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LEGO Star Wars Helmets – 75343 Dark Trooper (Red Five), 75328 The Mandalorian (Red Five), & 75327 Luke Skywalker [Review] – The Brothers Brick

The Helmets Series has been a huge success since its inception, featuring iconic characters from Star Wars as well as Marvel. Although the troopers and TIE pilot might be exciting to some, Boba Fett and Darth Vader were great lures for LEGO and Star Wars fans, especially those that grew up with The Original Trilogy. After all, the set’s 18+ rating was definitely targeted at the more…tenured fans. Designers can use a variety of helmets to design their next model. Many have been featured in related works. Designers felt like fans, and must have felt something was missing. There were many. “bad guys”But where was the? “hero” helmets? Two of the three LEGO helmets recently unveiled could be a compromise.
75343 Dark Trooper | 693 pcs | US $59.99 | CAN $79.99 | UK £54.99
UK PS54.99 CAN $79.99 | 584 pcs | US $59.99 | CAN $79.99 | UK £54.99
| 675 pcs | US $59.99 | CAN $79.99 | UK £54.99

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The LEGO Group provided a copy of the set to The Brothers Brick for review. TBB will not be reviewed or given positive reviews if they receive products to review.

Before you wonder why I’m going out of the set number order for this full review, allow me to explain. Rumours are a common feature within the LEGO community. The Brothers Brick doesn’t believe they are true. We wait until we have the item in our hands (or an official statement). Nonetheless, once you’ve got them, you feel like you found a golden ticket. While all of these busts have their merits, I think it’s safe to say that most steeped Star Wars fans have been itching to get their hands on Luke’s helmet. You won’t be disappointed if you wait, because the two other options are not as easy to find. In fact, I might even like building the Dark Trooper more, which is honestly why we’re breaking that open first. Along the way, I’ll drop in some tidbits of information provided to us by the designers of each set regarding the challenges they faced and even future plans (or at least hard limits) for helmet sets to come.

75343 Dark Trooper – “Babe, new Big Bad Evil Guy dropped.”

Even though the box art is difficult to see, it is easy for the guy to be seen. Although the build’s print has been embossed so it catches the sunlight, it appears that the creators intended for the bust to remain in darkness. This is a great way for Dark Trooper to be highlighted, guys. As LEGO is well-known for, the model makes digital reality real. Far from spoiling season 2 of The Mandalorian, those who are unfamiliar with these particular servants of the Empire just need to know that they don’t go down easily. In true authoritarian fashion, the remnants of Palpatine’s galactic conquest strove to hold onto power through force. In a complete reverse of the clone story the Empire chooses trooper-armoured robots over all living creatures. The lovely Din Djarin finds out the hard way that these are a little more formidable than the troopers he’s met in the past. Each one is different.This series’ helmets share the same tall black boxes as previous sets but are noticeably thinner. The boxes contain similar text and art. There is a red halo in the Dark Trooper’s shadow and images of the source material. Personally, I don’t like the idea of having put. Two These can be used as punch tabs. One would be sufficient, but two would be more severe.  Tape is easily cut but wedging your fingers between the cardboard to break the glue seal is always frustrating.Is LEGO unable to trust its 18+ customers using a box cutter and a box saw?

These sets have fewer bricks than the previous ones but it’s not much. They’re still hefty boxes and at the end of the day, display pieces at this price point aren’t prone to be parted out except by the most avid collectors or resellers. Inside the box, you’ll find the instruction booklet, 5 numbered bags of pieces, and one small sticker sheet.

The build

You’ll find the interior structure of each of these to be pretty similar, providing a base cube of sorts to which the rest of the details can be added. All of the helmets are hollow inside, though Luke’s is clearly less for weight than the others. The helmet’s open interior allows for easy assembly and is light enough to not injure your feet if it falls on your feet.These helmets feel almost as if they are a 3D puzzle. Once the base cube has been created, it can be divided into a series of component builds. The building’s structure is slowly built from smaller sections. “face.”

Adults with long fingers might have difficulty navigating the narrow spaces or angles found within these structures. The bright bricks inside are a nice contrast to their dull outer shell. It’s mostly boring. The final model has translucent, red eyes that catch the light well. The way the designer angles each section is clever. During the roundtable interview, we asked the designers if light-colored bricks had been considered. While they agreed it would look cool, and that fans could certainly try to do it for theirs, they feel there isn’t much room in there for light bricks, let alone a way for them to shine through. That being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if after-market sellers put out LED lighting kits for this helmet in particular.

