LEGO has generously sent the LEGO BrickHeadz Donald Duck (40377) and Pluto and Goofy (40378) for review purposes and I only managed to build this a couple of days ago since the Lunar New Year is just around the corner.
The packaging is themed similar to the LEGO Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse BrickHeadz from last year with the Disney icon motif plastered across the background.
The box contains the 90pcs required to construct our favourite aquatic bird in two unnumbered bags. There is also the instruction sheet along with a loose 6×6 black plate which is for the baseplate he stands on eventually.
This is actually a fold out box which uses seals to keep the contents enclosed as opposed to the perforated punch out boxes for the larger sets. The seals do not fare very well in humid weather (like the rest of South East Asia), so collectors do take note as they can peel off on their own.
It is always a trade off when it comes to keeping the packaging small and the folding of the instruction manual (and the resultant crease) is the sacrifice that needs to be made.
LEGO BrickHeadz was essentially LEGO’s answer to the popularity of Funko Pops and it is designed to be something that even the casual LEGO fan could enjoy.
It took me approximately 15 minutes to complete the model but I’m sure that some of you will take a lot less than that. The build usually starts with the torso and works its way up.
The hallmark of a LEGO BrickHeadz are the 1x2x2 snot bricks that make up most of the build. Essentially, the head and body are rectangles with façades attached to each side.
I loved the fact that they used the 2×3 wedge plates for his web feet and the slope piece for the duck tail.
While the overall design does benefit from the new elements like the rounded corner tiles, it is still utilises the same kind of build techniques which has existed since the start of the BrickHeadz line.
One of the unwritten LEGO traditions is that LEGO BrickHeadz will always use printed elements as much as possible because they want you to be able to build it right out of the box and not have to contend with the hassle of stickers.
There are two unique printed elements here, one is a 1x2x2 printed brick with Donald’s classic red bowtie and a 1×4 printed brick with the tail end of his blue sailor suit.
There is also a trio of 1×1 round tiles for the eyes which is great because if you lose one, there is still enough to make a pair.
The LEGO BrickHeadz Donald Duck (40377) will retail at a recommended retail price of SGD$16.90 which would make for a 20¢ piece to cost ratio which is quite reasonable considering the licensing fees.
I feel that the LEGO BrickHeadz line straddles both the casual LEGO fan and the LEGO builders markets. The price point is small enough for the casual fan to pick up and it is also a great source of useful elements for the moccers.
A sincere thank you to LEGO AFOL Relations & Programs (ARP) team for sending me this set to review. The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed in this review do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the LEGO Group. Review sets sent in does not guarantee a positive review.