Review: 41597 Go Brick Me

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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.

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The set contains 708 pieces and costs just £25.99/$29.99 which makes it tremendous value for money.

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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.

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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.

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The remaining four contain the same selection of parts, in four colours, for making hair.

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Instructions

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:

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And 13 different head/hairs:

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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.

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Mr. White

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.

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Me

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 :)

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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!

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Next, brown shoes, jeans, T-Shirt and brown belt for my torso...

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Here's the finished article, still with my ear on backwards!

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I'm quite pleased with it but there's something missing...

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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!

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My glasses are rimless, so I had to delve into my spare parts bins to come up with something more suitable.

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(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!

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My wife

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.

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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.

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So, here we are together in BrickHeadz form, both built using only the parts provided, apart from my eyes and glasses.

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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...


Bob Marley

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.

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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.

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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!

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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:

USA | Canada | UK | Germany | France


The set was kindly provided by LEGO for this review, which is an expression of my own opinions.

 

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60 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Bob Marley is pretty well done! This set seems like a fun MOC opportunity, just something to mess around with.

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By in United States,

A day 1 purchase for me! Can’t wait to build myself!

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By in United States,

Looks like an amazing set! Only I cant tell if this is an elaborate April fools or real... Lego shop link doesnt work and it's priced way too well

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By in United States,

@shikadi: It is real. It’s up on Lego.com.

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By in Russian Federation,

I don’t like brickheadz series but this one in marvelous, just this Bob Marley is tremendous and u can build tons of more different people. That is awesome.

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By in United States,

Im skeptical, there haven't been any April 1st posts yet... But then again it is Easter. Great review.

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By in United Kingdom,

seen this in the shops but would mever pick it up

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By in Norway,

It's strange how many orange pieces it comes with considering only about 2% of people have natural "red" hair. It would've been nice with some dark tan bricks for more hair colour variety

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By in United States,

While BrickHeadz designs in general haven't appealed to me, the piece selection looks great, so I'm tempted to pick this up with my next order.

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By in United States,

^skikadi Its real, I have seen it in stores in my area. If it weren't for an emergency purchase I had to make recently draining all my hobby money I would have gone out and bought this after this weekend and reading all the great reviews.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is worth a buy just for the parts, Bob Marley looks cool and the boy & girl could be mistaken for Sheldon & Amy from big bang.. Add spectacles to the girls face, and remove the clear tiles from the boys eyes..

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By in Russian Federation,

I bought Black Widow for this purpose. Glad to know there's a kit actually, might get it.

Not enough skin tones though – they should have added green, grey and some bizarre color.

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By in France,

Looks good for adding extra parts into the spares box.

It'll be interesting to see how TLG could expand on this, for example, an extras set that would allow youngsters to do their grandparents (requires blue rinse, light blue grey and flesh coloured parts for the "hair style") or eventually a grandparents set.

And then there are possibilities for head protection equipment, such as helmets; Astronauts, Formula 1, winter sports etc...

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By in United States,

Xanadu^
So true! I would love a set based on iconic minifigures or something like that, too.

I will definitely be getting at least two of these!

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By in United Kingdom,

This website should be renamed brickheadset.com. These sets are mostly 90% the same with zero playability for kids. They are just display dolls with less detail than the minifig counterparts. I understand they are polarising, but it's getting too much to sacrifice the annual fun of 1st April joke article for yet more reviews of these over simplified sets.

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By in United States,

I am SO getting this. Such a cool set!

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By in United States,

@Magpie9: Hey man, just because you don't see the value in these sets doesn't mean others can't enjoy them. Everyone has opinions, and they all matter. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

This is in my basket, can’t wait to build myself as a BrickHeadz

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By in United States,

@magpie9: These sets are definitely not “90% the same”. BrickHeadz all being constructed in the same basic style does not make them identical- by that logic, all minifigures are 90% the same as well. Also, not having playability built into them doesn’t mean they can’t be played with. Funko POP figures are very popular with some kids and these are in a similar style and will likely be enjoyed by the same crowd. I’m glad Brickset reviews these, especially this set since Go Brick Me is unlike anything Lego usually releases.

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By in Germany,

Great set just for the parts and value alone. I'll be getting one to try and build some folks I know.

"Here's an idea: models of a bride and groom would make fantastic wedding cake toppers!"

That was also one of my first thoughts when this set popped up! Either a wedding thing, or just a fun activity for couples, building each other. It's great that there's enough parts for two figures.

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By in United Kingdom,

We won't be posting any more brickheadz reviews for a couple of weeks now. I think we've just about reached saturation point even though there are still some cool new releases to do.

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By in United States,

I forgot all about this set coming out today. Placed an order last night to get the GWP, just placed another order to get a couple of these.

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By in United States,

I will use the pieces for either Stranger Things or BA from the A-Team as I have already built them in LDD in preparation for this set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Personally, I've been loving the BrickHeadz articles, especially this one. I'd say keep them coming!

If people don't like the articles, don't read them. There are plenty of times there are articles I don't care about - often many in the same week on Star Wars sets or DC comic sets. Pick and choose what you want and leave the rest. Don't complain - it's all given to us to read for free.

