LEGO has been providing us with new ‘seasonal’ sets for each major holiday for a number of years now: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The past few years have rotated through cartoony brick-built characters and small vignette-based models.
However, this year takes a new spin on the classic seasonal offerings. 40270 Valentine's Bee is the first in such a series, where our favorite annual celebrations are given the BrickHeadz treatment! This is a rather interesting development, and a very welcome one at that. I have therefore been very much looking forward to taking a look.
The year of 2018 introduces new pieces to act as foliage, and this set has a plethora of them for the display stand. New stem and leaf pieces have been introduced, which look marvelous, and two are included here. The former fits through a lightsaber blade sized hole, while the latter can fit on a stud or through a bar.
Also, we have the new 1x1 petal piece in the set, too, with a bunch in green, white and red (including spares). The petals don't stick out as much as the old version, which is good as it means they can be rotated around properly while next to other bricks and pieces. The hole in the middle allows the piece to be put on the new stem, as shown above.
The Completed Model
LEGO has demonstrated that they can implement the BrickHeadz form for many different body types and creatures, and I think that is remarkably demonstrated with this one.
The bee itself is appropriately adorable, what with the pink blush and all, ready to offer their crush some delicious honey as well as a physical representation of his love - a heart!
Flame yellowish-orange has been considerably rare in the past, but this set includes it in spades. Anywhere on the exterior skin that isn't black is that shade, except for, unfortunately, the yellow, 1x2 Technic hole brick used to attach the cute little stinger.
The bee is complete with some white wings via hinges - which are simple, yet effective. I also like the curvature of the head and the two-piece antennae.
All of the seasonal BrickHeadz for the year are supported by a combination of related scenery and the typical display stand for the line. I think it looks fantastic, and the set is practically invited to be put on display in the living or dining room for any guests to admire!
The 2x4 tile at the base is printed with a standard BrickHeadz head (mascot Nonnie) as well as an exclusive calendar print - engraved with 'SEASONAL' at the top. This print will presumably be used with all of the seasonal BrickHeadz sets, with the next being the 40271 Bunny.
The red roses can also be switched out for yellow sunflowers (or vice-versa) for a change of appearance, if you get bored of one or the other. Clever!
I firmly believe that BrickHeadz are an important part of LEGO's current portfolio, and they continue to surpass my expectations. This set in particular, as well as the rest of seasonal line, are a great example as you can buy it for yourself, a parent, a lover, or even just for parts! It is very versatile in its purpose, not to mention appealing in design alone.
I therefore cannot recommend this set enough. Plus, at a piece count of 140 for just $9.99 or £9.99 (7.1c/p per piece), it should not be ignored in the slightest.
I look forward to analyzing the bunny offering for Easter upon its release next month.
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Thanks to Huw for the photos.