When you think of prohibition-era gangsters, the mind conjures images of fast cars, sexy flappers, cool hats, and Tommy guns. BrickWarriors can’t help you on the first two items, but they’ve got the hats and Thomsons covered.
The only clothing item this time around is the Fedora, which is quite different from the official piece. The BrickWarriors offering has a thicker, narrower brim, which doesn’t look quite as dramatic as the official piece. In fact, it reminds me more of a hat a businessman or newspaper reporter of the era would wear. I like both models quite a bit, and think a mix of the two compliment each other. But if I had to choose just one, I think I’ve got to give the edge to the official part (far right in the below photo). Thankfully, I don’t have to choose.
This time around we’ve got three weapons: a nice snub-nosed revolver, a semi-automatic rifle, and the awesome Thomson Sub-machine gun.
I really like the snub-nosed revolver, since it can work in creations from Antebellum West on into the foreseeable future. It’s very distinct from the classic cowboy six shooter, more in-line with police-issue revolvers you used to see before Glocks became the norm. This simple, effective handgun can be found all over the US. That ubiquity makes it a must have for MOCers.
The semi-automatic Gangster Rifle looks a bit like a BAR, but it’s actually a Winchester Model 1907, a World War I era firearm. It’s a pretty nice rifle, and should work well for both military and civilian use. You could even use it as a stand-in for the BAR if you really wanted.
Undoubtedly the crown jewel of this collection is the Chicago Typewriter (AKA the Tommy Gun). This this is just beautifully sculpted. It’s instantly recognizable, looks great in a minifig’s hand, and puts to official part to shame. Partner it up with the violin case from the Collectible Gangster and you’ve got a fantastic figure.