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By in Sweden,

No april fools joke? I loved last year :/

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By in United States,

Interesting comment about saturation point. We have cases upon cases of Brickheadz in the back and the only reason we even sold more than we usually do this last week leading up to Easter is because we are wiped out of Ninjago spinners. Trust me, they aren't THAT popular.

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By in United Kingdom,

you know, brickheadz huw looks kind of like minecraft steve

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By in Germany,

Great review, Huw, and those specs are spectacular!
Not a fan of Brickheads, but I'll likely get multiples of this. Love the possibilities and the price/part ratio; well done, Lego!

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By in United States,

Had pretty much zero interest in brickheadz but may we'll pick up a couple of these and brickify the whole family.

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By in United States,

GREAT parts pack and the price you can't beat. Definitely a pick up.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great article, with a nice human touch. Certainly the most interesting Brickhead set going.
@Roger Kirk - the ideal solution would be news category filters for topics & themes that aren't of interest; that way, instead of having to skip articles, we could simply filter them out, just like we're already capable of implementing for many other topics.

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By in United Kingdom,

This how you do it Lego. I've never brought a brickhead but will be picking up two of these for the kids as it offers good old playability, loads of parts at a fabulous price (already £23 in uk!).

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By in United Kingdom,

Looking forward to getting my hands on one of these. But they should also have included yellow skin elements for the classic LEGO look. I’ve probably got the parts mind you.

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By in United States,

What a perfect set! I want like ten of them! :D

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By in United States,

I have been expecting this set.

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By in United States,

This is the one BrickHeadz that I might actually consider picking up. Well done Lego, continuing to think outside the box!

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By in United States,

Fantastic set! I can’t wait to buy it soon. And nice custom models, both of you.

For those wondering about the lack of April Fools article - believe me, I tried with one! We just decided not to use it in the end.

In case you’re interested in seeing what might have been: https://www.twitter.com/RealBrickPal/status/980445781621641216

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By in United States,

The real question is, can we make a better Chewbacca out of this set?

Got part way through the review, stopped, popped over to Amazon and ordered one, then came and finished the article.

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By in Germany,

Cool party game.

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By in Australia,

@cryptickosh We can make a better Chewbacca out of a Galidor set.

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By in United States,

This set is great. The fact you can make two at a time is a real steal. Most original LEGO set of the year.

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By in United States,

Brothers Brick did a pretty decent April Fools today...

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By in United States,

Are there any Mr. T appropriate accessories besides the Mohawk?

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By in France,

As told before, not a real fan of BH. But reading your review, and thinking about the range of possibilities and play hours offered by this set, I have just purchased it using the link to [email protected] Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm you both, this will sure be funny to try with my daughter to build her mother, who will probably tell us that it does not look like her at all, and that she has no square head :) so our first BH set will soon be there at home, to fill our ever growing collection of Lego. This is probably the best of the serie because it's all about creativity and imagination, almost limitless, which is the one and only lego purpose. Thank you for the - funny - review. And yes Mr Jackson, BB's Brickheads April's fool is so good!

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By in United Kingdom,

So can I buy this from the Lego shop?

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By in United Kingdom,

"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."

It is possible that I have never disagreed with something more. Great review, but I totally disagree on this point; I think the box is absolutely brilliant and conveys the message exceptionally well.

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By in Sweden,

@TheBrickPal LOL, 14, 000, 000, 000 bucks...

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By in United States,

^ :-)

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By in Germany,

Damn, you made me buy it.

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By in United States,

*scanning article & comments for Go Brick Yourself jokes*

(But I will be getting 2 of them.. ;)

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By in United States,

This is really cool! I will definitely be buying this. I may even try to make all 3745 ones in the instructions.

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By in United States,

I just finished writing a review based on my first impressions as well. I share your enthusiasm for the set, and the great value at $29.99 USD. I also included a detailed look at some of the parts in this set, as it represents a great price for a parts pack, too.

To see my review and analysis of the parts in this set, visit: http://brickarchitect.com/2018/review-41597-go-brick-me/

---tom

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By in United Kingdom,

For all the grumbling I've done on Brickheadz-related articles lately, I caved in and ordered Go Brick Me (via here, of course) yesterday. This excellent review swung me! It's a genuinely unique LEGO experience.
Still doesn't mean I like any of the other silly, silly, Brickheadz... ;-)
(grumble grumble)

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By in United Kingdom,

Going to pick this up in the next couple of weeks. Looking forward to trying to create some fun models.

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By in Indonesia,

*gasp* I can't even begin to think of what to make

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By in United Kingdom,

Great value considering the piece count.

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By in United Kingdom,

"one of which one is numbered"? Typo.

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By in Netherlands,

I'm going to have to disagree with you here Huw. I bought this set planning on making 2 figures of me and my partner, and we both have brown hair and fair skin.

There is certainly not ample pieces for this. There's not quite enough skin and nowhere near enough hair of you make one with long hair. This has disappointed me to the extent I am going to send the set back to Lego.

So while you may have been able to build a couple of figures, it's my no means guaranteed. I would suggest you maybe update the review to make that clear. I bought the set specifically because this review said there were ample pieces, and even though I asked, my partner has said she wont dye her hair to make it possible!

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