Clone Troopers and Stormtrooper variants have inspired various Helmet Collection sets, which have typically impressed, although display many repeated features. 75351 Princess Leia (Boushh) Helmet therefore represents an exciting change within the series.
Additionally, this model appears accurate to the onscreen design, exhibiting fewer compromises than are needed for curvier helmets. For that reason, I have high expectations for this model.
75351 Princess Leia (Boushh) Helmet, 670 pieces.
£59.99 / $69.99 / €69.99 | 9.0p / 10.4c / 10.4c per piece.
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The visor could be better, but Leia’s bounty hunter disguise otherwise looks superb
- Distinctive design and colours
- Accurate overall
- Highly detailed
- Awkward proportions
- Fairly expensive
The set was provided for review by LEGO. All opinions expressed are those of the author.
Source – Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
The Completed Model
Princess Leia dons Boushh’s armour to enter Jabba’s Palace and the bounty hunter’s distinctive helmet has become well-known, so represents a welcome addition to the Helmet Collection. The earthy colours are appealing and distinguish this helmet from others in the series, while the alien shape is interesting as well.
The breathing apparatus involves a complex combination of medium nougat curved slopes, with light bluish grey curved slopes providing some texture. The shape looks fairly accurate, although the proportions between the projecting section and the visor could definitely be improved, as the reddish brown band beneath the visor should be significantly narrower.
Angled structures are common across the Helmet Collection. However, most are merely angled panels, attached using clips, whereas this section is relatively bulky and therefore connects with a pair of Technic axles. Fortunately, any seams between the breathing apparatus and the rest of the helmet are hidden quite well, leaving few noticeable gaps.
Mechanical detail decorates each side of the helmet, matching the onscreen design and offering another contrasting colour. The texture looks splendid and I like the trans-green band above the visor, framed with dark bluish grey elements. Moreover, the curved sides are accurate, although I am surprised by the omission of ‘1138’ because the number which appears in nearly every Star Wars film should adorn the right side of Boushh’s helmet.
Of course, this inclusion would have required more stickers, seven of which are already featured around the model. None are completely essential though, including those forming vents across the back of the helmet. Even without stickers, this model captures ample detail and I particularly enjoy how 1×2 and 1×4 masonry bricks are integrated on the reverse, forming subtle ridges.
The helmet is mainly symmetrical, with the audio sensors mirrored on both sides. The cylindrical targeting device provides some variety though, secured using a Technic axle. Perhaps a couple more shades of brown could have been included to represent wear and provide more detail, but the relatively clean colour scheme looks good, in my opinion.
The success of Helmet Collection sets is generally determined by their source material, as those with compound curves or single colours are sometimes less appealing in LEGO. 75351 Princess Leia (Boushh) Helmet avoids those potential issues and therefore looks fantastic, especially with such unusual colours, which are unlike anything else from the range.
Unfortunately, the band between the visor and the projecting lower section of the helmet is much too wide, affecting the model’s proportions. Otherwise though, the level of detail is excellent and the stickers included recreate only subtle features, unlike on some other helmets. Of course, the price of £59.99, $69.99 or €69.99 feels quite expensive, but remains consistent with others from this series.