colors.
LEGO BrickHeadz will be available to LEGO VIP-card holders in LEGO stores and the LEGO Shop Online beginning Feb. 15, and available generally March 1.
Don’t miss our review of the LEGO BrickHeadz DC characters from The LEGO Batman Movie.