In our interview, we talked about the debate over smooth versus studded helmets that some helmet lovers had back when they were first introduced. The designers could agree that a fully-smooth design had its benefits, but that LEGO style was more important. Each helmet’s dome has exposed studs. Ingeniously stacked plates can be used to create the helmet curve. This gives the models the same texture and feel as LEGOLAND, or huge LEGO stores.

Before we move on to the base, which is almost identical between each helmet set’s, the instructions include a spine structure and limiters that will help with a section. The designers really know what they’re doing, or at least they have plenty of time to figure it out. Either way, steps like this just add to the puzzle aesthetic since you don’t immediately know their purpose.

As I said, these bases are almost identical. Only difference between them is the attachment point to helmets. Designer created an angled section to match the Dark Trooper design. The helmet was slightly smaller to better match the perspective and appearance of other helmets. Half-circle sections are built out to the side to match the joint of the Dark Trooper’s neck and provide a larger base to stabilize the model.

This is what it’s like to be a droid. “helmet”It’s more like a head and they put the living soldiers in the suits to make it even more bizarre “head”It has a wider range of sensors. The helmet is smaller than other parts. But it is all. “head vs helmet”This led to lively exchanges at the round table. Round table members were asked whether the droid they created could be used to create more droids for future waves. Is it possible to obtain a C-3P0/K-2S0? Well, don’t hold your breath because it was a pretty big “no”Future droids will be informed that the Dark Trooper’s history justifies its inclusion. Being an “upgrade”Learn more at “upgrade”The Stormtroopers replaced the Troopers, so the designers saw it more as a Trooper rather than a droid. Still, that doesn’t mean LEGO can’t pivot at some point in the future; it just might be a different department that handles busts.

Okay, now that it’s mounted, the rest of the build comes together pretty quickly. More small components slowly combine to hide the interior structure and fill in the helmet’s form. This back section is snug, as are most of the hinged sections in the rest of the build, so you’ll know if you’ve done something wrong right away.

This is only one sub-build. This allows the stickers to be removed, creating a vented effect. The gas can be seen in the wheels hubs that protrude from the bottom. mask motif that reflects the real-world inspiration of the Storm Troopers’ character design. Attachment of the entire structure is done via one hinge. This hinge is connected to the yellow clip at the central jaw. You can also find more hinge bricks in the “ear”To attach the final model’s angled panels to the base, ball joint sockets were added in the same region.

After you have added a few stickers to the jaw panels, you can now popLook at the last sections to see the new model. It contrasts well with the classic Stormtrooper helmet in white. As I said, it is smaller than the other helmets in the collection (save Luke’s, but it’s hollow so that doesn’t count the same way) but the angle built into the stand helps its eye-line better match that of the other sets without making it seem like its jaw is jutting out. The little half-ring around the stand at the base of the head can be a bit frustrating as those parts seem to fall off rather easily but that’s really only an issue when moving it.

Conclusion

This was my favorite build. There were a lot of intricate aspects to this build and I think it’s kind of nice that it all blends into one black blob when you aren’t looking too closely at it. Its subtle design is worth a look and anyone who gives it the chance will be pleased with the results.

75328 The Mandalorian – “This is the grey”

Moving on to Mando, I’ll start by saying that this was hands down the most mundane build of the three. That’s not really any fault of the designers though. Din Djarin’s iconic headwear is basically the platonic form of a Mandalorian-style helmet. Pure, polished Beskar molded into a symmetrical helmet doesn’t really leave much for a LEGO designer, especially when you compare it to the colorful and complex Boba Fett helmet—at least on the outside. Don’t let that discourage you though, as this set definitely has its merits. This box contains exactly the same contents as the Dark Trooper. There is no sticker sheet. The same 18+ collectible black-box design with insets on the back showing the source inspiration and the model’s measurements. You will find five numbered bags inside as well as an instruction book.

The build

Given the lack of stickers, the straightforward design, and the trendiness of the subject, I’m sure this will be one of the more popular sets for casual LEGO builders. You know, those nice people that curiously venture into the LEGO aisle and marvel at the mosaics and collector’s sets. Their family searching for the perfect gift to gift a 17-year-old geek. Whoever it is, I’m sure it’ll rival Luke’s helmet in popularity just because of their individual fan bases. This is what I can confirm by looking at the Fett helmet. It has a more complex interior structure. These cubes share the hollow appearance, but they are smaller than BrickHeadz’s and more complex than SNOT panels.

