Product: Custom Clone Trooper Helmets
Producer: Arealight Custom Work
Date Released: October 27, 2010
Price: US$ 2.50 each
Color Availability: White, Black, Sand Green, Metal Silver (new)
Last October 27th, master customizer Arealight has finally released the highly-anticipated new custom clone trooper helmets (“Space Helmets of ABS Plastic” as Arealight calls it). Being a fan of LSW, it is a must for me to get a hold of these interesting new custom helmets, so I immediately placed an order that very same day. I received the items last week and after the necessary preparations, I now present to you a full comprehensive review of Arealight’s New Custom Clone Trooper Helmets. (I’ll just let the photos do the talking and just interject some comments along the way)
ARF Trooper Helmet
Let’s start with my most favourite among the batch, the ARF Trooper helmet. Interestingly, this one is very similar in idea with the upcoming ARF Trooper helmet from TLG, and Arealight once again released his own version ahead of the official one. Without the benefit a comparison, I like this ARF helmet because of its cut-out eye-opening, which is more accurate IMO unlike what seems to be a printed opening in TLG’s version.
Sample Application: The Lightning Squadron (updated version of my previous MOC)
Other Application: Camouflaged ARF Troopers, Geonosis-camouflaged troopers
Clone Airborne Trooper helmet
Sample Application: 2nd Airborne of the 212th Attack Battalion
Other Applications: Blue-colored 501st Legion Airborne Troopers
Commander Bacara Helmet
Sample Application: Commander Bacara (obviously)
Other Application: Clone Heavy Troopers
Clone Cold-Assault Trooper Helmet
Sample Application: Captain Rex in Cold-Assault Gear
Other Applications: Other Cold-Assault Troopers; Flame Troopers also wear the same helemt but with different print and color scheme
Commander Neyo Helmet
Sample Application: Commander Neyo and CT-3423 of the 91st Reconaissance Corps
Other Applications: Clone Assassins use the same helmet
Clone Commander Phase II Helmet
Sample Application: Commander Colt of the Rancor Battalion
Other Applications: This helmet has lots of possible applications for Phase II clones
Clone Commando Helmet
Sample Application: This example is made by minifigmaker.com and is not my creation, I just used this for example purposes. This Delta Squad uses custom-made non-Arealight Clone Commando helmets, but Arealight's version can be utilized to create a Clone Commando Squad like this one.
Other Applications: The other known Clone Commando Squads
AT-RT Driver Helmet
Sample Application: EB's resident AT-RT driver, Brickdoctor.
Other Applications: Kaskykk-colored AT-RT drivers
Playability - 8/10 These new custom clone helmets offer a lot of possibilities in expanding one's clone army or introducing new clone types that can be used in a variety of MOCs. The only drawback is the helmets are bare and without print, so one is left to rely on his own skills to customize these helmets
Quality - 9.5/10 Quality is almost lego like, very smooth with no distinct mold marks. The white color is vibrant and a bit brighter than LEGO white. The sand green is comparable with the TLG's sand green. I cannot judge the other colors since I don't have them. A small nitpick would be the incompatibility of helmet accessories (antenna, visor) on the Clone Commander helmet.
Price - 9.5/10 Very reasonable, at US$2.50 each for a SW helmet piece, it's a fair deal IMO.
OVERALL - 9/10 Buying these new custom clone trooper helmets is extremely worth the money I've spent. These are highly recommended for all for any clone army builder or LSW fan in general.
Behind the Scenes:
Acknowledgement: Special thanks to Mr. Bluce Hsu, owner of Arealight Custom Work, for the arrangement of fast delivery of the items for this timely review.
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