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BrickHeadz Ending?

GremerGremer The Commonwealth of VirginiaMember Posts: 154
According to TheBrickFan, there's currently a tumor that the BrickHeadz theme will be ending at the end of this year. What do you think?

I really hope it isn't true. At first I thougt they were stupid little sets, but I've grown to love them. It feels like they're just starting to hit their stride. Unfortunately, the same thing happened with the SW buildable figures, so I can completely believe this.
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  • Coolguy5000Coolguy5000 Ireland Member Posts: 1,465
    I can see it happening. They went from 12 retail sets last year to about 60 characters this year. It's over saturation. Many retailers are not stocking new ones as they just seem to end up clearancing them.
    GremerBaby_Yodakiki180703
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 9,963
    Perhaps the novelty wore off?  I'd be surprised if they completely disappeared, but LEGO does cut bait and pivot their resources elsewhere quickly.

    Bionicle... 

    Anyway, I'm not discouraged by it.  (No Captain Marvel Brickheadz?)
    SprinkleOtter
  • akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,005

    I see them everywhere in the clearance isles. In addition, when TRU was closing, the only thing left in the LEGO isles was tons of BrickHeadz and Dimensions - neither of which was moving.

    I think they are fun sets with great potential, but LEGO ruined them by oversaturating the market. Collectors are not going to buy 50+ plus a year, and builders will want to get just a few of their favorites.

    If LEGO would have kept BrickHeadz at around 10-15 a year, it could have continued for years. And they could have taken the Go Brick Me set further too with larger BrickHeadz sets for customization. But nope, they just decided to flood the market to the level that we are all drowning in BrickHeadz. Even all the holiday sets are BrickHeadz this year! They did the same thing with LEGO Mixels.  :( 

    hleonffusnowhitie
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 9,963
    The other thing to keep in mind is that these are at the low price-point, but high margin for the parts.  I'm LEGO really doesn't mind clearance and markdowns on this product.

    I'd have ridden the buildable Funko fad and sold as many of these as possible and then move on to the next fad.

    (I'm surprised they haven't done something in response to Hatchimals or LOL Surprise!.)
    SprinkleOtter
  • HanzoHanzo VAMember Posts: 592
    I mean, they were brought about to counter Pops right?  Those are still super popular right?  I can't see them abandoning ship until that fad is dead.
  • bookmumbookmum londonMember Posts: 1,136
    Typical. I have just started to like these. Same thing happened when I discovered Mixels and Elves took a while to grow on me and that is going too (I think?). 
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 1,466
    Gremer said:
    According to TheBrickFan, there's currently a tumor that the BrickHeadz theme will be ending at the end of this year. What do you think?
    You seem to be implying they are a cancer upon LEGO ;-)

    (And where is this island people seem to find so much clearance lego on?)
    SumoLegoLusiferSamBaby_Yodakiki180703
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 9,963
    (And where is this island people seem to find so much clearance lego on?)
    It's definitely not this one...

    SprinkleOtterBumblepantsAyliffevernappleAstrobricksPitfall69MrJacksonkiki180703
  • Lego_Lord_MayorcaLego_Lord_Mayorca H-Town, USAMember Posts: 471
    That rumor sounds too good to be true. And you know what they say about things that sound too good to be true...
  • RogerKirkRogerKirk BrightonMember Posts: 303
    Nooooo. Really hope not. Love them and hope they continue in to next year. So many characters we could still get.
  • GremerGremer The Commonwealth of VirginiaMember Posts: 154
    Gremer said:
    According to TheBrickFan, there's currently a tumor that the BrickHeadz theme will be ending at the end of this year. What do you think?
    You seem to be implying they are a cancer upon LEGO ;-)
    It's naht a tumah!

