Review: 40270 Valentine’s Bee

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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.

Parts

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

Verdict

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.View image at flickr

I hope you have found this review informative. Let us know by liking this article and share your thoughts on the set in the comments below.

Thanks to Huw for the photos.

 

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27 comments on this article

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By in Netherlands,

What a nice fit for the BrickHeadz-theme! Love how it looks. And new flowers, nice! As for the yellow technic brick for the stinger: if they'd just done that in black it would have looked a whole lot better (or in yellow-orange, but I guess this piece is not available in that colour yet).

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By in United States,

Its almost a Barry B. Benson lego set. Just remove the blush and accessories.

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By in United States,

^ Should I have snuck a meme in? Too hip? :P

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By in United States,

Will this be exclusive to Lego brand stores or will other retailers have them? Looks great.

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By in United States,

The great thing about BrickHeadz for me is that it pays homage to the core lego shape, the rectangle, thus reinforcing, at least metaphorically, a commitment to bricks. Blocky can be good, cute and profitable.

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By in United Kingdom,

shame they didn't include the new beehive element for the bee to hold instead. Still, I may make this my 1st BrickHeadz purchase.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is there a preview for the Easter bunny on the back of the instruction manual like with the previous seasonal sets? I would like to see the additional items attached to the side - I'm guessing it'll be eggs and maybe a little basket

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By in United States,

^Yes, there is! There are some colorful eggs.

@graymattr, this set is currently available exclusively to shop.LEGO.com and Brand Stores, and should continue to be.

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By in United States,

Of the 6 seasonal holiday brickheadz, I think this one and the two Clause ones are the best. I like the others 3, but the Christmas ones and the Valentine Bee are a step above (going by the images of them that have been released, at least.)

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By in United Kingdom,

When I ordered this set back on 29th December it was £8.99 rather than £9.99. Guess Lego made a mistake and amended the price in line with other Brickheadz. Thought it was too good to last. Still an excellent set even at £9.99. My favourite Brickheadz so far.

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By in United States,

This is great for parts only.

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By in United States,

It’s amazing how my distaste for BrickHeadz continues to grow exponentially.

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By in Australia,

@Ryan Suckle Oh dear lord

This is pretty good value-for-money. Isn't this the first non-licensed Brickhead?

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By in New Zealand,

Is it normal for Lego to alter their price after a set has gone on sale? I snapped up a few of these for $17.99 (New Zealand store), they were then sold out only to come back but at a new price of $19.99.
Cant say ive ever seen that happen with a set before

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By in United States,

Has Brickset considered listing the Brickheadz numbers in the set names in your catalog? I'd find it helpful in looking up sets to see what number they are. (I.e. #1 Batman, #2 Batgirl, #3 Robin....)

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By in United States,

I greatly dislike Brickheads. Then again, I greatly dislike a lot of themes (Batman, Star Wars, Ninjago, Marvel, DC, etc.) I am neutral to pretty much the rest of them. Aren't I an odd one? ??

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By in United States,

Ever since the interview with the designer, I've come around 180 on brickheadz. They're not the funko pop knockoffs I thought them to be, and I really like these non-licensed seasonal designs a lot. This bee might be the first one I actually buy.

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By in United Kingdom,

I received my 3rd brickhead today... It was batman, reduced from a tenner to £7
So although this is cute I'm sticking with collecting the superhero ones, Unless I ever see Bobba fett & han solo in a shop,
They will be worth more in the long run.

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By in Ireland,

is this supposed to be 'will you bee my valentine'?

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By in United Kingdom,

Haven't picked up any Brickheadz yet, but I think the seasonal sets this year might change that.

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By in United States,

I also think that Brickheadz is a great line and I hope to see it continue for a long period of time. It has a lot of potential!

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By in United Kingdom,

I do really like this. Just deciding how close to Valentine's Day to leave building it.

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By in United States,

I really had no interest in Brickheadz mostly because the kids’ Friends/Elves/Disney collecting is enough to dominate our wallet and space, but my brother picked up Belle and Beast for my wife’s and my stockings for Christmas. I just got done building my Beast, and I’m a fan of the creativity and LEGOness of the line. The Beast looks amazing. The cost isn’t terrible. The build was fun. It’s a nice, simple, little piece of LEGO art.

I think I’ll have to pick up the holiday ones. After seeing the completed Beast, I think it was smart of TLG to introduce the holiday sets into the Brickheadz line. Brickheadz—like the Bee—seem like they would be a perfect holiday decoration.

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By in United States,

So will these new flower pieces replace the old system?

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By in United Kingdom,

Really want a bee, but everytime I go to the Lego Store they're sold out :(

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By in United States,

Huw, that's very helpful, thanks!

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