A few weeks ago Huw asked me to review a baseball styled hat supplied by I'm Rick James Bricks.
I think this was because the I'm Rick James Bricks store is based across the Tasman Sea in Victoria, Australia.
I know there are people out there who will never mix third-party brick systems with their LEGO. This hat is not for you. However, there are others who will be excited about these hats.
Read on as I review this interesting hat.
The baseball style hat has two areas where LEGO can be attached. A curved panel and a flat visor. The curved panel measures 18x8 studs while the visor is 25 studs wide and 16 studs deep.
Both studded sections can be removed. The felt has Brick Brick embossed into it.
The hat is manufactured by Brick Brick Gear. Their logo is embroidered into the side.
The two baseplates can be easily removed for cleaning.
Two Velcro strips attach the panel to the hat while the visor is held in place by the groove gripping the hat.
I decided to undertake some market research by loaning the hat to the daughter of a friend. I was interested to see how this hat would appeal to youngsters. Nadia is nearly six years old and loved the hat from first sight.
Here is one of Nadia's designs. There was a whole story behind the design. Nadia explained that there were two worlds on the hat: snow world and sunny world. The different flower colours indicate which world is which.
Later, Nadia changed the hat design to include her name. It took a few attempts for her to manage to fit her name into the available space.
Any LEGO set with about 100 parts could easily be displayed in a similar way.
I used the hat last week at the opening launch of All Blocks LUG being set up in Auckland.
The most significant challenge for building on the hat occurs when attempting to build anything on the curved panel.
The curve of the panel made it difficult to attach anything wider than three studs. To overcome this, I segmented my depiction of Rangitoto Island and used some overlaps to make the build work.
The hats comes in seven colours.
- Royal Blue (pictured),
- Navy Blue,
- Pink, and
Here is the blue hat alongside a LEGO 32x32 Bright Blue baseplate. The colours match really well.
Nadia really loved the hat and I sensed that it would be unfair not to give her the hat for her wonderful work. I contacted Rick James to see if he could send through another hat for Nadia.
This time the hat was coloured pink and youth sized. She has it on the second pin of the plastic closure. There is about 3cm (1 inch) of expansion so the youth size could suit small adults.
The curved panel and visor have the same dimensions for both hat sizes.
Nadia really captures the hat bug here: her hat matches her T-shirt.
The plastic studded sections of these hats should be considered as a simple baseplate that enables people to add a LEGO diorama to their clothing. There is the same expected level of clutch-power that holds pieces onto the hat.
Imagine a grey hat that is modified into a Classic Space moon-base or a red hat displaying a Speed Champions race track. As shown above, a blue or pink hat can be used as the base for a range of themes.
Once you have purchased a complete hat you have the option to purchase separate front plates and brims in different colours.
It would be easy to include an interesting and simple design to one of these hats as part of any uniform worn at a LEGO show.
I believe that this hat has two target markets:
- Adults who often display their LEGO at shows, and
I'm Rick James Bricks is a toy store based in Victoria, Australia that sells several brick related products. Check out their range of:
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Thanks to I'm Rick James Bricks for providing the two hats for this review. The review is an expression of my own opinions.