The LEGO Group has once again targeted collectors and pop culture addicts with Star Wars BrickHeadz, but is 41486 Captain Phasma worth adding to the collection?
Price: £9.99 / $9.99 / €9.99 Pieces: 127 Available: Now
This Star Wars-themed LEGO BrickHeadz gives the First Order’s most formidable trooper the blocky treatment. Captain Phasma was introduced in The Force Awakens and returned in The Last Jedi, making quite the impression with her unique shiny armour.
If you’ve assembled a LEGO BrickHeadz model before you will already be aware that they employ similar traits for the starting template. Captain Phasma begins in the same fashion by building up from a simple 4×4 plate before adding bricks with studs on the side for SNOT building. As the core body is formed the instructions invariably deviate for each model as you start to get more specific to the character at hand.
Moving upwards there are some very nice techniques used to form the helmet of old ‘chrome dome’ herself, which as I mentioned in the review of 41485 Finn, I will most definitely use as the basis for a white-coloured variant to complete the Stormtrooper outfit.
There are more pieces here, coming in at 127 – which doesn’t sound like a huge jump up but certainly allows for more detail to be added. I thought the helmet looked excellent with some great use of upside-down building (featuring the 1×2 grill cheese slopes) to create the polarised eye protection. Another neat touch is the black cloak she is seen wearing in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, which wraps nicely around the body with a welcome touch of red to add just a bit more contrast. Only one arm can be seen because of the inclusion of the cape, but luckily it’s the one that includes her weapon so, should you decide you did want to have a space battle between Finn and Phasma, it can be a fair fight.
Again, I am very pleased to find that stickers haven’t been included in this set. Instead we are treated to a few printed pieces with the utility belt print – similar to Finn’s, helmet slopes and the ‘exclusive’ base tile as found in the Finn model. No printed eye tiles here, but that makes sense given that Phasma’s are covered with her helmet.
On the whole I found this to be a far more satisfying build and realised how much punch these tiny models can bring upon completion. For something so small, it does feel quite chunky to hold and I think once you stand it next to another BrickHeadz build you start to see the appeal as a collector as they do look great together. It’s a shame the colour finish couldn’t be a true chrome version, but the bluish grey here works well enough to differentiate between this and a normal Stormtrooper.
If you have to choose between the two, either as a gift or for yourself, make no mistake; Finn may be the hero, but Captain Phasma is definitely the champion as far as these sets are concerned.
This product has been provided by the LEGO Group for review.