The following is a guest post submitted by Ryan M Blanck, who is a LEGO artist.
I was rather hesitant at first to jump on the Hamilton the Musical bandwagon. I had many friends and colleagues who were obsessed with the play, often inserting lines from songs into everyday conversation. I was intrigued, but still I held out.
Then I met Jenn Pust. She called me one Saturday evening to ask me to interview for an opening in the English department at Santa Monica High School. I agreed, and interviewed, and taught a demo lesson, and was offered the job. In the process, Jenn and I became fast friends. And she, too, was another Hamilton-phile.
So one day during my prep period, I decided to give Hamilton a shot (no pun intended). I streamed the soundtrack while grading papers. The next day I did the same. And the next and the next and the next. Soon, I was hooked like the rest of them. And I finally began to understand all those lines of quoted rap and song.
Jenn is not only a good friend, but she is also a strong supporter of my LEGO art. During one of our many conversations, she gave me the idea to create a Hamilton-themed LEGO build. As we kicked around ideas, one stood out: build a Hamilton Brickheadz figure.
It took a couple of weeks, and a lot of dismantling and rebuilding, but I finally came up with this creation. This Alexander Hamilton is larger than the LEGO Brickheadz, standing approximately 4 inches tall. He is dressed in his traditional Colonial Army uniform, complete with coattails in the back. His shirt has a ruffled collar and silver buttons. And what would Lin-Manuel Miranda’s character be without the ponytail.
Here are images of the Hamilton BrickHeadz build from all angles:
There is one other thing I should mention about my friend, Jenn Pust. She is in the fight of her life against stage-4 breast cancer. She has been battling for the past two years, and has faced some rough times recently. And yet, in the midst of this terrible illness, she remains one of the most positive and uplifting people I know. I dare anyone to spend five minutes with her and not walk away smiling.
I created my Hamilton Brickheadz figure to honor my friend, but also with the ulterior motive of getting the attention of Hamilton’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. It would be a dream come true for Jenn to meet Lin-Manuel, and I am willing to do anything – including building a LEGO caricature of him – to make that happen.
So, Lin-Manuel Miranda, if you see this, please consider coming to Los Angeles to meet my friend. It would mean the world to her.