41597 Go Brick Me is one of the latest in an ever-growing line of BrickHeadz sets. It is a little different to the others though and might even be of interest to those who normally dislike the figures.
Rather than building a particular character from film or television, this set has been designed to enable you to construct yourself, or anyone else for that matter.
Whether you or your subject is Caucasian, dark-skinned, ginger-haired or blonde, this set contains all the parts you might need to represent them in BrickHeadz form.
You can do as I did and dive straight in and start building yourself or begin by building the examples in the instructions, of which you'll find no shortage. We are used to seeing 3-in-1 Creator sets, with instructions for three models, but this one surely sets the record at being a 3745-in-1 set!
Box and contents
One of the difficulties facing the box designers must have been how to convey exactly what the set is. The concept, rather than a specific model, needs to be represented somehow and I'm not entirely convinced that the front of it does that. Some words would have helped in this case, I feel.
The set contains 708 pieces and costs just £25.99/$29.99 which makes it tremendous value for money.
Parts are packaged in seven bags, one of which is numbered. Bag 1 contains parts for building the white figure shown on the box, plus some accessories.
The other bags contain the parts to be used for building your chosen subject.
The one on the left provides an identical selection of skin-coloured parts in tan, dark orange and brown. On the right are parts for building legs and torsos.
The remaining four contain the same selection of parts, in four colours, for making hair.
Before we get building it's worth taking a look at the instructions, which are a bit different to usual given the nature of the set.
Instructions for the white figure, which follow the familiar linear format, are provided at the front of the booklet. The rest of it shows how to build different bodies and heads.
There are 6 body variations, including a skirt:
And 13 different head/hairs:
However, you're not limited to 6x13 combinations because each body can be built in four different colour-ways, and each head can be constructed with three different skin tones and four different hair colours.
By my calculations that means that instructions are provided for 3744 combinations! If we add the white figure to the total it makes this a 3745-in-1 set.
A transparent sticker sheet provides decals for further customising the figures.
The instructions encourage you to build the white figure first, which shows how BrickHeadz are constructed and so enables those not familiar with their proportions and anatomy to become so. If you wish, he can be left constructed as there are sufficient parts provided to build a second figure.
Rather than build one of the 3700-odd combinations I thought I'd jump in a build myself. The instructions suggest using the white torso and building upon that, which is a good idea as I suspect most people will start with the head.
So, here's my first attempt. Yes, I know I have my ear on back-to-front :)
The booklet provides no instructions for building folically-challenged hairstyles like mine so I had to start from scratch. I'm tempted to claim that LEGO is baldist!
Next, brown shoes, jeans, T-Shirt and brown belt for my torso...
Here's the finished article, still with my ear on backwards!
I'm quite pleased with it but there's something missing...
I wear glasses but not huge square ones, which incidentally, along with similar round ones, are a new piece in this set.
At least my ear has been put on properly now!
My glasses are rimless, so I had to delve into my spare parts bins to come up with something more suitable.
(To avoid questions in the comments, I reiterate, the 1x1 'polos' and 1x2 trans-clear tiles are not included in the set)
Add a few accessories, give my shirt a neckline and a sticker, and I'm happy with my BrickHeadz-Me!
Next I turned my attention to my wife. Thankfully, there are ample pieces in the set to enable you to make two figures with the same skin and hair colour, although you'll need to dismantle the white figure to reuse those that form the core.
As I've said in previous BrickHeadz reviews, the figure's hair can make or break the model, so it's great that this set provides a huge assortment of suitable pieces which should enable you to represent just about any hair style in four different colours.
Of course, she said it looked nothing like her, because she doesn't have a square head (!), but personally I think I've done a reasonable job of capturing her hairstyle, particularly from the front and side, using just the parts in the set.
So, here we are together in BrickHeadz form, both built using only the parts provided, apart from my eyes and glasses.
Here's an idea: models of a bride and groom would make fantastic wedding cake toppers!
CapnRex101 has also been building a couple of BrickHeadz using the contents of 41597 Go Brick Me and has some thoughts about the set...
BrickHeadz are often most effectively distinguished by their unique hair styles so I decided to construct a celebrity whose dreadlocks are world famous, Bob Marley. 41597 Go Brick Me contains a limited quantity of curved slopes and I was not certain that there would be enough to replicate Marley's hair style. Fortunately, mixing black and reddish brown pieces created a fairly realistic effect and allowed me to complete the model.
However, a couple of potentially useful elements have been omitted. Hinges have sometimes been used when building bulky arms for characters who are particularly strong or tall such as 41605 Thanos but none are included in this set. There are also relatively few dark blue pieces which is surprising as I can imagine that many people will want to build jeans for their self-portrait figure, as modelled by Huw in the above photos.
That having been said, finding alternative solutions based upon the limited selection of pieces is part of the fun with a set like this. I certainly had a great time building Bob Marley and look forward to creating some more figures during the coming weeks. In fact, I already plan to purchase a second set so I can construct an even wider range of characters!
Back to Huw for his concluding thoughts about this set...
This a terrific set that enables your creativity to go wild and I suspect like me you'll jump in and start building yourself, or someone else you know.
But, if you don't have a clue where to begin there are literally thousands of instructions provided, one of which is likely to be a good starting point for whoever you want to capture, and once you've built a few you'll have the confidence to tackle just about anybody.
It's not often I can say this in a LEGO set review, but it's tremendous value for money. The price per piece works out at 4.2c/3.7p which is the lowest of any 2018 set. Granted, many are 1x1s and 1x2s, but they are useful ones.
I cannot recommend this set highly enough. I've not had this much fun with a LEGO set since I was a kid!
It's now available from shop.LEGO.com:
The set was kindly provided by LEGO for this review, which is an expression of my own opinions.