It was going to be difficult to render this in LEGO due to the high amount of chrome in the source material. The designer informed the roundtable that he was having trouble deciding which parts should be highlighted using drum-lacquered Silver, and which should be darkened in order to create fixed shadows. The one distinct feature of Mando’s mirrored helmet is its sunken “cheeks”These help to capture the light dancing across the scene’s surface. The most worn LEGO bricks are those with a drum-lacquered exterior. Since their color isn’t a part of the plastic they’re constructed from but rather a layer of paint slowly cured onto the bricks, these parts often fall victim to wear when they’re over-used. This is mostly a problem with the connections, so studded elements shouldn’t be considered due to the potential for repeated wear. So as cool as it would have been to have a fully silvered out Mando helmet, you’ll just have to use your imagination when you’re looking at the silver highlights over the light and dark blue-grey.

After you have removed all of the silver stripse from the middle, follow the instructions to fill in any stud-out structures. This is the grey.

This stand is the only one in the new wave that looks exactly like the original. Looking back at them now, they seem almost basic compared to this line’s variation of options. Sure, it’s a product of the source material but I’m sure there have also been some lessons learned amongst the Helmets team in the last year or so.

Get that bad boy up and start working on the sides. While Boba Fett’s shaping was mostly done with large sections of stacked plates, this model uses more sub-builds to create the curves. Yes, Boba’s of course had more visually engaging elements but that’s just because of the wear and tear on the paint of his helmet. Mando’s walking around with pure Beskar on his dome and he wants you to see his drip. Of course, with Sabine Wren cast for Star Wars: Ahsoka, maybe he’s in for a sweet paint job down the line?

This model is symmetrical. Smart builders can save time by building both sides simultaneously. For bigger elements like these…ear sections? Sure, we’ll run with that. For bigger elements like these ear sections with hidden ball joints, it’s nice to be able to mirror the build and move on. Before we get to that, let’s ask why the designers didn’t just stack them with plates like they did for Fett. Well, the designer for this set pointed out in the roundtable that, if you pay attention, the bottom of the Mandalorian’s helmet flares out a bit more than Boba’s. The designer was able to create this slight angle by connecting them with ball joints. It’s a simple detail but one of those worth integrating to do justice to the source material.

The rest of this build focuses on filling in. face. This part, like the Dark Trooper’s, goes fast. A number of larger sub-builds are stacked together to complete the details. More chrome in the forehead and the beginnings of the T-visor, common amongst all Mandalorians’ helmets.

Although the cheekplates are a basic plate stacking element, they are the most technical part of the set. Of course, the plates might match the technical angles and curves of the source but they won’t really create the same shadows. Designers used dark-blue-grey arch plates that were placed underneath the cheekbones to create this effect. This is not a shadow. It’s a reflection of the different angles. mask. This, therefore, wasn’t as much of an issue for Fett’s helmet. His cheeks were only about two plates thick because the paint on the source wouldn’t have the same reflection. Both helmets use the hinge plate to attach the sections once built, used twice in each cheek for Mando and once for each with Fett’s.

The last step of the build is to insert the cheeks. This locks the cheek components in place since the cheese slopes on the visor are partially hidden. This is a different approach to Fett. You can simply pull the cheeks off and take off their visors. I like the technique used with the Mandalorian’s much more though, as it ends up blending together better.

Conclusion

Both Mando Fett’s and Fett’s similarities are evident side by side. Both Mandalorians celebrate their culture, regardless of whether they were adopted or cloned. Though Fett’s is certainly the more visually engaging as far as color goes, the Mandalorian helmet certainly earns some praise. It’s a dull, monotoned lump that can look odd from the right angle. However, it’s a great tribute to Din Djarin when presented correctly. Its release is also well-timed considering the events currently unfolding in The Book of Boba Fett. The designers told us that they don’t get any real peek into the franchise’s plans but they do end up with plenty of resources to help them get the product right. They might not have known how relevant this would be at its release but with a cultural sensation and fan favorite like the Mandalorian, there isn’t much of a chance that it won’t do well.

75327 Luke Skywalker (Red Five) – RIP Pedrin Gaul

Pedrin Gaul, who was killed in action during Rogue One’s Battle of Scariff, was the fifth member of Red Squadron before Luke made this call sign. Although the rebels lost a lot of people, it was worth it in the end. Luke, being a hotshot, saved the day. Let’s move on to the set. Again, punch tabs will make me and many LEGO fans grumble. LEGO, please stop. You make such pretty boxes, I don’t want to ruin them.

