The Maneki-Neko, or “Beckoning Cat” is a symbol of good fortune, originally from Japan, but commonly referred to as a Chinese Lucky Cat due to its frequent appearance in shop, business, and restaurant entrances in China, and in Chinatowns across the world. With Chinese New Year approaching at the end of January, LEGO is introducing a Lucky Cat to its Brick Headz range. Read on to see what we thought when we got our paws on a set…
Usually, fan-built BrickHeadz models feature well-known public figures or fictional characters from pop culture, like The Little Mermaid, Scooby Doo & Shaggy, Rose Tico and Jar Jar, and my own Trump and Putin BrickHeadz. For a nice change, this Hazmat responder by √erde’ is a really well-designed model true to the BrickHeadz aesthetic while clearly depicting the Hazmat uniform. Armed with what looks like a flame-thrower, humanity is safe from any potential outbreak.
One of my favorite details is the simple use of hinge plates in two colors to form the life support tube on the front, and he has a complete life support system on his back.
Brickheadz are a fairly common subject here on The Brothers Brick, whether reviewing official sets, sharing instructions to build your own, or showcasing custom creations. Fan-built tributes to this chunky and highly-collectible series are popping up all over, and today we’re featuring a couple of classics built by Andrew Cookston.
On the left, is Batman from the 1960’s original television series starring Adam West, which made sound effects from printed comics come to life with a bang. On the right, we have Two-Face, a.k.a. former DA Harvey Dent, from the Batman animated series from the early 90’s. Both models are spot-on accurate in their resemblance to their on-screen inspirations.
When we set out to plan our April First content, a lot of great ideas were suggested. But when the idea to build BrickHeadz of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin was suggested, we knew we had a winner. I was thrilled to build them, having already designed and built custom BrickHeadz of Santa, and recently, a Leprechaun.
My first idea was to really make it a solid caricature, with comb-over blowing in the wind, and a shirtless Putin. But the trick to any good April Fools joke is to have enough realism to make it plausible, to really make people think, the same way that the best lies have a kernel of truth. So we decided that they should have that certain official “LEGO BrickHeadz style.” Luckily for me, the recent release of the LEGO Go Brick Me set that we have recently reviewed included just the parts we needed to give our custom BrickHeadz that kernel of truth.
The article was very successful and even led to some folks contacting LEGO about how they could get a copy of the set (for reals, please don’t do that). Sadly, this set will never be available to purchase (LEGO Education has much more important work to do like helping teach creativity to kids than making satirical products). But we are proud to share the instructions here, and while we don’t have a parts list, most of the parts used are readily available along with the Go Brick Me set, available now in stores.
The custom Brickhead models just keep coming! I am glad to see that the latest LEGO building trend to make custom versions of the popular Brickheadz line is not limited to pop-culture like Star Wars and Marvel. This Roman centurion by Koen demonstrates some very nice parts usage. From the mini-fig spear and shield to an assortment of recently released curved and angled tile elements. And don’t miss the gold printed Wonder Woman tile! The curved fan on the helmet really completes the look.
In addition to the LEGO Marvel Avengers Infinity War sets that are now available, an additional four BrickHeadz sets from the upcoming mega-blockbuster have been revealed. They include Iron-Man MK50, Thanos, Star-Lord, and Gamora.
These sets will be available April 1st for $9.99 USD each.
With Lunar New Year upon us, what better way to celebrate than to feature the three stars of Happiness, Prosperity, and Longevity in Cubedude and Brickheadz form? Whichever style you prefer, these three figures by tankm are here to wish you all the best in the year of the dog.
Personally, I really appreciate the detailed mustache and beards featured on the Brickheadz versions
These two characters represent the first of many Star Wars BrickHeadz on the way (not including the exclusive for New York Comic Con). 41485 Finn and 41486 Captain Phasma retail for $9.99 each with 91 and 127 pieces, respectively, including several new prints.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me! For those of you who have yearned for new swashbuckling LEGO sets, today is your day. LEGO VIP-card holders both in LEGO stores and on the LEGO Shop Online can now purchase the 71042 Silent Mary as well as the Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Armando Salazar BrickHeadz. The sets are based on the upcoming film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
You’ll need to be signed in as a VIP member on the LEGO Shop Online for the sets to show as available to purchase. LEGO’s VIP membership is free, and gives early access to sets like this as well as netting you points on all purchases, redeemable for discounts.