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Will vignette Seasonal sets make a comeback?

bpk2300bpk2300 Florida Member Posts: 85
edited August 27 in Collecting
Brickheadz have dominated the seasonal waves for the past two years. Since I’m not a fan of Brickheadz, I’ve been left wanting for the past couple of Halloween’s, Thanksgivings and Christmases. I know Brickheadz have been rumored to be on their way out, but they’ve managed to hang on, much to my chagrin. Will vignettes ever comeback?

Some of my favorites: #40052 #40082 #40122 #40260 #40261

I came out of my DA in about 2016, so I missed out on many past sets.
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  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,814
    I have no official information, but I expect there'll be more vignettes; people are really fond of them and they must have sold well for years, for TLG to alternate them with the chunkier seasonal figures. 
  • mattytreksmattytreks San Diego, CAMember Posts: 148
    bpk2300 said:
    Since I’m not a fan of Brickheadz, I’ve been left wanting for the past couple of Halloween’s, Thanksgivings and Christmases. I know Brickheadz have been rumored to be on their way out, but they’ve managed to hang on, much to my chagrin.
    Less Brickheadz, and more of anything – including Holiday vignettes – is always a good thing in my opinion, as well 🤷🏻‍♂️
    bpk2300Brickchap
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,488
    Can you count BrickHeadz? Then it's fewer BrickHeadz, not less :)
    DeMontesFizyxBaby_Yodadavetheoxygenman
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 805
    Huw said:
    Can you count BrickHeadz? Then it's fewer BrickHeadz, not less :)
    Maybe he meant he was more in favor of the half-sized builds that came out in later waves, instead of the ones based on the full sized BHz base? :P
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 1,268
    Huw said:
    Can you count BrickHeadz? Then it's fewer BrickHeadz, not less :)
    Ah, but as discussed a while ago, the singular of Brickheadz is still Brickheadz; therefore, he could be suggesting that he desires less of a particular Brickheadz rather than the entire theme.
    KungFuKennySwitchfoot55
  • Muftak1Muftak1 Somewhere cold, probably raining (aka Ireland)Member Posts: 504
    Gotta love the Lesser and Fewer definitions...

    Less Brickheadz would be a brickhead(z) without an arm or leg while fewer would be smaller numbers of them released...

    My head hurts...
    560Heliport
  • mattytreksmattytreks San Diego, CAMember Posts: 148
    edited August 30
    Thank you so much, @Huw, for the unnecessary grammar troll.  And now, back to regularly scheduled programming...

    I am referring to the Brickheadz platform, in general.  I don't want fewer Brickheadz -- I am advocating for no Brickheadz, as is @bpk2300.
    Baby_Yodabpk2300Brickchap
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 1,268
    So you want less and fewer Brickheadz.
    mattytreksKungFuKennybpk2300FizyxeMJeeNLBumblepants
  • mattytreksmattytreks San Diego, CAMember Posts: 148
    Baby_Yoda said:
    So you want less and fewer Brickheadz.
    Precisely!
    KungFuKennyFizyxeMJeeNLBaby_Yoda
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,023
    I guess if you don't like them then you view them not as individual sets but a single uncountable noun, like a bucketful of crap.
    BrickchapBaby_Yoda560HeliportFizyx
  • bpk2300bpk2300 Florida Member Posts: 85
    I’ll be definitive: I would prefer that there were NO Brickheadz (seasonal), and instead there be ONLY vignettes for holiday/seasonal sets. 😬

    I’ve yet to buy a Brickheadz. I almost bought lasts year’s Witch when it went on sale, but that’s neither here nor there 😶
    dougts
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 134
    I really like Brickheadz. I think they're fun. The structure of the builds is nearly identical for every one, but the designers do a great job of making the end result represent the subject really well. It has worked well for a lot of different characters. Some of the details are very clever and make them fun to build and display. I will buy nearly every new Brickheadz that comes out because I'm a soft completionist--I have only 1 superhero set (Rocket and Groot) and no desire for any of the others. I really enjoy them all.

    That said... I'd love something different too! Some season vignettes would be nice too. Variety is good, IMO.
    FizyxMaffyD
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,023
    I also got a bit bored with the vignettes, so it was nice to see a change. But then once the BH have been around for a while, they get a bit boring and so time for another change next year ...?

