Before CapnRex101 gets stuck in with reviews of the series one Super Heroes BrickHeadz later today I thought it would be interesting to dissect one and determine what features and dimensions are common to them all, something we could perhaps term the 'BrickHeadz specification v1.0'.
Even before their general release people have been designing their own to this specification so I'll take a look at a few of them, too.
Let's start at the bottom:
Legs are 4 plates high and are usually constructed from four 1x2 plates.
Variations: 41590 Iron Man has Earling/headlight bricks at the front to allow 1x1 plates to be affixed for extra depth and colour contrast, and 41591 Black Widow has 1x2 brackets to provide fixing points on the side. Obviously 41595 Belle is completely different but the overall height of her dress is the same.
The torso is usually constructed on a 4x4 plate, and is two bricks and one plate high. Two 22885 Brick 1X2X1 2/3 W/4 Knobs are used to mount the arms.
The front and back of the torso are usually constructed using bricks, often printed at the front, but bricks with studs on the sides or brackets such as 99781 Angular Plate 1,5 Top 1X2 1/2 can be used to provide fixing points on the front or back, if required by the character's design.
The arms are usually formed around a 2x2 plate and a 11476 Plate 1X2 W. 1 Horizontal Snap for the hand.
Variations: Beast uses 99206 Plate 2X2X2/3 W. 2. Hor. Knob which allows for a tile to be attached to the top thus filling in the gap between the arm and the hair, and 41592 The Hulk features a far more muscular design.
The head is the most distinctive part but the core of it is the simplest and common to all models. Twelve 22885 Brick 1X2X1 2/3 W/4 Knobs are mounted on a 4x4 plate or equivalent. This plate usually forms part of the torso's design, or in the case of 41595 Belle, is her neck.
The official models have 2x2 bricks and plates inside, with a pink brick at the top, presumably representing the brain :)
The eyes are positioned on the second row of studs up, on a 1x4 tile with two studs. However, rather than directly on the bricks, the tile is mounted on a 4x4 plate (omitted here for clarity) which helps give the face some additional depth relative to the body.
Finishing it off
Once the core has been built it can be clad to suit whatever character you're building. I suspect that in the majority of cases the most time, effort and parts will go into perfecting the character's head.
Armed with the specification you can now go ahead and have a go at building your own. Maybe we should have a BrickHeadz building competition sometime soon!
Example: 41591 Black Widow
Here's an 'exploded view' of one of the better Super Heroes BrickHeadz, 41591 Black Widow. Her hair is particularly impressive: from the images below you can see how the five sides of her head have been designed to form the contours and curves.
Her 'big hair' helps separate the eyes from the side of her face which corrects one of the major cosmetic anomalies of the core design, in my view, and once the five veneers have been attached it looks seamless.
Note the belt front and back, and tiles on the sides of her legs: boots, presumably. She's also been fitted with cuffs -- printed 1x2 tiles.
Our very own CM4Sci has been particularly prolific at churning out digital designs which all look to be compliant with the specification. You'll find a gallery featuring dozens of them on flickr. Here are a few of my favourites:
Will Kirkby has also been very productive. Here are a few that caught my eye in his flickr album:
Check out the BrickHeadz group on flickr for even more superb examples.