LEGO Star Wars sets are nothing new. LEGO has partnered with the iconic film franchise countless times throughout the decades. Star Wars sets are a dime a dozen, bringing action-packed scenes and settings to life in brick form!
But for the 40th anniversary of “The Empire Strikes Back,” LEGO decided to do something a bit different!
The LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet set is a bit of a departure for the toy brand. Rather than providing a pint-sized scene for you to recreate, this set is all about building a display piece. It’s a collector’s item that effortlessly combines the worlds of LEGO and Star Wars into one!
Several sets were released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film. This particular set lets you build one of the most recognizable figures in the film franchise: The Stormtrooper helmet! Stormtroopers were one of the first antagonists to appear on film. While they appear in droves to combat our favorite protagonists, these faceless grunts still hold a special place in the hearts of fans the world over.
So is the LEGO Stormtrooper Helmet set worth the buy? Check out our review below to find out!
The LEGO Stormtrooper Helmet Set: At a Glance
Set Number: 75276
Finished build measurements: 5 inches wide, 5 inches deep, 7 inches tall
Ages 18 and up
LEGO markets this sets to adults. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that this set has anything risque or significantly difficult. 18-plus sets are a rarity for the LEGO brand. Ultimately, it’s all about marketing!
This set is a collector’s item. It has no interactive components or playable parts. It’s purely aesthetic, which explains the age rating. In terms of difficulty, the set is no harder to complete than any of LEGO’s other themed sets.
There are some unique components. After all, it is a three-dimensional figure you’re building. There are some challenging parts to the build, but even younger Star Wars fans should be able to finish the job with no major issues.
Presentation and Packaging
We would be remiss if we didn’t touch on the packing a bit. Anyone familiar with LEGO knows what to expect when it comes to packaging. But LEGO went above and beyond with the Stormtrooper Helmet set.
The box is of a higher quality than most of LEGO’s other sets. The material is thicker cardboard and the box is vertically orientated. The rectangular box is perfect for collectors. It can fit nicely on a shelf or even behind the finished build!
From a design standpoint, the box doesn’t disappoint. The exterior printing is very minimalistic. You’re getting a black box with the finished build front and center! Images of the finished helmet are on three sides. Everything else is negative space. White labeling and the signature Star Wars logo are printed on the box as well. There’s even the 40th-anniversary logo on the side.
The cool thing about the packaging is that every part of the collection matches. The same design and box shape applies to the other helmet boxes. Meanwhile, the aesthetics also match the bigger sets of the collection. They all work together, making these sets a no-brainer for collectors who want to put their builds on full display!
Inside, it’s typical LEGO fare. LEGO didn’t do anything different to gussy up the interior. Several numbered plastic bags hold the pieces, making it easy to find bricks as you build.
LEGO did, however, do a fantastic job on the instructions manual. As always, it has easy-to-understand diagrams and plenty of tips. However, there are also some great full-color prints of Stormtroopers throughout. You can learn a bit more about the character as you build.
Brick Pieces and Extras
In total, this set contains 647 pieces. Most of them are recognizable enough. There are 1x2x2 side-studded bricks. These bricks were officially introduced as part of the LEGO BrickHeadz sets. They play a crucial role in the build and make the rounded shape possible.
Beyond the side-studded bricks, the only unique piece is the printed nameplate. The nameplate sits on the front of the finished built and provides a nice label for your display piece.
Several are rounded pieces are included as well. They help to create the helmet’s signature chin section!
As you might expect, most of the external pieces on the helmet are staunch white. Several black bricks provide accents to create the Stormtrooper’s recognizable face. Interestingly enough, the internal bricks are brightly colored! None of those colors show through the finished build. But, the color-coding does make things easier as you complete the foundation of the helmet. More on that later!
Lastly, there are a handful of stickers. The Stormtrooper Helmet set only comes with about 10 small stickers. This is one feature that some LEGO fanatics might not like too much! Most of the stickers are small enough to fit onto single bricks. It would have been nice for LEGO to print the patterns on the bricks directly rather than supply stickers!
The Building Process
LEGO ingenuity does it again! The LEGO Stormtrooper Helmet set is an interesting build, to say the least. It’s unlike traditional sets. The helmet is curvy, which is usually not favorable for LEGO builds. But somehow, this set makes it work.
Ultimately, the foundation is the most important part of the build. Inside the helmet is a complex structure that makes the curvy bits possible! It takes advantage of those side-studded bricks we went over earlier. Rectangular in shape, the center of the helmet looks unorthodox. Not only is it oddly-shaped, but it’s brightly colored, too.
Video of the Building Process
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can wing it! You will need the instruction manual throughout every step of the process.
Building the helmet is not particularly difficult as long as you follow the instructions. But, there can be some challenging steps. This is especially true once you start adding on the exterior bricks. Our one tip would be to make every piece tight and secure. This will give you a solid foundation to build on once you get to the more gravity-defying steps.
This set includes a stand. It’s one of the earlier components you have to build. It’s pretty simple, but you need to make sure you follow all the steps correctly so that the weighty helmet can sit securely on top.
Overall, the LEGO Stormtrooper Helmet set is a fun little build that provides a unique challenge. Despite the 18-plus rating, there’s no reason why younger fans can’t build this set. Due to its innovative shape and design, it is a bit more complex than standard buildings. But, it’s not crazy difficult like some of the Star Wars ships!
The finished build is a real looker. As mentioned earlier, this is a set that’s designed to be shown off! Prop it on a shelf with the box and you have an eye-catching collector’s build!
The LEGO Stormtrooper Helmet is a must-have for any Star Wars fanatic. It brings one of the most recognizable figures of the franchise to life in impressive detail.