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We continue today with a quick overview of the contents of the LEGO Star Wars set 75350 Clone Commander Cody Helmet, a box of 766 pieces which will be available from March 1, 2023 at the retail price of €69.99 and which is already available for pre-order on the official online store.
As for the helmet of the set 75349 Captain Rex Helmet which will be marketed at the same time as this one, the LEGO-style interpretation of the accessory worn by this second character was eagerly awaited by fans of the animated series The Clone Wars. Cody, or CC-224, is a much-loved Clone Officer, so his arrival on the shelves of those who have grown or aged with the show's seven seasons is welcome news.
As with Rex's helmet, fans will immediately recognize the owner of this helmet where others may see it as just another Clone Trooper. The small pad-printed presentation plate may therefore seem superfluous to some, but it will be useful to others. I haven't changed my mind on this specific point since the launch of this range of derivative products in 2020: I think that the huge logo of the LEGO Star Wars range present on these plates is a bit superfluous or at least too prominent.
The aesthetic approximations are once again numerous and even if the general look of the product leaves no doubt on the subject treated, it will be necessary to accommodate these adjustments imposed by the format of this range of derived products.
It is also especially at the level of the lower edge of the helmet that things get a little tricky with stacks of parts that struggle to embody the curves and angles of the object. The top of the product is more faithful even if we find the inevitable dome based on stairs and visible tenons that we can choose to consider as the signature of this range or as an aesthetic shortcut that lacks finish.
The assembly process offers some interesting techniques that allow to obtain the final result and we do not get bored except perhaps for the first few steps which give the impression of building the heart of a large figure in Brickheadz format .
We even take a little pleasure in then building sub-assemblies which seem completely irrelevant at the time and which then find their place on the construction, there is something very satisfying in seeing the black zone being gradually framed by the structure of the helmet over the pages.
The only moving part of the product is the side antenna attached to a Ball joint, pity that this area remains gray. We can also wonder if it would not have been wise to fill the hollow of the cheeks with darker pieces to reinforce the relief effect on these areas as is the case at the back of the helmet, it will be it may be possible to obtain an acceptable result by adjusting the lighting of the exhibition site.
Once again, this derivative product is not a top-of-the-range model which would be intended to allow a perfect replica of the helmet to be displayed, it is just a very stylized interpretation which tries to remain in the format imposed by the exercise while remaining easily identifiable. The goal is therefore achieved, Cody finally has the tribute he deserves in a range of exhibition products undoubtedly considered by LEGO as "accessible" and "affordable".
There are only 9 decals on this model, 8 less than Rex's helmet, and these decals blend in a bit better with the landscape than the ones used on the reproduction of the other Clone Officer's helmet. The background of these stickers does not match the color of the parts on which they are placed, but the surfaces here are less exposed and more reduced and we quickly forget this defect.
The two helmets exhibited together form a nice combination of derivative products which should satisfy fans, but the bill will still be steep: you will have to pay 70 € per helmet, this is the new price set by LEGO for these models of a twenty centimeters high which offer only a very short assembly experience and which are only intended to end their career on a shelf. With a little patience, it will obviously be possible to get them for much less from the usual retailers, so it's up to everyone to see if the desire takes over the potential savings.
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at 9 February 2023 next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate. Your participation is taken into account regardless of your opinion.
Update : The winner was drawn and notified by email, his nickname is indicated below.
|Hugo47 - Comment posted the 30/01/2023 at 17:33|
Today we discover the official visuals of the LEGO Marvel polybag 30652 Doctor Strange's Interdimensional Portal, a bag of 44 pieces which allows you to obtain the minifigure available since 2022 in the sets 76205 Gargantos Showdown (29.99 €) and 76218 Sanctum Sanctorum (249.99 €) with its plastic cape and accompanied by a small handful of parts to assemble an interdimensional portal.
This new sachet is currently available for sale at JB Spielwaren for 3.39 €, so you have no reason to pay more or too much for it via the secondary market.
Today we are quickly interested in the content of the LEGO Star Wars set 75349 Captain Rex Helmet, a box of 854 pieces which will be available from March 1, 2023 at the retail price of €69.99. We have already spoken a lot here about these reproductions by LEGO of helmets from the Star Wars universe, some are more successful than others and all suffer more or less from the limitations of the format imposed by the exercise.
That of Rex uses the usual recipe with an interior made up of an assortment of colored parts, a black base flanked by an identification plate identical to those already offered in the rest of the range and a more or less convincing finish depending on the areas concerned.
