Having gone from the ultra-cool Imperial reconnaissance specialists (despite wearing white armor in the verdant Forest Moon) that was debuted in Return of the Jedi in 1983 to the biggest scumbags in the galaxy after giving a defenseless Baby Yoda a beat down in The Mandalorian, LEGO is trying to recapture their allure with a new Adult Collector subtheme helmet.
Serving as lightly-armored perimeter guards, advance surveillance forces and pathfinders (as well as overwatch in rare cases), Scout Troopers – or Biker Scouts as vintage Kenner fans known them as – were one of the elite branches of the Imperial Army. Holding themselves above the rank and file of the rest of the stormtrooper corps, they were awarded advanced skills training, improved weaponry and equipment, and stationed at high-value facilities. The reputation of the Imperial scout troopers took a tumble when they failed to prevent a Rebel insertion team from destroying the shield generator that protected the second Death Star, leading to a decline in morale and discipline during the post-Palpatine years.
Created by Nilo Rodis-Jamero, the primary designer in charge of Imperial costumes during the production of Return of the Jedi, their initial inspiration came from the Death Star Gunner’s helmet and later refined to look more like a 1970s motocross helmet.
The screen-worn versions were made of vac-formed plastic and included “kit-bashed parts from a model Yamaha motorcycle kit along with a resin cast of a household faucet aerator” to make the mouthpiece says StarWarsHelmets.com. Unique among Imperial headwear is the hinged faceplate, a feature that wasn’t used in the movie – nor replicated in the new 75305 Scout Trooper Helmet set.
In a recent interview with StarWars.com, the set’s designer Hans Burkhard Schlömer explained that when modeling the Scout Trooper helmet he had to think of it as sculpting, rather than building (as he would when designing a playset to spaceship set).
This meant using a lot more basic pieces, such as plates and simple bricks, to replicate the angles of this streamlined helmet. The one exception was the bridge of the mouthpiece, for which Schlömer used a mudguard element to get a close match to the reference images – an apt solution considering ILM used a motorcycle engine block from a Tamiya model kit to solve their problem!
75305 Scout Trooper Helmet
Test your construction skills and recreate memories of epic Star Wars™ scenes as you build the Scout Trooper Helmet (75305). A complex LEGO® Star Wars building set offering a fun, creative way to unwind, every contour and detail of the helmet is beautifully recreated with LEGO bricks.
Build and display
This Star Wars collectible has a display stand with a nameplate to complete an eye-catching centerpiece for the home or office. And look out for the other new-for-May-2021 LEGO Star Wars build-to-display helmet: Darth Vader Helmet (75304).
Galaxy of gifts
Part of an exciting collection of LEGO Star Wars building sets for adults, this premium-quality set makes a perfect gift for yourself, a Star Wars fan, experienced LEGO builder or any adult who enjoys a hands-on, DIY challenge.
- Take time out and challenge your building skills to create a wonderfully detailed LEGO® brick interpretation of a Star Wars™ Scout Trooper Helmet (75305).
- The distinctive look of a Scout Trooper’s helmet is recreated in LEGO® style, inspiring memories of Star Wars™ saga scenes, and the stand with a nameplate completes a cool display piece.
- This premium-quality set is part of a series of collectible LEGO® Star Wars™ build-to-display helmet models – check out the new-for-May-2021 Darth Vader Helmet (75304).
- Offering a challenging building experience, this 471-piece set makes a super birthday present, holiday gift or surprise treat for any Star Wars™ fan, experienced LEGO® builder or hobbyist.
- Measuring over 7 in. (18 cm) high, 4.5 in. (11 cm) wide and 4.5 in. (12 cm) deep, this buildable model doesn’t take up much space, but it is sure to catch the eye of every passerby.
- Buying this impressive set for a Star Wars™ memorabilia collector who is a LEGO® beginner? No worries. It comes with step-by-step instructions so they can take on the complex build with confidence.
- Collectible LEGO® Star Wars™ sets designed for adults like you who love Star Wars and enjoy the fun of a hands-on, creative project in your spare time.
- LEGO® components meet stringent industry standards to ensure that they are compatible for a simple, secure connection every time.
- LEGO® components are tested in almost every way imaginable to make sure that they satisfy rigorous global safety standards.
Inside the box, which has a the image of the Scout Trooper’s helmet printed on a silky later, are the necessary elements (in 5 bags), the intructions and a sticker sheet that is larger that you’d expect (or want).
The first stage of the build is the internal skeleton and visor, which leaves the model with a very Daft Punk vibe, before the top cap, cheeks and mouthpiece, and sides are added. That the normally sweeping surfaces of Imperial millinery are replaced with a number of flat planes lends to the medium that 75305 Scout Trooper Helmet is made of and the minimal curves that exist in this model are easily accommodated by the occasionally rounded or sloped LEGO brick. The build culminates with the obelisk-like tapered, black stand, which is followed by the addition of the printed title plate.
There’s something about building these LEGO Star Wars helmets that jars with the experience of putting together a regular set – whether it be a new landspeeder, a pirate ship or a hospital set – because the standard build largely goes together like you’d build the real-life example.
Not so with these helmets, because assembling headwear isn’t a natural thing to do and the full satisfaction of the build isn’t realized until the model is completed which leaves the imagination guessing until the end.
Overall the build isn’t that satisfying, so it’s a good job that the final result is worthy of being displayed in your trophy cabinet.
If this new set has caught your eye then head over to LEGO.com, Target in the United States or Australia) Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Entertainment Earth, K-Mart, Argos or Barnes & Noble or a nearby branch of LEGO and get your’s (MSRP $49.99) today.
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Having enjoyed playing with LEGO from his earliest years, Jeremy started collecting LEGO Star Wars in 1999 when the theme was first released. He has shared his thoughts and opinions on LEGO via a number of websites – including starwars.com, rebelscum.com and brickset.com – contributed to the LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary series and served the LEGO Ambassador Network as a Recognised LEGO Fan Media representative.