Again in late 2017, earlier than LEGO launched any BrickHeadz characters from the Star Wars Basic Trilogy, we reviewed the New York Comedian-Con unique Boba Fett & Han Solo in Carbonite. I excoriated LEGO for creating synthetic shortage in what would inevitably be an extremely in style set. That set is now promoting for a minimum of $200 on eBay, however there’s excellent news: LEGO has now launched one other wave of Star Wars BrickHeadz characters, this time together with Boba Fett (41629), Princess Leia (41628), and Luke Skywalker & Yoda (41627).
The packaging & directions
The Luke/Yoda two-pack consists of elements in three unnumbered luggage, as does Boba Fett, whereas the items for Leia come within the regular two luggage. It’s fascinating that the Luke/Yoda two-pack has a unique packaging form from the double-wide fashion of field from earlier two-packs like Rey and Kylo Ren. Equally, the instruction booklet for Luke and Yoda has a special orientation from the others.
We’ve had a long term of LEGO BrickHeadz evaluations which have identified the boilerplate nature of the construct course of, and we’ve had a bent to skip this part of the assessment completely. However recently, LEGO designers have begun innovating on the template, not simply with variations on the studs-out portion of the character’s face, however with extra intricate brick-built particulars. Though each Luke and Leia definitely comply with the usual BrickHeadz sample, Boba Fett incorporates some exceptional constructing methods to realize the design of his Mandalorian helmet.
The double-corner panels maintain the small sub-assemblies proven within the photograph above in place, creating the center-line of Boba Fett’s helmet.
These sub-assemblies merely sit within the pocket created by the nook panels. Whereas hobbyist builders fairly incessantly use methods like this that expose tiles on their sides, we don’t typically see this type of distinctive answer in an official LEGO set. (Actually, the NYCC Boba Fett makes use of a completely totally different method — we’ll take a better take a look at a comparability later.)
Innovation doesn’t cease on the black nostril piece. Discover within the photograph above that the inexperienced 1×2 brick highlights the distinction in peak between the 2 sub-assemblies on their aspect and a “proper” brick peak. To carry the 2 sub-assemblies in place, a pair of brackets sit underneath a plate that extends from the rear of the physique. This can be a little bit of “LEGO geometry” you don’t see typically in a mean LEGO set.
New items & printed elements
One of many main appeals of BrickHeadz units is the big selection of distinctive printed elements in every set (past the standard eyes). This batch of characters is not any totally different. Luke Skywalker has a shirt and belt whereas Yoda has a printed 1x2x2 brick for his Jedi robes.
Princess Leia’s belt can also be printed, however combines a 1×2 brick in addition to 1×1 plate printed on the aspect (with one additional belt plate).
Lastly, Boba Fett encompasses a plethora of printed items. These involved that the NYCC Boba Fett had never-to-be-seen-again elements might be happy to see that three of the printed items are equivalent between the 2 variations.
The completed characters
Luke Skywalker wears the jumpsuit that he seems in when he battles Darth Vader on Bespin, and is thus the identical character variant as the most recent Luke minifig in 75222 Betrayal at Cloud Metropolis. His jumpsuit is darkish tan, and his hair can also be darkish tan. Luke’s lightsaber deal with clips onto his belt, and he carries a blaster, whereas Yoda carries a easy strolling stick (there’s an additional lightsaber deal with within the set, together with a trans-blue blade).
When LEGO first began making BrickHeadz, they started utilizing tan for Caucasian pores and skin tones, somewhat than producing new bricks in “light flesh” simply as they do with minifigures in licensed themes. BrickHeadz characters like Finn use colours like brown to reflect the pores and skin tones of corresponding minifigs. However by making that call for the primary BrickHeadz characters a pair years in the past, LEGO has now backed themselves right into a nook in conditions like Luke’s during which his jumpsuit ought to truly be tan fairly than darkish tan, thus making his clothes and hair the identical colour, in flip making Luke seem as if he’s sporting a hoodie. That impression is mitigated, although, by his extremely textured hair.
