Boba Fett is one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe so when he first became available in BrickHeadz form in the SDCC exclusive set 41498 Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite last year, many fans were disappointed that they couldn't get their hands on him.
They need be disappointed no more because the just-released 41629 Boba Fett is a considerable improvement on the version in the SDCC set.
It's worth mentioning first that the set contains 161 pieces, which is more than any other single BrickHeadz, and more than some of the dual-packs, so from a price-per-piece point of view it's an excellent proposition, particularly as many are sand- and dark-green.
Once you've built one BrickHeadz, you've built them all.... until you tackle this one!
The Mandalorian bounty hunter is constructed like no other: a myriad of interesting SNOT techniques are used to create vertical stripes and fractional plate offsets which makes it a satisfying and educational build.
The Completed Model
Boba Fett's construction may be somewhat unusual but his eventual appearance is in line with the rest of the BrickHeadz range. The combination of different colours is very appealing and it looks great when compared with the character onscreen.
The visor is formed using a printed 1x4 tile, a black 2x2 tile with two studs and a couple of 2x2 diagonal tiles which are decorated with some dark green highlights. The resultant design looks brilliant and I like the metallic silver dent on the front of the helmet.
A detailed Mandalorian emblem is printed on Boba Fett's left shoulder and his helmet features a series of yellow stripes which are also present in the movie. The medium azure jetpack reveals that this figure is based upon Return of the Jedi rather than The Empire Strikes Back and it looks splendid.
I am impressed by the mixture of tiled and studded surfaces which provide some welcome texture. Boba Fett carries an EE-3 carbine rifle. It looks alright for a BrickHeadz figure but is quite difficult to identify without the prominent shoulder stock.
Now, over to CapnRex101 for a comparison with the figure from 41498 Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite...
There is considerable variation between 41629 Boba Fett and its predecessor, particularly in the design of their helmets. The 2018 model features printed elements on either side of the visor while the version from New York Comic-Con includes some 2x2 wedge plates which are fitted using hinges. I prefer the updated design but also appreciate that the earlier figure was less reliant upon printed pieces.
Furthermore, the rendition from 41498 Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite takes inspiration from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back while 41629 Boba Fett is based upon Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The figures therefore include different jetpacks and belts, reflecting the variation in Boba Fett's attire between the two movies.
Back to Huw for his verdict...
This is definitely one of the best BrickHeadz to date! It makes use of some brilliant building techniques which really distinguish Boba Fett from other figures and the selection of sand green parts is excellent.
41629 Boba Fett is a must-have for BrickHeadz collectors and I would also recommend it to Star Wars fans who have not previously taken an interest in the BrickHeadz range.
Thanks to LEGO for providing the set for review. All opinions expressed in it are my own.