The first of this year's seasonal BrickHeadz are now shipping from shop.LEGO.com in Europe, having been on back order for a few weeks. Mine arrived yesterday.
After the unsustainable glut of BrickHeadz that were were bombarded with last year it seems that output has slowed to something more manageable this year. Currently we know of no others apart from the seasonal ones but the numbering of those suggests there will be more.
Before I take a quick look a 40348 Birthday Clown, I'll list the numbers of the 2019 sets that we know about.
- 80: 40354 Dragon Dance Guy (available now)
- 81: 40349 Puppy (available now)
- 82: 40350 Chick
- 83: 40351 Ghost
- 84: Presumably an unrevealed Thanksgiving set, 40352
- 85: 40353 Reindeer, Elf & Elfie (Reindeer)
- 86: 40353 Reindeer, Elf & Elfie (Elf)
- 87: 40353 Reindeer, Elf & Elfie (Elfie)
- 92: 40348 Birthday Clown (available now)
If rumours are to be believed, we will be seeing BrickHeadz versions of The LEGO Movie 2 characters, so if that is the case they may well occupy the 4 unreserved numbers and be revealed or released soon.
Anyway, on with the review...
40348 Birthday Clown must be the most colourful BrickHeadz ever released! I count eleven different coloured elements, and those are just those that are visible. Despite that I don't think he looks too garish!
He's also one of the few human BrickHeadz to have a nose.
The flowing curls of his orange wig look great at the sides but no effort has been made round the back so from that angle it looks very plain and dull.
In common with other seasonal BrickHeadz this one comes with an expanded display base. The left of it is occupied by a couple of balloons, while a table with cupcakes and a birthday cake, complete with the new candle pieces that first appeared in last year's Harry Potter set, is on the right.
This year, the printed tile on the base indicating that this is a seasonal BrickHeadz has been dispensed with.
The 2x4 tile is decorated with a sticker. The sheet contains about a dozen stickers with Happy Birthday in different languages.
You would hope that this set will have a bit of a longer shelf-life than most BrickHeadz given people have birthdays all year round, but that remains to be seen. So if you're planning on buying it for someone who has a birthday later in the year you might want to grab one now while you can.