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LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 18 – Party Clown – (4 of 17)

PARTY CLOWNMinifigure: #04 of 17 – Party Clown
Released: April 1, 2018
MSRP: $3.99
Pieces: 9
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As we’ve covered before, at the moment, Police Officer (col18-8) appears to be the most sought after CMF of this series. We anticipate that after the secondary market is awash with thirty dollar police officers, that lucrative price will come down, interest will wane, and we’ll look to the rest of the series for important parts and figures. Aside from the Brick Guy (col18-2) and Girl (col18-3), Party Clown (col18-4), is another heavy contender due to the colorful figure and his brand new accessories. And while this isn’t the sole clown made by LEGO, it is img_2054another completely different minifigure for your collection.

This particular version of the top hat is one of the far more striking elements in this pack. It’s a recoloring of the element introduced with Penguin from the first wave of LEGO Batman Movie sets in The Penguin Arctic Roller (70911). The hat is in lime with a printed dark purple flower on one side and a green patch printed on the other. The printing on the hat is perfect, as is the printing on the face. With the white circles around the eyes, the big red nose, and the thin red line around the broad white smile, the face printing is without flaws and distinctly different than any other.

Below the head piece, goes the first red bowtie element. Again, we’ve gotten this before in black and dark blue from Batcave Break-In (70909) and The Scuttler (70908), respectively. Variety in recoloring elements, and being repeated in other sets is great for customers and customizations alike. And as we continue from top to bottom, naturally, Party Clown’s torso is a fabulous nightmare of garish color clashing. The torso itself is orange with purple molded arm pieces and white hands for gloves. There is white printing for the collar of the clown, but it doesn’t seem to be enough as some of the orange is able to shine through a bit. The collar and striping img_2055is in dark purple and there’s a swatch of lime for the cummerbund.

We also get another coloring for the long suit tails, that came with incarnations of The Joker from LEGO Batman Movie sets; this time in orange. And those tails rest on the lime hips and legs assembly with a little bit of dark purple printing for creases and decoration for the clown’s pants. Party Clown stands on another modified tile with four studs across the middle in orange.

He also comes with two versions of a brand new element. They’re little balloon animals in trans-dark pink and trans-green. The elements have a bar where the body should be so that a minifigure can hold them easily, since these little dogs are unable to have any clutch with an actual LEGO stud. It is these accessories, the explosion of color. and the quality of the printing that lead us to believe, that once the Police Officer has run his course, Party Clown will be a top contender for the best figure in this series.

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Bunny (40271)

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Released: February 01, 2018
MSRP: $9.99
Pieces: 126
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Brickheadz continues its promise to deliver holiday themed products. Bunny (40271) was released on the first of February with plenty of time to become a staple decoration for Easter. And while the parts count is slightly smaller than Valentine’s Bee (40270), and the bulk of the build seems smaller img_2083by comparison, we enjoyed 40271 so much more.

Those two floppy ears are undeniable. With a few plates, two curved slope pieces, two plates with a clip, and two curved bricks, the build goes from boxy gray creature to floppy happy bunny instantly. The ears add so much in so few pieces. And the fact that they attach to the head of the figure using a hinging function, so that they can be positioned at different angles is perfect. That adds so much character.

It is with the height that those ears add that make Bunny look slimmer, despite the bulk of the figure being the same dimensions as Valentine’s Bee. The interior is constructed of the same parts, give or take colors that you don’t see. The exterior of Bunny is covered in light and dark bluish gray curved slope pieces and tiles. The face has the usual Brickheadz rounded tile elements for eyes. However, what really helps to set this apart are the white 1×1 tile with one rounded and extended side for buck teeth. It’s subtle detail like that that adds so much. And img_2084in the rear, they’ve used a white Technic ball for Bunny’s tail. Perfect.

Instead of the tall sunflowers for the vignette, 40271 comes with Easter eggs using round brick parts introduced in the Angry Birds Movie line, but utilized far better with The LEGO Batman Movie sets as balloons. The base also features dark pink petal parts made common in Friends’ sets, however the dark pink is new to this part this year. Bunny carries a carrot with a bright green twig piece as we’ve seen so many times by now, and a bright light orange basket.

Again, Brickheads are an inexpensive perfect impulse purchase. The price per part ratio is just slightly over $.08 and in that you’re getting multiples of a lot of great parts. But beyond all of that, they’re a fun and easy build. Bunny, especially. This may be the best Brickheadz set so far. We cannot wait to see what they do with the rest of the series.

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LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 18 – Brick Suit Girl – (3 of 17)

BRICK SUIT GIRLMinifigure: #03 of 17 – Brick Suit Girl
Released: April 1, 2018
MSRP: $3.99
Pieces: 6
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What could be better than the Brick Suit Guy? Well, the Brick Suit Girl, of course! LEGO has made vast strides to create a more diverse universe for its customers. They’ve increased production on female minifigures and have been veering away from the yellow complected figures, creating an extraordinary palette of LEGO citizens. This keeps collectors busy, but it also keeps the building and display processes from getting boring. It also aides in being a more equality driven brand and extends the reach to more female customers.

