The LEGO BrickHeadz line introduced a wonderful way to build yourself, your siblings, or your friends, with the 41596 BrickHeadz Go Brick Me set. Now there’s another opportunity for depicting yourself or your chums in the brick — this time in celebration of a wedding. 40383 Bride and 40384 Groom allow you to build a happy couple to mark any upcoming nuptials. It’s a nice idea, and feels like it would make a great wedding gift for a LEGO-loving couple. But what are the sets actually like, and how many options are there for customising the figures?
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LEGO 40383 BrickHeadz Bride contains 306 pieces and is available now for US $12.99 | CAN $16.99 | UK £11.99. LEGO 40384 BrickHeadz Groom contains 255 pieces and is also available now for US $12.99 | CAN $16.99 | UK £11.99
The boxes and their contents
The boxes feel surprisingly weighty — a hint about the large quantity of parts contained within. The front and rear images depict some of the variations possible in skin tone, hair colour, and accessories. There’s an impressive amount of customisation possible straight out of the box, allowing the set to be used as intended across various ethnicities. I also think it’s a smart move that the figures don’t come as a pair — allowing same-sex couples to join in the celebrations.
Sadly my box for the bride arrived damaged, with the front punctured and torn. Thankfully there are no loose pieces inside so all the contents appeared to be present and correct. The boxes contain parts bags and the 44-page manuals which guide you through the construction process, and suggest ways to customise each figure. The sheer volume of parts is a pleasant surprise — these sets each contain more than double the standard part count for other single BrickHeadz figures.
The build process
Construction of both figures begins from the bottom-up, with the bride seeing studs-out bricks employed early in the process as attachment points for the curves of her dress, and the groom’s smart waistcoat and bow tie appearing almost immediately.
The groom is a quicker build than his darling fiance, quickly getting to that stage of any BrickHeadz build where the figure looks like some horrifying robot from a sci-fi movie. The bride’s dress is a more complex construction than the groom’s suit, and she remains headless by this stage.
After a few more building steps, we reach the traditional point in wedding preparations where the groom is basically ready to go, but the bride hasn’t got her face or hair done yet…
As you put together the bride’s hairdo and veil, all that remains for the groom is to find his hat, and make sure he has the ring…
At the end of the build, the happy couple look can look lovingly into each other’s unnerving blinkless stare…
The sets contain bricks in brown, nougat, and tan to build each figure in 3 different skin tones, and the parts used for the hair on both male and female are available in yellow, brown, and black. Both bride and groom can choose to wear glasses or not, and the groom can opt to be clean-shaven or to go “Full Teddy Roosevelt” with a grandiose moustache.
When it comes to outfits, the bride’s dress features opportunities to customise with little colour details and flowers, whilst the groom’s suit can be built in black or dark blue, and he also gets the option of a top hat. With some minor facial reconstruction surgery, the groom can enjoy the benefits of glasses at the same time as sporting a moustache.
Overall, it’s an impressive set of options. By my sums, even ignoring the more minor variations of flower colour etc, there are 18 different combinations of appearance for the bride, and no fewer than 54 combinations of appearance for the groom.
My only complaint, hailing as I do from a Celtic nation, is the lack of provision for the Gingers. What about the redheads LEGO, eh? Where’s the Ginger-Love?
Having said that, even a modest additional brick collection will create a near-infinite array of options to expand on the sets. If the multiple combinations in the boxes don’t offer the perfect match, it’d be relatively easy to put together your own ideal configuration.
There are a handful of interesting parts in these two sets. In particular, there’s a lot of lovely nougat — especially tiles and jumper plates. Aside from the standard BrickHeadz eye tiles, there are only two printed parts — there’s a 1×4 brick with a subtle (ie. almost invisible) lace detailing for the bride’s dress, and then the silvered waistcoat and bow tie 1x2x2 brick for the groom.
As previously indicated, there’s an impressive quantity of parts in each set, with plenty of leftover bricks once you’ve put together your chosen figure. It feels like a generous selection for the price.
Conclusion & recommendation
If you’re a fan of the BrickHeadz aesthetic, or a collector of the theme, then 40383 Bride and 40384 Groom make for a fun duo to add to your display. They’re nicely-designed, and the construction process is fun, if not dramatically different from other BrickHeadz figures.
However, if you’re a LEGO fan who’s getting married, or know a LEGO-loving couple who are about to tie the knot, then these figures are a no-brainer. They’ve got all the appeal and inclusion of LEGO’s previous foray into BrickHeadz customisation, with the added charm of being specially designed to celebrate the most special of occasions.
And finally, if you’re a regular LEGO fan who couldn’t care less about the institution of marriage (after all, who wants to be in an institution?) then these sets make for decent parts packs — coming in around 4 or 5 cents per piece.
Overall, this pair of sets makes for a proposal you’d be mad to turn down. Go on, get hitched to them.
The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick these sets for review. Providing TBB with product guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.