Yoda follows the three×three template of smaller characters just like the snowy owl in 41615 Harry Potter & Hedwig. Yoda’s huge ears and the white hair behind them are constructed from small sub-assemblies hooked up by way of headlight bricks, however in any other case Yoda is only a smaller model of the usual BrickHeadz template. His Jedi hood is a stunning contact in again.
Princess Leia Organa is the plainest of the three new Star Wars BrickHeadz characters, since she’s based mostly on the character as she seems in her flowing white senatorial gown in A New Hope. Her aspect buns are constructed from two pairs of 4 equivalent sub-assemblies, and I’m unsure that her excessive brow fairly works. It’s fascinating that LEGO selected to create her silver belt by constructing side-printed plates into both aspect of a 1×2 brick, fairly than printing a single 1×four tile, for instance.
The most detailed new LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz character is the bounty hunter Boba Fett. Along with taking an in depth take a look at the character by itself, we’ll examine this $10 LEGO set with the same model that’s now promoting for no less than $200 on eBay and BrickLink. Boba Fett is constructed from 161 items, in contrast with 124 items for Princess Leia (or 104 items for Darth Vader). All the extra items comprise Boba Fett’s detailed helmet, cape, and jetpack.
Boba Fett appears incredible from nearly any angle, with a number of printed parts on his helmet, in addition to his left shoulder pauldron and belt.
The largest variations between the $10 Boba Fett and the $200+ Boba Fett are in a number of features of their colour schemes. The new Boba Fett’s jetpack incorporates azure parts, whereas his cape is darkish inexperienced. The earlier Boba Fett has a darkish tan cape and sand inexperienced jetpack.
When you’re questioning if LEGO acquired it improper in both case, they didn’t — the primary BrickHeadz Boba Fett depicts the bounty hunter as he seems in The Empire Strikes Again, whereas the newest model depicts him as seen in Return of the Jedi.
The subsequent most blatant distinction is within the totally totally different method during which the helmet’s faceplate is constructed. Whereas each variations incorporate 2×2 wedge plates as the important thing structural element of his cheekpieces, the brand new model provides printed 2×2 triangle tiles on both aspect of the vertical nosepiece we famous within the construct part earlier within the evaluate. The earlier model angled the cheekpieces on hinges, with the darkish inexperienced wedge plates stacked on darkish purple nook tiles. Whereas delicate, the helmet’s visor seems sharper with a black design printed on purple slightly than the opposite method round. (The brow space of the helmet can also be improved subtly by attaching the 1×2 plate with door rail to the highest of Boba Fett’s head somewhat than sticking up from his face.) The new triangle tiles additionally give the Mando helmet a sleeker, fiercer look, which accentuates the modifications to the torso space, with a decrease waistline for the belt (which is flat somewhat than curved within the new model) and extra apparent chest armor in darkish inexperienced.
With main variations that mirror true-to-the-movies costume variations (leaving a definite character variant within the palms of these of us who bought the NYCC-exclusive set), the remaining variations are real enhancements even when underlying buildings just like the nosepiece subassemblies aren’t instantly apparent.
Conclusions & suggestions
From the attitude of long-time collectors and hardcore followers, it appeared odd and a bit irritating that LEGO delayed the discharge of Basic Trilogy BrickHeadz almost a yr after the primary ones from the brand new trilogy (beginning with Rey & Kylo Ren, Finn, and Phasma), and a yr after releasing a limited-run model of Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite, as if to taunt and tease LEGO Star Wars followers. However these frustrations can now be put aside with the addition of a number of key characters from the Unique Trilogy.
In truth, these newest 4 BrickHeadz characters match completely with the primary small wave launched this summer time. Right here we have now Boba Fett reminding Darth Vader that Han Solo is most beneficial to him alive.
And a Skywalker household portrait (with an invisible, ghostly Padmé).
For these of us much less serious about Marvel and DC superheroes or Disney cartoon characters, it’s nice to lastly get a extra full forged of Star Wars characters to embellish our desks with. These three new BrickHeadz units (with 4 new characters) are incredible additions to the collection, and must-have purchases for all LEGO Star Wars followers.
Every of those LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz characters is on the market now.
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