  • Gibbo1959Gibbo1959 Northumbria UKMember Posts: 288
    How about vignettes with Brickheadz - that should satisfy everyone... or no-one.
    KungFuKennyFizyxBaby_Yoda
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 600
    Gibbo1959 said:
    How about vignettes with Brickheadz - that should satisfy everyone... or no-one.
    How about 2-in-1 sets... Vignettes that rebuild into Brickheadz!
    jnscoelho
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 920
    The seasonal BH are vignettes... they all have little scenery bits.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,652
    We already know there are seasonal BH coming out this year. I would doubt, outside a GWP, that a vignette would be released this year. 

    Someone just needs to make an alternative vignette build from the existing seasonal BH sets. Problem solved!
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,185
    Judging that the Bumblebee Brickheadz is the current give-away at [email protected], I don't have any doubt that the 2019/2020 seasonal sets will be a triumphant return to minifigure vignettes.
    bpk2300catwrangler
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,023
    SumoLego said:
    Judging that the Bumblebee Brickheadz is the current give-away at [email protected], I don't have any doubt that the 2019/2020 seasonal sets will be a triumphant return to minifigure vignettes.
    And there will probably be clown or scarecrow Brickheadz giveaways at some stage too!

    They are funny sets. I enjoy Go Brick Me, but aside from that I don't have many. They are priced 2x too high for what they are so it is not surprising there are so many left over, even during sales.
    SumoLegocatwrangler
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,185
    They're also high-volume, high-margin sets, so it doesn't surprise me that there gobs of these floating around.
  • bpk2300bpk2300 Florida Member Posts: 85
    I will say that I like many aspects of them. Low price, interesting themes that are wide ranging and neat building techniques. 

    There’s just something about them that turns me off, though. Maybe it’s the eyes. Or the fact that they are pandering to all of the other numbered, collectible junk toy trends. It doesn’t feel like traditional LEGO to me. Rather, it clashes with the rest of the LEGO I collect. That’s probably fine for most folks, but I guess it’s not for me.  🤷‍♂️
    Brickchapguachidougts
  • jnscoelhojnscoelho PortugalMember Posts: 399
    @bpk2300: please define "traditional LEGO". Perhaps just a pile of 2x2 and 4x4 bricks and a 32x32 green baseplate? Star Wars? Friends? Elves? NINJAGO? Or is it Homemaker? Castle? Classic Space? 
    Or maybe... Is it assembling something with a bunch of bricks that ends up resembling something that you know and/or that portraits a new thing entirely? Because if it's this, BrickHeadz do seem like "traditional LEGO" to me.
    SumoLegoFizyxBumblepantsgmonkey76sid3windrMaffyD
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,185
    I would say 'traditional' LEGO is a bucket/freestyle pack.  Use your imagination!
  • bpk2300bpk2300 Florida Member Posts: 85

    @jnscoelho

    I was not trying to define “traditional LEGO” for everyone. I said Brickeheadz don’t feel traditional to me. I’m sure my feelings of nostalgia and what appeals to me differs than many other folks. 


    SumoLegodavetheoxygenmanpxchrisdougts
  • jnscoelhojnscoelho PortugalMember Posts: 399
    Of course. But I'm curious to know what feels traditional to you, since it was your sentence. Sorry if I wasn't clear on that. 
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,023
    Although some are numbered it is easy to build and display them without the number.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,435
    Well, typically, LEGO appears to do a Minifig seasonal vignette set line every other year, so it will be interesting to see what occurs for 2020
  • bpk2300bpk2300 Florida Member Posts: 85
    ^^^ Maybe a better way for me to describe it is that Brickheadz feel “untraditional” to me because it feels like LEGO trying to be something it isn’t. When I see a Brickheadz, I don’t think “LEGO.” Am I wrong in believing that they were created as a reaction to Funko Pop popularity, rather than an original TLG idea/theme? 

    I’m not mad they exist. Like I stated above, I think the build techniques are great and I like how they include many themes. What I DONT like is the fact that the seem to have supplanted the seasonal vignettes sets, hence the reason for this thread. I say that because this is the second consecutive year of only Brickheadz for seasonal. 

