This is nothing new, but seeing as Brickheadz is currently the theme I have been focusing on the most at the momento, I decided to write up a few articles on them, so you can eventually build your very own models!
History of the Brickheadz
Starting off: what even is a Brickheadz? Brickheadz are collectible, buildable figures, with a particular big-headed blocky style (along with the likes of another collectible figure series that shall remain nameless!). They began as gifts from LEGO designer Austin Carlson. He started giving them away to his co-workers and they were eventually pitched to LEGO as an official theme, eventually setting Marcos Bessa as lead designer.
The theme was first announced in SDCC back in 2016, with 4 exclusive 2-packs from DC and Marvel Comics. The official line started in 2017 and has been growing ever since. The theme now includes characters from Disney, Marvel, DC, Harry Potter, and even some seasonal builds. With the new Mandalorian 2-pack coming out later this year, the total comes up to 114 models!
An average Brickheadz is 23 plates tall, depending on any hair or headgear which would give it an additional plate or two.
The head is composed of 12 (bricks) giving a 4×4 stud building area on every side and on top of the head. The face itself has a 2-plate thickness that allows a bit more flexibility with hairstyle/face combos when building.
Connecting the head to the torso there’s usually a 4×4 plate that can represent different parts of the body depending on the build, but in the vast majority, it is used for collars.
The torso itself is 7 plates tall, with a 2×2 building area on the sides where the arms will be attached.
Under the torso, we have a 4-tall leg build, which usually has a 2×4 plate with three 1×2 plates for the legs.
These are the “basic” Brickheadz guidelines. Obviously, there are a lot of options when building these, and there have been several official builds that stray off the norm, giving us very cool unconventional models. Some examples would be:
- The Hulk’s arms (which I call “buff arms”), which later became a bit shorter with Infinity War Thanos
- The small builds (which I call “3x3s”) like Yoda, Rocket, or Hedwig.
- The floating builds like the ghost, scarecrow, and Slimer.
- The chubby Homer Simpson shares a belly compartment build with Santa.
- Bigger feet like on Mickey/Minnie and the Scarecrow.
- The limited-edition Nonnie BrickHeadz that was given to attendees of the 2017 LEGO Inside Tour.
There were rumors of this series being discontinued last year, but the series is still strong. As I said before, there’s a new Mandalorian 2-pack coming up later this year, and some talk on the rumor mill says there are even more coming up. Official or not, LEGO still is at heart a creative medium, so there will always be custom builds!