Level of DifficultyAverage rating2.8out of 5 stars
Value for MoneyAverage rating3.6out of 5 stars
I was on the fence when it came to buying this particular set. The pictures I'd seen online just looked... off, to me. But, of course, being the Lego addict that I am, when I saw the box on the shelf at my local Target, I immediately picked it up and all but ran to the cashier.
Now, I bought and built the three Star Wars helmet sets. I love the Stormtrooper and TIE Pilot helmets. They're gorgeous. Perfectly executed. Wouldn't change a thing about them. Boba Fett... eh, the shape isn't quite right and it has a few other issues. It seems to only look really good when viewed from a certain angle.
And then there's Iron Man. I don't know if the actual helmet design just doesn't lend itself to Lego very well, or if this is just a poor execution. The shape of it is wrong. Especially in the jaw. And the gaps are terrible. When viewed from the side, pink bricks can be seen behind the faceplate.
The gold bricks look nice. Unfortunately, one of the 1x2 tiles in my set was, for the lack of a better word, tarnished. I put it in the nose area, thinking it would really stand out in the forehead area, but it still stands out. The same goes for the tan pieces with the gold printing on the edges. While I appreciate the effort, they still stand out.
I didn't care for the "cheeks" on the helmet, either. Again, the shape is just wrong. Swapping the placement of the shield and triangle tiles, in my opinion, makes them look a little better.
When I first put this set together, I didn't put the stickers on for the eyes. This gave the helmet a "powered down" look. I eventually put the eye stickers on, and I kinda wish I hadn't. The printed area of the stickers just isn't big enough. Too much black shows around the edges, making the eyes look too recessed.
Like the Star Wars helmet sets, the build is fun, and you can definitely tell what the finished model is supposed to be. But there is a lot of room for improvement with this set. Lego Tony Stark needs to go back to the drawing board. Here's hoping he comes up with a new and improved Lego Marvel Studios Iron Man Helmet Mark II.
Response from LEGO SHOP
21 July 2020
Emily, Customer Service
We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed in this set. We appreciate your feedback, and we'll let our design and quality teams know what you think.
I only wish my head was small enough to fit as it looks as close to a functioning Iron Man suit as I'm going to get. In terms of design it's Lego, seen a few reviews saying it looks off but I have to disagree, my Mrs has even let me keep it down stairs on the tv stand because she's not embarrassed by it, so it must look pretty good. In terms of building its easy and straight forward enough, seen a few comments about having trouble fitting the forehead piece. I did at first, but it turns out I placed the rest of the faceplate one row too high, took it off, moved it down and the rest slotted into place with no issues, a quick and easy fix on my part but by no means a design fault. If you can't get the face plate on check your build is correct. I noticed somebody mention that you can see the pink brick behind the faceplate from a certain angle, which you can, not sure why it has to be pink when the rest of the build is pretty much red, not a big issue for me as I stole a couple of pieces off my hulkbuster and it blends in well. The only thing I have to say is it is a little pricey, by about £10 in my opinion, but at the same time I've never had a set with this many gold pieces and they could be more expensive to make? But I don't know, I don't design it, I just build it. If your a marvel fan you should buy this. I doubt you'll regret it.
I have read mixed reviews about this set prior to making the purchase. As a Marvel and Iron Man collector, I just got to have it. Overall the build is straightforward, can't really tell it's an Iron Man until bag 4. I was hoping this to be an UCS level set, but understand the end product at this price tag. The only thing that needs to pay close attention to is that some piece/brick only has one side of shiny gold, it needs to be positioned the right way to reveal the gold. I look forward to other Marvel helmet that may be in the works, LEGO certainly made the right call by releasing the iconic Iron Man as the first Marvel helmet. Happy building!
Having built the Star Wars Helmet 2020 Range I was really excited about getting my hands on this one and building it. So much so I built it the same day I purchased it. This may have coloured my judgement on the build as I was so excited to get started that I probably built it up in my expectations far more than it could ever meet. Safe to say I felt completely disappointed in the end product.
The build technique was familiar from the Star Wars Helmets but somehow it felt like it was a really scaled down version of them. Size wise it feels to be smaller than the approximate 1/3 scale of the others and yet when put on the shelf they do seem to be fairly similar in size.
I think the worst thing for me is that the stickers used for the eyes are decidedly odd. They throw the whole thing off for me and really spoil the finished look of the Helmet. So much so he has gone a low shelf tucked in with the Mech Suits as I'm not going to be doing much gloating over this finished piece. The shaping and colouring are good so it is a real shame that those eyes spoil it.
Number Of Pieces: 480
Approximate Price Per Piece: £0.11
Build Time: 2 Hours