    Again, these views are mine and mine alone 😬
    dougts
  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,814
    I know what you mean; it does feel like they're chasing the Funko Pop trend, though I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing. I suspect they represent a fun challenge for MOCers, by creating such a specific aesthetic to try and recreate any character in. I didn't think they were for me, but then I saw the scarecrow and I'm kind of tempted...
  • jnscoelhojnscoelho PortugalMember Posts: 399
    bpk2300 said:
    ^^^ Maybe a better way for me to describe it is that Brickheadz feel “untraditional” to me because it feels like LEGO trying to be something it isn’t. When I see a Brickheadz, I don’t think “LEGO.” Am I wrong in believing that they were created as a reaction to Funko Pop popularity, rather than an original TLG idea/theme? 
    See, this is way I asked. I agree with you in that they they were a reaction to Funko Pop. However, many of the licensed themes are a reaction to some other toy brand as well. LEGO wasn't original in having Star Wars toys. And if it's the playability, a BHs is as playable as a MilF or many other sets just made for display. So, while I do understand your view, I just don't agree with it :) But thanks for replying.
    And btw, I do like BrickHeadz very much. Still, I don't collect them all, just the ones I want. Go Brick Me was awesome and I don't understand why it was for sale for such a short period, it's perfect for family building. The seasonal ones are those I like the least, so I too would prefer a return to seasonal vignettes (however, to be fair we did have a Christmas one last year, the #40292 Christmas Gift box).
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 2,238
    Personally I prefer the Brickheadz over these brickbuild figures we used to have alternating with the vignettes:


    jnscoelhoFizyxsid3windrReesesPiecesBaby_YodaSwitchfoot55MynattM1J0E
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,023
    Is anything LEGO does original?

    After all, much of City is just a reaction to similar police and fire playsets from other companies, Winter Village sets are just created as a reaction to similar Christmas decorations, and so on.

    To me, BH were inspired by CubeDudes, which of course might have been inspired by Funko or other large headed figures. CubeDudes were popular a decade ago and LEGO knew this, but of course LEGO could never sell them as they were not their invention.

    This is from "The Cult of LEGO" (2011).




    Rotate the cubic head. Simplify the face. Standardise the body. A new range is born.
    SumoLego
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,612
    Just for the record, I love both the vignettes and the Brickheadz for seasonal stuff.

    Brickheadz provide a unifying theme that I can put everything together under: My SW and Marvel BHz rub shoulders with Santa & Mrs Claus at Christmas, and they all have a great time together on one shelf. It'll be even more fun when we get some reindeer in on the action!

    At the same time, I love setting up all my other Christmas sets around the lounge to give the room some seasonal colour. From Snowglobe to GB house, from Carousel to Christmas Train, there's something anywhere you look.

    I love Christmas. Now I'm impatient for the Secret Santa to start again! And it's only September...
    FizyxLittleLoriBaby_Yoda
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,185
    CCC said:
    ...BH were inspired by CubeDudes, which of course might have been inspired by Funko or other large headed figures. CubeDudes were popular a decade ago...
    Brickheadz are clearly a reaction to the Funko market - as you noted above.  I have those few SW Cubedudes and they're an anomaly.
    Baby_Yoda
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,023
    SumoLego said:
    CCC said:
    ...BH were inspired by CubeDudes, which of course might have been inspired by Funko or other large headed figures. CubeDudes were popular a decade ago...
    Brickheadz are clearly a reaction to the Funko market - as you noted above.  I have those few SW Cubedudes and they're an anomaly.
    I wonder how many Funko collectors have bought Brickheadz and how many Brickheadz collectors have Funkos.

    Personally, I have absolutely zero Funkos, yet I have BH of me and family (from go brick me), plus a Vader and a MOC of Luke.