    Also, it's hard to type on mobile sometimes.
    BumblepantsSumoLegoSwitchfoot55SprinkleOtterkiki180703
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,659
    I would be somewhat surprised if brickheadz are gone completely after this year. There are supposedly several that are retiring quickly this year, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Funko Pop is still going strong from what I can tell. I can't imagine the same amount of design budget goes into one of these that a normal set would entail. If LEGO just keeps the numbers relatively limited, no reason to think they couldn't go on somewhat indefinitely just like the Pop figurines. The possibilities are nearly endless for what they could do. 
  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,483
    I dunno, it's pretty rare for a theme to get more sets in its final year rather than fewer. Normally themes get smaller (not bigger) before disappearing entirely: consider the fates of Elves, Nexo Knights, the various LEGO Movie themes, Dimensions, Legends of Chima, Atlantis, Kingdoms, Power Miners, Space Police, and G1 Bionicle as they approached retirement.

    The only recent multi-year theme that comes to mind that got substantially BIGGER in its final year was Ultra Agents, and even then when you break it down into half-year waves it went from six sets to five to three. That's certainly a far cry from a theme nearly doubling in size in its final year. Even breaking the BrickHeadz down by release date there's neither a steady nor an abrupt decline:

    March 2017: 10
    April 2017: 2
    September 2017: 2
    November 2017: 2
    January 2018: 8
    February 2018: 1
    April 2018: 9
    May 2018: 1
    July 2018: 8
    August 2018: 4
    September 2018: 1
    October 2018: 9

    If the theme IS ending, it makes me wonder why it would wrap up so abruptly instead of winding down more steadily. :/
  • AyliffeAyliffe the UK innit?Member Posts: 287
    I doubt the theme itself is ending completely (from past cancellations TLG prefers to quietly shoot the thing out the back rather than going for a more public execution), but I wouldn't be surprised if the sets had a shorter "shelf life" as such like the more standard Funko Pop thingies - bring out a ton, retire most of them after a short while and then bring out a fresh new bunch so that the shelves aren't completely bursting innit.

    I mean, either that or they're doing a Dimensions and someone upstairs is pulling the plug early, which would be surprising to say the least - we'd get some decent cancellation sales outta it though, so I guess every cloud has a silver, discount-based lining.
    Baby_Yoda
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 370
    Maybe TLG should just produce shorter runs of them? They do seem to flood aisles and never seem to sell out - why not make them a little more limited edition? I still haven't bought a Brickheadz for myself and that's unlikely to change but I can see why people out there like the stylised characters. I just prefer my stylised characters in the form of minifigs.
    pharmjod
  • OdeinoichusOdeinoichus CanadaMember Posts: 190
    As a recent interested party for these I hope this is not true, they're really quite innovative for basically building similar designs.
  • BrickByBrickBrickByBrick Massachusetts, USAMember Posts: 439
    Some have been really good, like the BttF ones and Mickey and Minnie. I'll be disappointed to see them go if true. Any idea if those rumored gravity falls ones are still happening?
  • CM4SCM4S United StatesMember Posts: 1,209
    If I had to guess, it's probably true :(

    I wonder if I'll stop making BrickHeadz :/
    MaffyD
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 16,469
    edited October 8
    I've only ever bought a couple on large clearance for parts as I've never really wanted them as display objects. What's the point, you build them and that is it. At least to me. However, I can see why people that display this type of set like them so it would be a shame to cut them off now, but then the seem to have covered just about every license possible* anyway so maybe they have run out of ideas. * see below.

    If they were to make, for example, a classic spaceman (or a series in different colours) or a castle guard, maybe I'd be interested again. Same with LOTR and Hobbit, a major license that seems to be missing. Do a series of all 9 Fellowship or the whole company of dwarves and I'd be interested. Do just a couple, and I won't be.

    SumoLegoJudgeChuck
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,363
    I would be really sad if Brickheadz ended so soon.
  • RogerKirkRogerKirk BrightonMember Posts: 303
    Marcos Bessa has confirmed there will be Brickheadz in 2019
    That is good to hear. Where did he say that?
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,041
    They're not my cup of tea really, but I did get #41612 Steve & Creeper because of the Minecraft link and I might also get some similar to the ones @CCC suggested, Classic Space, LOTR, The Hobbit, if they were ever made.
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 87
    I'd definitely go in for some LotR/Hobbit ones - but that's exceptionally unlikely I think.

