The LEGO Group released three new Star Wars-themed builds earlier this month in celebration of the new Star Wars buildable helmets. These new builds were created to resemble iconic characters from both old and new. Now after getting our hands on the sets and stacking up the nearly 2,000 combined bricks, we’re seeing which ones are worth your cash and which should just be passed over.
The LEGO Group launched its Star Wars sets in 2020. It then expanded its range to include more adult-oriented kits. Now into its third year, we’ve seen five different builds enter the series since the debut, with March bringing Three more are added to the mix.
The LEGO Star Wars helmet series’ most diverse lineup, the Three new additions deliver quite a few firsts for the theme; most notably is the brick-built portrayal of the very first characters that aren’t from the Original Trilogy. Both the Mandalorian and Dark Trooper helmets hair from the Disney+ side of the canon and mix up what we’ve come to expect from past releases. Then there’s also the first kit featuring a helmet from the Rebel Alliance thanks to the X-Wing Pilot kit.
Each of the builds will enter at the Similar $59.99Price point, though it’s worth pointing out that not all of them are created equality. All three LEGO Star Wars helmets have different part counts. But how does that affect the quality of the final model? We’re taking a closer look.
First things first – we have to start with the Original Trilogy and take a look at what the Luke Rebel X-Wing Pilot Helmet Brings something to the table. This helmet is 675 pieces and comes with a number new printed bricks.
The Red Five set is not only the best Star Wars helmet, but it also has the distinction of being the only good-guy Star Wars helmet. first open-face helmetThe entire collection. All of the other kits from the lineup assemble designs that are your traditional helmets, while the X-Wing Pilot style leaves the wearer’s face exposed. Trying to implement that design in LEGO has made the set one of the more unique builds in the Star Wars lineup, but it’s one of the reasons I am such a big fan.
The helmet’s transparent orange visor, as well as the Rebel and Red Five markings on its back, are outstanding and a true representation of the source material. Although there are some stickers to complete the build, the new printed elements leave no room for imagination. The X-Wing Pilot Helmet has been described as one of most detailed and accurate Star Wars sets.
Now onto The Mandalorian, of which the series’ star character is Next on our radar. This set, which is the latest recreation of Mando’s Mando, stacks up at 584 pieces and is the smallest in the bunch for 2022. Don’t be fooled, though – its smaller part count is made up for with some chromed silver accenting that really does a solid job of recreating the Beskar look. It isn’t perfect and could be more like the almost-flawless Infinity Gauntlet from last year, but it really does a good job at merging the typical grey bricks with some flashy silver flair.
It’s also worth noting that the build is also quite a bit different than the Boba Fett version we saw back in 2020. Although the colors may be different, the overall design is the same. Actual constructionFor those who are concerned about assembling the same set twice, the part count can vary a bit. The smaller number of parts makes it easier to assemble. That’s not a diss either! I am a big fan of how the final product looks, even if the entire build isn’t covered in chrome.
Let’s not forget the Dark Trooper. This helmet is unlike the Mandalorian build. It features 693 pieces. This kit is almost entirely made of black bricks and the building process reflects this. There are many ways to harness the robotic energy of the Dark Trooper, which LEGO has done a great job at.
Everything, from the eyes down, looks great to me. But the highlight is the build on top Really, it’s flatThe Vader-like mouthpiece is distinguished by its intricate design.
The best thing about the new LEGO Star Wars helmets 2022 is the fact that not all sets are created equal, regardless of their price. You can get a wide variety of outcomes by spending $60 on a set, but I think there are some highlights and builds that you should avoid.
In my book, the Luke X-Wing Pilot Helmet is easily the star of the show for 2022, though Mando isn’t too far behind. Both are certainly worth getting, but I would have to say that the Red Five recreation is the top pick if you’re only looking to score a single one. It is hard to beat the level of detail and neat inclusions. This makes it an easy recommendation.
On the other hand, there’s the Dark Trooper. If there was ever any proof that part count isn’t everything, this set would have to be a shining example. Sure, it’s has the most bricks of the theme, but falls short of delivering the same quality that the other two LEGO Star Wars helmets delivered. The Dark Trooper will be available.
I appreciate the LEGO Group’s Star Wars helmets approach. Even if they aren’t all perfect, getting some builds that aren’t just different Imperial Stormtrooper variants is pretty refreshing and hopefully means we’ll see more unique inclusions from future updates to the series.