    SumoLego
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,612
    I have no interest in Funkos. I have about 20 Brickheadz. And that's me exercising quite a lot of restraint (as I know what will happen otherwise).
  • jnscoelhojnscoelho PortugalMember Posts: 399
    ^Likewise. But I have 43...
    Switchfoot55
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 805
    I'll be honest, I've never been a fan of Funkos, and I had never bought any... until I had some BrickHeadz.  Now I have a few of the better (imo) Funkos, and I'll probably get more in the future, but luckily the BHz line has scratched my completionist bug and I don't feel like I'll ever need to get all the Funkos just to have a complete collection.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,652
    I live about 5 minutes from the Funko headquarters. Walking into their store is like stepping into Disneyland. The mountains of figures I see people buy at once makes me feel better about myself. 

    I'm so far managed to not get sucked into that void
    Fizyxgmonkey76SumoLego
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman In the Disney Infinity Toybox, Windows, or digging through LEGO parts in the USA.Member Posts: 311
    I have a few Funko figures but have since decided that Brickheadz are better.
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 1,268
    To be fair, this is a Lego forum. Virtually everyone here would agree that Brickheadz > Funko...
    Switchfoot55KeilupKungFuKennyFizyxBumblepantsSumoLegoMynatt
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 567
    I've considered a few times picking up a few of the Lord of the Rings Funko Pops... but I've yet to pull the trigger yet on any of them.
    To me though... I'd really want them out of the box, which seems completely against the Funko ideal.

    Side note... how awesome would Lord of the Rings Brickheadz be???
    FizyxKungFuKenny
  • bpk2300bpk2300 Florida Member Posts: 85
    I didn’t mean to start a Funko pop convo! I only have one, Appa from ATLA. It’s out of the box. 

    And now I own one Brickheadz, the Bee from the recent promo. I’ll be selling it.

    ^as much as I love LOTR, I’d even resist the Brickheadz version of those.

    Back on topic. I’m really hoping this year’s Xmas promo set is “vignette-ish” like last years Christmas Gift Box #40292
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,023
    pxchris said:

    Side note... how awesome would Lord of the Rings Brickheadz be???
    There is a Fellowship set on rebrickable, with the hobbits done at Yoda size. I managed to resist the temptation to build them.

    Switchfoot55KungFuKennypxchris
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 805
    bpk2300 said:

    ^as much as I love LOTR, I’d even resist the Brickheadz version of those.

    CCC said:
    There is a Fellowship set on rebrickable, with the hobbits done at Yoda size. I managed to resist the temptation to build them.


    You both SAY this, but talk is cheap when you don't have an actual boxed set staring you in the eyes while you're browsing at your local LEGO store :P
    KungFuKennypxchris
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 600
    edited September 11
    CCC said:
    pxchris said:

    Side note... how awesome would Lord of the Rings Brickheadz be???
    There is a Fellowship set on rebrickable, with the hobbits done at Yoda size. I managed to resist the temptation to build them.

    I’ve looked at those and they look pretty good- the Legolas looks like Link from Zelda though 😬


    https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-21223/frevler90/lotr-brickheadz-fellowship-of-the-ring/#info
    pxchrisWookie2
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,023
    There is a nicer version of Legolas ...

    stluxKungFuKennypxchrisSumoLegoLittleLori
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,185
    Baby_Yoda said:
    To be fair, this is a Lego forum. Virtually everyone here would agree that Brickheadz > Funko...
    Unless you detest Brickheadz and are happy this gimmick wasn't popular enough to justify additional resources and production capacity that draws away from lines and themes that LEGO does much better.

    Wink wink...
    bpk2300Baby_Yoda
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,023
    SumoLego said:
    Baby_Yoda said:
    To be fair, this is a Lego forum. Virtually everyone here would agree that Brickheadz > Funko...
    Unless you detest Brickheadz and are happy this gimmick wasn't popular enough to justify additional resources and production capacity that draws away from lines and themes that LEGO does much better.

    Wink wink...
    The same can be said for many of LEGO themes. If you don't like them, then you will often see them in a negative light (always on shelves, always reduced in price, etc) and assume that resource could have been better used in a better theme that you like.

    SumoLego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,185
    CCC said:
    ...(always on shelves, always reduced in price, etc)...
    Agreed.

    There's still a CHIMA Mammoth Stronghold #70226 sitting on the shelf at Toys 'R' Us.  Clearance price $62.99.
    Switchfoot55Baby_YodaOdeinoichus
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