40649 Iconic Up-Scaled Minifigure Review

Review by Brett Thomas (SAFOLs Members, CapeLUG Members)

When I first saw the release pictures of this set a few months ago I know it was a must add to my collection. I am a mad minifigure collector and this fits perfectly in my collection and new size for display. It retails for R 879.00 currently exclusive to LCS stores.

The box is a flip top type like some of the Art sets and that allows for easy opening and little damage should you want to keep the box. The box contains the instruction manual, and bags numbered 1 to 5. There are no stickers, a huge plus in my view. The set contains 654 parts, with the blue dome for the cap being unique to this set. The 4 head yellow outside bow (4 x 6) pieces are only found in this set and the Pirate figure that is exclusive to the LEGO® House in Billund.

The bags are very minifig part specific. Bag 1 is for the torso and hips. Bag 2 builds both legs. Bag 3 the arms and hands. Bag 4 the head and bag 5 the peak cap.

The first 2 notable things about the figure from the pictures on the box and manual is firstly it uses the standard red and blue minifigure with the first minifig head basic smile and eye print. Secondly the cap looks a bit strange and odd shaped (more about this later). I really like the colour choice as this is the one, I associate with the “birth” of this version of the minifig in 1978.

The torso build uses a combination of slopes and a very clever middle to recreate the minifig torso shape perfectly. This clever shape is achieved by using the 1 x 2 technic brick with 2 holes raised by 2 bricks high on top of a 1 x 4 technic brick with 3 holes. The sides are attached via pins creating the slope of the torso. The torso uses 2 different size red wall elements which reduces part count and weight. Two technic cross axles are left protruding from the torso to attach the arms.

The hips are snot constructed using angle plates to attach the build and 2 more cross axles to attach the legs. The hips are mostly built “upside down and attached to a flipped torso using 1 x 2 plates with vertical tubes to join the two pieces. The legs are built next and are simply constructed mainly using bricks and tiles. The genius in my view is the clever use of two 2 x 8 plates with holes placed in the leg hollows to join them to the hips. The 1 x 2 x 1 bricks with 4 knobs as used in the Brickheadz are used to connect the bow pieces that create the curve on top of each leg.

Next are the arms and hands. The arms are great examples of LEGO® maths at work as the use of corner plates and tiles perfectly recreate the arm bend angle with no flimsiness at all. There is a technic pin used to attach the hands. Each hand consists of 10 parts and in my view does create the shape of the minifig hand reasonably well. A round brick with cross is used to attach the hand to the arm.

Bag build the head and from a design view, probably the most difficult to match the minifig head shape of all the parts. The centre is a combination of technic frames, angle plates and bricks to build up the core of the head. An interesting use of the black mudguard 2 x 4 piece to attach the big head bow pieces. A combination of slopes and bows are used to mimic the curve at the bottom of the head. The eyes and smile are printed on 1 of the yellow bow pieces. The top of the head has 2 2 x 4 plates with 2 knobs (a big jumper plate in my terms) to connect the cap.

Last is the cap, this is probably the most controversial part of this build as the shape of the peak and alignment to the top is not perfect, but in my view the finished model looks way better than the pictures and perfectly acceptable. The build of the base of the peak is another snot build, which is built like a wall and then tipped over. The arches and bows added to the top of this “wall” create the brim of the peak. The dome simply clips onto the built base.

There is a small mini build that fits inside the dome, which is a series of gears and levers, with some printed dial parts. There is a minifigure in the same attire with can be placed in the mini build to “drive” the brain of the built figure. This for me is a really cool addition to this build.

Overall, this was a build I really enjoyed with some clever techniques to create joins and shapes. The figure stands 27 cm high and is very sturdy and poseable. The legs, arms, hands, and head move in the same way as a minifigure. This is an excellent recreation at a bigger scale and a worthy addition to any minifigure collection.

This set will offer a reasonable opportunity for customisation. In doing some research this construction of the legs, arms and torso of the buildable Harry and Hermione use the same build and are the same size. Check out @pixelogre on Instagram for a recreation of the toy soldier minifigure using this set as the base, a truly excellent customisation.