    The only one I have any plans on getting right now is Boba Fett.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Washington, USAMember Posts: 1,093
    I live about a mile from Funko Pop's headquarters. They are certainly still in full hype. Every time I visit, I see entire families, each with a basket in hand full to overflowing with characters. They may end up the way of the Beanie Baby, but I think there will always be a somewhat decent market for them. 

    I begrudgingly stepped into collecting Brickheadz, but have since fallen in like with them more and more. That said, I don't think I'd be too disappointed if they ended up going away. I certainly wouldn't mind if they slowed down a bit either.  
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,228
    akunthita said:

    Even all the holiday sets are BrickHeadz this year!

    Almost every year "all" of the main release (small) holiday sets are all of one type.  Last year they were the boxed "scenes", 2016 had the boxed individual brick built characters (dog,vampire, chick etc).
    RogerKirkSumoLegostluxAanchirkiki180703
  • TkattTkatt MNMember Posts: 283
    The corroborating source of the rumor for the Brick Fan article is a guy who heard it from a cashier working at the Lego Discovery Center booth at Brickworld Michigan. So maybe not the most reliable source.

    I hope they stick around for awhile, they make great parts packs.
    SumoLegopharmjodAyliffekiki180703
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 9,963
    edited October 8
    Tkatt said:
    ... a guy who heard it from a cashier...
    So... that's no corroboration of anything.


    (The original post, so you can make your own conclusions.)  It rarely surprises me that there is a total lack of veracity of anything on the Internet. 

    And in a completely unrelated unsubstantiated rumor, LEGO is doing away with their marketing and PR departments and are now making product announcements through random cashiers in Middle America.
    stluxRogerKirk560HeliportpharmjodBaby_YodadavetheoxygenmanTkattkiki180703
  • InfinitymanInfinityman United StatesMember Posts: 100
    I heard the same rumor from likely the same cashier, then immediately dismissed it as an attempt to sell more Brickheadz. I have no reason to believe that she would have that kind of inside information  
    SumoLegogmonkey76Tkatt
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Washington, USAMember Posts: 1,093
    Purple Dave has some serious explaining to do...
    Baby_YodaTkattSirBrickalotOfLego
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 16,469
    SumoLego said:

    (The original post, so you can make your own conclusions.)  It rarely surprises me that there is a total lack of veracity of anything on the Internet. 

    This is the problem with sites like the Brick Fan, who seem to report any rumour with a big headline. And when it is published on there, it becomes fact.

    stluxSumoLegokiki180703Baby_YodaSprinkleOtter
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 1,886
    Wow, a rumour sourced from a LEGO Discovery Center employee. Not even the "Lego Store employee" often used for unfounded rumours.

    So The Brick Fan basically posted an article about the ramblings of a random person with no way of having actual inside information. That's not going to make me visit their site any more frequent.
    SumoLegosid3windrgmonkey76kiki180703LostInTranslationSprinkleOtter
  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 798
    It's now going to go full circle, people see it here say to Lego store staff, who then pass it on creating a new 'source', then it must be true!

    I say we have a competition to see just how big a ridiculous rumour we can get made into 'fact'.
    sid3windrSprinkleOtter
  • jnscoelhojnscoelho PortugalMember Posts: 91
    The fact is, several BrickHeadz are currently out of stock at [email protected], and not only those released 9 days ago.
    If it was because of this rumour or not...
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 16,469
    stlux said:
    Wow, a rumour sourced from a LEGO Discovery Center employee. Not even the "Lego Store employee" often used for unfounded rumours.

    It is not only that, but this was from a cashier from the LDC running a stall at the Brick World convention. There is a possibility that they were clearancing Brickheadz as they didn't want the overhead of transporting them all back to the LDC at the end, especially if other stock had already or was coming into the store.
    stlux
  • HanzoHanzo VAMember Posts: 592
    "Wow, we have a ton of these Brickheadz, they aren't selling well boss, what do you want us to do?"

