LEGO Star Wars 75351: Princess Leia (Boushh) helmet [Review]

The LEGO Star Wars helmet collection has covered multiple movies, animated series, and TV shows, giving fans a lot of options for representing their favorite heroes and villains from the franchise, from Darth Vader and his many minions to Captain Rex, and the Mandalorian. But there have not been any helmets yet for heroines like Princess Leia. Leia only wears two helmets that I can recall, over the course of the original trilogy: The Rebel commando helmet in the jungle on Endor, and the bounty hunter disguise she wore in her mission to free Han from the carbonite (both in Return of the Jedi). Star Wars fans can now look forward to this iconic helmet joining the collection with LEGO Star Wars 75351: Princess Leia (Boushh), which comes with 670 pieces and will be available on March 1st for $69.99 USD | $89.99 CAD | £59.99 UK

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

Unboxing the parts, instructions, and sticker sheets

Like all of the sets in the helmet series, the box is a tall and narrow black thumb-punch box with 18+ branding along the bottom, featuring a band of random LEGO elements of a uniform color. At the top of the box is the title of the set and a small graphic of Jabba’s palace as the setting for the character. There is, of course, a full-color image of the finished model at a three-quarter front view.

On the side of the box is a smaller front-view image of the helmet, the 40-year anniversary graphic for the Return of the Jedi, and the Helmet Collection branding. The back of the box shows a three-quarter side view of the helmet, along with a row of smaller images at the bottom, which include another front view of the LEGO helmet, flanked by two stills of the character from the movie.

Inside the box, there are 7 numbered bags covering 6 building steps, a small sticker sheet, and an instruction booklet.

The build

The build starts out in much the same way as other helmets in the series, with the exception of an attachment point for the fully rounded visor, which attaches directly to the front of the core section. Due to the iconic wider top portion of the helmet, the top section is another departure from the usual tall square stack of outward-facing stud bricks and plates.

From here, we start to see more of the unique top of the helmet emerge above the visor with a number of the 2×2 modified plates with two sideways studs which are the attachment points for the curved side panels. We also get the wide flat scanner, or whatever that section is. It reminds me of a squashed view-master viewer.

Continuing with the top of the helmet, there are a bunch of brown plates, tiles, and curved slopes that form the textured top of the helmet.

Around the back of the helmet is a rounded section at the bottom that includes a groove made with sideways-stacked profile bricks and plates, and several curved slopes in light nougat. We round out the back with a slightly curved band across the top.

The sides of the helmet are mirrored builds that start with some interesting details just behind the curved visor area and end with the rounded sides of the wider top section. The left side adds some sort of targeting sensor or some other doohickey.

Unlike many other helmets in the series that either start with the stand, or add the stand in the early stages, here it is almost the last thing we build at bag 5. No surprises here aside from the addition of two angled axles which are the attachment points for the mouthpiece of the helmet.

Speaking of the mouthpiece, this is the final building step of the helmet, and it comes together around another core of sideways-facing studs and a lot more light nougat elements, including lots of curved slopes, and 4 of the 1×3 inverse bow slopes commonly used in roof details.

The finished model

The finished helmet looks great and has a ton of details. From each side of the model, attention has been paid to capturing the unusual shape of the helmet.

It may seem a bit on the small side at first glance, but compared with other helmets in the series, like The Mandalorian, it feels proportionally appropriate.

Conclusions and recommendations

Aside from Boba Fett, the character of Boushh is, in my humble opinion, one of the coolest bounty hunters of the original trilogy (even though Princess Leia is not technically a bounty hunter) and I personally think this choice of helmets for Leia was much better than the perhaps more recognizable Endor jungle helmet. If you are a fan of the original trilogy or a collector of the helmets then I would recommend adding this to your collection. And as a parts set, the wide variety of curved slopes in reddish brown and light nougat, and a number of dark gray detail parts also make this set a pretty good choice. LEGO 75351: Princess Leia (Boushh) comes with 670 pieces and will be available on March 1st for $69.99 USD | $89.99 CAD | £59.99

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.