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Although the returning cast – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher – may have hogged top billing on the sequel trilogy cast list, if it were not for the power of their names then the younger actors would be taking those spots. Daisy Ridley’s name would surely appear first, as she plays the trilogy’s new lead character, Rey. During Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the character seeks her place in the galaxy, hoping that Luke Skywalker will show her the way.
When it comes to LEGO BrickHeadz, the LEGO Group has chosen to focus on the new characters first. The release of Rey marks the third LEGO Star Wars figure – Kylo Ren was released alongside Rey, but the model makers numbered the moody villain four – and the second BrickHeadz set I have ever built. In some ways I found this as enjoyable a set as Kylo Ren, in other ways I did not.
Firstly, 41602 Rey comes in a similarly well packaged box as Kylo Ren, with her art work is surrounded by a blue glow rather than red, reflecting her use of the light side of the Force. Rey requires fewer pieces than her Force-time partner, with 119 bricks in the box. There are some nice bricks included, especially if you are like me and enjoy using parts for MOCs. The reddish brown 1×1 quarter tiles in particular will come in very handy in future builds.
The building of Rey follows the same principles as other BrickHeadz – two 1×2 modified bricks with studs on the side make up the ‘interior’ of the build. Attached to these are various pieces that make up the detail, revealing more features as the build progresses. Talking of features, this is where my conflicting opinions on this BrickHeadz character arise.
On the one hand, some of the details are really, really strong. Her hair is incredibly well textured all around and the braids at the back are really nicely put together. On the other hand, I just don’t think the face looks very strong, especially compared with Kylo Ren. Rey’s face is just too square with nothing to break it up – even one quarter 1×1 tile on one side of the face would’ve done it. It would not have been 100% accurate, but I think it would’ve just softened the face and broken up the tan.
This set only uses three printed tiles – not including the ‘twinkly’ eyes – two identical prints for her Jedi robes and one printed piece for her belt. I think they look really quite exquisite and blend in well with the bricks used for her neck, especially the wedge plates used. Unfortunately from the side it does not look quite so good – there is a break in the colours of her robe, which goes dark blue grey, reddish brown, light blueish grey and then back to reddish brown. It just doesn’t look right from that angle.
Once completed, Rey does look pretty good, just not really good – and as she was released alongside Kylo Ren, the difference stands out. BrickHeadz are not really designed for playing with, like the buildable action figures. They are more suited as display pieces and they do look great on a shelf. It would be nice of they were a fraction bigger (maybe two studs higher).
For a LEGO Star Wars fan, which you probably are if you are reading this, then 41602 Rey makes for a very reasonably priced addition to a collection, looking even better on the shelf alongside 41603 Kylo Ren.