    "knock a few bucks off and tell the nerds they aren't going to be making them anymore, they should sell like hotcakes."
    RogerKirkBaby_Yodagmonkey76snowhitie
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 399
    ^ and ^^ I'm sure these are both true.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 16,469
    nexander said:

    I say we have a competition to see just how big a ridiculous rumour we can get made into 'fact'.
    I remember this thread from 2012 (back in the day when everything posted on the internet was true) ...


    and the info that was spread about from a post on MSE, copied to HUKD (https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/the-sun-free-lego-promotion-starts-6-oct-2012-1319727), and an article on brickset (https://brickset.com/article/3776), and elsewhere.

    It is amazing how many people on the HUKD thread say they went to collect and it wasn't on after all, and the guy that pre-sold 57 of (presumably) the Uruk Hai polybag earlier in the week.

    All based on a rumour from a post by someone pretty much anonymous.

    And lego.wikia still list it as fact on a number of pages  ....


    So well done to A. Jones for having a false rumour as fact for 6 years now!









  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 566
    edited October 10
    I actually recall seeing The Brick Fan using a well-known Brickset member's post as their sole verification for one of their many rumours. I don't remember whose it was, nor what it was about, and not even whether it was true, but I'm pretty sure @SumoLego was involved somehow. As he is with everything here.
    I'll see if I can find the article, anyhow...
    EDIT: The article wasn't by The Brick Fan, but The Brick Show. Damn these super similar website names!
    SumoLego
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 1,886
    Yeah, was The Brick Show that spread an unsourced rumour that Nexo Knight was getting cancelled. Well, eventually it did, just more than a year later than when they published their nonsense article.

    Both the Brickheadz and Nexo Knight rumour articles seem to be "hey, there's something about a theme a fair amount of AFOLs are vocal about disliking, let's generate some clicks."
    The Brick Show also got their YouTube channel deleted for continuing to use leaked images after they got their first strike. (They were stupid enough to think that they only had to stop doing so after receiving a 2nd strike. TLG at that point had no issue finding an earlier video to give them a 3rd strike.)

    Anyway, the The Brick Fan was not a site I visited daily, and them publishing 100% nonsense articles just to get clicks will just push them even lower on my list.
    SumoLegobgl_84
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 9,963
    Baby_Yoda said:
    ...and not even whether it was true, but I'm pretty sure @SumoLego was involved somehow. As he is with everything here...
    Using a pseudo-anonymous messageboard posting as a source is just reckless.  I do occassionally come across a nice bit of information, but if you're 'reporting' 'news', some effort should be made to verify the source.
    stluxBaby_Yodagmonkey76
  • OdeinoichusOdeinoichus CanadaMember Posts: 190
    Nobody wants actual sources anymore, just the revenue from millions of clicks.
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 1,886
    edited October 10
    Had never visited Brick Fanatics, so had a look. Wow, so they're basically just looking for Lego leaks and rumours on Instagram/Eurobricks/..., and then writing an article about it.

    As they are part of the Recognized Lego Fan Media and have a LUG Ambassador, you'd think they know better?
  • AleyditaAleydita BelgiumMember Posts: 695
    Huw said:
    The worst offender is Brick Fanatics. It's posted four rumours this week already.

    "According to information received by Brick Fanatics..."

    "Brick Fanatics understands that..."

    It's all total bo????ks and click-bait. 

    Yet you still promoted their new magazine the other day, calling them "our friends at Brick Fanatics" in the process... 
    Hanzosid3windrjust2good
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia BG/Dallas TXMember Posts: 4,915
    "Top Ten Cancelled Lego Themes for 2019! Number 7 Will Surprise You!!1!!1"
    560HeliportHugeYellowBrickBaby_YodaSprinkleOtterAstrobricks
  • HanzoHanzo VAMember Posts: 592
    Aleydita said:
    Huw said:
    The worst offender is Brick Fanatics. It's posted four rumours this week already.

    "According to information received by Brick Fanatics..."

    "Brick Fanatics understands that..."

    It's all total bo????ks and click-bait. 

    Yet you still promoted their new magazine the other day, calling them "our friends at Brick Fanatics" in the process... 
    Anyone is your "friend" when they pay you to advertise. Welcome to the internet.  What's odd is them slipping up and letting their true feelings leak out. 
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 16,469

    Huw said:

    It's all total bo????ks and click-bait. 


    They'll probably use that quote in the promotional material for their mag.

    SumoLego
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