BrickWarriors New Accessories (Winter 2013)on January 24, 2013 at 12:00 am
Last week we covered the helmets and armor; now it’s time to take a look at all the weapons and accessories BrickWarriors put out recently. I’m pretty excited about this wave, because there are a lot of interesting, non-weapon/armor pieces. I’m always excited to see companies making everyday items, which I think go a long way in giving life to a scene rendered in LEGO®. This is probably a tough sell though, since they don’t have as much “play value”.
I’m always a sucker for food items, LEGO®’s cherries, bread, and turkeys are always great items, so it’s really nice to see an addition to them. The grapes here are in a bunch on the vine, and can be held in a minifig hand or put into a hollow stud.
The rose, or “Poison Rose” as BrickWarriors dubs it, is a nice piece. It’s instantly recognizable, and has the perfect detail level to fit into a regular LEGO® creation, which is to say just enough to look right. The rose is grippable in two places on the stem, and will also fit into a hollow stud.
The coin purse is an interesting item, and quite useful for historical and fantasy creations. The purse itself looks excellent, and the mold even features small draw-strings as details. Like the other items here, it features a stud to make it grippable or to fit into a hollow stud. While this is necessary to make the item playable, it unfortunately looks a little strange when it’s not being held. Regardless, this is an excellent piece, and I wouldn’t think it would be terribly difficult to remove the stud if you were so inclined.
For those of us who loved the mohawk that came with the punk Collectible Minifig, but wanted to see it in more colors and more easily (cheaply) available, the BrickWarriors’ version is perfect. The mold is very similar to the LEGO® version, although the detailing is slightly different. At the time of posting, it comes in Lime Green and Dark Red, but I suspect more colors will be forthcoming.
If you’ve ever wanted to make a bloodthirsty barbarian, or perhaps simply wanted to give a minifig in a bikini a bit of flair, then the loincloth is your kind of accessory. The loincloth clips over the top of the minifig hip piece, holding in place with a bit of friction. It stays on surprisingly well, even when you accidentally move the legs forward a bit to far. Speaking of which, the downside to this item is that it inhibits the figures range of motion, but I think that’s a pretty understandable trade-off.
LEGO® unfortunately doesn’t give us a lot of options for children and babies. You can use the stubby leg piece for kids, but for babies? Nothing. I’ve seen some creative folks use a turban piece before, but the BrickWarriors version looks a heck of a lot better. The swaddling itself is mostly hollow, with a stud inside to put a standard minifig head. There is also a hole on one side, allowing the baby to be held, or stuck onto a stud.
These wings are built to attach to the Demon Armor, via the clips on the back. The nice thing about these is that they attach via standard clips, so they’re usable wherever you can put a regular LEGO® clip. The wings themselves are really nice made, and scaled well for a minifig. I love the detail work in them, especially how you can see the “fingers” within the webbing of the wings. Awesome. Now I’m not creative enough to come up with a bunch of other uses for these things, but I would bet we’ll see them turning up in some pretty interesting places in a few months.
Just like the wings, the tail fits into the back of the demon armor, although this uses a stud piece instead. The tail itself is fairly simple, just a long tail ending in a spear-like point, but I really like the angling they used to give it a bit of life. Combined with the wings and armor, this looks really, really cool.
This is a colorful plume that attaches via a mini-stud to the Jousting Helmet. I really like items like this because they add a bit of color to otherwise solid items. They make it looks like an expensive, over-molded piece. The fact that it’s modular, and you can swap out multiple colors is just icing on the cake.
Sea People Plume
Much like the Jousting Plume, this item is made to attach to an existing helmet. Given the Sea People Helmet’s round top, this plume simply snaps over the top, giving it a crown-like appearance. The Sea People Helmet is one of my favorite helmets made by BrickWarriors, and it looks great with and without this plume.
The RPG has a really nice shape and some fantastic detail work – I particularly like the sites. I love the fact that the removable ammo fits in via a stud, so that the launcher still looks good when its unloaded.
The RPG itself is an instantly recognizable little rocket, with subtle fin details at the base. It has a stud to lock into the launcher, but their is very minimal and doesn’t look out of place when the RPG is unloaded. The stud is minifig-grippale, but won’t sit too firmly in the hand due to its short length. I think this is a reasonable trade off, personally.
BrickWarriors lance features a nice handguard, a long counter-weighted pommel, and a broad spear point. It’s also long, even longer than the official LEGO® lance, which gives it high marks in my book. I like the way it gently tapers toward the tip, only to expand back out in a geometric spear point.