One of the first LEGO ‘helmets’ sets to grace shelves, LEGO Star Wars 75277 Boba Fett has been out for over two years now. Not the most timely review from us, then, but it remains one of the most eye-catching of all the helmets. And it’s just as relevant as ever: after all, Boba Fett never goes out of fashion. And with its remaining time on shelves likely limited, what better time to tell you why you ought to add this one to your collection?
LEGO Star Wars 75277 Boba Fett Helmet
- RRP: £54.99 / $59.99
- Number of pieces: 625
- Release date: April 2020
- Age rating: 18+
- Time to build: ~1 hour to 90 minutes
What’s in the box?
Open up the box for LEGO Star Wars 75277 Boba Fett Helmet and you’ll find five numbered bags, accompanied by an instruction manual.
Celebrate: there’s not a sticker sheet to be found here.
The instruction booklet is prefaced with a few full-colour pages providing some history of Boba Fett; a nice touch for any Star Wars fans.
LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet: The build
As far as the helmet range goes, LEGO Star Wars 75277 Boba Fett is one of the more straightforward ones. Despite it employing some interesting building techniques – which we’ll get to shortly – it’s nice and easy to put together, and we didn’t run into any frustrating sections. That’s always a relief.
Like other sets in the range, Boba Fett Helmet is constructed around an internal block. Each side of the helmet is then build semi-independently before being attached to the core. That core block incorporates the stand; a smart-looking black pedestal which makes Boba Fett looks like a premium display piece. Even better, all helmets have a matching stand, meaning they look great when lined up together in a bigger display.
Putting together Boba Fett is a rather linear task. Working through the five bags, you’ll start with the stand and inner frame before adding each side of the helmet one by one. It’s when you get to the sides of the helmet that the most interesting details start to come into play. Ever noticed how Boba Fett has yellow stripes down his helmet? LEGO has come up with an ingenious way to recreate them.
The stripes have been created by using blocks going against the grain: they’ve been stacked and, by using hooks, attached onto a rod hidden inside the helmet. The effect is striking. It’s not the only unusual building technique used here, but it is perhaps our favourite.
The hooking technique has been used on the front of the helmet in order to create the angled side panels. These side panels are built independently and then fastened into place with hook hidden underneath. Again, it works very well, and feels much more secure than you’d expect it to.
Perhaps our only quibble with building LEGO Star Wars 75277 Boba Fett is the instruction manual itself. It’s printed onto black pages, which means some of the darker colours don’t show up very well. It can sometimes be hard to see what colour brick you’re supposed to use. But it’s a minor issue and as long as you’re in good light, you should be able to get around it without too much hassle.
Play or display?
Such is the nature of all of LEGO’s helmets: there’s absolutely no play value here. Sorry kids, looking for a Boba Fett plaything. LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet is designed to be a display piece and nothing else. But what a display piece it is: it looks fantastic on its own, and it looks fantastic when stood with other LEGO Star Wars helmets.
There’s a moving part in the Range Finder, which points upwards but can move down in line with Boba Fett’s visor. But that’s the only moving part here, and it doesn’t exactly constitute ‘play’.
Does LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet offer value for money?
In short: yes, LEGO Star Wars 75277 Boba Fett Helmet is great value for money. At first glance, £55/$60 may sound a lot for a 625-piece set. But you’re getting a fantastic work of art here. Very few LEGO sets in this price range make such an excellent display piece. If you’re a Star Wars fan – particularly a Boba Fett fan – then this is undoubtedly a must-have set. Whether you have other LEGO helmets or want to start your collection, you won’t regret buying this one.