With the recent release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in cinemas, Brick Fanatics takes a closer look at BrickHeadz 41485 Finn – is the LEGO version as heroic as the on screen character?
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When introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn renounces the First Order and finds himself on a mission to help the Resistance. The character is back in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, ready to live up to the reputation he earned himself by helping to destroy Starkiller Base.
As we look at the first of two Star Wars-themed BrickHeadz it’s somewhat surprising that the piece count is so high for something that looks relatively light on bricks. Coming in just shy of 100 pieces, it is easy to wonder where they are hidden.
Having not built any Brickheadz before, I was intrigued to find out whether my opinion might change on them, given that I haven’t yet been too fussed over the past 10 months to acquire any. Two unlabelled bags and a set of instructions are the only contents in 41485 Finn, and the build time was about 10-15 minutes in total. It could easily have been faster if I had felt the need to rush.
Starting with the body first, the techniques are all very basic for the main structure with mostly black and white pieces built up over SNOT bricks to allow for some easy multi-directional building. You then follow with the head and the legs, before finishing with his weapon and the 6×6 base.
Considering the small number of pieces the designer had to play with, it is still impressive that you can clearly see Finn looking like he should (give or take some artistic license). Although the face is rather plain, save for his printed tile eyes, I quite enjoyed the use of protruding studs to give the hair some texture.
It is certainly the finer details that make it a more interesting build – little additions such as the thermal detonator on the back of the Stormtrooper armour as well as his F-11D blaster rifle all add to making the figure look closer to its on-screen counterpart.
I was relieved to find that no stickers were present in this set, instead relying mostly on brick-built detail and a few printed tiles including the First Order Stormtrooper torso, utility belt and 1×1 round tiles for the eyes. There is also a printed tile for the base indicating that this is an exclusive set to certain retailers. I would far prefer that each model had a printed name or logo on like the Star Wars Planets theme, but the printing quota may have been used up on the other parts.
All in all, Finn actually looks great and the designers have done a pretty decent job to capture enough detail to make him recognisable while keeping to a certain scale and piece count. I would have preferred a fully-helmeted Stormtrooper and for this character to be in his normal clothes, but I don’t think it would be too hard to come up with a helmet by using 41486 Captain Phasma as inspiration.
I do think as the first of the Star Wars-themed Brickheadz Finn and Captain Phasma seem like an odd choice compared to the wide array of other characters available but now I’ve got the first two lined up on display, I look forward to adding more to the collection in future.
This product was provided for review by the LEGO Group.