Brick Suit Girl is topped off with an off-center ponytail hair piece in dark img_2068brown. While this is not a new element, this is the first time they’ve produced this element in this color. Previously, the part came in dark orange in the Juniors’ Family House (10686), and in reddish brown in Elves’ The Capture of Sophie Jones (41182) and Breakout from the Goblin King’s Fortress (41188). The minifigure head is yellow, and of course the printing on the face is exclusive as usual. It displays a big toothy smile, with peach print for the lips.

The torso for Brick Suit Girl is the same exact mold as Brick Suit Guy, but obviously it is blue instead of red. Again, the torso is one large piece with a recessed stem for the minifigure head to attach. The arms are attached as normal arms are, however the anti-studs that accept the hips and legs are within the torso element, more so than usual. The front and back act as an actual brick, allowing for building and customization. And the thickness of the torso, img_2067is that of a brick and a plate stacked together, in LEGO math.

The hips and legs are a solid blue and unremarkable, but it looks good against the orange of the modified tile with the four studs across the middle. However, what doesn’t look great is the 1×1 red plate against that orange. The 1×1 plate comes in red, to act as the antithesis to the Brick Suit Guy, primarily in red, carrying a blue 1×1 plate.

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Valentine’s Bee (40270)

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Released: January 01, 2018
MSRP: $9.99
Pieces: 140
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Clearly cashing in on the collectible figure market, based on the popularity of bookshelf and desk clutter like Funko Pop! vinyl figures, LEGO started releasing a theme called Brickheadz. They’ve previously released Ninjago characters, superheroes, and Star Wars characters. None of the aforementioned releases really piqued our interest. Instead of a small piece count made to look both of this particular style and be immediately recognizable, there was some freedom to experiment. For instance, there is going to be only so many ways one could make a Brickheadz version of Batman. The Valentine’s Bee (40270) is not exactly where one have started with a holiday theme, and we certainly img_2015wouldn’t have picked a bee. Why not a baby with a sash for the new year?

The building process of these things are fairly solid. Basically, it’s a box with with a lot of modified 1x2x1 2/3 bricks with studs on the side. Yes, there are a lot of other elements, especially tiles and plates, but the primary core are these new elements that have such great potential. The rounded 1×1 tiles in black with light bluish gray printing is also fairly standard for the eyes of these sets.

What’s specialized specifically for these holiday themed sets are the bases. Most of the Brickheadz theme has 4×6 bases with a printed tile signifying which set you have. The holiday ones have similar bases, but with rounded plates that flare out the sides, making space for little vignettes. For instance, the Valentine’s Bee has those two little green areas on either side with the flowers. And this particular set is one of the first with the newer rounded 1×1 plates with the flowered edges in bright green, red, and white. It’s also one of the firstimg_2017-1 sets to include the newer flower stems with three stalks and the pin at the bottom in green. Also featured are the new, bright green, rounded plates with plant leaves.

These Brickheadz are inexpensive, fantastic parts packs. This makes for a great impulse buy, or a nice little holiday decoration for a bookshelf or desk. Even if you aren’t interested in making a bee, there are 140 parts, with multiples of almost each element to add to your collection, including the new elements.

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LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 18 – Brick Suit Guy – (2 of 17)

BRICK SUIT GUYMinifigure: #02 of 17 – Brick Suit Guy
Released: April 1, 2018
MSRP: $3.99
Pieces: 6
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While the brick costumes aren’t the most interesting minifigures of this series, they probably are going to be some of the more collectible. A lot of people right now are wetting themselves in a race to find ALL of the police officers they can get their grubby hands on. That’s a self-imposed rarity that The LEGO Group made by only including one officer in a box of sixty packs. Eventually, the market is going to get flooded with little law img_2071enforcers and the charm will fizzle. The importance of the brick suited characters is far more interesting.

The hairpiece first came from the Dog Show Winner (col255) CMF in Series 16, in bright light yellow. It’s also come in black for two minifigures, including Bruce Wayne (sh308), in the white tuxedo from Bat Cave Break-In (70909). Brick Suit Guy is the first to feature the hairpiece depicting swept back hair with a slight widow’s peak and short sideburns in dark brown. The face print on a yellow minifigure head is exclusive but unremarkable, except for the slight red tongue. There is no alternate face.

Everything else on this figure is red. The arms, legs, hips, and hands are red.

The 2×3 brick torso is the most important part of this figure (the same goes for the female counterpart, we’ll get there). The piece has a recessed neck stem, the arms, the negative space for the hips and legs, and the requisite studs on the front and recessed anti-studs on the back that normally come on the underside of a 2×3 brick; it is functional. You can customize the figure as you see fit this way. The other thing to keep in mind when using this new element in img_2070future builds, utilizing LEGO geometry, is that the thickness of the brick is that of a standard brick and a standard plate.

The figure also comes with a standard, blue, 1×1 plate that you can have the figure hold. Or you can stick the plate to the torso or throw it away or whatever. It’s a 1×1 plate in blue. It’s also probably in your couch cushions. And then you get the orange, modified tile with four studs across the middle.