The BrickHeadz theme is packed with popular characters and 41590 Iron Man is sure to be one of the best selling in the first wave. I love the bright colour scheme of the armour and its design is very faithful to the Mark 46 suit seen in recent Marvel Cinematic Universe films, despite the limitations imposed by the blocky style of the BrickHeadz. 41589 Captain America proved to be very impressive and I hope to be even more satisfied with this figure!
The Completed Model
The figure stands on a black base which features the series number and the BrickHeadz branding. I think the exposed studs on either side of the tiles could have been covered, perhaps by a few 2x2 curved slopes, but I appreciate the inclusion of a display stand even without them.
The BrickHeadz are formed around a consistent structure and this figure deviates very little from the standard, with no large hair style or cape. Nevertheless, the simple design is perfect for Iron Man and I love the dark red and flame yellowish orange armour as well as the trans-light blue eyes. These are printed with white squares, giving the impression of a glow just like that seen on the armoured avenger in the films.
Removing the faceplate reveals some studs which could form the basis for Tony Stark's face. The printed beard found in 41953 Captain Jack Sparrow would be ideally suited to the character so gives the option to display the figure with the face, or even the entire head, exposed. The chest armour is primarily dark red and includes some printed panels around the arc reactor along with a couple of dark bluish grey highlights.
The chest relies upon printing to capture the appearance of layered armour but the designer has made clever use of small tiles on either side of the head, negating the need for printing. 2x2 tiles represent the housings for the auditory sensors which appear on the helmet in the movies and they look great, maintaining the blocky style of the BrickHeadz but incorporating a relatively subtle detail.
The model looks considerably plainer when viewed from behind. Some printing would have been welcome but is not necessary as these figures look best when displayed from the front or an oblique angle. However, I like the 1x2 and 1x4 tiles which break up the armour at the back and these match the design on the front.
The BrickHeadz sets look best when displayed in groups and I expect 41589 Captain America and 41590 Iron Man to be one of the most popular combinations given their recent interactions in Captain America: Civil War. Their contrasting colour schemes ensure that they look splendid together and I am glad that the Mark 46 armour was chosen for Iron Man as that matches his appearance in recent films.
41590 Iron Man is fairly simple in relation to many of the other BrickHeadz models but it looks splendid, with considerable detail and a perfect combination of colours across the armoured suit. I love the printed elements and the shaping of the helmet is particularly impressive. I certainly recommend this figure, although 41588 The Joker and 41591 Black Widow remain my favourites of those released so far.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.
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