The helmets under review today include the BrickArms M1 Pot Helmet, Modern Combat Helmet, Brodie, and Stahlhelm; the BrickForge Solider and Military Helmets; and the LEGO 'pot' helmet that came with the Toy Story Army Men. It is the purpose of the review, not to say which of these elements is 'better or worse', only to provide the facts that help determine which products are right for you.
Many will note that both LEGO and BrickForge have a beret which could also be classified as military head gear. Those items have been reviewed previously and can be found here.
The three minifig designs based on the M1 Pot Helmet we will review include LEGO part bb406, Toy Story Army Helmet, the BrickForge Soldier Helmet, and the BrickArms M1 Pot. Each of the 360 product shots below show front, side, and back profiles. There is also a front profile with a minifigure face to give you a sense of how much of a minifig's expression will be visible with the helmet on. The minifigure head used for all items is from the Series 2 Karate Master.
|LEGO Toy Story Army Helmet (Green)|
|BrickForge Soldier Helmet (Sand Green)|
|BrickArms M1 Steel Pot (Gunmetal)|
The color selection is most limited for the LEGO helmet, only being available to date in green. The BrickForge Soldier Helmet is currently available in five colors - Black, Bronze, Dark Bluish Gray, Sand Green, and Silver. The BrickArms M1 Steel Pot is currently available in Black, Gunmetal, and Olive Drab Green.
Both the BrickArms Modern Combat Helmet (MCH) and BrickForge Military Helmet are made of ABS plastic. The grip of both of these helmets was quite firm. The main difference in the design of these two products is that the BrickArms MCH has a more pronounced area around the 'ears', which can be seen in the side view product shots.
|BrickArms Modern Combat Helmet (Dark Tan)|
|BrickForge Military Helmet (Dark Tan)|
|BrickArms Brodie Helmet (Tan)|
|BrickArms Stahlhelm (Dark Gray)|
In summary all of the products reviewed today are recommended buys. There were no issues with any of the products, whatsoever. The decisions largely come down to styling preference, color choice, and price. The BrickForge items (Soldier and Military Helmets) are priced at $1.50 USD per piece. The BrickArms items (M1 Pot, MCH, Brodie, and Stahlhelm) are priced at $1.25 USD per piece. The LEGO Toy Story Army Helmet has an average price on BrickLink of $1.43 USD ranging between $0.68 and $2.19. No matter how you look at it, customers are winners all around with these quality items available.
Additional Stats - BrickArms Helmets
Location: United States
International Shipping: Not directly, but resellers are available
Products & Colors: M1 Pot Helmet (Black, Gunmetal, and Olive Drab Green), Modern Combat Helmet (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Tan, Gunmetal, and Tan), Brodie (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Tan, Gunmetal, and Tan), and Stahlhelm (Black, Dark Gray, Gunmetal, Tan, and White)
Retail Price: $1.25 USD
Additional Stats - BrickForge Helmets
Location: United States
International Shipping: Yes (see store for details)
Products & Colors: Soldier Helmet (Black, Bronze, Dark Bluish Gray, Sand Green, and Silver) and Military Helmet (Blue, Bronze, Dark Blueish Gray, Dark Green, Dark Tan, Gold, Green, Medium Blue, Red, Reddish Brown, Sand Green, Silver, Tan, Trans Green, and White)
Retail Price: $1.50 USD
Additional Stats - LEGO Toy Story Army Helmet
Locations: www.bricklink.com or wherever LEGO sets are sold
Average BrickLink Price: $1.43 USD (12/1/10)
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