A few days ago, LEGO revealed a new LEGO House exclusive set with A Minifigure Tribute (40504) and it is now available for purchase at Billund. It has 1,041 pieces and this set is the fourth LEGO House exclusive set which features Captain Redbeard, one of the more iconic pirate minifigures. We were fortunate enough to get sent a review copy to check out.
The first few pages of the instruction booklet gives you a brief history of the LEGO minifigure which is actually a pretty interesting read.
The first part of the build is for the minifigure stand. It’sand there are two knobs on top for Redbeard to stand on. In front of that are some printed tiles of A Minifigure Tribute and LEGO House.
Bag 2 is solely for Redbeard’s torso build. The first quarter is for the torso frame but the most interesting thing here is how the areas for the arms are created. It uses an angled subsection that goes right in the middle of the torso so the arms are on that slight angle.
There are also parts for the front of the torso where the green poet shirt is at. Here we get an actual 3D effect which we can’t experience with a minifigure. You also get all the little details like the bandolier that goes across the chest. The belt around the waist uses an interesting part usage with a bucket handle as the buckle.
Bag 3 is for the section between the legs. Here we have a long Technic axle in which the legs connect to later on.
Bag 4 is used to build Redbeard’s peg leg as well as the regular block leg. The inner areas has a small hollow area to allow the leg to swivel. Both legs are able to swivel independently of each other so esentially you can do a walking pose with him.
The next bag is are for his arms. They are pretty straight foward to build and the right hand is the typical yellow minifigure hand. The left one is for his hook. One Easter egg here is the blue wristband that LEGO House attendees get which uses a 2×2 round plate. I had an issue with my set as I was given a 2×2 round tile instead so I couldn’t attach the hook onto the arm unless I had the other piece which I had to find from my collection. Luckily I had one closeby from one of my recent set reviews.
Bag 6 is for his shoulder pauldrons which are the exact same builds.
Following that is the head. It utilizes a SNOT build to give it the round look by using the large curved pieces which are actually brand new for 2023 and currently only available in this set. There is also another one for his face and that one is printed. The striped beard at the chin are also printed pieces. One little note while building the head is that there is a green tree stem inside to represent a palm tree on an island. You can’t really see it once the head is fully built.
Bags 8 & 9 are for Redbeard’s pirate hat. It uses a lot of curved pieces to give its shape. Hinge plates are used at the sides for the slight angles. Unfortunately if you are building from scratch, there is a sticker in the front for the skull and crossbones.
Lastly, there is a treasure map that Redbeard can hold. Again, it uses a sticker for the details. There are some Easter eggs here as the map is of Denmark with the X at Billund. Another is the Black Seas Barracuda on the top left. He is able to hold it with his regular hand.
Overall, the LEGO House A Minifigure Tribute (40504) is a really nice set that could appeal to a certain demographic. If you’re a fan of large scale characters in brick-built form, this set would be a nice addition to the collection. The details on Captain Redbeard are decent and I do appreciate the printed face and plaque but I wish the hat and map were printed as well. I’m not sure why LEGO decided to do printing on some but not the others. Other than that, I like it.
Also, I did have a quality control issue as I got the wrong piece for the wristband. I’ll see if LEGO customer service will be able to send a replacement.
The set is a little harder to get as it is only available at the LEGO House. Unless you have a friend or connections near Denmark, you’ll have to pay a premium for it on the secondary market as they are currently going for about $250 on eBay with signed copies going for a bit more. Perhaps European countries will be able to get it on the LEGO Shop later on like with some of the previous LEGO House sets.
Thank you to LEGO for sending in this set for me to review. The content above represents my own opinion and not the company. Review sets sent in does not guarantee a positive review.
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