LEGO is celebrating the imminent release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales by producing three sets based on the new film, two of which are BrickHeadz. 41593 Captain Jack Sparrow is perhaps the more appealing of these as his character is well established while we have yet to see 41594 Captain Armando Salazar in action, although I must confess that I was unable to resist purchasing both!
The Completed Model
Each of the twelve BrickHeadz released so far comes with a simple display base which features the series number and a logo for the theme. The model is attached using only two studs but stands securely and does not tip backwards, unlike some of the other figures which include bulkier hairstyles.
Captain Jack Sparrow is an iconic character and this BrickHeadz model is instantly recognisable thanks to the dark red bandana and unkempt hair. The exposed studs on the sides and back of his head are a perfect representation of the dreadlocks he wears in the films and I love the light bluish grey 1x1 round tile which represents an earring. Jack's face has also been rendered very nicely, with a printed moustache and dark bluish grey plates to represent his smokey eyes.
A 1x2 bracket is used to represent a goatee beard and the two exposed studs recall the dual braids seen in the movies. The torso is equally detailed and features a dark blue jacket along with a white shirt and striped sash. This consists of a printed 1x3 brick and a 1x2 tile which resembles a slice of streaky bacon. Furthermore, it is about the right size for a minifigure so might prove to be a popular element!
The bandana continues around the sides and back of the head but is covered by a layer of black hair in the centre. These dark colours contrast nicely with the white sleeves and sash, although some might reasonably suggest that too many colours have been packed in as the design does seem a little muddled in places.
However, I very much appreciate the asymmetry of the figure and the presence of some dark tan tiles to represent the beads and accessories in Jack's hair is a particularly pleasing touch. A dark bluish grey cutlass completes the model and this weapon can be held in either hand.
41594 Captain Armando Salazar is a remarkably monochromatic figure while 41593 Captain Jack Sparrow is the exact opposite and they present a delightful contrast on display. I am hopeful that we might see a couple more Pirates of the Caribbean BrickHeadz in future but if not then I will certainly be building some more myself!
The Pirates of the Caribbean BrickHeadz are not quite as colourful as some of the other figures in the range but 41593 Captain Jack Sparrow looks splendid, with a detailed outfit and a remarkably accurate hairstyle. The printed pieces are impressive but I find the exposed studs of the hair to be even better as they are a perfect depiction of his scruffy dreadlocks.
It would have been nice to see Jack's tricorn hat included but this is an excellent model even without it. I certainly recommend it to fans of Pirates of the Caribbean and applaud the designers for continuing to expand the diverse range of properties which are covered by the BrickHeadz theme!
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