Sixteen different movies, television series and video games have inspired BrickHeadz figures since 2016. The Nightmare Before Christmas is an unusual example as LEGO has not produced any other sets that are based upon the popular animated film.
The unique visual style of The Nightmare Before Christmas could yield some fantastic BrickHeadz, although 41630 Jack Skellington & Sally features two characters whose spindly appearance is integral to their design. Nevertheless, I think these models look marvellous in official images.
The Completed Model
Almost every BrickHeadz figure released in 2018 stands on a black display base and these characters are no exception. I appreciate the consistency in their design and the exclusion of printed 2x4 tiles that denote the series number does not bother me as those delineations often seemed arbitrary in the past.
BrickHeadz models follow a strict template, resulting in relatively short limbs and a large head, as one might expect. Jack Skellington does feature a prominent head in The Nightmare Before Christmas but his arms and legs should be spindly so I was sceptical about how effectively that could be represented here. Fortunately, I think Jack looks great on the whole. His rounded skull matches the source material exactly, featuring printed eyes alongside a mouth, the latter of which appears on very few BrickHeadz.
However, my favourite aspect of this figure is definitely its pinstripe suit. The silver stripes line up neatly between the bricks and I love the imposing collar on the front which looks brilliant when compared with the film. Four black teeth form the jacket tails which is an impressive technique, although the exposed studs between these tails look rather awkward in my view.
Sally, on the other hand, seems eminently suitable for a BrickHeadz rendition. Her colourful rag doll design really stands out on display, especially when partnered with Jack who is almost entirely black and white. Aqua pieces form Sally's skin which looks wonderful and I like the printed stitching across her forehead and mouth, as well as the simple dark red rectangle that represents her lips. Eyelashes would have been welcome though and could have been printed on the 2x4 tile above Sally's eyes.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is animated using stop motion so certain textures, such as hair, often appear fairly simple in the movie. That is reflected here as Sally's hair consists of some smooth curved slopes and tiles, leaving few visible studs. Furthermore, the hair style is perfectly symmetrical so looks superb in relation to the onscreen character.
A single printed brick forms the subtler patterns on Sally's ragged clothing but it is primarily constructed using layered plates and tiles. I appreciate this mixture of earthy tones such as nougat, dark brown and dark tan as modern depictions of the character often feature a much brighter colour scheme, departing from the colour palette of the original film.
41630 Jack Skellington & Sally has surpassed my expectations. Such spindly character designs seem ill-suited to the BrickHeadz range but I think both heroes are represented quite effectively, despite their unusually squat proportions. Sally is particularly impressive in my opinion, featuring an attractive colour scheme that looks perfect in relation to the movie.
However, this set does not offer the innovative building techniques which have punctuated some recent BrickHeadz models. I would therefore recommend other sets in the theme over this one, although I am confident that fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas will be satisfied with these two distinctive figures.
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