Star Wars is only second to Disney for the number of its characters, which have inspired BrickHeadz sets. The latest character pack is the largest yet, featuring five characters from a galaxy far, far away. As Return of the Jedi marks its 40th Anniversary a number of iconic characters from the film have been transformed into buildable BrickHeadz. Three of them are making their BrickHeadz debut, whilst the other two offer different takes on characters who have previously featured in past BrickHeadz sets. The Battle of Endor Heroes set was released on May 1st but was made available early for those attending Star Wars Celebration. So here’s a closer look at the latest Star Wars BrickHeadz set.
Set Name: Battle of Endor Heroes | Set Number: 40623 | Pieces: 540 | Theme: BrickHeadz/Star Wars
RRP: £49.99/$39.99/39.99€ | Number of Bags: Bags x 5 | Instructions: Paper + Builder App | Minifigures: N/A | Stickers: N/A
Availability: LEGO Stores, LEGO Online & General Retail from May 1st
Return of the Jedi was released in 1983 and was the third of the original Star Wars films. Back then it offered what was considered the conclusion to Luke Skywalker’s story as well as introducing some faces. So there are plenty of characters who could have been included in the line-up. Those chosen include Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Wicket and R2-D2. Even with these new characters, there are still many Star Wars heroes, villains and Droids which have yet to inspire BrickHeadz sets. This set makes that a little more evident, with Artoo featured C-3PO has yet to become a BrickHeadz set. Each character is created from a single bag of elements. Luke, Leia and Lando are all built in the usual BrickHeadz size. But Wicket the Ewok and Artoo the Droid are roughly half the size. Although smaller than the standard BrickHeadz characters, they still follow the same unique cubic style of the theme. They also feature a number of unique printed pieces, these are mostly featured on the chest area of the characters to add detail to their clothing.
Luke Skywalker has previously featured in BrickHeadz in a double pack released in 2018. This features Luke in the tan outfit he wears when he heads to Bespin to rescue his friends. This latest version features Luke in the black suit he wears throughout much of Return of the Jedi. The hair has been reshaped for this version, so it’s a little shorter and neater.
Artoo is a much-loved character but is only now making his BrickHeadz debut. Despite being smaller than the standard BrickHeadz design, it still manages to feature some nice detail and even though the Droid’s curved design has been squared off, it still looks like R2-D2.
Lando is another character making his BrickHeadz debut. He’s featured in his Cloud City administrator uniform, including a flowing cape, well flowing as much as a brick-built cape can be. I do like how his little pouch has been added to his printed costume, via a simple 1×2 plate. His little moustache is also included on a printed 1×4 plate.
Wicket is also a new character for the BrickHeadz range, created in the smaller style. This heroic Ewok wears a crude material hood in the film and it’s not the easiest thing to recreate with LEGO bricks, even more so at this smaller scale. But it’s been achieved perfectly here. In fact, I’d say this is one of my favourite BrickHeadz characters.
Finally, there’s another version of Leia. Previously she has featured in BrickHeadz form in her original princess robes. This time around Leia is wearing her Endor scout uniform. So she’s sporting a poncho-like jacket. In the film, this is a camo-patterned mixture of greens. This is a little tricky to recreate at this scale so here is a mix of light and dark green elements. She’s also wearing her Rebel Scout helmet, which is probably a good choice, as it would be difficult to create her braided hair.
It’s a fun line-up of characters and to be honest it could have featured any number of different characters. It’s a shame that C-3PO wasn’t included, especially as Artoo is, but then Return of the Jedi is largely Luke’s story, so it makes sense he’s included, and where else would Lando appear? Of the five characters both Artoo and Wicket are my favourites, they are great characters to start with but look great in the style. If nothing else, it’s a fun way to mark the 40th Anniversary of Return of the Jedi. Thanks to Robin for grabbing this set for me. It will be available for all from May 1st, along with a number of other new LEGO Star Wars sets.