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Review – Lady Liberty

Will Lady Liberty be a sky full of fireworks or a disappointing dud? Find out in our BrickGeekz Blog review.

LEGO wisely (in my humble opinion) took a step back from the BrickHeadz theme in 2019, releasing only a second round of holiday themed designs and a very few movie-based characters. We also had a surprise release of Lady Liberty this year, and she is a bit of a unique case. She could easily be considered as a holiday themed design, being so closely associated with summer and America’s Independence Day. However, the box packaging and lack of a detailed display stand suggests that she is a standard BrickHeadz set.

Lady Liberty, therefore, is perhaps the only non-holiday themed BrickHeadz set that is not based on a licensed character. That already puts her in a favorable light for me. If you’ve read my reviews for the holiday BrickHeadz, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of the non-licensed designs, which I think allow for greater flexibility and creativity than the sets that owe their success largely to the success of a big screen movie.

So how does the rest of Lady Liberty’s design stack up? (Yeah I know, pun intended.) Let’s find out.

The packaging

Lady Liberty comes in the small box commonly associated with BrickHeadz sets. She has 153 pieces, which puts her at the higher end of the BrickHeadz scale. At the time of her release. only one other single character, non-holiday BrickHeadz had more parts. That was the intricately detailed Boba Fett, with 161 parts.

The back of the box shows several posts cards of real “Lady Libertys” around the world. The most famous, of course, is the Statue of Liberty in New York. Also shown are replica Statues of Liberty in Paris and Tokyo.

If it were up to me, I would have included another Lady Liberty that is very close to my home, a 25-foot tall, all-white replica that someone put on an old railroad bridge pier in the middle of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. But, unfortunately, it was not up to me.

The box includes four bags of parts and a loose 6×6 black plate for the base. Sand green is obviously the dominant color here, plus the standard grey SNOT bricks for building Lady Liberty’s head. You can see a few gold colored bricks in the bags too, which make a striking contrast to the green.

The instruction booklet is the small booklet style typically associated with a BrickHeadz set. Because of the small box, the instructions were folded in half. Fortunately in my case, I was able to flatten out the booklet enough that I didn’t have any problem flipping through the pages.

The build

I liked Lady Liberty right from the start. The torso uses a variety of sand green SNOT bricks, plus a tan corner SNOT brick and one of the standard grey 2×2 SNOT bricks. These bricks lay the groundwork for the robe detailing that I expected to come later in the build but turned out to be the next series of steps.

Lady Liberty uses a variety of bowed bricks to create the illusion of a robe flowing from her left shoulder down to her right ankle. It’s surprisingly effective for a block-sized character that is only four-studs wide. It fits the BrickHeadz style well yet still invokes the intricate design of the real Statue of Liberty.

After completing the torso, the build continues with the standard BrickHeadz head. We’re happy to see that Lady Liberty, like all BrickHeadz, has a generous 2×2 pink brick to represent her brain. She is a smart lady indeed.

Lady Liberty’s face is put on next, once again following the standard BrickHeadz design.

Normally a BrickHeadz build would next rotate to build the left side of the character’s head. But instead, we flip Lady Liberty around to the back to work on the rear. One unique feature is that a grey 1×2 plate with a horizontal clip is added at this stage. This part will be used later to anchor the crown that sits upon her head.

Next we finish out the design on the back and the right side of her head. The styling for her hair underneath her crown is now taking shape.

The left side of her head is the mirror image of the right. Once that is complete, SNOT bricks are added to her head to continue building out the hair with more bowed bricks plus two cheese wedges. The final design is fully starting to take shape at this point.

Next is one of my favorite parts of the build, the addition of her crown. A green parabolic ring part is used here, only the second time this piece has been used in this color, with the first being the Architecture series Statue of Liberty from the year before. The ring hooks into the clip we attached earlier in the back of her head. Five additional points of her crown, made with the 1×2 bowed plate and the 1×1 plate with tooth, clip into the ring

Once completed and attached, the parts fold down over top of her head to finish out the crown.

All that is left now are the accessories and I have a mixed opinions on this final stage. First off I love the design choice of using a lipstick element to help form the torch. Although this element, like the pink brain, is hidden in the final design, I love knowing there is a splash of red lending fire to the torch.

Two gold round 1×1 plates are placed over the lipstick element and on top of that a gold wig piece is used for the torch. It fits in snugly against the side of her head but the finished piece is loose and can spin around a little on the base. That’s my only real criticism here, that I would have liked to see it make a tighter fit.

My other criticism, which you can see in the completed photograph below, is that a standard 1×2 tile is used for her tablet. I would have rather seen a printed tile here, or even settled for a sticker. The tile is too plan and could have used a special extra touch.

The verdict

I have to admit that I really enjoyed this build. The torso deviated considerably from the standard BrickHeadz design, with an assortment of SNOT bricks placed in odd locations to anchor Lady Liberty’s robes. The upside-down bricks used for her crown was a creative touch, as was the use of a lipstick element to help anchor the torch. Despite the finished result being almost exclusively one color, the sand green LEGO color is a perfect match for the real Statue of Liberty. The gold wig element used for the torch is a beautiful contrast to the heavy use of green and makes the torch really .. er .. shine.

On the downside, I would have preferred the torch to be better anchored to the base, and I would have really loved a printed tile or even a sticker for the tablet.

These are small considerations, however, in the larger scale of this build and I highly recommend this set as one of the better BrickHeadz builds. Although Lady Liberty is not officially a holiday set, I still plan to re-build her every summer before I head out to the fairgrounds for some patriotic music and fireworks.

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