The BrickHeadz continue to divide opinion but 41621 Ron Weasley & Albus Dumbledore was exceptionally well received when the set was revealed last month, due in particular to the tremendous detail captured by the designer of the Professor Dumbledore figure.
While Dumbledore may be the highlight of this twin pack, Ron Weasley is instantly recognisable too. The set costs £17.99 or $19.99 so matches other BrickHeadz twin packs and it contains a wide range of appealing elements too. This may therefore prove to be the most impressive BrickHeadz set yet released!
The Completed Model
The majority of BrickHeadz models follow a uniform template, consisting of a standardised core to which unique details are added. However, these figures diverge from that template to differing degrees as Ron Weasley features truncated legs while Professor Dumbledore sports an impressive floor length robe. Ron's striking dark orange hair is instantly recognisable and I like his open robe, distinguishing this character from his friends in Gryffindor who each wear slightly different uniforms.
Ron's hair style is very simple but looks good in relation to the source material, including an accurate parting as well as four 1x1 quarter circle tiles which have not appeared in dark orange before. Perhaps some printed freckles would have been a nice addition to the model and I might swap this plain tile for the printed 1x4 tile in 41618 Anna & Olaf, just to see how it looks.
The designers of recent BrickHeadz have made good use of colour around each character's neck and that is especially apparent here. Ron's Gryffindor scarf features a series of flame yellowish orange and dark red stripes which look fantastic and I like the printed 1x3 tiles fitted on either side of the robe. The light bluish grey jumper underneath is excellent as well.
Little detail is found on the rear of the model but I love Ron's cuffs, represented by black 1x1 brackets which have the potential to be incredibly useful for other creations. The figure comes with a dark brown wand. Remarkably, the 4L bar has not appeared in dark brown before and Dumbledore's dark tan wand is also new.
This version of Albus Dumbledore is based upon the character as he appears in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone so wears an extraordinarily elaborate gown. The numerous printed components look magnificent, although one might reasonably suggest that the figure is too reliant upon detailed printing rather than brick-built designs. Nevertheless, I think the resultant model is tremendous.
Dumbledore's delicate spectacles were subject to particular interest when this set was revealed as the standard 1x1 round tiles are replaced by two trans-clear 1x2 tiles. However, the distinctive BrickHeadz eyes are still present, framed in metallic gold. This ingenious design works perfectly and the headmaster's facial hair looks superb too, although slightly more texture in his beard would have been welcome.
The figure includes seven 1x4 tiles which are decorated with blue and reddish brown stripes as well as six 1x2 tiles featuring some colourful beads. These designs are simplified when compared with the film but I still think they look brilliant, adding a beautiful splash of colour to the brown and dark red robe. The hat worn by Professor Dumbledore's is attractive too, particularly when viewed from the rear.
BrickHeadz figures are most often distinguished by their hair styles. While I do not think that is the case in this instance, I do like Dumbledore's textured hair. It hangs quite naturally over his shoulders and the few exposed studs are effective in my opinion, most notably between some 1x1 quarter circle tiles and wedge plates at the back of the model.
41621 Ron Weasley & Albus Dumbledore is undoubtedly among my favourite BrickHeadz sets to date. The Hogwarts headmaster is probably the more interesting of the two figures, due primarily to its striking colour scheme and detailed robe, but Ron looks marvellous too. I like the Gryffindor scarf very much and his characteristic ginger hair is accurate to the movies.
The unique BrickHeadz style does not appeal to everyone but I would certainly recommend this set to those who do enjoy the theme. Furthermore, it includes a selection of appealing elements such as printed tiles, 1x1 brackets and 4L bars in two new colours!
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