The latest LEGO Star Wars helmets presented unique design challenges

The design team behind the latest additions to the LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection was faced with a number of unique challenges.

Three new LEGO Star Wars helmets made their debut on March 1, offering up signature headgear to coincide with the 20th anniversary of The Clone Wars and the 40th anniversary of Return of the Jedi. 75349 Captain Rex Helmet75350 Clone Commander Cody Helmet and 75351 Princess Leia (Boushh) Helmet are all available for purchase right now, with the models proving to be worthy additions to the LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection.

Brick Fanatics recently had the opportunity to chat with the LEGO Star Wars design team about the builds and the challenges they faced in recreating the iconic pieces. One of the questions posed to the team was, did they find designing one specific helmet to be easier than the others?

“I think they were all equally hard to nail,” said designer César Soares, “And you know, the sides of Rex’s helmet were perhaps slightly more difficult to recreate than the ones on Cody’s. But on the other hand, I think that the visor part and that upper part of Cody’s helmet was a lot harder. So I wouldn’t say one was easier to design than the other.”

LEGO Star Wars 75349 Captain Rex Helmet 75350 Clone Commander Cody Helmet side by side featured

Michael Lee Stockwell, Design Manager and Associate Lead on the LEGO Star Wars theme also mentioned that the team had to rely on existing images of the Lucasfilm props and didn’t have the actual items to hand for reference.

“We were building everything based on really old photo archives. These are not modern digital turnarounds and scans that they’re doing in films today. Sometimes the colours were off and there were a lot of shadows, so it could be tricky to see some of the details when designing the models.”

For the full lowdown on the three latest LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection sets, be sure to check out our 75349 Captain Rex Helmet review here75350 Clone Commander Cody Helmet here and 75351 Princess Leia (Boushh) Helmet here.

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