Despite being much more hollow than the previous helmets in the line-up, this set actually has more pieces than the Mandalorian’s. That being said, piece count isn’t everything since the four numbered bags include a hodge-podge of small and large elements.

This set contains the most pieces despite having fewer bag. It has large yellow hoses as well as a variety printed and stuckered elements. I only included one but you’ll see that there are a ton of those printed red slopes.

The build

This set is noticeably larger than other sets. The helmet is hollow so it must be a bit higher in order to keep the build the same height as the rest.

The stand is not just a stand, but an integral part of the helmet. Surprisingly, I was actually surprised to discover that I had begun the structure for small red fins on the helmet’s head. Although most sets can be taken off their stands, the final model is a solid piece. This model cannot be attached to a teddy bear unless it is modified. It is theoretically possible.

Next is the stud out dome. This dome has exposed ball joints to attach the printed Rebel Alliance discs. These components can be attached to your helmet’s sides using SNOT pieces.

Instructions tell you to make the majority of the fins by using a series of curved, nested subbuilds. The helmet’s back features the same studs out plate stacking as the top. To match the original design, there are some light blue-grey sloped components on the bottom. These back sections can be assembled easily and have very little to attach to. Because the helmet’s interior will be visible when it is displayed, the designers wanted as much detail as possible. The majority of the structure is made up of inverted black plates and slopes.

Next, you need to get the goggles. It’s possible to make any brick translucent, but it requires that they be polished both on the outside and inside. It’s difficult to cut pieces. It’s difficult to figure out how to do it. The large, curved bricks used in the goggles are a great parallel for Luke’s, though they don’t share the same angled sections and the nose is a bit less rounded than the real thing.

Due to the fin’s different sections, it proved difficult to work with. The fin is a mixture of white and red, with red at the top and sides. The side is marked by a yellow line.  The roundtable discussed which parts should be printed and which should be stuck. It would be difficult to sticker pieces like the Rebel logo discs, so they must be printed. The fin was more about repetition than difficult. It will be difficult for passive builders and AFOLs to align a lot of stickers. The fin components were connected to the flex tube for the yellow strip. The yellow and white stripes will be visible on the helmet’s front.

We move on to the side, which are made from colored tiles, stickered macaroni block blocks, and printed discs.

The earmuffs were an addition to the design. Although they are more difficult than Luke’s usual use, these brick-built ones work well visually. This is where the chinstrap starts to form. It’s a small connection point that wouldn’t hold up to much real wear but that’s not really a problem here.

Attaching the microphone and chin strap, as well as the fin’s final section are the last steps. It’s a simple ending but a satisfying one. By the time you have the one side on, you’re eager to see it properly finished.

Conclusion

The Red Five helmet stands out from the monotony of The Mandalorian or the Dark Trooper. The helmet’s bright colors, various prints, and brick-built visor are immediately eye-catching. This will be a fan favourite from the beginning. And considering the time period of the Mandalorian, Luke’s Red Squadron days aren’t that far behind him. This model, despite it seeming like a big gap to bridge with Empire’s fall, shows how current the new series is.

Last Thoughts

This was an amazing trip. These busts were a lot of fun to make, and the designers did an incredible job. They’re definitely an upgrade from the first series. I clearly remember feeling that the Storm Trooper helmets and Boba Fett helmets felt big BrickHeadz to me. These helmets felt more interactive during construction.  Sure, they aren’t perfect reproductions (Luke’s real helmet has a pretty big dome compared to that of the set), but they work really well in brick-form anyway.

While the studs-out texture isn’t everyone’s favorite thing, I personally love it. It feels like I got to take a model home from LEGOLAND (though I’ve honestly never been). These iconic helmets will draw more builders. Given how viral Grogu has been since his introduction, I’m sure there are some fans out there with a Child set that will want to get Mando’s helmet just to keep the two next to each other. I’m certainly itching to get a Grogu of my own.

Order all three sets online at the LEGO Shop.

75343 Dark Trooper | 693 pcs | US $59.99 | CAN $79.99 | UK £54.99
584 pcs – 584 pcs US $59.99 CAN $79.99 | 584 pcs | US $59.99 | CAN $79.99 | UK £54.99
| 675 pcs | US $59.99 | CAN $79.99 | UK £54.99

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