It’s safe to say we are in the golden age of LEGO. The demand for LEGO is so high that The LEGO Group can’t keep up with the variety of demand. The kids in the 80’s and 90’s that grew up playing with LEGO find themselves with their fondness still intact as an adult. The only difference is that they have their own money to fuel their fanaticism instead of begging their parents to buy them sets. The LEGO Group has to be very careful maintaining the child friendly image while trying to satisfy their fan-base as they grow up. There is no greater fear from a toy company than angering the mother so they have to be careful not making anything that trivializes violence or other adult content.
After all, as of 2010 it is estimated only 5% of LEGO sales go to adults. I am sure that number will be ever increasing but it still shows where the main focus must forever lie. So once you go past the limits of what The LEGO Group can sell there is a vacuum created for adults that custom brick makers are trying to fill. A few years ago the options of custom items was fairly limites. You had a couple high quality makers like BrickArms but mainly a lot of crap custom items only found on sites like eBay. Now there is so many its hard to keep up but we’re going to try!
So why the long prologue to a review? Because CitizenBrick.com crossed over producing a mini-fig of one of my favorite characters of any story of all time, Walt White from Breaking Bad. Now it doesn’t say its actually Walt White anywhere as its officially called a “Chemistry Enthusiast” but you get the idea. Any time a great and successful TV breaks through you’ll soon see some indirect products out there for fans to buy. You’ll see shirts, hats to mugs…so why not LEGO? This review also covers another minifig they made called “Stick Up Enthusiast” Both items are $15 and come with a few parts aside from the minifig.
Not only is it great to see such a character get produced, its done in stunning detail without cheap paint or stickers. CitizenBrick says their items are “pad printed – Just like the real thing “. What does that mean? I have no idea but when you have the CB minifig next to an official LEGO mini-fig it does look like they are made via the same methods.
I have bought several items from CB before but this was the first full minifig. What surprised me is it comes in an action figure set that hangs from the wall like any other figurine toy. I suppose they are trying to move into shops instead of just online.
The minifig comes in a yellow version of a hazmat cook suit with a fine attention to detail down to the blue gloves. I like how the shaded parts give the look of a baggy universal sized suit just like on the show. Thats a detail even the LEGO collectible minifigs missed on the hazmat series 4 release. The face shows the trademark scowl from Walt that says so much without saying a single word.
The accessories to this set include a beaker and some trans blue pieces that represent their blue meth.
In the excitement that the Walt minifig created most people have failed to mention much about the “Stick Up Enthusiast”. Its understandable since its overshadowed by Walt but its a quality piece nonetheless. The scar on the face shows up nicely and the eyes still look like standard LEGO style.
Added items are a cape and handheld sawed off shotgun. I am not sure if this cape is made by CitizenBrick or taken from an established LEGO set. The material seems different so my bet is this is a custom item.
Put together we have some fantastic additions to the custom realm of LEGO. In the back of this creation you’ll see two text tiles both costing $1.50.
As of right now the Walt minifig is sold out but keep checking back on CitizenBrick.com and while you’re there check out some of their other work. Personally I think their zombie heads are significantly better than anything else you can find.
Did they have to be fleshies?
+1 Bo – I don’t like fleshies either.
On the other hand I don’t have the same problem with other colored MF (Black, Zombies, Ninja Turtles..)
Yes indeed. These would be much cooler as traditional yellow guys, but I can see why Citizen Brick went with the flesh since it’s a LEGO convention.
My observation tells me that it’s only convention for licensed sets. Their in-house themes are all yellow. I’ve also noticed that the teenyboppers seem to prefer peachies while more AFOL prefer yellow. That’s just my observation.
In my own opinion, the Black fellow is ok; but the White fellow should be yellow.
Is that racist?
Maybe a little racist 🙂
I think they’re aping the licensed sets here. Almost like a parody, as LEGO is somewhat unlikely to produce any Breaking Bad sets.
Yeah, make the Black folks dark, and all the other races yellow.
It’s better to say that in my LEGO universe, there is only one race of human minifigs. Everything else are aliens.
I don’t think he’s black…I guess I just assumed he was Chilean due to the show even though I don’t think he’s a direct character.
Nice review Evan, and I like your little scene with the broken meth! The scale is a clever detail too.
I have a couple of tiles and some custom Zombie heads from Citizen Bricks and I confirm these are top quality products.
Thanks Greg! I have their “sick green” biohazard tile and I can’t believe I haven’t used it yet. Its really sharp looking.
These look awesome. I want Walt just so I can say I have Walt. Working my way through that show on Netflix. He’s such a great character.
Another show I’ve never seen and barely heard of.
You should check it out; one of the best shows I’ve seen. Right up there with things like Deadwood.
Maybe if I can find it on DVD at the library.
Oh I loved Deadwood! I’m not a big fan of westerns but that was a great show.
Al Swearengen is such a great character. They made a mistake in the beginning making him a mean brute who beat up women but by season 2 they had him perfect. Just a brilliant slumlord king who had his limits.
The real Al Swearengen was a mean brute who beat up women though.
As for the fleshie. Yeah I am not the biggest fan but it makes sense for true human representation.
Walt is such a good character. Him and Nate Fisher from 6 Feet Under are the best of all time IMO. When I started writing this review I hit about 1,800 words before I even said the word LEGO because I was talking about how great those characters are 🙂 hah
Both are deep, complicated, perfectly written and portrayed characters.
I even made this awful pic for the review before I realized I had totally lost the plot 🙂
Omar Little from The Wire….thats who the Stick Up Enthusiast kinda sorta hints at.
How did I not recognize that is beyond me…
I hang my head in shame…
Isn’t that the actor that played the bad guy on that dystopian drama on NBC? Is that show even still on the air? It was headed for the trash bin the last time I saw it.
Not sure honestly. 99% of my TV viewing comes from Netflix or Amazon On Demand.
No, the guy who plays the bad guy on Revolution (shitty NBC show) is from Breaking Bad.
Evan- excellent job! As far as the Walter White minifigure goes, I’ve been led to believe it’s a limited edition of 400. It’s a real shame; I was planning on buying one before they sold out.
They have new other stuff Dave like bacon and new heads.
I saw the new heads on Flickr. Very cool. I love that they also come in yellow.
These guys! My daughter has a couple of their “baby minifigures” and absolutely loves them.
I haven’t bought too much from them as there isn’t much I would want, but I do see a few pieces that’d be good to have or be useful.
Would you consider selling your chemistry enthusiast? I have been looking for one of the original ones.
Haha, nice try, Parker.