LEGO

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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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.