Here’s why the LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper helmets look so weird

If you’ve ever wondered what it is about the new LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper helmets that feels so wrong, one redditor has the answer.

The LEGO Star Wars design team has spent the past two decades consistently tinkering with the Stormtrooper minifigure helmet. Some of those changes have been very welcome (the printing on the earliest versions left a lot to be desired), but others have felt like a step back.

Take the latest iteration, for instance, which first appeared in 2019’s 75229 Death Star Escape. The helmet swaps out unreliable printing for more accurate dual-moulding, which means the iconic mix of black and white looks totally consistent across your entire LEGO Stormtrooper army. Unfortunately, it does so using a completely new design – and there’s something really off about it.

Until now, we couldn’t quite put our finger on what that was. Sure, it’s a pain that the helmets can no longer turn. But function isn’t really the issue – it’s the form that’s confounded us. Thankfully, reddit user me_llamo_james has cleared everything up with the following image.

LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper Family Guy

If you don’t recognise that animated Stormtrooper on the right, then count yourself lucky. It’s from the Family Guy Star Wars specials: Blue Harvest (2007), Something, Something, Something, Dark Side (2009) and It’s a Trap! (2010). And while those animated parodies are amusing enough, we just can’t unsee the comparison now.

You have our apologies if this has ruined LEGO Stormtroopers for you forever. Or at least, until the LEGO Group inevitably updates them again…

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @chriswharfe.

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