The exciting announcement that we’re going to be getting LEGO sets based off of Overwatch was dampened somewhat with no official images of the sets being shown yet.
Thankfully the LEGO community has been has been making Overwatch creations since before the game even launched, so we have a wide swathe of possibilities out there when looking at possible sets.
The builds we feature here are all taken from Flickr where LEGO creations are usually hosted by talented builders.
Make sure to click on the images to be taken to Flickr so you can see more builds from the same users.
BrickHeadz are LEGO’s attempt to cut into the Funko Pop! market with extremely stylised characters from Marvel, DC, and much more.
Instead of the bulbous heads of Funko, you’re getting square noggins that fit in with LEGO bricks.
While this seems like the obvious route to go, the press release announcing the Blizzard / LEGO partnership specifically mentions “building sets across various price points”.
This is important to remember with BrickHeadz because all of them are priced the same: $10 for single characters and $20 for a double pack.
That being said the BrickHeadz line was recently expanded to into a DIY set called Go Brick Me that retails for $30, so maybe it’s not a completely dead lead.
Collectable Minifigure Series
Since 2010 LEGO has been creating unique minifigures that can be bought outside of their sets.
These minifigures are usually given extra detailing to make them more desirable, which is a big factor here as they’re sold in blind bags.
This makes a perfect fit for the character-focused Overwatch, as each blind bag could contain one hero as a minifigure.
User Biao Custom gives us a look at this with figures that have been modified with standard modelling techniques instead of brick builds.
The pricing details mentioned with the BrickHeadz presents the same problem here: all the collectable minifigures are priced the same. There may also be the issue of another company owning the rights to make action figures.
This is a current, weird, setup you can see with Star Wars. LEGO can’t sell minifigures on their own as other companies own those rights, but they can bundle the minifigures together with small buildable terrain and vehicles.
We may see this happen with Overwatch too: sets where the focus is on the minifigures, but there’s also small recreations of popular maps.
One obvious way to sell LEGO heroes to the public would be as one character per set that you can then build.
This large scale and amount of pieces per hero is unlikely, however, as they would drive the prices of sets up far too high.
Less exciting would be a duplication of what happened with Adventure Time. Set 21308 which contains eight small builds that, while capturing the look and feel of the characters, just leaves a lot to be desired.
A portmanteau of “constructable action figures”, sets in this range will look very strange to you if you haven’t been buying sets in recent years.
They built off of the famed Bionicle line with improvements made in its followup – Hero Factory.
It makes use of skeletal frames with ball joints, to which you attach armour and other body parts sometimes called shells. It’s a far cry from the normal stud and hole system.
Right now the constraction line – also called Character and Creature Building System (CCBS) – is used exclusively for Star Wars.
This is a perfect fit as you get a single character per box which can then be assembled and posed thanks to the ball joints affording so much articulation.
[Original image: CC 2.0 BY Eric Tsai]