As for other references, this product of about twenty centimeters high, moreover sold in a box too big which can give hope of something more voluminous, is designed to be observed from a certain distance in order not to not focus too much on the gaps that remain visible between certain sub-assemblies.
However, we cannot blame the designer for having been lazy on this file, he did his best to try to reproduce all the curves and other angles of the reference helmet using ingenious sub-assemblies even if the result final will not please everyone. The assembly remains very pleasant and entertaining even if the whole thing only takes less than an hour.
The interior of the helmet is hollow, LEGO uses a few window frames in passing so as not to inflate the inventory too much and preserve its margin. There would be a thousand ways to fill the helmet, the use of a larger number of parts would, in my opinion, have made it possible to weight the object a little more and to reinforce the feeling of having in the hands a higher quality product. range.
This product does not escape the usual problems that LEGO must no longer seek to solve too much: the 17 stickers to stick on the helmet are printed on a white background which is not really in line with the off-white color of the parts, unlike this that the official visuals of the product suggest, which are often heavily retouched to reduce this contrast. 17 off-color stickers for a display product presented as high-end via its sexy-looking packaging is a lot but no one really seems to be complaining about it.
LEGO frankly "revisits" the aesthetics of the helmet by removing a column of "kills" on the dome and reducing the number of black stripes on the sides. We find the welding marks between the Phase I visor and the lower part of the Phase II version of the helmet, but the stickers concerned struggle to blend into the overall design of the product. them Jaig Eyes are more discreet, they are composed of pieces on the outside and a sticker in the center.
On arrival, the LEGO version of the accessory lacks in my opinion a little finesse to really match the slender look of the reference helmet. We obviously immediately recognize the product but the identification plate will not be too much here to allow someone who has not been an assiduous spectator of the animated series The Clone Wars not to confuse the object with a vulgar Stormtrooper helmet from which it logically takes up certain techniques. the range finder is rather successful and well integrated, the stem on which it rests can be oriented as you see fit.
In short, it is once again a very reworked interpretation of the reference accessory and we cannot really consider this product as a pure faithful and accomplished model. From the launch of this collection in 2020, many fans hoped that Rex and Cody would one day end up on their shelves, they are now served but it will now be necessary to pay 70 euros per helmet, and still without the slightest minifig to accompany the thing and do take the pill. The fact remains that the object will look great on the corner of a shelf, Rex well deserved this tribute.
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at February 7, 2023 next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate. Your participation is taken into account regardless of your opinion.
Update : The winner was drawn and notified by email, his nickname is indicated below.
|MaxGyver - Comment posted the 30/01/2023 at 1:59|
This is the online service that allows you to recover LEGO product instructions in a digital version that spills the beans: today we discover the first official visual of one of the next promotional products that will be offered on the official online store and in LEGO Stores: the set 40585 World of Wonders.
On the program, four micro-things representing the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, the Parthenon and La Khazneh de Pétra. Two of these monuments have had an official set in the LEGO Architecture range so far via references 21041 Great Wall of China (2018) et 21056 Taj Mahal (2021), the latter having also been the subject of two large boxes in the defunct Creator Expert range, the sets 10189 Taj Mahal (2008) et 10256 Taj Mahal (2017)
We do not yet know when, how and for how much this little box will be offered.
It's time for the (paying) tribute to the BIONICLE universe on the official online store with the promotional set 40581 BIONICLE Tahu and Takua which is offered from today and at best until next February 9 from 100 € of purchase.
This small box of 219 pieces is unfortunately not offered systematically, you must buy at least 100 € of products from the CITY, Classic, Creator 3in1, DOTS, Friends Monkie Kid and/or Ninjago ranges for the set to be automatically added to the basket. It's up to you.
(The link to the shop redirects to the version of the official shop for your country of connection)
- desman : Set 3300014 from 2012? 😀...
- jromu : Very nice minifig that would go well in my collection 😅...
- khazad.dum : Minimalist, but the figure is successful....
- Afolsp : I also think we will have the X2 next weekend....
- Doggie army : very beautiful microscale as I like!...
- Darkswing : I have difficulty imagining the target audience? Maybe to do...
- Persusargoll : Much too expensive for a few pieces of Lego...the figure...
- ClementJ : Mini set but shadow…...
- Eithelval : Yet Hogwarts held up well. not so much next to the plate...
- julos59 : not bad indeed...